Spring 2009 - Mole Valley Bowmen

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Spring 2009 - Mole Valley Bowmen
TABS
Newsletter Spring 2009
Welcome to the Spring 2009 edition of TABS, the newsletter for Mole Valley Bowmen.
In this issue you’ll find all the news from the 2008-9 indoor season, as well as the
calendar of events and shooting program for the forthcoming outdoor season.
Junior National Indoor Championships
Gareth Trimble shooting to victory at the Junior
National Indoor Championships in December. He
won the the boys’ under 16 longbow trophy. Well
done Gareth!
GNAS Target Archery Rankings 2008
The GNAS Target Archery Rankings are published in Archery UK and on the GNAS website every year.
They are based on the sum of an archer’s best scores for 3 ladies/gents FITAs, 2 FITA 720s and 2 12arrow Olympic head-to-head matches shot at different events. All scores have to be shot between 1st
January and 30th September at World Record Status competitions, and separate ranking lists are compiled
for ladies and gents recurve, and ladies and gents compound.
In 2008, four MVB archers completed the requirements of the rankings and obtained the following
positions:
2008
Score
2007
Ladies Recurve:
19th
Louise Colville
4895
19th (4834)
Ladies Compound
41st
Julie Hill
5028
Gents Recurve:
66th
James Suckling
4814
61st (4808)
Gents Compound:
57th
Tony Hill
5406
46th (5464)
The MVB Christmas fun shoot is an annual event (funnily enough!), and this year it was
organised by Rob Smith, the “lucky” winner of last year’s fun shoot. Each target had a
different scoring system, and a mystery target of a christmas tree with secret point values
for baubles etc mixed things up a bit. As usual everyone shoots with the club jelly bows, which
are normally reserved for have-a-go events, so it pays to get there early to lay claim to one of
the better bows. In fact, a certain young member was spotted testing the bows at the Cow
Pie Rally recently!
Photos by Andrew Trimble
By James Suckling
Southern Counties Archery Society Indoor Championships
15th March 2009
This is the annual competition for the Southern Counties region. SCAS is a large region covering 15
counties as far apart as Kent, Norfolk, Oxfordshire and Hampshire. The competition was shot in the
impressive K2 sports centre in Crawley for the first time. The pre-event organisation was slick with
archers being thoughtfully arranged not only into gender, but also bow style and handedness groups!
Louise Colville managed to lift the trophy in the ladies recurve scoring 571. The gents recurve was
won by Jamie Adams from Clophill with an impressive 582. James Suckling came 6th with 564, Rob
Smith 16th with 539 and Mark Peters 24th with 509. The gents compound was won by Gary Kinghorn
with 588 and MVB's Tony Hill managing 5th with 570.
In this morning round they also divide up the archers into counties and take the best scorers from
each county to make up a "county team". In this informal ranking Sussex came first with 1704 whilst
Surrey (Louise Colville, James Suckling and Gary Harder of Surrey Bowmen) came 2nd with 1694. In
the compound Sussex came first again with 1168, and Surrey (Tony Hill and Andrea Beddard of
Warlingham AC) came 5th with 1127.
Sussex County Archery Association
15th March 2009
On the same day as the SCAS indoors, but in the second session, this shoot gives clubs a chance to
compete on a more formal team basis. This means that the archers are named for the team before
the first arrow is shot (no pressure then!). In contrast to the morning, the team shoot is based
around a FITA 18 round. Mole Valley entered one team consisting of Louise Colville, Tony Hill, Mark
Peters and James Suckling. As this is a team event the individual scores do not matter, what is
important is the total! With a score of 2084 Mole Valley Bowmen managed to come 1st, narrowly
edging out the next team (Abbey Bowmen, Hertfordshire) by a single hit (240 to 239)! In third place
was Chichester Bowmen A from Sussex with 2076 making up a tightly fought top three.
The winning team in action!
Competitions
One of the first shoots in the season that Team MVB traditionally attends is Arundown Archery Club’s
Portsmouth shoot held in West Sussex in mid November. In past years we have done very well at this
shoot but this year decided to let the locals recover some of their pride – only for one season mind you!
Nevertheless, Natalie was second in the Junior Girl’s under 18. In the Gent’s competition Paul Day was
10th and Mark Leddin, Mark Peters and John Wright could barely be separated, finishing in 18th, 19th
and 20th places respectively. This was one of John’s first competitions and the pressure clearly did not
get to him since he shot a personal best. Team MVB were 7th.
