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Four of the ten fun Christmas targets: left to right: gingerbread man; assorted sized cubes; five-pointed 
star; Christmassy hearth.

18 December – our Christmas indoor fun shoot, with fifteen competitors, fourteen from our clubs and one visitor. Loosely based on a Portsmouth round, everyone shoots six arrows at each of ten targets in rotation. For the full write-up and the list of the winners, see the Christmas indoor section of the 2015 competitions page.

25 December – happy Christmas everyone.

26 December – for the first time in four years we were able to go ahead with our Boxing Day shoot. Unfortunately, despite the promise of lashings of home made leek and potato soup and mince pies, only two members (and one parent) ventured out onto the rather soggy field. Looks like people are holding off trying out their new toys from Santa.

27 December – happy birthday web site; nine years old today.

Congratulations go to:

  • Erin Collingbourne for beating her own outdoor group 2015 and club records and reducing her handicap by one point (06/12).
  • Evie Collingbourne for beating her own indoor group 2015 and club records, reducing her handicap by one point and classifying as F (04/12). For beating her own outdoor group 2015 and club records and reducing her handicap by one point (06/12).
  • Pat Foster for beating her own indoor group 2015 and club records and gaining her first F classification, which was also her second G classification (04/12).
  • David Smith for beating his own overall 2015 outdoor record (06/12). For beating that record again, reducing his handicap by three points and getting his first recurve second class (13/12). For setting new overall 2015 and club records (20/12).
  • Clive Wilkins for reducing his indoor handicap by one point (16/12).
  • Hannah Wynn for setting a new group 2015 outdoor record and reducing her handicap by two points (09/12).

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8 November – county have ratified the records for both Erin Collingbourne (28 August) and Ian Bolt (1 October). Well done both. Unfortunately for Ian, he's been listed under the wrong club. Our record's officer has informed them of this error, so hopefully, at the next update, he'll be listed as a member of Bristol Bowmen.

Today also saw Hannah Wynn competing in her first competition, the Grand Weston Archery Society regional championship in Weston-super-Mare. Hannah only started archery in July this year, so this was an impressive introduction to competitions. According to Hannah 'The round to be shot was a FITA 18, causing me to practice almost obsessively on the tiny 40 cm faces. On the day of the competition, after a ludicrously early start, I shot as well as I could, coming second on my target and fifteenth out of 20 overall in the ladies' recurve section.' Well done Hannah.

Richard's arrow through the target flagpole, creating a pronounced bump in the flagpole.

15 November – When an arrow impales another arrow, strictly speaking it's known as a Robin Hood, but the bulge Richard Hayward's arrow created when he shot the flagpole today puts it firmly into the realms of a Friar Tuck. Not only did he spin the flagpole around when he shot it, but, rather unusually, didn't break either the arrow or the pole. This could be because the flagpole is actually an old wooden arrow and therefore stronger than the usual dowel.

Given that it was exceptionally windy, club captain David Smith, did suggest leaving it as it was for the rest of the shoot and using it as a weathervane. Many thanks to James Powell-Chandler for the photograph.

Meanwhile, up in Newcastle, Hannah Wynn, having gone home, found herself 'accidentally' taking part in a double Bray competition (Bray II followed by a Bray I). 'Accidentally entering was interesting. James and I had discussed entering, but decided not to, partly because it was hard to get my kit up north. We then decided two days before the shoot to enter because I worked out a way to get some of my equipment moved.' Hannah achieved second place, although she has also told us that this was out of a field of two. Still, second place is second place and it was only her second ever competition.

21 November – saw Hannah Wynn competing again, this time in the first leg of the university league: 'It was an obscenely early start to get to Exeter by 9am, and I wasn’t feeling my best. I shot as well as I could, but only scored 411 for a Portsmouth so went home before presentation. I wish I had stayed, as I won my category (Novice Lady Recurve), coming ahead of six other archers, 43 points ahead of the person coming in second.' A big congratulations to Hannah for winning.

Congratulations go to:

  • Erin Collingbourne for beating her own 2015 group record and getting her second barebow third class (15/11). For switching to barebow indoor and setting new group 2105 and club records (20/11).
  • Evie Collingbourne for beating her own 2015 and club group records, reducing her handicap by two points and qualifying as second class (01/11). For reducing her indoor handicap by one point and getting her second F classification (13/11). For beating her 1 November records and reducing her handicap by a further point (15/11).
  • Patricia Foster for setting new group 2015 and club indoor records and getting her first G classification on her first indoor shoot (13/11).
  • Leo Moate for shooting indoors for the first time and setting new 2015 and club group records and getting his first H classification (13/11). For beating those records and getting his second H classification (27/11).
  • Carl Raine for reducing his indoor handicap by one point (27/11).
  • David Smith for setting new overall 2015 and club records (11/11).
  • Hannah Wynn for setting a new indoor 2015 group record (06/11). For setting new overall 2015 and club indoor records and reducing her handicap by one point shooting in the regional Indoor Championship (08/11). For setting new group 2015 and club outdoor records (11/11). For setting new indoor 2015 and club group records on a different round (15/11). For setting new indoor 2015 and club group records on yet another round (21/11).

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1 October – we have seven new members today: Evie Collingbourne, Daniel Grigg, Richard Hayward, mother and son combo Terry and Taz Ladd, Dave Nicholson and Hannah Wynn. Hannah is transferring to us from 'Up North'; Dave last shot at our neighbouring club, Gordano, and is a qualified coach, so that now means we have three qualified L1 coaches. Everyone else has joined from our family and friends beginners' course and 'catch-up' sessions. You are all most welcome.

County have ratified David Smith's county record for the FITA 50m round. And today it's been beaten by Ian Bolt. Unfortunately, as record claims are done at the end of the month, Ian will have quite a wait to see if county ratify it. Meanwhile we're still waiting to see if Erin Collingbourne's score from 28 August will be ratified.

4 October – our last beginners' session of the year and what an ending: we only had one beginner, but Gareth Charlesworth ended his sessions in style, by reverting back to barebow and setting an overall 2015 record. Not to be outdone, Evie Collingbourne not only set new records, but also got a third class score on her first shoot as a member. Well done both of you.

21 October – happy 18 birthday to member Lewis Hayward who now jumps to the adult gents group. It will be interesting to see how he fairs in Sunday's clout competition as he'll be far and away the 'newest' adult shooting.

Terry Ladd at full draw wearing a medieval red dress.

25 October – our Agincourt clout, to commemorate the 600 anniversary of the famous English victory when Henry V lead a beleaguered, ill and hungry English and Welsh army, comprised mainly of archers, against the mighty French army and against the odds, won. Henry had raised most of the money for the campaign from the wealthy of London and afterwards, as a thank you to the people of London, he commissioned The Crystal Scepter, see 'The greatest thank you gift in English history goes on show' Telegraph story for more information. In 1599 Shakespeare immortalised the battle in his play Henry V, which includes in the main speech the famous line 'we few, we happy few, we band of brothers'; Henry V speech on You Tube.

Terry Ladd decided to get into the swing of things and shot bedecked in a wonderful medieval dress (see photo). And how did our newest adult, Lewis Hayward fair? He only went and won the gents barebow. The full results can be found in the Agincourt clout section of the 2015 Competitions page. The records are in the various pages of the Stats section, the congratulations are below.

