Canterbury Archers founded 1955

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Little Stanley Cup 2015

Congratulations to all who took part in the tournament on what could arguably be described as "The coldest 2 days of the Winter".

Despite that we managed to raise £260 for Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity and Stanley was able to put in an appearance as our Lord Paramount.

There were other winners apart from GOSH and they were

Kevin Twyman (Recurve), Grahame Andrews (Longbow) and Mark Kenyon (Compound)

Once again thank you for all your generous donations and it isn't too late to donate if you weren't able to take part!! 

Cheques made payable to Canterbury Archers, BACS transfer details below or cash when you next appear at the club will be greatly appreciated. I will not be sending a cheque for at least 2 weeks so no excuse!

BACS details:  A/C no.  39799803, Sort Code  09-01-53,  ref details GOSH followed by your surname eg. GOSHSmith

A special thank you to Rosemary Hewett for her magnificent cakes.

Visit Photo Gallery for more pictures

ontarget Club Competition 2015

The club is entered automatically in this competition and this year our first round match is at home against Romney Marsh Bowmen

Before I commit the club I need to know if there is any interest.

The ontarget Club Competition is a knockout team competition where clubs host or travel to a match. Clubs are initially drawn with others from their Counties or Regions to minimise travel.

Each team consists of 4 archers of whom 2 must be recurve archers and 2 must be compound archers (although recurve archers can be classified as compound archers). The team of archers must be of mixed gender and archers should be 14 years old or older.

Matches are around 2 hours long and will consist of 3 rounds of 2 dozen arrows at 50m on an 80cm face, with archers shooting ends of 6 arrows. Each round sees the team shoot as Team, a Pair and finally as an Individual against the other team.

If you are interested please sign up on the board asap so I can make a decision as to whether we continue. The first round must be completed in April and we have been drawn against Romney Marsh Bowmen.

For further information please speak to Glyn Levis.

County Championships August 16th 2015

Places in the County Championship Tournament for this year are filling fast. If you are interested in entering you will need to do so NOW

An entry form can be found here.

You have been warned!!



Application forms for the Canterbury 2-Way Longbow Shoot and the KAA WA1440 tournaments are available for download on the "Tournaments and Events Page".

This page is updated on a regular basis so check for your application forms.

Longbow for Sale

Lee Delo has a Yew Self Bow for sale.

Visit the For Sale page for full dtails

Bayley at the National Indoor Championships

Congratulations to Bayley at the recent Indoor Championships. On the Saturday she came 3rd in her age group and was a member of the winning England Team. Sunday was open to all age groups. She had a promising start, at one time tying with Andrea Gales, but unfortunately was unable to progress to the Head-to-Heads.

If you watch the video above you will catch a glimpse of Bayley during the shooting.

Looking for a Longbow

Looking to treat yourself to a Longbow.

Visit the For Sale page. 

Judy Hutchins is selling hers and has reduced the price!!

********Bayley Picked to Shoot for England!********

Congratulations to Bayley Sargeant on being chosen to represent England at the National Indoor Championships in December. Watch this space for the results.

In the same event, Ryan Holden, a recently joined associate member who is a member of the Thanet Archers, has also been chosen. Well done to both these 2 young talented archers.

REMINDER Don't forget to vote for Bayley in the Kent Regional Newspapers Young Sports Person of the Year. Details below.

Fred Noone's Birthday Present from the Club

Thanks to James Paine's generous donation of his time, we were able to present Fred with the ride of a lifetime. He had always wanted to experience the thrill of a flight in a glider. Up stepped James who is not only a pilot but an instructor as well.

The day chosen couldn't have been better as the photographs show.

Fred was not disappointed describing it as fabulous!

Visit the Photo Gallery for more images, the images have now been loaded!

Many thanks to James for organising this and to Sheila who managed to identify that Fred wanted to do it.

Junior National Rankings

Bet you can't guess who is ranked number 5 in the National Junior Ranking List for compound archers!!!

Click here to find out.

(5th, 5th, it's just not good enough!)

Seriously, well done to you know who.

Kent Regional Newspapers Young Sports Person of the Year

Great News!!! 

Bayley Sargeant has been shortlisted for the Kent Regional Newpapers sports awards, Young Sports Person of the Year.  We need people to vote for her so that she may be able to get to the finals to be held at Eastwell Manor.

There is a voting slip in the Canterbury Times this week, and it will be printed again for the next two weeks.  The paper can be picked up free of charge at Supermarkets (we found ours in Sainsburys).  You have to fill in her name and then the voting code of 2029. complete with name, address etc.  We are quite happy to collect voting slips that have been completed and the Sargeants will post them.

Alternatively, people can text their vote by texting:  KN SPORT 2029 then their name space  house number space and postcode to 63333.  Text cost 50p plus standard network rate message.  ie: KN SPORT 2029 Sam Sargeant 36 CT2 9AF. 

For more details talk to Sam. Bayley or Jason Sargeant

59th William Somner 7th September 2014 

What a great day for Canterbury Archers!

Click here for the full results.

A very foggy morning greeted those that came early to set up the field and those who arrived early to set up their tents. 

But in good old Canterbury style the fog lifted to reveal the 24 targets set out to precision by the field party aided by Steve Gower.

