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Monday 23rd September

I am pleased to let you know that we now have an archer in the club with a barebow handicap ~ Lukas Burton has a 73 habndicap shooting barebow, compared with 74 shooting recurve with a sight.  Well done Lukas.

We had a decent turn-out for our first indoor shoot last Friday, it would be good to see even more of you in the coming weeks.  I will be announcing the arrangements for the Winter Knockout soon so why not get some early practice in ready for that.

??? September (bit of an editing cock up here!)

Results for the Western (Warwick) are available here. Congratulations to all who managed to make it to the end of the shoot!.. In particular to Catherine, Adrianne, Janet, Ian and John who won in their respective categories.  janet's round was her first serious round for some time and it's good to see her coming back to form.

Sunday 15th September

Today saw the Bingham Western and Club Championshios.  We had a good turnout ~ 13 bosses including four "juniors". Whilst we managed to avoid the worst of the rain the same cannot be said of the wind.  Two bosses blew down after one and a half dozen and after some thought we opted to cut things short and shot a Warwicks rather than Westerns which allowed us to get cleared away in relative dry.  I'm not sure what the final results were, as I was putting bosses and stuff away in the container whilst the presentations were taking place, but will publish highlights at least here in due course.  Many thanks to Maurice for setting things up, Adrianne and Les for running things on the day and club members as a whole for setting up and taking things down ~ on a day like today that was almost more fun than shooting...

Club members please note that we move onto the Winter programme as of today which means we are indoors this Friday.

Sunday 1st September

Today is the day the Masters event takes place at Wollaton Park. It's also the day that the county shoots in the Thoresby. The weather for both looks good, lets hope they go well.  Don't forget to get your Western entries into Maurice ~ it's also the club championships so one you should try to support.

I'll not have easy access to the site for the next 2 weeks so if you want anything putting on it contact Russ via email -


Monday 19th August

The Final results sheets for the Notts Summer League are now available and make interesting reading.  As a club we did really well this year and let's hope that trend continues into the future.  It would be really good to be a ble to retain the Team Trophy for another year and to regain the junior team trophy, lets hope that we hit next summer full of enthusiasm.  Click on the links below for the different results sheets:

    Individual Pure Score

    Individual Handicap Score

    Team Results

Once again well done to all who took part.  I think you would all agree that the league ran well this year and it was good to see so many archers from nearly every club in the county taking part. There were a few categories we did not compete in this year  ~ most of the compound categories and senior barebow, maybe next year we can compete for those as well,

You are probably aware that AGB is running the finals of the Masters Series at Woolaton Park on 1st September ~  This will run on the same lines as the Olympics and Paralympics we all enjoyed watching last summer.  Alongside the event there is Have-a-Go which is being run for AGB by Mike Spare of Burton Joyce Archers.  He could do with people to help him and for all those that do their clubs will receive a share of the proceeds.  If you would like to take part contact Mike on ~  he would be really pleased to hear from you.

Finally don't forget that the Summer Ladder is ongoing ~ activity has been very patchy and there is definitely a good chance left for you to get to the top of your Ladder and compete in the end of season decider......

Tuesday 13th August

The Handicap Pages have been updated today.  Congratulations to Gregg and Pete on bringing their handicaps down. Sandy needs to watch out, Pete is snapping at his heels ~ the Club Championships should be interesting. (entry form here).

Monday 12th August

The entry form for the Bingham Western is available here.  Get your entries in now.

Sunday 11th August

The Final Notts League shoot of 2013 was blessed with dry weather but a tricky variable wind.  Bingham had a very healthy turnout and our archers performed really well.  We took the major trophy ~ Senior Recurve Team for the third consecutive year and fourth year out of the last six.  Our Junior Recurve team came third, having won last year. Despite shooting the senior distance for the first two shoots, in order to challenge for the Oregon team, Catherine Angus was First Junior Girl recurve, with Andrew Hunton first Junior boy barebow. Adrianne Goodwin took the lady longbow handicap medal.  I think everyone who was there would agree that the League was a great success this year ~ yes the weather helped ~ and would encourage everyone else in the club to take part, who knows what we might win with more people challenging in more categories.  I should mention the Sanderson Brothers ~ you may have spotted friendly rivalry between the two of them, well today Pete came out on top scoring 700 to Sandy's 698.  Sandy will of course explain it by saying he made a mistake with respect to whether to use the top or bottom of his sight for his sight marks but the fact remains Pete scored two more ~ even if it had to go to a recount before that was certain.  it was also good to see Shani Lambert-Coward back shooting after a long time recovering from losing an arguement with a lawnmower.

I am pleased to be able to advise you that Catherine Angus has now received her Junior Master Bowman badge from AGB, confirming that she has acheived JMB this year.  Congratulations Catherine.  I'm sure she will show it to you if you ask nicely ~ let's hope it also inspires our other juniors to acheive something similar  in the near future.

One final thing ~ don't forget the Club Championships and Western on 15th September.  If you can't make 60 yards you can shoot a shorter distance and it would be good to see as many club members as possible shooting that weekend.  I have mislaid my copy of the entry form but will get it on the web and out to members as soon as possible.  If in doubt speak to a committee member or Maurice who is organising things for us.

Tuesday 6th August

Last Sunday was the Tri-Counties shoot at Meriden with several of our club members taking part.  I understand that it was a very wet day and that as a result scores weren't all they could be.  As soon as i know how people, and the county, got on I'll let you know.  

This weekend it is the final league shoot of the summer, it's too soon to have any idea what the weather is likely to be but here's hoping it's decent.  The competition is at Wilford Bowmen who shoot at Highfields which is off University Boulevard.  In case you haven't been there before the following directions to Highfields have been provided by Wilford Bowmen.
Assume that you are coming South down the ring road.
Leave the ring road at Dunkirk Roundabout exit (the one after QMC roundabout).
Three quarters at the roundabout.
*Travel along University Boulevard (pass two sets of lights)
Pass the Tennis Centre on your left ~ the next entrance on the left is signposted for Beeston Hockey Club etc.  Currently loads of traffic cones surround it. And in you go!
If you overshoot carry on to the next roundabout, do a 360 and back up the other side of the dual carriageway,. 
There is a dedicated turn right lane a few hundred yards along the road.  Get in that lane and have another try at getting in the entrance!
Warning there are fixed speed cameras at either end of University Boulevard dual carriageway..
Assume that you are coming North up the ring road.
Leave the ring road at Dunkirk Roundabout exit (the one after the Clifton Bridge& exit).
One quarter at the roundabout.
Then continue fromabove.

Equipment News ~ I'm picking up 10 new target stands on Saturday and we have 12 new Egertec bosses being delivered early next week. This will mean that some rearrangements in the sheds will be needed.  Once i have a better idea of what needs to be done I'll be in touch to arrange a working party ~ watch this space.

We have been invited to take part in another FOSS Challenge (Friends of Scott and Sarah) ~ an indoor shoot against teams from the UK and New Zealand.  It is likely to be in October with the final date to be confirmed 9we may need to book an extra shoot in order to fit it in).  Last year was the first time the shoot took place and our performance was willing but a bit disappointing over all.  Let's hope that this year we can get some better scores recorded and do well overall.  There is no entry fee ~ all the club needs do is provide two prizes, ideally locally made, that can be posted to winners, possibly in NZ.  We have some squares of Nottingham Lace on standby for this but if anyone can think of something else that might be suitable let the committee know so that we can make  our prize as worth having as possible.

Finally ~  I emailed members about membership for 2013-14 earlier today and will follow up with letters to those on e-mail shortly.  If you could let Janet have your membership fees for the coming year asap it would be areal help ~ if you don't see Janet then pass them on to another committee member or pop them in the post.

Monday 29th July

The Winter Programme for 2013/14 is now available ~ please note it is subject to change, as it has not been confirmed by the Leisure centre yet, but I anticipate it staying much as it is.

Don't forget to let Simon know if you want to take part in the final; League shoot on 11th August.

Saturday 27th July

Please see the Ladder Pages for information about recent challenges ~ I'll not embarass Pete by giving details here.

The Notts Team for the Tri-Counties has been announced and I am pleased to advise you that Bingham is represented in abundance:

   Gents Recurve  ~ Mick Coward

   Ladies Recurve ~ Vicky Bratty

   Gents Compound ~ Ian Christopher

   Gents Longbow ~ John Hunton

   Ladies Longbow  ~ Adrianne Goodwin

Good luck to all of them, but especially Vicky and John who are making their county debuts.  Three other team members are former Bingham Archers who did their initial training and shooting with us before moving on to other clubs ~ Steve Gamble and Dave Seymour in the gents longbow and Sue Haynes in the ladies recurve.