Congratulations go to:

  • Ian Bolt for setting new overall 2015 and club records and what is hopefully a new county record (01/10).
  • Pete Brown for reducing his handicap by two points and qualifying as second class (11/10).
  • Tanzy Brown for setting new overall ladies' 2015 and club records, reducing her handicap by one point and getting her second third class score (04/10). For beating those records, reducing her handicap by another point and qualifying as third class (11/10).
  • Gareth Charlesworth for reverting back to barebow and setting a new overall 2015 record on the last week of his beginner's course (04/10).
  • Erin Collingbourne for beating her own 2015 and club group records (04/10). For shooting indoors for the first time and getting a G classification (09/10). For beating the records she set the previous Sunday (11/10). For getting her second G classification (16/10). For gaining her indoor starting handicap and classifying as G (23/10). For setting new 2015 and club group records in the Agincourt clout (25/10).
  • Evie Collingbourne for setting new 2015 and club group records and getting her first third class score, all on her first shoot as a member (04/10). For setting new group 2015 and club indoor records and getting her first G classification (09/10). For beating the records she'd set the previous Sunday and getting her first second class score, which was also her second third class score (11/10). For beating the records she'd set the previous Friday and getting her second G classification (16/10). For setting new 2015 and club group records, getting her second second class score, which qualified her as third class and gaining her starting handicap (21/10). For beating her own 2015 and club group records, gaining her indoor starting and getting her first F classification, which was also her third G (23/10). For setting new 2015 and club group records in the Agincourt clout (25/10).
  • Patricia Foster for setting a new group 2015 record and reducing her handicap by one point (16/10). For reducing her handicap by two points (23/10).
  • Daniel Grigg for setting new overall 2015 and club records in the Agincourt clout (25/10).
  • Tad Gunton for setting new overall 2015 and club records in the Agincourt clout (25/10).
  • Lewis Hayward for setting new overall 2015 and club records in the Agincourt clout (25/10).
  • Richard Hayward for setting a new overall club record in the Agincourt clout (25/10).
  • Taz Ladd for setting new 2015 and club group records in the Agincourt clout (25/10).
  • Terry Ladd for setting new overall 2015 and club records in the Agincourt clout (25/10).
  • Sheena McCullagh for setting new overall 2015 and club records (21/10). For setting a new 2015 group record (28/10).
  • Michael Micallef for getting his first F class score. For reducing his handicap by one point and getting his second third class score (04/10).
  • Leo Moate for setting new 2015 and club group records in the Agincourt clout (25/10).
  • David Smith for setting a new overall 2015 record and reducing his handicap by one point (02/10). For setting a new overall 2015 record on a different round (21/10). For changing rounds again and setting a new overall 2015 record (23/10). For setting new overall 2015 and club records in the Agincourt clout (25/10).
  • Hannah Wynn for setting a new group indoor record and getting her first F class score (02/10). For setting a new group 2015 record (04/10). For setting new overall ladies' 2015 and club records and reducing her handicap by one point (11/10). For setting new overall 2015 and club indoor records and getting her first E class score, which is also her second F (14/10). For beating those records, gaining her indoor starting handicap and getting her second E class, thus classifying as F (16/10). For beating those records again, reducing her handicap by three points and classifying as E (18/10). For setting a new group 2015 outdoor record (28/10).

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2 September – our third 'catch-up' beginners' session and once again we were joined by several of the Sunday beginners and three members. The forecast had been for light showers. it was wrong. Just after we got set up for the evening, we had a very heavy shower, so took the opportunity to go through the other forms of archery and other bow type talks. Luckily, once that shower had passed it remained dry for the rest of the evening. There were some pretty special achievements as well, we had two six-gold ends, both provided by Daniel Grigg and Evie Collingbourne got a third class score, her first shooting recurve; in fact it was 41 points more than she needed for third and only 28 points short of being a second class score.

When we'd invented the Keynsham rounds, on Monday 31 August, we'd not intended to give the beginners separate acknowledgements for the Warwick and Keynsham versions, but there again we hadn't expected anyone to do what Evie did. Rather than making her miss out on the third class score, we've accepted both. In fact most people shooting, beginner's and members, set new records, their scores can be found in the two Recurve and Barebow sections of the 2015 records page, their congratulations are below.

6 September – our fifth session of our family and friends beginners' course and the weather forecast got it wrong again. It should have been warm but overcast, instead we got very warm and glorious sunshine, so we aren't complaining. This far through the year it get's more difficult to set annual records, but we did have a couple of notable achievements: Gareth Charlesworth got a six-gold end and, as it was his first time, one of our medals; Evie Collingbourne got another third class score, her second shooting recurve and this time, shooting two dozen more than on Wednesday, she was 85 points over third class and only 21 points short of second class, that is some going. Evie also set our only new record today, see the Recurve – Ladies and overall section of the 2015 records page, her congratulations are below.

Daniel Grigg standing beside his special birthday target (card circle with a cake drawn on it in marker pen). 
The cake has five lit candles drawn on it and Daniel's name on the side. The top and bottom edges of the cake have 
blue marker icing shells and under the cake is a Happy Birthday sticker.  The photo was taken after the last end and 
all the arrows are still in place.

9 September – our final 'catch-up' beginners' session and it turned into an impromptu competition: At the end of Daniel Grigg's previous lesson he had said that he wanted the challenge of shooting at a paper plate for his last session, however, as it was his birthday, we couldn't give him something as boring as that. Instead we used a plain circle the size of the gold and drew a big cake on it in marker pen. The photo shows a smiling Daniel standing next to his target after the last end.

We had thought Daniel would be shooting on his own as the other beginners were going to be using an ordinary target, but when he arrived he was with his mum, elder brother, Alex Grigg, and girlfriend, Emma Loughlin, as they'd come straight from his birthday meal. When Alex and Emma said they'd like to shoot with Daniel, as we were missing two of the expected beginners and therefore had enough club members to help out, we let them. We went through the safety talk, showed them how to shoot and let them have a practice dozen arrows before moving them onto the birthday cake target.

The three of them were set the additional challenge of seeing how many candles they could ‘blow out’ (arrow hitting the flame). The score was 1 for hitting the plate (including line cutters) and 0 for a miss, but to also record the number of candles and flames they hit. So who won the competition? Well, as they were shooting in three different groups, they all did:

Gents’ Barebow: Alex Grigg; 14 hits, including 2 flames, 0 candles.

Gents’ under 18 Barebow: Daniel Grigg; 10 hits, including 1 flame and 1 candle.

Ladies’ under 18 Barebow: Emma Loughlin; 10 hits, 0 flames and candles.

13 September – our annual club championship. Many people reduced their handicaps and several new records were set. Once the updated record sheets are received the various pages in the statistics section will be updated and the congratulations will be below. For a write-up of the competition and the full results see the Annual Championship section of the 2015 Competitions page.

20 September – the sixth session of our family and friends beginners' course and two of the group finished today. What an ending to the course for Evie Collingbourne, who shot her third consecutive third class score and has become Third Class (Beginner). We can't ever remember anyone achieving that before. Unfortunately, to get her third class badge, she'll have to do it all over again once her membership starts on 1 October. Dad, Dave Collingbourne, ended on a high as well by shooting seven points under handicap. Several other people set new records or achieved handicaps and classifications, their scores can be found in the two Recurve and Barebow sections of the 2015 records page, their congratulations are below.

We were one beginner missing for a very special reason; Gary Hamner was off in Mexico getting married. We're hoping for a photo to go on the web site when he gets back.

27 September – the seventh session of our family and friends beginners' course and the weather was almost balmy. We had another two finish the course today, one, Jane Collingbourne reducing her handicap and the other, Terry Ladd by virtue of having reverted to barebow, gaining her beginner's starting handicap. This far through the year it's difficult to get records, but both are in the congratulations below.

Having said that this far through the year it's hard to get new records, member Lewis Hayward beat his own 2015 group record set the week before and in doing so, beat the group club record that had stood for 26 years and three weeks, some eight years before Lewis was even born.

Congratulations go to:

  • Amber Bolt for setting a new group 2015 record (10/09).
  • Bob Brooks for setting new overall 2015 and club records (18/09). For beating those records (25/09).
  • Pete Brown for reducing his handicap by one point and getting his second second class score (13/09).
  • Tanzy Brown for setting new overall ladies 2015 and club records (20/09).
  • Dave Collingbourne for beating his own new overall 2015 record that he'd set on 31 August (02/09). For gaining his beginner's starting handicap and becoming a Beginner Archer while on the fifth week of his beginner's course (06/09). For reducing his beginner's starting handicap by three points (20/09).
  • Erin Collingbourne for beating her own 2015 group records on an official round and beating her own group 2015 and overall ladies' club records on our new local round that she'd set on 31 August, reducing her handicap by a further two points and qualifying as second class (02/09). For setting a new group 2015 record (06/09). For beating that record and reducing her handicap by another point (13/09). For setting a new group 2015 record and getting her first barebow third class score (20/09). For reverting to recurve, going out a distance and setting new 2015 and club group records (27/09).
  • Evie Collingbourne for setting a new group 2015 record and getting her first recurve third class score on the fourth week of her beginner's course, and, as we're double counting the 'official' and local rounds, for beating her own group 2015 record that she'd set on 31 August (02/09). For setting a new group 2015 record, gaining her beginner's starting handicap and becoming a Beginner Archer and getting her second third class score while on the fifth week of her beginner's course (06/09). For setting a new group 2015 record and qualifying as Third Class (Beginner). (20/09).
  • Jane Collingbourne for gaining her beginner's starting handicap and becoming a Beginner Archer while on the fifth week of her beginner's course (20/09). For reducing her beginner's handicap by one point (27/09).
  • Patricia Foster for setting new overall ladies' 2015 and club records, getting her starting handicap and classifying as Archer (18/09). For beating those records and reducing her handicap by four points (25/09).
  • Tianna Hamner for setting a new group 2015 on the second session of her beginner's course (02/09).
  • Lewis Hayward for setting a new group 2015 record (20/09). Setting new 2015 and club group records, gaining his starting handicap and qualifying as Archer and getting his first third class score (27/09).
  • Daniel Grigg for setting a new group 2015 record while on the third week of his beginner's course (26/08).
  • Taz Ladd for setting a new group 2015 record, gaining his beginner's starting handicap and becoming a Beginner Archer while on the fifth week of his beginner's course (02/09).
  • Terry Ladd for reverting to barebow and setting a new group 2015 record on the fifth week of her beginner's course (20/09). For gaining her beginner's starting handicap and becoming a Beginner Archer while on the sixth week of her beginner's course (27/09).
  • Sheena McCullagh for setting a new group 2015 record (13/09).
  • Michael Micallef for reducing his handicap by two points (06/09). For reducing his handicap by another two points and getting his first third class score (27/09).
  • Leo Moate for getting his second third class score (13/09). For getting his starting handicap and qualifying as third class (27/09).
  • Alice Powell-Chandler for setting new group 2015 and club records (02/09). For switching to barebow and setting new 2015 and club group records (13/09).
  • James Powell-Chandler for reducing his handicap by one point and getting his second third class score (06/09). For qualifying as third class (13/09).
  • David Smith for setting a new overall 2015 record (13/09).

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One of Jerry's longbow arrows skewering the target leg so that the point is showing having passed through the 
wood.

Ho hum, it look's like one of Jerry Sly's longbow arrows was getting withdrawal symptoms and with no score book handy, it decided to skewer the target leg instead and at an angle so that both pile and nock ends are clear of the wood. Most amazingly it hasn't ripped a chunk of wood out of the leg; well the manufacturer did claim that the frames are sturdy. The dastardly deed was performed at the very end of July, but the photo would have got lost down there; how much nicer to have a picture to brighten up the start of the month. Many thanks to Ian Bolt for the picture.

5 August – Erin Collingbourne is doing well, county haven't yet ratified her score from 25 July and she's beaten it, adding another six points to the total. We'll keep you posted as to how it goes.

12 August – we've been contacted recently by two adults wanting to know if their respective sons could join the club. Both boys had done a fair amount of archery, but neither have covered everything that we do on a beginner's course. Rather than make them wait until next year's main course, we've put on a few sessions to cover the missing bits and this afternoon was their first session. Both boys said they enjoyed themselves and are looking forward to the next one.

16 August – the first session of our 'family and friends' beginner's course and seven brave souls took to the line including the mother of one of our Wednesday evening lads and rest of Erin Collingbourne's family. We've still got two more to start who couldn't make it this week, so with empty slots, as his mum was shooting and he can't make this coming Wednesday, Taz joined in as well.

And talking of Erin Collingbourne, it's now official, she has her first county record. Do remember though, that this is already out-of-date as Erin beat the score earlier this month, so we're now waiting for county to ratify the new score.

19 August – ho hum, tonight should have been the second of our 'catch-up sessions', but it's raining stair rods. Still look on the bright side: all those badgers, foxes, hedgehogs and other assorted wildlife that dine heavily on earthworms will have full bellies for the next few days.

22 August – with the weather forecast so dire for tomorrow we decided to bring the second session of our 'family and friends' beginner's course forward a day for those who could make it, with the option for the others that if the weather was OK on Sunday they could have their lesson then. Only three could make it and shot alongside three club members in the blistering heat. Normally we wouldn't dream of putting beginners on an 80cm face on the second week of their course, but with the three members wanting to shoot metric rounds and these beginners having been around the club, they knew what they would be letting themselves in for if they shot the Short Metric IV. The other alternative was lots of target moving in extreme heat, so the beginners valiantly elected to shoot the small face, meaning we could simply move the line forward after three dozen arrows.

Boy, oh boy are we pleased that they did. The youngest person there, shooting in the Ladies Under 14 group, not only beat the adult ladies, she becomes the first beginner ever to get a third class score on the second week of the course. We've never had any beginner get a third class equivalent handicap this early on, let alone a third class score itself. So a very special congratulations to Evie Collingbourne for such a tremendous achievement, and even if this is ever equaled or bettered, what will never change is that she'll be able to say that the first time she ever scored, she got a third class. Evie also set a new group 2015 record in the process. Her congratulations are below and her record is in the Barebow – Ladies and overall section of the 2015 records page. Oh and if the surname seems familiar, it's because Evie is the older sister of our newest county record holder, Erin.

23 August – the weather forecast was correct, today got rained off and at times it was more like monsoon conditions.

26 August – the second of our catch-up sessions, plus we had a new beginner from the Sunday course coming for his first session and three club members shooting. What an evening we had: Taz and Daniel started at 5pm, with Richard (our new one) starting an hour later. Just as we got Richard set up, the heavens opened and we had to stop for a while. Once the heavy shower had passed, it continued to drizzle on and off, but everyone bravely soldiered on. After the lads had completed their six dozen, Taz had to go, but as Richard was still shooting we invited Daniel to shoot another two dozen. It was the first week that the lads had scored, and Taz Ladd set an new 2015 group record, with Daniel Grigg setting a new overall 2015 record. Their scores can be found in the two Recurve and the Barebow – Gents sections of the 2015 records page, their congratulations are below.

Two archers on the same target both got a six gold end. Photo shows all twelve arrows in the gold.

But it didn't stop there, despite having an immense dislike of bow sights, Daniel Grigg ended the night with two consecutive six-gold ends and earned himself one of our medals. (Daniel told us he only did it to make the adding up easier for the scorer.) Hot on Daniel's heels, one of our new club members Lewis Hayward also got two consecutive six-gold ends to finish the night, but as he's a member, no medal for him. He'd not shot for a few weeks, so had elected to shoot with his dad, who was our new beginner. Not wanting to be outdone by his son, Richard Hayward also ended with a six-gold end and earned himself a medal. Their stunning twelve-gold end was captured for posterity in the second photo. If you look closely, you'll see that they actually divided the gold in two, with all Richard's arrows in the top half and all Lewis' in the bottom half.

So what of our other two club members shooting? They were two of our newer very young ladies. Amber Bolt didn't have time to shoot a complete round, but as for Erin Collingbourne, well she hasn't given us time to submit her score from 5 August to county and she's beaten it again; by a whopping 89 points. Our Records Officer is on holiday, so it'll be a few days before her achievements go in the congratulations below, but it will also be her first second class score and we think she'll have reduced her handicap by four points.

Earlier in the day, one of our club members also achieved a potential county record, but like Erin, because our Records Officer is on holiday, David Smith will have to wait for his congratulations and records to go on the web site and for the score to be submitted to county.

30 August – the third session of our family and friends course and we seem to be creating some hardy souls; the weather forecast got it wrong, it was supposed to have stopped raining by the time we started, but it hadn't. They elected to shoot anyway, so we set up in the rain and although it was slowly stopping, it didn't become dry until an hour after we started. With it being a bank holiday and plans having already been made by some of our beginners, we were few in number today, so Taz Ladd from our Wednesday group sneaked in an extra shoot. Despite the conditions, and shooting ten yards further than before, he shot better than he did on Wednesday and set another annual record in the process. His record is in the Barebow – Gents section of the 2015 records page, his congratulations is below.

With so few people having been able to make it today, we're doing it all over again tomorrow to give the others chance to have their lesson; assuming that the weather plays nicely.

31 August – the weather played nicely and we were able to do our additional, fourth, session of our family and friends course. Six of our beginners were joined by three club members and due to people having to go at different times, some wanting to shoot a four dozen round and one member with a new bow wanting as many sight marks as possible, everyone shot and scored one of the Warwicks and then for those who could stay, we reduced the distance by a further ten yards, shot and scored another two dozen and thus a new local round, the Keynsham (Junior and Short Junior) was born. Members are submitting the Warwick part for classification and handicap purposes, but also submitting the Keynsham for record purposes. For the beginners, we're handicapping the Short Junior Keynsham and accepting those scores for our annual records.