The morning started quite hot and sunny with little if any wind, and stayed nice throughout the whole day. 

All archers I spoke to throughout the day had a great time and were hoping to return next year for the 60th William Somner.

Nigel Gower beavered away over the scores periodically  coming out into the light to update the leader board.

As the last arrows were tallied and archers made the claims for Rose Awards/6 Gold Ends, Nigel went into overdrive handing Tony (Tournament Organiser) the final results just before the drawing of the first raffle ticket.

So how did we do

Gents shooting the York


6th James Paine

12th Jacob Davies-Pyke

15th George Jeffery

19th Mark Byles

21st Tim Weyman


4th Jason Sargeant

8th Mark Kenyon

13th Graham Goldfinch


4th Mark Jones

Ladies shooting the Hereford


3rd Rosemary Hewett

5th Debbie Paine


1st Theresa Gower

2nd Sheila Pocock


1st Rachel Jones

Junior Recurves

Bristol II

1st Charlie Wallace

Bristol IV

2nd Joshua Kerr also receiving the Daphne Skeet Mole Plate

Junior Compounds

Bristol II

1st Bayley Sargeant also receiving most compound gold's trophy

Shooting below classified round

Keith Potter

Alex Wellard

Winning Compound Team

Bayley Sargeant, Theresa Gower and Jason Sargeant

Winning Recurve Team

Rosemary Hewett, Debbie Paine and James Paine.

Full results can be found here. For more images visit the Photo Gallery

Theresa Gower

Junior National Championships 5th and 6th July

Congratulations to Bayley in being chosen to shoot for England on the Saturday of the Championships. She won on both days Metric 3 on Saturday and Bristol 3 on the Sunday. Follow this link to the Archery GB website for more details.

Help Needed for Bayley Sargeant

Can you help Bayley achieve her goal?

 She is having to travel all over the country to get qualifying scores for International selection. Together with overnight accommodation this is proving to be very expensive. How can you help? 

Easy, just click on the link below, vote for Bayley and tell all your friends to do the same.

Alternatively you could help by sponsoring Bayley!!!!

New Page Addedd

I have added a new page to the website entitled "Longbow News". If anybody has any news relating to longbows and longbow tournaments then let me know and I can add it to this section.

Stanley Turner

I have received a message from Stanley's dad, Clint,  telling me that young Stanley is to undergo major surgery on Wednesday at Great Ormond Street Hospital. He has been having problems with his balance, falling over up to 20 times a day. It is caused by pressure from the brain stem pushing on his spine. The operation will try to relieve this pressure by removing some bone to create more space. Clint tells me that the operation has a 50% chance of being successful. Our thoughts and wishes go out to Stanley and of course to the rest of his family, Clint, Claire, Harriet and young Freddy

Clint has promised to keep us up to date with his progress and I will keep you informed via the website.  

I have posted more photographs taken at the time of the Little Stanley Cup and they can be seen in our Photo Gallery.

Little Stanley Cup Tournament

Congratulations to this years winners of the Little Stanley Cup.

James Paine, Jason Sargeant and Alex Wellard are seen here receiving their trophies from the Lord Paramount, 5 year old Stanley Turner. Stanley, after whom the tournament is named, was making his 3rd appearance at the event and I'm pleased to announce that records were broken all round. Not only did Jason possibly break the club compound frostbite record but provisional figures indicate that we have raised in access of £500 which is in itself a new record. This is in spite of only shooting over the one day instead of the two we normally shoot.

Thanks to Clare and Clint Turner for allowing Stanley to officiate and a special thank you to all who made a contribution.  

If there is anyone who was not able to contribute to this very worthy cause and would like to, it's not too late!

Contact Glyn Levis via email and he will gladly take your money! More photos to follow.

`Little Stanley" Cup 

Don't forget the Little Stanley Cup this Sunday. All proceeds towards GOSH (Great Ormond Street Hospital) Charity.

Stanley Turner will be making a guest appearance. The round will be a Frostbite so everyone can take part. Please be there and support this worthy cause.

Visit "Little Stanley Cup" page for details

Bayley Sargeant

Bayley joined the club in the Summer of last year after completing the beginners' course. She very quickly moved to compound shooting and with the help of Steve Gower has made a considerable impact on the archery scene. 

Her latest achievement was to win the Southern Counties Junior Girl Indoor and being placed 3rd overall in the ladies section. To do this she shot yet another Portsmouth personal best which now stands at 569. Prior to this she achieved a Junior Bowman score in August, Six Gold End and Red Rose award at the William Somner, Kent Indoor Champion, at Allington Castle she was placed 1st in the Portsmouth and Worcester rounds and 1st for the Double Trophy and holds several county records. It came as no surprise when she was awarded the Archer of the Year Trophy at Canterbury.

Not to be outdone, her father Jason, is also showing considerable promise with personal bests being achieved on a weekly basis. 

Who knows what these 2 may achieve in the future. Watch this space for details.

If you are performing well or know of anybody who is then email me with the details so that we may share in your/their success.

Club Colours

You will remember at the AGM the subject of club colours was raised. It was felt by some that a fresh approach to clothing would be worth looking at as most clubs now have a very distinctive club identity. I promised that I would put a link to a site where you can play around with some designs and colours.

