With most of the Season now gone, it’s time to rattle the keyboard again and keep you all advised of events, past and future.

            Our intention to seek new members has been a great success. Paula, Dennis and myself have run several courses for Beginners, the final one finishing only very recently. As a result we have a most impressive increase in shooting members - now 48 in total -  and it has been good to see so many new and keen faces on the line at club evenings.

            A warm welcome to all of the following:-   George Barlow; Simon Barnes; Benjamin Bennett; Kevin and Len Brace; David Coppinger; Connor Huse; Peter and Peter (Jnr) Howells; Lyndsey Hill-Cottingham; Cliff James; Barbara and Phillip Mason; Alan Moore; Christopher Morris; Claudio and Alex Costacchini; James Taylor; Michael Twelftree; Sandra and Maximillian Balogac and Ray Bradford.     The list grows ever longer.

             Be advised that, with the passing of 01 September, annual subscriptions are now due and should be paid to Treasurer, Mary Pulford, a.s.a.p.  Anyone not paid up by 30 September will not be permitted to shoot until Mary has the loot.

            The Committee are aware that families may find multiple subs something of a financial shock. Also and perhaps more significantly, the late joining of beginners towards the end of the Club financial year, means that some feel aggrieved at being asked to pay subs again for a new season after only a few months. Details are clearly stated on enrolment forms but occasional  misunderstandings still occur.

            In an attempt to lessen the impact it has been decided that, ON REQUEST, subs may be paid in two instalments - £35 in September and £30 on February 1st . (Juniors £10 and £10). It is hoped that not too many members will seek this option, thereby increasing work for the Treasurer. I think the best method is to offer payment with two cheques, the second post-dated to February, but you can arrange the details with Mary.

            As in previous years, a Winter programme has been arranged, both Indoor and Outdoor, and teams have been entered into the Postal Portsmouth and Frostbite Leagues.

The Indoor dates are October 31; November 21 and 28; December 12; January 16 and 30;

February 20 and 27;  March 20 and 27. Shooting will need to commence at 10 a.m. to enable two details to complete the round and this presents a BIG problem.  There is only room for about ten archers on the line for each detail and there is likely to be a larger number who wish to shoot. Much discussion has taken place about how to fill these places but a fair system is difficult to construct. Another consideration is that we were warned last year that stray arrows were damaging the décor and this had to stop – archers need to be able to keep all arrows on the 60cm face. We would also wish to ensure that the higher-scoring members are available for league scores. That is the problem and for the first date it has been decided that only the FIRST 20 arrivals will shoot the 5 dozen arrows at 20 yards. Experience with timing and numbers may permit extra places on future dates but we will keep you advised.

            Venue is the main hall at New Windsor Community Association and cost will be £2.

Turn into Vale Road, opposite the Racecourse entrance, and then third right into Hanover Way. Entrance to NWCA car-park is about 100 yards on the right at a sharp bend.

            There is also an Open session, run by another club, at Windsor Leisure Pool on Fridays at 8.00 pm. commencing  Oct 15. Cost is £4 per person. Round is also a Portsmouth.

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            Outdoor events will be Frostbite Rounds – 3 dozen at 30 metres – shot on the school field on the following dates :- Sundays, October 31; November 21 & 28; December 12;

January 16 & 30; February 20 & 27 and March 20 & 27. Starting time will be 1.30 for 2.00 pm. and, as we will be using the normal range, there will be no problem with numbers for these shoots – the more the merrier – and no cost.

            News now of another important date for your diaries. The AGM will be held on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd at 7.00p.m. in the School Hall (Opposite side of the playground to our shed). This is only a preliminary advice as official notification will be sent out soon to all members. Remember that if you wish to raise any matters at the meeting, written notice must be given to Secretary, Val Ward, in time for inclusion in the Agenda.

