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For news about competitions, please see the 2013 competitions page.

1 December – it's a while since we have anything to submit to county at the end of the month, but today David Smith beat his own county record for the 60m distance. Now we have the long wait to see if county ratify it.

11 December – we don't have any record claims to submit to county for months and now we have a second one in December: David Smith has beaten his own county record for the FITA 50m adding 59 points to his previous record for the round.

13 December – our Christmas indoor fun shoot, with nine members on the line. The results are in the Christmas indoor section of the 2013 competitions page.

22 December – David Smith travelled to Balcarras Sports Centre in Cheltenham today for the second day of his level 1 coaching course.

Christmas Day flood at the rugby ground. Taken from the top car park looking across to our shooting area.

25 December – happy Christmas everyone, oh and by the way, we're flooded again and it's even deeper than it was last year, see photo, which was taken by Gary Avery.

26 December – the flood had receded enough by mid afternoon to get across to the container and rescue some of the more delicate items. Our thanks to club captain Gary Avery for giving up his afternoon to do this.

27 December – happy birthday web site, seven years old today.

Congratulations go to:

  • John Chappell for setting new overall 2013 and club records (03/12).
  • Carl Raine for reducing his outdoor handicap by one point and getting his second second class score (01/12). For gaining his indoor starting handicap and classifying as 'F' (06/12). For qualifying as second class (08/12).
  • David Smith for setting new overall 2013 and club indoor records and reducing his handicap by two points (06/12). For setting new overall 2013 and club records and what is hopefully a new county record (11/12).

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24 November – David Smith travelled to Balcarras Sports Centre in Cheltenham today for the first day of his level 1 coaching course.

Congratulations go to:

  • John Chappell for setting new overall 2013 and club records (10/11). For reducing his indoor handicap by four points and gaining his first 'C' classification (22/11).
  • Dave Fullerton for setting a new overall 2013 indoor record (01/11). For beating that same record (15/11).
  • Tad Gunton for setting a new overall 2013 record (10/11).
  • Rod Luton for reducing his indoor handicap by one point (01/11).
  • David Smith for setting new overall 2013 and club records (10/11).
  • Bob Taylor for beating the records he set on 25 October, reducing his indoor handicap by another two points and classifying as 'F' (01/11). For beating those records yet again, reducing his handicap by a further four points and gaining his first 'E' classification (05/11).

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20 October – welcome to new member Gregor Aldous, who joins us after having attended an assessment session in September. Gregor has shot regularly with his school club, but has never shot in a general club before. He joins us as gents under 18, but will be in that category for only three weeks.

Congratulations go to:

  • John Chappell for setting new overall 2013 and club records (05/10). For doing the same again on a different round (08/10). And again on yet another round and reducing his handicap by one point (18/10). And on yet another round (25/10).
  • Jim Edmondson for reducing his handicap by one point (06/10).
  • Carl Raine for reducing his handicap by one point (02/10). For reducing his handicap by two more points and getting his first second class score (06/10). For shooting indoors for the first time and gaining his first 'F' classification (18/10).
  • David Smith for setting a new overall 2013 record and getting his first 'E' classification (04/10). For beating that same record, setting a new overall club record in the process and getting his second 'E' classification (11/10). For gaining his indoor starting handicap and classifying as 'F' (18/10). For classifying as 'E' (25/10).
  • Bob Taylor for setting new indoor overall 2013 and club barebow records (18/10). For doing the same again on a different round, gaining his second 'F' classification and reducing his handicap by two points (25/10).
  • Clive Wilkins for setting a new indoor overall 2013 record, and reducing his handicap by two points (25/10).

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1 September – our annual club competition with 13 archers on the line. The results are in the annual championship section of the 2013 competitions page. The congratulations are below.

We also have another record to submit to county: Michelle Carey has beaten the county record that she set on 21 July for the National round. Well done Michelle.

Congratulations go to:

  • Evie Carey for reducing her handicap by two points and qualifying as second class (01/09).
  • Michelle Carey for setting new 2013 and club group records and what is hopefully a new county record (01/09).
  • John Chappell for setting new overall 2013 and club records (01/09). For doing it again on a different round and reducing his handicap by one point (13/09). For classifying as Bowman (18/09). For setting new overall 2013 and club records on yet another round (20/09). And again on a another different round (25/09). For setting a new overall 2013 record (29/09).
  • Jim Edmondson for reducing his handicap by one point (01/09).
  • Tad Gunton for setting a new overall 2013 record, reducing his handicap by one point and qualifying as third class (01/09).
  • David Smith for setting a new club group record (01/09). For setting a new overall club record (04/09).
  • Clive Wilkins for setting a new overall 2013 record (08/09).