The site is

Feel free to be as creative as you wish. For those of you not familiar with our club tassel colours they are red and black. So something incorporating these plus perhaps green and white would be a starting point. Opposite is an example. I chose Polo Shirt Designer Tool.

 Print off your ideas and share them with us. Look forward to seeing your efforts.

If you prefer you can save your design to your computer (it will be saved as a jpeg) and then send it to me and I will collate all suggestions and display them on the website at a later date.

Two-Way Longbow Shoot in July

The Annual Two-Way Longbow Shoot is being held this year on Saturday July 5th. The fine weather has been ordered and by then the rain will be a thing of the past!

Application forms can be found here and full details here.

We hope to see lots of you enjoying what has become a regular feature on the longbow circuit.

Rules of Shooting (latest edition)

The latest edition of the Rules of Shooting is available for download from the Archery GB website. For those relatively new to shooting these rules are essential reading. For the rest of us there are some changes introduced in March 2013 which are worth reading.

Copies of the Shooting Administration Procedure are also available for download. Click on SAP.

Handicap Tables for 2014

Your new handicaps and classifications for 2014 are now available. Visit the Handicap 2014 page for a full list.

Car Damage in the Car Park

Last Sunday, 8th December, Steve Ricket discovered that his car had been damaged whilst parked in the school parking area. If anyone has any information about this incident please would they contact Steve 07947734333 or any member of the committee. Photographs of the damage, which can be seen in the clubhouse,  would indicate that the offending vehicle was either white or cream. 

Kent Archery Association Clout Championship

Congratulations to Philip Faithfull and Rachel Jones for becoming the Kent Archery Association's County Clout Champions. Despite strong winds which made shooting in one of the directions extremely difficult, they both came out on top. In addition Chris Clark was a very creditable 3rd. If anyone has any photographs please let me have them and I will display them on the site.
Click here to see the full results.

William Somner Results

If you are looking for the results of the William Somner visit the website of Castle Moat and Folkestone for a full list.

Ind Coope Team Nationals

Congratulations to the teams who represented Canterbury at the recent 33rd Ind Coope National held at Leaves Green near Biggin Hill.

The recurve team of Kevin Twyman, Mark Kenyon and Rosemary Hewett kept up the tradition of winning this tournament with a stunning performance to beat Crystal Palace by 37 points. In third place was Canterbury's other team of Mark Byles, James Paine and Debbie Paine who missed second place by just 17 points

Not to be outdone by their recurve colleagues, the longbow team of Grahame Andrews, Philip Faithfull and Rachel Jones were equally dominant winning their match by 133 points!

In the individual competition for recurves, Canterbury came 2nd ,3rd, 4th and 5th. The longbow men were 1st and 4th, ladies 1st.
Rosemary and Debbie were 3rd and 4th in the ladies recurve.
Full results sheet

Recent James Bond themed Fun Shoot

Good fun was had by all at the recent fun shoot based on the theme of James Bond.

 To view more photographs of the event visit the Photo Gallery page.

A big thank you to all who helped to arrange the event.

Annual Two-Way Longbow Shoot July 6th

The highlight of the club's longbpw year was held on Saturday 6th July under warm and sunny conditions. Once again Annette from Rochford Archery was on hand to supply all archers needs and she kindly sponsored some of the target faces.
It was good to see Clinton Hill looking so much better after his operation and we wish him well for the future.. Clinton is now making bows full time and if any of you have tried one of his bows you will know how good they are. He is offering much more than a bow, you will get an opportunity to try your bespoke bow before you buy and he will be giving a 30 minute lesson on your bow for no extra charge. Emai to Clinton at for more details.

Results of the shoot can be found here. More photographs in the Photo Gallery.

Sylvia Hogbin Memorial Shoot at Thanet Archers 16th June 2013

Well done to all who supported Thanet Archers at their annual Sylvia Hogbin Shoot. The results can be found here but a special mention should go to Mark Kenyon for his performance. He was the winner of the Silver Salver and picked up a further 2 Gold Medals in the process.

Other notable results were James Paine and Mark Byles were 1st and 2nd in the Gents Recurve, Debbie Paine and Belinda Gallop were 1st and 2nd in the Ladies Recurve, Mark Jones and Philip Faithfull 1st and 2nd in the Gents Longbow and Kim Curtis 1st in the Ladies Longbow. Not a bad day for Canterbury!

Full results can be found here.

Mini-Somner 9 June 2013

Congratulations to all the winners from Sunday's Mini-Somner. Full results can be found here.

Lost Bits!

Many thanks to the members who were helping me on Sunday to search for the proverbial needle in a haystack, a lost washer and bolt from my sight! Although unsuccessful all is not lost. A very nice man from Clickers was able to supply the missing part. You may wish to visit his website or if you need help in anything just ask for Graham (Harris), you will not be disappointed.



