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8 December – with still no chance of washing out the container after the flooding, we're relying solely on our indoor shooting.

13 December – county have updated their records pages. Sheena McCullagh has been confirmed as holding the ladies barebow Long National, bringing her total up to five records. David Smith has beaten his own gents recurve FITA 50m county record and also has the gents barebow FITA 50m record, plus the 50m distance split. This means that David is now the first member of Golden Phoenix archers to hold county records in two different disciplines, what's more they are for the same round. Congratulations David, this is an achievement that can never be taken away from you.

24 December – we've flooded again: bang goes the Boxing Day Shoot. Happy Christmas everyone.

27 December – happy birthday web site, six years old today. (This bad weather must be sending Sheena and David 'stir crazy', they've just sung 'Happy Birthday' to the web site.)

Congratulations go to:

  • John Chappell for reducing his handicap by one point (05/12). For setting a new overall club indoor record, reducing his handicap by 2 points and classifying as D (07/12). For reducing his handicap by one point and getting his first first class score (09/12).
  • Dave Fullerton for reducing his indoor barebow handicap by five points (04/12). For reducing it by another two points and gaining his G classification (07/12).
  • Clive Wilkins for classifying as C (04/12). For reducing his indoor handicap by one point (07/12).

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4 November – what a lovely way to start the month, the county records have already been updated so they now show that Sheena McCullagh holds the ladies' barebow New National, Long Warwick, Warwick and FITA 50m records, David Smith holds the gents' recurve FITA 50m record and Anna Perkins has finally been awarded the ladies' under 14 recurve Short Junior Warwick record (she should have had it before, but it got missed out on the last update). The records for Sheena and David are the first ever county records for members of Golden Phoenix Archers (GPA).

9 November – not content with the score for his county record for the FITA 50m, David Smith shot it again today. He beat his previous score by 36 points, setting new overall club and 2012 records, reducing his handicap and qualifying as third class in the process. We will now have to start playing the waiting game all over again until we can submit the score to county at the end of the month and see if they ratify it.

11 November – welcome to Jim Edmondson a returnee to the sport. He joins us after having an assessment in late October.

14 November – Sheena McCullagh picked yet another round to have a go at a county record. Again we will have to wait for it to be ratified at the end of the month, but if it is, it will be her fifth county record, since 1 October.

15 November – David Smith has shot the FITA 50m again, this time barebow, and has hopefully set another county record. If it is ratified at the end of the month, he will be the first ever member of GPA to have county records in two different disciplines. It was also a 2012 and club group record and qualified him for third class barebow.

Long view of the floods on 24 November.

21 to 25 November – It came out of nowhere, the worst flood for ten years: Wednesday 21 the ground had been dry, by Thursday 22 the ground was flooded as was our storage container. A rescue attempt was organised for Friday 23, but had to be aborted as the water was even higher (first photo). Saturday 24 saw the levels drop (and recede from the container), but we still couldn't get there as the intervening land was flooded. On Sunday 25, yet another attempt was made to reach the container, this time it was possible to get along the bank behind the container, but the water was too deep to leave the safety of the bank, so that attempt was also aborted.

We did take quite a lot of photos on the Friday, ranging from landscapes, through objects and trains to the members of the rescue squad. A selection of the best of the images can be found on:

We've also found a You Tube clip taken by a train spotter, but it has some good panning shots as the train passes by the rugby club: (HD) 67029 passes flooded Keynsham Rugby Fields with reflection 24.11.12.

Swan swimming majestically on the floods on Monday 26 November.

26 to 28 November – On Monday 26, the flood was right back up where it had been the previous Friday and now had a swan enjoying the water (second photo, a large version can be found in the Swan lake section of the second of the photo galleries below). Tuesday 27, the swan was still there in the morning, but by the evening the water was receding so fast that it was clear the twice aborted rescue attempt could be made the day after. Wednesday 28, the water had dropped so far that we were able to walk across without having to splash through many puddles. The rescue squad this time comprised, Jim Edmondson, Sheena McCullagh, David Smith and Peter White.

Rather than describe the mess we found, take a look at the first of the photo galleries below, which contains a selection of the best, or worst, depending on your perspective, of the photos that were taken inside the container on Wednesday. The second photo gallery below contains a few select images of the grounds, also taken on Wednesday.

Once home and warm, Sheena and David started to speculate how much water there had been on the grounds at the height of the flood. By their own admissions, they were nerdy enough to work it out:

The ground is 27 acres in total, but the top car park and club house weren't flooded, so, erring on the side of caution, deduct one acre, therefore use 26 acres in the calculations.

1 acre = 43560 square feet.
Square feet multiplied by depth = cubic feet.
There are 6.23 UK gallons per cubic foot.
1 gallon of water weighs 10 pounds and there are 2,240 pounds in an imperial ton, therefore divide the total gallons by 224 to get the weight of the water, so:

26 x 43560 = 1,132,560 square feet.

Using an average depth of 3 feet: 3 x 1,132,560 = 3,397,680 cubic feet x 6.23 = 21,167,546.4 gallons / 224 = 94,498 tons of water.

Using an average depth of 5 feet: 5 x 1,132,560 = 5,662,800 cubic feet x 6.23 = 35,279,244 gallons / 224 = 157,496.5 tons of water.

Or to put it another way, at 3 feet deep, it would have kept Niagara Falls supplied for around 2 minutes and at 5 feet deep, about 3.5 minutes.

Congratulations go to:

  • Gary Avery for setting a new indoor overall 2012 record (09/11).
  • John Chappell for reducing his handicap by one point (03/11). For setting new overall 2012 and club indoor records, reducing his handicap by four points and getting his first D classification (09/11). For reducing his indoor handicap by another point and getting his second D classification (23/11).
  • Dave Fullerton for reducing his indoor longbow handicap by one point (20/11). For reducing his indoor barebow handicap by four points (30/11).
  • Sheena McCullagh for setting a new overall 2012 record and what is hopefully another county record (14/11).
  • Aidan Raine for setting a new group 2012 record and getting his first third class score (18/11).
  • Carl Raine for setting a new overall 2012 record on the fourth week of his beginner's course (15/11).
  • David Smith for setting new overall 2012 and club records and what is hopefully a new county record, reducing his handicap by one point and getting his third third class score, so qualifying as third class (09/11). For going back to barebow and getting his first third class score (11/11). For gaining his barebow starting handicap, getting his first second class score which was also his second third class score and classifying as Archer (14/11). For setting new club and 2012 group records and what is hopefully another county record and gaining his third barebow third class score, so qualifying as third class (15/11).
  • Peter White for reducing his handicap by one point and getting his first third class score (18/11).
  • Clive Wilkins for reducing his indoor handicap by one point and getting his first C class score (16/11). For getting his second C class score (23/11).