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22 August – county have updated their records confirming that Michelle Carey's National score of 21 July and Jerry Sly's FITA 60m score of 25 July are county records. Well done both.

23 August – county have regrettably informed us that the two records that we tried to claim for Evie Carey are not county records, (their web site is not up-to-date). They did, however, send their encouragement as Evie's score was only eleven points short of the county record. As she achieved that score on her second shoot as a member, there is every likelihood that she will, as county suggest, 'break this in the near future'.


It is with great regret that we announce the death of former member Pete Penrose, who died on Monday 26 August from a furred up artery in his neck.

Pete was a member of Bristol Bowmen for several years and in the last few years had converted to Cleve. He shot a compound bow, still holding several of our overall club records, and was always buying the latest compound gadgets on line from America.

Our thoughts are with his family at this time of sorrow.

Pete Penrose, died 26 August 2013. May his soul rest in peace in Paradise.


Congratulations go to:

  • Evie Carey for getting her starting handicap and her second second class score, which also qualified her as third class (21/08).
  • John Chappell for setting a new overall 2013 record (08/08). For beating his own overall 2013 and club records, reducing his handicap by one point and getting his second Bowman score (28/08).
  • Jim Edmondson for going out a distance, setting a new overall 2013 record and reducing his handicap by a whopping five points (07/08). For reducing his handicap by another two points (18/08). For reducing his handicap by yet another point (28/08).
  • Sheena McCullagh for changing to recurve and setting a new group 2013 record (14/08). For beating that record (18/08). And again (21/08). And yet again (23/08).
  • David Smith for getting his second first class score (02/08). For qualifying as first class (09/08). For setting a new group club record (11/08). For beating his own overall club record (22/08).
  • Clive Wilkins for setting a new overall 2013 indoor record (06/08). For setting a new overall 2013 record (13/08). For beating his own overall 2013 record on a different round and reducing his handicap by one point (14/08).

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1 July – welcome to three new members, Dan Wielding, who is a returning archery and came down for an assessment on 8 June and Evie-Mae and Caleb Carey, (Michelle's children), who joined after completing the family and friends beginners' course. Welcome to all three.

We also have some good news about another of our junior beginners, Lucy John. it turns out that she hasn't broken her knee, so we should hopefully see both Lucy and Ellie able to complete their beginners' course soon.

3 July – Caleb Carey, seems intent on following in the 'tradition' of new members over recent years in setting a new record on his first shoot as a member; in this case, a new overall 2013 record. Not only that, but it was a second class score, way to go young man.

7 July – following hot on the heals of her brother Evie Carey also shot a new record on her first shoot as a member; a new overall 2013 record and a club group record. It was also a third class score. Having checked the county records, it looks like this is also a county record, we're certainly going to try and claim it for her, if it is ratified this really will be a 'first' for the club, a county record on the first shoot as a member.

13 July – county have updated their records pages, they are now showing that the FITA 60 records that Joedy Taylor and Michelle Carey and Michelle's 60m distance split, all set on 19 June, have been ratified. This is Joedy's first county record. Well done both.

21 July – another record to submit to county: Michelle Carey has beaten the county record that she set last September for the National round. Well done Michelle.

24 July – not content with her achievement on her first shoot as a member Evie Carey not only beat her own records, including her potential county one, but has now taken the overall club ladies record, beating the previous highest score by 8 points. Not much you might say, but Evie is only 10 and the previous record was set by an adult lady. It was also a second class score for Evie. Way to go girl.

25 July – yet another record to submit to county: Jerry Sly has beaten by 21 points the FITA 60m record set by Joedy Taylor on 19 June. Well done Jerry, it's rather fitting that it looks like the county record will revert to you, after all you were the first ever holder of it.