Seven Canterbury Archers attended the Southern Counties Archery Society One Hundred Champion Meeting held at Winchester last week, 14th, 15th, 16th, and 17th May, 2013.
Tuesday 14th was for a Longbow Double Nation Round.
Wednesday the 15th and Thursday 16th was for York and Hereford Rounds.
And Friday 17th was a Ladies and Gentemen, Handicap Long National Round.
Weather for Tuesday and Wednesday was wet, but it all cleared up for Thursday and Friday.
Tea, coffee and biscuits were served morning and afternoons and an excellent hot meal or sandwiches were available lunch time.
It was a very friendly and well organised tournament and a good time had by all. More photographs can be found in the Photo Gallery
Keith Pocock

Tonbridge Archers 35th Birthday Shoot

Canterbury Archers swept the board at the recent Tonbridge Archers Annual Birthday Shoot held at the Schools of Sommerhill ground near Tonbridge. There were wins for Rachel Jones (LB), Rosemary Hewett (Rec) and Sheila Pocock (Com) in the Ladies Section and not to be out done wins also for Mark Jones (LB) and James Paine (Rec) in the Men's Section. Congratulations also to Mark Jones for winning the Sue Redsell Handicap Trophy.
Sadly it wasn't all success. Despite doubling his usual stake in the raffle (up from a £1 to £2) Gary Pritchard failed to come away with a prize and has now exausted his budget for the year!
Thanks to Tonbridge Archers for providing us with lunch, afternoon tea and scorers on each target.
The more observant amongst you may be asking what happened in the Gents Compound section. Canterbury did not have an entry, in fact there were no mens compound archers entered.

Longbow Frostbite Awards

On Sunday 7th April members of Canterbury Archers attended Castle Moat and Folkstone for the Annual end of season Longbow Frostbite and Awards Ceremony.
At the beginning of this season longbow archers from Canterbury, Castle Moat and Folkstone and Thanet paid an entry fee of £5 each which would go to charity.
Each club also entered a team of four. Representing Canterbury were Mark and Rachel Jones, Chris Clark and Mark Esdale.
At the end of five months of Frostbite, Canterbury were first by a large margin.
The individual Frostbite was won by Grahame Andrews who received a trophy and the cosetted Silver Arrow, which is a handmade arrow by Malcom Keene from CM and F. He is a master fletcher. This was Grahame's third victory and he was very pleased to receive his arrow to go with his other two. Chris Clark was second, only 25 points behind Grahame but did manage to record the highest score of 282 for a Frostbite. Bob Gawler was in third place.
The prizes were presented by a representative from Pilgrim's Hospice. A cheque was also presented to her for £300. More photos here.

Report by Chris Clark

Compound Catastrophe

On the morning of Sunday 21st April on a perfect day for shooting, Patrick Sinnett-Smith was shooting his compound bow. He was on the line at full draw when there was a horrible splitting noise (no not Steve Gower's trousers). Bits flew from Patrick's bow in all directions, fortunately the arrow did not fly far but other bits did. The good news is that Patrick was uninjured and he is now on the internet looking for a new bow.

In the meantime, anybody got any gaffer tape?

Report by Chris Clark

More photographs here.

GOSH "Little Stanley Cup"

Thank you to all who took part in this event. I am very pleased to say that we managed to raise £475 over the weekend and this has been sent to Great Ormond Street Hospital  together with some photographs of the event. If you would like to see more than visit our Photo Gallery. Thanks also to Stanley Turner for being our Lord Paramount for the day. I think he enjoyed the responsibility despite the cold weather!.

Demelza House

We have received  thank you letters from Demelza House and PSA (Prostate Cancer Support Association). Click on the relevant names to read the letters. Thanks to all who supported the charities.
Demelza Hospice Care for Children and PSA Kent

Little Stanley Cup Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th January

It's that time of the year again when we will be competing for the prestigious 'Little Stanley Cup', possible the smallest trophy in the country as opposed to the 'Stanley Cup', the largest trophy in the world. Whilst the American and Canadian Ice hockey teams will be competing for huge sums of money we shall be attempting to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). Last year we raised £450, can we do better this year?

All are welcome to enter on Saturday and Sunday, just turn up as usual and shoot a frostbite round. Your shooting fees will be donated to GOSH and of course we would like you to add some of your loose change to the collecting tin as well. Ask your friends and family for a donation to help swell the coffers. 

If you are only going to shoot once in the winter then this is the weekend to do it, we need as many as possible to enter this fun activity. Please make every effort to enter or even just come along and donate some money. 

If you would like to know why we are doing this for GOSH and why it's called the 'Little Stanley Cup' then visit our 'Little Stanley Cup' page.

It may well change how you feel!

Saturday 26th January and Sunday 27th January

Friarsgate 3D Shoot

"On the morning of Sunday 30th December six members of Canterbury Archers (Sally Newman Captain, Ray Newman, Mark and Rachel Jones, Chris Clark and Philip Faithfull)  set off for the Friars Gate 3D Field Shoot. (Friars Gate is in Sussex not far from the Blue Bell Railway).
Sally, Mark and Chris clasping their Christmas presents and eager to try them, new American Flat bows.
Also attending this event were five members of our old rivals Thanet Archery Club led by their captain Bob Gawler, proudly wearing his Canterbury fleece!

