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15 December – after only six weeks since the Autumn edition of the Archery UK magazine came out, the Winter edition is now available. Once again Sheena McCullagh has been working with Archery GB to produce a Word version for 'print disabled' members.

This edition has cut out and keep target round cards. Given that it's difficult to do that from within the body of a Word document, Sheena suggested doing these as a separate document, and to include the rounds for Visually Impaired archers as these are one of the main client groups for the Word version. That means that this time there are four parts, which are now available from the Archery GB web site, or from the links below:

18 December – a special mention for Luke Johnson who today has set a 'record' that will probably never be broken: Luke has been shooting in the gents under 14 category and on 4 and 11 December got his first two third class scores. Today he got his third and qualifying third class score. The thing is, today is also his 14th birthday, meaning he jumps to the under 16 group and unfortunately reverts to Archer.

So did Luke really make it to third class at all? Well the shoot finished at about 3.30pm and Luke wasn't born until around 9pm, so technically he was still 13 at the point he shot the round, which is good enough for us. It may have been by the smallest of margins, but he did make it to third class and he will get his badge. As for the 'record', that is for holding a classification for the shortest time, all of 5.5 hours. Well done Luke.

25 December – Happy Christmas everyone, and as it is also the first day of the Jewish 'festival of lights', Hanukkah Sameach.

26 December – for the first time in many a-year we weren't rained or flooded off and we were able to go ahead with our Boxing Day shoot; but it was cold. The idea of this shoot is to allow members to try out the new equipment that Father Christmas brought them. Five took to the line, but only one, Pete Brown, had a new toy; a barebow weight. Festive fayre for half-time was provided by David Smith in the form of leek and potato soup (vegan), vegetarian sausage rolls and vegan mince pies. Pete and Tanzy Brown added to the goodies with chocolates and toffees.

27 December – happy birthday web site; ten years old today. You've finally reached double figures.

Head and shoulders of Clive and Judy on their last shoot with us.

28 December – it is with great sadness and a wealth of fond memories that we said goodbye to Judy Chu and Clive Lo (pictured) as they are off home to Hong Kong on Friday, but what a time they've had with us: Clive had completed our main beginner's course and joined on 1 July. At the club competition in September his girlfriend, Judy, came to spectate and got bitten by the archery bug. So on 21 September Judy picked up a bow for the first time and then set some sort of record by completing a full beginner's course in ten days and joined on 2 October.

During their time with us Judy and Clive have set several club and annual records. On 30 September Clive qualified as third class, with Judy following suit on 9 December. Meanwhile Clive had qualified as second class on 27 November. By 21 December Judy had two second class scores and the race was on to see if she could get the third and qualifying score before flying home. We had to cancel 23 December thanks to Storm Barbara. No shooting on Sunday 25 December. 26 December saw Judy miss out by a few points, which left her with one chance to get that elusive third score.

So how did Judy do? Well she gave us an exemplary example of the Combined Gas Laws: with the temperature reduced to 3C (276 Kelvin), the pressure increased phenomenally and no ability to increase the amount (we only had time for six dozen), the volume, or in this case the available target area, was bound to reduce; thus resulting in higher scores per arrow. A personal best, a new 2016 record, a handicap reduction and that all important third second class score and badge. What a high to go out on.

Clive and Judy have promised to keep in touch and let us know when they are safely back in Hong Kong, so for the time being, all that is left for us to do is wish them 一路平安 / yīl png'ān / bon voyage. We'll miss you.

Congratulations go to:

  • Sue Brown for reducing her handicap by two points (18/12).
  • Tanzy Brown for qualifying as second class (11/12). For setting a new group 2016 record and reducing her handicap by one point (18/12).
  • Judy Chu for setting new overall 2016 and ladies club records (the latter had stood for over 12 years), reducing her handicap by one point and getting her second third class score (07/12). For beating those records, reducing her handicap by another point and qualifying as third class (09/12). For moving out a distance and setting a new group 2016 record (11/12). For beating that record, reducing her handicap by four points and getting her first second class score (16/12). For reducing her handicap by another two points and getting her second second class score (21/12). For beating the record she set on 16 December, reducing her handicap by one more point and qualifying as second class on her last shoot with us (28/12).
  • Dave Greenhill for reducing his handicap by one point and qualifying as third class (07/12).
  • Luke Johnson for setting a new group 2016 record, reducing his handicap by one point and getting his first third class score (04/12). For beating that record, reducing his handicap by another point and getting his second third class score (11/12). For qualifying as third class (18/12).
  • Clive Lo for beating his own overall 2016 record (11/12). For beating it again (16/12).
  • David Smith for setting a new overall 2016 record (07/12). For setting a new overall 2016 record on a different round (26/12).
  • Clive Wilkins for setting a new overall indoor 2016 Record (16/12). For beating that record (28/12).

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2 November – Sheena McCullagh has been working with Archery GB to enable more archers nationally to access the governing body's quarterly magazine, Archery UK:

The printed version that we all receive through the post and the PDF on the Archery GB web site don't work for many 'print disabled' people (screen reader users, people who need specific colours in order to read and so on), so Sheena approached Archery GB to see what could be done. Working with the Marketing Manager, Sarah Booth, a solution was reached: Sarah sends Sheena all the articles from the magazine as Word documents and Sheena compiles them, along with a selection of the photographs, into three accessible documents, which Sarah then gets hosted on the Archery GB web site.

The first edition that Sheena and Sarah worked on was Summer 2016, which was done as a soft-launch. The links below take you to the Autumn edition documents:

4 November – we finally got around to checking the county records pages and found that county have ratified David Smith's three records from 17 August and Sheena McCullagh's three from 24 August. They both shot the WA Standard Bow Round and, because it's metric, they also got the records for the distance splits, hence the three records each.

11 November – we welcomed a new member tonight, Rebecca Callan who has recently moved to Bristol after finishing university in Wales. She shoots barebow and holds several records at the University of Aberystwyth and did have a Welsh National Record.

22 November – we welcome another new member, Lizanne Harland who is the latest person to join from our family and friends course. Lizanne also shoots barebow, so in 12 days we've all but doubled the number of lady barebowers in the clubs.