Congratulations go to:

  • Caleb Carey for setting a new overall 2013 record and getting his first second class score, which was also his first third class score, on his first shoot as a member (03/07). For getting his second third class score (07/07). For gaining his starting handicap and his second second class score, which also qualified him as third class (17/07). For qualifying as second class (24/07).
  • Evie Carey for setting a new overall 2013 record and club group record and getting her first third class score, on her first shoot as a member (07/07). Beating those same records and getting her first second class score, which was also her second third class score (21/08).
  • Michelle Carey for setting new 2013 and group club records and beating her own county record (21/07).
  • John Chappell for reducing his indoor handicap by two points (02/07). For setting new 2013 and overall club records (11/07). For setting a new 2013 record (16/07). For setting new 2013 and overall club records, reducing his handicap by two points and getting his first bowman score (24/07).
  • Jim Edmondson for reducing his handicap by one point (14/07).
  • Dave Fullerton for setting new compound overall club and 2013 records (09/07). For doing the same again on a different round (16/07).
  • Stuart Guy for setting new overall 2013 and group club records, reducing his handicap by four points and getting his first third class score (17/07).
  • Carl Raine for reducing his handicap by one point (14/07).
  • Jerry Sly for getting his first first class score (03/07). For getting his second first class score (11/07). For setting new overall 2013 and club records and what is hopefully a new county record, reducding his handicap by two points and qualifying as first class (25/07).
  • David Smith for setting new overall 2013 and club records (08/07).
  • Joedy Taylor for setting a new overall 2013 record (17/07).

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Side view of David's double woodpecker.

Arty shot of David's double woodpecker taken from underneath the stand.

1 June – another score to submit to county for David Smith, who beat his overall round score of 27 May for the FITA 60m by a massive 47 points and the distance split by 40 points. As with the records from the beginning of May that we sneaked onto the April return, we're submitting the score from today with the May return. Hopefully we won't have to wait too long to find out if the new scores are county records, although there is the chance that someone from another club may have beaten them meanwhile. In addition to the records, this was also David's first ever first class score and he reduced his handicap in the process.

Not content with simply doing spectacular things with county records, David Smith just had to engage in a spot of woodpecker one-upmanship, with the first double that we have seen, his arrow passing through the front of the frame and coming to rest in the back leg, while still being embedded in the front. The first photo shows a 'conventional' side-shot of the double woodpecker, while the second shot is an 'arty' little number taken while lying on the ground under the frame. (The things your web master will do for a good photo.)

7 June – county have not updated the web site, but they have confirmed verbally that both David Smith's score and distance split of 1 June and Sheena McCullagh's distance split of 27 May are new county records. Well done both.

8 June – Brother's Bikers annual camp out at the rugby club and we were in attendance all afternoon to provide a have-a-go for the bikers. Trick shot of the day award goes to one of the more mature of the bikers who aimed a little too low, even accounting for the targets being placed on the ground resting against the tripod stands: the arrow pitched around three foot short of the target, bounced off the grass and into the three. We're calling it 'the dambuster shot'.

Caleb's high scoring third end.

Meanwhile we also had the first session of a family and friends beginner's course. Only young Caleb Carey was able to attend, but he did spectacularly well. The third photo shows what he managed to achieve in the third end, four nines, a seven and a five. We took the photo then to record his 'best' shot of the afternoon, but he had many more similar scores. We asked him at the end if he wanted to have a try at one of the 20 yard targets we'd set up for the bikers. Youngsters tend to love a challenge. It took him a few ends, but he got there and was starting to get good groupings. His next lesson is Wednesday and we've promised him that if the weather is not too windy, he can shoot the Short Metric V.

9 June – doesn't look like David will have the county record for the FITA 60m for long, it was beaten today by Joedy Taylor who added another four points to the score. He hasn't beaten David's distance split, so it is just the overall score that will be submitted to county at the end of the month. If county ratify it, it will be Joedy's first county record, well done that man.

12 June – second lesson for Caleb and the first lesson for the other three juniors. Due to the weather closing in, we only shot the first three dozen, still it was enough to handicap. Caleb Carey is proving to be a tasty archer, he shot the three dozen to an 85 handicap. To put that in context, gents under 12 barebow, the handicap for third class is 95, for second class it's 88 and for first it's 81. That means Caleb shot about half way between second and first class; pretty good going for the second week of a beginner's course, so good in fact, we decided to give him a 2013 record for it; if distance splits are good enough for county, they're good enough for us.

19 June – third lesson for Caleb and second lesson for Evie, so scores from both of them tonight, recurve and barebow respectively. With beautiful weather we managed to shoot the full six dozen, so although Evie Carey didn't beat Caleb's 15m distance, she has set an overall 2013 record for the full round and the 10m distance as well as a 2013 group record for the 15m distance. Well done to Evie. Evie also managed to have the most bouncers that we've ever seen, most ends having at least one, with several having two and one end, three. They were so regular that a cheer went up on the couple of ends when she didn't have one. She also looks like she's one for 'trick shots'; she didn't quite emulate David's double woodpecker of 1 June, but she did shoot clean through the front bottom bar of a Danage with the arrow ending up embedded in the back bar.

