On Sunday 7th April members of Canterbury Archers attended Castle Moat and Folkstone for the Annual end of season Longbow Frostbite and Awards Ceremony.
At the beginning of this season longbow archers from Canterbury, Castle Moat and Folkstone and Thanet paid an entry fee of £5 each which would go to charity.
Each club also entered a team of four. Representing Canterbury were Mark and Rachel Jones, Chris Clark and Mark Esdale.
At the end of five months of Frostbite, Canterbury were first by a large margin.
The individual Frostbite was won by Grahame Andrews who received a trophy and the cosetted Silver Arrow, which is a handmade arrow by Malcom Keene from CM and F. He is a master fletcher. This was Grahame's third victory and he was very pleased to receive his arrow to go with his other two. Chris Clark was second, only 25 points behind Grahame but did manage to record the highest score of 282 for a Frostbite. Bob Gawler was in third place.
The prizes were presented by a representative from Pilgrim's Hospice. A cheque was also presented to her for £300. More photos here.
Report by Chris Clark
It's that time of the year again when we will be competing for the prestigious 'Little Stanley Cup', possible the smallest trophy in the country as opposed to the 'Stanley Cup', the largest trophy in the world. Whilst the American and Canadian Ice hockey teams will be competing for huge sums of money we shall be attempting to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). Last year we raised £450, can we do better this year?
All are welcome to enter on Saturday and Sunday, just turn up as usual and shoot a frostbite round. Your shooting fees will be donated to GOSH and of course we would like you to add some of your loose change to the collecting tin as well. Ask your friends and family for a donation to help swell the coffers.
If you are only going to shoot once in the winter then this is the weekend to do it, we need as many as possible to enter this fun activity. Please make every effort to enter or even just come along and donate some money.
It may well change how you feel!
Saturday 26th January and Sunday 27th January
"On the morning of Sunday 30th December six members of Canterbury
Archers (Sally Newman Captain, Ray Newman, Mark and Rachel Jones, Chris
Clark and Philip Faithfull) set off for the Friars Gate 3D Field Shoot.
(Friars Gate is in Sussex not far from the Blue Bell Railway).
Sally, Mark and Chris clasping their Christmas presents and eager to try them, new American Flat bows.
Also attending this event were five members of our old rivals Thanet Archery Club led by their captain Bob Gawler, proudly wearing his Canterbury fleece!
It had been decided sometime before this event that Canterbury and Thanet would hold their own competition for the right to win the magnificant 3D Grizzly Bear Trophy made by our own Ray Newman.
The weather was fine, we were spilt into groups of three, Thanet into five (safety in numbers!!!) and off we went to shoot at the 14 x3D animal targets including a dinosaur, crocodile, deer, porcupine and grizzly bear. The course was shot twice and all the scores added together. It was a close run competition, the first five scores from each team were taken, Canterbury scored 1910 and Thanet 1794. Our proud captain Sally was only too pleased to accept this magnificant trophy on behalf of the Canterbury Archers.
We were pleased that overall Mark Jones won the Gents Longbow and Rachel Jones won the Ladies Longbow.
A great day out, lots of fun and laughter."
Visit the Photo Gallery for more images.
Congratulations to Steve, Kevin and Rosemary who managed to put up the new gazebo without too many incidents. One or two members were called upon to help wtth the legs but on the whole the tent went up with very little effort.
Its first use will be at the William Somner on Sunday 2nd September.As a reminder, there will be no shooting on Sunday because of this tournament but do come along to watch or even lend a hand with the running of it. Rochford Archery will be there with a stall so just the opportunity to purchase those little items you have promised yourself.
The results of this years Winter Outdoor and Indoor Shooting have now been added to the Winter Results page. Click here to see them.
If you would like to know your handicap at the end of each shoot then try this simple website. Just add your score, bowstyle and the name of the round you have been shooting and it will work it out for you. Click here to visit the website, archersmate.
Thanks to Mark and Rachel Jones for pointing us to this.