The 30th Surrey County Indoor Championships were held at Woking Leisure centre at the end of
November and once again MVB were successful, very successful. I am delighted to report that Louise
Colville retained her Ladies County Recurve title and that this year she was joined on the winner’s
podium by James Suckling who is the Gent’s County Recurve champion. So much shooting talent under
one roof! In addition, Natalie Trussler was second in the County Junior Girl’s competition. Finally,
Gareth Trimble won the County Junior Boy’s trophy in the Longbow class and Richard White was second
in the Junior Boy’s Recurve category with a score of 571. In his second round Richard scored an
excellent 579, which was the highest recurve score of the day ahead of all of us - adults, juniors, ladies
and gents. Richard and Gareth were both shooting for Chessington Bowmen rather than MVB, but we
know who they train with don’t we! In the team competition MVB finished fourth overall and were the
third county team. This event consists of three sessions held over the day, and in addition to the
overall places, session awards are also awarded. Most of MVB shot in the first session of the day and
we stayed to see Natalie be awarded the top Junior Girl in her session with a score of 479 as well as
Louise winning her session. James was a close second in the Gent’s Recurve with a score of 571 (won
with 572), but clearly had the top County score.
In mid January Guildford AC held a FITA 25 tournament which only Tony Hill entered for this year,
finishing 9th with a score of 545.
We returned to Arundown in February to shoot in their Worcester round competition. However, not
being content with a single round, some shot not one, not two but all three rounds on the day, 180
arrows in total. Paul Day finished 12th in the single round competition, 5th in the double and 2nd in the
triple; Mark Leddin was 21st, 10th and 3rd; and Natalie Trussler was 9th, 5th and 1st shooting in the Ladies
competition rather than the Junior Girls. The three of them also made 6th team.
Sussex seems to a popular county for us since we returned in March to shoot at an event which
combined the Sussex County Championships, the Sussex Team shoot and the Southern Counties (SCAS)
Indoor Championships over 3 sessions on the same day. In the Sussex team competition, which was shot
as a FITA 18 round, Mole Valley (James Suckling, Tony Hill, Louise Colville and Mark Peters) won the
competition by beating all of the other 23 teams from Sussex, Hampshire, Berkshire and
Hertfordshire. OK we only won on total number of golds 68 to 56, having tied on a team total score of
2084, but a win is a win! The results are here for those that would like to look more closely:
http://www.sussex-archery.org.uk/sussex_team_2009_results.htm. In respect of the SCAS
tournament, which covers about a dozen counties in the South of England, it is great to be able to
report that Louise Colville is the SCAS Ladies Champion. She scored a very respectable Portsmouth
score of 571 to win by 9 which is good margin at this level. James Suckling was 6th in the gent’s recurve
competition with a score of 564, Rob Smith was 16th and Mark Peters was 24th. Tony Hill was 5th in the
gent’s compound with a score of 570. Tony made the county compound team who were 5th and James
and Louise made the Surrey recurve team who were second.
Full results are here: http://www.sussex-archery.org.uk/scas_indoor_2009_results.htm
Archers’ Progress
In the outdoor season we formally recognise the progress individual archers have made in the season
in terms of handicap improvement and class achieved but this does not tend to happen so readily for
the Indoor season. In an attempt to partially address this, here are some of the season’s highpoints.
Handicap improvements. We have seen a number improve their indoor handicaps this season, and often
by a sizable margin including Louise Colville who has improved by 4, from 27 to 23, Thomas Ball (7, 64
to 57), Joseph Milner (11, 68 to 57), John Wright (12, 53 to 41) but the most improved archer this
season has been Helen Ball who has improved her handicap by a huge 18 points from 76 to 58. Well
done Helen.
Also worthy of mention is Joanne Easton who did not have a handicap at the start of the season and
thus her improvement can’t be measured in the same way but now has a handicap of 57.
Records
Louise has been the only one to trouble me on the records front this season and I am glad I have been
able to pass some of this work onto the county records officer. These are shown with the * below.
Louise Colville Ladies Recurve
FITA 18
Worcester
FITA 25
Portsmouth
543
286 *
552 *
583 *
Club Competitions
We have a number of club competition rounds over the season - Portsmouth, FITA 18, FITA 25 and
Frostbite – with the Portsmouth and Frostbite rounds each being shot 5 times with each Archer’s 4
best scores making up their overall total; 3 from 4 in the case of the FITA 18 and 25 rounds.
The total scores are as per below and as you can see it’s a clean sweep for Louise!
