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6 August – the first of our autumn family and friends beginner's sessions. As usual the group was made up of relatives and friends of club members and those who, for one reason or another, could not take part in out main beginners' course earlier in the year. Unlike the main course, however, which had only two under 18s out of 20 participants, this time six out of the eight people taking part are juniors. The weather was mainly overcast, but with a pleasant enough temperature and virtually no wind, so we were able to start the adults and two elder juniors at 20 yards, with the youngsters on 10 yards.

13 August – the second of our autumn family and friends beginner's sessions and although overcast the day was warm with no wind. We had four different age groups shooting across too different rounds, so despite being the third course of the year we had four new 2017 records set: two overall and two group. The records can be found in the two barebow sections of the 2017 records page, the congratulations are below.

Congratulations go to:

  • Dave Allen for setting a new overall 2017 record on the second week of his beginner's course (13/08).
  • Pete Brown for beating his own overall 2017 record by one point (06/08).
  • Ace Edwards for setting a new group 2017 record on the second week of his beginner's course (13/08).
  • Nico Edwards for setting a new overall 2017 record on the second week of his beginner's course (13/08).
  • Alfred Emmott for beating his own group 2017 record and reducing his handicap by two points (11/08).
  • Neil Emmott for beating his own overall 2017 and club records, reducing his handicap by three points and getting his second third class score (04/08). For moving out a distance and setting new overall 2017 and club records (05/08). For beating those records, reducing his handicap by one point and qualifying as third class (11/08).
  • Lizanne Harland for reducing her handicap by one point (10/08).
  • Nathaniel Hines for setting a new group 2017 record on the second week of his beginner's course (13/08).
  • Barnaby Johnson for setting a new overall 2017 record, reducing his handicap by three points and getting his first second class score (01/08).
  • James Powell-Chandler for setting a new overall 2017 record (01/08). For doing the same again on another round (03/08).

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1 July – we've had a lovely surprise, so we start this month with a big welcome back to previous member Jeff Price. Jeff used to shoot with his son Ben, but as Ben grew, rugby took over their time and hence archery lost out. Ben is now grown and pursuing a professional career with Leeds Rhinos, so dad is back shooting.

26 July – with such soggy weather there hasn't been much shooting, but tonight was our AGM (held indoors), where we elected our new committee and set the new fees for 2017/18. You can find the details on the contact us page and in the full membership section of the fees page, respectively.

Congratulations go to:

  • Pete Brown for setting a new overall 2017 record and getting his longbow second class (12/07). For going out a distance and setting a new overall 2017 (15/07). For beating that record (20/07).
  • Tanzy Brown for setting a new group 2017 record (15/07).
  • Alfred Emmott for beating his own 2017 group record and reducing his handicap by one point (22/07).
  • Neil Emmott for converting to flatbow and setting new overall 2017 and club records. For going out a distance and setting overall 2017 and club records (22/07). For going out yet another distance, setting new overall 2017 and club records, getting his first third class score, gaining his starting handicap and classifying as Archer (28/07).
  • Dave Greenhill for setting a new overall 2017 record (01/07). For beating that record (06/07).
  • Tad Gunton for setting a new overall 2017 record, reducing his handicap by one point and getting his first second class score (27/07).
  • Lizanne Harland for setting new Ladies' 2017 and club records and reducing her handicap by one point (06/07). For reducing her handicap by one point (25/07). For setting new ladies' 2017 and club records, reducing her handicap by a further two points and getting her first first class score (29/07).
  • Barnaby Johnson for setting a new overall 2017 record, reducing his handicap by two points and getting his first third class score (02/07). For reducing his handicap by two points and getting his second third class score (05/07). For reducing his handicap by a further two points and qualifying as third class (12/07).
  • James Powell-Chandler for setting new overall 2017 and club records, reducing his handicap by one point and getting his second first class score (01/07). For qualifying as first class (15/07). For going out a distance, setting a new overall 2017 record and reducing his handicap by one point (22/07). For beating that record and reducing his handicap by another point (29/07).
  • Clive Wilkins for setting a new overall 2017 record (12/07).

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3 June – what a lovely way to start the month, our fifth Saturday beginners' session and we had out first four complete the course with two joining at the end of the session, so a warm welcome to father and son combo Herold and Kory Thomas. They really are keen; they've even been and bought their own equipment. As Kory's was within the beginners' weights he shot his for the lesson, with Thomas shooting three ends with his new bow after the lesson; once he'd joined.

