Ledbury Archery Club

Target and Clout archery for all

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First Home-Grown (Senior) Bowman

Please join me in congratulating Rachel who was presnted with her Bowman’s classification badge on Saturday 26th September.

The club now has 3 archers shoting to a Bowmen standard – Justin, Rachel and Joe, our other County Clubs should be quaking in their boots (if any competitions were being held!).

Although achieved on the target field, the presentation was made prior to our socially distance club clout shoot, which of course Rachel also won! It is believed a higher score than Rachel’s was achieved, but only by some of the beefier men dropping down to the ladies distance – so they don’t count!

Bowman presentation (Large)

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Some great news!

Unfortunately during the Coronavirus there has been little to celebrate in terms of our members archery achievements – then we have two announcements within the space of a week! Following Geoff’s remarkable shot on Thursday, I am now very pleased to be able to announce that Joe has cause for a double celebration of his own.

The consistent hard work that Joe Barton has put in has finally paid off, and he has now been awarded his Junior Bowman’s classification badge. No easy feat, and this is reflected in the fact that Joe becomes the first Junior Bowman that Ledbury Archery Club has had.

Junior Bowman Presentation (Large)

Joe receiving his Junior Bowman classification badge from Records Officer Pat Beaumont

Joe’s consistent fine shooting and positive attitude has also been recognised by Wales Archery, who have now announced a sponsorship deal with Joe. Although it is always pleasing to see plenty of Ledbury Archery colours at external competitions I think it will also be a source of pride for the whole club that we have Joe representing us (when competitions resume) in Wales Archery livery!

Wales Archery Sponsorship (Large)

Joe Barton, full draw

Wales Archery Sponsorship 2 (Large)

Joe Barton on the line

Please join my congratulations to Joe for his achievements and also for continuing to ensure Ledbury Archery Club is firmly on the map in Herefordshire and the West Midlands. Stephanie is a very proud Mum!


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Getting to be a habit…

Unbelievably, the club has now been re-opened for two months! Obviously we were all very nervous on the first day, taking extra care to socially distance and santise everything in sight to prevent the spread of Covid 19. We have since been a little more relaxed regarding the rules, two people lifting the bosses are no longer reminded to wear masks and we all occasionally forget to don our gloves before touching the target faces / bosses. However, we should not become complacent and we should bear in mind what happens when we take the eye off the ball – the flare up down the road at Rook Row Farm in Mathon is an example of what can happen.

Please bear in mind that whilst many of us now have two months experience of our new procedures and regimes, many of our fellow members have not resumed their archery yet and will require re-assurance that we are all acting in a safe manner when they do come back. Please keep up the good work and continue to diligently follow our established procedures to ensure everyone remains safe.

Whilst some members are happy to shoot target, others of course prefer Clout (or a version of it) where there is no contact with common use equipment and social distancing is easier to maintain. I say ‘no contact’, but that obviously does not apply to Geoff who joins the elite club  (along with George & Gordon) of having hit the clout flagpole. Whilst this appears to be an increasingly common ocurrence, Geoff does take a special honour in that the flag he hit was totally unsighted from the shooting line.

Chris Harvey, having a vivid imagination, kindly set up the range for us and is keen to point out that the idea is to shoot over a large tree as if it were the battlements of some medieval castle, and drop your arrows down onto the hapless peasants opposing army, milling around in the courtyard below…..

Congratulations Geoff, shot of the month!

Geoff (Large)

Geoff Langley, Over-the-Tree Shot 23/07/2020

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LAC – Re-opening 23rd May 2020

After a 2 month Hiatus caused by Covid 19 restrictions, the club took its first tentative steps towards a full resumption of shooting on Saturday 23rd May.

The UK Governments “Stay at Home” message has now been slightly relaxed to enable some sporting activities, those deemed to have a low risk of spreading the Coronavirus, to resume in a carefully controlled manner.

Archery GB have provided a set of Guidelines for clubs and archers and these have been adapted and implemented to allow shooting to re-start in a manner deemed safe for all. Risk assessments have been drawn up, agreed and published and our stringent procedures have been accepted by all members prior to shooting. The barn, storage container and toilets have (by and large) been closed to members, new target spacing and equipment handling requirements observed, a sanitising station set-up and social distancing rules strictly followed.

Two sessions were shot on Saturday on the target range, with a limited number of members participating. All agreed it was very enjoyable to once again be out shooting again despite the breakage and loss of some arrows!