Portsmouth
FITA 18
FITA 25
Frostbite
Louise Colville
2275
Louise Colville
1566
Louise Colville
1648
Louise Colville
1314
Richard White
2254
Rob Smith
1461
Mark Peters
1453
James Suckling
1227
James Suckling
2206
Mark Peters
1425
John Wright
1391
Paul Day
1212
Paul Day
2174
Paul Grinham
1394
Paul Day
1245
Paul Grinham
1174
Rob Smith
2124
John Wright
1337
James Suckling
1051
John Wright
1103
Paul Grinham
2111
John Tipping
1268
Rob Smith
1030
Richard Hollamby
997
Mark Leddin
2063
James Suckling
1005
Mark Leddin
937
Mark Leddin
817
John Wright
2039
Mark Leddin
884
Paul Grinham
885
Natalie Trussler
660
John Tipping
1985
Andrew Trimble
797
Andrew Trimble
470
Jenny Gordon
626
Natalie Trussler
1692
Helen Ball
622
John Tipping
428
Joanne Eaton
476
Mark Peters
1563
Richard White
526
Hannah Poulsom
297
Andrew Trimble
431
Andrew Trimble
1449
Paul Day
503
Natalie Trussler
254
Richard White
307
Joanne Eaton
1225
Hannah Poulsom
486
Helen Ball
254
Mark Peters
306
Helen Ball
1161
Thomas Ball
460
Rob Smith
304
Hannah Poulsom
997
Joss Tantram
408
George Lee
235
Dave Wholey
886
Natalie Trussler
389
Joe Milner
214
Thomas Ball
846
Joanne Easton
343
This season also saw the second running of the new indoor handicap shoot. As a reminder, it
covers the same indoor shoots as the competitions above with an archer’s 7 best handicap
adjusted scores counting towards their overall total score (there are a couple of other rules: at
least one FITA 18, Portsmouth and FITA 25 round must be included and it’s only open to those who
have a handicap at the start of the season).
The format is nevertheless a handicap based competition that rewards the improving archer and
this year’s results are as below with John retaining the trophy that he won last year.
Ranking
Archer
Total Score
Rounds shot
1
John Wright
10102
7
2
Louise Colville
10067
7
3
Paul Day
10027
7
4
John Tipping
9942
7
4
Mark Peters
9942
7
6
Paul Grinham
9911
7
7
James Suckling
9897
7
8
Mark Leddin
9883
7
9
Rob Smith
9856
7
10
Helen Ball
8728
6
11
Andrew Trimble
8509
6
12
Natalie Trussler
7911
6
13
Hannah Poulsom
5388
4
As you can see some of the places were closely fought, but John was our clear winner!
A number of others shot rounds but not one of each type and hence have not been included.
Trophies for all of the above competitions will be awarded at the annual club shoot at the start of
September as will the Longbow Challenge cup, a trophy shot for over the winter with scores being
measured in a very traditional way for longbow, namely hits rather than points scored.
Postals
As you may well know we enter a number of postal leagues over the indoor season – a national
Portsmouth league, into which we enter 2 teams, a national Frostbite league (1 team) and a Surrey
Frostbite league (3 teams). All are shot over 5 months – November to March – with the teams
‘self-selecting’ on the day based on who has the highest score!
Before we get to the results may I once again sincerely thank all those who have turned up and shot
for the club – more again next year please- especially for the Frostbites!
We have completed all of our shooting and the scores are below, but as yet I do not have all of our
opponents’ scores. So far, the results and details of who made Team MVB are:
Portsmouth
Run by British Archer magazine, this is a national league with around 270 teams of five archers.
“A” Team - Division 4
Our average score of 2745 was around 15 down on last year which at this level is big difference so
after a storming year in 2007/08 we struggled this year.
Team
MVB
Rst
Score
Opponents
Nov
Richard
White
566
Louise
Colville
559
Paul Day
552
James
Suckling
533
Mark
Peters
530
2740
Lose
2781
Royal
Leamington
Spa AS B
Dec
Richard
White
561
Louise
Colville
558
James
Suckling
554
Paul Day
535
Paul
Grinham
531
2739
Lose
2790
Holbrook
Archers A
Jan
Richard
White
559
Louise
Colville
554
Paul Day
557
Rob
Smith
536
Paul
Grinham
532
2738
Lose
2792
Savile
Archers
Feb
Louise
Colville
575
Richard
White
552
James
Suckling
551
Paul
Grinham
525
Paul Day
522
2725
Lose
2757
Archers of
the West
Mar
Louise
Colville
583
Richard
White
568
James
Suckling
568
Rob
Smith
535
John
Wright
531
2785
Lose
2821
Bowmen of
Burleigh A
MVB
Rst
Score
Opponents
“B” Team - Division 27
Our average score of 2528 was down on last year and so our results were mixed.