The weather was reasonably pleasant, although it did get cool for a time mid afternoon and as with the Wednesday group we went metric to give the class a chance to experience 10-zone scoring. With the exception of Kory who bravely jumped from 20 yards to 30m, those who had been shooting 30 yards shot 30m and those who had been shooting 20 yards, shot 20m. Although only slightly further than they'd shot before jumping to the smaller target face took some getting used to. But with two different rounds and four different groups, we had four new 2017 records set and as no one on week five reverted to barebow, all four also got their beginners' starting handicap and became Beginner Archers. The records can be found in the two recurve sections of the 2017 records page, the congratulations are below.

Andrew's arrow showing the double bend caused by not hitting the target.

4 June – for several weeks we've been joined by a gueast shooter from Bitton, Andrew Scragg, whose been trying out a range of bow and arrow combinations with us. Things didn't quite go to plan today when one miss resulted in the most bent arrow we've ever seen, see photo. As Andrew said, "That's what you get for shooting very cheap arrows with a heavy-weight compound." Lesson learnt.

7 June – what should have been our rescheduled last Wednesday evening session (for those who could not make it on 31 May) and we got rained and winded off. Although it wasn't raining at start time it was forecast to start shortly afterwards and with the gale-force gusts already happening, we cancelled. Everyone will now do Saturday instead.

10 June – the last of our 'big' Saturday beginners' sessions of the year. We still have two people who need to do one more session, but all the Wednesday group and the majority of the Saturday group have now finished. And we have two new members, so a warm welcome to Tom Aylott and Daniel Monson, both from the Wednesday cohort.

The weather was reasonably warm, but very, very gusty. We stuck with metrics again this week so that all of the beginners have now had a chance to experience 10-zone scoring. For those shooting 30m, we went back to the 122cm face for a Long Metric V. With no equivalent round for those shooting 20m, they remained on the 80cm face. Three of our week five people chose to revert to barebow, so with two different rounds, two different bow types and three different groups, we had four new 2017 records set. The five week five people who stayed with recurve also got their beginners' starting handicap and became Beginner Archers. The records can be found in the two recurve and two barebow sections of the 2017 records page, the congratulations are below.

11 June – we have another new member from our Saturday sessions, so a warm welcome to Neil Emmott. If the surname seems familiar, it's because his son, Alfred, did the course last year. Neil had asked to do the course as he was attending sessions with Alfred anyway; we pick up a lot of parent-members like that.

14 June – our final beginners' session, on a Wednesday, for two of the Saturday beginners who had missed two Saturdays during the course. The hottest day of the year so far made for a nice relaxed shoot and saw both get their beginners' starting handicap and became Beginner Archers (see the congratulations, below). We also end with a very special congratulations to Barnaby Johnson who became our final beginner to achieve a six-gold end. As with the previous people, we presented Baranaby with a club medal to mark his achievement.

We also welcomed Tim McIlhinney as a new member, the seventh to join from the course. And what a spectacular night he had of it: Tim had been leant stronger limbs that fitted the beginners' bows, so he jumped out two distances to 50 yards. In doing so he bagged himself a third class score and set overall 2017 and club records; way to go Tim.

Earlier in the day Daniel Monson, who'd joined at the end of his last lesson, shot for the first time as a member and, he, too, set a new record; this time a group 2017 one.

17 June – today we welcomed Barnaby Johnson as member. He is the eighth to join from the beginners' course and what a glorious day for a first shoot as a member. We seem to have a trend developing here, Barnaby also set a new record with his first shoot; an overall 2017 gents one.

We also did an assessment for a returnee archer who's had around a 40 year break. Sights are very different now to how they were then, but he adapted well, so well that he got a six-gold end, hence a special congratulations to Christopher Tracy. And as he hasn't yet joined, we presented him with a medal.

18 June – we were joined today by three guests, father and two sons Roger, Graham and Ian Rees-Evans who hale from Neath in Wales. Roger had been shooting in the BWAA Championships at Stoke Mandeville the day before where he set a new national record for the compound B1 (totally blind) WA VI 30 meters. That's six dozen arrows at 30 meters on an 80cm face using a tactile stand.

Roger shot the same round again today, but said he didn't do as well as the day before and as we accept guest scores for our annual records page, he set himself an overall 2017 record. The score can be found in the Compound unlimited section of the 2017 records page, the congratulations are below. We've not yet had scores from Graham and Ian, so aren't sure if they've set records as well: Graham shot 70m compound, while simultaneously spotting for his dad; while Ian shot 50m recurve and killed one of our target flags, shooting it clean off its pole.

21 June – and another three new members, so a big welcome for Tarran Price and Stephen Bailey who become the ninth and tenth people to join from the beginners' course and Christopher Tracy who came for an assessment on Saturday and joined this evening. Chris brought along his bow from back in the day, but unfortunately, when he strung it, it cracked, so he used one of our beginner's bows tonight. Tarran and Stephen also used the beginners' bows, but are planning their trip to Wales Archery in the very near future.