It had been decided sometime before this event that Canterbury and Thanet would hold their own competition for the right to win the magnificant 3D Grizzly Bear Trophy made by our own Ray Newman.
The weather was fine, we were spilt into groups of three, Thanet into five (safety in numbers!!!) and off we went to shoot at the  14 x3D animal targets including a dinosaur, crocodile, deer, porcupine and grizzly bear. The course was shot twice and all the scores added together. It was a close run competition, the first five scores from each team were taken, Canterbury scored 1910 and Thanet 1794. Our proud captain Sally was only too pleased to accept this magnificant trophy on behalf of the Canterbury Archers.
We were pleased that overall Mark Jones won the Gents Longbow and Rachel Jones won the  Ladies Longbow.
A great day out, lots of fun and laughter."
Chris Clark

Visit the Photo Gallery for more images.

Membership Modernisation Consultation

Archery GB are proposing to radically change the way in which you pay your subscription each year. Click on the link below to find the details and please consider completing the survey of your views. If you wish you can submit them to the Membership Secretary for collation and I will put them before the committee and we can send of a Canterbury Archers response.

Membership Documentation Consultation
Feedback link (to be completed by 31 January, 2013)

There will be a hard copy available in the club house for you to read if you prefer but please do not remove it.

AGM Friday 30 November, 7.00pm

As promised, you can access the Accounts information by clicking on the links below. Please print your own paper copy if required as there will only be a limited number of copies available on the night. 
Balance Sheet
Statement of Accounts
Notes on Statement

Gareth Barnard's Farewell

Today (18 November 2012) we said farewell to Gareth after 10 years of membership of the club. He is moving to Devon to seek challenges anew and we wish him every success in this new chapter of his life. We shall miss his cheery presence and the contribution he made to the beginners courses and beer festival.

Sadly, Gareth was unable to stay for the excellent food provided by Karen and Mark Steele and Rosemary Hewett. Rosemary's  cake was a sight to be seen and far too good to be eaten. Nevertheless we managed it! Thank you to these three for all their time and effort undertaken on our behalf.

Further photographs can be seen in the Photo Gallery.

Ed. A reminder about the AGM to be held on Friday 30 November at Hersden. The venue is at Chislet Bowling Club, (which is at Hersden!) and the event starts at 7.00pm followed by the awards evening. Food is provided. Please make every effort to attend. The address is: Hersden Recreation Centre, The Avenue, near Canterbury, CT3 4HL

Fred Noone 90, Sunday 28 October 2012

Once again, we had an enjoyable end to the Summer shooting season by holding the now annual 'Fred Noone 90'. This consists of 90 arrows at 30m, changing the size of the faces after each set of 30. There was a a ding-dong battle at the top between Mark Kenyon and Steve Gower with Mark eventually coming out on top by 2 points! In third place was Kevin Twyman. The full results sheet can be seen on the noticeboad in the clubhouse.
Thanks go to Grahame Andrews and Chris Clark for providing the very welcome bacon rolls and Rosemary Hewett for the cakes.
Many congratulations to Fred on reaching the ripe old age of 91 and still shooting regularly!!!

I have been asked to point out that although Kevin Twyman was placed third in this tournament, he was, in fact, the highest placed recurve archer.
Ed. Guess who asked me to point this out?

Ypres Trip Sunday 7 October 2012

Many thanks to Ray and Sally Newman for organising the visit to Ypres and the cemetries and trenches of World War I. It was both a moving and thought provoking experience and visits to the cemetries from both sides of the conflict brought home the enormous sacrifices made by young men in this War on our behalf. The day was completed by our attendance at the ceremony held daily at the Menin Gate.
More photographs are available in the Photo Gallery and there is a dedicated page for you to read more. Click here.

American Handicap Shoot Sunday 23 September

Well done to those hardy souls who managed to shoot in the steady rain on Sunday. The forecasters were spot on in predicting that the rain would begin at 10 o'clock.
 ...and a special congratulations to the winners and runners up in all the categories. A full list of the results is available on the noticeboard but individual winners were as follows. Recurve was won by Micheal Irwin, compound by David Rowbotham and longbow by Susan Davies.

Winter Shooting Programme

Click here for details of the Winter Shooting Programme.

Gazebo at Canterbury

Congratulations to Steve, Kevin and Rosemary who managed to put up the new gazebo without too many incidents. One or two members were called upon to help wtth the legs but on the whole the tent went up with very little effort.

Its first use will be at the William Somner on Sunday 2nd September. 

As a reminder, there will be no shooting on Sunday because of this tournament but do come along to watch or even lend a hand with the running of it. Rochford Archery will be there with a stall so just the opportunity to purchase those little items you have promised yourself.

Fox Independance Day Shoot Sunday 8th July

Despite the dreadful weather, all Canterbury members seemed to enjoy their day at St Michael's School Otford. In keeping with the day an American Round was shot and the hosts provided a ploughmans lunch and strawberries and cream for afternoon tea. A full copy of the results can be found here but some notable scores were Sheila Pocock winning best gold and Rachel Jones coming second in the ladies longbow. Thank you to Fox Archers for laying on a well organised tournament.

Longbow Tournament Saturday 7th July

A succesful Longbow Shoot was enjoyed by all on Saturday 7th July. Visit the Photo Gallery page to see pictures of the event.

A full list of the results can be found here.

Many thaanks to all members and friends who helped on the day.

Winter Portsmouth and Frostbite Results 2011

The results of this years Winter Outdoor and Indoor Shooting have now been added to the Winter Results page. Click here to see them.

Want to know your handicap?

