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17 December – Indoor Christmas fun competition. Shooting at specially designed and printed target faces, seven brave souls took to the line. Our thanks go to Tournament Organiser, Bob Taylor, for not only organising the whole event, designing and printing the target faces, but for then donning his own pointy hat to do duty as Santa Paramount. For full results and photo please see the Christmas indoor section of the Competitions 2010 page.

27 December – Happy birthday web site, four years old today. For your birthday present you get a complete makeover, including the long awaited British Sign Language welcome video.

Not quite the coldest December since records began, but the coldest early snap since the 1960s has just about put pay to outdoor shooting, so such as they are, here are the congratulations:

Congratulations go to:

  • Dave Fullerton for reducing his indoor handicap by one point (10/12). For being daft enough to shoot outdoors on a bitterly cold day and still managing to reduce his longbow handicap by one point, a score that was also his personal best for the round (12/12). For shooting his compound outdoor for the first time and setting new overall 2010 and club records (29/12).
  • David Hayden for gaining his indoor starting handicap and classifying as F (10/12).
  • Rodney Luton for gaining his recurve indoor starting handicap and classifying as F (10/12).

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1 November – The clocks have gone back and with the rapidly shortening days we've started our mid-week winter hours.

7 November – Welcome to new member Meg Fennell who joins us after being taught by her father, a very experienced archer. Meg's grandmother used to shoot for County some years ago.

14 November – Welcome to our second new member of the month David Hayden who joins us after completing the beginner's course earlier in the year.

We were also joined today by two guest shooters, father and son Neil and George Brown. They normally shoot with Gordano Valley Archers, but their own ground is waterlogged, so they made a welcome addition to out line instead.

Congratulations go to:

  • Gary Avery for setting a new overall 2010 record (03/11). For reducing his indoor handicap by three points (06/11). For reducing his indoor handicap by a further point (12/11). For getting his third recurve first class score so qualifying as first class (21/11). For setting a new overall 2010 score, reducing his indoor handicap by two points and gaining his first C class score in the process (26/11).
  • George Brown who guest shot with us and set a new group 2010 record (14/11).
  • Mark-Jan Dielemans for reducing his handicap by two points (07/11). For reducing his handicap by a further point (14/11).
  • Dave Fullerton for setting new overall club and 2010 indoor records (19/11).
  • Corey Gould for reducing his handdicap by two points and getting his second second class score (21/11).
  • Jer Gould for gaining his barebow starting handicap, classifying as Archer and setting a new overall 2010 record (21/11).

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1 October – We've started our indoor shoots on Friday evening; just as well with the weather outdoors deteriorating rapidly.

Congratulations go to:

  • Gary Avery for setting a new overall club record, reducing his recurve handicap by two points and getting his second first class score (06/10). For gaining his indoor starting handicap and classifying as 'E' (15/10). For reducing that handicap by four points and classifying as 'D' (23/10). For reducing his indoor handicap by a further point (30/10).
  • Dave Fullerton for reducing his handicap by two points (06/10). For gaining his indoor recurve starting handicap and classifying as 'G' (09/10). For reducing his indoor handicap by three points (23/10). For reducing it by another point and qualifying as 'F' (29/10). For reducing his indoor handicap by yet another point (30/10).
  • Corey Gould for setting a new 2010 group record and getting his second third class score (10/10). For getting his starting handicap and his first second class score, which was also his third third class score, so qualifying as third class and setting new group 2010 and club records in the process – wow (31/10).
  • Jer Gould for setting a new overall 2010 record (10/10).
  • Jamie King for reducing his handicap by two points (10/10). For reducing his handicap by a further two points (31/10).
  • Clive Wilkins for setting a new overall 2010 record (13/10). For beating that same record (24/10). For beating it yet again and reducing his handicap by two points (31/10).

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3 September, newborn Charlotte Dielemans.

3 September – A lovely start to the month, a new arrival. Congratulations to Mark-Jan Dielemans and Vicky Stevens on the birth of their daughter Charlotte Fleur (see photo). Charlotte was born at 9.37 pm weighing a healthy 6 lbs 7 oz, a little sister for one year-old Xavier Oliver.

3 September – Meanwhile, back at the club house, it was the AGM with many changes of officers. The new list can be found on the Contact us page.

5 September – Welcome to our first two new members of the month, father and son Jer and Corey Gould who join us after completing our beginners' course.

5 September – Our annual club championships. With wet and windy weather, numbers taking part were down, but records were still set and handicaps reduced. The results are in the Annual championship section of the Competitions 2010 page, the congratulations are below.