Team
Nov
Rob
Smith
525
Paul
Grinham
523
Mark
Leddin
521
Hannah
Poulsom
505
John
Wright
498
2572
Lose
2619
CMO
Bowmen
Dec
Rob
Smith
528
Mark
Leddin
515
John
Wright
493
John
Tipping
490
Andrew
Trimble
465
2491
Lose
2591
Bowmen of
Burleigh B
Jan
James
Suckling
532
Mark
Peters
513
John
Tipping
502
John
Wright
499
Andrew
Trimble
498
2544
Win
2446
Pastures C
of A B
Feb
Mark
Peters
520
Rob
Smith
514
Mark
Leddin
511
John
Wright
511
John
Tipping
496
2552
Win
2320
Netherall
Archers
Mar
Paul Day
530
Mark
Leddin
516
Paul
Grinham
480
John
Tipping
479
Natalie
Trussler
478
2483
Bannockburn
B’men B
Frostbite
Also run by British Archer magazine and again a national league comprising around 170 teams of five
archers.
“A” Team - Division 4
Our average score of 1499 was nearly 40 down on last year and hence we have not done as well at this
level. Remember this is in the top 24 clubs in the country.
MVB
Rst
Score
Oppon.
Nov
Team
Richard
White
307
Paul Day
306
Rob
Smith
304
Paul
Grinham
293
Mark
Leddin
287
1497
Win
1427
Newport
Pagnell
Archers
Dec
Louise
Colville
326
James
Suckling
310
Paul
Grinham
278
John
Wright
277
Mark
Leddin
273
1464
Los
e
1555
Woking
AC A
Jan
Louise
Colville
328
Paul Day
306
Paul
Grinham
304
James
Suckling
303
John
Wright
279
1520
Win
1414
Pastures
C of A
Feb
Louise
Colville
333
Paul Day
307
Mark
Peters
306
James
Suckling
302
Paul
Grinham
292
1540
Mar
Louise
Colville
327
James
Suckling
312
Paul Day
293
Paul
Grinham
285
John
Wright
258
1475
Greenwood
Archers
Win
1398
Pendle
and
Samlesbury A
Frostbite
Run by Surrey County Archery Association. Teams of 4 Archers.
“A” Team - Division 1
Our average score has been 1221 compared with 1255 last year.
MVB
Rst
Score
Oppon.
Nov
Team
Richard
White
307
Paul Day
306
Rob
Smith
304
Paul
Grinham
293
1210
Lose
1222
Rivernook A
Dec
Louise
Colville
326
James
Suckling
310
Paul
Grinham
278
John
Wright
277
1191
Lose
1265
Surrey Bowmen
A
Jan
Louise
Colville
328
Paul Day
306
Paul
Grinham
304
James
Suckling
303
1241
Lose
1242
Guildford A
Feb
Louise
Colville
333
Paul Day
307
Mark
Peters
306
James
Suckling
302
1248
Win
1237
Warlingham A
Mar
Louise
Colville
327
James
Suckling
312
Paul Day
293
Paul
Grinham
285
1217
Win
1207
CMO
“B” Team - Division 4
Team
MVB
Rst
Score
Oppon.
Nov
Mark
Leddin
287
John
Wright
267
Natalie
Trussler
247
Richard
Hollamby
207
1008
Win
902
Atkins B
Dec
Mark
Leddin
273
Richard
Hollamby
234
Jenny
Gordon
197
Andrew
Trimble
194
898
Win
-
Bye
Jan
John
Wright
279
Richard
Hollamby
260
Andrew
Trimble
237
Joanne
Eaton
231
1007
Lose
1016
Nonsuch B
Feb
Paul
Grinham
292
John
Wright
280
Richard
Hollamby
262
Mark
Leddin
257
1091
Lose
1130
Guildford C
Mar
John
Wright
258
Joanne
Eaton
245
Natalie
Trussler
242
Richard
Hollamby
241
986
Lose
1153
Surrey Bowmen B
Longbow Team - Division 2
The only team to improve their average score 299 vs. 246. This year we won two matches and were a
lot closer in the others. This is great progress.
Team
MVB
Rst
Score
Oppon.