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1 October – Golden Phoenix Archers (GPA) today switched county affiliation from Somerset into Gloucestershire. This means that GPA members can now go for county records when shooting at club target days instead of having to shoot in open competitions. This has brought GPA in line with Bristol Bowmen.

5 October – on her first shoot in her new county, GPA member, Sheena McCullagh, has set what looks to be a new county record. It will need submitting to county at the end of the month and ratifying, but it is looking hopeful as she more than doubled the existing record for the round, a score that has stood since May 1995. If it is ratified by county, this will be the first ever county record for GPA. It was also an overall 2012 and club record.

Talking of county records, Gloucestershire got a bit behind with all the Olympic preparations, but at last their web site has been update to confirm that Michelle Carey did indeed set a barebow county record on 20 June for the FITA 70m. Well done Michelle. In addition, when we came to do the end of month trawl through, we realised that the score Michelle got at the club championship on 2 September is also a potential county record, so that has now been submitted.

12 October – shooting in very windy conditions Sheena McCullagh went out a distance from the previous week and set what looks like another county record. Again we will have to wait for it to be ratified.

14 October – welcome to three new members, Jenny Williams and Peter Jones, who join us after completing the 'family and friends' beginner's course and Jolyon Miles-Wilson, who was added into the course for three lessons to top-up a private course he had taken in the summer back in his home town of Hastings. Welcome to all of you.

As late as it is in the year and therefore more difficult to set new annual records, Jenny Williams managed to set a new group 2012 record on the day she joined. This was quite unusually done in that as she joined at the end of the shoot, the record set was still officially while she was a beginner rather than as a member. Nonetheless, well done Jenny.

19 October – the weather this week was very still, but poor light so Sheena McCullagh went out another distance from the previous week and set what looks like another county record although it is way below her personal best. Once again we will have to wait for it to be ratified.

24 October – with the wind blowing from the opposite direction to usual and the light so poor that depth perception was going by the time they started shooting at 1pm, Sheena got out the 'Green Book' to find an appropriate round and saw that as of April 2012 a new round had been added, the FITA 50m, shot on an 80cm face. Sheena McCullagh and David Smith elected to shoot the round and when they got home, they found that it was no where at all on the county records. A quick 'phone call to the County Record Officer soon revealed that no one has yet submitted a score for the round in any age group or bow type. County are pondering accepting it as a valid round for record purposes (the green book shows it is), so it's looking like both of them have got a county record by default, and as they both admit, with very low scores, so they're going to try improving on that as soon as possible. As they were shooting different bow types, they both also bagged themselves overall 2012 and club records.

25 October – the county records have been updated and are showing that Michelle Carey now holds the ladies' barebow National record and Anna Perkins holds the ladies' under 12 recurve Short Junior Warwick record. Many of the scores that we submitted for Anna have been superceded since she shot them, but with the length of time it's taken for them to appear on the county web site, we'll never know whether or not they were records at the point she shot them.

The Short Junior Warwick is also a valid round for ladies under 14 and it's currently vacant. The way the county records work is that if a junior beats a score in a higher age group, or the record is vacant, they get the record in that age group as well, all the way up through the age groups until the round is no longer valid. Thus Anna Perkins should also hold the record for the ladies under 14, but it got missed at the time the records were updated. The County Records' Officer has promised us that if no one beats the score between now and the next update, the records will be amended to show Anna as holding the record in the higher age group as well.

Congratulations go to:

  • Joe Barlow for setting a new group 2012 record (07/10).
  • Michelle Carey for reducing her indoor handicap by one point (05/10).
  • John Chappell for reducing his indoor handicap by one point (12/10).
  • Dave Fullerton for setting new overall 2012 and club records (01/10). For reducing his handicap by one point (04/10).
  • Tad Gunton for going out a distance, reducing his handicap by three points and getting his second third class score (14/10).
  • Evan Hepple-Jones for setting a new overall 2012 record, getting his second third class score and reducing his handicap by one point (07/10). For beating that record, qualifying as third class and reducing his handicap by two points (14/10).
  • Sheena McCullagh for setting new overall 2012 and club records and what is hopefully a county record (05/10). For setting what is hopefully another county record (12/10). For setting new group club and 2012 records (17/10). For setting a new overall 2012 record and what is hopefully another county record (19/10). For setting new overall 2012 and club records and what is hopefully another county record (24/10).
  • Jerry Sly for shooting a longbow for the first time ever, setting a new overall 2012 record and getting a second class score (04/10). For switching back to barebow, reducing his handicap by two points and getting his first first class score (10/10).
  • David Smith for setting a new overall 2012 record, reducing his handicap by one point and getting his first third class score (14/10). For changing to barebow and setting new overall club and 2012 records (17/10). For reverting back to recurve and getting his second third class score (19/10). For setting new overall 2012 and club records and what is hopefully his first county record (24/10).
  • Joedy Taylor for setting new overall 2012 and club group records (12/10). For beating those records by 33 points (19/10).
  • Lee Taylor for reducing his indoor handicap by one point (12/10). For reducing it by another point (19/10).
  • Jenny Williams for setting a new group 2012 record on her last session as a beginner (14/10).

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2 September – the first of this year's competitions to actually take place on the day it was scheduled for. The results are in the Annual Championship section of the Competitions 2012 page, the congratulations are below.

16 September – we've had many a new member set records on their first shoot as a member, but I think today was a first: we had a beginner set a new overall 2012 record on her first shoot as a beginner, so a special congratulations to Jenny Williams. It wouldn't normally be possible for this to happen as people are not taught to score until week two of the course, but as the rest of the group were scoring and Jenny has score many times for her son Rudi, who was one of those who got a record with his first shoot as a member, she elected to score as well.

