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Tuesday 1st December

Sadly we only had eight archers turn up to shoot the FOSS Challenge on Sunday.  This is the lowest turnout for this shoot since it started.  I was amongst those unable to attend so I appreciate it is often difficult to get along but we really should try harder in future.  The results are available here.  Well done to all those who took part.

I understand from Leisure Centre Management that work may be done on the lights over the Christmas break but is more likely to be done in February Half Term in the meantime we will need to look at where on the line we place people so that they can get the best out of their shooting ~ be prepared to move from your usual slot.

The Winter Knockout gets underway after Christmas ~ if you have not shot a qualifying BRAY1 round do so asap and pass your score to me or Pete so that I can do the draw for the preliminary round.

Monday 23rd November

Last week's AGM went well ~ minutes to follow.  The committee remains the same as do the Administrative posts with the exception of Child Protection Officer where Pete Sanderson has stood down and is replaced by Kim Wenyon.

Les and I attended the County AGM earlier this evening.  No major news from that. minutes will follow shortly.

Finally don't forget the FOSS Challenge this Sunday.  It's a friendly but competitive Postal Shoot against clubs from Gloucestershire, Belfast and New Zealand.  5 dozen arrows at 14metres on a 40cm face.  Something a bit out of the ordinary but well worth taking part in.  I can't be there due to other commitments but hope that we have a good turnout.  All bow types are welcome to take part ~ the more the merrier.

Monday 16th November

Tickets for the European Championships in Nottingham next year are available now ~ 

Tickets on sale now for European Archery Championship 2016

The countdown is on and in less than seven months' time, three hundred of Europe's best archers will battle it out as the European Archery Championship comes to Great Britain. All the top names will gather in Nottingham for one of the last chances to qualify for Rio and tickets are on sale now!

The qualification and elimination rounds will be hosted from 23 to 27 May 2016 at the University of Nottingham's Highfields playing fields. The head-to-head finals will take place in a 1,500 spectator, purpose-built archery arena in the heart of the city in Old Market Square on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May, 2016.

Early Bird incentive – Archery GB members can save £2.50 per ticket!
Tickets for the Finals on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May are on sale now and Archery GB members can take advantage of an exclusive Early Bird Price until the 31 December 2015 by clicking here.

To find out more about the event then please visit:

Friday13th November

The Club's AGM is this Wednesday ~ 18th November ~ 7.30 at the Royal Oak, Car Colston.  Be there to have a role in the future of the club.

Saturday 7th November

It was good to see such a good turnout at shooting last night, despite conflicting attractions like bonfires and fireworks. Across the hall we had almost every type of bow in use as well as archers aged from eight to almost eighty.  One of our beginners commented that everyone seemed to be getting on well and that the atmosphere in the club was very friendly and welcoming. So I think we can take a pat on the back ~ but don't be complacent we need to make sure it stays like that and if anything gets better still.  Tomorrow is our first Postal League shoot, I had hoped to take part ~ yes I do shoot from time to time ~ but am tied up with the County Winter Training.  Hopefully we'll have a good turn out and be able to submit some good scores.  Once the Postal shoot is out of the way we can give thought to practicing for the FOSS Challenge at the end of the month ~ 5 dozen at 14 metres on a 40 cm face.

Jim and I attended the AGB Consultation event at Loughborough earlier this week it raised some interesting issues, not least the proposal to get rid of en bloc affiliation for junior, school, university and disability clubs.  The slides from the event will be available shortly and when they are I'll make sure you are aware of them so that you can make your views known.

Monday 27th October

Well that's the Outdoor season over now until Spring, the odd event aside of course.  The weather meant that only a few hardy souls shot the final Saturday but I can confirm that those who made it had a good time. We are now shooting the winter programme ~ click here for details.

The postal League starts this Sunday so if you can be there that would be good.  We'll have two teams of three recurve archers to enter so lots of opportunity for people to be involved.

Towards the end of the month we have the annual shoot against archers from Gloucestershire and New Zealand ~ an interestinbg round this year 5 dozen arrows at 14 metres on a 40cm target face.  We can get some practice for that done on Friday evenings in the weeks running up to the event.  All I need to do now is think of a suitable prize , ideally with a Nottingham connection.  Any suggestions welcome.