If you would like to know your handicap at the end of each shoot then try this simple website. Just add your score, bowstyle and the name of the round you have been shooting and it will work it out for you. Click here to visit the website, archersmate.

Thanks to Mark and Rachel Jones for pointing us to this.

Make and Mend

Thank you to those members who turned up on Saturday to help with repairs around the clubhouse. The building front was painted (beware of wet creosote!) and damaged stands were patched up for another season. The inside of the club had a good spring clean and some of the white paintwork was freshened up. More photographs can be seen in the Photo Gallery.

Thank you to Mark and Judy for providing much appreciated bacon sandwiches, doughnuts and banana cake.

William Somner

The application form for the William Somner Tournament on 2nd September is now available for download on the 'Tournaments' page. Click here for details.

Meet our newest member!

After the GOSH shoot in January, young Stanley Turner has made it quite clear what he wants to do in the future. Watch out all you Bowmen there is serious competition appearing over the horizon!

Also congratulations to Clint and Claire for the birth of young Frederick, a brother for Stan. No hanging about with this family. Stanley went to bed with just a sister in the house, came down the next morning to discover a brother in the lounge! 

The cheque for £450 has now been sent to GOSH, watch this space for the reply.

If you would like to know more about the work of GOSH (Great Ormond Street Hospital) follow the link here.

GOSH Charity Shoot for the Little Stanley Cup

Despite the poor weather, thank you to all the members who shot over the weekend to raise money for the GOSH Charity. We were delighted that Stanley Turner was able to make an appearance and help with the presentation of the trophies. He seemed to enjoy himself and seeing him made it all worthwhile. Not only did members pay the usual fees but their extra generosity helped us to raise over £200 over the weekend which together with the £100 we had promised from the beer festival will give us a magnificent total.

It's not too late to donate.

If you wish to make a contribution then contact Glyn Levis with your details. We shall be passing on the money sometime in the next 2 weeks.

Congratulations to the trophy winners. The compound winner was Mark Kenyon, the recurve winner was Kevin Twyman and Bob Gawlor came out on top in the Longbow section. But the real winner was GOSH!

Once again thanks to everyone for helping with this event. For more details about GOSH, then click on any of the words GOSH and you will be taken to their website.

Latest News: The final total for the GOSH Charity Shoot was a magnificent £450. A big thank you to Paul Curtis and his bell-ringers for their contribution. Well done to everyone who supported this event.

I received the following email after the event:

"Dear Glyn
Would just like to thank you for the great day on Sunday. 
Stanley really enjoyed himself and now wants to swap his sword for a bow and arrow.
Thanks again

Clint,Claire & Stanley "

Judy's Not So Finest Hour!

When placing the numbers at ground level, the field captain felt the boards would be quite safe! Not so I'm afraid!

Kevin Twyman has already mentioned the name of the culprit so I shan't repeat Judy's name again it would be most ungallant .

Keep the pictures coming folks.

Kim's Finest Hour

Congratulations to Kim Curtis for this excellent end last Sunday (22nd January). Unfortunately we have no photographs of the following end!

Well done Kim, keep up the good work.


If you have any interesting photographs with stories to tell, let Glyn Levis know and we can add them to the website.

GOSH Shoot Sunday 29th January

On Sunday we are donating all the takings for our target fees to the Great Ormond Street Childrens' Hospital fund. As you know one of our members Clint Turner has a son who has been supported and treated by the hospital and at our AGM we agreed to donate our usual £100 to this charity. In addition we have decided to add the takings on Sunday to this figure. All are welcome to shoot and we will be competing for the Little Stanley Cup, (Clint's son is called Stanley). The round is the usual Frostbite (30m) and we would like to see as many people as possible shooting on that day. If you can't make it you are welcome to make a donation, please hand your money to any committee member. If you wish to make a larger donation cheques can be sent to the treasurer and made payable to Canterbury Archers.

 Please make every effort to attend, the emphasis is on fun and to help the GOSH fund. 

New Club Record

It isn't often that we have to announce a new club record but I'm pleased to say that Mark Jones is now the club record holder for the Longbow Western round. Following Mark's success as "Archer of the Year" it has now been confirmed that his score at Swan Archers shoot is a new club record. There is hope for all of us!!

Seriously, well done Mark, a richly deserved award.

The Club AGM and Awards Evening

The AGM and Awards Evening was held at Chislet Bowls Club, Hersden on Friday 25 November. Attendance was the highest for a few years although many of the prizewinners were not there to collect their awards! A list of all the award winners can be found on the Special Events page.

 Congratulations to Mark Jones for his award of "Archer of the Year".

More photographs of the event can be found in our Photo Gallery.

Fred Noones's 90th Birthday Shoot

The club came together on Sunday 16th September to celebrate the 90th Birthday of Fred Noone. Fred, who was unaware of the celebrations planned for him, caused a bit of a panic when at 10 o'clock there was no sign of him at the club! Ten minutes later he duly arrived with cakes and snacks for all the shooters unaware that a spread had been laid on for him.

The format of the shoot devised by club members was 90 arrows at 30 metres but the target faces were changed after 30, gradually getting larger at the end of the shoot.

The weather was ideal and everybody who attended had a wonderful time none more so than Fred himself. Photographs of the event can be found in the Photo Gallery.