Sunday 21st July

Last weekend was the County Championships ~ Ian Christopher won the Gent's Compound  and Catherine Angus the Junior Ladies Recurve.  I'm not sure about other results but understand that Ian has once again made it onto the County Team and is joined on it by John Hunton ~ who came second the Steve Gamble in the Gents Longbow competition.  This is the first year John has entered competitions on a serious basis and he has had some cracking results.

The Summer ladder last year was very much a Heydon - Coward affair, this year it is turning into the Pete Sanderson show ~ click here for details of recent challenges. Pete's activity on the Ladder has also helped hin bring his handicap down ~ he's chasing Sandy.  Click here for information on current handicaps.

Last week we ran a very successful series of archery sessions as part of Toot HGill's Activities week.  32 youngsters took part over the four days (Monday - Thursday).  We  were blessed with good weather ~ too hot at times ~ and all who took part made good progress.  It looks like several will join the Toot Hill Club in September and continue the tradition of feeding into BLCAC proper overtime (James Cutler, Catherine Angus and Charlie James are amongst those having made the move from one to the other).

The current beginners course comes to an end shortly and it looks likely that we will gain a few new members from them.  I am sure that you will make the new members welcome. 

Finally don't foregt that if you want to shoot the League in August you need to let Simon know by Monday 5th August.

Saturday 13th July

This has been a busy week for the ladder ~ see the Ladder pages for details of the latest standings and results.  It was particularly good to see Charlie James up and shooting for the first time in ages ~ even if she did beat me in our Ladder Challenge match ~ I'm hoping we see lots more of her over the rest of the summer.

Yesterday was the British Police Archery Championships at RAF Cranwell, a full FITA competition in searing heat.  Maurice was the organiser and three others of our members took part.  Ian Christopher scored a personal best 1305 ~ well done Ian.  The Sanderson sisters also shot Sandy scoring 937 and Pete 822. Well done to all of them.

This Sunday is the County Championships and we have a number of archers taking part, less than in previous years due to injury and illness amongst other things.  Good luck to all those who do do along.

Finally ~ for now ~ don't forget that if you want to shoot the league on August 11th you need to let Simon know by 5th August ~ the Monday before the event takes place.  We are well placed in some of the competitions and it would be great to see a big turn out from the club.  If you haven't shot a competition before then the league is a relaxed introduction to what it is all about, you can shoot shorter distances if you wish (60/50/40 is the longest with lots of shorter options available (click here for more information)..

Monday 8th July

This evening BLCAC members ran a competition for Toot Hill and Robert Miles Junior School clubs ~ St Peter East Bridgford should also have been there but cried off.  We were blessed with great conditions and the small crowd of parents who came to watch were impressed by how well everyone performed.  Rob Gilbey, Headmaster at Robert Miles, was Lord Patron and handed out the medals.  He clearly enjoyed the competition ~ see ~ the Robert Miles Club should go from strength to strength next year as none of them is due to move onto Toot Hill until the following year.  Watch out for a few new juniors at the club over the summer, several of them have asked about bows and costs of joining.....

Catherine Angus did not take part in this shoot ~ after 150 arrows on Saturday and Sunday I can't really blame her!  Evidently she came about sixth on Sunday which following on from her third place on Saturday is a fantastic achievement.

STOP PRESS ~ full Junior results from Lilleshall now available ~ Catherine came fifth on Sunday

Sunday 7th July

What a fantastic weekend of sport we have just had!  The Lions won their series in Australia, Andy Murray ended a 77 year drought by becoming Wimbledon Champion (yes Russ he remains Great Britain's Andy Murray).  But more importantly Catherine Angus came third in the AGB National Junior Metrics at Lilleshall on Saturday, helping the EMAS Junior Ladies to 1st place in the team competition.  She was shooting the National Championships today so I'm hoping for some more good news to report shortly ~ I'm sure that Catherine's success will allow her to forget her Summer ladder defeat by Simon last week.  Several people were also shooting the  Sherwood Day of Nationals ~ watch this space for more results.

Monday 1st July

Belvoir Archers Summer Windsor is coming up soon.  Click here for the entry form.


Personal Best for Vicky ~ December 23rd


In our final Indoor shoot of 2012 Vicky Bratty continued her recent run of good form scoring a new PB for the Portsmouth Round ~ 544.  This brings her handicap down to 38 C, hot on the heels of Shani and Janet.  Her recent form makes her one to watch for the Winter Knockout.

Don’t forget that as the Leisure Centre closes early this Friday there will be no shooting this week ~ except of course on Sunday when there is the final chance to put in an Outdoor score for 2012 and give yourself a chance of overtaking Pete Heydon on the Handicap Improvers table.

Finally a reminder that shooting arrangements have changed for Sunday 6th January ~ when we are indoors ~ and 13th ~ when we are outdoors.

Have a great Christmas and New Year.


Good News ~ 22nd December 

The Sport England Grant has finally been paid into the Club’s account, which means we can get down to the work in the community for which it was intended.  If you know of any groups that may be interested in trying archery let the Committee know so that we can get in touch with them.



The Handicap Tables have been updated today (it’s welcome back to Brian Thornton)  ~ unless anyone puts in a score in the next few days the current table will be used as the basis for the Winter Knockout.

2013 Winter Knockout

The 2013 Winter Knockout starts straight after New Year.  The round is a Bray 1 and the competition will be shot on a Handicap basis ~ if you haven't yet got a handicap we can work something out and this is an opportunity for you to get one.  

The Competition will have a Preliminary round followed by three knockout rounds leading up to the final on 22 March ~ our Final Indoor of the season ~ which will also be the evening when the Club Indoor Championships take place.  

The Club Championships is also a Bray 1 shot alongside the final and incorporates senior and junior competitions for whatever bow styles turn up on the day as well as an overall Handicap competition.  Last year's winners (who need to bring their trophies back on 22 March) were:

Winter Knockout Senior Champion ~ Lorraine Heydon

                          Junior Champion ~ Sam Jones

Ladies Recurve ~ Janet Smeeton

         Longbow ~ Adrianne Goodwin

Gents Recurve ~ Mick Coward

     Compound  ~ Ian Christopher

Junior Ladies Recurve ~ Catherine Angus

          Gents Recurve ~ Arian Bagheri

Overall Club Handicap Champion ~ Arian Bagheri

The Preliminary round will run over the three weeks to 18th January and will be used to determine the 16 senior archers who will take part in the main competition and a ranking list for the Junior Competition.  Don't forget you need to shoot a Bray 1 and get the result to Simon Barnicott or Pete Sanderson (Records Officer) by the cut off date ~ no score and you won't be entered in the competition.

Knockout Round 1 (last 16) ~ runs to 8th February  ~ I will give you a handicap allowance and named opponent.  You don't have to shoot at the same time just within the three week period and the winner will be the archer with the highest adjusted score.

Knockout Round 2 (last 8)~ runs to 1st March ~ I will give you an updated handicap allowance and named opponent.  You don't have to shoot at the same time just within the three week period and the winner will be the archer with the highest adjusted score.

Knockout Round 3  {last 4 or the semi-final)~ runs to 15th March  ~ I will give you an updated handicap allowance and named opponent.  You don't have to shoot at the same time just within the three week period and the winner will be the archer with the highest adjusted score.

For Juniors the numbers are expected to be lower and I will give final details of your knockout stages once the Preliminary round is over.


Please note we will shoot indoors on Sunday 6th January and outside on 13th ~ the two venues have been switched for that week only.  Full details on the Shooting Times page.


The Christmas shoot will be on Friday 14th December ( a week today) expect to see closer bosses, different target faces and to move around the hall as the evening progresses.  There may even be small prizes.  It would be good to see you there ~ even if (bah humnbug) you decide you want to shoot at a fixed boss and target.


This week's edition of the Bingham Advertiser (page 7) has a short article covering the recent meeting of the Town Council's Cemeteries and Recreation Committee (odd juxtaposition I think).  It covers what we had to say about the future of the centre and the concerns that are shared by clubs and school alike.  I spoke to Mark Trimingham of the PE department today and we are looking to have a meeting after the Christmas break of the Centre's User Forum so that, with Toot Hill and Centre Management, we can develop a strategy for the centre for the next five years or so ~ on the grounds that we are likely to be there that long and its better to plan than be overtaken by events.  If you  are a Bingham resident please lobby your councillor about the future of the centre so that they know the community is concerned and we maintain the momentum that has started to gather on this topic.  The Committee will keep you informed about developments so watch this space, the local press and noticeboards around town.



