We were pleased to host our first Have A Go in our new indoor venue for the National Association of Retired Firefighters group.
With a good sized party of 14 visitors our coaches were kept busy and a good humoured evening was had by all. Tea and biscuits followed by medal presentations ended the visit to applause and poses for photographs.
Here are some of our coaches in action.
On Saturday 14th February 2015 we opened the new building for members to shoot. A Portsmouth round was organised for the afternoon followed by the grand opening ceremony with Brenda and Peter Greaves being our honoured guests. We then had a hog roast followed by cake and celebratory drinks.
Around one hundred people attended during the day with enthusiastic observations from those who had not seen the building during its construction. The group who have worked so hard to bring the clubhouse to its completion are both relieved and proud to see it finally open for shooting.
It was great to see so many archers turn out for Ian’s Memorial shoot.
Blazing sunshine, hoar frost and sub-zero temperatures made for a perfect January day on which to have a shoot. The temperature may have been sub-zero but the atmosphere was anything but with good banter, drinks and lots of home made cakes to be had!
Watched by Ian’s family, a three arrow salute was shot before the start of the Frostbite. They also managed to stay right to the end of the shoot despite the cold.
We will miss Ian very much, he was a real gentleman and loved by everyone who knew him.
The results of the shoot can be found here.
More photos of the shoot are on the club Flickr site.
It was with great sadness and a heavy heart that I learnt of the passing of Ian Wright on Monday of this week.
He was a much loved shooting friend.
My thoughts and commiserations go out to Mary, David and his family.
Ian was to me what archery is all about- to quote the GNAS motto – Union, Trueheart and Courtesy. Ian was all of those things, and more: a true gentleman in every sense of the word.
I had the pleasure of shooting many longbow rounds with Ian as did all his friends at Derwent and beyond in the archery community.
We worked on the shooting line at Chatsworth for many years helping to raise funds for the club.
On Wednesday the pork pie and sausage roll club meet to shoot a round – a light-hearted assembly of like-minded archers to shoot and enjoy longbow archery. Ian, a founder member and pork pie stalwart will be sorely missed; indeed, it will never be the same again.
His presence was guaranteed to bring laughter and amusement, a true character. We will all miss him.
On Wednesday instead of shooting a round the boys shot one arrow each, and drank a wee dram as a tribute to Ian and everything he stood for in the archery community – Mick, Doug, Malcolm, John and myself Derek Woodhouse.
ArcheryGB’s January challenge is back again this coming January. In 2014, the Challenge really took off. ArcherGB received a fantastic 1801 entries, from over 150 clubs. This year they would, at the very least, like to break 2,500!
Jane Henderson-Hirst has offered to coordinate for Derwent, so please send your scores to her jane.derwentbowmen @ live.co.uk .
So what do you need to do to enter?
- Just shoot a Portsmouth round (20yds, 5 doz. arrows on a 60cm face. 3 arrows an end) during January
- Make sure you fill in the total, hits and golds (tens) and that someone witnesses it
- Send it to Jane with your name, gender, bow type, and whether you started shooting this year*
- Only one score may be entered per bow type: Recurve, Compound, Longbow and Barebow (if you shoot all four bows then you get to enter 4 scores!)