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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Friday 18 December. With unseasonable warm weather outdoors, fourteen members and one guest took to the line to compete in our annual fun Christmas Competition. Based on a Portsmouth round, each competitor shoots six arrows at each of 10 different target faces in rotation.

Bob Taylor stood down from his usual role as Santa Paramount and the evening ended with cups and medals being presented by our Lady Paramount, Grace Powell-Chandler.

And the results were:

Bow type is in brackets after the score: B = barebow; C = compound; R = recurve.

The eight winners and Lady Paramount posing with their trophies around one of the targets.

Adult gents:

  1. Clive Wilkins, 366 (R), cup.
  2. James Powell-Chandler, 287 (R), medal.
  3. Richard Hayward, 286 (C), medal.
  4. Carl Raine, 257 (B).
  5. Lewis Hayward, 246 (R).
  6. Jim Edmondson, 237 (R).
  7. Rod Luton, 227 (B).
  8. Ian Bolt, 219 (B).
  9. Derek Barton (guest), 157 (B).
  10. Rob Edwards, called away during shoot (C).

Junior gents:

  1. Leo Moate, 95 (R), cup.

Junior ladies:

  1. Evie Collingbourne, 93 (R), cup.
  2. Alice Powell-Chandler, 62 (B), medal.
  3. Erin Collingbourne, 56 (R), medal.
  4. Amber Bolt, 11 (B), medal.

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Sunday 25 October, St Crispin's Day and 600 years since the battle of Agincourt. The weather was bright and crisp, although the temperature dropped as the afternoon wore on. We wanted all members to have the chance to take part so we shot shorter distances than given in the Rules of Shooting, see the Clout (local rules) section of the local rounds and local rules page.

All the competitors standing behind the measuring rope with their scoring arrows laid out along the length of 
the rope.

And the results were:

The results are based on the category shot, not the distance.

Gents' barebow: 1 Lewis Hayward, 84; 2 David Smith, 71; 3 Richard Hayward, 47.

Gents' longbow: 1 Tad Gunton, 39.

Ladies' longbow: 1 Terry Ladd, 16.

Gents' under 18 jellybow: 1 Daniel Grigg, 6.

Gents' under 16 jellybow: 1 Taz Ladd, 4.

Ladies' under 14 barebow: 1 Evie Collingbourne, 58.

Gents' under 12 barebow: 1 Leo Moate, 31.

Ladies' under 12 barebow: 1 Erin Collingbourne, 31.

The day ended with the medals being awarded by the competition organiser Tad Gunton.

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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.

When the sun shone it was nice and warm, but whenever the clouds came over, the temperature dropped markedly. What was nice was that there was very little wind.

All the competitors and the Lady Paramount, (wearing the pointy hat), before the competition started.

And the results were:

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


Gents' recurve: 1 David Smith, 1467 (394); 2 Jim Edmondson, 1419 (200); 3 Rob Edwards, 1340 (236).

Gents' barebow: 1 Pete Brown, 1499 (264); 2 Ian Bolt, 1369 (310); 3 Bob Taylor, 1342 (123); 4 Bob Brooks, 1314 (111); Rod Luton, did not shoot.

Gents' longbow: 1 Tad Gunton, 1413 (133).

Ladies' barebow: 1 Sheena McCullagh, 1274 (71).

Short National:

Gents' recurve: 1 James Powell-Chandler, 1470 (405).

Gents' longbow: Jerry Sly; did not shoot.

Short Junior National:

Gents' under 12 recurve (head-to-head): 1 Leo Moate, not applicable (166).

Ladies' under 12 recurve: 1 Erin Collingbourne, 1494 (323).

Very Short Junior National:

Ladies' under 12 barebow (head-to-head): 1 Alice Powell-Chandler, not applicable (278); 2 Amber Bolt, not applicable (188).

Vic Williams Shield: 1 David Smith (9); 2 Sheena McCullagh (3); 3 Bob Taylor (2).

Best golds (called at the sixth end): Adults; James Powell-Chandler. Juniors; Leo Moate.

The day ended with the prizes being awarded by the Lady Paramount, Tanzy Brown, who is wearing the pointy hat in the photo.

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Sunday 3 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.

Horrible weather, cold and very windy, kept the number of entrants down, with four of the nine people entered withdrawing before the start. This meant that we had no entries for the Bob Taylor Challenge Trophy. The round was reduced by two dozen.

And the results were:

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


Gents' recurve: 1 Rob Edwards, 1409 (202).

Gents' barebow: 1 Bob Taylor 1490 (186); 2 David Smith, 1414 (246); 3 Ian Bolt 1384 (177).

Gents' longbow: 1 Tad Gunton, 1367 (33).

Andy Friend Challenge Trophy: Bob Taylor.

Bob Taylor Challenge Trophy: No entry.

Highest score of the day cup: David Smith.

Lowest number of golds medal: Tad Gunton.

With no lady present to do duty as Lady paramount, the day ended with Bob Taylor handing out the prizes.

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Friday 10 April (rearranged from 3 April): It was warm when we started, but got rapidly cooler as the sun went down, partially because of the clear skies, but partially because of the number of floodlights not working. The ground was exceptionally firm, which meant that missed arrows were sitting on top of the grass so were very easy to find, despite the limited light, which we usually rely on to make the fletching and nocks fluoresce. The exceptionally firm ground caused the arrows to skip, with some travelling to the far end of the range, up to 70 yards behind the target, but were luckily still within the lighted area.

Two 'casualties' of the evening were; one of Tad's longbow arrows and Tanzy managed to shoot Bob and Sheena's score sheets.

The first end brought woodpeckers (the first arrow to end up in the woodwork) from both Bob and Sheena. Luckily for Sheena, as the trophy had been made from one of her broken arrows, her woodpecker was with her last arrow and by the time she shot it, Bob had already finished the end, so we were able to award the Woodpecker trophy based on that.

The Handicap Improver's Medals had not yet been presented, so with both winners present, prior to the floodlit awards being distributed, Sheena presented the two winners with their medals: Bob Taylor (GPA) and Tad Gunton (BB).

The evening ended with Bob Taylor handing out the prizes.

The prizes were:


Woodpecker: Bob Taylor. Second: Sheena McCullagh.

Lowest total score: Tanzy Brown (who unseated Tad Gunton who usually wins it as he shoots longbow).

Worst white (held over from Boxing Day): Tanzy Brown (with a line cutter petticoat/one ring).

Most petticoats (in the paper target, but outside the scoring area): Sheena McCullagh and Bob Taylor, 6 each. Third: Tad Gunton, 5. Fourth equal: David Smith and Pete Brown, 4. Sixth: Ian Bolt, 3. Seventh: Tanzy Brown, 2.


Best Gold: Ian Bolt (called on the eleventh end).

Most trophies: Tanzy Brown. This was an on the hoof decision, this was Tanzy's first club competition, but as she'd have to return the trophies next year, we wanted her to have something to commemorate the evening.

Our thanks go to:

  • Jim Brooks, our liaison officer at the rugby club, for key holding for us for the evening and coming back in his own time to lock up.
  • Bob Taylor for making the Woodpecker trophy and running the evening.

The actual results were:


Gent's barebow: 1 David Smith (365); 2 Ian Bolt (300); 3 Pete Brown (91).

Gent's longbow: 1 Tad Gunton (97).

Short Nationals:

Gent's recurve: 1 Bob Taylor (275).

Ladies' barebow: 1 Sheena McCullagh (157); 2 Tanzy Brown (60).

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Created: 9 December 2014
Updated: 23 December 2017

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