Thank you to those members who turned up on Saturday to help with repairs around the clubhouse. The building front was painted (beware of wet creosote!) and damaged stands were patched up for another season. The inside of the club had a good spring clean and some of the white paintwork was freshened up. More photographs can be seen in the Photo Gallery.
Thank you to Mark and Judy for providing much appreciated bacon sandwiches, doughnuts and banana cake.
The application form for the William Somner Tournament on 2nd September is now available for download on the 'Tournaments' page. Click here for details.
After the GOSH shoot in January, young Stanley Turner has made it quite clear what he wants to do in the future. Watch out all you Bowmen there is serious competition appearing over the horizon!
Also congratulations to Clint and Claire for the birth of young Frederick, a brother for Stan. No hanging about with this family. Stanley went to bed with just a sister in the house, came down the next morning to discover a brother in the lounge!
The cheque for £450 has now been sent to GOSH, watch this space for the reply.
Despite the poor weather, thank you to all the members who shot over the weekend to raise money for the GOSH Charity. We were delighted that Stanley Turner was able to make an appearance and help with the presentation of the trophies. He seemed to enjoy himself and seeing him made it all worthwhile. Not only did members pay the usual fees but their extra generosity helped us to raise over £200 over the weekend which together with the £100 we had promised from the beer festival will give us a magnificent total.
It's not too late to donate.
If you wish to make a contribution then contact Glyn Levis with your details. We shall be passing on the money sometime in the next 2 weeks.
Congratulations to the trophy winners. The compound winner was Mark Kenyon, the recurve winner was Kevin Twyman and Bob Gawlor came out on top in the Longbow section. But the real winner was GOSH!
Latest News: The final total for the GOSH Charity Shoot was a magnificent £450. A big thank you to Paul Curtis and his bell-ringers for their contribution. Well done to everyone who supported this event.
I received the following email after the event:
Would just like to thank you for the great day on Sunday.
Stanley really enjoyed himself and now wants to swap his sword for a bow and arrow.
Clint,Claire & Stanley "
When placing the numbers at ground level, the field captain felt the boards would be quite safe! Not so I'm afraid!
Kevin Twyman has already mentioned the name of the culprit so I shan't repeat Judy's name again it would be most ungallant .
Keep the pictures coming folks.
Congratulations to Kim Curtis for this excellent end last Sunday (22nd January). Unfortunately we have no photographs of the following end!
Well done Kim, keep up the good work.
If you have any interesting photographs with stories to tell, let Glyn Levis know and we can add them to the website.
On Sunday we are donating all the takings for our target fees to the Great Ormond Street Childrens' Hospital fund. As you know one of our members Clint Turner has a son who has been supported and treated by the hospital and at our AGM we agreed to donate our usual £100 to this charity. In addition we have decided to add the takings on Sunday to this figure. All are welcome to shoot and we will be competing for the Little Stanley Cup, (Clint's son is called Stanley). The round is the usual Frostbite (30m) and we would like to see as many people as possible shooting on that day. If you can't make it you are welcome to make a donation, please hand your money to any committee member. If you wish to make a larger donation cheques can be sent to the treasurer and made payable to Canterbury Archers.
Please make every effort to attend, the emphasis is on fun and to help the GOSH fund.
It isn't often that we have to announce a new club record but I'm pleased to say that Mark Jones is now the club record holder for the Longbow Western round. Following Mark's success as "Archer of the Year" it has now been confirmed that his score at Swan Archers shoot is a new club record. There is hope for all of us!!
Seriously, well done Mark, a richly deserved award.
The AGM and Awards Evening was held at Chislet Bowls Club, Hersden on Friday 25 November. Attendance was the highest for a few years although many of the prizewinners were not there to collect their awards! A list of all the award winners can be found on the Special Events page.
Congratulations to Mark Jones for his award of "Archer of the Year".
More photographs of the event can be found in our Photo Gallery.