Congratulations go to:

  • Sue Brown for gaining her starting handicap and qualifying as Archer (06/11). For reducing her handicap by two points (13/11). For reducing it by another three points (20/11).
  • Tanzy Brown for setting new overall 2016 and club records and reducing her handicap by one point (11/11). For setting a new ladies club record, reducing her handicap by another point and getting her first second class score (13/11). For beating that record, reducing her handicap by a further two points and getting her second second class score (20/11).
  • Rebecca Callan for setting a new indoor overall 2017 record and getting her second E classification (11/11). For beating that record, gaining her starting handicap and classifying as E (21/11).
  • Judy Chu for beating her own 2016 record and reducing her handicap by another two points (06/11). For setting a new group 2016 indoor record and gaining her first E classification (18/11). For beating her record of 6 November, reducing her handicap by another three points and getting her first third class score (20/11). For changing round and setting a new overall 2016 record (27/11).
  • Dave Collingbourne for shooting indoors for the first time and getting his first F classification score (18/11).
  • Erin Collingbourne for setting new indoor 2016 and club group records, reducing her handicap by a whopping six points and getting her first F classification score (18/11).
  • Alfred Emmott for reducing his handicap by one point and qualifying as first class (20/11).
  • Dave Greenhill for reducing his handicap by three points (09/11). For setting new overall and club group records and reducing his handicap by another two points (11/11). For reducing his handicap by a further five points (13/11). For getting his first third class score (20/11). For getting his second third class score (26/11).
  • Clive Lo for getting his first E classification (18/11). For setting a new overall 2016 record and getting his second second class score (20/11). For setting a new overall 2016 record on a different round (25/11). For beating his record of 20 November and qualifying as second class (27/11).
  • Maurice Hayward for going his indoor starting handicap and G classification (11/11). For reducing his indoor handicap by one point (18/11). For reducing it by another point (25/11).
  • Luke Johnson for setting a new group 2016 record and reducing his handicap by one point (27/11).
  • David Smith for setting a new overall 2016 record (09/11). For doing the same again on another round (11/11).

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1 October – Golden Phoenix Archers reaches double figures today; it was on 1 October 2006 that we set up the club specifically for disabled people. Much has changed in that time, including how the governing body processes disability membership, but as a club, we're still going strong.

We also welcomed two new members today Sue Brown, who is the sister of existing member Pete Brown, and her partner David Greenhill. Sue and David are the first to join from the autumn family and friends beginners' course. You are both most welcome.

2 October – our annual clout competition, this year to celebrate Golden Phoenix Archers' tenth birthday. 15 people took part, although one had to leave early. The weather was superb, beautiful sunshine, warm and no wind. Five new overall club records we set, along with seven new club group records and eleven 2016 records (overall and group). The results can be found in the anniversary clout section of the competitions 2016 page while the records are in the various sections of the 2016 records and the respective club records pages and the congratulations are below.

We also welcomed another new member Judy (Ho Yan) Chu, who is the partner of Clive Lo. Judy is the third person to join from the autumn family and friends beginners' course. 歡迎加入 / Huānyng jiār / Welcome joining.

7 October – our indoor season started tonight.

Congratulations go to:

  • Barry Baker for setting new overall 2016 and club clout records (02/10).
  • Bob Brooks for setting a new overall club clout record (02/10).
  • Pete Brown for setting new overall 2016 and club records (21/10).
  • Sue Brown for setting new 2016 and club group clout records on her first shoot as a member (02/10). For setting a new overall ladies' record (09/10).
  • Tanzy Brown for setting new overall 2016 and ladies' club records (21/10).
  • Rebecca Callan for setting new indoor overall 2017 and club records and getting her first D classification (29/10).
  • Judy Chu for setting new overall 2016 and club group clout records on her first shoot as a member (02/10). For setting a new ladies' club record (05/10). For setting a new ladies' 2016 record (07/10). For gaining her starting handicap and classifying as Archer (09/10). For reducing her handicap by one point (19/10). For setting a new group 2016 record and reducing her handicap by another point (23/10). For beating that record and reducing her handicap by another two points (28/10). For moving out a distance, setting a new 2016 record and reducing her handicap by another two points (30/10).
  • Dave Collingbourne for setting new overall 2016 and club clout records (02/10).
  • Erin Collingbourne for setting new 2016 and club group clout records (02/10).
  • Evie Collingbourne for setting new 2016 and club group clout records (02/10).
  • Jim Edmondson for setting new overall 2016 and club clout records (02/10).
  • Alfred Emmott for setting new overall 2016 and club group clout record (02/10). For setting a new group 2016 record, reducing his handicap by three points and getting his first first class score (09/10). For beating that record, reducing his handicap by a further two points and getting his second first class score (23/10).
  • Tad Gunton for setting new overall 2016 and club clout records (02/10). For setting new overall 2016 and club records (30/10).
  • Dave Greenhill for gaining his starting handicap and qualifying as Archer (19/10). For reducing his handicap by one point (28/10).
  • Clive Lo for setting a new club group clout record (02/10). For setting new overall 2016 and gents' club records (05/10). For beating those records by a massive 128 points and reducing his handicap by one point (07/10). For setting new overall 2016 and club Gents' records (19/10). For beating those records (23/10). For setting a new overall 2016 record and getting his first second class score (30/10).
  • Alice Powell-Chandler for setting new group indoor 2016 and club records (28/10).
  • James Powell-Chandler for setting new overall 2016 and club group clout records (02/10).
  • David Smith for setting a new overall 2016 clout record (02/10).
  • Matthew Tape for setting new group 2016 and club records on his first indoor shoot (14/10).

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4 September – we had thought we'd be without our usual autumn family and friends beginners' course because those we had waiting we either couldn't contact, or they weren't available. Then, at last week's NHS taster session three people said they wanted to continue and were available, so today became the first of the official beginners' sessions, although it was their second week. It's unusual at this time of year for the beginners to be setting records, but one of the ladies and our gent both did. The records can be found in the two barebow sections of the 2016 records page, the congratulations are below.

11 September – our annual championship with 16 archers on the line. The weather was nearly idyllic; warm with very little wind. We had four new 2016 records set; five people reduced their handicap; one adult put in a first qualifying score for his next classification; three of our juniors achieved new classifications, one of whom shot so much better that he also got the first score for his next classification in the process and one of whom got two new classifications in one go as well as his starting handicap. Meanwhile another of our juniors achieved her second qualifying score in two different classifications. The results can be found in the annual championship section of the competitions 2016 page while the records are in the various sections of the 2016 records page and the congratulations are below.

18 September – the third week of our autumn family and friends beginners' course and we converted our trio to sights. We also had a six-gold end, so a special congratulations to Dave Greenhill, who was awarded one of our medals to mark his achievement and told that next time he will be going out a distance. We also had another two 2016 records set. The records can be found in the two recurve sections of the 2016 records page, the congratulations are below.

21 September – we had been contacted on Monday to ask if we could provide a 'birthday experience' for two adults for today. We had said yes, but it would be alongside a club shoot. These sessions are essentially the same as the first week of a beginners' course, so anyone who wants to continue can. Part way through the session, one asked if she could continue. We also had another person, the girlfriend of a club member, who wanted to do the course but had been unavailable for the first two Sundays, so reluctantly we had said 'no' as it was too much to catch up. When this session was organised, it provided her with a chance to join in.

23 September – the second lesson for the two ladies who had attended on Wednesday and so we taught them to score. We'd been surprised when records had been set by two of the beginners on 4 September, but today one of those records was broken by over 100 points. The record can be found in the Barebow – Ladies and overall section of the 2016 records page, the congratulations are below.

25 September – for the first time we had all five of autumn beginners together so today was both the third and forth sessions. The weather had turned decidedly autumnal since Friday, much cooler, the odd spot of rain and a stiff breeze. Still our five souls soldiered on, with two moving out to 30 yards. Our three original Sunday cohort started the advanced techniques, while our two mid-weekers were converted to bow sights. We also had another record set, which can be found in the Recurve – Ladies and overall section of the 2016 records page, the congratulations are below.