Nov
John Wright
119
Pat Finn
85
Mark Peters
85
289
Win
288
Nonsuch
Dec
John Wright
198
Bob Barley
71
Richard Hollamby
49
318
Lose
331
Reigate
Jan
Pat Finn
113
John Wright
103
Mark Peters
79
295
Win
250
Guildford B
Feb
John Wright
108
Mark Peters
95
Pat Finn
53
256
Lose
369
Malden Bowmen B
Mar
John Wright
172
Mark Peters
102
Richard Hollamby
63
337
Lose
372
Atkins
Order Awarded------------------------------------->
Hits
Total
Score
Vegas
FITA 22.5
FITA 18
Worcester
Portsmouth
Andrew Trimble
57
374
83
72
76
39
104
Bob Burford
48
262
27
47
79
28
81
Gareth Trimble
30
125
0
27
24
23
51
Hannah Poulsom
35
177
13
35
22
20
87
James Suckling
60
470
107
102
97
57
107
Joe Milner
56
342
69
61
89
24
99
John Tipping
59
397
99
80
81
43
94
John Wright
56
402
66
96
91
44
105
Louise Colville
60
478
105
100
110
50
113
Mark Peters
60
448
101
90
98
49
110
Natalie Trussler
47
230
28
67
58
23
54
Paul Day
60
462
101
105
100
51
105
Paul Grinham
57
422
75
95
91
50
111
Richard White
59
472
97
101
102
56
116
Rob Smith
59
464
97
94
106
55
112
Roy Willcock
57
323
69
69
56
34
95
Simon Buchanan
60
487
109
106
104
56
112
Archer
More Years as a Bowman
by John Wright
It is now 4 years since my first article on being a Bowman was
published in the Spring 2005 edition of TABS, (copies of the
original article are available at very reasonable rates from
myself), so I thought it was time to do a follow up. So what
has happened in those 4 years?
Firstly and most importantly, in the summer of 2005, I joined
the bent stick brigade, by buying a Longbow. Once again I
experienced the joy of hitting the target for the first time,
and then after only a few sessions hitting a perfect gold on my
first attempt at 100 yards. Rob Smith witnessed this and took
a picture. Fortunately he didn't take any pictures of me
picking up all of the other arrows from the grass. Some how
the picture was passed to Ted Bradford who included it in the
Winter 2005/2006 issue of the Glade magazine. Did my head
grow? Of course not, I just had to use wider doors for a
while.
Shooting with my recurve bow has really come on in leaps and
bounds (perhaps that explains a few of my shots) in the last 4
years. The wonder of scoring a Portsmouth round without any
misses, and then a Fita 18 and a 25. All of this helped me win
my first Cup. The inaugural Indoor Handicap Cup. Ah I still
remember the comments of congratulation. “You Bandit”, “It‘s
a fix”, “How much did you pay Paul?” and many more too rude
to print.
One of the things that I really enjoy is helping out at club
events like the Wand (even when it rained all day), the Sheila
Brown, and the Beginners Courses etc. It might be hard work
but it’s always fun and you get the chance to meet archers from
other clubs and find out that not all archers in competions are
better than yourself.
I think that the most defining thing that has happened to me in
the last 4 years was in February last year when I was made
redundant. This gave me the opportunity to become a man of
leisure. To make the most of this, I decide to join another club
which offers the opportunity to shoot every day of the week.
This means that I have been able to practise a lot more with
both recurve and longbow. Resulting in winning the 2008 Longbow
Challenge and the 2008 Short Metric Cups, plus getting quite a
few club records for the Longbow (sorry Paul for the extra
work).
2008 also saw another first. Me entering an Open Competion at
Angmerring, and getting a personnal best score. It’s given me the
bug and so far I've entered another 5 competions in 2009.
Maybe I might win one. Stranger things have happened (but not
often).
So where to next? Obviously to continue trying to improve my
scores and support the club in anyway that I can. But most
important is to continue enjoying myself and not get too serious
about this strange habit of firing pointed sticks at a bit of
woven straw.
And lastly, maybe try the DARK SIDE (compound bows for the
uninitiated) just to give Tony and Julie a scare.
A Night to Remember
T’was a dark and chilly February night when four intrepid archers huddled together by the Lych Gate
of the ancient church of St Mary in the shadowy grounds of the Parkside School, hard by the sleepy
hamlet of Stoke d’Abernon.
Our little party, consisting of Hannah P, Mark L, Paul D and myself, had accepted an intriguing
invitation from Jenny Gordon in lieu of the usual Monday evening practice which had been cancelled.
Jenny met us by the gate and led us through the dimly lit grave yard, the trees softly moaning with
the breeze. We entered the church tower and were taken up a flight of narrow spiral stairs: up, up
we went, until we entered a small chamber high above.