With everyone who shot a Keynsham being in a different group, all of them, members and beginners alike, set new 2015 records. Their scores can be found in the two Recurve and Barebow sections of the 2015 records page, their congratulations are below.

We also had two beginners achieve six-gold ends, so a special congratulations go to Dave Collingbourne and Richard Hayward. As this was Dave's first six-gold end we presented him with one of our medals.

Congratulations go to:

  • Gary Avery for setting new overall 2015 and club records (06/08). For setting a new overall 2015 record (12/08).
  • Bob Brooks for reducing his handicap by one point (07/08). For setting a new overall 2015 record (22/08). For setting new overall 2015 and club records on our newly invented local round (31/08).
  • Pete Brown for reducing his handicap by one point (02/08). For reducing it by another two points and getting his first second class score (09/08).
  • Tanzy Brown for reducing her handicap by one point (09/08). For setting a new club group record, reducing her handicap by two points and getting her first third class score (16/08).
  • Michelle Carey for setting a new overall 2015 record (16/08).
  • Dave Collingbourne for setting a new overall 2015 record on our newly invented local round (31/08).
  • Erin Collingbourne for reducing her handicap by one point and qualifying as third class (02/08). For reducing her handicap by a further point, setting new group 2015 and club records and beating her own county record (05/08). For beating that record by 89 points, setting new overall 2015 and ladies club records in the process, reducing her handicap by four points and getting her first second class score (26/08). For setting a new overall 2015 record (22/08). For setting a new group 2015 record, reducing her handicap by one point, getting her second second class score and for setting new group 2015 and overall ladies' club records on our newly invented local round (31/08).
  • Evie Collingbourne for setting a new group 2015 record and gaining a third class score while on week two of her beginner's course (22/08). For setting a new group 2015 records on our newly invented local round (31/08).
  • Jane Collingbourne for setting new group 2015 and overall ladies' club records on our newly invented local round (31/08).
  • Patricia Foster for setting new group 2015 and club records on her first shoot as a member (26/08). For beating her own 2015 record that she'd set as a beginner (28/08).
  • Daniel Grigg for setting a new overall 2015 record while on the second week of his beginner's course (26/08).
  • Richard Hayward for setting a new overall 2015 record while on the second week of his beginner's course (31/08).
  • Taz Ladd for setting a new group 2015 record while on the third week of his beginner's course (26/08). For going out a distance and setting a new group 2015 record on the fourth week of his beginner's course (30/08).
  • Michael Micallef for setting a new overall 2015 record, gaining his starting handicap and classifying as Archer (09/08).
  • Alice Powell-Chandler for gaining her starting handicap and classifying as Archer (16/08).
  • James Powell-Chandler for setting a new overall 2015 record, gaining his starting handicap and classifying as Archer (09/08). For beating that record, reducing his handicap by three points and getting his first third class score (16/08).
  • Jerry Sly for reducing his handicap by one point and getting his first first class score (06/08). For getting his second first class score (18/08).
  • David Smith for setting new overall 2015 and club records and reducing his handicap by one point (05/08). For setting new overall 2015 and club records (26/08). For changing to recurve, setting new overall 2015 and club records and reducing his handicap by three points (28/08).
  • Clive Wilkins for beating his own overall 2015 record (05/08). For beating that same record again (12/08).

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1 July – what a wonderful way to start the new month; summer finally seems to have arrived and we have fifteen new members, all joining from our beginners' course. Welcome then to Barry Baker, Jenny Bell, Amber Bolt (Ian's daughter), Erin Collingbourne, Patricia Foster, Lewis Hayward, brothers Jacek Lorenz and Michal Lorenz, Michael Micallef, Leo Moate, Matthew Newman, Robert Phillips, daughter and father combo Alice Powell-Chandler and James Powell-Chandler, and Claire Wools (Jessica Furse's mum). This now brings our total of those joining this year up to sixteen (out of eighteen).

With so many joining we tried something we've never tried before; a special first shoot. It was well attended with ten of those who joined today, plus two older members. Not everyone could stay for the entire session, but as we have had so many times before, there were some pretty impressive achievements for first shoots (more information will be added as the scores are submitted): Jenny Bell set new 2015 group and club overall ladies' records; Jacek Lorenz and Michal Lorenz both set a new 2015 group record; Erin Collingbourne set new overall 2015 and club overall ladies' records and got a third class score; Leo Moate set a new group 2015 record, but didn't bother with third class, he repeated his achievement from his sixth lesson and went straight in with a second class score; Barry Baker set new overall 2015 and club records.

2 July – hot on the heels of our new members setting records; for months now David Smith's had is eye on the county record for the gents' barebow FITA 60m and tonight he finally did it, beating Jerry Sly's existing record by one point. We now have to wait for country to ratify it.

David's achievement set us looking at other country records and what might be achievable by our younger members and we spotted something interesting; the Short Metric IV ladies under 12 record is vacant, but it shouldn't be as our own Jessica Furse shot it on 26 October last year. So we've applied for Jessica's score to be ratified as well. Even though it was last October, hopefully it will be accepted.

We'll keep you posted as to whether or not the two scores get ratified. The moral of the story though, is keep your eye on the County records. It is up to each archer to let the Records' Officer know if they think they have set a record, it was only fluke that made us spot the potential claim for Jessica.

One of Jerry's metal arrows skewering Bob Brook's score pad as it is lying on the grass.

8 July – on dear with David's score book safely on holiday with him, the score pad hunters had to find another victim: this time it is Jerry Sly's barebow arrow skewering Bob Brook's score pad (see photo). Bob tells us he now has to be very careful when he's scoring as each sheet has a hole clean through it.

20 July – great news and bad news from county. Great news first; they've accepted Jessica Furse Short Metric IV score from 26 October last year as a county record. This is Jessica's first county record, well done that girl. The bad news is they've not accepted David Smith's score for the FITA 60m. It's not that he didn't have the highest score, he did, but county have realised that this is a cadet round and should never have been in the gents' records, so they've removed it and now no one has it.

23 July – our AGM. The new officers can be found on the contact us page and the fees for the year starting as of 1 October 2015 can be found in the full membership section of the fees page.

25 July – and we have another score to submit to county as a record. This time it is one of our new juniors, Erin Collingbourne, doing the honours. As always we'll have to wait for county to ratify the score, unfortunately it's for the same round that country ratified for Jessica a few days ago.

Congratulations go to:

  • Barry Baker for setting new overall 2015 and club records on his first shoot as a member (01/07).
  • Jenny Bell for setting new group 2015 and club records on her first shoot as a member, which was also her sixth beginner's lesson, so she also gained her beginner's starting handicap and became a Beginner Archer (01/07).
  • Ian Bolt for setting new overall 2015 and club records, reducing his handicap by one point and qualifying as first class (09/07).
  • Pete Brown for reducing his handicap by one point (25/07).
  • Tanzy Brown for gaining her starting handicap and classifying as Archer (25/07).
  • Michelle Carey for setting a new group 2015 record (12/07).
  • Erin Collingbourne for setting new overall 2015 and club group records and getting her first third class score, all on her first shoot as a member. For setting a new group 2015 record (09/07). For gaining her starting handicap and classifying as Archer (19/07). For setting new group 2015 and club records, reducing her handicap by two points and getting her second third class score (25/07).
  • Lewis Hayward for setting new overall 2015 and club group records with his first round as a member (19/07).
  • Jacek Lorenz for setting a new group 2015 record on his first shoot as a member, which was also his sixth beginner's lesson, and he reduced his beginner's handicap by three points (01/07).
  • Michal Lorenz for setting a new group 2015 record on his first shoot as a member, which was also his sixth beginner's lesson, and he reduced his beginner's handicap by five points (01/07).
  • Michael Micallef for setting a new overall 2015 record on his first shoot as a member (31/07).
  • Leo Moate for setting a new group 2015 record and getting his first second class score, which is also his first third class score on his first shoot as a member.
  • James Powell-Chandler for setting a new overall 2015 record with his first round as a member (19/07). For changing round and setting another overall 2015 record (25/07).
  • David Smith for setting new overall 2015 and club records, and what is hopefully a new county record (02/07). For setting a new overall 2015 record (31/07).