28 September – we're really mixing it up beginners-wise today, with one from each cohort present. With nice weather both went out slightly further as we had a metric day. Both shooting set new 2016 records and with one being on week five, we had out first beginner's starting handicap and beginner Archer of the autumn. The records can be found in the two recurve sections of the 2016 records page, the congratulations are below.

30 September – it's official, we've just completed the fastest beginners' course we've ever done, five three hour sessions in ten days. One of the two who started on 21 September completed session five today. We'd been keen to catch the second cohort up with the first and get a few sessions in very quickly due to the likelihood of deteriorating weather as we moved into October, but the weather held to such an extent that not one of the provisional sessions had to be postponed. One of the Sunday cohort also completed week five today, so we had two more beginners' starting handicaps and beginner Archer classifications achieved. In addition, one of the ones shooting today beat the record she'd set on Wednesday. That can be found in the Recurve – Ladies and overall section of the 2016 records page, the congratulations are below.

Congratulations go to:

  • Amber Bolt for going out a distance, setting a new group 2016 record, getting her starting handicap and her first second class score, which was also her first third class score and qualified her as Archer (08/09). For reducing her handicap by three points and getting her second second class score, which was also her second third class score (11/09).
  • Ian Bolt for setting two overall 2016 and club records (08/09).
  • Bob Brooks for reducing his handicap by one point (25/09). For setting a new overall 2016 record (28/09).
  • Pete Brown for buying himself a longbow and setting a new group 2016 record the first time he shot it (04/09). For going back to barebow and reducing his handicap by one point (18/09).
  • Sue Brown for setting a new group 2016 record on the second week of her beginner's course (04/09). For converting to sights and setting another new group 2016 record on the third week of her beginner's course (18/09). For gaining her beginner's starting handicap and qualifying as a Beginner Archer on the fifth session of her beginner's course (30/09).
  • Judy Chu for setting a new group 2016 record on the second session of her beginner's course (23/09). For going out a distance, converting to bow sights and setting a new group 2016 record on the third session of her beginner's course (25/09). For setting a new group 2016 record on the third session of her beginner's course (28/09). For beating that record and gaining her beginner's starting handicap and qualifying as a Beginner Archer on the fifth session of her beginner's course (30/09).
  • Dave Collingbourne for reducing his handicap by one point (04/09). For reducing his handicap by another point and getting his first second class score (11/09). For reducing his handicap by another two points and getting his second second class score (16/09). For qualifying as second class (18/09). For going out a distance, setting a new overall 2016 record and reducing his handicap by two points (21/09).
  • Erin Collingbourne for setting new group 2016 and club records (13/09). For setting new overall 2016 and group club records, reducing her handicap by one point and gaining her first first class score (16/09). For beating her own group 2016 and club records, reducing her handicap by another two points and getting her second first class score (18/09). For qualifying as first class (21/09).
  • Evie Collingbourne for setting new group 2016 and club records, reducing her handicap by two points and gaining her second class in her new age group (08/09).
  • Alfred Emmott for getting his second second class score, which was also his second third class score, in his second shoot as a member (04/09). For gaining his starting handicap and qualifying as both third and second class in his third shoot as a member (11/09). For switching to recurve and getting his first third class score in this discipline (18/09).
  • Dave Greenhill for setting a new overall 2016 record on the second week of his beginner's course (04/09). For converting to sights and setting another new overall 2016 record on the third week of his beginner's course (18/09). For setting a new overall 2016 record and gaining his beginner's starting handicap and qualifying as a Beginner Archer on the fifth week of his beginner's course (28/09).
  • Tad Gunton for setting a new overall 2016 record (04/09).
  • Maurice Hayward for going out a distance and reducing his handicap by one point (18/09). For reducing his handicap by another two points (23/09).
  • Luke Johnson for setting a new group 2016 record, gaining his starting handicap and qualifying as Archer (04/09). For beating that record and reducing his handicap by one point (11/09).
  • Clive Lo for setting a new overall 2016 record and reducing his handicap by one point (04/09). For beating that record and reducing his handicap by another three points (11/09). For reducing his handicap by another point (14/09). For beating the record he set on 11 September and reducing his handicap by two more points (21/09). For reducing his handicap by a further point (23/09). For setting new overall 2016 and club gents' records (28/09). For setting a new overall 2016 record and qualifying as third class (30/09).
  • Leo Moate for qualifying as second class (11/09).
  • Sheena McCullagh for setting new records; two group 2016 and one overall club (08/09). For setting a new group 2016 record (11/09).
  • James Powell-Chandler for setting a new overall 2016 record and reducing his handicap by one point (14/09).
  • Matthew Tape for reducing his handicap by one point and getting his second second class score (04/09). For setting a new group 2016 record, reducing his handicap by three points and getting his third and qualifying second class score, which was also his first first class score (11/09).
  • Clive Wilkins for setting a new overall 2016 record (04/09).

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11 August – it's a warm welcome back for temporary member James Aitchison who is in Bristol for a while. You may remember that James originally joined for a month back in January.

14 August – and we have another new member Grace Powell-Chandler, who is the latest person to join from our beginners' course in May and June. Grace now takes the total number who have joined to 13 out of the 17 who completed the course. If her surname seems familiar it's because her twin sister, Alice, and dad, James, are already members. You are most welcome Grace.

17 August – it's quite a while since we've had any potential county records set, but today Sheena McCullagh and David Smith decided to pick off a vacant one apiece. We need to wait for county to ratify the scores, but hopefully they should both get the round records and the distance split ones.

Bob holding up his half arrow and the flag showing where he shot the corner through the fabric.

24 August – Bob Brooks had a very unusual time of it today: first he managed to shoot through the flag, but in doing so threaded one corner of the flag through the hole he'd made. Then a few ends later we heard a distinctive metallic clink and when we got to the target the back half of Bob's arrow was lying on top of the grass about 15 feet away, the front half was not to be found anywhere. The photo shows Bob holding both of today's 'achievements'.

Meanwhile, also breaking things, county records this time, where Sheena McCullagh who beat her score from last week by 85 points and Ian Bolt who beat the county record he set last October by 53 points. Again we'll have to wait for county to ratify these.

27 August – we played host to a group of eight people today who were mainly from the NHS. One of our members works with them and had been approached to see if we could offer a group session. The weather was very kind to us and they enjoyed themselves so much that most want to continue on to the full course. We normally run a small family and friends beginners' course at this time of the year but unfortunately we'd either not been able to contact people, or they would not be available for all six weeks, so we offered these places to those who came today. Two will have to defer until the main course 2017, but three elected to continue, so they will do their week 2 on Sunday 4 September, weather permitting.

28 August – Lewis Hayward has beaten the score David Smith set for a potential county record on 17 August. The returns have already gone in for the month, so Lewis will have to wait, but it's looking like David's record won't last long, assuming that county ratify David's score.