Caleb Carey shooting recurve for the first time set a new overall 2013 record for the full round (we've not done the distance splits), shooting to an 80 handicap. That would have been his first third class score had he been a member, but that is because third class is the maximum classification for that round for gents under 12. Again for context, the classification handicaps for recurve for Caleb's age group are: third, 92; second, 83; first, 77. This time Caleb shot to exactly half-way between second and first. Well done young man.

It should also have been the second lesson for twins Lucy and Ellie John. Unfortunately, with 30 minutes to kill before needing to leave for the class, Lucy decided to have a go on her next-door neighbour's trampoline. She was bouncing happily along when suddenly there was a dull crack and terrible pain. Several hours were then spent at the BRI: Lucy has broken her knee. Not only have the two of them now dropped out of the beginners' course temporarily, Lucy will also miss performing in two drumming exhibitions tomorrow and Brownie camp this coming weekend. Our best wishes to Lucy for a speedy recovery.

Meanwhile Joedy Taylor beat what is hopefully the county record that he set on 9 June and Michelle Carey beat her existing county record on the same round. She also beat the distance split set last month by Sheena. Hopefully, as it is nearly the end of the month, they won't have to wait too long until county ratify it. Congratulations both.

Long shot of arrow with outer carbon shealth peeled off on one side.

Close-up of arrow with outer carbon shealth peeled off on one side.

21 June – the day the ground bit back. Most of us are used to the odd fletching being sliced off or damaged by the grass when the target is missed, but we reckon that the ground is getting heartily fed up of being stabbed by wayward arrows; this time it peeled back around the first third of the carbon outer of an ACC. The fourth photo shows a full length shot and the fifth is a close-up showing the grass still embedded between the carbon and the aluminium core. Luckily the wrecked arrow was one of Sheena's old ones that were about to be retired anyway (she's only using them while she shoots in a new string).

Please note, that while the photo shows unprotected hands holding the nock end of the arrow, this was the only part that was touched. Due to the exceptionally dangerous effects of carbon splinters, for the removal of the arrow from the ground and its safe disposal inside an old plastic drinks bottle, heavy duty 'work' gloves were worn at all times.

22 June – the fourth and third beginners lessons for Caleb and Evie Carey respectively. The wind was a nightmare, so much so that none of the club members turned up to shoot; still if Caleb and Evie can cope with these conditions, they can cope with anything. Unsurprisingly Caleb didn't beat his score from 19 June, but he did get a second third class score. It was Evie's first time at recurve and she set a 2013 group record. Rather pleasingly she also had considerably fewer bouncers.

26 June – the fifth and fourth beginners lessons for Caleb and Evie Carey respectively. The weather was considerably better than on the previous Saturday. Evie had unexpectedly had to play an away football match after school, so she arrived hot and very, very tired, so we kept her down to three dozen arrows, unfortunately that means no records for her tonight.

Caleb, on the other hand, went out a distance and smashed it. He shot to an 79 handicap and got a second class score, that means he shot to within two handicap points of first class and he's only on his third recurve beginner's session.

Congratulations go to:

  • Gary Avery for setting new overall 2013 and club records (02/06).
  • Caleb Carey for setting a new overall 2013 record (12/06). For converting to recurve setting another overall 2013 record and getting a third class score (19/06). For getting a second third class score (22/06). For going out a distance, setting another overall 2013 record and getting a second class score, which had he been a member, rather than a beginner, would have given him a starting handicap (81) and qualified him as third class (26/06).
  • Evie Carey for setting two overall and one group 2013 records (19/06). For converting to recurve and setting a new 2013 group record (22/06).
  • Michelle Carey for setting new group 2013 and club records and what is hopefully a new county record (19/06).
  • John Chappell for setting new overall 2013 and club records (01/06). For setting a new overall 2013 record (08/06). For setting a new overall 2013 record on another round (19/06). For beating that same record and reducing his handicap by two points (25/06). For setting new overall club and 2013 records and reducing his handicap by another two points (28/06).
  • Jim Edmondson for reducing his handicap by two points (19/06).
  • Stuart Guy for setting new overall 2013 and group club records, gaining his starting handicap and classifying as 'Archer' (26/06).
  • Carl Raine for reducing his handicap by one point (30/06).
  • David Smith for setting new overall 2013 and club records, what are, hopefully, two new county records, reducing his handicap by one point and getting his first first class score (01/06).
  • Joedy Taylor for reducing his handicap by one point (02/06). For setting new overall 2013 and club records and reducing his handicap by one point (07/06). For setting new overall 2013 and club records and what is, hopefully, a new county records (09/06). For beating those same records (19/06). For setting a new overall 2013 record (26/06).
  • Peter White for reducing his handicap by three points and getting his first second class score (19/06).