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1 June – welcome to monthly associate member Ian Fleming who is working in Bristol for three months. He normally shoots 'Up North' with both his home club Rochdale Company of Archers and Assheton Bowmen with whom he holds annual associate membership. Ian is a welcome addition to our longbow numbers and is currently working towards the lofty heights of Master Bowman.

3 June – the third week of our Wednesday evening beginners' course and what a difference a week makes; glorious sunshine, balmy temperatures and hardly a breath of wind. This far through the course, it is usually getting more difficult to set new records, but tonight five out of the seven beginners got themselves a record, including one of our juniors, Lewis Hayward, not only getting the highest score for the round for a beginner, but taking the overall 2015 record from a club member.

With everyone now shooting recurve, the records can be found in the two recurve sections of the 2015 records page, the congratulations are below.

6 June – the sixth week of our Saturday beginner's course and for two of our cohort, it was their sixth and final session. They both came armed with membership papers, one to join now and one deferred to 1 July. So it's a very warm welcome to new member Michael Bond.

It was warm, and very, very windy, but that didn't put off our intrepid beginners. We were short on numbers this week due to prior commitments, and one very unfortunate case of food poisoning. Those present, however, were enjoying themselves so much that after the normal six dozen, they asked if they could carry on shooting. So, with the exception of one person who had to leave, six went on to extend their rounds to Short Junior Westerns and Very Short Junior Westerns (local beginner's round). With two further people reverting to barebow that left two adult gents, one recurve and one barebow, ditto two adult ladies and two juniors, one male (recurve) and one female (barebow) and vacant 2015 records to be filled. The six new records can be found in the two recurve and the barebow sections of the 2015 records page, the congratulations are below. Oh, and the one who had to go got his beginner's starting handicap today, so he, too, is mentioned in the congratulations. A good day all round.

7 June – a special congratulations to our temporary member Ian Fleming, who continued the trend of recent years, first shoot with the club and he bags himself a record, well two actually; overall 2015 and club. Well done that man.

Sheena presenting Claire with her six gold end badge, standing in front of the target with the arrows in it.

10 June – the fourth week of our Wednesday evening beginners' course and we had lovely sunshine, and not too much wind. It was also one of those very rare occasions when everyone shooting achieved something: five set new 2015 records; one set a new 2015 record, got his beginner's starting handicap and became a beginner Archer; while our seventh beginner, Claire Wools got a six gold end on the last end of the evening (see first photo). Claire is the first of our ladies this year to do it at 20 yards. Her daughter Jessica, who shoots in our Ladies Under 12 section and who got her own medal on last year's autumn course commented, in very serious tones, "You're taking after me."

We also had a record tie tonight. On 23 May, when two of out gents beginners shot the same score as each other we gave them the overall 2015 record jointly, because they had both shot it on the same day. This case is different: last week Lewis Hayward shooting in the Gents Under 18 group set a new overall 2015 record, beating the score of an adult club member. Tonight Michael Micaleff tied Lewis' score, but because he didn't beat it, Lewis remains as the overall 2015 record holder; with Michael taking the adult gents' group record.

The six new records can be found in the two recurve and the barebow sections of the 2015 records page, the congratulations are below.

13 June – Brothers' Bikers' Rally. We'd been asked to provide a have-a-go session on the floodlit field adjacent to our usual shooting area. Many thanks to those who helped make this a success, David Smith, Ian Bolt and beginners Claire Wools and Michael Micaleff. David and Ian ran the targets and measured the bikers up for equipment, while Claire and Michael handed out and collected back the equipment and acted as look outs. They had around 40 bikers, and a few of the bikers' children, come and give archery a go. Judging by the number who came back for a second, and even third go, they seemed to enjoy it.

13 June – the seventh and final Saturday beginners' sessions and we were blessed with warm weather and barely a breeze. We'd been telling the beginners that their bows would get out to 40 yards, so with such favourable conditions, the adults all took us up on it, while our three young junior ladies shot 15m.

We ended the Saturday course on a high, all eight beginners who were shooting achieved something: four new records were set; three people got their beginners' starting handicaps and became beginner Archers; and three people reduced their beginners' starting handicaps. Well done all. The new records can be found in the two recurve and the barebow sections of the 2015 records page, the congratulations are below.

13 June – today saw Ian Fleming travelling to Archery GB HQ at Lilleshall to shoot a Gents FITA in the BUCS (British University and Colleges Sports) UKSAA (United Kingdom Students Archery Association) UK record status Outdoor Championships with his trusty longbow. Ian tells us that the weather was cold, very wet and overcast all day but he still scored 447, including one gold and 92 hits; a respectable bowman score with which he won the gents class and set a new overall club record in the process. Well done Ian.

17 June – ho hum the Wednesday evening beginners' session has had to be called off, yet again, for exceptionally high winds. We're now running out of available Wednesday evenings, so we've invited those who can make it to come down on Saturday instead; so much for 13 June being our last one of the year.

One of Ian's metal arrows protruding out of the back of the target and piercing the outer cover of David's 
score pad. This is the fifth time the pad has been shot this year.

18 June – four times so far this year David Smith's score pad has been hit by longbow arrows when David left it on the ground next to the target. We did warn him, we did try and cajole him into not leaving it on the ground. Finally he heeds our advice and stores it safely at the back of the target on top of the foam centre block, leaning backwards on the tripod. Unfortunately he hadn't taken into account that metal arrows regularly end up with their ends protruding through the back of the target. It was Ian Bolt's arrow that did the honours this time putting the fifth hole in the beleaguered score pad (see second photo).

20 June – our unexpected extra Saturday beginner's session. Unfortunately only one of the expected three people was able to make it, but what a spectacular way to round off our Saturday sessions despite the weather; warm and overcast, but windy. Not as windy as it has been for some sessions, but still enough to affect your arrows. In addition to the wind, our intrepid young gent had to contend with his sight block working loose, eventually swinging free when a screw came out and having to change to a longer set of arrows part way through as he's had a growth spurt since we last saw him.

It was week six for Leo Moate, so we were very hands off as next time he shoots, it will be as a member. At 8 years 8 months old Leo is our one of our youngest beginners, yet despite his tender years, he falls into the Gents Under 12 group and so, to get the classification scores, his ability is being compared to young gents up to 3 years 4 months older than he is. We wanted Leo to shoot a round that he would be able to get a third class score on as a member, so we gave him a choice; 20/10m on the 80cm face or 30/20 yards on the 122cm face. Leo chose the latter.

Now over the years we've had a few beginners achieve third class scores, usually the juniors as they can do it at much shorter distances. We've also had a few additional beginners shoot third class handicaps, but at distances that are too short to qualify; Leo himself did this last time he shot and two of our adult beginners have also done it. So now that Leo was shooting at a classification distance did he manage to get his third class score? No, he didn't bother with that, Leo blasted straight over third to get a second class score, our only beginner that we know of that has ever achieved such a high classification. Well done young man, you should be very proud of what you achieved toady.

Oh, and Leo set a new group 2015 record in the process and reduced his beginner's starting handicap by a massive five points. His records can be found in the recurve – gents section of the 2015 records page, his congratulations are below.

24 June – the last of the full beginners' lessons for this year. We still have two of the juniors who need to do a compulsory week six and two of the adults to do the optional week six, but they've both joined already, so it will be a combined first member shoot for them. It was a lovely way to finish the sessions off, both with the weather, warm and sunny with virtually no wind, and with the achievements. All seven shooting achieved something: six set new records; four gained beginner's starting handicaps and became beginner Archers (one of those now has these for both barebow and recurve); one person reduced his beginner's starting handicap; and the one person who didn't set a new record shot to a third class handicap, albeit at too short a distance. This was the second consecutive shoot where Ruth Godson shot to a third class handicap. Well done all of you.

The six new records can be found in the two recurve and the barebow sections of the 2015 records page, the congratulations are below.