From the ceiling hung a number of ropes, each with a sinister loop dangling from the end. Suddenly
the door, our only exit, slammed shut, we were trapped and there was no way out! Was that a mad
glint in our hostess’s eye? Who were the mysterious strangers already waiting for us? What did it
all mean? What was to become of us? Was this the end...?
No! In fact, Jenny was about to introduce us to the ancient art of Bell Ringing. Jenny and her
fellow Ringers made us most welcome; not only did they explain and demonstrate Bell Ringing, but
also let us have a go (since we had behaved ourselves quite well). We were also introduced to the
many terms such as “Ringing Up”, “Hunting”, “Methods”... It was both informative and entertaining –
so much to take in; there was even a delightful little model of a bell to show us exactly what all
those many hundred weight of metal and wood above our heads were doing.
Personally I love the sound of church bells and after that evening have learnt to appreciate them and
the hard work of the ringers all the more. This may seem strange, but there is a similarity between
archery and bell ringing in that there is a certain “feel” to it which is necessary to master and takes
years to achieve: indeed, one of Jenny’s companions was a former archer.
It was a truly splendid and enlightening evening and our many thanks go to Jenny and her fellow
ringers for making it so.
Richard H.
Inter Club Matches
Over the summer we have friendly shoots against Surrey Bowmen and Malden Bowen. These are
relaxed affairs with tea afterwards, and all are welcome to take part. We have one home match and
two away matches. These are:
3rd May – Away to Surrey. 1pm for 1:30pm at their ground on Epsom Downs. The round will be an
American, which comprises 2 ½ dozen arrows at each distance of 60/50/40 yards.
26th July – Home to both clubs. 12:30pm for a 1:30pm start. Western Round – 4 dozen arrows at
each distance of 60/50 yards. Short and junior versions are an option. This also an internal club
competition.
9th August – Away to Malden. Details to be confirmed. Normally 2pm for a 2:30pm start.
I hope to see you there. Let me know if you want to come.
Good shooting!
Mark L
Archery Pro
A local online dealer offering a competitive service. The site is well worth a visit and can be found at
www.archerypro.co.uk
Pirate Ship at St Martins School
As you may have seen a pirate ship has arrived on the playground recently. Due to health and safety
reasons the school has asked us not to use the ship at the current time. However, this may change in
the future. So for now you will all have to wait, then providing that you have adult supervision you can
play pirates!
St Martins School Fete
11th July
3pm to 5pm (provisional)
Help is needed to run a have-a-go stall. This is a very important event for us and allows us to maintain
a good relationship with the school PTA. So if you fancy an entertaining afternoon please let any of
the committee know.
I hope that you have enjoyed this issue of Tabs.
If you have any comments or suggestions or would like to share news, articles, photos etc
with the rest of the club please contact me (Louise) and I will be happy to include it in the
next issue of Tabs due September 2009. Either see me on Sunday, Monday or Thursday at
the shooting field or email me ([email protected]).
Message from the Ambulance Service
We all carry our mobile phones with names & numbers stored in its memory. If we were to be
involved in an accident or were taken ill, the people attending us would have our mobile phone but
wouldn't know who to call. Yes, there are hundreds of numbers stored but which one is the
contact person in case of an emergency? Hence this 'ICE' (In Case of Emergency) Campaign.
The concept of 'ICE' is catching on quickly. It is a method of contact during emergency situations.
As mobile phones are carried by the majority of the population, all you need to do is store the
number of a contact person or persons who should be contacted during emergency under the name
'ICE' ( In Case Of Emergency). The idea was thought up by a paramedic who found that when he
went to the scenes of accidents there were always mobile phones with patients but they didn't know
which number to call.
He therefore thought that it would be a good idea if there was a nationally recognised name for this
purpose.
In an emergency situation, Emergency Service personnel and hospital Staff would be able to quickly
contact the right person by simply dialling the number you have stored as 'ICE'.
Please forward this. It won't take too many 'forwards' before everybody will know about this. It
really could save your life, or put a loved one's mind at rest.
For more than one contact name simply enter ICE1, ICE2 and ICE3 etc.
PLEASE PASS THIS AROUND AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE AS THIS CAN HELP IN AN
EMERGENCY
CHILD PROTECTION - YOUR CLUB NEEDS YOU!
You may remember the Club adopted our Child Protection Policy at last year's AGM in
September. As part of this, committee members have applied for Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)
checks. However, there are only a few of us and we would like to increase the number of members
who have been checked. This would mean that the same small group of people are not always under
pressure to be in attendance at Beginners Courses, Have-a-Go, and other events where children and
young people will be present. If you regularly help at any of these type of activities, or even if you
just shoot on a regular basis, and are willing to undergo a CRB check please let me or Jacky Casson
(our Club Child Protection Officer) know and we can supply you with a form. It isn't a difficult
process, just a bit bureaucratic!