The current format of two sessions on a Saturday will continue for some time, and when and where possible, will be supplemented by the opportunity for Clout shooting in future weeks. As time progresses we will also consider whether it is feasible to extend the shooting sessions to different days.

In the meantime we have a few pictures to share for those who were unable to join us.

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Tarrington Results and Indoor Classifications

Tarrington 2020 Arrows

I have now competed all the results for the Indoor season and am pleased to announce the following:

Tarrington League Results – Based on the best 6 average scores submitted, the results are as follows



Dave Quinn



Rachel Cecil



Stephanie Barton



Joseph Barton




Mark Beaumont



Pat Beaumont



Chris Woods




Mike Woodhall



Caroline Shaw



Graham Shaw


Congratulations to Dave Quinn, Mark Beaumont and Mike Woodhall.  Your trophies and medals will be given out at our next meeting when the lockdown is over.

Indoor Classifications

This season I have used the tables used by Cambridge University for Longbow and Barebow as Archery GB did not produce any tables for these bow types.

Member Class


Justin Twigg Compound


Dave Quinn Barebow


Rachel Cecil Barebow


Chris Woods Longbow


Mark Beaumont Longbow


Pat Beaumont Longbow


Richard Lee-Buxton Recurve


Congratulations to all and your classification badges will again be given out at our next meeting when the lockdown is over.

Meanwhile, stay safe and well.

Best Regards,

Pat Beaumont

Records Officer

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Don’t try this at home!

With the suspension of all archery in the UK on the direction of Archery GB, some may be tempted to shoot at home. Do remember that you will have no insurance from Archery GB if anything were to happen (such as a stray arrow leaving your property), and that your neighbours may not take kindly to practicing just over the hedge from where they are sunbathing! Even if you have the space, Archery GB’s insurance will not cover shooting on any range that is not registered with them.

Hopefully we can all survive this enforced hiatus and will have renewed enthusiasm when restrictions are lifted.

Keep safe and well

Animated Garden Archer


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All shooting suspended…..


In my days at sea, the international code flag “Q” was flown when our ship entered port. This literally meant “I request Free Pratique”, or the vessel was free of disease and we requested confirmation from the Port Authorities that we would be granted a certificate to say that we had no communicable disease on board, and our normal everyday operations could resume.

Perhaps we should fly the same flag over our shooting grounds at Putley.

However, as it currently stands, all shooting at Putley and Tarrington must stop completely. This is not an arbitrary decision but one made after careful consideration and it follows the guidelines issued by Archery GB and, importantly, their insurers. To go against this advice means that we will be going against the Governments guidance and that of our sports governing body and will also mean that we no longer have any insurance cover in case of any accidents or incidents.

Accordingly, no member is to travel to the club’s venues at Putley or Tarrington and attempt to put up any form of target and commence shooting.

I must also stress this is not an isolated decision. There will be no further shooting at any of the other Herefordshire clubs, Bromyard and Hereford Company of Bowmen have confirmed they have also suspended shooting indefinitely. It is likely that most, if not all, Archery clubs in the country will follow the guidance and allow no further shooting for the forseeable future, and that all competitions either within the county or outside will also be postponed or cancelled.

In line with this I will cancel all calendar entries for the next two months, but this does not mean that shooting will resume after this time. It will only resume when the guidelines change from the Government and Archery GB and this will be communicated by email to all members in due course.

My thanks to all members for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

Keep well and healthy, and if there is any further support you need from myself or the committee, please do not hesitate to ask.

Mark Beaumont

Chairman, Ledbury Archery Club


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Lighting strikes twice!

I hope you will all extend your hearty Congratulations to Gordon for his Clout Flag strike at 140 yards last Saturday (1st Feb). As Gordon points out “As Harold might have said, standing under his banner: ‘I think we’ll be OK here’. ”

For those new to the club, this is the second Clout Flag strike we have had in the club, if you search through these blogs you will see that George achieved a similar feat in August 2018.

clout flagClout StrikeIt’s becoming a bit of a habit for our members! Who’s next….?

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Well Done Steph!

Congratulations go to Stephanie Barton on her latest golden end at Tarrington.

Most of us would be happy with this on a 60cm target, but for someone (who, remember, only completed her beginners course in 2019) to do this on a 40cm target with barebow is something special and worth celebrating.

Very early days in 2020 Steph – let’s see what can be achieved during the rest of the year!