Ledbury Archery Club

Target and Clout archery for all

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New Year 2022

Happy New Year to all.

New Years Day, 16 of us were sufficiently non-hungover to venture out into the fresh air where Aunty Rona hates to be.

Sunday 2nd, we welcomed the rest of the county’s archers for the annual HAA New Year Clout.

Martin and Gordon were particularly good in the arrows nearest to flag department.

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Don’t Shoot Santa Shoot

December 18th saw our Yuletide fun shoot. The range was short but the festive targets were tricky and infuriating.

Good girls and boys who did not hit Santa could look forward to the opportunity of chocolate in their stockings.

To finish we had an Absolutely Not a Christmas Party gathering in the barn where barbie and delicacies were consumed.

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Hallowe’en Happening

An unexpectedly sunny morning saw Ledbury Archers join together to fight off the forces of evil as Hallowe’en beckoned. Archers practised on images of vampires, zombies and bats before seeking to destroy the evil Pumpkin Man and to vanquish the fearsome Beast Of Putley.

Champions emerged in the 3 disciplines of longbow, barebow and recurve. Should hoards of the undead appear then we will all be hiding behind Chard, Dan and Chris!

A fun morning of light-hearted competition, thanks to all participants.
(Next club competition is a metric clout at the end of November)

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Geoff Langley Memorial Clout ~ Sept 2021

George and Lyndon hold trophy accompanied by Mary Langley and Rachel

Earlier this year our club was shocked to hear of the untimely death of one of our members. Geoff was a keen longbowman and had made clout shooting somewhat of a speciality. What finer tribute then than a club clout with a specially commissioned trophy?
Recurve and longbows competed over a single distance. Scoring was fast and furious with all archers producing their best. Although rivalry was evident, the strongest features of the morning were camaraderie and laughter. After an exhausting 9 ends we decamped to the garden for refreshments and presentations.
We were delighted to welcome Geoff’s wife Mary and other family members to present the medals:

Bronze: Sarah Ian
Silver: Pat Chris H
Gold: Caroline Lyndon

Overall trophy winner: Lyndon

Lyndon passed his hard-won trophy on to George in recognition of the occasion. A thoughtful and generous act applauded by all. It was another great morning for Ledbury Archery Club and, hopefully, there will be many more.

Thanks to George and the regular clout shooters for great organisation; to Graham and Anne for use of their garden and to the Langley family for joining us and helping us to celebrate our friend.
A final toast to Geoff, an archer and a gentleman!

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HAA County Championships – Success!

Greetings all,
This is just a quick missive to congratulate all who took part in the county shoot today.  I thought the main drama was going to be a broken nail on my part but Mark topped that by obliterating his longbow midshot.  The weather stayed fair and our club shone brightly too!
At the risk of missing someone out…. Gold medals for Richard, Simon, Malcolm and Steph, as well as a silver for George in the Bristol and National rounds. Championship medals and some nice bling for Pat and Mark (Ladies and Gents Longbow), Caroline (Ladies recurve), Joe (U18 barebow), Justin (Gents compound) and me (Ladies barebow). So that’s 6 county champions for Ledbury and just 2 for Bromyard.
Events like this only work with support of a field crew. Thanks to Graham and Robert for making excellent tea and to all those who helped set up and take down the range. Also a big wave to those who came out to support us, it was much appreciated.

Silverware – awaiting awards

Don’t forget that Thursday shooting now starts at 5pm for those who can make it. 
Smiling and waving,

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LAC “Tea Room”

As some of you may have noticed, preparations are underway to bring our seating area at the club back into service.

The rules around Covid have been somewhat relaxed and whilst we must still excercise a degree of caution, particularly in respect of social distancing, it is felt that we may soon be able to resume our morning tea / coffee breaks on a Saturday. Although sheltered, the barn is not a totally enclosed space and we can therefore consider it to have substantially more ventilation than a pub, cafeteria or restaurant.

Whilst not in use the pigeons have made the most of the space and had fouled the sink area and furniture, making it it a very unhygenic and less than desirable venue. Thanks to Robert the entire area and facilities have received a thorough clean and also a special Thanks to Lyndon & Graham for their work to install some pigeon deterrents in the form of netting and spikes to dissuade birds from landing, perching and roosting on the barns’ roof and bulkhead structure above the sink and seating area.

Lyndon – working at height…
….affixing deterrent netting,
…. before moving on to install the anti-pigeon spikes on the cross-trusses.

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Flagpole – ‘Peppered’?

Peppered may be too strong a word but the instances of our clout flagpoles being hit are now becoming a regular occurrence. So much so that the clout group now have a pennant trophy held by the latest person to join the exclusive club. Congratulations to Ian Staines, the most recent winner. Graham only held the honour for a short time so we expect his fiercely competitive nature to re-assert itself with more damage to the pole in the coming weeks!

Ian Staines – the latest archer to stick the flagpole….

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Congratulations to our New Coaches!

Joining our existing coahses, Katie (Lead Coach) and Peter, we are very pleased to be able to congratulate Chris, Gordon and Rachel on eventually achieving their Level 1 coaching standard. Unfortunately, due to circumstances surround the Coronavirus restrictions, the course took well over a year longer than it should normally have done, however we now have a really strong coaching team and when the current Beginners Course has been completed I am sure that any of the coaches will offer advice to members on any aspect of their archery in either a formal or informal way. Bear in mind we have the County Championships coming up, so ensure that you are on the top of your game!

Just see the guys and gals in red….

Pictures of official shirt handovers below.