In the spirit of fair play, also setting a new overall 2012 record with his first ever scoring round, also while on the beginner's course (week 2), our congratulations go to Stewart Barlow.

30 September – what Jenny could do on 16 September, Jolyon Miles-Wilson did today. Jolyon had taken a short introductory course in Sussex over the summer, so he's doing a few top-up lessons to bring him up to the level of a full beginner's course. As such, today for the first time, he shot with sights on his bow and earned himself a new overall 2012 record in the process, well done that man.

Meanwhile Jenny moved out a distance and got herself a record as well, that's now two records in two shoots. Unfortunately for Peter Jones, our other beginner this week, the round he was shooting had already been shot this year by a club member, as opposed to another beginner, so he didn't get himself a record, but he shot very well for a first week with bow sights.

Congratulations go to:

  • Gary Avery for setting a new overall 2012 record (02/09). For setting new overall 2012 and club group records (16/09).
  • Rudi Bates for beating his own 2012 group record and getting his second third class score (02/09). For getting his third third class score, so qualifying as third class and getting his starting handicap (16/09).
  • Stewart Barlow for setting a new overall 2012 record on the second week of his beginner's course (16/09).
  • John Chappell for reducing his handicap by two points and getting his second second class score (16/09). For getting his third second class score and so qualifying as second class (29/09).
  • Michelle Carey for setting a new group club record (02/09).
  • Dave Fullerton for getting his second recurve third class score and reducing his handicap by two points (06/09). For reverting back to compound, setting new overall 2012 and club records, reducing his handicap by two points and getting his first ever third class score in this discipline (10/09). For changing bow type again (recurve) and setting a new overall club record (17/09). For setting new overall 2012 club indoor records (18/09). For beating his own records of 17 September and gaining his third third class score and so qualifying as third class (20/09).
  • Tad Gunton for setting a new overall 2012 record, gaining his first third class score, which also gave him his starting handicap and classification of Archer (16/09).
  • Evan Hepple-Jones for setting a new overall 2012 record (09/09). For setting a new overall 2012 record, getting his starting handicap and classifying as archer (16/09). For setting a new overall 2012 record, getting his first third class score and reducing his handicap by two points (30/09).
  • Peter John for setting a new overall 2012 record and reducing his handicap by one point (02/09).
  • Sheena McCullagh for reverting back to barebow and setting a new overall 2012 record (28/09).
  • Jolyon Miles-Wilson for setting a new overall 2012 record on the first week of his top-up beginner's course (30/09).
  • Aidan Raine for setting a new group 2012 record (30/09).
  • Jerry Sly for setting new overall 2012 and club records, reducing his handicap by one point and getting his second second class score (07/09). For getting his third second class score, so qualifying as second class (20/09). For reducing his handicap by two points (27/09).
  • David Smith for reducing his handicap by one point (02/09). For setting a new overall 2012 record (05/09).
  • Jenny Williams for setting a new overall 2012 record on the first week of her beginner's course (16/09). For setting a new group 2012 record on the second week of her beginner's course (30/09).

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5 August – what a lovely way to start the month, another new member, or to be precise, a previous member has re-joined after nearly two years' absence, so welcome once again to Nick Griffin; it's really good to have you back. Nick also managed to set a new record on the day he re-joined, an overall 2012 one. Well done.

7 August – believe it or not, we have another ex-member rejoin today, so welcome once again to Gareth Love. He posted his forms, so hasn't yet had chance to shoot. It's good to see old members returning, long may the trend continue.

8 August – another new member, this time a returning archer and a junior, so welcome to Joe Barlow who originally learnt and joined Cleve, but the traveling was too much.

Tonight also saw some of those who joined last month shooting for the first time. Congratulations to Tad Gunton for continuing the run of first shoots setting new records, he shot an overall 2012 one.

12 August – another new member, so a warm welcome to Dee Stainer. Dee is the latest person to join from the beginner's course. She actually paid her membership nearly a month ago, but broken printers, lost mail and the terrible weather prevented her from getting her membership forms in until today.

19 August – the latest of our new members to shoot for the first time and set a new record, so congratulations to Erica Baccus. Erica has treated herself to a compound bow and duly shot a new 2012 overall record.

23 August – your webmaster had a rather pleasant 'phone call today. Last year we added a link to Avon Ski and Action Centre (ASAC) into our courses page so that people who simply wanted to try archery, rather than do a full beginners' course and become club members, could contact an appropriate provider. So many people contacted ASAC saying they'd found the link on our site, that ASAC ran Google Analytics. It turned out that our web site is the fourth largest referrer to their site (with Google search itself being the highest referrer), a total of 106 referrals between 1 and 23 August alone. So the 'phone call was to say 'thank you' for adding the link and to make an offer of any 'help' for us, should they be able to provide it.

Congratulations go to:

  • Gary Avery for setting a new overall 2012 record and reducing his handicap by one point (12/08). For beating that same record and reducing his handicap by one point (19/08).
  • Erica Baccus for setting a new overall 2012 record on the day she joined (19/08). For over doubling that score and hence setting a new overall 2012 record (22/08).
  • John Chappell for reducing his handicap by three points and getting his first second class score (26/08).
  • Ciarán Cullen for going out a distance, reducing his handicap by three points and getting his first second class score, which also qualified him as third class (08/08).
  • Dave Fullerton for setting a new overall 2012 record (06/08). For setting a new overall 2012 record and reducing his handicap by one point (13/08). For switching back to compound, reducing that handicap by three points and setting new overall 2012 and club records (20/08). For setting a new overall 2012 record (23/08). For setting a new overall club record (27/08). For setting a new overall 2012 record and reducing his handicap by one point (28/08). For setting new overall 2012 and club records (30/08).
  • Nick Griffin for setting a new overall 2012 record on the day he joined and getting his first third class score (05/08). For going out a distance, setting a new overall 2012 record and gaining his first second class score, which was also his second third class score (12/08). For gaining his starting handicap and his second second class score, which qualified him as third class (15/08).
  • Tad Gunton for setting a new overall 2012 record on his first shoot as a member (08/08).
  • Rod Luton for setting a new overall club record (26/08).
  • Sheena McCullagh for setting a new overall 2012 record (31/08).
  • Jerry Sly for getting his barebow starting handicap and qualifying as third class (08/08). For reducing his handicap by one point and getting his first second class score (30/08).
  • David Smith for reducing his handicap by one point (10/08).
  • Peter White for reducing his handicap by three points (08/08). For reducing it by another two points (10/08). For reducing it by another one point (15/08). And doing so again (22/08).

