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Anchor Bowmen Archery Club News

Barries shot at gold

General Posted on Mon, September 26, 2016 5:24 PM

Divine intervention points Barrie to the Gold at the end of the rainbow!
(2016 Derbyshire County Championships)

TreeTops fund raiser

General Posted on Sun, September 11, 2016 7:38 PM

Thanks to the Magnificent 7 (Meg, Mo, Dave, Andy, Wendy, Chris and Harry) who gave up their entire Sunday (including missing the league shoot) to run 5 hours of have a go sessions at Elvaston Castle today.

The weather was abnormally perfect, warm enough for shirt sleeves without dehydration.

Traffic was slow but steady through the afternoon and we managed to get 58 people the chance to shoot. Not as many as we had hoped for but a surprisingly large number were very interested in moving onto a beginners course and had not been aware of the club before today.

We raised £121 for TreeTops which contributes to the near £20,000 they believe they raised today (mostly from the entries for the colour rush itself).

Anyway thanks again team, you deserve the glass of wine tonight (except Harry of course as alcohol is a terrible old persons habit you should avoid at all cost).

ABAC Stall at September Treetops Charity Event

General Posted on Mon, August 15, 2016 1:42 PM

ABAC will once again be helping raise funds for Treetops Hospice at their “Colour Rush and Family Fun Day” which is being held at Elvaston Castle Country Park, Derby on Sun 11th September (11am – 5pm).
You don’t have to take part in the Colour Rush run itself, just come along and join the spectacle…and maybe try your hand at “shooting a few golds” too.

For more details see this link:

Sydney Bond Trophy

Results Posted on Mon, July 25, 2016 1:34 PM

Derbyshire won the inter-counties compound team “Bingham Ceramics” trophy on Sunday at Southwell. Elliott put on an impressive show in his first ever compound competition with a borrowed bow and a couple of weeks practice to help the county team win by just 3 points.

Lewis shot an amazing 1216 to win the EMAS Junior Intercounties Gentleman Recurve Highest Score trophy.

ABAC at the Junior National Champs 2016

Results Posted on Wed, July 20, 2016 1:55 PM

Congratulations to Elliot & Lewis on their achievements at the Junior National Champs. The event was held over the weekend of 2-3 July & was the biggest ever. With over 330 of GB’s best young archers, across all disciplines, shooting it out across 91 targets….it was quite a spectacle!

Saturday was Metrics day and Elliot, shooting a Metric I for the first time, scored 1001 which place him 20th in a very competitive field. Lewis, shooting a Metric III, scored a massive 1249, placing him 2nd & winning him a silver medal.

The Bristol rounds were on Sunday. Elliot came in 15th, with 1020 for a Bristol I & Lewis, shooting the Bristol III, was eventually placed 4th.

Jamie Haslam

Hurray – we have been awarded a Sport England Grant

Equipment Posted on Thu, June 16, 2016 2:11 PM

I am very please to say that our grant application has been successful. We will shortly be investing around £14,000 in grant funds, our club funds and individual club members donations (time and spare equipment) into delivering an increasing engagement in Archery.

The key elements of our bid were to establish our ability to be mobile enabling us to run archery events away from our normal summer and winter bases. Additionally we have a significant investment in equipment to help our beginners transition to equipment of their own in a better informed and safer way. Finally we are investing in coaching skills and resources to help all our archers continue to develop throughout their archery career.

Treetops Hospice – Easter Egg Hunt 2016

General Posted on Wed, April 27, 2016 1:22 PM

Anchor Bowmen Archery Club were asked for the third year
in a row to open our ‘Have-A-Go’ stall in support of the Treetops Hospice Great
Easter Egg Hunt. The club accepted the invitation from our adopted
charity knowing it was being held on Easter Saturday.

As usual we had plenty of volunteers put their
names forward to support this very worthy course fully well knowing we had to
be at the Asterdale Sports Ground for 7:30am to load up the van which for the
first time being supplied and driven by Jake Evans. This saved us the usual
logistical nightmare of trying to fit the equipment into our cars. The
only downside was that the ground was boggy so we had to carry the equipment
from the containers to the van in the car park. Through a combination of manpower
and the mower we got the eight bosses, stands, quivers, arrows, safety lines,
safety signs, perimeter poles, bracers, finger tabs etc.

We got to Treetops Hospice and went about setting
up our safe location. We placed the poles and roped off and area to ensure we
operated within a safe environment, setup the stall and bosses and got this all
achieved by 08:45am. 15 minutes ahead of schedule – game on !

Volunteers (left to right); Andy, Meg, Nick, Derrick,
Roger, Elliott, Scott, Anthony, Chris, Terry, Pat, Anne, Gary, Mo, Dave and

The day went well even though it was colder and
wetter than previous years. We maintained a steady flow of customers in between
the rain showers. The club volunteers always ensured they had a smile on their
faces at all times or it could have been the coffee and hob-nobs that Meg had
supplied. This year we pinned hand-made paper Easter Eggs (made by Meg
and her mum) on the targets and when a have-a-goer hit one of these paper eggs
they would win a chocolate Easter Egg donated by Nick.

We had another Personal Best year making £212.00
for the hospice. We charged the same as previous years, £2 per 6 arrows, so
taking into account the weather we did really well. As we looked around
the stalls we did have a steady flow of people compared to other activities
that we are available on the day.

A big personal thank you to our sainted volunteers
who never fail to deliver when asked to whatever the weather, time or location.

Great Job Done ! Thank You

Mo (Membership Secretary)

A guide to secureing bosses

Equipment Posted on Sat, August 01, 2015 5:10 PM

After witnessing a boss collapse and the destruction of a couple of half sets of arrows at a tournament the other week I tried in vain to locate any good guidance on how to secure a boss. In particular Archery GB stated that they did not have any guidance material available.

I have had a first attempt to create a guidance document that we can offer to Archery GB as the basis for standard guidance.

Please have a look and let me know what you think.

I went for the highly illustrated approach.

Andy Harrison – Equipment Officer

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