As per the title, the outdoor season starts with the first session on Monday 4th April at Hayle Football Club. Thereafter we shoot on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – see here for full details of the shooting times. It will be good to get outdoors again and to shoot at some longer distances.
On sunday we hosted our Valentine’s Shoot, this year consisting of a Worcester round shot in the morning followed by a Vegas in the afternoon. Both of these are on small target faces and are quite challenging. The full Worcester face for recurves and longbows are 40cm, and the compounds only get the middle bit. The Vegas is the middle 5 scoring zones of a 40cm face, so only a 1/4 of the area.
Everything went swimmingly on Sunday, and we hope everyone enjoyed themselves.
Thanks to everyone who helped transport targets and set up on Saturday evening, provided food, and helped during the day on Sunday.
Bob has compiled the results, which can be downloaded here.
We held our annual Handicap Portsmouth at Pool Academy on Sunday 29th November, and what a nice day it was. At least, it was a great day to be indoors in good company listening to the gale blowing outside! 35 archers from across Cornwall and Devon joined in and all had a good time. Thank you to everyone who attended for making it an enjoyable event, to John Nunn and Peter Consibee for officiating, to the club members who helped and to the visitors who helped us take the targets down at the end. We even managed to get everything back to our container before it got dark.
The results can be downloaded here. The Gents’ Recurve in particular was a close-run thing, with a mere one point between first and second!
Every year we share a Christmas meal with our friends at Mounts Bay Archers. This year it will be at Trevaskis Farm, Connor Downs, on Sunday 13th December. Members are welcome to bring partners and children. The cost is fixed at £22 for three courses plus coffee and a mince pie, or £20 without the coffee and mince pie, or £17 if you skip either starter or dessert or £15 if you skip the coffee and mince pie as well. Please sign up on the sheet at the club ASAP.Here is the menu.
We can now offer gift vouchers for our beginners’ courses that you present to friends or family. Just pay the normal fee for the course (£40 for an adult and £15 for a junior) and we will send you the vouchers. They will be valid for 12 months after the date of purchase, so the recipients can have some choice over which course they attend. Contact us for details.
Yes, it’s coming up again, our popular Handicap Portsmouth shoot at Pool Academy. It is open to all ArcheryGB members. A Portsmouth round is 6 dozen arrows at 20 yards distance. What we do is a Half-Portsmouth in the morning (i.e. 2 1/2 dozen arrows). The scores from this are used to set a handicap allowance, then you shoot a whole Portsmouth after a leisurely lunch. The handicap allowance calculated earlier is added to your total for this round. The idea is that this creates a level playing field where anyone, regardless of how good you are, has an even chance of winning.
The evenings are getting shorter and we are rapidly approaching the end of the outdoor season. Indoor shooting starts on 1st October at Leedstown Village Hall and on Saturday 3rd at Ludgvan Community Hall, and will continue on Thursdays and Saturdays from then onwards. See here for details of times and locations.
Penzance Lions Club invited us to run a ‘have-a-go’ stand at Ludgvan Fun Day on Sunday 16th August. The event runs from 10am to 5pm (weather permitting) at Ludgvan Community Hall. We shall be there with a couple of short distance targets and some lightweight bows, so come along and try it out!
Sarah Conisbee shot at the three day Grand National Archery Meeting from 24th to 26th June 2015, and not only did she win the ladies longbow Double Hereford and Long National rounds, she had awards for the best score with a wooden bow and the Best Gold in the Double National, which was also the ladies Best Gold of the meeting (including all the recurve and compound archers with much more modern equipment)! Fantastic performance, Sarah!
News from our AGM on Friday 10th July: we knew this was coming, but we would like to say farewell and thank you to Peter and Sarah Conisbee, who having moved house have decided to join Redruth Archers as they are much closer to them. We would like to thank Peter for the work he has put in over the last few years as not only Secretary but Tournament Organiser and (along with Sarah) Records Officer as well.
I am now the Secretary, and other members have taken on Peter’s other roles. Most of the other officers have stayed the same.