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14 July – wow, your web master comes back from holiday to find we have 12 new members, 11 joining from the main beginners' course and the twelfth is a returning archer and father of one of those joining from the beginners' course. We've never before had so many join in one go and there's still plenty of time for the remaining 12 to join. So a big group welcome to Erica Baccus, Gregg Cowell, Andrew Cross, Ciarán Cullen, Tad Gunton, Evan Hepple-Jones, Bea Newland, Amanda Pursey, Aidan Raine, Sebastian Raine, Lauren Rupprecht, Matt Rupprecht. Happy shooting to you all.

15 July – another new member from the beginners' course; welcome to Rudi Bates. Rudi continued the recent tradition of setting a new record on the day he joined by getting a new 2012 record. It was also his first third class score. Also continuing the tradition was Sebastian Raine who set both new overall 2012 and club group records on his first shoot as a member. Well done both of you.

15 July – the Perkins family have been competing again, this time in Cheltenham. County have still not confirmed any of the scores we have previously submitted for Anna, but today she beat one of those by a staggering 75 points. Way to go girl.

15 July – also saw club captain Gary Avery shooting in his first ever competition, Tockington Archers' Summer Tournament. Shooting the York, the longest round that exists, against 14 other gents, it was quite something to take on for a first competition – and he won. Two of them got the same score (965) and the same number of hits (143), but Gary won as he had got 42 golds and the other gent had only managed 33. Well done Gary, you deserve it.

Arrows through the numbers 9 and 7.

18 July – and another new member from the beginners' course; welcome to Peter White. Following on from Rudi and Sebastian, Peter, too, set a new record, an overall 2012 one. Today was also the first time Lauren Rupprecht had shot as a member and she bagged herself new group 2012 and club records. Well done to both of you.

It also seems that Peter and Lauren are intent on getting in with the accidental trick shots, managing to skewer a number each (see photo), or maybe they are just trying to make scoring easier.

20 July – and yet another new member from the beginners' course; welcome to Ginny Starbuck. Ginny hasn't had chance to shoot, so no record for her yet.

21 July – as with so many of the new ones this year Evan Hepple-Jones set a new record on his first shoot as a member; an overall 2012 one no less. Well done, especially as he's still using club equipment, so the bow is bigger than he is. Although Matt Rupprecht is a returning archer, he, too, set a new record on his first shoot as a member; also a new overall 2012 one, beating the previous record by 94 points. Oh, and he has equipment that fits him. Last but not least in this round up of new members' achievements Bea Newland may not have set a new record, but she is the first to gain a starting handicap and classification.

21 July – and yet another new member from the beginners' course; welcome to Katarína Compľová. Like Ginny, Katarína hasn't had chance to shoot, so no record for her yet.

22 July – the Perkins family have been competing again, this time in Yate. Anna is proving to be an exceptional archer setting what appears to be another county record with a completely different round to anything she has shot before. Is there no stopping this girl?

29 July – the much delayed May Day competition and Aiden Raine took the opportunity to do his first club shoot. Like so many before him this summer, he set new records, an overall 2012 and club group ones. Well done Aiden. The results for the competition are in the May Day section of the Competitions 2012 page, the congratulations are below.

Congratulations go to:

  • Gary Avery for setting a new overall 2012 record and winning the first competition that he entered (15/07).
  • Rudi Bates for getting his first third class score and setting a new group 2012 record on the day he joined (15/07).
  • Michelle Carey for reducing her handicap by one point (01/07).
  • John Chappell for reducing his indoor handicap by one point (03/07).
  • Ciarán Cullen for getting his first third score, which also qualified him as archer and gave him his starting handicap (28/07). For reducing his handicap by three points and getting his second third class score (29/07).
  • Dave Fullerton for getting his third third class with his longbow, so qualifying as third class (01/07). For reducing his indoor handicap by one point (03/07). For reducing his recurve handicap by three points (11/07). For reducing it by another point (17/07). For reducing his handicap by a further two points and setting a new overall club record in the process (19/07).
  • Ian Hattam for setting a new overall 2012 record (13/07).
  • Evan Hepple-Jones for setting a new overall 2012 record on his first shoot as a member (21/07).
  • Peter John for setting a new overall 2012 record and reducing his handicap by one point (08/07). For doing the same again (15/07).
  • Sheena McCullagh for reverting to barebow and setting new overall 2012 and club records (27/07).
  • Bea Newland for gaining her starting handicap and classifying as 'Archer', the first of the new members to do so (21/07).
  • Andy Perkins for reducing his handicap by one point (04/07). And again (08/07). For setting a new overall 2012 record (11/07). And again on a different round (15/07). For setting new overall 2012 and club group records (22/07).
  • Anna Perkins for getting her third first class score, so qualifying as first class (04/07). For setting new 2012 and club group records and beating her score previously submitted for a County record (15/07). For setting new group 2012 and group club records and reducing her handicap by two points (22/07).
  • Mary Perkins for changing to longbow and setting new overall 2012 and club records (01/07). For reverting back to recurve and setting new overall 2012 and club group records (15/07). For doing the same again with a different round (22/07).
  • Aidan Raine for setting new overall 2012 and club group records with his first shoot as a club member (29/07).
  • Sebastian Raine for setting new overall 2012 and club group records with his first shoot as a club member (15/07). For setting a new overall 2012 record (29/07).
  • Lauren Rupprecht for setting new group 2012 and club records with her first shoot as a club member (18/07). For changing rounds and again setting new group 2012 and club records, beating the latter by 47, a record which had stood since 13 June 1987 (21/07). For beating the records she set on 18 July, getting her starting handicap and classifying as Archer (28/07).
  • Matt Rupprecht for setting a new overall 2012 record on his first shoot as a member (21/07). For going out a distance and setting another new 2012 record and getting his first third class score (25/07). For going out another distance and getting his first second class score, which was also his second third class score and qualified his as Archer and gave him his starting handicap (28/07).
  • Jerry Sly for switching to barebow, setting a new overall 2012 record and a third class score (04/07). For getting his second barebow third class score (11/07).
  • Joedy Taylor for reducing his handicap by one point and getting his second first class score (04/07). For qualifying as first class (11/07).
  • Peter White for setting a new overall 2012 record on the day he joined (18/07). For gaining his starting handicap and classifying as 'Archer' (25/07).
  • Clive Wilkins for reducing his handicap by one point (08/07). For reducing it by another point (13/07).