Thursday 15th October

Tickets for the European Archery Championships taking place in Nottingham in May 2016 go on sale shortly.  Click here to pre-register for tickets and to find out more ~ 

Saturday 10th October

Handicaps updated today, see archer handicaps on club info page.

Tuesday 6th October

Janet has just taken delivery of new supplies of club kit which should now be available in most sizes.  Prices have been kept as before:

  •  Polo shirts ~ £20.00
  • Sweatshirts ~ £25.00
  • Zip-up Tops ~ £28.00
See Janet to place your orders and really look the part on the shooting line ~ just like our Indoor National Championship Winning Team did in 2007.

Wednesday 23rd September

The 2016 Winter Knockout
 will start straight after New Year.  As in the last few years the round is normally a Bray 1 (though by agreement between the archers another indoor round can be substituted) 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, that said there should be time before Christmas for you to shoot the three rounds necessary to get a handicap.  

The Competition will have a Preliminary round followed by three knockout rounds leading up to the final on Friday 8th April 2016 ~ our final indoor session of the winter season ~ which will also be the evening when the Club Indoor Championships takes place

You have to shoot a Bray 1 before we break for Christmas in order to qualify for the Knockout stages of the competition ~ how many rounds there will be in the Knockout phase is dependent upon the number of people submitting scores.  In case you are unsure a Bray 1 comprises 30 arrows at 20 yards on a 40cm target face (ten zone scoring).

The Club Championships is also a Bray 1 shot alongside the Knockout finals and incorporates senior and junior competitions for whatever bow styles turn up on the day as well as an overall handicap award.

Tuesday 15th September

We were blessed with really good conditions for the Open Western on Sunday.  There were some good scores and I think everyone had a good time.

Click here to see the full results.  

Wednesday 9th September

The Bingham Community led Plan Questionnaire is available for completion ~ it is open for anyone who lives or works in Bingham, or uses Bingham's facilities to complete ~ CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE

Monday 6th July

Notts Ninjas on Tour, Bingham 8th July ~ Cancelled due to lack of interest.

Sunday 14th June

It's been a very busy weekend for the club.  On Saturday we ran the Have-a-go at Bingham Fair and, despite the weather raised a tidy sum of money to help support the club for the next 12 months, as well as having several people ask about Beginners courses ~ I'm waiting for email confirmations but am hopeful we'll have enough to run a course in July.

Also on Saturday several members took part in the Golden Arrow Shoot.  Shani Lambert-Coward not only came first lady but also set a new County Record ~ taking it from Janet Smeeton I believe.  Adrianne Goodwin won the lady longbow and handicap category and Catherine Angus was first Junior lady.  Mick Coward weighed in winning a bottle of wine in the raffle.

On Sunday even more of us took part in the Second League shoot, which was also the last stage of the Oregon Challenge.  Shani again was first lady and qualified for the Notts recurve team, as did Mick ~ so no arguments at home this evening.  Adrianne was first lady Longbow and on the longbow team.  Pete Sanderson and Simon Barnicott won prizes in the raffle.  

This Wednesday is the first of the Notts Ninjas on tour events at Burton Joyce.  Full details are on the Notts website ~ click here.  Please let Simon and/or Chris Joyce know if you are planning to attend.

Tuesday 2nd June

A plethora of news:
  • OnTarget Club Competition ~ following our win over Burton Joyce we were drawn away to Grimsby Archers.  I gather we could not raise a full team of four so just sent three Shani and Mick for the recurves and Sandy for the Compounds.  They shot really well and were only beaten by a single point.  Had we been able to raise a full team it could have been so different.  Well done to the three of them, maybe we'll have better luck next year.
  • Particularly for the Juniors ~ please note the Notts Ninjas on tour dates are now on the Notts website see ~  Please not inpartivcular the revised date for the first session.  If you are planning to attend please let me know, so that I can give the organizers an idea about likely numbers shooting.
  • SECOND LEAGUE SHOOT ~ see  Please let me know by Monday 8th June if you plan to take part, the round you want to shoot and bow type.  That will enable me to place the entry for the club.
  • Bingham Fair 13th June ~ this is a major Have-a-go session and has been one of our big fund raisers and a source of people for beginners courses for the last few years.  We will be setting up in the morning from around 8.00 and need as many people as possible to man the stall throughout the day. We are likely to shut up shop any time in the afternoon from 3.30 onwards, depending on whether there are still people around.  I know that some of you will be shooting the Golden Arrow (good luck if you are) whilst other will want to shoot on the field but we will need bodies so if you can make it, even if it's only for an hour or so , which won't stop you shooting, then it would be good to see you on Robert Miles playing fields.