Congratulations go to:

  • Barry Baker for setting a new overall 2015 record, gaining his beginner's starting handicap and becoming a Beginner Archer (06/06).
  • Jenny Bell for setting a new group 2015 record (06/06).
  • Amber Bolt for setting a new group 2015 record (03/06). For setting a new overall 2015 record (06/06). For setting another new overall 2015 record, gaining her beginner's starting handicap and becoming a Beginner Archer (13/06).
  • Ian Bolt for getting his first first class score (18/06). For reducing his handicap by two points and getting his second first class score (25/06).
  • Michael Bond for setting a new group 2015 record (06/06). For setting a new overall 2015 record, his first record as a member (17/06). For gaining his starting handicap and qualifying as Archer (20/06). For reducing his handicap by three points (25/06).
  • Bob Brooks for getting his third second class score and thus qualifying as second class (03/06). For reducing his handicap by one point (27/06).
  • Pete Brown for getting his first third class score (07/06). For getting his second third class score, his starting handicap and qualifying as Archer (21/06). For reducing his handicap by two points and qualifying as third class (27/06).
  • Tanzy Brown for setting a new group club record (07/06).
  • Erin Collingbourne for beating her own group 2015 record and reducing her beginner's starting handicap by two points (13/06).
  • Ian Fleming for setting new overall 2015 and club records (07/06). For changing rounds and doing it again (13/06). And doing it yet again on a third different round (18/06). For beating the records he set on 18 June (20/06).
  • Patricia Foster for setting a new overall 2015 record, gaining her beginner's starting handicap and becoming a Beginner Archer (06/06). For setting a new group 2015 record (13/06).
  • Ruth Godson for setting a new overall 2015 record (10/06). For gaining her beginner's starting handicap and becoming a Beginner Archer (24/06).
  • Tad Gunton for getting his second second class score (07/06). For reducing his handicap by one point and qualifying as second class (11/06). For setting a new overall 2015 record (25/06).
  • Lewis Hayward for setting a new overall 2015 record (03/06). For setting a new 2015 group record and getting his beginner's starting handicap and classifying as a beginner 'Archer' (10/06). For reverting back to recurve, setting a new overall 2015 record and becoming the only beginner this year to gain a beginner's starting handicap and classify as a beginner 'Archer' in two disciplines (24/06).
  • Jacek Lorenz for setting a new overall 2015 record (03/06). For setting a new group 2015 record (10/06). For setting a new group 2015 record, gaining his beginner's starting handicap and becoming a beginner Archer(24/06).
  • Michal Lorenz for setting a new group 2015 record (03/06). For setting a new overall 2015 record (10/06). For setting a new group 2015 record, gaining his beginner's starting handicap and becoming a beginner Archer(24/06).
  • Sheena McCullagh for setting a new overall 2015 record (03/06). For setting new 2015 and club group records (17/06).
  • Leo Moate for setting a new overall 2015 record, gaining his beginner's starting handicap and becoming a beginner Archer (06/06). For setting a new group 2015 record, reducing his beginner's starting handicap by five points and getting his first second class score, which was also his first third class score (20/06).
  • Michael Micallef for setting a new group 2015 record (10/06). For gaining his beginner's starting handicap and becoming a beginner Archer (13/06). For setting a group 2015 record and reducing his beginner's starting handicap by one point (24/06).
  • Matthew Newman for gaining his beginner's starting handicap and becoming a Beginner Archer (06/06). For reducing his beginner's starting handicap by one point (13/06).
  • Robert Phillips for reverting to barebow and setting a new overall 2015 record (13/06).
  • Alice Powell-Chandler for gaining her beginner's starting handicap and becoming a Beginner Archer (13/06).
  • James Powell-Chandler for setting a new overall 2015 record and reducing his beginner's starting handicap by two points (13/06).
  • Martin Prescott for setting a new group 2015 record (03/06). For reverting back to barebow and setting a new group 2015 record (10/06). For beating that record, gaining his beginner's starting handicap and becoming a Beginner Archer (24/06).
  • Jerry Sly for setting new overall 2015 and club records (03/06).
  • David Smith for setting new overall 2015 and club records (03/06). For doing the same again on a different round (14/06). And the same again on yet another different round (17/06). And again, again on a different round (19/06). Beating the overall 2015 and club records he set on 14 June (21/06). For changing round and setting a new overall 2015 record (24/06). For beating that record, which also beat his own overall club record (26/06). For beating the records he'd set the day before (27/06).
  • Bob Taylor for qualifying as second class (07/06).
  • Clive Wilkins for setting a new overall 2015 record (14/06).
  • Claire Wools for setting a new group 2015 record (03/06). For setting a new group 2015 record, gaining her beginner's starting handicap and becoming a Beginner Archer (24/06).

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May

2 May – our first beginners' class of 2015. We had seven adults and four very young juniors take to the line. It was cooler than you'd hope for in May and overcast, but at least the forecast 30mph gusts and showers never materialised. They all said thy enjoyed it, and looking forward to their next lesson.

3 May – cold and windy weather saw the number of entries into our Spring Tournament drastically reduced, and the round cut down from a National to a Warwick. Despite the inclement weather, everyone shooting achieved something news worthy. The results are in the Spring Tournament section of the 2015 competitions page, the congratulations are below.

6 May – this evening should have been the first session of our Wednesday beginner's course, but with gale force winds and the threat of rain, we cancelled; the conditions were too dangerous, and it would have been a horrible introduction to archery.

9 May – the second week of our Saturday beginners' course and this week we taught them to score. Despite winds so high that we'd have cancelled if it had been that windy an hour earlier, there were some fantastic achievements including six gold ends from the adults when they moved down to 10 yards: James Powell-Chandler, with three; and one apiece for Mathew Newman and Barry Baker. All three were presented with medals and told that, as next week they were going to be using sights, they would be moved out ten yards.

The three very young juniors shooting were probably the heroes of the day though: normally arrows land in the target at roughly 90 degrees to the face, but the wind was so strong that for the first end their arrows were horizontal with the ground but about 20 degrees from the face; it looked like someone had come along with a giant comb and neatly groomed them to all point the same way. Despite this they soldiered on undaunted, managing to squeeze extra power out of their bows preventing a repeat of the first end and during the course of their four dozen arrows Erin Collingbourne got eight golds, Alice Powell-Chandler got five golds and Leo Moate got four golds and the highest score. Well done all three of you.

As we'd taught them to score and they were shooting in five different groups split across two different rounds, there were quite a number of new 2015 records set. The records can be found in the two barebow sections of the 2015 records page, the congratulations are below.

13 May – we've finally managed to get the Wednesday evening beginners' sessions going. Hot but windy, the seven shooting coped very well with the conditions. Three of the Wednesday course had shot with us before so we taught them all to score. They were all shooting in different groups, and were shooting a different round to those who'd shot on Saturday, so they all set new 2015 records. All three did so well that they, too, will be going out a further 10 yards next week. The records can be found in the two barebow sections of the 2015 records page, the congratulations are below.

Not to be outdone by the Saturday group, we also had one six gold end and hence another medal presentation: Martin Prescott graciously accepted his medal by doffing his cap and bowing to everyone else.

And finally, a special mention to our youngest shooting tonight: Amber Bolt is part of the Saturday group, but had missed 9 May so came down today to catch up; after a full day at school and an afterschool club. To compound matters she was also shooting alone and on the windy end of the line. Although she didn't beat the scores set by her compatriots from Saturday, she still managed to get three golds; quite an achievement after what she'd already crammed into her day.

16 May – the third week of our Saturday beginners' course and this week's lesson was to use bow sights. We were also joined by one of our existing club members, Pete Brown, who'd come over to target archery from the 'dark art' of field archery, and had never been taught to use bow sights. Having Pete and his wife Tanzy Brown present was a good chance to do the talk about other forms of archery, with Pete and Tanzy doing a short presentation, complete with photographs, of their experience of field archery.

The weather was a bit warmer that the previous Saturday and the winds were a bit lighter, but not much. As we'd moved last week's six gold-enders out 10 yards and they were getting to grips with using sights we didn't have any medals to give out this week, but three new records were set. One of those went to Pete Brown, with beginner James Powell-Chandler, only two points behind. The records can be found in the two recurve sections of the 2015 records page, the congratulations are below.

One of Jerry's longbow arrows piercing the outer cover of David's score pad, again.

20 May (afternoon) – we're not sure why, but the longbow arrows generally, and Jerry Sly's ones in particular, seem to have taken a thorough disliking to David Smith's score pad this year. This is now the third time it's been hit, the last twice by Jerry's arrows (see photo). If this keeps happening the poor, wounded pad will have to be medically retired, or alternatively, it might be an idea to attach it to the gold to see if it helps improve the longbow archers' scores. Unfortunately though, they seem to be taking that last suggestion as a slur on their prowess.