26 September – Welcome to new member Michael Gill who joins us as a transferee from Bath Archers.

Congratulations go to:

  • Gary Avery for getting his second first class score and reducing his handicap by three points (02/09). For setting new overall 2010 and club records and reducing his handicap by a further two points (05/09). For setting new overall 2010 and club records, beating the previous records by nearly 70 points, qualifying as first class and reducing his handicap by two points (08/09). For reducing his recurve handicap by two points (22/09). For setting a new overall 2010 record, reducing his handicap by a further two points and gaining his first recurve first class score (26/09).
  • Mark-Jan Dielemans for qualifying as third class (12/09).
  • Dave Fullerton for reducing his recurve handicap by four points (08/09). For reducing it by another three points (19/09).
  • Corey Gould for getting his first third class score on the day he joined the club (05/09).
  • Jamie King for gaining his starting handicap and qualifying as Archer (08/09). For reducing his handicap by three points (19/09).
  • Trevor Lapham for getting his first second class score and reducing his handicap by two points (05/09).
  • Sheena McCullagh for setting a new overall 2010 record and reclassifying as second class longbow (19/09).
  • Rob Morgan for setting a new overall 2010 record and reducing his handicap by two points (05/09).
  • Tim Morgan for setting a new group 2010 record and reducing his handicap by two points (05/09).
  • Neville Perrett for gaining his starting handicap and qualifying as Archer (12/09).

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1 August – What a day for firsts, three members gaining their first qualifying score for a new classification level. All three of them also set new 2010 records. Two of them are father and son and it appears that our beginners didn't want to be left out, two of them also set new overall 2010 records. What a day.

7 August – Father and son Rob and Tim Morgan are still neck a neck, both getting their second qualifying score for a new classification. So who's going to be the first to classify, or will they share honours?

8 August – And the winner is Tim Morgan. He got his third qualifying score today, while his dad missed out by 24 points.

15 August – Our first new member of the month. Welcome to Christopher Jones who completed our beginner's course earlier in the year and was spurred on to join today because it was his brother's first day on the course.

29 August – Two more new members. Welcome to John Miller and Neville Perrett who both join after completing our beginners course.

30 August – And another new member. Welcome to Jamie King who also joins us after completing our beginners course.

Congratulations go to:

  • Gary Avery for reducing his handicap by one point and getting his second second class score (01/08). For reducing his handicap by a further two points and qualifying as second class (05/08). For switching to barebow, setting new overall club and 2010 records, and gaining his first second class score (07/08). For getting his second second class barebow score (08/08). For qualifying as second class and getting his starting handicap at barebow (12/08). For getting his first first class score and reducing his barebow handicap by five points (30/08).
  • Darren Cooper for setting a new overall 2010 record while on the beginners' course (01/08).
  • Mark-Jan Dielemans for getting his second third class score (08/08). For gaining his barebow starting handicap and qualifying as Archer (22/08).
  • Dave Fullerton for finally reverting back to recurve, submitting a third score, so gaining his starting handicap and classifying as Archer (03/08). For reverting to barebow and reducing his handicap by four points (05/08). For reducing his barebow handicap by a massive five points and getting his first barebow third class score (12/08). For reducing his handicap by a further point and getting his second third class score (14/08). For qualifying as third class (17/08).
  • Corey Gould for setting a new group 2010 record while on the beginners' course (08/08).
  • Tony Jones for setting a new overall 2010 record, beating the previous record by 72 points and the previous group record (which was set by a club member) by 108 points, and he's only on week two of the beginner's course (22/08).
  • Steve Ludwell for changing to Longbow, setting a new overall 2010 record and getting his first third class score (01/08). For submitting his third longbow score, getting his starting handicap and classifying as archer (03/08). For reducing his handicap by two points and qualifying as third class (05/08).
  • Jamie King for setting a new overall 2010 record while on the beginners' course (01/08).
  • Sheena McCullagh for picking up a longbow after a two year break, setting new group 2010 and club records and getting her first second class score (05/08). For shooting a different round, setting new group 2010 and club records and getting her second second class score (21/08).
  • Tim Morgan for setting a new group 2010 record and getting his first third class score (01/08). For getting his second third class score, his staring handicap and qualifying as Archer (07/08). For setting a new group 2010 record and qualifying as third class (08/08).
  • Rob Morgan for setting a new overall 2010 record and getting his first first class score (01/08). For getting his second first class score (07/08). For setting a new overall 2010 record (28/08).
  • Nathaniel Morris for setting a new group club record and reducing his handicap by one point (08/08).
  • Mark Pollard for shooting a longbow for the first time and putting in a second class score (03/08). For setting new overall 2010 and club records and getting his second second class score (05/08). For buying his own longbow and putting in a third class score, thus qualifying as third class and gaining a starting handicap (15/08).
  • Paul Wilcox for setting new overall and club records with his third shoot with the longbow, gaining his second second class score, which was also his third third class score, thus qualifying him as third class and gaining a starting handicap (12/08).