Saturday 23rd May

Sherwood Archers ~ Help For Heroes Charity Shoot 8th June

This is an evening shoot suitable for all comers and using an innovative scoring system.  For more information ~ Click Here.

We had a good turnout on the field last night, after a few disappointing evenings (I know I wasn't there either so I'm not pointing the finger at anyone).  It was particularly good to see two new members fresh from the last Beginners Course shooting and doing well.  Welcome to Kim and Julian Wenyon,  I'm sure yu will make them both very welcome.

Saturday 16th May

It was good to see Gregg Howarth back on the shooting line last night after, he tells me, a fifteen month break. Evidently his bathroom is now finished and the family are all well so we may see more of him in coming weeks.  Welcome back Gregg.

Gary Sheriston had a go with a longbow last night and clearly enjoyed himself.  He left the field muttering about his forthcoming wedding anniversary and whether a longbow was a suitable gift ~ the answer is, of course, yes but he may have to wait another few years as traditionally it's Wood for your fifth wedding anniversary ~ mind you the first is paper and what's paper made from but wood........ Good luck on that one Gary.

Later on Wednesday 13th May

Rob's funeral went off well this morning.  Three of his close friends spoke about their experience of him and I felt everything they said was spot on.  They spoke about a quiet unassuming chap with a good sense of humour who above all put others first and was always ready to help ~ without being asked.  I passed on your best wishes to Jenny and James and  told them we hope to see them on the field in the near future ~ James needs to get his bow from Bristol but I have offered to lend him one if he decides to come over sooner.

It was good to see John Hunton at the funeral.  He and those of his family that have moved to Durham have settled well by all accounts.  John and Andrew now have the luxury of living just a few hundred yards away from their club's archery field.  John shot his first York in the North East last Sunday and is doing hos next this weekend.  He keeps up to date with the club by looking at the website from time to time and pointed out that the Spring Western Results I posted a few weeks ago were in fact the entry form ~ looks like not many people had looked at that page.  The results are available here and I am also going to change the link I set up previously.


Wednesday 13th May

It's Rob Cutler's funeral later this morning so if you could find time to give him and his family a few thoughts it would not go amiss.  

Monday 11th May 

I'm pleased to let you know that the top step has been fixed so access to the field should now be a bit easier.

Friday 8th May

You may be aware that Dickinson's Real Deal is being filmed in the Leisure Centre tomorrow.  In order to accommodate the multitude of equipment that apparently requires, barriers have been put up to prevent access to all the car park spaces on the right hand side of the top end of the car park.  This will inevitably mean that parking is going to be difficult.  I also imagine that access through the centre, certainly on filming day, may be difficult and , who knows, the same may be the case round the outside of the building.  I will try to find out more during the day and let you know. Having said that the forecast for this evening isn't good (heavy rain 3.00 - 10.00pm) so it may not be an issue tonight.

Sunday 3rd May

Results of the Spring Western are available here. Congratulations to all who took part ~ whatever you score it was a fun shoot.

Today was the First League Shoot of summer 2015.  After a very wet and unpromising start we were blessed with dry weather, a changeable wind and a little sunshine.  We had just under a dozen archers taking part and whilst I don't have scores I gather we had mixed fortunes ~ Shani managed a six gold end at 60 yards but sadly shot three of them on the wrong boss, whilst Adrianne managed two eights on the wrong boss herself but still managed a PB despite suffering with a severe hangover ~ you are only 70 once.  Their trials made me feel a bit less annoyed at only shooting three of my six at one end as a result of being engrossed in conversation with Lucy Pinder (who was at her second competitive shoot) and Richard Gentle (at his umpteenth).  Jon Phillips, having decided late on Friday to take part, enjoyed the day and shot well.  Most notable was the raffle where after their third win the Sanderson brothers opted not to take the next three prizes they won, prompting me to do the same with my second and third, only to be told that one remaining prize, that I had not spotted was actually well worth having and would stand me in good stead with her indoors ~ sod's law rules and I was not drawn out of the hat again.