Congratulations go to:

  • James Aitchison for setting new overall 2016 and club records (14/08). For setting new overall 2016 and club records (27/08). For setting double overall 2016 and club records (27 and 28/08).
  • Ian Bolt for beating his own overall 2016 and club records by 20 points (04/08). For setting new overall 2016 and club records and potentially a county record and reducing his handicap by one point (24/08).
  • Bob Brooks for setting a new overall 2016 record (24/08).
  • Pete Brown for setting a new overall 2016 record (26/08).
  • Dave Collingbourne for setting a new overall 2016 record and getting his second third class score (05/08). For beating that record, gaining his barebow starting handicap and qualifying as third class (21/08).
  • Erin Collingbourne for setting a new group 2016 record (05/08).
  • Rob Edwards for setting new overall 2016 and group records (04/08). For beating those records and reducing his handicap by one point (10/08). For setting new group 2016 and club records (29/08).
  • Daniel Grigg for setting new ovall 2016 and club records (07/08). For setting new overall 2016 and club records on a different round, reducing his handicap by three points and getting his first third class score (28/08).
  • Tad Gunton for setting new overall 2016 and group club records (14/08).
  • Lewis Hayward for setting new overall 2016 and club records, gaining his barebow starting handicap and his first third class score, which also qualified him as Archer (14/08). For setting new overall 2016 and club records as well as a potential county record and reducing his handicap by one point (28/08).
  • Maurice Hayward for reducing his handicap by one point (07/08). For reducing his handicap by a further four points (14/08). For setting new overall 2016 and group club records and reducing his handicap by another point (26/08). For reducing his handicap by another point (29/08).
  • Luke Johnson for beating his own 2016 group record on his second shoot as a member (16/08).
  • Clive Lo for getting his second third class score (24/08).
  • Emma Loughlin for setting new group 2016 and overall ladies' club records on her first shoot as a member (07/08).
  • Sheena McCullagh for setting a new group 2016 record (05/08). For setting new ladies' 2016 and club records and potentially a county record (17/08). For beating those records and reducing her handicap by one point (24/08).
  • James Powell-Chandler for setting a new overall 2016 record (24/08). For setting another new overall 2016 record and reducing his handicap by one point (31/08).
  • David Smith for setting a new overall 2016 record (14/08). For setting new overall 2016 and club records and potentially a county record (17/08).
  • Matthew Tape for getting his second third class score with his second round as a member (12/08). For gaining his starting handicap, getting his first second class score, which was also his third class qualifying score on his third shoot as a member (14/08).
  • Hannah Wynn for going out a distance, setting new overall 2016 and club records (beating the latter by 227 points), reducing her handicap by four points and getting her first first class score (02/08). For shooting a 12 dozen round and setting new overall 2016 and club records (07/08). For beating the overall 2016 and club records by 132 points, reducing her handicap by two points and getting her second first class score (10/08). For setting new overall 2016 and club records (12/08). For beating the records she set on 2 August, reducing her handicap by another point and qualifying as first class (14/08). For beating the records she'd set on 7 August and reducing her handicap by yet another point (21/08). For beating the records she set on 10 August and reducing her handicap by one point (23/08). For setting new overall 2016 and club records and reducing her handicap by one point (27/08). For beating those records and reducing her handicap by another point (28/08). For setting double overall 2016 and club records (27 and 28/08).

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1 July – what a lovely way to start the month with 12 new members who have all joined after completing our beginners' course. So a very big welcome to: Joe Bwye; Sin Davies; Alfred Emmott; Rees Goverd; grandson, father and grandfather combo Edward, Mark and Maurice Hayward, who join existing members, Richard and Lewis, Maurice's other son and grandson; Luke Johnson; Clive (Tsz Kin) Lo; Emma Loughlin, the girlfriend of existing member Daniel Grigg; Theo St Ledger King and Matthew Tape. You are all most welcome. May all your arrows fly straight.

28 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 2016 can be found in the full membership section of the fees page. They are rather complex this year with all the category changes, so please make sure that you read all the text above the table.

Congratulations go to:

  • Ian Bolt for setting new overall 2016 and club records (31/07).
  • Dave Collingbourne for converting to barebow, setting a new 2016 group record and getting his first third class score (31/07).
  • Erin Collingbourne for setting a new 2016 group record (07/07). For going out a distance and setting a new 2016 group record (10/07). For beating the 2016 and club group records that she set in May (31/07).
  • Rob Edwards for setting new group 2016 and club records (03/07). For reducing his handicap by one point (20/07).
  • Alfred Emmott for getting his first second class score, which was also his first third class score, in his first shoot as a member (17/07).
  • Daniel Grigg for setting new overall 2016 and club records and reducing his handicap by two points (31/07).
  • Lewis Hayward for switching to barebow and setting a new overall 2016 record (10/07).
  • Maurice Hayward for getting his starting handicap and classifying as Archer (31/07).
  • Luke Johnson for beating the group 2016 record he'd set as a beginner, on his first shoot as a member (17/07).
  • Clive Lo for setting a new overall 2016 record, gaining his starting handicap and classifying as Archer (20/07). For reducing his handicap by one point (27/07). For reducing his handicap by four points and getting his first third class score (31/07).
  • Matthew Tape for getting his first third class score with his first round as a member (24/07).
  • Hannah Wynn for converting to compound, setting new overall 2016 and club group records and getting her first third class score (27/07). For beating her 2016 record, setting an overall club record and getting her first second class score, which was also her second third class score (28/07). For beating those records, gaining her starting handicap and her second second class score which qualified her as third class (30/07). For beating those records again, reducing her handicap by three points and qualifying as second class (31/07).

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1 June – the fifth week of our Wednesday evening beginner's course and due to holidays there were only four people tonight. The weather was overcast and giving the odd spit of rain, so not knowing if we'd manage to get six dozen shot, we started out with the four dozen round, and then with enough time to shoot an extra two dozen, converted that to our local round, a Short Junior Keynsham. With it being the first time this year we've shot a Keynsham and all four beginner's being in different groups, each set a new 2016 record.

We also had two people achieve six-gold ends, so a special congratulations to Sin Davies and Alex Grigg. Sin has achieved a six-gold end before, but it was Alex's first, so we presented him with one of our medals. The records can be found in the two recurve and two barebow sections of the 2016 records page, the congratulations are below.

4 June – the fifth week of our Saturday beginner's course and as with Wednesday, due to the school holidays we were nearly half the course missing. The weather was dull and very warm with barely a breath of wind, but, boy, was it humid. With two people moving out distances, and one reverting to barebow, no six gold ends again, but many records and two people got their beginner's starting handicap and qualified as Beginner Archers. The records can be found in the two recurve and two barebow sections of the 2016 records page, the congratulations are below.

8 June – the sixth week of our Wednesday beginner's course and we should have had three people finishing this week, but one of those was ill and another injured, so Joe Bwye gets the honour of being the first of our 2106 beginners to complete the course and be offered membership. The weather was hot to start, but after a heavy shower, became very pleasant. All three shooting elected to shoot barebow, with two setting new 2016 records and Joe also got his beginner's starting handicap and qualified as a Beginner Archer. The records can be found in the two barebow sections of the 2016 records page, the congratulations are below.