The club came together on Sunday 16th September to celebrate the 90th Birthday of Fred Noone. Fred, who was unaware of the celebrations planned for him, caused a bit of a panic when at 10 o'clock there was no sign of him at the club! Ten minutes later he duly arrived with cakes and snacks for all the shooters unaware that a spread had been laid on for him.
The format of the shoot devised by club members was 90 arrows at 30 metres but the target faces were changed after 30, gradually getting larger at the end of the shoot.
The weather was ideal and everybody who attended had a wonderful time none more so than Fred himself. Photographs of the event can be found in the Photo Gallery.
Congratulations to Steve Gower, Kevin Twyman and Chris Clark the respective winners in the Compound, Recurve and Longbow sections. Full results can be found on the noticeboard in the clubhouse.
Belated congratulations to Mark Jones for coming first in the Senior Gentlemen Western at Swan Archers Longbow Shoot on 25th September. With the highest number of hits, beating the runner up by 1 point, Mark was a long way ahead of a very strong longbow field.
In the same tournament Rachel Jones finished 2nd in the ladies section. The two then combined to come first in the designated pairs competition.
Congratulations to the Jones family.
Another successful archery weekend was held at Green Park in the Buckinghamshire countryside. It was a gloriously sunny weekend and more photographs of the event can be found on the Photo Gallery page. If you like what you see, John Trinder is the man to speak to.
Mark, Lesley, Belinda and Richard taking a well earned break in the grounds of Green Park.
Congratulations to Philip Faithfull for coming 2nd in the recent Kent Clout Championships. I understand that this is the third time he has been placed second. Also well done to Susan Vadencourt who finished 3rd in the ladies section. The full result sheet can be found on the KAA website.
The Invicta Coaching Group are once again running their very popular indoor coaching sessions at Medway Archery Club. There are 3 sessions available, 16 October, 13 November and 4 December. Each session costs £8. Full details and application forms are available in the clubhouse. As well as the coaching sessions they are also running a String making and maintenance workshop on 2nd October. Again forms are available in the clubhouse and the cost of this is £5.
Folkestone is renowned for its difficult weather particularly the strong cross winds from behind the school. This year was no exception. The wind blew strongly throughout the day and with some light showers as well it was not the day for high scores. Nevertheless spirits were not dampened and as usual we were treated to a warm welcome from the Castle Moat and Folkestone archers.
There were wins for Linda Gawler in the Ladies Recurve, Susan Vadencourt in the Ladies Longbow and Susan Davies managed to win both the Best Gold and the Worst White!
There were 3rd places for Sheila Pocock in the ladies Compound, Glyn Levis in the Gents recurve and Bob Gawler in the Gents Longbow. Sheila also managed to pick up one of the Lord Patron Prizes with Keith doing well in the raffle!
Once again this annual fixture attracted a large gathering of archers from all over the South East. The weather was mixed with cloud, heavy rain and sunshine. Although Canterbury were hosting the event the organisation of the tournament was undertaken by Thanet Archery Club. Steve Gower with help from others was responsible for laying out the field and received much praise for his use of white lines to denote shooting lines etc.
The results of the tournament have been delayed and as soon as a receive a final result sheet, it will be published here.
In the meantime a provisional list can be seen here. It will take some time to download and when the final result sheet reaches me I will revise the format.
Photographs of the event can be seen on our Photo Gallery page.
This popular longbow shoot again proved successful for Canterbury Archers. In a field of 29, Mark Jones finished 3rd on hits and a creditable 4th on score. In the Ladies section, Judy Hutchins came 1st on hits, followed by Rachel Jones in 2nd place but the positions were reversed on scores.
For those not familiar with longbow scoring the winner of a tournament is the archer who scores most hits rather than the one with the highest score.
In the Handicap and adjusted section Rachel Jones achieved a 3rd place.
The full results sheet can be found here.