Congratulations to Steve Gower, Kevin Twyman and Chris Clark the respective winners in the Compound, Recurve and Longbow sections. Full results can be found on the noticeboard in the clubhouse.

Swan Archers Longbow Shoot

Belated congratulations to Mark Jones for coming first in the Senior Gentlemen Western at Swan Archers Longbow Shoot on 25th September. With the highest number of hits, beating the runner up by 1 point, Mark was a long way ahead of a very strong longbow field.

In the same tournament Rachel Jones finished 2nd in the ladies section. The two then combined to come first in the designated pairs competition.

Congratulations to the Jones family.

Green Park Archery Weekend

Another successful archery weekend was held at Green Park in the Buckinghamshire countryside. It was a gloriously sunny weekend and more photographs of the event can be found on the Photo Gallery page. If you like what you see, John Trinder is the man to speak to. 

Mark, Lesley, Belinda and Richard taking a well earned break in the grounds of Green Park.

Kent County Clout Championships

Congratulations to Philip Faithfull for coming 2nd in the recent Kent Clout Championships. I understand that this is the third time he has been placed second. Also well done to Susan Vadencourt who finished 3rd in the ladies section. The full result sheet can be found on the KAA website.

Invicta Coaching Workshops

The Invicta Coaching Group are once again running their very popular indoor coaching sessions at Medway Archery Club. There are 3 sessions available, 16 October, 13 November and 4 December. Each session costs £8. Full details and application forms are available in the clubhouse. As well as the coaching sessions they are also running a String making and maintenance workshop on 2nd October. Again forms are available in the clubhouse and the cost of this is £5.

If you prefer you can download the application forms here: Indoor Coaching or Maintenance.

Castle Moat and Folkestone Bowmen Open Tournament 

Folkestone is renowned for its difficult weather particularly the strong cross winds from behind the school. This year was no exception. The wind blew strongly throughout the day and with some light showers as well it was not the day for high scores. Nevertheless spirits were not dampened and as usual we were treated to a warm welcome from the Castle Moat and Folkestone archers.

There were wins for Linda Gawler in the Ladies Recurve, Susan Vadencourt in the Ladies Longbow and Susan Davies managed to win both the Best Gold and the Worst White!

There were 3rd places for Sheila Pocock in the ladies Compound, Glyn Levis in the Gents recurve and Bob Gawler in the Gents Longbow. Sheila also managed to pick up one of the Lord Patron Prizes with Keith doing well in the raffle!

56th William Somner Tournament  

Once again this annual fixture attracted a large gathering of archers from all over the South East. The weather was mixed with cloud, heavy rain and sunshine. Although Canterbury were hosting the event the organisation of the tournament was undertaken by Thanet Archery Club. Steve Gower with help from others was responsible for laying out the field and received much praise for his use of white lines to denote shooting lines etc.

 The results of the tournament have been delayed and as soon as a receive a final result sheet, it will be published here.

In the meantime a provisional list can be seen here. It will take some time to download and when the final result sheet reaches me I will revise the format.

Photographs of the event can be seen on our Photo Gallery page.

11th Fox Longbow Tournament  7th August

This popular longbow shoot again proved successful for Canterbury Archers. In a field of 29, Mark Jones finished 3rd on hits and a creditable 4th on score. In the Ladies section, Judy Hutchins came 1st on hits, followed by Rachel Jones in 2nd place but the positions were reversed on scores.

For those not familiar with longbow scoring the winner of a tournament is the archer who scores most hits rather than the one with the highest score.

In the Handicap and adjusted section Rachel Jones achieved a 3rd place.

The full results sheet can be found here.

Congratulations to all Canterbury members for representing the club so admirably. If anyone has any photographs of this tournament please let Glyn know so that he may add them to the Photo Gallery

Canterbury Beer Festival

Thank you to all who helped at the Beer Festival this year. The club finances were helped greatly by this successful event. Visit our Photo Gallery for pictures of the event.

Two-Way Longbow Tournament

 Lots of sunshine and occasionally some cloud even an odd drop of rain greeted the archers at the annual Double National Longbow Tournament. The archers were well looked after by Annette from Rochford Archery who kindly provided the target faces and a stall with everything related to longbow shooting. If you missed anything then visit their website which can be found here. The full results kind be found here. There are also photographs of the event in our Photo Gallery including pictures of all the winners.

Canterbury Archers scooped 8 of the 10 colour prizes and most of the raffle!

In the Ladies section Stella Green (Dover) was 1st with Rachel Jones 2nd and Judy Hutchins 3rd both from Canterbury. Geoff Chinery (High Weald) was victorious in the Gents section followed by Clinton Hill (Thanet/Ten-Ring) with Ken Hurkett (Highsted Valley) in 3rd place.

Thanks go to Linda Gawler for her excellent job as lady paramount and to Glyn Levis in his role as Judge and a special thanks to Annette from Rochford Archery.

New Members Day

The New Members Day, originally planned for Saturday 9th July has had to be moved back a week to the 16th July. The 2-way Longbow Shoot is being held on that day. Only members shooting in this tournament will be able to shoot. Sorry for any inconvenience caused. You are, of course, welcome to come and view and support the club members.