Don't forget the Bramcote Midsummer shoot on Wednesday 24th June ~ entry form available here.  It was always a good shoot at Rolls royce and having shot at Bramcote today I've no reason to think that it won't be any different at the new venue.


Wednesday 29th April

Equipment update ~ one of the trolleys usually in the container is away for a bit of welding, which should make it serviceable for another few years.  One of the hose reels has finally given up the ghost and needs replacing.  A new one is on order and should be with us later in the week ~ once we have it the long rope needs transferring across to the new reel, feel free to take the initiative!

Sunday's Spring Western was a social and shooting success ~ financially I understand we broke even, just.  However, that's not what it's all about.  We had, I think, eight or nine clubs represented, with Bingham, NTU and Sherwood providing the biggest groups.  There was some good shooting in excellent conditions (bright sunny and amazingly little wind) and several of our members came away with medals ~ I'll not attempt a list until i have the official results from Paul. Having mentioned Paul already, he deserves our congratulations for running a very enjoyable and efficient shoot.  I know he'll say others did their bit and probably single out Janet, who I know worked closely with him in advance and on the day, but credt where credit is due - well done Paul.

The next competition we will be hosting is the Notts Ninjas on 8th July, we host it in conjunction with Toot Hill School Archery Club.  More detail will follow but if you can make it up to help that evening it would be good to see you.

Monday 27th April

Rob Cutler ~ Following his lengthy battle with illness Rob passed away peacefully at home yesterday morning.  He had been at home for some time, which is what he and Jenny wanted, and I gather spent most of his last week in the garden, refusing to go indoors for anyone ~ doctors, nurses whoever. Rob was always quiet but good fun to be with, he enjoyed life and will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him.  

I had planned to put something on the website this morning about yesterday's Spring Western but will leave that till later in the week.

Saturday 28th March

We had a good turnout for last night's final indoor session ~ the Club Championships and Knockout Finals.  Some good scores were posted and I think everyine enjoyed themselves.  Many thanks to Steve Sanderson for blowing the whistle, the most he can manage while his dislocated thumb and injured tendons repair, and to Athena Hodge who, as our newest lady member, handed out the medals and trophies as Lady Paramount.  I forgot my camera and so there are no photos to share with you.  The results were as follows:

Gents Recurve

1st ~ Brian Thornton  ~ 270

2nd ~ James Dawkins ~ 259

3rd ~ Mick Coward      ~ 253

Gents Compound

1st ~ Ian Christopher ~ 282

Ladies Recurve

1st ~ Shani Lambert Coward ~ 246

2nd ~ Emily Hodge ~ 187

3rd ~ Athena Hodge ~ 86

Ladies Longbow

1st ~ Janet Smeeton  ~ 93

Junior Gents Recurve

1st ~ Bradley Wilson ~ 80

2nd ~ Matthew Pollard ~ 31

Junior Gents Barebow

1st ~ Lukas Burton ~ 158

Junior Gents Longbow

1st ~ John Philipps  ~ 72

Junior Ladies Recurve

1st ~ Catherine Angus ~ 244

2nd ~ Eleanor Bentley  ~ 107

Senior Knockout

1st ~ James Dawkins ~ 1456

2nd ~ Gary Sheriston ~ 1450

Junior Knockout

1st ~ Catherine Angus ~ 1435

2nd ~ Bradley Wilson ~ 1409

Finally we aware a one metre long wooden spoon for the highest scoring unrewarded archer.  Last Year Steve Sanderson "won" it and at the start he said to me that it would be good if his brother Pete was to win it this year.  I suggested that by fair means or foul that might be possible......  No jiggery-pokery was needed as Pete scored 244 making him fourth placed gent and as he was out of the medals in every other category we were happy to award him what may well become known as The Sanderson Spoon.

Don't forget we move onto the summer programme now.


Sunday 22nd March

I can now confirm that Bradley Wilson's allowance for the Junior handicap Final will be 1329.