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Anna holding her trophy.

3 June – a special congratulations to Anna and Mary Perkins for taking part in their first external competition and both winning. That makes the full set of Perkins traveling afar and coming home with the goodies. Anna and Mary were joined by Andy, but Adam didn't shoot. They were competing in the 1 Annual Summer Open held in Coleford organised by the Bowmen of the Deans and report that it was a very friendly fun tournament despite the weather. Andy shot a Bristol II, coming third in the Novices Cup for those who have been shooting for less than 1 year or for whom it was their first tournament. Anna and Mary shot the Bristol V with both winning, Anna the junior ladies under 12 category and a trophy (see photo) and Mary by default as the only adult shooting that round. She didn't win anything official but perhaps should have won a medal for giving up her chance in the main ladies competition to shoot with her young daughter for support.

We've had a fair number of people over recent years join the club and set new club or annual records on the day they joined, or as their first shoot as a member. If Anna's achievements above weren't enough, she's put bells on that tradition. She hadn't shot a full round since joining and only got her own equipment two days before the competition, yet she shot a 12 dozen round, managed to set new 2012 and club group records (she would have had the overall ladies records in both if her mum hadn't shot the same round), get a second class score and looks like she bagged herself a county record to boot. The latter will need submitting at the end of the month, then ratifying by County, but that lot is some going for a first full shoot.

10 June – in May Michelle Carey set what we hope is a County record. Today she trounced that score by a massive 131 points, only six points short of doubling it. County haven't yet confirmed her May score, but we will be submitting today's score to supercede that one. Well done Michelle, you've now shot that round barebow better than anyone else in either club and got your first Bowman score to boot.

It seems to be the day for trouncing potential County records before they've even been confirmed, or in this case, even submitted: While Michelle was doing her stuff at the club, the Clan Perkins traveled to Eastcombe near Stroud to compete in the 33 Annual Open organised by the Bowmen of Minchinhampton. All four set new 2012 records and three set new club records. Mary and Adam won their competitions and Anna added 165 points to her total, and hence potential County record, of the week before. That's an average increase of 13.75 points per dozen, with her score being only fourteen points short of first class, and this was only her second round as a member. That's penguin power for you.

13 June – yet another score for us to submit as a county record for Anna. This time she was shooting at the club and set new ladies 2012 and club records as well. As this was her third round as a member, it also gave her a starting handicap and qualified her as second class.

17 June – and yet another score for us to submit as a county record for Anna. Shooting at our neighbouring club, she scored 20 more points than the current county record, reduced her handicap by one point and got her first first class score.

20 June – Anna and Michelle have been at it again. Both have beaten their scores on the rounds they last shot, Anna by 27 points and Michelle by 16 points, so that's more to submit to County. They also both reduced their handicap by two points and both got a second qualifying classification score, Anna for first class, Michelle for bowman. Well done both of you.

27 June – yet one more score for us to submit as a county record, this time for Joedy Taylor. He has equaled Michelle's score from 20 June, and although it is hopefully a County record for both, Michelle retains the overall club record because Joedy equaled, rather than beat, it.

Congratulations go to:

  • Erica Baccus for setting a new 2012 group record on the last week of her beginner's course (23/06).
  • Rudi Bates for setting a new 2012 group record on the last week of his beginner's course, had he have been a member, this would also have been his first second class score (27/06).
  • Michelle Carey for setting new overall 2012 and club records, reducing her handicap by a massive five points, beating what was hopefully the County record she set in May and getting her first Bowman score (10/06). For beating those same records, reducing her handicap by a further two points and getting her second Bowman score (20/06). For getting her third Bowman score, so qualifying as Bowman (27/06).
  • John Chappell for setting a new group club record (12/06). For setting a new overall club record, gaining his indoor starting handicap and classifying a E (19/06).
  • Katarína Compľová for setting a new group 2012 record on the last week of her beginner's course (27/06).
  • Ian Hattam for setting a new overall 2012 record and gaining his second second class score (12/06). For beating that same record, qualifying as second class and gaining his starting handicap (27/06).
  • Rod Luton for setting new overall 2012 and club records (04/06).
  • Sheena McCullagh for setting a new overall 2012 record (10/06).
  • Adam Perkins for setting new overall 2012 and club records (10/06).
  • Andy Perkins for setting a new overall 2012 record (03/06). For setting another new overall 2012 record, reducing his handicap by one point and getting his second third class score(10/06). For reducing his handicap by a further point and qualifying as third class (17/06). For reducing his indoor handicap by three points and gaining his first E classification (19/06). For setting new overall 2012 and group club records and reducing his handicap by one point (27/06).
  • Anna Perkins for taking part in her first external competition, setting new group 2012 and club records, which is hopefully a county record and getting her first second class score without getting a third class score first (03/06). For beating those same records, including what is hopefully the County record before we've even submitted it and getting her second second class score (10/06). For setting new ladies overall 2012 and club records and what looks like yet another County record, qualifying as second class and getting her starting handicap (13/06). For setting new group 2012 and club records, beating the current county record, reducing her handicap by one point and getting her first first class score (17/06). For beating those same records, reducing her handicap by a further two points and getting her second first class score (20/06).
  • Mary Perkins for taking part in her first external competition and setting new overall 2012 and club group records (03/06). For setting new overall 2012 and club group records (10/06). For reducing her handicap by one point and getting her second third class score (17/06).
  • Aidan Raine for setting a new 2012 group record on the last week of his beginner's course (23/06).
  • David Smith for reducing his handicap by two points (01/06). For reducing his handicap by another two points (06/06). For reducing it by a further point (10/06). For setting a new overall 2102 record and reducing his handicap by a further point (13/06). For setting another new overall 2012 record (20/06). And yet another one (23/06).
  • Dee Stainer for setting a new overall 2012 record on the fifth week of her beginner's course (23/06). For beating that same record on the sixth week of her beginner's course (27/06).
  • Lee Taylor for getting his barebow starting handicap and qualifying as second class (10/06).
  • Joedy Taylor for setting new group 2012 and club records, beating what is hopefully his own County record, reducing his handicap by two points and getting his first first class score (27/06).
  • Charlotte Tribe for setting a new overall 2012 record on the last week of her beginner's course (23/06).
  • Clive Wilkins for regaining his bowman classification after losing it in the New Year Adjustments on 1 January 2012 (17/06).