Congratulations go to:

  • Pete Brown for beating his own 2017 overall record and reducing his handicap by one point (03/06). For setting a new overall 2017 record (18/06). For setting new overall 2017 and club records, reducing his handicap by one point and getting his first second class score (26/06). For setting a new overall 2017 record, reducing his handicap by a further point and getting his second second class longbow score (30/06).
  • Sue Brown for reverting to barebow, setting a new group 2017 record, reducing her handicap by seven points and getting her first second class score, which was also her first third class score (10/06). For setting new overall ladies' 2017 and club records, reducing her handicap by a further point and getting her second third class score (11/06).
  • Tanzy Brown for setting new ladies' 2017 and club records (03/06). For setting new overall ladies' 2017 and club records and reducing her handicap by two points (26/06).
  • Rebecca Callan for getting her second first class score (17/06). For setting a new overall 2017 record, reducing her handicap by one point and qualifying as first class (18/06).
  • Erin Collingbourne for beating the overall ladies' 2017 and club records that she set at the end of May and reducing her handicap by one point (03/06). For reverting to barebow, setting new overall 2017 and club overall ladies' records, reducing her handicap by a massive seven points and getting her first Junior Bowman score (04/06).
  • Alfred Emmott for changing age group, setting new 2017 and club group records and reducing his handicap by one point (03/06). For setting a new 2017 group record (11/06).
  • Neil Emmott for getting his beginner's starting handicap and becoming a Beginner Archer on the fifth and final week of his beginner's course (03/06).
  • Madison Fowler for setting a new group 2017 record on the fourth week of her beginner's course (10/06). For getting her beginner's starting handicap and becoming a Beginner Archer on the fifth and final week of her beginner's course (14/06).
  • Dave Greenhill for setting a new overall 2017 record (04/06). For doing the same again on another round (07/06). And again on yet another different round (09/06). For beating the record he set on 4 June (17/06). For setting a new overall 2017 record on a completely different round and reducing his handicap by two points (18/06). For beating the record he set on 17 June (21/06). And again (24/06). And yet again and this time reducing his handicap by one point (26/06).
  • Tad Gunton for setting a new overall 2017 record (18/06). For setting new overall 2017 and club records (25/06).
  • Lizanne Harland for reducing her handicap by one point (03/06). For setting a new club group record, reducing her handicap by a further three points and getting her first second class score (10/06). For getting her second third class score (14/06). For qualifying as second class (26/06).
  • Hugo Holmes for setting a new overall 2017 record on the fourth week of his beginner's course (03/06).
  • Barnaby Johnson for setting a new overall 2017 record on the fourth week of his beginner's course (10/06). For getting his beginner's starting handicap and becoming a Beginner Archer on the fifth and final week of his beginner's course (14/06). For setting a new overall gents 2017 record on his first shoot as a member (17/06). For beating that record on his second shoot as a member (21/06). For getting his starting handicap and qualifying as 'Archer' (24/06).
  • Tim McIlhinney for reverting to barebow and setting a new overall 2017 record on the fifth and final week of his beginner's course (10/06). For jumping out two distances, setting new overall 2017 and club records and getting his first third class score; all on the day he joined (14/06). For getting his second third class score on his second shoot as a member (17/06). For gaining his starting handicap and qualifying as third class on his third shoot as a member (21/06).
  • Michael Micallef for offering to be a target buddy for the beginners, so shooting both a local and Archery GB round and setting new overall club and 2017 records for both rounds with his third barebow score and that meant he also got his starting handicap and classified as Archer (14/06).
  • Daniel Monson for getting his beginner's starting handicap and becoming a Beginner Archer on the fifth and final week of his beginner's course (10/06). For setting a new group 2017 record on his first shoot as a member (14/06). For beating that record (16/06).
  • Daniel Nai for setting a new group 2017 record on the fourth week of his beginner's course (03/06). For getting his beginner's starting handicap and becoming a Beginner Archer on the fifth and final week of his beginner's course (10/06).
  • Nancy Nai for setting a new group 2017 record on the fourth week of her beginner's course (03/06). For getting her beginner's starting handicap and becoming a Beginner Archer on the fifth and final week of her beginner's course (10/06).
  • Chris Parker for getting his beginner's starting handicap and becoming a Beginner Archer on the fifth and final week of his beginner's course (03/06).
  • Alice Powell-Chandler for getting her first third class score (03/06).
  • Grace Powell-Chandler for setting a new overall 2017 record and getting her first third class score (03/06).
  • James Powell-Chandler for converting to barebow and getting his first second class score, which was also his first third class score (03/06). For sticking with barebow and getting a second second class score, which was also his second third class score (10/06). For setting a new overall 2017 record, getting his barebow starting handicap and his first first class score, which also his qualifying second class score (17/06).
  • Roger Rees-Evans for setting a new overall 2017 record shooting in the B1 category (18/06).
  • Charles Talbot for getting his beginner's starting handicap and becoming a Beginner Archer on the fifth and final week of his beginner's course (10/06).
  • Herold Thomas for getting his beginner's starting handicap and becoming a Beginner Archer on the fifth and final week of his beginner's course (03/06).
  • Kory Thomas for setting a new group 2017 record, getting his beginner's starting handicap and becoming a Beginner Archer on the fifth and final week of his beginner's course (03/06).
  • Steph Sewell for setting a new group 2017 record, getting her beginner's starting handicap and becoming a Beginner Archer on the fifth and final week of her beginner's course (10/06).
  • David Smith for beating his own overall 2017 record (04/06). For setting a new overall 2017 record on a different round (07/06). For setting new overall 2017 and club records (09/06).