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May

Screwdriver after David had killed it.

1 May – over the years we've had many items 'killed' by wayward arrows, usually flags and stands, with the occasional score pad, distance marker and one worm thrown in for good measure, well today David Smith managed a first that we hope won't be repeated; to 'kill' a screwdriver (see photo). The moral of this story is don't lend your friend a 20 year-old belovéd screwdriver to free a woodpecker when he tries a new distance for the first time and then expect to get it back in one piece. The good news is that after 'plastic surgery' and elastic band splints said screwdriver is now back in one piece if somewhat rough around the edges.

3 May – a horribly windy day with only three members shooting, two at our ground and one at Cleve, but oh, what results: John Chappell and Carl Raine achieved new classifications, first and third respectively and David Smith beat two of his own county records including increasing the round score by 66 points. We'll have a long wait for ratification as they won't be submitted until the end of the month. Well done all of you.

6 May – the first May Day competition to take place on may Day Monday. Possibly because it was a bank holiday Monday turn out was exceptionally poor with only four people starting and one of those retiring due to disability. Even with only three people completing the round, we still ended up with a tie for the best overall score. The results for the competition are in the May Day section of the Competitions 2013 page, the congratulations are below.

15 May – county have updated their records and they've ratified David Smith's two records from the end of April. We were also a couple of days late submitting the return, so chancing our luck we included David's two potential records from 3 May – they've ratified those as well, so David is now back up to four county records. Well done that man.

25 May – David Smith has been beating his own county records again, this time not a full round, but the distance split for 60m. Another one to send away for county to ratify.

27 May – David Smith has been doing it again and this time he was joined by Sheena McCullagh. David beat not only his distance split of 25 May, but his overall county record score as well. Sheena set a new distance split.

Congratulations go to:

  • Gary Avery for beating his own overall 2013 record (05/05). For changing to barebow and setting a new overall 2013 record (12/05). For beating that same record (25/05).
  • Michelle Carey for setting new overall 2013 record (05/05). For beating that same record (09/05).
  • John Chappell for setting new overall 2013 record, reducing his handicap by one point and qualifying as first class (03/05). For setting new overall 2013 and club records, beating the previous record by 111 points (25/05).
  • Jim Edmondson for classifying as 'Archer' and reducing his handicap by one point (01/05). For reducing his handicap by another point (25/05).
  • Sheena McCullagh for setting new group 2013 and club records (18/05). For setting new group 2013 and club records and what is hopefully a new county record (27/05).
  • Aiden Raine for setting new group 2013 and club records and classifying as 'Archer' (05/05).
  • Carl Raine for qualifying as third class (03/05). For reducing his handicap by one point (05/05).
  • David Smith for setting a new group 2013 record (01/05). For setting new overall 2013 and club records and beating his own county record (03/05). For setting new overall club and 2013 records and reducing his handicap by one point (05/05). For setting a new overall 2013 record (06/05). For setting new overall 2013 and club records and reducing his handicap by one point (18/05). For setting a new 2013 group record (26/05). For setting new overall 2013 and club records and beating his own county record (27/05). For setting a new overall 2013 record (31/05).
  • Bob Taylor for setting a new overall 2013 record (06/05).
  • Joedy Taylor for setting a new group 2013 record (05/05).
  • Clive Wilkins for setting a new overall 2013 record (05/05). For setting an overall indoor 2013 record (15/05). For setting another overall 2013 record (17/05).

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7 April – the spring has finally sprung, ten members took to the line and we welcome new member Stuart Guy. Stuart joins us after having come down for an assessment on 17 March. Welcome to the club Stuart.

David's pigeon newborn squabs.