If it was your intention to join on this day then you may,if you wish, send your application to Glyn Levis together with a cheque for £26.75 for seniors or £8 for juniors and then I can have your membership card ready for you when you arrive.

Castle Moat and Folkestone Diamond Jubilee Shoot

Under clear blue skies and a gentle breeze, Castle Moat and Folkestone held their Diamond Jubilee UK Record Status Tournament on Sunday 3rd July. Canterbury were represented but unfortunately most of our longbow shooters were at the Fox Independence Day Shoot.

Notable performances came from Sheila Pocock in the Ladies Compound finishing 1st with over 100 points more than her nearest rival.

Steve Gower came 3rd in the Gents Compound missing out on 2nd place by just 3 points. The full results will appear here when published by Folkestone.

Fox Independence Day Shoot

Congratulations to all who took part in this popular shoot. It seems that Canterbury Longbow Archers are particularly fond of this meeting with 8 taking part. Grahame Andrews was the highest placed Gent in 5th place and Rachel Jones, again shooting well, came 2nd in the Ladies section.

Paul Curtis was the most successful Canterbury Archer finishing 2nd out of a field of 88 in the handicap section.

If anyone has any photographs of this event please pass them to Glyn Levis for addition to the gallery.

Second Beginners Course June 2011

 We welcomed the participants to the last of our Beginners Courses for the year. The weather was somewhat mixed with bright sunshine followed by dull and cloudy conditions. Nevertheless spirits were not dampened and a promising start was made by everyone.

More photographs can be found on the Photo Gallery page or by clicking here.

Kent Longbow Championships

Congratulations to Rachel Jones for winning the Kent Longbow Championship. Rachel is the Lady Champion with Judy Hutchins the bronze medal winner. The weather started sunny and then became cloudy. In the afternoon the wind picked up with a slight rain shower but the sun came out again in time for the presentations.

In the men's section, Bob Gawler was placed 4th with Philip Faitfull 7th, Grahame Andrews 16th, Mark Jones 21st and Chris Clark 24th. The best gold at the last end went to Chris Clark. The full results can be found here.

First Beginners' Course of the Season

 The first of the beginners courses started today (Saturday 7th May) in perfect weather conditions for shooting. The rain in the early hours of the morning had done little to soften the ground and shooting took place under warm sunshine. The standard appears to be very high and competitiveness is already beginning to show.

Next week we will be introducing scoring and moving the targets back a little further.  The archers will be shown how to string and de-string their bows and some of the terms used in archery will be explained.

More photographs can be seen in the Photo Gallery.


Tonbridge Archers Birthday Shoot
Set in the magnificent surroundings of Somerhill School outside Tonbridge and blessed with warm sunshine and gentle breezes, Canterbury Archers performed well at this small and friendly shoot. With lunch provided, scorers from the home club and a sumptious tea of sandwiches and birthday cake, I can highly recommend this shoot for the future. There are photographs in the Photo Gallery to illustrate the point. 

There were wins for Sheila Pocock, Rachel Jones and Rosemary Hewett in their respective classifications and for the men wins for Philip Faithfull and Mark Jones. The men's recurve section proved too strong for Glyn Levis, Gary Pritchard and Mark Kenyon although Mark did manage a win in the raffle!
American Shoot 3rd April 2011
The Summer season is at last with us. Today's shoot heralds the beginning of our outdoor season and as usual it began with an American round. More photographs can be seen in the Photo Gallery page. Thanks to Mark Steele for providing the refreshments.

It has been pointed out to me that the quality of the photographs is not good when seen in slideshow or enlarged. I'll see what can be done to improve this.
Gravesend 33rd Shrimp Shoot
Canterbury were well represented at this popular indoor shoot, supposedly held in "warm and well lit surroundings", we would beg to differ!
The full results of this event can be found here.
American Handicap Tournament 24th October
The annual American Handicap Tournament was held on Sunday 24th October when the club brings to an end the outdoor longer distance shooting for the year. The weather proved to be very kind and a big thank you goes to Karen and Mark Steele, Sheila Pocock and Chris Clark for providing the food at the end of the shoot. It was good to see so many new members not only taking part but winning some of the prizes. The full results are below and more photographs of the event can be seen in the gallery.


Recurve Lady
Susan Vadencourt
Recurve Gent
Patrick Sinnet-Smith
Karen Steele
Sue Davies

St Nicholas

Recurve Lady
Leslie Smith
Recurve Gent
Gerhard Esser
Junior Recurve
Hanna Esser
Jos Achner
Fred Noone
Leaves Green Ind Coope Team Competition 2010
Despite the rain on Saturday 14th August, Canterbury Archers Recurve and Longbow teams were successful in this years Ind Coope team competition. Defending their title from last year, at the pretty ground in near Leaves GreenBiggin Hill, the recurve team fought off stiff competition from Allington Castle to retain their trophy. The team of Rosemary Hewett, Gary Pritchard and Glyn Levis performed well in difficult weather conditions and in the individual event Gary was third and Glyn second. In the Longbow division, Rachel Jones won the individual ladies prize with Philip Faithfull first in the men's section and Chris Clark third. For the longbows this was their first victory in this event. Congratulations to all team members. Let us hope that we could enter a compound team next year and complete a clean sweep!
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