            Well now, having disposed of  upcoming events I’ll proceed – backwards! – to a review of the Summer season which is fast approaching its end. As mentioned above, the main feature has been the increasing number of new members. As technique and performance improve we shall soon have a really thriving club again. The Longbow is now much in evidence, with about half-a-dozen being used, plus a little dabbling with the Compound. Our more-able juniors have had a good season, too, winning medals at most events. Congratulations to them. I asked the Junior Rep. (Paula) to give me a few notes for this issue and she produced two pages so I’ll just add them at the end.

            The Summer weather has been rather variable but I can only recall a couple of cold and windy days and one really wet shirt to hinder the shooting. We have managed to complete all of the programme, albeit with a few changes of Round to suit the capability of the newer members, but we really must get back to shooting long-distance rounds soon.

A brief list of results is as follows:-

“Openers”                   1. Arch Clifton           2. Tom Elliott         3. Keith Rennie, (L/bow)

April H/cap.                1. John Argrave,(C)   2. Dennis Pulford    3. Keith Rennie, (L/bow)

May H/cap.                 1. Paula Golding        2. Stephanie Huse    3. Dennis Pulford

Field Shoot.  Gent.     1. Arch Clifton          2. Dennis Pulford     3. Henry Huse

                     Lady.     1. Stephanie Huse

                     L/bow.   1. Keith Rennie

                     Jnr.        1. Ben Huse               2. Tom Elliott           3. Ian Cox

“Lovegrove” FITA    1. Arch Clifton          2. Scott Newman      3. Stephanie Huse

June H/cap                 1. John Argrave, (C)  2. Dennis Pulford     3. Arch Clifton

July H/cap                 1. Mary Pulford         2. Robin Davis          3. Margaret Cox                

Eric&Ena:American  1. Arch Clifton          2. Tom Elliott           3. Paula Golding

August H/cap            1. Connor Huse         2.  Ray Elliott. (C)     3. Mary Pulford

September H/cap       1. Kate Barnes          2.  Mary Pulford        3. Simon Barnes

            Results of the Clout, Field and Target Championships will be announced at the Prizegiving evening which is currently in the planning stage. It’s no secret, though, that the usual list of suspects is involved (and I finally reduced the Pulford Horde by one).

            Our Open Invitation Shoot on May 3rd was badly affected by very wet weather in the morning and this caused several ‘no-shows’ but better weather later cheered everyone up a little and the event was completed successfully. Many thanks to all who assisted with catering and a rather small field-party. Particular thanks, also, to Mike Brown who wrote the software for his scoring and results program which worked well. The worst chore when clearing-up was using the metal-detector to locate all the metal markers which had been trampled into the mud.

                                                                                                  /Car parking


Car parking was also disrupted by the metal barriers which had been erected to screen off the building works in progress. Closure of our usual toilet meant a longer trek into the main school building with Scott appointed Honorary Keeper of the Key, a prestigious

job bringing relief to many!!

            Those same major building works, remodelling the whole interior of the Junior School, have lasted throughout the  Summer term and have only just finished. We shall no longer be able to keep (fairly) dry by shooting from the now non-existent bike-shed but it is a relief to be able to drive to the range instead of lugging all the gear by hand over the railings. I wonder if that was the reason for Dennis purchasing that fancy tackle-box with built-in wheels. The toilet was scheduled for conversion to a store but the architect was then persuaded  that it was a useful facility for field-hirings and should remain. Water supply is now restored but the cistern is very temperamental and a replacement is probably the only solution. May I just suggest (very discreetly) that solids disposal is not reliable at present.

            The Committee have been considering the deteriorating state of the shed (and the untidiness within it!). Enquiries suggest that it was built at the same time as the school so it is not surprising that parts of it are rotting away, prompting pupils to amuse themselves by kicking holes in the weakened walls. We (i.e. Dennis) have screwed on many patching panels but we are fighting a losing battle and I have now contacted the School regarding the provision of a new shed. Nothing can be finalised until we have official approval but our basic plan is for a wooden building on the existing concrete plinth, perhaps 2 feet longer than at present, with a large door in one side rather than at the end. Bosses can then be stored vertically in a rack at one end whilst racking and shelves provide better and larger storage facilities at the other. Initial responses seem favourable but school funds are limited and we will probably have to meet the estimated cost of c.£1500 from club funds.