20 May (evening) – the second week of our Wednesday evening beginners' sessions. Nice and warm at the start, but as the sun set the temperature plummeted resulting in some very cold beginners by 9pm. Luckily the wind wasn't as strong as it has been for any of the previous sessions, but it was still gusty. We had seven beginners on the line and by virtue of them shooting two different bow types, across six different groups and two different rounds we had that wonderful, but rare, situation where everyone shooting set a new annual record. Well done to all of you. The records can be found in the barebow and two recurve sections of the 2015 records page, the congratulations are below.

23 May – the fourth week of our Saturday beginners' course and the weather seems to have finally woken up to the fact that it's nearly summer; gloriously warm, with barely a breath of wind; all the more surprising given that it was also a bank holiday weekend. Those who had got six gold ends previously had been pushed out a further ten yards, but even so, two of them managed another six gold end, this time at 20 yards: honours go jointly to Barry Baker and Matthew Newman.

Everyone is now shooting bow sights and we had four more new records set, as usual the records can be found in the two recurve sections of the 2015 records page, the congratulations are below. If you look closely, you'll see though that there are five people with those four records: once the scores had been transferred to the electronic score sheets, two of the gents tied, with identical scores. Now had that have happened in competition, they wouldn't have shared first place, it would have gone to tie breaks:

Rule 306 (s) says that when shooting Imperial Rounds, if the award is based on score, the first tie break is the number of hits, the second tie break is the number of golds.

So how did our two gents do?

  • Score: 449
  • First tie break (hits): 69
  • Second tie break (golds): 21 and 15

The results in competition would therefore have been:

  1. Barry Baker: Score 449; hits 69; golds 21.
  2. James Powell-Chandler: Score 449; hits 69; golds 15.

But they weren't in competition and we're not that mean when it comes to records, so we've given them the overall 2015 record jointly.

26 May – tonight on BBC2 they showed the documentary of John of Arc, for which we'd provided the longbow action last November. We're incredibly impressed, with very judicious editing, they managed to turn three longbows and one American flatbow into the entire archery contingent of Henry V's army. For the write-up of the filming, see the November section of the 2014 news page.

27 May – tonight should have been the third session of our Wednesday evening beginners' course. Unfortunately at 5.45 pm, much to late to stop the beginners turning up, the wind picked up and continued to grow in strength. By 6.15pm we called it off, but as everyone was there we covered the other types of archery part of their course.

30 May – the fifth session of our Saturday beginners' course and with such beautiful weather we decided to go metric. Those on the fifth week get to choose if they want to go back to barebow or remain shooting recurve and two elected to go back to barebow. We were also joined by a week 2 member of the Wednesday course doing a catch-up week. So with three distances shot, three barebow shooters and four different age groups, a great number of records were set. The records can be found in the barebow and two recurve sections of the 2015 records page, the congratulations are below.

In addition, those who were shooting recurve for the third time got their beginner's starting handicap and classification. They also get a mention in the congratulations section below.

Congratulations go to:

  • Barry Baker for setting a new overall 2015 record jointly with James Powell-Chandler (23/05). For reverting back to barebow and setting a new overall 2015 record (30/05).
  • Ian Bolt for setting a new overall club record (03/05).
  • Michael Bond for trying sights for the first time and setting a new overall 2015 record (16/05). For getting his beginner's starting handicap and becoming a Beginner Archer (30/05).
  • Bob Brooks for getting his first second class score (22/05). For getting his second second class score (27/05).
  • Pete Brown for trying sights for the first time and setting a new overall 2015 record (16/05).
  • Erin Collingbourne for setting a new group 2015 record (09/05). For trying sights for the first time and setting a new overall 2015 record (16/05). For shooting two dozen more than last week and setting a new overall 2015 record (23/05). For setting a new group 2015 record, getting her beginner's starting handicap and becoming a Beginner Archer (30/05).
  • Rob Edwards for setting a new overall 2015 record (03/05).
  • Patricia Foster for setting a new group 2015 record (09/05). For trying sights for the first time and setting a new overall 2015 record (23/05). For setting a new overall 2015 record (30/05).
  • Ruth Godson for setting a new group 2015 record (13/05). For trying sights for the first time and setting a new group 2015 record (20/05).
  • Tad Gunton for setting a new overall 2015 record (03/05). For setting new overall 2015 and club records (20/05).
  • Lewis Hayward for setting a new group 2015 record (09/05). For setting another group record on a different round (13/05). For trying sights for the first time and setting a new group 2015 record (20/05).
  • Jacek Lorenz for setting a new group 2015 record (20/05).
  • Michal Lorenz for setting a new overall 2015 record (20/05).
  • Michael Micallef for setting a new overall 2015 record (20/05).
  • Leo Moate for setting a new overall 2015 record (09/05). For trying sights for the first time and setting a new group 2015 record (23/05). For setting a new overall 2015 record (30/05).
  • Robert Phillips for getting his beginner's starting handicap and becoming a Beginner Archer (30/05).
  • Martin Prescott for setting a new overall 2015 record (13/05). For trying sights for the first time and setting a new overall 2015 record (20/05).
  • Alice Powell-Chandler for reverting back to barebow and setting a new overall 2015 record (30/05).
  • James Powell-Chandler for setting a new overall 2015 record (09/05). For setting a new overall 2015 record jointly with Barry Baker (23/05). For setting a new overall 2015 record, getting his beginner's starting handicap and becoming a Beginner Archer (30/05).
  • Jerry Sly for setting a new overall 2015 record (12/05). For setting new overall 2015 and club records (20/05). For doing the same again on a different round (27/05).
  • David Smith for setting new overall 2015 and club records (03/05). For setting new overall 2015 and group club records (13/05). For setting new overall 2015 and club group records (27/05). For setting a new overall 2015 record (29/05).
  • Bob Taylor for reducing his handicap by two points (03/05).
  • Clive Wilkins for setting a new overall 2015 record (13/05).
  • Claire Wools for setting a new group 2015 record (20/05). For setting a new overall 2015 record (30/05).

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3 April – well tonight should have been our Hot Cross Floodlit competition: 'Always good fun as your depth perception goes under floodlights', but with already soft ground, the additional afternoon rain scuppered the event. We're looking to rearrange in the next couple of weeks, so, as they say, watch this space.

David's new born grandson, Mason Philip Charles Capon.

7 April – a first for our website, a special congratulations go to club member David Smith on the birth of his first grandchild. Mason Philip Charles Capon was born at 7.03pm in Mugrove Park Hospital, Taunton, weighing in at a very respectable 7lbs 13oz, to proud parents Lottie Smith and Dalton Capon, see first photo. Mother and baby are doing well.

10 April – our rearranged Floodlit shoot and what a difference a week makes, the ground was rock hard, so much so that the misses were skipping up to 70 yards behind the targets. At least it was dry and no wind.

One of our newest members Tanzy Brown decided to join the ranks of The Score Pad Killers' Club 2015, along with Ian Bolt and Tad Gunton who started it all in January and who were also shooting tonight. Tanzy did it in a more lady-like fashion, merely tearing the top score sheet (Sheena's), but not damaging the pad itself; even so, 'when shall we three meet again' springs to mind.

The full write-up and results can be found in the Hot Cross Floodlit section of the 2015 competitions page, the congratulations are below.

Jerry's arrow piercing the outer cover of David's score pad, you can just see a bulge following the path of 
the arrow.

22 April – oh dear, David Smith's score pad has been wounded again by a longbow arrow. In January Tad's arrow performed a 'spinal tap' and pen-ectomy (necessitating a transplant); today Jerry Sly's arrow entered between the layers of the cover, like a giant hypodermic syringe, leaving an untreatable subcutaneous tunnel. (Second photo.)

28 April – keeping with matters medical, today we hosted a special session for a group of seven second year medical students from Bristol University as part of their 3D (disability, disadvantage and diversity) week. We taught them enough archery to get them shooting safely, then had a discussion of how various disabilities can impact on archery. This was followed by all the students shooting one end in each of four disability situations:

  • From a perching stool.
  • From a wheelchair.
  • Wearing an eye mask to simulate cataracts.
  • Wearing an eye mask to simulate retinitis pigmentosa (tunnel vision).

The session ended with a discussion as to what had surprised them about the affects various disabilities have on people's abilities to take part equally, what problems they had encountered and which disability situation had caused them the most problems. Finally the three club members running the session talked about their disabilities, how they impacted on them generally, and as archers.

30 April – today we hosted another seven medical students, repeating what we had done with the group two days previously.

