Congratulations to Lyn Anderson, who has been awarded Grand Master Bowman for Longbow Clout, under the Northern Counties classification scheme.
Hallow-Bonfire-een Social Evening
3rd November 5.30 onwards
A fun evening with a bit of archery thrown in – including the unceremonious despatch of the Old Pavilion.
Rough programme will see a Junior Knight Shoot – 6pm approx. (ask Lauren / Dick), “Pavilion In Flame” – 7pm approx. (ask Fred / Neil / Dick), and Spooky Targets by Pavilion light – afterwards.
Mini Hog Roast available (£ tba), please bring other food / drinks / snacks / puds etc. to share.
Please add you name to the form in the club house.
JUNIOR INTER-COUNTY SHOOT
A number of Bowbrook junior archers headed to Droitwich on Saturday 16th September to compete in the Junior Inter-County Shoot. The Shropshire team consisted of 16 juniors from Bowbrook, Hafren, Audco and Longmynd clubs who were selected by their highest heritage scores. Ray Fisher put together and organised the Shropshire team. Shropshire were competing against Warwickshire and Worcestershire.
The teams all shot in their relevant age categories and the 6 highest scores from each team were put forward to be scored.
Shropshire won with a score of 7079 Worcestershire came second with 6956 and Warwickshire third with 5995.
The top 6 scorers for Shropshire were: Penny Healey (Bowbrook), Megan Costall (Hafren), Nathan Ferriday (Bowbrook), Katie Tonkinson (Audco), Finlay Scott (Longmynd) and Leah Ferriday (Bowbrook).
Very well done to everyone who took part, and thank you to Ray Fisher and the hosts for organising the event. – Julie Ferriday
Autumn and Winter Shooting 2017
Many of you may feel unsure about the arrangements for shooting on club nights during the Autumn and Winter 2017. This note explains the current position.
After a lot of hard work over the year the new club house and shooting range at the field is almost ready for use. As a result, the committee felt that we should move to using the club house as much as possible. As the nights are starting to draw in the outstanding element that needs to be resolved is the lighting. There is a temporary, short term solution in place using some free-standing lights and the generator. This generator is petrol driven and manual start which means that the safest option is for this only to be available if there is a committee member present. We have commissioned the installation of proper lights, which will be installed within a couple of weeks and will remove the need for the free-standing lights.
We are also investigating two options for the electricity supply. The first is a diesel generator with remote electric start this will be installed in the equipment room with exhaust routed outside. Diesel is considerably safer than petrol, the remote start will be far simpler to use than a pull start and the semi-permanent installation with exhaust venting will remove the need to move the generator in and out of the equipment store. This will create a situation where any club member could turn up and push the button to start the generator so that the range can be lit. Combined with the installation of a combination lock on one of the doors in place of the key lock this will provide a facility that any club member could use at any time. We are actively pursuing this so that we can be in this position as soon as possible.
The second electricity supply option that we’re investigating is direct connection to the mains. We are still clarifying costs for this. Despite a number of initially encouraging options appearing possible, this looks like it could cost in the region of £10,000. There is still a chance that costs may be less than we think but mains supply is still likely to be a medium to long term option.
Some of you may be wondering why we have not retained Sundorne for at least one night a week in the interim. This was initially a decision based on logistics in that it was going to be impractical to retain equipment for beginners at two locations. An equally important issue was the responsibility for unlocking at the start and locking up at the end of the session. We did have a rota for this but, as with many things in the club, the responsibility fell to a very small number of people, a number of whom are no longer able/willing to commit to this. This is not helped by the feature that the number of people staying to the end of the session tends to dwindle meaning a small number of people are left to put all the equipment away. As a result the committee felt that we could no longer support. If we could find a workable solution to unlocking and locking up then we would not have a problem with booking one session a week as Sundorne for archers with their own kit. Unfortunately this has not been the case.
We are also progressing a combination lock for the clubhouse so that we don’t need multiple keys and/or the need for keyholders to be present for the building to be unlocked. Fred already has the new lock. Installation is a little more complex than just removing the current lock and replacing it with the new one and involves some complex and accurate drilling. Fred is waiting for a dry day at the weekend so that he can install this.