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24 July – Welcome to our first new member of the month Carly Avery who joins us after completing our beginners' course. She joins her dad, Gary, who became a member last month.

Congratulations go to:

  • Gary Avery for reducing his handicap by one point and getting his second third class score (10/07). For qualifying as third class (11/07). For setting a new overall 2010 record (22/07). For reducing his handicap by one point (24/07). For reducing his handicap by another point (29/07). For gaining his first second class score and reducing his handicap by a further three points (31/07).
  • Mark-Jan Dielemans for switching bow type and hence gaining his first third class score with his first round (24/07).
  • Sam Ellis for setting a new group 2010 record while on the beginners' course (18/07).
  • Ben Francis for setting new overall 2010 and club records, gaining his first Bowman score and reducing his handicap by one point (11/07).
  • Dave Fullerton for setting new overall 2010 and club records, gaining his first third class score and reducing his handicap by three points (01/07). For getting his second third class score and reducing his handicap by a further two points (27/07). For qualifying as third class (31/07).
  • Corey Gould for setting a new overall 2010 record while on the beginners' course (18/07).
  • Melanie Hilton for setting a new overall 2010 record (25/07).
  • Scott Hilton for setting a new group 2010 record (27/07).
  • Steve Ludwell for reducing his handicap by one point and getting his first first class score (01/07). For gaining his second first class score (20/07). For reducing his handicap by a further point and qualifying as first class (30/07).
  • Rodney Luton for getting his first second class score and reducing his handicap by on point (08/07). For setting new overall 2010 and club records and getting his second second class score (20/07). For reducing his handicap by another two points and qualifying as second class (22/07).
  • Rob Morgan for setting a new overall 2010 record (10/07). For beating that same record (24/07). For trying a different round and setting a new overall 2010 record in that as well (27/07).
  • Nathaniel Morris for setting new overall 2010 and club records and getting his starting handicap and qualifying as third class, all in one go (04/07).

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6 June – Welcome to our first new member of the month Darius Saunders. Darius has recently moved to Bristol and joins us as an existing archer having been shooting with South Wansdyke Archery Club until now.

13 June – Two more members to welcome Nathaniel Morris and Gary Avery who both join us after completing our beginners' course.

26 June – Congratulations to both Rob Morgan and Mark Pollard who went for interviews for the Level 2 coaching course. Both have been accepted. Well done to the two of you.

27 June – Midsummer club competition. Full details of the winners can be found in the Midsummer section of the 2010 competitions page.

Congratulations go to:

  • Gary Avery for setting a new group 2010 record on the last week of his beginner's course (06/06). For setting a new overall 2010 record on the day he joined the club (13/06). For setting a new overall 2010 and club group record (24/06). For getting his starting handicap and classifying as Archer (26/06). For setting a new overall 2010 record, getting his first third class score and reducing his handicap by a massive four points (27/06).
  • Mark-Jan Dielemans for gaining his starting handicap and classifying as 'Archer' (13/06). For reducing his handicap by one point (26/06).
  • Dave Fullerton for reducing his handicap by one point (24/06). For setting a new overall 2010 and a new group club record and reducing his handicap by one point in the process (27/06).
  • Rodney Luton for setting new 2010 and club overall records (12/06). For setting a new 2010 overall record and reducing his handicap by one point (27/06).
  • Rob Morgan for setting a new overall 2010 record (05/06). For setting another new overall 2010 record on a different round and reducing his handicap by one point (26/06). For reducing his handicap by another point (27/06).
  • Nathaniel Morris for setting a new group 2010 record on the last week of his beginner's course. It was also a third class score, not often we get a beginner doing that (06/06). For setting a new club group record and gaining his first third class score on the day he joined the club (13/06). For getting his second third class score (27/06).
  • Mark Pollard for reducing his handicap by one point and getting his second second class (03/06). For qualifying as second class (10/06). For going out a distance and setting new 2010 and club overall records (12/06).
  • Bob Taylor for reducing his handicap by one point (06/06).
  • Paul Wilcox for setting new overall 2010 and club records and getting his first second class score, which was also his first third class score (10/06). For getting his second third class score (17/06).
  • Clive Wilkins for setting a new 2010 overall record (06/06). For beating that same record (26/06).

