A Happy New Year to Everyone !
Hopefully everyone has recovered from the festivities and are ready for the new shooting season.
I would like to say a great big thank you to everyone who attended our Christmas meal at Walton Sports & Social Club . This year's Christmas meal is already booked for December 14th and the lovely Carol has arranged for a live band to perform for us- so we will be rocking away to the sounds of "DB3". So you have absolutely NO excuse for not attending -put it in your diary NOW.
On to more pressing matters. On Sunday 13th of January we are holding our signature competition "TWA Double Portsmouth" (The Crystal Shoot). This is a significant competition on our calendar so if you wish to enter then you need to see Tony Rollin as soon as possible to find out if there are any places still available. New members who have never seen a competition before will find the experience very useful and if you wish to enter your first competition then there are plenty of people around to hold your hand.
However, we desperately need help from the members of the club and if you can assist us in any of the following areas I will be very grateful.
We will be setting up the shoot on Saturday 12th of January (at the moment I do not know what time we can have access to the hall) so we will need a couple of people to help me load up the van at Slazengers and another 7 or 8 to help set up the range at QEGS.
We need donations of raffle prizes -so those presents that you didn't quite convince Great Aunt Mildred that it was just what you always wanted please donate to the club. I am sure that you don't really need that other box of" Heroes " or that bottle of Pinot Grigio. In addition, we need donations of cakes and buns to sell on the day as well as bodies to help serve refreshments and to act as as a field party.
It is a long day but it is very rewarding and the proceeds all go to keeping your fees down so please "do yout bit".
On Sunday 10th of March we are hosting the "YAA Indoor Championship" so get your entries in for that too.
We do intend to put on the usual array of " Clout-Field and classification shoots" next year so wax your string and get down to the club.
Finally - please be aware that there are a number of nights when we will be unable to shoot this term . I will try and remind you down at the club but please take the stabilisers off and familiarise yourself with the shooting callendar.
All the best.
Congratulations to Christine Heap who has just achieved "Master Bowman " status.
Christine has sent me the following details-
To gain a classification an archer has to shoot 3 qualifying scores at competition during a year.
My favourite type of archery is clout as most of you know. There are separate classifications for clout archery as opposed to target archery. I gained 5 qualifying scores throughout the summer of 2018 in the metric clouts - but for master bowman 1 score has to be imperial, 1 score metric and 1 other either imperial or metric. The imperial score proved difficult for me to achieve. As the season was drawing to a close I was unsure if I could get the imperial score I needed.
At the National Clout Championships held at Bronte Archers in Bradford in October I achieved the score to complete my trio of scores.
I had to submit the Official Result Sheets with details of where and when I shot them to Andrew Neal ( National Clout Organiser and Award Administrator)