Last night's Round of the Month was a jolly affair despite the weather! Heavy rain started those who braved the elements, reducing to light rain by the end - though on the plus side it was warm and still!
Turnout was down on last month, with ten archers competing (though that is well up on the four who took part last year).
The best shooting of the night goes to the top three Recurve Archers all shooting significantly over handicap: Gary Lahiffe (+43), Steve Archer (+38) and Vic Mortimer (+33).
Compound was taken by William Swingler with +1 and the Longbow crown (for the second month running) was taken by Frank Parker on -33.
Full listings are available in the Round of the Month section.
Here's hoping for a dry August...
Lichfield Archers played host to a contingent of Cub Scouts from The 11th Sutton Coldfield St. Jame's Hill pack today.
With ages ranging from 8 years up to 10 years old, the twenty Cub Scouts (19 boys and one girl) were ably coached through a beginners' session by Development Officer, Paul. Plenty of club members turned out to help coach on the line, so thanks must also go to Frank (both of them), William, Steve, John, Fiona (those biscuits went down well!) and Quentin for the assistance.
Rob Poole, Cub Scout Leader stepped up to have a go himself and was rewarded with and impressive three gold end on his first ever go! David Stokes, one of the other leaders overseeing the group commented that when they had been on camp in the past they'd had some archery tuition, but not as good as they got in our range!
The Cub Scouts themselves had a great time and made sure everyone was thanked - the range was so much quieter after they left!
All in all, a great night - and we hope to do it again some time!
To find out more about the 11th Sutton Coldfield Scout Group, click this link.
A quick reminder to all archers that scoring for any submitted scoresheets must be done in accordance with Archery GB Rules of Shooting, a copy of which can be downloaded below.
Section 306 on p.24 and Appendix A on p.71 cover scoring, and all archers should make themselves familiar with the rules.
The salient point is that no archer may write down their own arrow scores, and that anyone witnessing a scoresheet (by signing it) must have witnessed all arrows. Our scoresheets are currently in the process of being amended to include the printed name of the witness.
If you require any guidance on scoring, please speak to William, our records officer, who will be happy to help.
We are organising a visit to The National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas on Saturday 19th August 2017 at 10am.
On the edge of the National Forest, it is set in 150 acres with more than 330 memorials and 30,000 "living memorial" trees in its grounds: it is both stunning and breathtaking as you take in the surroundings and discover the individual stories behind each memorial.
Cost is only £10pp paid in advance - this includes a land train trip and a donation (it costs over £4,000 per day to run the site). Sign up on the list in the range before Friday 4th of August.
A beautiful day for this year's Parker Cup, with turnouts in all bow-types for the rounds available.
In the WA 1440 round (three dozen at 90m and three dozen at 70m on a 122cm face, then three dozen at 50m and a final three dozen at 30m on a 80cm face), it was a tight fought competition in the Compound category with Wayne Evans shooting a brilliant 1346 to take the trophy, followed by Duane Davies on 1297 and William Swingler on 1267.
Recurve put Bob Bellett on 1072, with runner-up Richie Bevan on 846.
The Longbowmen had a good outing with David Murcott's 351 clinching the silverware over Frank Parker's 298.
The Short Metric 1 Recurve round was won by Alan Broadley with 607 (for the gentlemen's division) and runner-up was Vic Mortimer on 394. The Ladies competition was won by Chris Paxton on 347.
Longbows were represented by Ian Smith and Bob Allcock with scores of 83 and 82 respectively - just one point in it! What a nail-biter!
Finally, Jack Bevan's score of 432 (with 13 tens) in the Short Metric 4 was enough to give him a gold medal to take in to school and impress his friends!
Full results are now available in the "Competitions" section, along with updated club records.
Thanks to William for collating the scores, and to Alan for his able Captaining for the day!