Thanking you in anticipation.
Jenny Gordon
Deputy Child Protection Officer
Your Club Needs You!
As suggested at the AGM please see below a list of the typical jobs that need ‘bodies’. As you can
see it is not all coaching! There are two event types – the shoots we host for fellow archers and the
‘Have a go’ session for the public. So when I ask for your help please use the list below as a guide.
Even a couple of hours of your time would help.
At Competition Shoots
FOR EXAMPLE: THE WAND and SHEILA BROWN TOURNAMENTS
SETTING UP THE FIELD
Loading the van at St Martins School with the kit needed for the shoot e.g. bosses, stands, tents.
This takes less than hour and normally takes place after shooting on Thursday evening.
Unloading the van at Therfield School on the morning of the shoot. Less than an hour – even less
if we have half a dozen or so.
Marking out the field – If you can remember your 3/4/5 triangle from school you can help! It
takes about 2 to 3 hours on the Saturday before the Sheila Brown. The Wand is done on the day.
Holding the tape during marking out – anyone can do this!
Squaring up – does need a trained eye but watch and learn!
Lifting bosses onto the stands etc.
Fencing off the shooting area – needs some muscles for the mallet but it is not difficult!
Moving bosses/stands at change of distance.
Field Party – collecting arrows/looking for lost arrows, moving bosses at change of distance and
changing target faces during the shoot.
ADMINISTRATION
Helping to set up the tent. Our new super gazebos can be erected in minutes.
Registering archers on arrival – normally the organiser does this but an pair of hands is helpful.
‘Runners’ for collecting and checking/adding scores during the Sheila Brown – it would seem that
some archers cannot add, so if you can add up six numbers you’ve got the job!
CATERING/REFRESHMENTS
Making cakes to sell in the refreshment tent (people do enjoy homemade cakes!). Jenny Gordon is
our catering manager, so please let her know if you can help out.
2 hour stint selling refreshments (drinks/cakes)
Helping set up the catering tent (filling water container, boiling water in the urn, plating up cakes)
Helping clear away at the end of the day
Washing/drying up crockery during and after the shoot.
FUNDRAISING
Selling raffle tickets on the day
Providing raffle prizes (e.g. archery related goods, bottles of wine, unwanted presents?)
At Fundraising ‘Have a Go’ Sessions
FOR EXAMPLE: COWPIE RALLY and ST. MARTINS SCHOOL FETE
Load the van – normally at St Martins on the Thursday night before.
Help set up – setting up a few targets, roping off the area and putting up a back net.
Help people have a go – you need to be comfortable with some hands-on coaching.
Crowd/queue control – this is for health and safety reasons and also helps those coaching.
Collect arrows – from the bosses and all over the field.
Take the money – It’s £1:50 for six. No hard maths I promise!
Help tidy up at end of day – loading the van.
Unload the van
The Cowpie Rally can be very busy and requires lots of people who can help out even if only for a
couple of hours to ensure that everyone gets to take comfort and food breaks!! Last year was very
hot and did clash with a Surrey match that some of our archers shot at so we were low on numbers.
However, we can take a lot of money in just a few hours, so it helps to keep your subs lower!
St Martins School Fete is on a much smaller scale and is takes place at the field.