Congratulations go to:

  • Tanzy Brown for setting new club group record (10/04).
  • Jessica Furse for shooting outdoor for the first time in 2015, setting a new overall 2015 record and reducing her handicap by one point (26/04).
  • Tad Gunton for setting new overall 2015 and club records, reducing his handicap by one point and getting his first second class score (19/04).
  • Sheena McCullagh for setting a new group 2015 record (08/04). For beating that record (15/04). For setting a new overall 2015 record (22/04). For beating that record (24/04).
  • Jerry Sly for setting new overall 2015 and club records (08/04). For doing the same again, on a different round and qualifying as second class with his longbow (22/04).
  • David Smith for setting a new overall 2015 record (08/04). For beating that record (15/04). For setting a new overall 2015 record (19/04). For setting a new overall 2015 record (22/04). For doing that again (26/04). And yet again (29/04).
  • Bob Taylor for setting a new overall 2015 record (10/04). For reverting back to barebow, reducing his handicap by two points and getting his first second class score (12/04).
  • Clive Wilkins for setting a new overall 2015 record (08/04).

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1 March – welcome to our first new members of the year, husband and wife Pete and Tanzy Brown who join us after many years of shooting field archery barebow. They are staying with barebow, but we are pleased they have finally seen the light and converted to target archery. Welcome to both of you.

13 March – well we teased Rob Edwards in February about the trendy make over he gave his bow, but today he proved it did make a difference. In his third consecutive shoot, he not only qualified as third class, he reduced his handicap by two points and beat his own 2015 records. You see, having an affinity with your bow really does help.

27 March – the last indoor session of the season and still two people reduced their handicaps and one managed a new classification (see below); that really is cutting it fine.

Congratulations go to:

  • Gary Avery for setting a new overall 2015 record and reducing his handicap by one point (22/03).
  • Rob Edwards for setting a new overall 2015 records, reducing his handicap by two points and qualifying as third class (13/03).
  • Jessica Furse for getting her second G classification (13/03). For qualifying as G and reducing her handicap by one point (27/03).
  • Rod Luton for setting a new overall 2015 indoor record (06/03).
  • Jerry Sly for setting a new overall 2015 record (04/03). For beating that record, setting a new overall club record, reducing his handicap by two points and regaining a longbow classification (23/03).
  • David Smith for setting a new overall 2015 record (01/03). For setting a new overall 2015 record (22/03). For setting a new overall 2015 and club group record (25/03). For setting new overall 2015 and club records (27/03).
  • Bob Taylor for setting new overall club and 2015 indoor records (13/03). For putting his sights back on and setting new overall 2015 and club indoor records (20/03). For setting new overall 2015 and club indoor records, reducing his handicap by four points and gaining his first E classification (27/03).

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Rob Edwards bow in it's new snake effect wrap.

6 February – with the fashion houses in full swing with their shows and this year's summer must-haves being widely shown on TV, we start the month with a fashion show of our own (see first photo):

First onto the range we have Rob Edward's Samick Agulla riser and Samick Masters limbs modelling their new-look, slinky, 3-piece wrap. The brown snake-skin effect pattern, with white and tan highlights, is sure to turn heads and be the envy of every self-respecting bow this season.

Whether this trendy make-over will improve Rob's scores is anybody's guess.

Martin, left, and Ruth, right standing infront of the target with their arrows in the middle of the target 
between them.

18 February – it may be four days after Valentine's Day, but love was definitely in the air today when Martin Prescott treated his girlfriend Ruth Godson to an archery session for her birthday. As a nice added bonus, Ruth was shooting left-handed and Martin right-handed, so they got to face each other for the entire session. It wasn't long before they were getting good groupings as well (see second photo); so good in fact we reckon they can get themselves jobs as cupids, come next Valentine's Day.

Joking aside, Ruth and Martin enjoyed themselves so much, that they are joining us again in May to do the full beginner's Course.

18 February – Rob Edward's trendy bow make-over does seem to be doing the trick and improving his scores. On 15 February he shot his first ever third class score and today he shot his second (consecutive shoots). Those of us who've been around a long time aren't too surprised; when you feel an affinity with your bow, you do tend to shoot better.

Congratulations go to:

  • John Chappell for setting new overall club and 2015 indoor records and gaining his C classification (06/02). For setting a new overall 2015 record (15/02). For beating that same record (17/02). For setting a new overall 2015 indoor record and reducing his handicap by one point (27/02).
  • Rob Edwards for setting a new overall 2015 record, reducing his handicap by another point and gaining his first third class score (15/02). For beating that same record and gaining his second third class score (18/02).
  • Ian Lassman for reducing his indoor handicap by one point (06/02).
  • Bob Taylor for reverting back to barebow, setting new overall club and 2015 indoor records, reducing his handicap by three points and gaining his first E classification (20/02).

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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.

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 2014 those were:

  • Being a club member by 1 July 2013 and still being a member on 31 December 2014, and
  • Holding a starting handicap in the relevant bow type on 1 January 2014, and
  • Having submitted a minimum of eight scores during 2014.

And the winners were:

  • Bristol Bowmen Juniors – no one eligible.
  • Bristol Bowmen – Tad Gunton (longbow) with a three point reduction.
  • Golden Phoenix Archers – Bob Taylor (recurve) with a five point reduction. Runner-up; David Smith (barebow) with a two point reduction.

Ian Bolt's arrow peircing the cover of his own score pad.

2 January – four of our more hardy souls took to the line today for the first shoot of the year and it didn't take long for the first casualty of 2015 to emerge: we're not sure what Ian Bolt's score pad had done to offend him, but it ended up taking one for the team (see first photo). Now had he actually been trying to hit something that small from 50 yards, you can bet he'd have missed.

And maybe when your web master starts the 2016 news page she better extend the Happy New Year greeting to include not hitting score pads as well as the woodwork, ho hum.

9 January – a very special congratulations to club members Michelle Carey and Gary Avery who got engaged today. They met at the club and friendship evolved to dating and now engagement. They have the honour of being the first members to do this. Once again, congratulations both; hope we're all getting an invite to the wedding.

Tad's arrow piercing the spine of David's score pad and his pen in two pieces in front of the pad.

25 January – not sure what it is with attacking score pads this year, but this is now two in one month. This time it was Tad Gunton's arrow that caused the untimely injury to David Smith's score pad (second photo). Going one better than Ian did on 2 January, Tad shot clean through the spine, and in the process smashed David's one month old pen (he'd won it in a Christmas cracker), that had been inside the score card for protection no less, into two pieces. It might have only come out of a cracker, but it was silver and it matched his score pad. Tad would, however, like it noted: 'For the record the other 5 arrows were in the target.'

And if we'd teased Ian about how he'd have struggled to hit something that small at 50 yards if he'd been trying to, imagine how much less likely it would have been for Tad not only going for the much smaller surface area of the spine, but also shooting 'tree trunks'.

The moral of these two tragic episodes seems to be, no matter how much of a pain it is to carry your score pad up and down after each end, if you want it to survive, you should make the effort.

Congratulations go to:

  • Gary Avery for setting a new overall 2015 indoor record (09/01).
  • Ian Bolt for setting a new overall 2015 record (02/01).
  • John Chappell for setting new overall club and 2015 indoor records, reducing his handicap by one point and gaining his second C classification (09/01). For changing rounds and setting another new overall 2015 indoor record (16/01). For changing rounds yet again and setting new overall club and 2015 indoor records (23/01).
  • Jim Edmondson for reducing his indoor handicap by one point (30/01).
  • Rob Edwards for setting a new overall 2015 record and reducing his handicap by one point (23/01).
  • Jessica Furse for setting new group 2015 and club indoor records, reducing her handicap by four points and gaining her first G classification, all on her first shoot with her new bow that Santa brought for Christmas (09/01).
  • Tad Gunton for setting a new overall 2015 record (18/01). For beating that record (23/01).
  • Rod Luton for setting a new overall 2015 record and gaining his second E classification (02/01).
  • David Smith for setting a new overall 2015 record (02/01). For setting another overall 2015 record on a different round (04/01). For switching indoors to recurve, reducing his handicap by one point and gaining his first E classification (09/01). For beating his record of 4 January (14/01). For setting a new overall 2015 record on a different round (23/01).
  • Bob Taylor for setting a new overall 2015 indoor record (09/01).
  • Clive Wilkins for setting a new overall 2015 indoor record (08/01).

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