Saturday 21st March

Final indoor and Club Championships Friday 27th March

It's our final Indoors and Club Indoor Championships this coming Friday.  Try to be there if you can as everyone is in with a chance of taking away a medal ~ pure score, handicap, knockout (OK just the finalists...).  If you are coming please arrive on time so that we can allocate targets etc ~ if you miss sighters you join in at the point we have reached and that isn't ideal.

The Results of the Knockout Semi-Finals were as follows (winners in bold):


Gary Sheriston ~ 1470 v Paul Burton  ~ 1429

Jim Johnson ~ 1419 v James Dawkins ~ 1430


Catherine Angus ~ 1434 v Eleanor Bentley ~ 1410

Lukas Burton ~1433 v Bradley Wilson ~ 1472

Their allowances for the final as as follows:

Gary ~ 1262

James ~ 1197

Catherine ~ 1191

Bradley ~ to be confirmed but less than the 1361 he enjoyed for the semi-final

Later the same evening

The entry form for the EMAS WA Double 1440 is now available ~ Click here for entry form..

Tuesday 10th March 2015

Winter Knockout
The results of the Quarter Final of the  Seniors Competition are as follows (all scores after adding on allowances) winners shown in bold:

  • James Dawkins 1441 v Ian Christopher 1440  ~ James wins by just one point
  • Steven Sanderson 1428 v Paul Burton 1432 
  • Shani Lambert Coward 1385 v Jim Johnson 1414
  • Janet Smeeton 1411 v Gary Sheriston 1449
The draw for the Semi-Finals is as follows (figures in bracket are the latest allowances):

  • James Dawkins (1197) v Jim Johnson (1215)
  • Paul Burton (1197) v Gary Sheriston (1278)
We only had four Juniors shoot in the Knockout this year which is disappointing but at least it means we have a semi final, as follows:
  • Catherine Angus (1191) v Eleanor Bentley (1289)
  • Lukas Burton (1289) v Bradley Wilson (1361)
All rounds to be shot by Friday 20th March.  The finals will form part of the Club Indoor Championships on Friday 2th March ~ which is also our final indoor shoot of the season.

Thursday 19th February 2015

The results of Round One of the Seniors Competition are as follows (all scores after adding on allowances) winners shown in bold:
  • Mick Coward 1415  ~ Vickie Bratty  1405 ~ ​​Jim Johnson (1447)
  • Adrianne Goodwin  1424 ~ David Didsbury (DNS) ~ Shani Lambert Coward 1430
  • Maurice Clarke 1440 ~ Janet Smeeton 1490
  • Pete Sanderson 1432 ~ Ian Christopher 1438
  • Steven Sanderson 1432 ~ Dan Finch (DNS ~ submitted a recurve score but as he entered as a longbow archer this was an ineligible score)
  • Christopher Dawkins 1442 ~ Paul Burton 1443
  • Gary Sheriston 1441 ~ Lee Stapelford Allen (DNS)
  • Emily Hodge 1400 ~ James Dawkins 1463
The draw for the Quarter Finals ~  to be shot by 8th March is as follows (all new allowances shown in brackets) ~ is as follows:
  • James Dawkins  (1197) v Ian Christopher (1159)
  • Steven Sanderson (1163) v Paul Burton (1197)
  • Shani Lambert Coward (1197) v Jim Johnson (1215)
  • Janet Smeeton (1317) v Gary Sheriston (1278)
Good luck to all of them.

We have still only had three Junior Archers sub,it scores despite several more shooting on a regular basis.  I have therefore decided to extend the deadline for juniors to submit a score to 8th March. 

Details of all known competitions within Notts can be found here ~ Notts County Shoots.  


Tuesday 17th February 2015

Full details of the Notts League and Oregon Challenge 2015 are now available. The League runs over three weekends starting on 3rd May with Bramcote Archers as host club followed by 14th June with Sherwood Archers as host club and finishing on 14th August with Wilford Bowmen as host club.  The Oregon Challenge takes place over the first two shoots.  Full details of the competition are available here.  The League is a great introduction to competition archery in an informal and friendly environment. Please try to take part if you can.  Let Simon know if you plan to do so and he'll sort out the entry forms.  