10 April – when David Smith came back from holiday in March, he found he had a squatter on his balcony: a pigeon had built a nest and laid eggs in one of his (as yet unplanted for the year) flower baskets. Despite the disturbance caused by his return and daily moving around the flat, Mrs Pigeon proved to be a good mum and today David became proud foster-dad to two blonde squabs, see photo. (Couldn't resist putting our first literal 'hatched' on the news page.)

12 April – the Hot Cross Floodlit (held over from Good Friday). Surprisingly, as we were shooting under floodlights, several 2013 records were set, one group club record was set and a new classification and starting handicap were achieved. The results are in Hot Cross Floodlit section of the 2013 competitions page, the records, handicaps and classification are in the various Statistics pages and the achievements are in the congratulations section below.

21 April – it looks like we have the first new county record of 2013. David Smith has beaten Jerry's county score for the FITA 60m, so, assuming there are no other contenders during April, county should be ratifying the record sometime during May. In addition it should be a 60m split record, bringing David's total of county records up to four.

28 April – David Smith got out his new bow today and shot a full round for the first time. With a heavier draw-weight and much faster limbs he wasn't expecting anything spectacular, but he beat his score from last Sunday, so this is the one we will be submitting for ratification as a county record.

Congratulations go to:

  • Gary Avery for setting a new overall 2013 record (12/04). For setting a new overall 2013 record on a different round (28/04).
  • John Chappell for setting new overall club and 2013 record (07/04). For setting a new overall 2013 record and getting his second first class score (28/04).
  • Jim Edmondson for setting a new overall 2013 record and reducing his handicap by three points (21/04). For reducing his handicap by another two points (28/04).
  • Tad Guton for setting a new overall 2013 record, reducing his handicap by two points and getting his second third class score (07/04).
  • Sheena McCullagh for setting a new overall 2013 record (07/04). For setting a new group 2013 record (12/04).
  • Aidan Raine for setting new overall 2013 and club group records (12/04). For beating those same records, reducing his handicap by two points and getting his first third class score (21/04).
  • Carl Raine for getting his first third class barebow score with his first submitted score (17/04). For setting new overall 2013 and club records (19/04). For getting his barebow starting handicap, his second third class score and classifying as 'Archer' (21/04).
  • David Smith for setting a new overall 2013 record (10/04). For setting a new overall 2013 record (12/04). And doing it again (14/04). For changing round and setting new overall club and 2013 records (19/04). For setting new overall club, 2013 and, hopefully, two county records and reducing his handicap by one point (21/04). For changing round and setting new overall 2013 and club records (24/04). For beating the records he set on 21 April and reducing his handicap by another point (28/04).
  • Bob Taylor for changing bow type and reducing his indoor handicap by one point (02/04). For reverting back to recurve, beating his own 2013 record, reducing his indoor handicap by two points and getting his first 'E' classification (05/04). For setting a new overall 2013 record (07/04).
  • Joedy Taylor for setting a new overall 2013 record (07/04).
  • Peter White for sticking with his 'new' bow type and putting in his second third class score (07/04). For changing round, qualifying as third class and getting his barebow starting handicap (12/04). For going out a distance and reducing his barebow handicap by one point (21/04).

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3 March – we have our first new classification of the 2013 outdoor season. We've only shot outdoors three times since recovering from the flood and for each of those shoots David Smith got a second class score. Well done.

8 March – good news, Bob Taylor, our tournament organiser and Santa Paramount for the Christmas indoor fun shoot has been given the go ahead to start shooting again after the operation on his back. Bob hasn't shot for three months, so how did he do on his first day back? He set an overall 2013 record. Well done Bob.

17 March – just before Christmas we were contacted by a lady who wanted to buy her husband membership for a Christmas present. Said husband had shot previously, but had not been a member of a club for 15 years, so we invited him down for an assessment. Unfortunately due to the flooding and bad weather, the assessment couldn't take place until today. With such a long lay off we kept Stuart Guy down to a short distance, but the way he shot proved that you really never do forget: he scored just below his old handicap and put in a score that high that had he have been a member at the time he would have set a new overall club record beating the existing Bristol Bowmen one by 41 points and the GPA one by 58 points. Needless to say we hope to welcome Stuart as a member in the very near future.