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May

1 May – we're flooded. What a start to the main season. We've already cancelled the first of the general beginners' classes scheduled for tomorrow night.

6 May – the flooding has gone, but with rain yesterday and the ground still muddy the second of the beginner's classes was cancelled. Today was a different matter, we got in a club shoot and another beginners' lesson for the 'family and friends' group. Handicaps were reduced and lots of records were set by both beginners and club members, including what are hopefully County records for both Michelle Carey and Joedy Taylor. We'll be submitting the claim at the end of the month, then have to wait and see, but it will be good to get more county records for club members. The congratulations are below, the scores and handicap reductions are in the stats section.

Adam holding the two score pads he shot.

Adam and Adny Perkins with their competition trophies.

6 May – Adam has been at it again with his accidental trick shots. You may remember his 'Friar Tuck', reported in the November section of the 2011 news page. This time he skewered two score pads, his own and his mum's, so far up his arrow that he turned them into a sort of score pad kebab (first photo).

12 May – at last, we've been able to start our main beginner's course, beautiful sunshine, if a slightly cool breeze. We had 15 people taking part. They all seemed to enjoy it as they've all said they'll be back next week.

13 May – a special congratulations to Adam and Andy Perkins for taking part in their first external competition and both winning. They were competing in the twelfth Bromyard Bowmen's Open FITA 900 near Worcester. Andy shot the FITA 900 winning the highest handicap adjusted score salver, which is also hopefully yet another county record for the club, and Adam shot the junior equivalent, winning the boy's barebow medal. The second photo shows 'the boys' relaxing at home with their trophies.

16 May – welcome to our first new junior member of the year Anna Perkins, who joins us after completing the Family and Friends beginners' course. With Anna joining we now have the full set Family Perkins, her parents and brother having joined last year.

16 May – we've now been able to start our Wednesday evening beginners' course for 2012. Warm and sunny it was an ideal first session with eight people taking part.

19 May – a special congratulations to Gary Avery. It is very difficult to get to Bowman in one bow type, but Gary now holds this classification in two different bow types, only the second person in either club to do so. What's more he now has the lowest (best) handicap of anyone in either club and that is across all bow types, all genders and all ages. Remember this day Gary it is a huge achievement.

26 May – welcome to another new member David Smith, the latest person to join after completing the Family and Friends beginners' course.

Congratulations go to:

  • Gary Avery for setting a new overall 2012 record, reducing his handicap by one point and getting his first bowman score with his recurve (16/05). For beating that same score, reducing his handicap by a further point and getting his second bowman score (17/05). For beating the record yet again, reducing his handicap by two points and classifying as Bowman (19/05). For reducing his handicap by a further point (23/05). For setting new overall 2012 and club group records (beating a score that had stood for just over 18 years) and reducing his handicap by a further point (24/05).
  • Michelle Carey for going out a distance, reducing her handicap by one point and setting new group club and, hopefully, county records (06/05).
  • John Chappell for venturing indoors for the first time and setting a new group club record (08/05). For gaining his second third class score (12/05). For reducing his handicap by one point and qualifying as third class (16/05). For going out a distance, setting a new overall 2012 record and reducing his handicap by one point (20/05). For setting a new overall 2012 record and reducing his handicap by another point (23/05). For setting a new overall 2012 record and reducing his handicap by one point (30/05).
  • Julie Flowers for setting a new group 2012 record (12/05).
  • Dave Fullerton for setting new group club and indoor records and reducing his handicap by one point (08/05).
  • Rod Luton for setting new group 2012 record (18/05).
  • Luke McCaffrey for setting a new overall 2012 record (06/05). For setting a new group 2012 record (12/05).
  • Sheena McCullagh for setting a new overall 2012 record (27/05).
  • Adam Perkins for setting a new overall 2012 record (06/05). For setting new overall 2012 and club records (12/05). For taking part in his first external competition and setting new overall 2012 and club records (13/05). For doing another external competition, winning that and setting new overall 2012 and club records (20/05).
  • Andy Perkins for setting a new overall 2012 record (06/05). For beating that same record (12/05). For taking part in his first external competition, setting a new overall 2012 record, which is also hopefully a county record (13/05). For setting new overall 2012 and club group records (20/05).
  • Anna Perkins for setting a new group 2012 record (06/05). For setting a new overall 2012 record (12/05).
  • Mary Perkins for reducing her handicap by one point (06/05). For setting a new overall 2012 record, reducing her handicap by two points and getting her first third class score (12/05).
  • Jerry Sly for setting a new overall 2012 record, reducing his handicap by two points and gaining his first third class score (16/05). For getting his second third class score (23/05). For getting his third third class score and so qualifying as third class (30/05).
  • David Smith for setting a new overall 2012 record (12/05). For going out a distance, setting a new overall 2012 record, gaining his starting handicap and classifying as Archer (30/05).
  • Bob Taylor for setting a new overall 2012 record (27/05).
  • Joedy Taylor for going out a distance, reducing his handicap by two points and setting a new overall club, group 2012 and, hopefully, county records (06/05).
  • Lee Taylor for getting his second second class score (06/05).

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1 April – our first coaching session of the year. In beautiful weather a group of three 'family and friends' of other club members, had their first taste of archery. The numbers were made up by a returnee to the sport, who came down for an assessment to see if he remembered enough to join or if he needed more lessons. They all seemed to enjoy themselves as they've all said that they will be back.