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May

The three beginners with the medals we present to them for getting six-gold ends.  More infomation after the 
photo.

Photo: Left to right: Tom Aylott, Paul Watson and Steve Bailey with Steve's first six-gold end.

3 May – our first beginners' session of 2017, the wind blew and it got colder as the evening went on. Still all seven beginners said they enjoyed it and were looking forward to next week, although they hoped it would be warmer.

Due to the wind we set the targets at 10 yards instead of our usual 20 yards and we had three people get six-gold ends, one of them twice. We've never had so many so fast. With the normal start distance being 20 yards it's usually on week two, when the beginners shoot two different distances, that they get to shoot 10 yards for the first time and so the first people get six-gold ends. But even then, so many, and with an extra week's practice is exceptionally rare. So a special congratulations go to: Steve Bailey for two six-gold ends, and Tom Aylott and Paul Watson for their one six-gold end apiece, see first photo.

6 May – Our first 2017 Saturday beginners' course session, with much more pleasant weather than Wednesday. It was breezy, but nothing like the wind from mid-week so we were able to set the targets at 20 yards. We had some very good groupings, but due to the additional 10 yards, no six-gold ends; maybe next week when we teach the group to score and so they will be shooting 10 yards as well as 20.

7 May – our Spring Tournament; complete with very spring-like weather, warm, sunny and a gentle breeze. The good weather saw six new records set, three people reduce their handicap and one new classification level achieved. The congratulations are below and the records are on the various pages. The full details of the results and the winners of the trophies can be found in the Spring Tournament section of the 2017 competitions page.

22 out of 24 arrows within the gold on the second week of the beginners' course.  The other two arrows are in the red.

10 May – what a difference a week makes, we had wall-to-wall sunshine, and more importantly, warmth, for the second Wednesday beginners' session. We also had some pretty spectacular shooting; the fifth end on target two produced 22 carat gold, with 22 out of the 24 arrows in the gold and the other two arrows in the red, see second photo. We also had two more people achieve six-gold ends, so a special congratulations go to: Tarran Price for a maximum 108 dozen and Tim McIlhinney for one six-gold end. That is now five out of the seven who have achieved this, and our remaining two Daniel Monson and Robert Fear, are hot on their heals having both had multiple ends of four and five golds with two and one reds.

Our three six-gold enders from last week also had two apiece this week with Steve Bailey and Paul Watson both achieving a maximum 108 dozen and Tom Aylott getting his in separate dozens.

The lesson this week was learning how to score, so we had the first two beginners' records of the year. With Tarran being the only lady, she got her record by default, but as it was the second highest of the evening, and only two points behind the highest gent, Tom, it was well deserved. The records can be found in the two barebow sections of the 2017 records page, the congratulations are below.

13 May – the weather forecast for the second Saturday beginners' session had been overcast with the prospect of rain towards the end of the afternoon, but what we actually had was sunshine all afternoon. With light winds and two dozen arrows at 10 yards we also had the first Saturday six-gold ends of the year, so a special congratulations go to: Neil Emmott for a maximum 108 dozen and another six-gold end in the next dozen and Chris Parker for two six-gold ends, one in each of the last two dozen. Neil had a total of 32 golds and 14 reds out of 48 arrows to produce the highest score ever from a beginner for this round and Chris wasn't far behind with a total of 29 golds and 17 reds.

Although they were shooting the same round as the Wednesday cohort, with more ages present, we had three 2017 records set. The records can be found in the two barebow sections of the 2017 records page, the congratulations are below.