11 June – the sixth week of our Saturday beginner's course and we have another two people finishing the course and both brought their membership forms dated ready for the price drop as of 1 July. The weather was much the same as it had been on Wednesday evening, but we had a nearly full house with nine beginner's and three members shooting. Several new records were set, beginner's handicaps were reduced, three people gained their beginner's starting handicap and qualified as Beginner Archers and we had two third class scores shot. So a very special congratulations go to Tom Foster, shooting in the gents under 14 group, and Edward Hayward, shooting in the gents under 16 group, who jointly become the first of the 2016 beginners to shoot third class scores. The records can be found in the two recurve and two barebow sections of the 2016 records page, the congratulations are below.

15 June – ho hum, what should have been our seventh and final Wednesday evening beginners' session cancelled because of the weather. It was raining most of the afternoon, and the early evening was forecast for electrical storms, so we erred on the side of safety: standing in a large field, in a thunder storm, with pointy metal things in your hand and a giant metal floodlight pillar a few yards from the end of the shooting line, didn't seem like a particularly sane idea to us. Still, on the positive side, we have managed to do six consecutive Wednesday and Saturday lessons since we started the course in May without losing one to the weather, the first time anyone can remember us achieving that.

18 June – the seventh week of our Saturday beginners' sessions and the last of the big ones as most people shooting today were doing their sixth and final session. With Wednesday having been cancelled we were joined by a few of the people who missed out on 15 June, so our numbers were swelled back up to 11. It was a lovely way to finish the big classes, barely a breath of wind, warm for the most part and one of those very rare days when almost everyone achieves something; some achieved two 'somethings' and one person even managed three. The achievements were:

  • Two people went out a distance and set new records.
  • Two people beat their own records by 54 points each.
  • One person shoot two more dozen than before and set a new record.
  • Seven people gained their starting handicaps and became Beginner Archers.
  • Three people reduced their handicaps.
  • Another two third class scores were shot, so special congratulations go to Matthew Tape, shooting in the gents under 12 group, and Edward Hayward, shooting in the gents under 16 group.

The records can be found in the two recurve and two barebow sections of the 2016 records page, the full congratulations are below.

22 June – the seventh and last of the Wednesday evening beginners' sessions. Due to a miscommunication we were two people short, who will now do their last session on Saturday, so we were down to three in number. We may have been compact, but we were definitely bijou, with the highest achievement of the course so far: a very special congratulations go to Alfred Emmott, who reverted to barebow, went out a distance and shot a second class score. Alfred hadn't had one of our medals for a six-gold end, so we gave him one for his second class instead. The records can be found in the two recurve and two barebow sections of the 2016 records page, the full congratulations are below.

25 June – our eighth and last Saturday beginners' session and we only had three shooting, but it was a lovely way to end. The rain delayed us starting, so we cut things down to four dozen, but that still allowed the two people shooting on a normal target face to submit scores, one gaining his beginner's starting handicap and the other reducing his (see the congratulations section, below).

Emma holding her cake target standing in front of the blank boss with all the arrows still in.

As for our third shooter, Emma Loughlin, first take a peek at September 2015 news and see what we did for her boyfriend, Daniel's, birthday on his last session. Emma's birthday is actually Christmas Day, so she has her party and celebrates her birthday on 25 June instead and we couldn't not do for Emma, what we'd done for Daniel. So out came the card disc and marker pens and we made her a cake target, 'iced' in red rather than the blue we'd used for Daniel (see photo). Unfortunately, everything was still wet from the earlier rain, so the cake was left for another day and Emma, with Daniel, shot the blank boss instead. It was still a competition though, either one or zero, but without the added fun of bonus points for candles and flames.

So who won the competition? Well, as they were shooting in two different groups, they both did:

Gents under 18 Barebow: Daniel Grigg; 5 hits.

Ladies under 18 Barebow: Emma Loughlin; 4 hits.

Congratulations go to:

  • Pete Brown for shooting the extra two dozen at the end of the round alongside the beginners and setting new overall 2016 and club records (01/06).
  • Tanzy Brown for offering to be a target partner for one of our beginners and in the process setting new overall 2016 and club ladies' records and reducing her handicap by one point (04/06).
  • Joe Bwye for reverting to barebow and setting a new overall 2016 record on the fifth week of his beginner's course (01/06). For setting a new group 2016 record, gaining his beginner's starting handicap and qualifying as a Beginner Archer on the sixth and final week of his beginner's course (08/06).
  • Evie Collingbourne for moving up an age group, setting a new 2016 group record, reducing her handicap by one point and getting her second second class in her new group (19/06).
  • Sin Davies for setting a new group 2016 record on the fourth week of her beginner's course (01/06). For reverting to barebow and setting a new group 2016 record on the fifth week of her beginner's course (08/06).
  • Rob Edwards for setting new overall 2016 and club records (01/06). For doing the same again on a different round and reducing his handicap by two points (05/06).
  • Alfred Emmott for setting a new group 2016 record on the fourth week of his beginner's course (11/06). For beating that record by 54 points, gaining his beginner's starting handicap and qualifying as a Beginner Archer on the fifth week of his beginner's course (18/06). For reverting to barebow, going out a distance, setting a new group 2016 record and getting his first second class score on the sixth and final week of his beginner's course (22/06).
  • Tom Foster for setting a new group 2016 record on the fourth week of his beginner's course (04/06). For reverting to barebow, setting a new group 2016 record and getting his first third class score on the fifth week of his beginner's course (11/06). For gaining his beginners' starting handicap and qualifying as a Beginner Archer on the sixth and final week of his beginner's course (18/06).
  • Rees Goverd for gaining his beginner's starting handicap and qualifying as a Beginner Archer on the sixth and final week of his beginner's course (25/06).
  • Alex Grigg for setting a new overall 2016 record, gaining his beginner's starting handicap and qualifying as a Beginner Archer on the fifth week of his beginner's course (01/06).
  • Edward Hayward for beating his own group 2016 record on the fourth week of his beginner's course (04/06). For reverting to barebow, setting a new overall 2016 record and getting his first third class score on the fifth week of his beginner's course (11/06). For beating that record by 54 points, gaining his beginner's starting handicap and his second third class score, which qualified him as a Beginner Archer, all on the sixth and final week of his beginner's course (18/06).
  • Mark Hayward for gaining his beginner's starting handicap and qualifying as a Beginner Archer on the fifth week of his beginner's course (04/06). For reducing his beginner's handicap by five points on the sixth and final week of his course (11/06).
  • Maurice Hayward for gaining his beginner's starting handicap and qualifying as a Beginner Archer on the fifth week of his beginner's course (18/06). For going out a distance and reducing his beginner's handicap by one point on the sixth and final week of his course (25/06).
  • Luke Johnson for gaining his beginner's starting handicap and qualifying as a Beginner Archer on the fifth week of his beginner's course (11/06). For going out a distance, setting a new group 2016 record and reducing his beginner's handicap by five points on the sixth and final week of his course (18/06).
  • Terry Ladd for setting new 2016 and club group records, reducing her handicap by two points and getting her first second class score (01/06).
  • Clive Lo for moving out a distance, gaining his beginner's starting handicap and qualifying as a Beginner Archer on the fifth week of his beginner's course (18/06). For setting a new overall 2016 record and reducing his beginner's handicap by two points on the sixth and final week of his beginner's course (22/06).
  • Emma Loughlin for reverting to barebow and setting a new group 2016 record on the fifth week of her beginner's course (01/06).
  • Tina Oscroft for gaining her beginners' starting handicap and qualifying as a Beginner Archer on the sixth and final week of her beginner's course (18/06).
  • Grace Powell-Chandler for gaining her beginner's starting handicap and qualifying as a Beginner Archer on the fifth week of her beginner's course (11/06). For moving out a distance, setting a new group 2016 record and reducing her beginner's handicap by two points on the sixth and final week of her beginner's course (18/06).
  • Theo St Leger King for going out a distance, setting an overall 2016 record, gaining his beginner's starting handicap and qualifying as a Beginner Archer on the fifth week of his beginner's course (04/06). For beating those records and reducing his beginner's handicap by two points on the sixth and final week of his beginner's course (11/06).
  • Matthew Talbot-Paine for reverting to barebow and setting an overall 2016 record on the fifth week of his beginner's course (04/06). For going out a distance, setting another overall 2016 record, for gaining his beginners' starting handicap and qualifying as a Beginner Archer on the sixth and final week of his beginner's course (18/06).
  • Matthew Tape for gaining his beginner's starting handicap and qualifying as a Beginner Archer on the fifth week of his beginner's course (11/06). For reducing his beginner's handicap by three points and getting his first third class score on the sixth and final week of his beginner's course (18/06).
  • David Smith for reverting to barebow and setting new overall 2016 and club records (12/06).
  • Hannah Wynn for setting new overall 2016 and club records (17/06).