Just to let you know that the time of the funeral has been brought forward to 3.20 ~ all other details remain the same.  If you are planning to attend could you let me (Simon) know so that I can keep Bob's family informed.


Christmas Tree Festival Kicks off ~ Thursday 6th December

Last night saw the official opening of the bi-annual Christmas Tree Festival with a short service at the Parish Church followed by an opportunity to look at all the trees (I think about 70 in total) whilst sipping a glass of wine and eating a mince pie or two. It was a really enjoyable event and a great start to the build up to Christmas.  The event runs until Sunday and is well worth a visit.  Our tree is to the left of the altar and is easily found as there is a boss, bow and some arrows behind it.  Other trees show great imagination and creativity ~ I’ll let you decide which you like best.


On a more sombre note ~ I saw David Harper at the festival, not only is he Bingham’s Vicar he’s also a club member (though not too active of late) and will be officiating (probably not the right word) at Bob Poole’s funeral.  This will take place next Thursday at Wilford Crematorium starting at 3.40.


Finally ~ don’t forget to comment on Archery GB’s membership proposals and let me have a copy of what you say so that I can put the club’s view forward ~ most people I have spoken to are against the proposals as being extra work for clubs, not less as suggested, harder and more costly for individuals in the long run and not helpful in the slightest.  Click here for details of the proposals



Christmas Tree Festival 2012

On a happier note than my last posting …..  The Bi-annual Bingham Christmas Tree Festival opens on Thursday and runs through to Sunday in the Parish Church in Bingham. There will be something like 70 trees from a wide range of community groups, including our own.  It’s worth getting down to have a look in previous years it has been a really enjoyable event with some fantastic trees.  No prizes for guessing our theme!


Bob Poole - 4th December 2012

I regret to have to inform you that Bob passed away suddenly yesterday.  He loved his archery and I always enjoyed his company, shooting with him was a pleasure.  He will be missed.



(Thursday 29th November)

Notts Winter squad gets underway very soon and there are still places available if you are interested ~ it doesn’t matter if you are just starting or have been in archery for some time the coaches on the squad will be able to advise you and help you achieve your targets ~ whether they are simply to be able to tie your own nocking point, get better scores or challenge for a place on the County squad.  Click here for further details.  If you do decide to go let one of the coaches know as it may be possible to share transport.

Monday 26/11/1012 

Handicap tables updated following a good turnout on Sunday. Pete Sanderson will be acting as records officer, so if you have a score to submit, give it to him or email it to with the title ‘Archery’.

Wednesday 21st November 

Many thanks to those of you who turned up for the AGM last night ~ not as many as we would hope but at least you were there.  I'd like to welcome Shani Lambert Coward onto the committee and at the same time thank Bob Poole for all his input over the last few years.  I will circulate minutes in due course.
Next Monday is the Notts AGM
26th November 2012
Notts Archery Society  AGM 8pm
The Barn, Ye Olde Bridge Inn, Oxton
NG25 0SE
Please try to get along and have your say about how the County operates in the future ~ if you can't make it but have a burning issue please let Simon know so that it can be raised for you.

Tuesday 20th November
Archery GB has made proposals for revising the way in which members and clubs affiliate to AGB.  It is intended to ,make things easier but at first glance I am not convinced.  Please read the document (Click Here) and make your comments to AGB ~ if you could also let Simon know your thoughts then the committee can make a response on behalf of the club as a whole.
P.S. Hope to see you at the AGM tonight

Friday 16th November
We had a good turnut for the Pudsey Cahallenge with Sandy Sanderson smashing his handicap to win the Seniors Handicap section and Sam Jones doing the same for the Juniors.  Arian Bagheri won the pure score Jubior section and Jan Haward the seniors equivalent.  We raised over £30 for Children in Need.  Many thanks to Petra and Ian for suggesting it ~ and well done to Ian and Oscar who finished their beginners course last week and junped in at the deep end shooting a Bray 1 and at a 40cm target face for the first time.  I have updated the Handicap tables following this evening's shooting and now have a good idea of where to pitch handicps for the Winter Knockout which starts after Christmas.
Many thanks to everyone who helped move the cupboards up into the shed ~ all we need to do now is move them into the correct place up there.
Don't forget the AGM on Tuesday.
Thursday 16th November
As you know we England managed to secure a Sport England Grant recently.  One of the things we have to do in relation to this is publicise the fact ~ both so that Sport gets known and also so that we have the best opportunity of acheiving sucess with the project for which the money granted.  With that in mind I contacted the local paper and they have today printed this article (click here to read it) about our project.  I apologise for the picture but can assure you they could have chosen a worse one!  The arrows were shot in my garden, barebow at 10yards with the bow I'm holding any ideas on how to improve my shooting are welcome.  The article isn't 100% accurate but gives a flavour of what we are seeking to do~ for example it should refer to "Sports Asprirations" not "small aspirations"  I think you would agree that our aims are not small in any way!  I think we would like to be the best club in the County and among the best in the country ~ if you think differently come to the AGM next Tueday and let us know what you think we should be aiming to acheive.  With rwespect to the project we have so far purchased a couple of very lightweight and short fibreglass bows and Les, Kathryn and I have done four sessions with the Gedling Sports Plus Club at Carlton Forum and Redhill Leisure centres.  This is a group of children with a range of learning needs or disabilities and the sessions were a great sucess for all involved.  In February we are planning to do some sessions at Ash Lea Special School in Cotgrave, where we worked in September last year.  In the meantime we are looking to work with all sorts of groups ~ so if you kinow of any that might want to give archery a bash let one of the committee know and we'll follow it up.
Tuesday 13th November
It's Children in Needthis Friday and as we've had a request from members to mark it in some way.  As it's some years since we did anything in connection with CIN we have agreed to run a bit of a competition.  So for anyone interested we'll be shooting a Bray 1 ~ 30 arrows at a 40 cm face.  All we ask is a donation of  £1.00 over and above normal shooting fees.  As to the competitive element it's going to be two tier shoot:
Section A ~   for club members without a handicap
Section B ~   for members with a handicap. 
For Section A the winner will be based on pure score and Section B adjusted score on handicap.  There will be small prizes but the big thing is to take part.  Oh and shooting the Bray will also help you on the way to a real handicap for the Winter Knockout which gets going after Christmas.
Sunday 11th November
Welcome to our "newest" member ~ Brian Thornton.  Those of you that have been in the club a while will recognise Brian's name as he has shot with us on and off for many years.  It's good to see him back especially as he seems to have lost little of his skill with the bow ~ he scored 562 for a Portsmouth this afternoon, a score i would be ectatic to get near but he took phlegmnatically as not a bad start.  The next highest score was 542 acheived by Vickie Bratty (a new PB) with Sandy Sanderson  and Janet Smeeton jusrt behind on 533 and 531 respectively.  sandy's was also a PB as was the 510 achieved by Paul Burton.  I'll not tell you my score as it was 65 down on my previous Portsmouth this year, that's more than one per arrow.  The scores achieved today were suffucient to get Janet and I thinking that maybe next year we ought to re-enter the Postal League, after all we had 5 archers scoring over 500 with at least thre or four others capable of similar scores not shooting this afternoon, who knows we could enter an A and B team.  Well done to all who shot this afternoon, it wasa very enjoyable afternoon ~ even with my apalling score.  If you haven't scored an indoor round yet try to do so before Christmas so that I can have realistic handicaps for everyone for the preliminaryt round which will need to be shot in January.
I have had several people express interest in the planned sessions in the small hall on Friday evenings.  Requests have included individual coaching, bow tuning and Bowcraft (which I checked and was told included things like how to fix nocks and fletchings amomngst other things).  if you are interested let one of the committee or coaching team know, ideally with an indication of what you would like to cover, and we'll get on with booking the hall.
Thursday 9th November
Welcome to our newest member ~ Gelnn Joachim who has been shooting with us for a few weeks now and Pete Sanderson, the latest of the Sanderson family to come off one of our Beginners courses.  I know that  you will make them welcome.
We have the opportunity of booking the Small  Hall on some Friday evenings at very little cost and are looking into the possibility of using it for group and individual coaching alongside our normal shooting in the main Hall.  The sort of thing we had in mind was individuals working with a coach, groups looking at strength and conditioning exercises, sessions on equipment (tuning and so forth) as well as possibly opening it up to the county junior squad for some extra sessions.  If you think you would be interested in this sort of thing please let one of the committee or coaches know so that we can book whatever is needed.
Monday 5th November
The Nottinghamshire Archery Society Winter Training programme will run this year on the following dates:


Junior sessions

Senior sessions

16th December 2012

10am – 1pm

1.30pm – 4.30pm

20th January 2013

10am – 1pm

1.30pm – 4.30pm

17th February 2013

10am – 1pm

1.30pm – 4.30pm

17th March 2013

10am – 1pm

1.30pm – 4.30pm

Click here for information about the sessions ~ how they are arranged, where they are and what you might get out of them.  If you are interested book in early as places are limited, if in doubt speak to one of the club coaches, they will be able to give you more information.
Later on 22 October
The Nottinghamshire Archery Society AGM
 Monday 26th November 2012

Ye Olde Bridge Inn, Oxton (NG25 0SE)


Please try to be there



Click here for the Agenda. Minutes of the last AGM also available here  
Monday 22nd October

Yesterday several members shoit the Belvoir Windsor with some success.  Ian Christopher and Mick Coward won their sections ~ boith with a new Ciounty Record, Mick beating one that had been in place since 1975! Shani took second lady recurve with Janet third.  Mick's score looks like bringing his handicap down but as Pete Heydon also brought his down aniother point I've a feeling I know who'll be wearing the handicap improvers badge this year.
Evidently we did pretty well on the raffle as well.


Sunday 21st October
 I understand that several turned up to shoot yesterday afternoon only to have to turn round and come home because there was a cyclo-ross event taking place.  We had not been told about this event ~ the second time this has happened ~ and I have e-mailed the centre this morning and will go up to ask questions about this in the next 24 hours.  I know that some of you travel fairly long distances to shoot and so this sort of thing is a real inconvenience as well as costly in terms of time and fuel.  I can only apologise and assure you that I will be following this up on your behalf  ~ if you were inconvenienced can you let me know asap.
Thursday 18th October
The results of the New Zealand Ghallenge are out ~ and the note below is from Scott and Sarah.  If you want to see the results click here  ~ looks like we need to try harder next time!
Hi All,

Well, the arrows are all shot and the results are in!

Some fine shooting by some of the newer and younger archers as well as a respectable showing from us oldies. Great to see so many of your members getting involved and having a go, especially at short notice and at the beginning of your indoor season. 

The winners of the Jade Tikis from here in New Zealand are:

Phil Young with a score of 555, and Trish Young with a score of 486, both from the Bowmen of Minchinhampton, in the Cotswolds, UK .  Well done to you both.

For the full results and other prize winners please see the attached PDF.

Archery always seems to be such a small world and the great thing about our sport is that wherever in the world you go as an archer you can always find fellow archers and clubs that will welcome you, where you can find new friends that are as mad keen on shooting arrows as you are!

For Sarah and I, it's great to see how so many of our old archery friends are still shooting (and shooting well) and if anyone is ever in New Zealand make sure to come and visit us here in the Waikato. 

Hope to see you next year for the next Friends Of Scott and Sarah International Challenge Shoot.