18 May – the third of our Wednesday evening beginners' sessions; except today is Thursday. Last night got rained off, but the forecast for tonight was warm and dry, so we offered those who could make it, the chance to shoot. Five were able to do so, including our one person who'd been unable to make either of the first two weeks. No six-gold ends tonight, but we had pushed three out a further ten yards and we were converting the four on week three to using bow sights. With two different distances being shot, we had two new overall 2017 records set. The records can be found in the two recurve sections of the 2017 records page, the congratulations are below.

20 May – the third of our Saturday beginners' sessions and we were joined by two of the Wednesday evening group who needed to catch up a missed week. The weather forecast had been for light showers, but these turned out to be three heavy cloud bursts that delayed the start then caused two long breaks. The breaks were used to do the other types of archery talks. Unfortunately this did make the session disjointed and didnít help those converting to bow sights, but nonetheless, with two different distances being shot and four different groups we did get five new 2017 records set, two of them overall. The records can be found in the two recurve sections of the 2017 records page, the congratulations are below.

21 May – part two of our postponed Wednesday evening beginners' sessions; and yes, it is a Sunday. When we moved the lesson to Thursday there were two people who were unable to make that day and we didn't have space for them yesterday, so they came today. They certainly had the better weather; wall-to-wall sunshine and pleasantly warm. Although they were both shooting the same round, they were shooting in different groups and both managed to set new 2017 records; one overall and one group. The records can be found in the two recurve sections of the 2017 records page, the congratulations are below.

24 May – the fourth of our Wednesday evening beginners' sessions and if anything, it was too hot. For the first time this season we shot our local round of a Short Junior Keynsham; two dozen each at 30, 20 and 10 yards. This produced many six-gold ends, including one for a first time; so a special congratulations to Robert Fear who managed it on the last end. That is now six out of the eight beginners who have achieved six-gold ends, a phenomenal proportion and one we cannot remember happening before.

The other six-gold ends went to: Steve Bailey with three; Tarran Price and Paul Watson with two each, including a maximum 108 dozen for Paul; Tim McIlhinney with one, although he got the highest score of the night. Talking of high scores, a new round for the year, meant new 2017 records, one ladies' and one gents'. The records can be found in the two recurve sections of the 2017 records page, the congratulations are below.

27 May – the fourth session of our Saturday afternoon beginners' course and after a night of very loud thunderstorms and heavy rain, it had dried up by the time we started and got brighter throughout the afternoon. Unfortunately the breeze also picked up. Despite that, we had a six-gold end from the youngest person shooting, so a special congratulations to Kory Thomas. We were shooting rounds that had already been shot this year, so it was more difficult to get records, but we still had two new group ones set. The records can be found in the two recurve sections of the 2017 records page, the congratulations are below.

31 May – the fifth, and what should have been the final session of the Wednesday evening beginner's course, but unfortunately three people couldn't make it. The weather was virtually perfect, pleasantly warm and a gentle breeze. The five beginners that came tonight are all now eligible to join and one did so at the end of the session, so a big welcome to our first new member from the 2017 courses Rod Taylor.

Tonight we went metric to give the class a chance to experience 10-zone scoring. Although only slightly further than the group had shot before, 30m instead of 30 yards, jumping to the smaller target face took some getting used to. Still a new round for the year meant two new records and as no one reverted to barebow, all five also got their beginners' starting handicap and became Beginner Archers. The records can be found in the two recurve sections of the 2017 records page, the congratulations are below.

Congratulations go to:

  • Tom Aylott for setting a new overall 2017 record on the second week of his beginner's course (10/05). For converting to bow sights, going out a distance and setting a new overall 2017 record on the third week of his beginner's course (18/05). For getting his beginner's starting handicap and becoming a Beginner Archer on the fifth and final week of his beginner's course (31/05).
  • Steve Bailey for converting to bow sights, going out a distance and setting a new overall 2017 record on the third week of his beginner's course (21/05). For setting a new overall 2017 record, getting his beginner's starting handicap and becoming a Beginner Archer on the fifth and final week of his beginner's course (31/05).
  • Pete Brown for setting a new overall 2017 record (01/05). For setting new overall 2017 and club records on a different round (13/05). For setting new overall 2017 and club records on yet another round (20/05). For shooting alongside the beginners, so doing both a local and Archery GB round and setting new overall and 2017 records for both rounds (24/05). For setting a new overall 2017 record (31/05).
  • Sue Brown for setting a new group 2013 record (13/05). For setting a new overall 2017 record on a different round (20/05). For beating her own 2017 group record (28/05).
  • Tanzy Brown for beating her own 2017 group record (01/05). For setting new group 2017 and club records (18/05). For setting new group 2017 and club records on a different round (20/05).
  • Rebecca Callan for setting new group 2017 and club records, reducing her handicap by one point and getting her first second class score which was also her first third class score (07/05). For setting new group 2017 and club records and getting her second second class score, which was also her second third class score (13/05). For setting a new group 2017 record, reducing her handicap by two points, getting her first first class score, which was also her third third class score and her third second class score, thus qualifying her as second class (28/05).
  • Dave Collingbourne for reducing his handicap by one point (07/05). For setting new overall 2017 and club records and reducing his handicap by two points (21/05).
  • Erin Collingbourne for setting a new group 2017 record (07/05). For beating that record and reducing her handicap by one point (21/05). For offering to be a target buddy for the beginners and setting new ladies overall 2017 and club records and she's still shooting in the under 12s group (31/05).
  • Gaz Cumming for converting to bow sights and setting a new group 2017 record on the third week of his beginner's course (20/05).
  • Neil Emmott for setting a new overall 2017 record on the second week of his beginner's course (13/05). For converting to bow sights, going out a distance and setting a new overall 2017 record on the third week of his beginner's course (20/05).
  • Dave Greenhill for setting a new overall 2017 record (13/05). For setting a new group 2017 record (20/05). For setting new overall 2017 and club gents' records (27/05). For doing the same again on a different round (31/05).
  • Tad Gunton for setting a new overall 2017 record (01/05).
  • Lizanne Harland for setting a new overall 2017 record, reducing her handicap by one point and qualifying as third class (07/05). For reducing her handicap by one point (20/05).
  • Luke Johnson for reducing his handicap by one point and getting his second third class score (21/05).
  • Sheena McCullagh for setting a new group 2017 record (07/05). For setting a new overall 2017 record (10/05). For setting a new group 2017 record (21/05).
  • Michael Micallef for offering to be a target buddy for the beginners, so shooting both a local and Archery GB round and setting new overall club and 2017 records for both rounds with his first ever barebow score (24/05). For target buddying again and setting new overall 2017 and club records with his second barebow score (31/05).
  • Tim McIlhinney for setting a new overall 2017 record on the fourth week of his beginner's course (24/05).
  • Daniel Monson for converting to bow sights and setting a new overall 2017 record on the third week of his beginner's course (18/05).
  • Daniel Nai for setting a new group 2017 record on the second week of his beginner's course (13/05). For converting to bow sights and setting a new group 2017 record on the third week of his beginner's course (20/05).
  • Nancy Nai for converting to bow sights and setting a new group 2017 record on the third week of her beginner's course (20/05).
  • James Powell-Chandler for setting a new overall 2017 record (07/05).
  • Tarran Price for setting a new group 2017 record on the second week of her beginner's course (10/05). For converting to bow sights, going out a distance and setting a new group 2017 record on the third week of her beginner's course (21/05). For setting a new group 2017 record on a different round on the fourth week of her beginner's course (24/05). For setting a new group 2017 record, getting her beginner's starting handicap and becoming a Beginner Archer on the fifth and final week of her beginner's course (31/05).
  • Steph Sewell for converting to bow sights and setting a new group 2017 record on the third week of her beginner's course (27/05).
  • Rod Taylor for getting his beginner's starting handicap and becoming a Beginner Archer on the fifth and final week of his beginner's course (31/05).
  • Kory Thomas for setting a new group 2017 record on the second week of his beginner's course (13/05). For converting to bow sights and setting a new overall 2017 record on the third week of his beginner's course (20/05). For changing rounds and setting a new group 2017 record on the fourth week of his beginner's course (27/05).
  • David Smith for setting new overall 2017 and club records and reducing his handicap by one point (03/05). For setting a new overall 2017 record (07/05).
  • Paul Watson for getting his beginner's starting handicap and becoming a Beginner Archer on the fifth and final week of his beginner's course (31/05).

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Club members with the two trophies and framed, signed Rio T-shirt.  More infomation after the photo.

Photo: David, Bob and Sheena with the three awards back at the archery ground.

8 April – Bob Brooks, David Smith and Sheena McCullagh attended the Archery GB AGM. They had gone to collect the two awards that they already knew that the club had won, but ended up with a third, and completely unexpected presentation for Sheena:

Club website of the year:

This year the focus was on general content, appearance and ease of navigation. With a large number of entrants, the announcement mentioned four strong contenders:

'With strong entries from Ely Archers, Bristol Bowmen and Golden Phoenix Archers, Junction Archers and Kyujutsu.UK Archery Club, the winner of the Archery GB Club Website Award is: Bristol Bowmen and Golden Phoenix Archers.'

Bronze plaquette:

This was awarded 'for services to archery'. The citation wording reads:

'This archer's passion has always been in our sport's grass-roots and specifically, enabling people with disabilities to find joy and self-esteem through archery. She is a champion of inclusivity and has helped us ensure that our members' magazine, Archery UK, is accessible to all. Sheena McCullagh.'