4 April – the Hot Cross Floodlit. Once again we were so lucky with the weather, very still and quite warm. The results are in the Hot Cross Floodlit section of the 2012 Competitions page, the congratulations are below.

12 April – welcome to our first new member of the year Ian Hattam, who is returning to archery after a fifteen year or so break. He used to shoot at university, but hasn't shot since. He turned up today with a spanking new compound bow, the technology having changed so much since he used to shoot.

15 April – any six-gold end deserves a special mention, especially when it's done early on in the beginner's course. Yes it was only ten yards, but in today's wind and in the last end of the round, it was some going, so a special congratulations to Julie May on her achievement. Our two young beginners, Anna Perkins and Luke McCaffrey deserve a mention as well for the sheer grit and determination of shooting a longer distance than they've shot before, finishing the round despite the cold and the wind and above all, for doing it with a smile on their faces. Oh, and all three set 2012 records as well, see below.

20 April – it looks like the trend of the last few years of joining and setting a new record on your first shoot as a member is set to continue this year. In this case it was Ian Hattam shooting compound and he beat the previous overall club record by 85 points, getting a second class score to boot. Well done Ian.

Congratulations go to:

  • Michelle Carey for setting new group 2012 and club records, reducing her handicap by one point and qualifying as first class (01/04).
  • Dave Fullerton for setting a new overall 2012 record and reducing his handicap by one point (01/04). For setting a new overall 2012 record (06/04). For beating that same record (11/04). And again (12/04).
  • Ian Hattam for coming for an assessment to return to archery and setting a new group 2012 record (08/04). For setting new overall club and 2012 records on his first shoot as a member and getting his first second class score, which was also his first third class score (20/04).
  • Peter John for getting his second second class score (01/04). For setting a new group 2012 record and qualifying as second class (06/04).
  • Luke McCaffrey for setting a new overall 2012 record (15/04).
  • Sheena McCullagh for setting a new overall 2012 record (06/04). For setting a new overall 2012 record with a different bow type (11/04). And doing it again on a different round (20/04).
  • Julie May for setting a new overall 2012 record (15/04).
  • Andy Perkins for setting a new overall 2012 record and reducing his handicap by one point on his first outdoor shoot this year (01/04). For reducing his handicap by another point (08/04). For setting a new overall 2012 record, reducing his handicap by a further two points and getting his first third class score (12/04).
  • Anna Perkins for setting a new group 2012 record (15/04).
  • Mary Perkins for setting a new overall 2012 record on her first outdoor shoot this year (08/04). For going out a distance, setting a new 2012 group record and reducing her handicap by one point (15/04).
  • David Smith for setting a new overall 2012 record on the second week of his beginner's course (08/04). For converting to recurve and setting a new overall 2012 record on the third week of his beginner's course (12/04).
  • Joedy Taylor for gaining his barebow starting handicap and classifying as second (01/04).
  • Lee Taylor for setting new overall 2012 and club group records (01/04). For reducing his handicap by one point (06/04). For switching bow type, going out a distance and getting his first ever second class score (15/04).
  • Clive Wilkins for setting a new overall 2012 record (06/04).

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We all know that Robin Hood came from Nottingham, right? And some even know that he was quite probably Robert of Locksley. Well not according to a Sean McGlynn, a history lecturer at the University of Plymouth and the Open University. He thinks that Robin Hood may actually have been William of Keynsham who lived in the early 13 Centaury. Before you all get too excited, I should point out that the Keynsham in question is not 'our' Keynsham, for the full story see Was Robin Hood really from Kent? Thanks (I think) to Jim Brooks, our liaison officer at the rugby club, for finding this interesting tit-bit and passing it on to us.

11 March – the first good outdoor weather of the season and several of our members have come out of hibernation, to very good effect with one taking an overall club record. For those that had over-wintered the good weather brought reduced handicaps, new classification levels and more records.

Congratulations go to:

  • Michelle Carey for getting setting a new group indoor 2012 record and reducing her handicap by one point (09/03). For setting new group 2012 and club records, getting her barebow starting handicap and her second first class score, which was also her third second class score and so qualifying as second class (11/03). For setting new indoor group 2012 and club records and reducing her handicap by another two points (16/03).
  • John Chappell for setting a new overall 2012, reducing his handicap by a massive five points and gaining his first third class score (14/03).
  • Dave Fullerton for setting new overall indoor 2012 and club records (09/03). For reducing his handicap by one point (14/03). For setting a new overall 2012 record (15/03). For setting new indoor overall 2012 and club group records (16/03). For qualifying as Archer with his recurve bow (28/03).
  • Peter John for coming out of hibernation, setting new overall 2012 and club records and gaining his first second class score of the year; he'd got two in 2011, but 'lost' them as of 1 January, so has to start all over again (11/03).
  • Rod Luton for setting a new overall indoor 2012 record (17/03). For doing it again (30/03).
  • Sheena McCullagh for setting a new overall 2012 (18/03). For beating that record by 30 points (21/03). For changing round and setting new overall club and 2012 records (29/03).
  • Bob Taylor for setting new overall indoor 2012 and club records (09/03). For switching bow types, submitting three indoor scores and so gaining a starting handicap and classifying as G (30/03).
  • Joedy Taylor for switching bow type and submitting his first second class score without having gained third class in any bow type (11/03). For setting new overall 2012 and club records and getting his second second class score (18/03). For reducing his indoor handicap by three points (30/03).
  • Lee Taylor for reducing his handicap by one point (11/03).
  • Clive Wilkins for finally submitting enough indoor scores to regain a classification (09/03). For beating his own overall 2012 record set on 12 February (21/03).

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3 February – winter may finally have arrived outdoors, with temperatures below freezing, but it was certainly warming up indoors with two records being set, handicaps being reduced, a classification improvement and a starting handicap and classification being set.

7 February – quite an achievement at today's indoor shoot, Mark Pollard, never having shot an indoor round with his longbow decided to give it a go and added a massive 32 points to the previous overall club record, setting an overall 2012 record in the process. Well done Mark.

17 February – not be outdone by the achievements of the adults, our youngest member, Isaac Eamer, decided to switch bow type at the indoor. Shooting barebow for the first time since his beginner's course, he bagged himself a group 2012 record. Well done to you too.