Shooting Program - Summer 2009
April
May
June
Sun
12
Easter Sunday (Practice)
Mon
13
Bank Holiday (Practice)
Thu
16
Practice (Imperial)
Sun
19
Mon
July
Thu
02
NATIONALS #3 (Comp)
Sun
05
St George/Albion/Windsor
Mon
06
Practice (Metric)
Westerns
Thu
09
Fita 70m
20
Practice (Imperial)
Sun
12
Half Fita
Thu
23
Practice (Metric)
Mon
13
Practice (Metric)
Sun
26
Fita 70m
Thu
16
METRICS #3 (Comp)
Mon
27
Practice (Metric)
Sun
19
Westerns
Thu
30
Practice (Imperial)
Mon
20
Practice (Imperial)
Sun
03
Match - Away to Surrey (1pm)
Thu
23
Nationals
Mon
04
Bank Holiday (Practice)
Sun
26
Home Match (12:30pm)
Thu
07
NATIONALS #1 (Comp)
Mon
27
Practice (Metric)
Sun
10
Cowpie (9am onwards)
Thu
30
Fita 70m
Mon
11
Practice (Imperial)
Sat
01
Container Clear out (tbc)
Thu
14
Nationals
Sun
02
Westerns
Sun
17
Wand (10am onwards)
Mon
03
NATIONALS #4 (Comp)
Mon
18
Practice (Metric)
Thu
06
Practice (Imperial)
Thu
21
METRICS #1 (Comp)
Sun
09
Match - Away to Malden
Sun
24
All Day Fita (time tbc)
Mon
10
Practice (Metric)
Mon
25
Bank Holiday (Practice)
Thu
13
Fita 70m
Thu
28
Practice (Imperial)
Sun
16
All day York (time tbc)
Sun
31
Westerns
Mon
17
METRICS #4 (Comp)
Mon
01
NATIONALS #2 (Comp)
Thu
20
Practice (Metric)
Thu
04
Practice (Imperial)
Sun
23
Half Fita
Sun
07
Ted's shoot (11:30am onwards)
Mon
24
Practice (Metric)
Mon
08
Practice (Metric)
Thu
27
Practice (Imperial)
Thu
11
Fita 70m
Sun
30
St George/Albion/Windsor
Sun
14
Metrics
Mon
31
Bank Holiday
Mon
15
Practice (Metric)
Thu
03
Practice (Imperial)
Thu
18
METRICS #2 (Comp)
Sun
06
Club Champs (12:30pm tbc)
Sun
21
American
Mon
07
Indoor Shooting
Mon
22
Practice (Imperial)
Key
Thu
25
Nationals
Event
Sat
27
Marking out for Sheila Brown
Club Competition
Sun
28
Shelia Brown (7:30am onwards!)
Match
Mon
29
Practice (Imperial)
Improver Session @ 12:00pm
August
September
Shooting Times
Shooting will start at 2.00pm every Sunday and at 6.30pm every Monday and Thursday unless stated otherwise.
Please try to be there if possible to help set up the field. The shooting program is not set in stone but please set up
the field for Metric or Imperial as stated. If possible please leave two or three bosses on the trolley for those who
may arrive later. In order not to scare horses next door please shoot on the school side of the big trees.
Club competitions
These are marked in the shooting programme as (comp). National and Metric - Best 3 out of 4 scores over the
season. As these are adjusted for handicap you may shoot whichever variant of the round you wish (i.e.: Long,
Short, New, etc) Western - A one-off match run at the same time as the home match (July 26th) - 1:30 sighters 12:30 for setting up the field.
Inter-Club matches
Matches with other clubs are marked on the shooting programme as either home or away. These matches are
friendly contests with other local clubs and anyone is welcome to come along and shoot - the standard is extremely
variable! The rounds are usually Nationals or Westerns at 80 yards maximum. On days where there are away
matches the St Martin's field is still available for those not wishing to "go away". Please see Mark L for more details.
Cow Pie Rally
We attend this during the summer to promote the sport and raise some extra income for the club. Money raised at
this event helps to keep club subscriptions down so it is a worthwhile exercise. We are always looking for helpers to
set up the field, take the money or guide the "have-a-goers" through the basics. Fetes are not all hard work and club
members have been spotted lying on deckchairs in the sun eating ice-creams, so if you feel that you can spare an
hour or two on the 10th May please let us know.
Other Events
We host two shoots a year at Therfield School - The Wand in May and the Shelia Brown in June. Please help out on
the day and before the day if you can.
Bank holidays
These are recognised shooting days for the club so any archer wishing to take advantage of some extra practice may
do so as long as they follow GNAS rules of shooting e.g. set out the field safely and always shoot with another
archer.
Improver Sessions
These are held on the first or last Sunday of each month at 12pm for those that are interested. Please see Paul D for
details if you want to attend one (or all) of these to help with your shooting. Dates will be 26th April, 31st May, 5th
July, 2nd and 30th August.
Parking
Please use the main car park at all times. If full please use the side road leading down to the school. Please don't
tread mud over the playground!
Lost Arrows
Lost Arrows are not allowed. All arrows must be found since these are children's playing fields. However, please
remember to notify both the School and the club secretary (Paul Day) if you lose an arrow on the field and have
been unable to find it as we have to minute these for insurance purposes. We need to roughly where it was lost and
have a description of the arrow (long sharp pointy thing will not do apparently!) Forms are in the container and a
copy should be dropped through the door of the school and the other sent to Paul. If you see the caretaker
(William) you can hand the form to him. Please let us know if the arrow is found at a later date.
HAPPY SHOOTING!