Signed Rio 2016 Paralympics shirt:

This was presented to Sheena for the work she does on the Archery UK magazine: The quarterly magazine is delivered to each member, but those who are 'print disabled', eg use a screen reader, need specific colour combinations or large print, can find it difficult or impossible to read. Sheena takes all the articles and photographs and turns them into an accessible Word document to meet the needs of the UK's print disabled archers. Each edition takes her between 30 and 40 hours to complete. The framed shirt, signed by the Team GB 2016 Paralympians was Archery GB's 'thank you' to Sheena for that work.

And talking of the accessible version of the Archery UK magazine, Sheena recently finished the latest edition. The links below take you directly to the documents download:

14 April – our first competition of the year, the Hot Cross Floodlit, so called because it's on Good Friday, but the weather was anything but hot. Cold and showers were the order of the night, but a suprising number of records were set, including by the two juniors who braved the conditions, Alfred Emmott and Luke Johnson. The congratulations are below and the records are on the various pages. The full details of the results and the winners of the not-so-usual trophies can be found in the Hot Cross Floodlit section of the 2017 competitions page.

19 April – we have our first two country record claims of the year. We'll need, as always, to wait until they are ratified, but it looks like Pete Brown and Tanzy Brown both got records for shooting the WA standard bow round with their longbows. Well done both.

Congratulations go to:

  • Bob Brooks for setting a new overall 2017 record (07/04).
  • Pete Brown for beating his own overall 2017 record, reducing his longbow handicap by one point and qualifying as 'Archer' (02/04). For setting new overall 2017 and club records, reducing his handicap by two points and getting his first longbow third class score (09/04). For setting new overall 2017 and club records at the floodlit shoot (14/04). For beating his own overall 2017 record that he had set on 2 April and gaining his second longbow third class score (16/04). For qualifying as third class with his longbow (17/04). For setting new overall 2017 and club records, and what is hopefully a country record and reducing his handicap by one point (19/04). For setting new overall 2017 and club records on yet another round (23/04).
  • Sue Brown for going out a distance and setting a new group 2017 record (02/04). For setting a new 2017 group record at the floodlit shoot (14/04). For setting a new group 2017 record (30/04).
  • Tanzy Brown for going out a distance, setting a new group 2017 record, gaining her longbow starting handicap and qualifying as 'Archer' (02/04). For qualifying as third class with her longbow (09/04). For setting new 2017 and club group records (14/04). For beating her own group 2017 record that she had set on 2 April (16/04). For setting new group 2017 and club records, and what is hopefully a country record (19/04). For setting new overall 2017 and club records on a different round and reducing her handicap by one point (23/04).
  • Dave Collingbourne for setting a new overall 2017 record and reducing his handicap by one point (07/04). For setting a new overall 2017 record (23/04).
  • Erin Collingbourne for setting new group 2017 and club records (23/04).
  • Evie Collingbourne for setting new overall 2017 and ladies' club records (23/04).
  • Alfred Emmott for setting new group 2017 and club records at the floodlit shoot (14/04).
  • Dave Greenhill for beating his own overall 2017 record (02/04). For setting a new overall 2017 record at the floodlit shoot (14/04).
  • Tad Gunton for setting new overall 2017 and club records (23/04).
  • Lizanne Harland for setting a new overall 2017 record, reducing her handicap by two points and getting her first third class score (09/04). For setting a new overall club record, reducing her handicap by one point and getting her second third class score which qualified her as Archer (23/04).
  • Luke Johnson for setting a new group 2017 record, reducing his handicap by three points and gaining his first third class score (09/04). For setting a new overall 2017 record at the floodlit shoot (14/04). For setting a new overall 2017 and club group record (23/04).
  • Sheena McCullagh for setting a new overall 2017 record (07/04). For setting a new group 2017 record (09/04).
  • David Smith for setting a new overall 2017 record (02/04). For beating that record (05/04). For beating it yet again (07/04). For changing rounds and setting new overall 2017 and club records (09/04). For setting a new overall 2017 record at the floodlit shoot (14/04). For beating his own overall 2017 record (19/04). For beating his own overall 2017 and club records on a different round (23/04). For setting a new overall 2017 record and reducing his handicap by one point (30/04).
  • Bob Taylor for setting a new overall 2017 record (09/04).
  • Clive Wilkins for setting a new overall 2017 record (02/04). For setting a new overall indoor 2017 record (12/04).

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Pete and Tanzy's longbow arrows in the gold, joined by Pete's sister, Sue's, recurve arrow.

12 March – last year Pete Brown treated himself to a longbow, and shot it once. Tanzy Brown then asked if she could have ago. She didn't get far before it snapped, but it was enough to whet her appetite and due to the New Year Adjustments, that one round of Pete's in 2016 got him a starting handicap.