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May

1 May – our spring tournament actually shot on May Day. The weather was dull but warm enough and brought eleven people to the line, with Bob Taylor also in attendance running the day. Six new overall 2016 records were set, with the youngest person shooting, Amber Bolt also managing to set an overall club record. There was also one group 2016 record set and one person reduced their handicap and got a first new classification score.

The full results can be found in the Spring Tournament section of the 2016 competitions page, the congratulations are below. The records can be found in the two barebow and two recurve sections of the 2016 records page, the congratulations are below.

4 May – the first of our beginners' lessons for the year and what a beautiful evening it was. All eight taking part said they'd thoroughly enjoyed themselves, with one saying that she wished she could buy a bow now so that she could keep shooting all week; that's the sort of enthusiasm we like. Lets hope the weather continues to be so good.

Great Western Air Ambulance just landed on the first team pitch at the rugby ground.

5 May – in a repeat of April 2015, today we hosted a special session for a group of eight 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 second 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 was interrupted by the arrival of the air ambulance (see photo). It had circled round before, but it looks like they couldn't land any closer to where they were needed as they came back, put down and two crew walked off up the main road.

Finally the four club members running the session talked about their disabilities, how they impacted on them generally, and as archers.

6 May – today we hosted another eight medical students, repeating what we had done with the group yesterday, but minus the air ambulance.

7 May – the first of the Saturday sessions for our other cohort of beginners. It was very warm but more cloudy than for the Wednesday group. We had been worried about interruptions as a weather warning was in force for heavy showers with hail and lightening. Luckily the rain stayed away until we were packing up, at which point the heavens opened and we had lightening. All of the ten beginners present said they had enjoyed themselves and were looking forward to their next lesson.

11 May – with such heavy rain during the previous 36 hours that weather warnings had been issued, we didn't think we'd be able to do the second session of the Wednesday beginners this evening, but the forecast was that it would stop raining by just after 6pm, so we took a chance and went ahead. Luckily the forecast proved to be correct. This week we were teaching our beginners to score and with two different rounds being shot in four different groups, five out of the eight beginners set new annual records. The records can be found in the two barebow sections of the 2016 records page, the congratulations are below.

14 May – the second of our Saturday beginners' course and we were blessed with beautiful blue skies and very little wind. As with the Wednesday group we taught the beginners to score and again with two different rounds being shot and five different groups, five of the ten beginners set new annual records. We also had our first six-gold end of the year achieved by Theo St Leger King, who went on to follow that up with another one, so ending the round with a maximum 108 for the dozen. As usual, we presented Theo with a medal. The records can be found in the two barebow sections of the 2016 records page, the congratulations are below.

18 May – the third week of our Wednesday beginners' course and unfortunately, given we were converting them to bow sights, it was very blustery. Still they all coped admirably and with two different rounds and four different groups there were four records set this week. We also had our second six-gold end of the year, the first on a Wednesday, so Sin Davies was presented with a medal to mark her achievement. The records can be found in the two recurve sections of the 2016 records page, the congratulations are below.

21 May – the third week of our Saturday beginners' course and we were a few people missing due to previous engagements. The weather forecast had been for heavy rain, but as it wasn't raining at 1pm we took the risk. At distance change it started to drizzle and the last dozen was shot in light rain. Not ideal shooting weather, but at least it was only breezy, rather than blustery, making it easier for them to convert to bow sights than it had been for the Wednesday group. We also had four records set, one of which was an overall 2016 record. The records can be found in the two recurve sections of the 2016 records page, the congratulations are below.

25 May – the fourth week of the Wednesday beginners' course; cloudy and very cold, but at least it was very still, with barely a breath of wind. This week everyone shot 30 and 20 yards, so it was only one round, but with four different groups, four new 2016 records shot.

A very special mention needs to go to Clive Lo, who not only got a six-gold end, the first person this year to do so at 20 yards, but also for his exceptionally high score: the coaches had got the range set out quickly, so David Smith decided to get in a quick round before the lesson and shot the same round as the beginners, also using club equipment. After he'd shot it, he said he thought he didn't ought to submit it as an experienced archer shouldn't be shooting that round. Sheena agreed until the beginner's shot: Clive had beaten David's score by 14 points. Well done Clive. Oh, and we also presented Clive with a medal for his six-gold end.

The records can be found in the two recurve sections of the 2016 records page, the congratulations are below.

28 May – the fourth week of the Saturday beginners' course and the weather was beautiful, so much so that we got chance to shoot a six dozen round. With three different distances and a total of six groups split across the rounds we had seven out of the eight beginners set 2016 records. No six-gold ends today, but Theo St Leger King did get 40 golds out of 72 arrows. The records can be found in the two recurve sections of the 2016 records page, the congratulations are below.

