After a break last year during lock down, the Malvern Archers New Years Day shoot made a welcome return this year. As it was unclear whether there might be tighter restrictions post-Christmas the arrangements came late. However a small group of members congregated at the field for a 10.30am start. We shot our usual National Round, with a few less experienced members shooting shorter variants.
The weather was very kind. A little drizzle during setup stopped in time for shooting and held off throughout. There was even a little weak sunshine. The fact the day is likely to be the warmest New Year’s Day on record made it almost T-shirt weather.
Warmest thanks to Kelly and Tony for bringing down a selection of bacon and sausage sandwiches which were enjoyed at the change of distance.
An obligatory trip to the Nags Head to sit outside for a drink was made more interesting by the power cut. This meant we had to make do with bottles and cans and cash payment, although one person did manage to squeeze in a double gin.
Next year will hopefully be under better circumstances and we will try and get more people back to this fun way to start the archery year.
Recently quite a few people have expressed an interest in learning archery with Malvern Archers. It truly is a sport that allows people of all ages and genders to come together and participate in a lovely inclusive environment in normal times. This last 18 months has been very challenging for a small club. We have managed to run 2 beginners’ courses over that time, and they have been enjoyable for coaches and participants.
While the ongoing Covid situation may appear to be easing it is still not under full control and we feel it may yet come back in another wave. This has continued to make it a challenge for experienced archers and to run an active club. For newer archers it has made it particularly hard to really get a solid start into the sport.
We have thought long and hard about running another course in September. The uncertainty in what new archers will be able to do once the course has finished, as well as the workload on our volunteer coach workforce means we have taken the difficult decision not to run a course this September. I understand this is probably not what you want to hear. However, we want to make sure that at the point you do get to start archery we can give you the best opportunity to turn your course into a life-long love for the sport.
We are currently building a waiting list, prioritised by when people contact us. As soon as we have details of our next course(s) we will let you know. We are hoping to run several consecutive courses early in 2022 (or maybe as early as December) indoors – covid safety permitting.
Please feel free to email me (at email@example.com) with a request to go on the waiting list.
Secretary, Malvern Archers
It has been a long and difficult lockdown, but finally we see the light at the end of the tunnel. In line with the Government plan for England, Archery GB have issued updated rules for clubs to allow outdoor Archery to resume. To allow this to take place we, as a committee, have 8 key points to comply with to reopen the range. We had a meeting last night and you will get updated information emailed to you over the next few days from Dave our Secretary.
The intention is to reopen the range on or shortly after Monday 29th March 2021, with the same shooting booking system, lane and target rules in place as prior to the lockdown. All safety measures, hand sanitization and social distancing rules will remain and it will be a condition of use of the field that members follow these rules.
The new Archery GB rules give some flexibility in areas such as access toilet facilities or key equipment such as metal detectors, some of our rules are therefore being updated with the procedures to follow in these areas, so when they arrive please read carefully.
The Ground team will be mowing and preparing the field for shooting over the weekend, weather permitting, though it may take a couple of weeks of good weather to get it into it’s usual first class condition, so please be patient.
There have been some changes at the top of the field with a new fence having been installed beyond and to the right of the bank and 100 yard line.
Please, if like me you have not been shooting for a while, and doing much less exercise than You should have, restart carefully. warm up first, consider lower poundage bow/limbs and start on shorter distances, rebuilding your technique before trying a York or Hereford round, just because you could in 2019.
Look out for the Email , and stay safe.
I am really pleased to announce that our range assessment went very well this morning. The assessor was very happy with the range and was very complimentary about what a nice place we had to shoot.
Pending arrival and sign off of the the paper work in the next couple of days we will be all set for the next 3 years of outdoor shooting.
The 3rd Vintage Recurve Challenge was competed for at Manor Park, Malvern. Due to lockdown restrictions, there were only two targets available at the same distance, being 70m, so it was decided to shoot the more modern WA70 round. The contest was between Paul Clay shooting a Yamaha EX and Peter Webb shooting a Hoyt Gold Medalist. Both using aluminium arrows. Starting at 7:30am, the weather was good with the odd annoying breeze giving us something to contend with.
Both archers started well with Paul hitting a 51 and Pete a 55, but as the breeze picked up things soon went a little wayward.
The result was always going to be a close, Paul finished with a superb 571 but was just beaten by Pete’s 576.
It was great to be shooting outdoors again and having a bit of competition. Hopefully, as restrictions ease, we can have more competitors involved next time!