In summary, we are working to make the new club house useable and accessible to club members 24 hours a day as soon as possible. In the interim, it will be available 2 nights a week with a committee member present. We hope you will understand how we arrived at this position and bear with us for a few weeks while we iron out a few remaining details. In the meantime, the facilities are, of course, available during the hours of daylight without access to the equipment room. The committee has also discussed organising a club session on Sundays. We have yet to finalise arrangements for a rota of key holders/committee members to allow access to the equipment room. Further details will be published once this has been sorted out. CH
Friday 8th December
Menu & List in Clubhouse, or contact Jo Rawlings on 01743 885350
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Shropshire County & Open Clout
22nd October 2017
Longford Hall • Newport
FOR ENTRY FORM see ‘COMPETITIONS’
FIELD SHOOTS & CLOUT PRACTICES
Chairman’s Message for 2017
I have been a member of Bowbrook Archers for around 24 years, but long before that the members had a vision to own their own field with a Club house. They set to work raising funds, starting Have-A-Go’s and other events. So 24 years ago when I joined we were shooting on a rough ground behind what was the Seven Acres Club, now Rea Valley Tractors, with around 20 members. The vision of those members 30 years ago is now a reality, do not take it for granted, it has been 30 years of hard work, dedication and commitment by past members, some of whom have not lived to see Bowbrook Archers as it is today. Fund raising is just as important today as it was all those years ago.
Bowbrook has seen a huge increase in membership, it has always been a club for ALL Archers of all Bow types, whether they be competitive, social or recreational archers, and we will continue to support and help all members.
I would like to thank all members this year and the committee for the work and commitment that they have given to the club. The main committee that enable the smooth running of the club, the coaching team and their expertise, which every member can take advantage of, the maintenance and grass cutting team, who ensure our field is kept in such a wonderful condition for shooting, the fund raisers who continue tirelessly to run Have-A-G’s to provide much needed funds. We would not be able to function without all these individuals and I thank them for their dedication. I should also like to thank Jonathan for his work in the successful application for funding of the new building which will make Bowbrook have one of the best facilities for Archery in the Country.
Sam Dixon, Chairman
Your Club: how it works!
Your Club is run entirely by volunteers. Fellow members who are able and willing to continue the work started, all those years ago, by a small group of folk who wanted to shoot arrows!
Just look at the results of their hard work! They enabled the purchase of the Field, they’ve developed your Club into a County AND Country -wide success. And they have just secured the Funding, so that we can build a brand new Clubhouse!
Not bad for a group of Volunteers who just fancied shooting arrows!!
And now, your Club needs you to step forward! We need a bigger pool of Volunteers – very often just for the odd task, like checking (replenishing) the Loos, keeping the crockery clean, and so on. Other times, we need Archers who can spend a few hours helping out at our Have-A-Goes, or Archery Experience Sessions. And then, when we are hosting tournaments, we need those who don’t mind physically hard work, and /or those with administrative / organisational skills.
So now, it’s over to YOU. Please email me with an outline of what you are able and prepared to do for your Club, fellow archers, and yourself. Let me know the kind of skills you have, the kind of tasks you’d consider, and the amount of time you could invest. If you are not able, due to other commitments, to offer any help, that’s fine: some of us do have more time than others. Perhaps you could let me know should your circumstances change in the future.
IF YOU CURRENTLY VOLUNTEER, THEN ALL I CAN SAY IS I HOPE WE, THE MEMBERSHIP, RECOGNISE YOUR CONTRIBUTION, and express our appreciation!
PLEASE email me on: firstname.lastname@example.org
A big THANK YOU.
Events Officer – 11th July 2015
COACHING FOR IMPROVERS
This is just to remind all Bowbrook members that coaching is not just available on club nights. In fact it is often difficult to get a good coaching session amid the hubbub of a club night – either indoors or outdoors.
This is an open offer to any club member who would like to improve their archery – all the 4 level 2 coaches in Bowbrook are more than willing to arrange 1 to 1 coaching sessions. We are reasonably flexible with times – do contact us.
Liz Norton & Gavin McKinnell 01952 594278 email@example.com
Barbara Barrett 07957 929132 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jonathan Walton 07970 702084 email@example.com
The use of Drones on, from, and over Club Premises – see Statement in ‘Members Only’ area.
All Members are reminded not use Target Pins as ‘Targets’ in preference to a Target Face. Complaints have been received that ‘broken pins’ left in the ‘Boss’ are damaging arrows!