Congratulations go to:

  • Amber Bolt for setting new overall 2016 and club records (01/05).
  • Ian Bolt for beating his own overall 2016 record (01/05).
  • Bob Brooks for setting an overall 2016 record (20/05).
  • Joe Bwye for setting a new group 2016 record on the second week of his beginners' course (11/05). For converting to bow sights and setting a new 2016 group record on the third week of his beginners' course (18/05). For going out a distance and setting a new group 2016 record on the fourth week of his beginner's course (25/05).
  • Dave Collingbourne for gaining his starting handicap and classifying as 'Archer' (15/05). For reducing his handicap by one point (18/05). For reducing his handicap by five points (30/05).
  • Erin Collingbourne for setting a new overall 2016 and club group record (15/05). For doing the same again with a different round (18/05). For reverting to barebow and setting a new overall 2016 record (30/05).
  • Evie Collingbourne for setting a new overall 2016 and club group record (18/05). For doing the same again on a different round, reducing her handicap by three points and getting her first first class score, which will also be her first second class score for when she jumps up a group in a few days (30/05).
  • Jane Collingbourne for setting a new 2016 group record for her first submitted score as a member (18/05). For setting a new group 2016 record (30/05).
  • Sin Davies for setting an overall 2016 record on the second week of her beginner's course (11/05). For converting to bow sights and setting a new overall 2016 record on the third week of her beginners' course (18/05).
  • Rob Edwards for beating his own overall 2016 record, getting his first compound third class score and reducing his handicap by two points (01/05). For setting new overall 2016 and club records and getting his second compound third class (11/05). For beating those records, reducing his handicap by one point and qualifying as third class with his compound bow (18/05). For changing round and setting new overall 2016 and club records (25/05).
  • Alfred Emmott for setting an overall 2016 record on the second week of his beginner's course (14/05). For converting to bow sights and setting a new overall 2016 record on the third week of his beginner's course (28/05).
  • Tom Foster for setting a new group 2016 record on the second week of his beginner's course (14/05). For converting to bow sights and setting a new 2016 group record on the third week of his beginner's course (21/05).
  • Tad Gunton for beating his own overall 2016 record (01/05).
  • Edward Hayward for setting a new group 2016 record on the second week of his beginner's course (14/05). For converting to bow sights, going out a distance and setting a new group 2016 record on the third week of his beginner's course (28/05).
  • Mark Hayward for converting to bow sights and setting a new group 2016 record on the third week of his beginner's course (21/05). For setting a new overall 2016 record on the fourth week of his beginner's course (28/05).
  • Luke Johnson for converting to bow sights and setting a new group 2016 record on the third week of his beginner's course (21/05). For setting a new group 2016 record on the fourth week of his beginner's course (28/95).
  • Clive Lo for setting an overall 2016 record on the second week of his beginner's course (11/05). For converting to bow sights and setting a new overall 2016 record on the third week of his beginners' course (18/05). For beating is record by 30 points on the fourth week of his beginner's course (25/05).
  • Emma Loughlin for setting a new group 2016 record on the second week of her beginners' course (11/05). For converting to bow sights and setting a new 2016 group record on the third week of her beginners' course (18/05). For going out a distance and setting a new group 2016 record on the fourth week of her beginner's course (25/05).
  • Leo Moate for setting a new group 2016 record, reducing his handicap by five points and gaining his first second class score (07/05). For setting a new overall 2016 record, reducing his handicap by another point and getting his second second class score (14/05).
  • Robert Phillips for setting a new group 2016 record (01/05).
  • Sheena McCullagh for setting a new overall 2016 record (01/05). For setting a new group 2016 record (04/05). For beating her own 2016 group record (15/05).
  • Alice Powell-Chandler for reverting to barebow and getting her first third class score (30/05).
  • Grace Powell-Chandler for setting a new group 2016 record on the second week of her beginner's course (14/05). For converting to bow sights and setting a new group 2016 record on the third week of her beginner's course.
  • James Powell-Chandler for setting a new overall 2016 record and reducing his handicap by three points (28/05).
  • Mark Rugman for setting a new group 2016 record on the second week of his beginners' course (11/05).
  • Tina Oscroft for setting a new group 2016 record on the fourth week of her beginner's course (25/05).
  • David Smith for beating his own overall 2016 record (01/05). For setting a new overall 2016 record (13/05). For beating that record (20/05). For setting a new overall club record (25/05).
  • Theo St Leger King for setting an overall 2016 record on the second week of his beginner's course (14/05). For setting a new overall 2016 record with bow sights on the fourth week of his beginner's course (28/05).
  • Matthew Tape for converting to bow sights and setting an overall 2016 record on the third week of his beginner's course (21/05). For moving out a distance and setting a new group 2016 record on the fourth week of his beginner's course (28/05).
  • Hannah Wynn for beating her own overall 2016 record, reducing her handicap by another point and getting her second second class score (03/05). For qualifying as second class (05/05).

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Woodern arrow that was split by the target face lifting off the boss. The arrow is lying on the grass after it 
was carefully removed from the target.

10 April – with combined strong winds and high tides wreaking havoc around the South West coast, we had to be careful today. Before we started shooting one of the lighter targets was blown over despite being securely pegged, so the heavy targets were used. Then we had the problem of the wind blowing in the opposite direction to normal and managing to get between the target faces and bosses causing the faces to keep popping the pins loose. Despite regularly pushing the pins back in, one almighty gust lifted a face clean off the target, over the arrows that had already been shot and away across the range.

We managed to catch the face, but when the boss was approached, we saw that one of Daniel Grigg's wooden arrows had been rent in two from end to end, see photo.

Congratulations go to:

  • Amber Bolt for setting new overall 2016 and club ladies' records (17/04).
  • Ian Bolt for setting new overall 2016 and club records (01/04). For setting new overall 2016 and club records on a different round (17/04). For setting a new overall 2016 record (24/06).
  • Tanzy Brown for setting new overall 2016 and club group records and reducing her handicap by one point (24/04).
  • Rob Edwards for setting a new overall 2016 record, getting his compound starting handicap and classifying as 'Archer' (17/04). For beating that record (24/04).
  • Daniel Grigg for setting new overall 2016 and club records, getting his flatbow starting handicap and classifying as 'Archer' (10/04).
  • Tad Gunton for setting new overall 2016 and club records (03/04). For setting a new overall 2016 record (24/04).
  • Taz Ladd for setting new group 2016 and club records (06/04).
  • Terry Ladd for setting new overall 2016 and club group records and reducing her handicap by one point (06/04).
  • Sheena McCullagh for setting new overall 2016 and club ladies' records and reducing her handicap by one point (08/04).
  • Michael Micallef for setting a new overall 2016 record and getting his first third class score (17/04).
  • David Smith for setting a new overall 2016 record (03/04). For setting a new overall 2016 record on a different round (10/04). For beating that record (20/04).
  • Hannah Wynn for setting a new overall 2016 and club ladies' record (10/04). For setting new overall 2016 and club records (17/04). For setting a new group 2016 record (20/04). For setting new overall 2016 and group ladies' records (23/04). For setting a new overall 2016 record (27/04). For beating that record, reducing her handicap by one point and getting her first second class score (28/04).