Congratulations to all Canterbury members for representing the club so admirably. If anyone has any photographs of this tournament please let Glyn know so that he may add them to the Photo Gallery
Thank you to all who helped at the Beer Festival this year. The club finances were helped greatly by this successful event. Visit our Photo Gallery for pictures of the event.
Lots of sunshine and occasionally some cloud even an odd drop of rain greeted the archers at the annual Double National Longbow Tournament. The archers were well looked after by Annette from Rochford Archery who kindly provided the target faces and a stall with everything related to longbow shooting. If you missed anything then visit their website which can be found here. The full results kind be found here. There are also photographs of the event in our Photo Gallery including pictures of all the winners.
Canterbury Archers scooped 8 of the 10 colour prizes and most of the raffle!
In the Ladies section Stella Green (Dover) was 1st with Rachel Jones 2nd and Judy Hutchins 3rd both from Canterbury. Geoff Chinery (High Weald) was victorious in the Gents section followed by Clinton Hill (Thanet/Ten-Ring) with Ken Hurkett (Highsted Valley) in 3rd place.
Thanks go to Linda Gawler for her excellent job as lady paramount and to Glyn Levis in his role as Judge and a special thanks to Annette from Rochford Archery.
The New Members Day, originally planned for Saturday 9th July has had to be moved back a week to the 16th July. The 2-way Longbow Shoot is being held on that day. Only members shooting in this tournament will be able to shoot. Sorry for any inconvenience caused. You are, of course, welcome to come and view and support the club members.
If it was your intention to join on this day then you may,if you wish, send your application to Glyn Levis together with a cheque for £26.75 for seniors or £8 for juniors and then I can have your membership card ready for you when you arrive.
Under clear blue skies and a gentle breeze, Castle Moat and Folkestone held their Diamond Jubilee UK Record Status Tournament on Sunday 3rd July. Canterbury were represented but unfortunately most of our longbow shooters were at the Fox Independence Day Shoot.
Notable performances came from Sheila Pocock in the Ladies Compound finishing 1st with over 100 points more than her nearest rival.
Steve Gower came 3rd in the Gents Compound missing out on 2nd place by just 3 points. The full results will appear here when published by Folkestone.
Congratulations to all who took part in this popular shoot. It seems that Canterbury Longbow Archers are particularly fond of this meeting with 8 taking part. Grahame Andrews was the highest placed Gent in 5th place and Rachel Jones, again shooting well, came 2nd in the Ladies section.
Paul Curtis was the most successful Canterbury Archer finishing 2nd out of a field of 88 in the handicap section.
If anyone has any photographs of this event please pass them to Glyn Levis for addition to the gallery.
We welcomed the participants to the last of our Beginners Courses for the year. The weather was somewhat mixed with bright sunshine followed by dull and cloudy conditions. Nevertheless spirits were not dampened and a promising start was made by everyone.
More photographs can be found on the Photo Gallery page or by clicking here.
Congratulations to Rachel Jones for winning the Kent Longbow Championship. Rachel is the Lady Champion with Judy Hutchins the bronze medal winner. The weather started sunny and then became cloudy. In the afternoon the wind picked up with a slight rain shower but the sun came out again in time for the presentations.
In the men's section, Bob Gawler was placed 4th with Philip Faitfull 7th, Grahame Andrews 16th, Mark Jones 21st and Chris Clark 24th. The best gold at the last end went to Chris Clark. The full results can be found here.
The first of the beginners courses started today (Saturday 7th May) in perfect weather conditions for shooting. The rain in the early hours of the morning had done little to soften the ground and shooting took place under warm sunshine. The standard appears to be very high and competitiveness is already beginning to show.
Next week we will be introducing scoring and moving the targets back a little further. The archers will be shown how to string and de-string their bows and some of the terms used in archery will be explained.
|Recurve Lady||Susan Vadencourt|
|Recurve Gent||Patrick Sinnet-Smith|
|Compound ||Sue Davies|
|Recurve Lady||Leslie Smith|
|Recurve Gent||Gerhard Esser|
|Junior Recurve||Hanna Esser|