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May


10 April, newborn Noah Wilcox.

2 May – Welcome to our first new member of the year Dave Fullerton. Unfortunately due to the cold and blustery weather Dave was not able to continue the trend set by so many of the new members over the last couple of years, ie set a new overall annual record. However, he was shooting longbow and does appear to be following in that tradition instead, ie attempting to kill the boss, stand or flag with a single arrow. Watch out Frank you've now got a rival.

9 May – Welcome to our first new junior member of the year Kieron Griffin, who not only our newest member, but also our youngest. If the surname seems familiar that's because he's Nick's nephew.

16 May – Welcome to three more members, Mark-Jan Dielemans and father and son combo Jeff and Ben Price. Mark-Jan joins us from Holland where he shot for several years and Jeff and Ben completed our beginners' course last summer, but as it was coming up to rugby season, waited until now to join.

17 May – What a month this is proving to be, not only our first new members of the year, but now also our first new arrival of the year. Congratulations to Paul and Sarah Wilcox who have become parents again (see photo). Noah Wilcox arrived on Monday 17 May at 9.07pm, weighing a healthy 7 lbs 11 ozs, a younger brother for Gethin. Now Paul and Sarah have two fletchlings (mascots) in the making.

30 May – Welcome to our sixth new member of the month Ivan Sajdak. Ivan brings even more bow type diversity to the club being our first ever compound limited archer. So, automatically, the round he shot today is a new overall club record.

Congratulations go to:

  • Gary Avery for setting a new overall 2010 record while on the beginner's course (16/05).
  • Mark-Jan Dielemans for setting a new group 2010 record with his first submitted score (22/05).
  • Ben Francis for setting new overall 2010 and club records (22/05).
  • Dave Fullerton for setting a new overall 2010 and club group record with his first submitted score (03/05). For beating those same records by 58 points (16/05). For moving out a distance, gaining his starting handicap and classifying as Archer (20/05). For reducing his handicap by one point (22/05). For changing to longbow and setting a new overall 2010 and a new group club record (26/05). For beating those same records (27/05). Beating them yet again and gaining his starting handicap and classifying as Archer in the process (30/05).
  • Rodney Luton for qualifying as third class (09/05). For setting a new overall 2010 record and reducing his handicap by one point (13/05). For setting a new 2010 overall record and reducing his handicap by one point (22/05). For reducing his handicap by another one point (30/05). And doing it yet again (31/05).
  • Sheena McCullagh for setting a new group 2010 record (20/05). Then beating that same record (31/05).
  • Rob Morgan for setting a new overall 2010 record (03/05). For beating that same record and reducing his handicap by one point (31/05).
  • Nathaniel Morris for setting a new overall 2010 record while on the beginner's course (16/05).
  • Mark Pollard for setting a new overall 2010 record (20/05). For moving out a distance, reducing his handicap by two points and getting his first second class score (27/05).
  • Ivan Sajdak for setting a new overall club record on his first shoot with the club (30/05).
  • Carolyn Twist for setting a new 2010 group record (21/05).
  • Clive Wilkins for setting a new overall 2010 record (31/05).

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4 April – Easter Day and the Easter club tournament. Full details of the winners can be found in the Easter section of the 2010 competitions page.

Congratulations go to:

  • Ben Francis for setting a new overall 2010 record (11/04). Then beating that same record (25/04).
  • Tom Francis for setting a new overall 2010 record and reducing his handicap by three points (18/04).
  • Dave Fullerton for setting a new overall 2010 record while on the beginner's course (18/04).
  • Trevor Lapham for setting a new overall 2010 record (18/04).
  • Rodney Luton for setting a new 2010 overall record, reducing his handicap by ione point and getting his second third class score (25/04).

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6 March – The club gained two new level 1 coaches today – Rob Morgan and Mark Pollard. Congratulations and very well done to you both. Congratulations also go to Hossein Tavakoli who passed his final assessment as a coach as well. However he was a very late applicant for the course so all the paperwork hasn't yet caught up with itself. Once that is in place he will also become one of our club coaches.