Pete's bow was replaced, and upgraded, free of charge and Tanzy treated herself to one. And today they shot them for the first time, with great success: Pete reduced his handicap by three points. Both he and Tanzy set annual records with Pete taking the overall club record as well and Tanzy bagged herself a third class score.

There were also a number of golds as the photo Pete sent in shows. The recurve arrow in the gold belonged to the third person on their target Sue Brown, who also reduced her handicap by three points and got her first third class score and set an overall annual record. Well done all of you.

Pete said the title for the photo is the Brown whitewash, we think it would be more fitting to call it the Brown gold-wash.

Congratulations go to:

  • Pete Brown for setting new overall 2017 and club records and reducing his handicap by three points (12/03). For moving out a distance and setting a new overall 2017 record (26/03).
  • Sue Brown for beating her own 2017 ladies record (again), reducing her handicap by a further three points and getting her second third class score (12/03). For repeating all that, so qualifying as third class, and setting a new ladies club record in the process (26/03).
  • Tanzy Brown for setting a new overall ladies' 2017 record and getting her first longbow third class score (12/03). For taking the overall ladies' club record, improving on her own 2017 record and getting her second third class score (26/03).
  • Rob Edwards for setting a new overall 2017 record (05/03). For beating that record, setting a new club group record and reducing his handicap by one point (12/03).
  • Alfred Emmott for setting a new indoor group record and getting his second G classification (03/03).
  • Maurice Hayward for reducing his indoor handicap by one point and qualifying as F (03/03).
  • David Smith for setting a new overall 2017 record (29/03). For setting a new overall 2017 record on a different round (31/03).
  • Clive Wilkins for setting a new overall indoor 2017 record (08/03). For beating that record by one point (31/03).

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26 February – welcome to our first new member of the year Sophie Klevenow who joins us from Bath Archers as the travelling was no longer viable. You are most welcome.

Congratulations go to:

  • Pete Brown for reducing his handicap by one point (26/02).
  • Sue Brown for beating her own 2017 ladies record, reducing her handicap by four points and getting her first third class score (19/02).
  • Tanzy Brown for beating her own overall 2017 and club group records and reducing her handicap by one point (19/02).
  • Alfred Emmott for setting a new indoor group record and getting his first G classification (03/03).
  • Dave Greenhill for setting a new overall 2017 record (05/02). For beating that record (26/02).
  • Lizanne Harland for setting a new overall 2017 record (26/02).
  • Luke Johnson for setting a new group 2017 record (19/02). For setting another group 2017 record and reducing his handicap by three points (26/02).
  • Matthew Tape for setting a new overall 2017 record (17/02).
  • David Smith for setting a new overall 2017 record (17/02). For doing the same again on a different round (19/02).

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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 2015 and still being a member on 31 December 2016, and
  • Holding a starting handicap in the relevant bow type on 1 January 2016, and
  • Having submitted a minimum of eight scores during 2016.

And the winners were:

  • Bristol Bowmen Juniors – Erin Collingbourne (recurve) with a three point reduction.
  • Bristol Bowmen – Tanzy Brown (barebow) with an eight point reduction. Second: James Powell-Chandler (recurve) with a five point reduction. Joint third: Pete Brown and Ian Bolt (both barebow) with a one point reduction each.
  • Golden Phoenix Archers – Sheena McCullagh (barebow) with a two point reduction. Second: Bob Brooks (barebow) with a one point reduction.

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

Sheena and Tanzy, with their medals and Bob, who presented them.

8 January – after a rather soggy start to the year, we eventually managed to get some shooting in and therefore the first of the 2017 annual records.

We also had chance to present two of the Handicap Improvers winners with their medals, the photo shows Sheena McCullagh on the left and Tanzy Brown on the right, with Bob Taylor, our records officer and medal presenter, in the middle. It was a bit to cold for our third winner, Erin Collingbourne, so we'll present her with the junior medal when the weather is warmer.

Congratulations go to:

  • Pete Brown for setting a new overall 2017 record (08/01).
  • Sue Brown for setting a new overall 2017 record and reducing her handicap by one point (08/01). For beating that record (22/01).
  • Tanzy Brown for setting a new overall 2017 record (08/01).
  • Rebecca Callan for setting a new overall indoor record (13/01).
  • Alfred Emmott for setting a new overall 2017 record (08/01).
  • Maurice Hayward for reducing his handicap by two points and gaining his second F classification (20/01).
  • David Smith for setting a new overall 2017 record (22/01). For setting a new overall 2017 record on another round (25/01).
  • Clive Wilkins for setting a new overall indoor 2017 record (04/01).

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