Scott and Sarah
Later on Tuesday 16th...
I have added the entry form for our Open Western in April next year to the competitions page.  I will edit the page and possibly change the layout when I have worked out how to do so!
Tuesday 16th October
Janet, Les and I attended the County Committee Meeting last night and there were a few things that came up that you might be interested in hearing about:
 ~ Notts Winter Training ~ the dates for this have be set as follows ~ 6th December, 20th January, 17th February and 17th March.  The plan is to have Juniors attend sessions in the morining and seniors in the afternoon (10-1.00 and 1.30-4.30 respectively).  Steve Attwood is going to be runing the sessions and I will let ypou know when we hear any more about content and so forth.  The one thing I do know is that for the seniors at least the emphasis is intended to be on new Archers.
~ the County Development plan  (click here to read it) was discussed and is going to be circulated again to clubs for consideration.  This is a working document and your input would be very welcome ~ particularly if you fancy getting involved in any of the specific activities identified in the plan.
~ Funding ~ it looks like there is lots of money available from the County Council and that clubs and the county need to tap into what is on offer to make the most of things.  Mike Spare will circulate some more papers in the next day or so after which we'll have a better idea of what is around.  It may be that we have enough on our plates already with the SportEngland grant, that Les and I will be working through later this week, but if there is anything else we can usefully access it may be that we need to come to members to help us with bids and delivery of activities.
~ There will be a County clout tournament at Kirklington on 24th February.  This will be the selection shoot for the Regional Clout Championships which Notts is hosting later in the summer.  So if you fancy that watch out for entry forms in the near future.
EMAS Indoor Championships ~ Click here for the entry form for the champioships that will take place at Rainworth on 18th November.  
Finally the Notts AGM is on 26th November at the Bridge in Oxton.  It would be good to see as many people as possible there.
Sunday 14th October
We had a small turnout for the first indoor Sunday shoot this year ~ which incorporated the New Zealand Challenge.  Bob Poole was top gents recurve archer with a score of 528 for the Portsmouth Round.  Petra Westlake was top lady scoring 324 in her first indoor scoring round.  Also shooting the round for the first time were Sandy Sanderson who managed an impressive 509, Saaras Mehan with 329 and Pete Sanderson, for whom the afternoon formed week four of his beginners course ~ he managed an impressive 359. Jim Johnson and Simon Barnicott started the year well both bringing their handicaps down by a small amount.  Others shooting were Lukas and Paul Burton both of whom scored personal bests ~ Lukas scored 330 which almost doubled his previous PB and was 2 points per arrow better than that score.  I'll pass the scores onto Scott in New Zealand tomorrow and let you know how we fared against them and archers from the Bowmen of Minchinhampton, the other UK club taking part in the event. Hopefully we'll see more people come down on Sundays in the future ~ and don't forget to shoot a Bray 1 in order to get yourself lined up for the indoor Knockout.
Tuesday 9th October
Just to clarify things about the Winter Knockout ~ when I said that the top sixteen /eight would qualify I meant that the top 16 scores submitted on handicap by Christmas.  Ideally this means you should shoot at least three to get a handicap and I'll work from there but if you can only manage one I'll work something out.
I contacted Scott in New Zealand earlier today ~ well I emailed him and am waiting for a reply.  I've asked for a fortnights grace to shoot the challenge in order to allow us a bit of extra practice ~ I'll let you know what he has to say.
Saturday 6th October
There is quite a lot of news today ~ I won't apologise!
Firstly it's great to see so many people up shooting on Friday nights (what is it about Fridays Indoors in winter that is different from Outdoors in summer?).  The coaches hope that the current beginners Course is not delaying your shooting too much.  Next week we'll be doing more on scoring with them and inevitably that will slow things down a little, so thanks in anticipation of your patience.
As mentioned already the AGM is on 20th November and we will be looking for someone to replace Bob Poole on the committee.  Bob is standing down as he can never be sure where he's going to be and so can't commit himself as much as he would like.  I'm sure the rest of the committee would join me in thanking Bob for his input over the last few years.  If you are interested in getting involved speak to one of the committee and they'll explain more.
The Winter Knockout will run after Christmas and like the last few years will be based around the Bray 1 round for both seniors and Juniors.  Please try to shoot as many Bray 1s this side of Christmas as you can both to get your handicap settled and allow me to make the draw for the Knockout stages ~ the top 16 seniors and probably top 8 juniors will go into the Knockout stages.
Later in the month (October 14th) we will be shooting against Sarah and Scott Collett's club in New Zealand, as well as other clubs around the world. The round will be a Portsmouth and there will be prizes for the winners/runners up/etc provided by both Sarah and Scott's club as well as the other teams involved ~ so a bit of pot luck on what you might win (almost like a raffle).  As that is our first weekend in the Small Hall and it's unlikely you'll manage a Portsmouth on Friday evening I'm going to ask Scott of we might be allowed to shoot ours up to a fortnight later.  That said if we can have a good turnout on 14th that would be good.
We have been invited to enter a tree in the bi-annual Bingham Christmas Tree Festival ~ one of the highlights of the run up to Christmas in recent year.  The event runs from 6-9th December and usually features around 70 trees from community groups, clubs and businesses in the Bingham area.  In the past our tree has been decorated with fletchings from broken longbow arrows (used as baubles), and competition medals.  We'd like to do something slightly different this year if we can ~ so any budding designers alout there get in touch with the committee and impress us with your inventivness and artistry.
Finally ~ you may be aware that Les has been working with consultants provided by AGB on a bid for Sport England funding for the club.  The idea behind the bid (Les can correct me if I get it slightly wrong) was that we have had to let people down in the past who have asked for have-a-go sessions and the chance to experience archery as we had limited kit and what we had was not the most portable, funding would help us rectify this and allow us to get out to the wider community on a more regular basis than in the past.  As Les told members last night, we hesrd yesterday that our bid had been sucessful!  We have yet to receive the formal offer and so can't be certain about the terms or the precise amount but we are hoping that it will be close to the £9,000 we asked for as that would give us lots of scope to expand our kit and activities.  This will of course mean that we would be looking for help from members as well ~ I'm sure you will not let us down.  Well done Les (now the hard work starts).
Wednesday26th September
Annual General Meeting 20th November
The AGM this year will be on Tuesday 20th November in the WI Hut on Station Street in Bingham.  The hut is booked from 7.00 and we plan to have the meeting start promptly at 7.30 (subject to the usual quorum being acheived).  Please try to come as it is your chance to have a say in the way the club runs over the coming year.  At present I am aware of at least one vacancy on the committee so if you fancy being involved have a word with a current committee member with a view to finding out what is involved.  In essence we meet at least 4 times a year with lots of work being done on the filed/in the hall or by e-mail correspondence.  I will be sending out formal invites in the near future ~ probably after the next committee meeting which is on 3rd october if you fabcy coming along to see what is involved......
Monday 24th September
Congratulations to Rob Cutler who managed his third First Class Score on Saturday ~ I'll not mention how badly I did shooting alongside the longbow archers.  All I will say is that it was my first New National and the bar was not set too high for beating my PB next time!.
We have a Beginners Course starting on Friday.  It is larger than usual (if they all turn up) and will inevitably impact on your shooting.  I trust that you will be patient, we were all beginners once.  The reason for the course being larger than usual is because we want to concentrate on club archers after Christmas and so will olnly run one course indoors this winter (I have still had to let down about another 10-12 people!).
Wecome to our newest members ~ Kelly Haward (Jan's wife) who did her beginners course last summer and has already been active, and Ellie Spencer ~ who has been shooting with the Toot Hill Club for 12 months and will be shooting with us as well in the future.
Don't forget that with the extension of the outdoor seson to include Saturday' afternoons throughout October you still have the time to improve your handicaps and challenge the phalanx of Heydon's at the top of the summer ladder.
Monday 17th September
Following questions from several members about why we were not running Saturday afternoon sessions throughout October we have decided that we will continue to run them.  I have cancelled Sunday morning but left the Sunday afternoon schedule alone. See the Shooting  Times tab under club info for full details.
Sunday 16th September
After a week or so away I'll try to get things up to speed on the website asap.  Our Licenses are due for renewal and that may impact on things but I'll try to keep things as easy to read/follow as possible.  I gather that the Western went well last week and will try to get the results added to the tournamants page in the next day or so. Things are still progressing with the Summer ladder, though it has developed into a Coward Heydon bunfight! Pete has just usurped Lorraine who in turn usurped Shani a week or so back.  There's stil time to get a chllenge in and I'd be interested on anyone's thoughts on how to run the ladder or similar competition next year ~ how to get more people involved especially.
Sunday 1st September
With just a week to go before the Club Championships and Open Western it's not too late to enter ~ see the competitions tab for the entry form and let Maurice know you are interested.  Please help pout with the working party on the morning of the shoot if possible.  Be there as soon after 8.30 as possible  ~ many hands make light work.
There is still time to shoot ladder challenges. Shani managed to beat pete and so has crept to the top of the table ~ Lorraine is trying to work out the best time to make a challnge in order to minimise her chances of getting back to the top and staying there.  Jim managed to defeat Catherine ~ though he did give me papers that suggested otherwise and it was only when I checked the allowance he'd given himself that i realised he was less than generous to himself and had in fact won.  The Club Championships provide an ideal opportunity for a challenge and whay not have the added frission of a bit of personal competition?  It also gives those lower down the ladder the opportunity to challenge and get to the top thwarting the Coward/Heydon assault en route....  I'm away for a week or so but will pick up club email (see the contact us tab) while I am away, though not every day, so you can let me have your scores that way ~ please use the handicaps on the current table and the allowances table in the container.  I'm not going to carry the rules book with me!
Sunday 26th August 
 The Winter shooting programme is available on the Club Information Pages. 
14th August
Last Sunday was the final League shoot of the season the conditions were ideal light wind, good sunshine and, a bonus this summer, dry.  Overall the clunb fared quite well retaining the Seniors Pure Score Recurve Trophy as well as winning the Juniors Pure Score Recurve Trophy.  Hazel took the lady longbow handicap award whilst Maurice took another of the minor medals ~ I'm not sure which as I left early and wasn't there for the awards.  Particular mention should be made of Coonor Hampson, Lukas Burton and Saaras Mehan who are in their first season of competitive shooting and were a credit to themselves and to the club. Their enthusiasm on the line was great to see.
The club's Open Western which incorporates the Club Championships is on 9th September and an entry form is on-line.  Please enter asap in order to help Maurice with the planning.
Later on Saturday 11th August
Earlier today I announced that Lorraine had beaten pete in their Ladder Challenge match.  That would have been true but for the fact that I had added an extra 100 points to Lorraine's score.  The actual result is Lorraine 1387  Pete 1452.  This means that we have a new ladder leader (spot the alliteration).  I understand that a challenge from Shani to Pete is imminent.   I hould perhaps mention that both Pete and Lorraine pointed out my error ~ Pete beating her to do so by just two minutes.
It was god to see Rowan brown back on the shoting line this afternoon.  Rowan was a club and Toot Hill Club member up until about seven years ago when he joined the army.  Always a good shot he turned it into a profession with gun rather than bow but showed this afternoon that he'd lost little of his skill after some tme away fro  regular shooting ~ there was a tricky breeze all afternoon but Rowan managed to keep all bar one of is arrows on the boss ~ and that in the last end.  We look forward to seeing him again in the near future 
Saturday 11th August
Last night we were considering renaming the Club Bingham Leisure Centre Archeaology Club as we spent so much time searching for arrows with the metal detector and scrabbling around on hands and knees.  Having failed to locate one lost on the last end we called it a day at 9.15 and stumbled in the dark back to our cars.  I returned at 6.00 this morining and after a 40 minute search maknaged to find the rogue, well buried, thirty yards behind the target.  I think we may have to invest in extra strong batteries for the detector if this week is anything to go by!.
The ladder challenge is now back in full swing with Jim and me shooting against one another on Sunday.  Lorraine was challenged by Pete last night and somehow they managed to complete their round despite being sidetracked by the regular arrow searches. The outcome ~ Lorraine 1487  Pete 1452  ~ so despite lowering his handicap by another point to 49 Pete failed to beat Lorraine who remains top of the ladder challenge and unbeaten after four contests.
Friday 10th August
The more observant amongst you will have spotted that following an executive decision I have altered the ladder table  ~ moving all thse who have not yet shot to the bottom.  I suggest that anyone in the lower tier ~ or new members not listed who wish to get involved can challenge either of the two the lowest placed "active" archers.  The loser would then become the lowest placed active archer ~ so in the basis of the ladder as at today's date anyone lower than Adrianne can challenge her or Jim and the loser would then be placed 12th and the winner 10th or 11th depending on who they challenge ~ except that Jim has already challenged me which means that until Sunday when we will have our shoot off only Adrianne is free ~ if this doesn't make sense I apologise and suggest you ask me for an explanation.
I would like to welcome several new members to the club ~ Andrew Hunton, Russ Gibbs, Sandy Sanderson, Emily Sanderson, Petra Westlake, Gary Sheriston, Saaras Mehan and Beckie Buttery all of whom completed beginners Courses recently.  We've another two who have bought bows but not yet joined the club so I'll hang on a bit before welcoming them on board.
We have a healthy team attending the final league shoot of the summer ~ four juniors (Connor, Charlie, Luke and Saaras, who will be in his first shoot and eleven seniors (Ian, Adam, Pete, Lorraine, Jim, Maurice, Janet, Adrianne, Hazel, Paul and Simon).  So if nothing else we should win something in the raffle.
 Tuesday 31st August
Last night saw the return of the Ladder Challenge to the Bingham field.  The ongoing rivalry between Lorraine and Shani for top spot is back ~ but sadly for Shani no change.  Lorraine managed to reduce her handicap despite being away from shooting for seven weeks and beat Shani 1479 to 1438.  I've no doubt that Pete will now challenge one or other of them.  keep watching this spce for more news.
Monday 30th July
 On Sunday 28th July Bingham Leisure Centre Archers travelled to Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire and came home with three first place trophies.  Shooting a Windsor Round (3 dozen arrows at each of 60, 50 and 40 yards).  Shani and Mick Coward won the ladies and gents Recurve sections whilst Adrianne Goodwin won the ladies Longbow section.  Mick's sucess was by the closest of margins, with scores level at the end of the tournament he won by count back on golds scored winning by just one gold. We are hoping that their form holds good for next weekend when, along with club mates John Lane (gents recurve) and Ian Christopher (gents Compund) they travel to Burton Joyce to represent Nottinghamshire in the Tri-Counties tournament.
Later on Tuesday 10th July
 It looks like we had a good day as a whole on Sunday ~ Ian Christopher took first place in the Gents Compound and, whilst I don't yet know what, Adrianne Goodwin took something for Ladies Longbow. So even though other committments meant we had a smaller than usual presence at the County Championships this year we managed to take home a healthy share of the medals and trophies.  I understand Ian also took first place at Sherwood's Day of Nationals on 1st July.
Tuesday 10th July
In addition to Catherine Angus' sucess at the County Championships I am pleased to be able to let you know that John Lane, making a rare foray back into Nottinghamshire, took First Gent Recurve with Mick Coward in second.  The only other recurve archer shooting the maximum distance was Shani Lambert Coward who did well but wasn't on the podium.  Sadly we were unable to retain the Team trophy which was taken by Burton Joyce ~ despite the fact that their four archers had a combined score of less than that acheived by John, Mick and Shani!  I'm still waiting for the compound and longbow results and will let you know when I hear anything.
Don't forget that this Saturday is the Leisure Centre's Open Day and, weather permitting, Jim will be running a have-a-go session for all comers.  Any help would be appreciated ~ hes planning to be there from 10-12.00 and 2-5.00. If you fancy trying another sport there will be opportunities for you to do so ~ just ask for details at Reception.  I have had a few people ask about our have-a-go so anticipate that we'll have some interest. 
Last Sunday I ran a have-a-go at Stonesby (anything to avoid shooting the County Championships) which went well.  I handed out several leaflets about the club to people who expressed interest in taking things further and, as at least one of them has now done four sessions with me and Charlie at Waltham on the Wolds and Stonesby, I'm hoping that it leads to some new blood in the club. 
I've had lots of scores in this summer both as a result of the ladder and people simply shooting practice or competitive rounds and there are a number of people who have managed to bring their handicaps down.  At the moment two people have brought theirs down by four points and head the race for the Handicap Improvement medal ~ Nigel Barthorpe down from 65 to 61 and Pete Heydon from 55 to 51.  Nigel heads the race as he's shot most rounds.  If you haven't given me a score it may be because you've not shot a round ~ you don't need to see it as something competitive, one of the main reasons for scoring is to assess how you are progressing so if you haven't shot and scored recently why not make it something you aim to do in July?
Sunday 8th July
Congratulations to Catherine Angus ~ I understand that she won the Junior Ladies County Championship earlier today and has been asked to shoot for Notts in the Sydney Bond and to attend EMAS squad training.  Well done Catherine, you've worked hard and deserve your sucess.  I've not heard how other got on (or what Catherine's score was) but will let you know as and when the results come in.
Monday 3rd July
I've just spotted on the Tournaments page that the Sherwood Firelight Shoot is on Saturday 28th July.  The Firelight 50 is a fun shoot that takes place in the dark! Sighters are shot during twilight, the target faces being illuminated from underneath for the competition ~ I've never managed to shoot it but I'm told that it's a ot of fun and that few arrows are actually lost.  For the first time this year the shoot is also open to compound archers.  Entry includes a barbecue if desired and juniors under 16 can shoot a shorter distance if they wish (20 yards). For an entry form look at the competition page or click here.
I received GNAS affiliation papers for 2012-13 today and so will be chasing members for money in the very near future. Senior membership will be £76 and Junior £23 for the coming year ~ increases reflect the increase in GNAS/AGB affiliation charges, the club, County and EMAS elements remain unchanged for the time being. 
Friday 29th June
Well we were lucky with the weather! The Nottinghamshire Monsoon having moved on the skies were clear and the sun shone on the Cotgrave Miners Welfare field and we had a steady stream of people keen to try their hands at archery.  When  we set up it felt like the early stages of a Car Boot Sale but instead of traders asking what something cost it was youingsters drooling over bows and arrows ~ I think one or two thought we'd be using something with rubber suckers rather than proper bows and arrows.  More than one child described the kit and what they were able to do as being "Awesome" ~ perhaps an overused term these days but we appreciated it anyway.  Many thanks to those who turned out to help; it was good to see Steve Gardner again and he did mutter something about coming up to shoot sometime soon.  Jack Barratt did well to stay awake having set off for the Bristol University Open Day at 5.30 that morning.  It was good to see Catherine Angus along as well, having our youngsters involved in this sort of event shows that the club has a future. The organisers of the Festival of Sport t thanked us for turning up and said they'd been inpressed by numbers and what was on offer.  The venue is a good one and certainly big enough to cope with longer distances, so who knows we may make use of it again.
Wednesday 27th June
Just one day to go to the Olympic Torch passing Bingham  ~ on a bus ~ and being carried through Radcliffe and onto Nottingham.  If you want to see it in Radcliffe be there wel in advance of the 4.30 scheduled arrival time.  Large crowds are expected ~ evidently my son managed to see just the top of the flame and a bit of the gold torch holder when it visited Sheffield earlier in the week.  Once it has gone through Radcliffe we're hoping that the traffic thorough to Cotgrave isn't too bad as we've the Cotgrave Festival of Sport have-a-go starting at 6.30.  Hopefully I'll see you there.
Tuesday 26th June
Many thanks to those who turned up to help at Bingham Fair on Saturday.  We had decent weather most of the time with just two heavy showers, neither of which drove everyone home.  Over the day we had in excess of 100 people come along to try their hands at archery with one young lad, aged five, coming back so often we decided it was better to stop charging him.  Several people took away leaflets with information about the club and two will be taking part in the Beginners Course that starts on 30th June.  There will be about 11 people on that course and I know that you will make them welcome. For the first two weeks we'll have them on a separate shooting line after which they will join club archers on the main shooting line. 
On 14th July the leisure centre is running an Open Day ~ we will be running a have-a-go in both the morning and afternoon and Jim would love to have help with that.  There wil also be an opportunity to try out other sports available in the Centre.  There's not a lot of information available yet about that but I'll let you have it as i get hold of it.  Who knows there may be a budding squash/badminton/sub-aqua/whatever star in our midst.
Thursday 21st June
Yesterday evening saw seven club members bask in sunshine for Richard Gentle's Midsummer Shoot at Rolls Royce.  The weather was fine, the breeze variable and the company, on my target anyway, excellent.  All in all we had a very sucessful evening ~ Ian, Charlie and Hazel won raffle prizes, though Ian was disappointed to have selected a bottle of non-alcoholic wine, whilst Hazel passed on her prize to Terry Davey ~ a box of jelly babies, no doubt they will reappear on the shooting line at a forthcoming tournament. 
As to the shooting itself we did pretty well there too in what was the largest ever field at this shoot ~ 22 bosses most with four archers. Shani and Mick Coward (poshly referred to as Michael during the presentations) took first Lady and Gent recurve, this being the second time this year they have both been on top of the podium. Charlie took second Junior Lady Recurve whilst Ian took second Gents Compound ~ having scored 640 out of a possible 648, the winner scored 644 so between them they only had six arrows out of the gold.
This Saturday it's Bingham Fair and if you can make it along to help on our have-a-go stand that would be a real bonus.  It's usually well attended and so you'd be kept busy and at the same time be helping raise much needed funds for the club. 
Thursday 28th is the day we visit Cotgrave for the Festival of Sport.  If you can make it that night it would be a real help.  We are hoping for a good turnout as the Olympic flame will have passed nearby and sport should, therefore, be on people's minds. The more people we have to man the event the better ~ and if it's quiet there is always the bar in the Welfare.
Monday 11th June
Ladder Update ~ alongside the league shoot at Sherwood Jim was challenged by and managed to defeat Adrianne (1468 to 1440).  I gather everyone who went had a good day and that there were some good scores entered, no doubt they'll trickle in during the week.  Paul Burton shot his third scoring round and now has an official handicap of 61 ~ which means he's a more realistic target for ladder challenges.  I look forward to seeing him and others in action soon.  
Dates for your diaries ~ Saturday 23rd June ~ Bingham Fair
Thursday 28th June ~ Cotrgave Festival of Sport
We are running Have-a-go sessions at both and need as much help as possible.  I know they clash with regular shoots but the money raised at the Fair and the Goodwill and publicity gained at the Festival will reap rewards for the future, please try to be there.
Wednesday 6th June
Ladder Update ~  Pete and Adam challenged Shani and Mick respectively.  Shani broke her duck and managed to beat Pete by 1419 points to 1416.  Mick also scored 1416 but I've not yet had Adam's score. 
On Sunday Mick and Shani took part in the World Record Status FITA at Sherwood Archers.  I'm pleased to announce that Mick took first place and Shani came fourth with a score just two off her prrsonal best for the round.  Well done to the two of them.  I'll let you know how Ian got on as soon as i hear from him.
This weekend is a busy one with the Golden Arrow on Saturday and the Second league shoot and second stage of the Oregon Challenge on Sunday.  We've a healthy contingent going along to the League, sadly it looks like I'll not make it so I'll be passing the organisational reins on to Adrianne.  Let's hope that the weather turns out better than the current forecast.
Both Charlie and I have lost pressure buttons on the field ovetr the last two weeks so if anyone comes acrtoss one keep hold of it it's bound to be one of ours.
The next beginners Course is likely to run from 30th June and we have about eight people booked in (it could be  a few either way).  We'll start off on a separate shooting line and join the club a few weeks into the course.  I'm sure you'll make them welcome.
Wednesday 30th May
Pete and Adam have managed to creep higher up the summer ladder by beating Charlie and Simon by default ~ neither of us found the time to shoot our rounds and so had to concede. My guess now is that Lorraine will be under threat ~ as will Shani ~ as it seems Pete and Adam are determined to get to the top.  
Don't forget that the second league shoot is on Sunday 10th June at Sherwood Archers.  We had a good turnout for the first and it would be great to match that this time.  Simon needs to know by Monday 4th whether you plan to shoot the league in order to put the club's entry in.  Let him know when you see him or drop him an  e-mail as soon as possible.
Finally we have been blesed with some good weather recently and that has been ref;ected in some good attendances ~ Friday is still a bit patchy and as you know we are keeping it under review.  If you want to keep Friday shooting the best way to do so is to turn up and shoot.
Friday 25 May
I learned last night that Adrianne was being unusually coy about her score at the Wilford shoot last Sunday. Not only was it a really good score it seems she blew away the opposition winning by something like ~ well I'll let her tell you I'll just say that it was a lot.  Connor Hampson also shot the Bristol 4 Round and despite this being the first time he'd shot at 40 yards he came thrird scoring a creditable 657.  This was his third scoring round and he's now got an real handicap of 76.  Well done Connor ~  keep it up.