Congratulations go to:

  • Gary Avery for setting a new overall 2013 indoor record (08/03). For setting a new overall 2013 record (31/03).
  • John Chappell for setting a new overall 2013 record, getting his first first class score and reducing his handicap by one point (17/03).
  • Tad Gunton for setting a new overall 2013 record, getting his first third class score and reducing his handicap by one point (03/03).
  • Stuart Guy for setting a new overall 2013 record on the day of his assessment (17/03).
  • Sheena McCullagh for setting a new overall 2013 record on her first shoot of the year (20/03).
  • David Smith for setting a new overall 2013 record, getting his third second class score, so qualifying as second class and reducing his handicap by two points (03/03). For moving out a distance and setting a new overall 2013 record (17/03).
  • Bob Taylor for setting a new overall 2013 indoor record (08/03). For beating that record (15/03). And doing it again (22/03).
  • Peter White for changing bow type and putting in his first third class score (17/03).

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It is with great regret that we announce the death of former member Harvey Abrams, who died on Monday 11 February after a long battle with cancer.

Harvey is survived by his wife, Pauline, three children, three grandsons, one great-grandson, six step-children and numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

Our thoughts are with his family at this time of sorrow.

Harvey William Abrams, 7 February 1936 to 11 February 2013. May his soul rest in peace in Paradise.


12 February – thanks to our eagle-eyed secretary, we've been able to claim county barebow records for the FITA 60m for both Michelle Carey and Jerry Sly. We'd always been told that this round was a cadet round and not open to adults for a county record, but David, browsing the County lists, noticed that there were records for both the gents recurve and gents compound for this round, so we trawled through the 2012 sheets and were able to put in a claim for Michelle (for her round of 1 April 2012) and Jerry (for his round of 7 September 2012). County have confirmed that these scores are records, but they are yet to appear on the County web site. That brings Michelle's total of current county records to three and it is a first county record for Jerry.

17 February – at last, after a three month lay-off, we can shoot outdoor again. Five hardy souls took to the line, with only three scoring, Tad Gunton, David Smith and Peter White, as they were all shooting different bow types, they by definition took the first of the 2013 outdoor records. The other two decided just to warm up after the long lay-off, including our first new member of the year, so a big welcome to Kev Lochun, a returnee to the sport, who came for an assessment the weekend before we flooded. Not forgetting the fifth hardy soul, Jim Edmondson.

26 February – welcome to new member Carl Raine, who joins his son on the shooting line. Carl completed his 'family and friends' beginner's course on the Sunday before the flood, so has waited until now to join.

Congratulations go to:

  • Tad Gunton for setting new overall 2013 and club records on the first outdoor shoot of the year (17/02).
  • Rod Luton for setting a new overall 2013 record, when shooting at a neighbouring club (09/02).
  • David Smith for setting a new overall 2013 and group club records on the first outdoor shoot of the year. It was also his first qualifying second class score, although he got one just before the flood, he lost it in the New Year Adjustments (17/02). For changing round, setting a new overall 2013 record and getting his second second class score (24/02).
  • Joedy Taylor for reducing his indoor handicap by one point (15/02).
  • Peter White for setting a new overall 2013 record on the first outdoor shoot of the year (17/02).
  • Clive Wilkins for setting new overall 2013 and club group records and reducing his indoor handicap by two points (11/02).

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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. Unfortunately our targets are still wet through from the two floods that we had at the end of 2012, so we've had to miss the first day of shooting.

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 2012 those were:

  • Being a club member by 1 July 2011 and still being a member on 31 December 2012, and
  • Holding a starting handicap in the relevant bow type on 1 January 2012, and
  • Having submitted a minimum of eight scores during 2012.

And the winners were:

  • Bristol Bowmen Juniors – no one eligible.
  • Bristol Bowmen – winner with a handicap reduction of eight points Gary Avery (recurve).
  • Golden Phoenix Archers – winner with a handicap reduction of one point Rod Luton (barebow).

5 January – County have updated their records' pages again. They are now showing that Sheena McCullagh holds the 50m distance record for ladies' barebow, bring her total county records up to six, all of which have been achieved since Golden Phoenix Archers transferred into Gloucestershire on 1 October 2012.

Congratulations go to:

  • John Chappell for setting a new overall 2013 indoor record (04/01). For setting a new overall 2013 outdoor record (06/01). For beating that record (09/01).
  • Dave Fullerton for setting a new overall 2013 indoor record (04/01). For beating that record (08/01).
  • Rod Luton for setting a new overall 2013 indoor record (04/01). For beating that record (08/01). And again (11/01). And again and reducing his handicap by one point (26/01).

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Created: 1 January 2013
Updated: 31 December 2016

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