Sunday 7th February

Full results of the County Championships together with some photos are now available on the Notts Archery Website ~Click Here 

Well done to all who took part.  We received an email from Ian Pepper of Newark Castle Archers following the competition.  He said:

I just wondered if you could pass on my thanks to Shani Coward for looking after me in my very first competition at the weekend and congratulate her and  Natasha on a good performance thank you

Well done Shani ~ it's important that we help people along as well as shooting as well as we can. 

Monday 2nd February

I understand the club had some sucess at the County Indoor Championships yesterday. Congratulations to Ian Christopher and Sandy Sanderson who took 1st and 3rd place in the Gents Compound, Lukas Burton who was first junior Gent barebow and Catherine Angus who was second junior lady recurve.  No doubt there are others but they've not let me know yet and theCCounty website doesn't yet have the full results available. 

Saturday 31st January 2015

Members will know that we are on week 4 of a beginners course and that we moved the bosses back a bit this week.  This resulted ion rather more misses than we have had over the first three weeks of the course and at least one interesting result when Jess found a bottle left behind by an earlier user of the hall:


Saturday 24th  January 2015

Contrary to talk on the shooting line on Friday Pilgrim Bowmen's Brass Monkey Competition is on 15th (not 22nd) February. Unfortunately this clashes with the Winter Squad again this year so some of us will be unable to shoot but for everyone else it is worth going along for a friendly well-run shoot ~ with some great trophies to take away, should you be so lucky.   Click here for the entry form.

Dates for your diary ~ the Notts Summer League will take place this year on:

3rd May at Bramcote Archers

14th June at Sherwood Archers

9th August at Wilford Archers

Try to be there if you can it is a great way to see what archery is like away from Bingham but in a friendly and supportive, yes competitive too, environment.

Wednesday 21st January 2015

Next week there will be a series of consultation sessions at the Methodist Church in Bingham aimed at helping develop a Community Led Plan for Bingham.


Wed 28th  ~ 2.30pm-8pm

Thu 29th ~   10am-1pm

Sat 31st ~   9am-1pm

If you have time try to get there and express your views. More information about what this is all about and the people involved with the Steering Group is available on the Steering Group's website: Click Here

For details of the Consultation Events  ~ Click Here

Tuesday 20th January 2015

Entry forms for the Spring Western on 26th April and Open Western on 13th September are available now.

Click here for the Spring Western

Click here for the Open Western

The Open Western includes the Club Outdoor Championships and both are well worth supporting ~ even for those of you who say you are not competitive archers (like me).

Monday 19th January 2015

The Preliminary/Qualification Round for the Winter Knockout concluded yesterday.  We had eighteen senior archers submit scores so rather than eliminate those in 17th and 18th position I decided to make the first and last matches out of the hat into three way ties.  The Draw for the next round is as follows (allowances on handicap in brackets):

  • Mick Coward (1174) v Vicky Bratty (1167) v  Jim Johnson (1215)
  • Maurice Clarke (1200) v Janet Smeeton (1340)
  • Pete Sanderson (1197) v Ian Christopher (1159)
  • Steven Sanderson v Daniel Finch (1398)
  • Christopher Dawkins (1197) v Paul Burton (1200)
  • Gary Sheriston (1278)v Lee Stapleford Allen (1212)
  • James Dawkins (1209) v Emily Hodge (1257)
  • Adrianne Goodwin (1312)  v David Didsbury (1230) v Shani Lambert Coward (1197)

All matches to be shot by ~ 15th February.  The next round (quarter finals) will then be shot by 8th March, semi-finals by 22nd March with the final at our last indoor shoot on 29th March.

We have only had two junior archers shoot a round so far.  I am, therefore extending the deadline for qualifying scores until 18th February to tie in with the adults round of 16.

17th January 2015


We had a really good turnout on Friday and so far have 14 people qualified for the Winter Knockout but only two in the Junior Section.  So all Juniors get shooting I can extend the deadline for you to shoot by a week or so.

Please accept my apologies ~ the entry form for the Spring Western (26th April) is not on the website yet.  It will be there soon.  In the meantime speak to Simon or Paul if you need more details.

Janet's mystery prize for the FOSS was presented on Friday ~ a Bristol Blue Glass Penguin.  I will be posting a Bingham shirt to New Zealand and a painting of the Robin Hood Statue (not the same one as last year) to Minchinhampton early next week.dd your content here