Wednesday 23rd May
Don't forget that the summer ladder is still operating and that you don't have to be called Heydon or Coward to take part!  Shani again challenged Lorraine this week and came off second best again ~ so it's no change at the top.  Meanwhile Adam challenged me and put in a magnificent score 12 handicap points below his existing handicap and in the processbrought his handicap down from 37 to 31 ~ I am thinking that I'll have a job on my hands to beat him. Well done Adam ~ Ian watch out he's nipping at your heels.
The Olympic torch relay passes Bingham and goes through radcliffe on 28th June ~ which is also the day when are due to run a have-a-go for the Cotgrave Festival of Sport.  Please let me (Simon in case you were unsure) or one of the committee know whether you will be able to help that day of if you plan to be elsewhere, watching  the relay perhaps.  If we have too few bodies we'll need to negotiate a change with the guys in Cotgrave. 
Monday 21st May
 The second county selection shoot is this coming Sunday at Welbeck ~ I gather that people have been struggling to find the entry form and as the official closing date is today this may be too late ~ click here for the entry formPlease accept my apologies ~ those who have known me for a wile will understand that I tend not to go to the more competitiver shoots and this one totally passed me by ~ I could claim that it's because the weekend changed but that would be playing fast and loose with the truth.  
One more score to add from Sunday ~ Catheriune Angus shot the Bristol 3 round and scored 720 which is a great result for her first shoot at that distanc