19 February – it seems to be the month for switching bow types and pulling off amazing scores, this time it was Michelle Carey doing the unbelievable. Even those of us who regularly shoot multiple bow types tend to have a 'down' round or two as we switch, not so Michelle. She had achieved third class with her recurve shooting 50 and 40 yards. When she then went out to the FITA 60m she struggled because her bow is so light-weight she couldn't sight on the target, so next time out she shot the round barebow, her first barebow shoot with this bow and her first time at barebow since her beginners' course last summer.

Instead of Michelle's score dropping drastically, as would be expected, and bringing her in at around third class, she shot to one handicap point lower than her recurve handicap and thus put in her first ever first class score completely by-passing second class in the process. She also made a clean-sweep of the records setting not just group, ie ladies, records, but overall ones. That really is some going Michelle.

Congratulations go to:

  • Michelle Carey for getting her third third class score and so qualifying as third class (05/02). For changing bow type, slamming in with her first ever first class score and setting new overall club and 2012 records in the process (19/02). For getting a second class score, which along with the first class on the 19 February, makes a second second class score (26/02).
  • John Chappell for setting a new overall 2012 record (15/02).
  • Isaac Eamer for changing bow type and setting a new group indoor 2012 record (17/02).
  • Liz Ewins for gaining her indoor starting handicap and classifying as F (03/02). For reducing her indoor handicap by a massive four points (17/02).
  • Dave Fullerton for setting a new overall indoor 2012 record (03/02). For setting new overall club and 2012 records (15/02).
  • Rod Luton for setting a new overall indoor 2012 record (03/02). For beating that same record (11/02). For setting new overall club and 2012 records and reducing his handicap by one point (29/02).
  • Andy Perkins for reducing his indoor handicap by two points (03/02).
  • Mary Perkins for reducing her indoor handicap by four points and classifying as F (03/02).
  • Mark Pollard for changing bow type and setting new overall indoor club and 2012 records (07/02).
  • Joedy Taylor for setting new overall 2012 and club group records, reducing his handicap by one point and getting his first third class score (05/02). For getting his second third class score (12/02).
  • Lee Taylor for reducing his indoor handicap by one point (17/02). For setting a new club group record and overall 2012 record (19/02). For beating those same records and reducing his handicap by one point (26/02).
  • Clive Wilkins for setting a new overall 2012 record (12/02).

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1 January – Happy New Year everyone. May all your arrows fly straight (into the gold) and may all the longbow (and barebow) archers miss the woodwork.

European Green Woodpecker.

Our first attempt at shooting for the year. Only Sheena and Matt turned up, but half an hour after arriving they got the first woodpecker of the year. As it had started to rain just after they got there they weren't actually shooting so it wasn't the normal sort of woodpecker we get at archery, it was instead, a male European Green Woodpecker. He flew in across the main road and joined them in the car park for about two minutes before returning from whence he came. He was the first woodpecker that Matt had ever seen and only the third one that Sheena had seen. Unfortunately he was about 10 yards away, and without zoom cameras, they couldn't capture him themselves, instead the photo is from Wikimedia Commons.

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 2011 those were:

  • Being a club member by 1 July 2010 and still being a member on 31 December 2011, and
  • Holding a starting handicap in the relevant bow type on 1 January 2011, and
  • Having submitted a minimum of eight scores during 2011.

And the winners were:

  • Bristol Bowmen Juniors – no one eligible.
  • Bristol Bowmen – winner with a handicap reduction of four points Gary Avery (recurve).
  • Golden Phoenix Archers – winner with a handicap reduction of six points Sheena McCullagh (longbow).

Gary and Sheena also took their respective runners-up places with reductions of two points each shooting barebow. Third for Bristol Bowmen was Clive Wilkins and joint third for Golden Phoenix Archers were Rod Luton and Bob Taylor.

6 January – with no one having shot outdoor yet this year and the weather closing in, we decided to shoot for the Child Protection Officers' New Year Best Gold Trophy at the first indoor shoot instead. Called on the fifth end of a local rules Portsmouth, the winner, with an arrow in the exact centre of the 10-ring, was club captain Gary Avery.

18 January – Gary Avery has done it again, he's beaten his own County record, setting a new overall club record in the process. He's also the first person to reclassify this year and at Bowman no less.

Newborn Amelia Boyes-Adams.

19 January – a first for the club, our congratulations go to club member Bob Taylor and his wife Ann on the birth of their first great grandchild. Amelia Evelyne Ann Boyes-Adams was born at 6.19 this morning, weighing in at a very healthy 8lbs 8oz, to proud parents, Bob and Ann's granddaughter, Lizzie Boyes and her partner Matt Adams. The photo was taken when Amelia was a mere three hours old.

Congratulations go to:

  • Gary Avery for setting the first overall 2012 indoor record and winning the CPO New Year best gold (06/01). For jointly setting the first outdoor overall 2012 record (08/01). For setting a new indoor overall 2012 record (13/01). For setting the first new overall club record in 2012 (18/01). For setting a new overall indoor club record (27/01).
  • Michelle Carey for setting the first group 2012 indoor record and reducing her handicap by one point (06/01). For setting a new group 2012 record, reducing her handicap by one point and getting her first third class score this year (08/01). For getting her second third class score (29/01).
  • Dave Fullerton for setting a new indoor overall 2012 record and reducing his handicap by two points (13/01). For setting new indoor overall 2012 and club group records (27/01).
  • Ian Lassman for setting a new indoor overall 2012 record and reducing his handicap by one point (13/01).
  • Rod Luton for jointly setting the first outdoor overall 2012 record (08/01). For beating that record (15/01). And again (18/01). For setting a new overall indoor 2012 record (27/01). For beating his own 2012 outdoor record set on 18 January (29/01).
  • Sheena McCullagh for setting an overall 2012 record (22/01). For beating that same record (29/01).
  • Jodey Taylor for jointly setting the first outdoor overall 2012 record (08/01). For reducing his indoor handicap by two points (20/01).
  • Lee Taylor for reducing his indoor handicap by one point (27/01). For setting a new overall 2012 record (29/01).
  • Mr Woodpecker for being the first woodpecker of the year (01/01).

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