            There are lots of new and ‘newish’ bows appearing on the shooting-line lately. Some on-line dealers are offering attractive prices for both bows and arrows so do shop around. I hadn’t previously thought of e-bay as a source but, seeing some of the purchases from there, it seems well worth considering but do be sure of suitability and condition of the goods.

            Several newer members have snapped-up the bows which were being disposed of from Stoke Mandeville hospital. Most were too strong for the patients and the monies that I raised for them will be used to buy equipment and bows of more suitable poundages.

            The old plastic bucket, in which ropes and pegs are carried, split recently and a shiny new one was bought.  Imagine the hilarity when a certain longbowman scored a direct hit on it. Holey inappropriate, I call it. Mentioning no names, it was the shorter of the longbow duo.

            Another indiscretion was the result of a certain lady being able to find only five arrows after her sighters. The search continued for number 6 throughout most of the evening but a few uncharitable remarks followed her discovery, on packing her kit away, that she had only taken the five arrows from the box.  Black mark!

            Much more pleasing was the result of Sandra (Barnes) turning up with large bags of Tesco doughnuts halfway through a shoot. Any fears about vanishing waistlines quickly disappeared – and so did the sugary morsels. Most remarkable of all was the effect on Margaret’s shooting. Grinning and licking her lips, her scores improved dramatically.

                                                                                               /Young Connor


            Young Connor Huse has been a regular visitor while brother Ben shoots. .Previously he amused himself with his toy cars but, having joined after the last course, his shooting has improved so quickly that he won the August Handicap. Well done.

            It was good to see Andy Whyte reappear briefly a few weeks ago. He only shot a few dozen arrows then but he is still going to continue shooting.  Two former members rejoining the Club are Cliff James and Lyndsey Hill-Cottingham , both welcome additions to the pool of experienced archers. John Argrave has continuing shoulder problems but keeps in touch and pops in from time to time between his windsurfing sessions.

            The colder weather finally appears to have reduced the number of bees flying around in the shed. They have been a nuisance for a long time but if there was a nest, it couldn’t be found – there could be a couple of beehives buried among all the boxes and tackle !.

            Many thanks, and congratulations, to Sandra and Trevor Barnes for the excellence of the barbecue which we all enjoyed between the two rounds of the Field Championships. You are both awarded The Noble Order of the Golden Pinny. Seriously though, it was smashing.

            Walks to and from the targets have been getting slower recently due to a competition to see who can find the most loose change which pupils have dropped into the grass. Current (or should that be Currency?) champion is Keith Rennie with a handsome haul of £1.07p in one afternoon. Can anyone beat that?

            Some of our ladies are becoming a little frisky of late. Whilst mentioning in conversation that I had long limbs but only a short riser – No, for my bow, silly! - a twinkling pair of eyes claimed to know a remedy.  Shhh!. Not in front of the children!

            Our Longbowpersons (very PC) have been very active during the season. Keith, in particular, is very high in the County rankings. He and Paula each claimed a County Record for a recent round and Robin took part in a County match but didn’t quite make the team.

            I have heard a wicked rumour that suggests those shooting compounds spend more time tinkering with and adjusting them than they do shooting them. Perhaps I should have copied the BBC and added ‘allegedly’. Can this be true?  We shall all be watching!

            After serving us well for many years, the wheel really did come off our trolley. Luckily, a smart new one has been obtained and those pneumatic tyres certainly run more easily than the originals. At only £14.99 we may even get a second one.

            The last few evenings have been quite autumnal and fairly cold. By the time you receive this issue we shall almost be ready to put the clocks back an hour and that will probably be the end of our evening sessions.

            That also appears to be the end of my scribbled jottings. As I’m told the supermarkets are already selling Christmas puddings, I’m tempted to be first to wish you all a Merry Xmas but will resist and say Cheerio for now.

                                    Let’s all have a good Winter shooting season.