Monday 7th May
I have been reminded that there was another Ladder Challenge on yesterday ~ the top of the table clash between Lorraine Heydon and Shani Lambert -Coward.  Lorraine posted an adjusted score of 1462 against Shani's 1414 which means that Lorraine stays top of the heap for now at least. 
Sunday 6th May
Today was the first Nottinghamshire Archery Society League shoot of the year. There were 24 targets and just under a hundred archers taking part ~ Bingham provided sixteen of those and so was amongst the largest individual contingent present (a further six archers now shooting for other clubs were the product of Bingham Beginners courses so I think we can take a pat on the back for developing archery in the county).  We were blessed with good weather and light winds which helped the club put in some good scores ~ at this stage we are in first place for both senior and junior recurve team competitions  and, whilst there is a long way to go, there is no reason why we ought not build on this over the next two shoots. These take place on 10th June and 12th August so put those dates in your diaries and try to be there if at all possible.  Two archers managed to reduce their handicaps ~ Ian Christopher coming down from 18 to 16 and Charlie James from 61 to 60 (this is the second time in just two shoots that she has brought her handicap down).  Adam Heydon  put in his third score of the summer and so now has a real handicap of 37 (today he shot a 34 so expect to see his handicap come down).
Finally there were two Ladder contests taking part alongside the League Shoot ~ Adam beat Adrianne (1447 - 1266) whilst Mick beat Simon (1516 - 1498). 
Tuesday 1st May
The Summer ladder is now active and the first few challenges have been made.  Pete Heydon challenged Mick Coward and Adam challenged Adrianne.  Pete and Adam have submitted their scores and I'm waiting on Mick and Adrianne.  If you challenge someone let me know and I'll look out for your scores.  I've not updated the ladder yet as no challnges have been completed.  I anticipate some changes after the weekend.
Thursday 26th April
I have now received the full details for the League Shoots, incorporating the Oregon Challenge.  Click here for more information.  If you want to take part in these shoots (all or just some) please let me know as soon as possible. It would be good to field a full team in each category this year and, looking at the level of activity on the field so far this summer there's no reason why this ought not be a possibility.  If you want to know more about the League/Oregon ask any committee member or one of the more long-standing club members who i am sure will be a le to give you the information you need. Dates of the League shoots are as follows:
6th May at Rolls Royce
 10th June at Sherwood Archers
12th August with Wilford Bowmen as host club but the actual venue to be confirmed.
Wednesday 25th April
The Club celebrated that start of it's 30th year of shooting this weekend when it staged the Open Spring Western.  For many years this has been a two-way longbow only shoot but over the last few we have increasingly opened it out to archers from other disciplines and that is perhaps appropriate as we aim to be as open as we possibly can be to archers from all disciplines.  It was good to have Jim Johnson as our judge on the day and also Audrey Johnson as our Lady Paramount as both of them were initimately involved with the genesis of the club and have been close to it ever since.  Weather on the day presented a few challenges but was generally OK.  As well as being Lady P Audrey was cake baker in chief as, to mark the club's anniversary and in a nod to the traditions of Longbow shoots, we invited all present to partake of cake and sherry (or a soft drink) during the lunbchtime break, when Jim made a short speech to thann club members past and present for making the club what it is.  On the competitive side we did well as a club with Shaniand Mick  Coward taking first lady and gents recurve ~ evidently this is the first time they have both been on the top step of the podium in any cpompetition, let's hope it bodes well for the rest of the year.  Shani also managed to bring her handicap down by two points to 41.  Ian Christopher won the compound , with Adam heydon in his first outdoor competition coming a creditable second.  The Longbow trophies went to City and Sherwood with another "Jack and Jill" sucess from Liz West and Derek Shaw.  Catherine Angus won the overall Junior Lady competition whist Lukas Burton, another first time competitor, ws first Junior Gent. The shoot was rounded off with an Agincourt Volley which we opened out to both longbow and barebows, this lead to a flurry of removal of longrods, sights and so forth and was won by Pete Heydon ~ who had done well earlier in the Western bringing his handicap down by two points to 53.
All in all it was a sucessful afternoon enjoyed by all.  Thanks go to the working party in general, Maurice for the magnifcent trophies, Adrianne for the overall organisation and Jim and Audrey for setting the club out on the road to sucess way back in 1982.
Friday 13th April
A few things to mention today.  Firstly don't forget to get your entries in for the Spring Open Western next weekend.  If you have any questions about it just ask ~ if you've not done a competition before this is a good place to start. It is a good way to mark the start of the Club's 30th year so do try to be there.
The observant amongst you wuill have spotted in Archery UK that club member John Lane has achieved Master Bowman status shooting his recurve.  John spends most of his time in Yorkshire these days so we rarely get to see him shoot but it is good news nonetheless ~ well done John.
Adrianne Goodwin reecently represented the county as part of the Notts Clout team at a recent shoot in Northamptonshire, I think.  She was shooting barebow, as opposed to her more usual longbow but still managed to acheive county records for both the single and double Clout.  Knowing Adrianne she won't mention it so if you see her congratulate her and wait for her to tell you what was wrong with the day.
Finally I have put the entry form for the Western in September, which incorporates the Club Outdoor Championships, don't forget to put the date in your diary (9th September) and do your best to be there.  I'll remind you again nearer the time.
......a bit later on 24th March