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Back of black jacket showing target with 'Golden Phoenix Archers' above and 'Zombies welcome' below.

23 March – we've always prided ourselves on being an exceptionally inclusive club, but one member took this to a whole new level when he had a jacket made inviting zombies to join (see photo).

25 March – Good Friday and our hot cross floodlit shoot; contrary to the name, it was very cold tonight, but even so 12 hardy souls turned up to shoot along with our tournament organiser, Bob Taylor who elected not to shoot this year.

With the lack of outdoor shooting so far this year, it's not surprising that ten new 2016 records were set. Given the cold and shooting under floodlights, it was, however, rather surprising that two new overall club records and five club group records were also set. Well done all.

The full results can be found in the Hot Cross Floodlit section of the 2016 competitions page, the congratulations are below.

Congratulations go to:

  • Ian Bolt for beating his own overall club record and setting a new overall 2016 record (25/03).
  • Tanzy Brown for setting a new overall ladies' club record (25/03).
  • Dave Collingbourne for setting new overall 2016 and club group records (25/03). For setting a new overall 2016 record (27/03).
  • Erin Collingbourne for setting new 2016 and club group records (25/03).
  • Evie Collingbourne for setting new 2016 and club group records (25/03).
  • Rob Edwards for setting a new overall 2016 record (25/03).
  • Pat Foster for setting new overall 2016 and club records (25/03).
  • Richard Hayward for reducing his indoor handicap by one point (04/03).
  • Terry Ladd for beating her own overall outdoor 2016 record and club lady's record and getting her first third class score (06/03). For getting her second third class score, gaining her starting handicap and qualifying as Archer (27/03). For qualifying as third class (30/03).
  • Sheena McCullagh for setting a new overall 2016 record (25/03).
  • Michael Micallef for setting new overall 2016 and gents' club records (25/03).
  • Leo Moate for setting a new group 2016 record, gaining his indoor starting handicap and classifying as 'H' (11/03).
  • David Smith for beating his own overall outdoor 2016 record (05/03). For setting a new overall 2016 record (25/03)).
  • Hannah Wynn for setting a new group 2016 record (25/03).

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Trees bending in the gale force winds and flood water on the pitch.

8 February – ho hum, we're flooded. Luckily, as the photo shows, it wasn't in the container and we were able to get in, take out the beginners equipment and metal detector and move the rest of the items as high off the floor as possible. Hopefully, if the water does now get in, we'll only have to mop out the container, target legs and other items that won't damage through standing in water.

Many thanks to the four who helped with today's pre-emptive rescue mission: Bob Brooks, Jim Edmondson, Sheena McCullagh and David Smith.

Everything was loaded onto the trolley and wheeled across to the car park. While Sheena was waiting for the gents to return with the trolley, she moved everything on high, then, as she was still waiting, took a few videos:

9 February – something for those interested in the history of archery: a Bronze Age Archer's burial site has been accidentally discovered near Stonehenge, including a stone arm guard (bracer), stone arrow straighteners and in the video within the article, a bronze arrow head. The reason for it being an accidental find is because the Bronze Age burial near Stonehenge discovered by badger.

28 February – between the wind, frost and ravishes of storm Imogen outdoor shooting has been scuppered so far this year. But with Bob Brooks and David Smith spending several hours on Friday afternoon remeasuring and remarking the range, we were good to go today.

It was still cold and blowy, but pretty dry underfoot, so 11 hardy souls turned out, with 8 managing to complete rounds. Not only were the numbers pretty impressive considering the weather, it was lovely to see the range of bows as well: American flatbow x 1, barebow x 2, longbow x 2 and recurve x 6. Two of those braving the elements joined today, the latest to do so from last autumn's family and friends beginners' course; so a big welcome to Dave and Jane Collingbourne. If their names seem familiar, it's because they are the parents of Erin and Evie, meaning we now have the full set.

Congratulations go to:

  • James Aitchison for beating his own overall indoor 2016 and club records (03/02).
  • Pete Brown for setting a new overall outdoor 2016 record (28/02).
  • Tanzy Brown for setting a new overall outdoor 2016 record, beating her own lady's club record and reducing her handicap by one point (28/02).
  • Daniel Grigg for setting new overall 2016 and club records (18/02).
  • Tad Gunton for setting a new overall outdoor 2016 record (28/02).
  • Richard Hayward for beating his own overall indoor 2016 and club records, gaining his starting handicap and getting his first D classification, which also qualified him as E classification (05/02). For reducing his indoor handicap by one point (19/02).
  • Terry Ladd for setting a new overall outdoor 2016 record and club lady's record (28/02).
  • Hannah Wynn for setting new overall indoor 2016 and club records (07/02).
  • David Smith for setting a new overall outdoor 2016 record (28/02).

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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 (and score pads).

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 2015 those were:

  • Being a club member by 1 July 2014 and still being a member on 31 December 2015, and
  • Holding a starting handicap in the relevant bow type on 1 January 2015, and
  • Having submitted a minimum of eight scores during 2015.

And the winners were:

  • Bristol Bowmen Juniors – no one eligible.
  • Bristol Bowmen – Ian Bolt (barebow) with a three point reduction. Runner-up: Tad Gunton (longbow) with a two point reduction.
  • Golden Phoenix Archers – David Smith (recurve) with a seven point reduction.

The New Year Adjusted handicaps and classifications are available on the handicaps and classifications page.

Known as a Robin Hood: One of James' compound arrows is embedded in the end of another of his arrows in the 
nine zone of the bottom face of a triple vertical target.

8 January welcome to our first new member of the year: James Aitchison shoots compound and is joining us for one month from Killingworth Archers. During his time with us, he'll be able to claim club and annual records. Welcome to Bristol, James, we hope you enjoy your time with us.

James Aitchison certainly started his time with us with a bang, literally, and a very loud one at that: he managed to Robin Hood his own arrow, see photo. James didn't appear upset at the cost, but is concerned that he only brought seven indoor arrows with him, so may need to order some more for the rest of the month. And as Hannah Wynn pointed out, "He's griping because it was a 9. Though got enough arrows for a Bray 1 at least."

Congratulations go to:

  • James Aitchison for setting new overall indoor 2016 and club records (26/01). For doing the same again on a different round (29/01).
  • Lewis Hayward for getting his first E class score (15/01). For getting his second E class score (22/01). For gaining his indoor starting handicap and qualifying as E classification (29/01).
  • Richard Hayward for converting to compound and setting new overall indoor 2016 and club records and gaining his first E classification (15/01). For gaining his second E classification (21/01).
  • Carl Raine for setting a new overall indoor 2016 record and reducing his handicap by two points (08/01). For beating that record, reducing his handicap by a further three points and gaining his first E classification (22/01).
  • Ian Lassman for setting a new overall indoor 2016 record (22/01).
  • Bob Taylor for setting a new overall indoor 2016 record (08/01).
  • Hannah Wynn for setting new overall indoor 2016 and club records (08/01). For setting a new indoor overall 206 record and beating her own group club record (27/01). For setting a new indoor group 2016 record (29/01).

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