11 March – All junior archers are eligible to take part in JAWS (Junior Awards Scheme). They are awarded points for reducing handicaps, entering competitions and so on. At the end of the year all the points are added up and eventually, ie today, certificates are sent to club secretaries. Harry Francis was our only participating member, coming 86 overall and as he was in the top 100, for the second year running he also received a metal pin badge. Yet again, well done H.

Congratulations go to:

  • Ben Francis for setting new overall 2010 and club records (07/03). For setting a new overall 2010 record (21/03).
  • Tom Francis for setting a new overall 2010 record (14/03).
  • Rodney Luton for setting a new overall 2010 record (07/03). For beating that same record and gaining his first third class score (14/03). For setting a new overall 2010 indoor record and reducing his handicap by two points (26/03).
  • Bob Taylor for reducing his indoor handicap by one point (05/03). For setting a new group 2010 record and reducing his handicap by one point (07/03). For reducing his indoor handicap by one point (19/03).
  • Carolyn Twist for gaining her indoor starting handicap and classifying as E (12/03). For Reducing that handicap by one point and setting a new group 2010 indoor record (19/03).
  • Paul Wilcox for reducing his indoor handicap by one point (19/03).

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7 February – With six people shooting the New Year best gold trophy was finally competed for. And the winner was Ben Francis. Congratulations Ben.

25 February – We have adopted our first fletching, Haydn Bath. For more information about fletchlings please see the mascots page.

Congratulations go to:

  • Harry Francis for setting a new overall 2010 record (07/02).
  • Tom Francis for setting a new overall 2010 record (07/02).
  • Nick Griffin for setting a new overall 2010 record (21/02).
  • Rodney Luton for setting a new overall 2010 record (07/02). For setting a new overall 2010 indoor record and reducing his handicap by two points (26/02).
  • Greg Smith for setting a new group indoor record and classifying as 'F' (19/02).
  • Bob Taylor for reducing his indoor handicap by one point (26/02).
  • Paul Wilcox for setting new overall annual indoor and club records and reducing his handicap by two points (26/2).

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1 January – Happy New Year everyone. And we start the year with something slightly different, a trip back in time and a jump in location. Archery has long been an inclusive sport for disabled people and this Pathé news clip of 'Amateur Robin Hoods', 1957 at Southend-on-Sea shows just that. Unfortunately we hadn't quite reached gender equality at that point, the women's competition followed the men's. Many thanks to Philip Rolls, the web editor for The society of archers and the ancient silver arrow, aka 'The Scorton Arrow', for the link.

Meanwhile, back at the outdoor venue, four hardy souls took to the line for the first shoot of the year, Nick Griffin, Mel and Scott Hilton and Steve Ludwell. They were supported by representatives of the Morgan and Wilcox clans. With the temperatures so low, only Nick and Steve completed their rounds, both getting their first reclassification score of the year. Congratulations both. However, with only two people finishing the shoot it was decided to hold over the New Year best gold trophy until the first full Sunday outing of the year.

Handicap Improvement Medal – this is awarded annually to the club member who has achieved the highest handicap reduction in the previous year. There are very strict eligibility criteria set by the GNAS, so for 2009 those were:

  • Being a club member by 1 July 2008 and still being a member on 31 December 2009, and
  • Holding a starting handicap in the relevant bow type on 1 January 2009, and
  • Having submitted a minimum of eight scores during 2009.

And the winners were:

  • Bristol Bowmen Juniors – in first place, shooting recurve, with a handicap reduction of two points, Harry Francis.
  • Bristol Bowmen – winner with a handicap reduction of one point Rob Morgan (recurve).
  • Golden Phoenix Archers – winner with a handicap reduction of two points Nick Griffin (barebow).

Congratulations go to:

  • Nick Griffin for setting a new overall 2010 record the first new record of the year (01/01). For getting his longbow indoor starting handicap, classifying as 'G' and setting a new overall 2010 indoor record in the process (22/01). For setting a new 2010 overall outdoor record (24/01).
  • Trevor Lapham for setting a new overall 2010 record (03/01).
  • Steve Ludwell for being the first person in either club to reclassify for the year (24/01).
  • Rodney Luton for setting a new overall 2010 indoor record (07/01). For setting a new overall 2010 outdoor record. For beating his 2010 indoor record (29/01).
  • Rob Morgan for setting a new overall 2010 indoor record and reducing his handicap by two points (22/01).
  • Greg Smith for setting a new group 2010 indoor record and reducing his handicap by one points (29/01).
  • Bob Taylor for setting a new overall 2010 indoor record (15/01).
  • Carolyn Twist for setting a new group 2010 indoor record (22/01). For beating that same record (29/01).

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