I forgot to mention that I have also updated the handicap pages following the club championships last night.  More importantly I heard from Archery GB that our application to be classified as a Specialist Community Club has been accepted.  This means that the work we do to be as inclusive as possible and in reaching out to the community as a whole has been recognised.  It should help us attract members and certainly opens up new routes to extra funding.  More information on the Community Specialism can be found at ~

24th March


We had a great turn out for the final indoor Friday of the season last night and there were some close contests for the various trophies on offer ~ not least the Heydon family head to head in the Knockout with just nine points separating Lorraine and Pete.  Results were as follows:



Club Handicap Trophy


1st ~ Arian Bagheri ~ 1499

2nd ~ Richard Marsh ~ 1497


Winter Knockout


            1st ~ Lorraine Heydon  ~ 1426

            2nd ~ Pete Heydon ~ 1417



            1st ~ Sam Jones ~ 1479

            2nd ~ Catherine Angus ~ 1469

            3rd ~ Charlie ~ James ~ 1405


Senior Gents Recurve

            1st  ~ Mick Coward ~ 275

            2nd ~ Bob Poole ~ 248

            3rd ~ Simon Barnicott ~ 212


Senior Ladies Recurve

            1st ~ Janet Smeeton ~ 254

            2nd ~ Shani Lambert-Coward ~ 245

            3rd ~ Lorraine Heydon ~ 183


Junior Gents Recurve

            1st ~ Arian Bhageri ~ 199

            2nd ~ Sam Jones ~ 156

            3rd ~ Oliver Jakes and Joe Allen  ~ 110


Junior Ladies Recurve

            1st ~ Catherine Angus ~ 207

            2nd ~ Charlie James ~ 148


Adrianne Goodwin won the ladies longbow but would prefer to keep her score a bit of a secret as it was well down on what she has achieved in the past ~ I’ll give you a clue, it was between 47 and 49.

I hope everyone enjoyed the evening and would like to than John Bisby for acting as Lord Paramount, he had to dash off on Leisure centre Business before I could hand over his well earned bottle of wine in thanks for his support for the club, not least putting up the new net for us.  I managed to catch him before I left to hand it over and he said he’s looking forward to shooting with us before he moves across to Keyworth Leisure Centre.

Finally many thanks for the donations made in lieu of shooting fees ~ we raised over £70 for Sports Relief.  Oh and don’t forget we start shooting outdoors on Saturday 31st March with the first weekday shoot being on Tuesday 3rd April
13th March

Winter Knockout Round 4 results



Results for Round 4 of the knockout are as detailed below:




  • Gregg Howarth 1437 v Lorraine Heydon 1453 v Sharan Millward 1405

  • Pete Heydon 1433 v Simon Barnicott 1430


So once again some close matches The final will be on Friday 23rd March and the observant amongst you, and those who have seen Adam’s impressive work on the website, will know that the trophy will grace the Heydon mantelpiece this year ~ but whether Lorraine or Pete turns out the winner remains to be seen.

4th March


Results of the second round of the Juniots Winter Knockout are as follows: 


  1. Sam Jones (1464)) v Joe Allen 1366

  2. Catherine Angus (1463)  v Jack Barratt 1381

  3. Charlie James (1390) ~ bye
  4. Arian Bhageri  (0000)~ bye


Arian did not shoot and so is knocked out, as are Jack and Joe.  Rather than have a bye into the final for one archer I propose that the juniors final be a three-way shoot (assuming that Charlie isn’t working that night in which case it would be a normal two way final).  Allowances for the three finalists are detailed below:


  • Sam Jones ~ 1323
  • Catherine Angus ~ 1262
  • Charlie James ~ 1257


The final will be on Friday 23rd March alongside the Club Championships.
28th February


Results of the  third round of the Seniors Winter Knockout are as follows (winners in bold).

  1. Gregg Howarth 1453 v Lorraine Heydon 1453

  2. Deborah Watmough 1417 v Simon Barnicott 1419

  3. Pete Heydon 1449  v Ian Christopher 1440

  4. Sharan Millward 1409 v Adrianne Goodwin 1385


 The draw for Round 4 ~ the semi-finals (to be shot by 16th March is as follows (with allowances shown).


  • Gregg Howarth (1238) v Lorraine Heydon (1257) v Sharan Millward (1306)
  • Pete Heydon (1209) v Simon Barnicott (1226)

The final date for juniors to shoot their round is 3rd March ~ two scores still awaited. Both finals will be on Friday 23rd ~ our last indoor Friday of the winter season ~ and will be shot alongside the Club Indoor Championships.  It would be good to see as many of you there as possible that night.  The championship will be a Bray 1 and I'll look to have some sort of fun shoot to occupy everyone while I work out who has won what.

26th February
Many of you will be aware that Kate Knaggs and Simon Barnicott have been training to qualify as Level 2 coaches for several months now.  I am pleased to announce that they were both sucessful at their final assessment earlier today.  Kate and Simon would like to thank all those members who have acted as guinea pigs for them and for the support they received from the club and members generally.
9th Febuary

Reception control / Turnstiles

From 9th February a turnstile system will be in operation at the Centre’s Reception desk – this will enhance security and enable a quicker entry for classes and other pre-booked activities

Club members to be buzzed through the gate when they arrive, we are anticipating that there will be some initial teething problems and the system will not be going fully live until the end of the month. In addition to the turnstiles there will also be a secure door fitted at the rear of the building.

If you face any issues with the new system then please don't hesitate to report to one of of the committee.

31st January
The Draw for round 2 of the Winter Knockout has been made.  Please shoot your round as soon as possible to avoid missing out ~ time is tight and if you don't shoot it you can't go through to the next round.
The Club Handicaps have been updated ~ only a few changes but some good scores came in over the last month and i anticipate more changes soon.
26th January

Entries are now being taken for BLCAC’s Spring Western & Agincourt Volley. Taking place on Sunday 22nd April, this is the first year that the competition is open to all bow disciplines and we expect a good turnout. So it’s best to get your entry forms filled out and sent over to us ASAP!

22nd January

I am now trying out a new format to view all of the clubs photos, making it simpler than previously. Hopefully we will also see a load more photos of you all at competitions this year ~ There is a sample of how future images will look on the Photos page. And don’t worry; all previous photos will also reclaim their space on the site. Let me know what you think – Adam Heydon

21st January

BLCAC NOW HAS TWITTER!!!Do not fear if you do not personally own a twitter account. You can simply keep an eye on the feed on the home page to be kept up-to-date with posts from ourselves, Archery GB and On Target, to name a few. Otherwise feel free to follow us.

The summer programme of Shooting Times in 2012 has now been uploaded

 Jim Johnson,being congratulated by Chairman Les Smeeton on winning the 2011 Handicap Improvers Medal ~ 49 down from 53 ~ "There is life in the old dog yet" he said. Evidently this is the first time since 1969 that he's won this particular medal.
On the Tournaments page you will see a tab for the Rolling Calendar this is an easy way to find out where things are happening and to get results.  Just click on the tab, then on the date.
Cotgrave Festival of Sport
a week of activity is planned with events across the village during the week of 24th June.  We have been asked to run a Have-a-Go on the evening of 28th June ~ 6-9.00pm, but if we want to do other days we are welcome to do so.  If you can help on 28th or are  interested in other days let one of the committee know.