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Newsletter No129

We just completed the second in our series of beginners’ sessions and, as I’ve said before, I’m always pleased at the progress all our new archers make during their first sessions, especially with arrows that don’t match the bow weights or are too long or don’t match the particular bow people are using.  Pictured is Filip who has just completed his course.  He does seem quite pleased, as well he should be!

Our courses are just introductory sessions for people to find out what “proper” Archery is like.  The real work comes after, when we go into more detail about bows, arrows and everything.

 We always stress, though, that there’s no rush to buy any equipment as our Club’s equipment may be used as long as people wish (especially when they’re quite young) but eventually you will need the benefit of bows and arrows that are the right length for you and that are matched as well.  If people wish, we can book a room in the Manor House when we can explain some of what we do, what’s involved with handicaps, etc. The bottom line is that, to get really good, you’ll eventually find you need to shoot away from the Club more.  At first you can get selected for our Club’s Summer League Teams.  I believe I’ve listed the criteria for selection to our team before.  I could do it again but I think it’s sufficient to quote the last and most relaxed of these, which is that the person selected should be alive and able to get to the shoot!  Then you can go to County competitions and award status competitions and work a way through them.

This is the trophy presented by Tom and Iris Major in memory of our members, Jim and Jann Watchman.  Jann was our Treasurer for around 50 years and died on Boxing Day 2018.  Jim held several positions on the Committee over the years and was Secretary when he died in November 1997.  Both were good archers, having shot for Essex on many occasions, having been with our Club since they were juniors in the early 1960s.  Jann’s dad lived in a house by what is now the technical college at Ardleigh Green (hence our name) when shooting began there at Ardleigh House and that’s how they both met.  Both buildings are gone now but our Club had been shooting there since the early 50s. 

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Newsletter No128

The first of our series of sessions for beginners took place on 31st October, 7th and 14th November was
extremely successful in that we gained Nigel, Kieron, Tom, Alex, Mia, Ravinder and Safina as members.
Actually Mia and Safina had already joined us before the sessions started!
The help of members both new and more established is much appreciated and we’ve had very good
“feedback” from those who were trying Archery for the first time.
Our next series on Sundays 28th November and 5th and 12th December is already full at the time of writing
and, again, members’ help towards the success of the sessions will be most useful!.
We have another series arranged, starting on 9th January 2022 through the 16th and 23rd and there are
already people listed to take part in that.

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Newsletter No127

our Club Field Championships was on 17th October, the only one we’ve managed to put on this year with one thing and another. A generally pleasant day added to the enjoyment and, perhaps more importantly this year, the people taking part didn’t get wet!

Our first series of beginners’ sessions started again on Sunday 31st October and these each be of three weekly sessions on Sunday afternoons in the Tudor Barn as Bretons, starting at 5.00pm, after the main shooting session is finished. The next two sessions will be on 7th and 14th November, commencing at the same time and each will last around an hour.  The people who took part seemed to enjoy their first session with us so this will hopefully continue!  Our membership now is 62 and very likely to expand quite a bit more relatively soon! click here for the full newsletter

Newsletter No126

Mia has been doing well at the Southern Counties Junior Championships on 28th August.  Shooting the Bristol IV Round (72 arrows at 40 yards, 48 at 30 yards and 24 at 20 yards), Mia achieved a score of 921 and won a SCAS “spider” Award for 2nd Junior Girl under 14.  Please don’t ask me why they’re called “spiders” as I’ve no idea.

 (Pictured) Ioannis and Dina on 22nd August (nice day, worthy of note!).Both demonstrate a good style in their shooting. click here for the full newsletter

Newsletter No125

Another of or new members, David, matching the colour of his shirt with where his arrows are!  This is the first time David and Sandra shot  with us on a Club night.  Both show great promise!.

We’ve had the biggest intake of new members (with possibly more to come!) and the assistance of members will, again, be much appreciated in “absorbing” them into our Club.  We’ve put a temporary “hold” on taking any more new archers.

I have to say, we also have the good fortune to have gained so many potentially excellent archers.  Temporarily, we’ve put a hold on running sessions for new archers but expect to commence these again some time in October.  We will, though, be holding sessions for those people who would have taken part in our original sessions during July and August but for a variety of reasons, couldn’t take part then.

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Newsletter No124

Three of our newer members demonstrating their capabilities!  All our new people are developing a good style.  Oby (seen above) does seem to enjoy hitting the gold, Nicholai too, and Elaine is demonstrating a very nice, relaxed style during her introductory session, only the second time she has shot a “proper” bow!  We also have Jing shooting as an Associate Member with us as he is already a member of Newham Archers.

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