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, Davis 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!)
We have entered the club into the DCAA Winter League for the Frostbite this year!
To participate you need to shoot a Frostbite round, which is 10 zone scoring, 36 arrows at 30m on an 80cm face ie a small face. As with all recorded rounds, this needs to be witnessed by someone else and your score sheet signed by them – so just shoot in two’s and you will be fine.
If your a new or old member just have a go at it. We need some more scores in this weekend, especially for recurve.
Below are the scores for 2/11/14 which we can use so far! Continue reading
This year we will be combining Trophy night with the Christmas party!
We are looking in to having a hog roast or possibly a pizza van. The date for the party has not been set but is likely to be in December and hopefully on a Saturday.
Before we can get a price and book the catering, we need to know how many people will be coming along. So please contact Christine as soon as possible, to let her know and book your place, as she is not a mind reader (though I’ve heard otherwise).
Please email Christine asap firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking forward to seeing you all there!
It may be cold and wet outside but don’t let your archery get rusty over the winter. Why not take advantage of the Derbyshire coaches to keep your skills up.
Derbyshire coaches are running four winter coaching sessions (indoors) at the Speedwell rooms, Staveley.
These coaching sessions will be staffed by Archery GB qualified coaches and are open to all archers who are affiliated to DCAA shooting recurve, compound, longbow or barebow. Junior archers must be accompanied by their parent or guardian throughout each session.
Please see the attached flier for full details.
“Derbyshire Hotshots” is a training scheme which follows the Archery GB pathway for young archers. Strength conditioning exercises; drills skills as well as coaching and equipment advice will be covered in each of these sessions. All of this is delivered by qualified AGB coaches.
This is also a great opportunity to meet other young archers from archery clubs around the county. Continue reading