Bristol Bowmen and
Golden Phoenix Archers

The dates for the following competitions are all 'weather permitting'. Rounds to be shot will be Nationals for all experienced adults with shorter distances for juniors and beginner adults, followed by a BBQ and the presentation of awards. Lady/Santa Paramounts to be confirmed - anyone fancy wearing either of the pointy hats?

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Best gold. There will be no warning as to when this will be done. The club captain will suddenly tell everyone to leave all gold arrows in the target. The arrow closest to the center of the target will win the archer a medal.

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Friday 13 December, with cold and miserable weather outside, nine hardy souls braved the elements to take part in our traditional Christmas round, loosely based on a Portsmouth. Once again we owe our thanks to Bob Taylor for organising the evening and designing the faces for this year's competition. Along with special faces there were special rules, for example, line cutters scored the lower amount, especially traumatic where you had a nine zone surrounded by a zero zone.

Bow types are not differentiated when it comes to the winner. The results were:

  1. Gary Avery (recurve) 487.
  2. Clive Wilkins (recurve) 482.
  3. Ian Lassman (recurve) 481.
  4. John Chappell (recurve) 379.
  5. David Smith (barebow) 334.
  6. Jim Edmondson (recurve) 285.
  7. Rod Luton (barebow) 275.
  8. Carl Raine (barebow) 271.
  9. Bob Taylor (recurve) 216.

The evening ended with Santa Paramount, Bob Taylor, presenting the prize to the winner.

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All the club trophies on the table waiting to be presented.

Sunday 1 September, featuring the Vic Williams Shield. This is awarded annually by ballot to the member who has done most for the clubs during the preceding year.

A warm, sunny day but with very changeable wind. Those with faster, slimmer arrows coped better; the fatter, slower arrows were blown all over.

And the results were:

The first figure is the handicap adjusted score, the figure in brackets is the actual score.


Gents' recurve: 1 Jim Edmonson, 1500 (281); 2 John Chappell, 1426 (550); 3 Clive Wilkins, 1366 (505).

Gents' barebow: 1 David Smith, 1455 (366); 2 Joedy Taylor, 1328 (284); 3 Rod Luton, 1326 (173).

Gents' longbow: 1 Tad Gunton, 1364 (121).

Ladies' recurve: 1 Sheena McCullagh, 1277 (285).

Ladies' barebow: 1 Michelle Carey, 1403 (349).

Short National:

Gents' recurve: 1 Bob Taylor, 1358 (247).

Ladies' recurve (invitation head-to-head): 1 Gemma Hill, not applicable (270).

Short Junior National:

Gents' under 12 recurve: 1 Caleb Carey, 1427 (256).

Ladies' under 12 barebow: 1 Evie Carey, 1507 (247).

Vic Williams Shield: 1 Bob Taylor (5); 2 Sheena McCullagh (4); 3 David Smith (2); 4 Michelle Carey (1).

Best gold: David Smith.

The day ended with the prizes being awarded by the Lady Paramount, Anne Taylor (Bob's wife).

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Monday 6 May, featuring the Andy Friend and Bob Taylor Challenge Trophies for the highest handicap adjusted scores at 60 yards and 50 yards respectively and the cup for the highest non-handicap adjusted score of the day.

Glorious sunshine, very little breeze and what was probably the warmest day of the year so far. It was the first time we've held a competition on a Monday and unfortunately only four people entered, with one of those retiring through disability.

With only three completing the competition you'd have expected clear cut winners, but not so, two people tied for the highest score of the day cup with scores of 324. Out came the rule book: First tie break, hits, ho hum, they had 66 each, so it went to the second tie break of most golds. There we split the two of them with five and three respectively.

The day ended with the trophies being awarded by the Lady Paramount Sheena McCullagh, who stepped into the role because she had retired from the shoot. In all her years of shooting this was the first time she's ever had the chance to duty as Lady P, so it perked her up no end after the disappointment of not being able to complete the round.

And the results were:

The first figure is the handicap adjusted score, the figure in brackets is the actual score.


Gents' barebow: 1 David Smith, 1445 (324).

Ladies' barebow: 1 Sheena McCullagh, retired (103).

Short National:

Gents' recurve: 1 Jim Edmondson, 1442 (119); 2 Bob Taylor, 1435 (324).

Andy Friend Challenge Trophy: David Smith.

Bob Taylor Challenge Trophy: Jim Edmondson.

Highest score of the day cup: Bob Taylor.

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All the cmpetitors and their prizes.

Friday 12 April (postponed from Good Friday, 29 March, due to the state of the ground): Windy and cold away from the floodlights, but surprisingly warm under them. The ground was soft, so stopped the misses from traveling too far (fletchings and nocks fluorescing under the floodlights helped with finding them).

We initially had a tie for the Woodpecker trophy (the first arrow to end up in the woodwork) between Aidan Raine and Peter White who got one apiece in the first end. The winner was eventually decided by which of the two got the next Woodpecker.

The evening ended with Bob Taylor handing out the prizes.

The prizes were:


Woodpecker: Aidan Raine.

Lowest total score: Tad Gunton (to be expected as he was shooting longbow).

Worst white (held over from Boxing Day): Sheena McCullagh.

Most petticoats (in the boss, but outside the scoring area): Sheena McCullagh (eight). (Joint second were David Smith and Aidan Raine with six each.)


Worst red: David Smith.

Our thanks go to:

  • Bob Taylor for making the Woodpecker trophy and running the evening even though he couldn't take part himself.

The actual results were:


Gent's recurve: 1 Gary Avery (516).

Gent's longbow: 1 Tad Gunton (61).

Ladies' barebow: 1 Sheena McCullagh (211).

Short Nationals:

Gent's barebow: 1 David Smith (276); 2 Peter White (269).

Junior National:

Gents Under 14 recurve: 1 Aidan Raine (123).

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Created: 27 December 2012
Updated: 23 December 2017

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