The indoor season got underway last night with a well attended taster session at our indoor home – the Lord Roberts Centre in Bisley.
Throughout the winter we will be shooting on Tuesday evenings with the sessions running from 18:30 – 21:30. The three hour sessions make it possible for members to join later in the evenings after returning from work etc.
Indoor shooting is at 20 yds so is great for beginners and experienced archers alike. At 20 yds the recognised round is a ‘Portsmouth’ round, which is 5 dozen arrows and takes about 90 minutes but as with the Club outdoor sessions members can just come along to practice their shooting.
This year we are again going to be running a Portsmouth League. League position will be determined by the aggregate score of each archers 3 best rounds during the season. We will update the league table at the end of each month and publish it on the Club website. To enter the league it will just be necessary to enter your scores as you shoot them.
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To cover the costs of hiring the range at Bisley we do make a £5.00 charge for each session but again this year we will be offering a discounted season ticket to cover the whole season. Watch out for the members update email with more details.
The last Club outdoor competition of the season is our popular Animal Target Fun Shoot, taking place on Sunday 1st October 2017 . The shoot, open to all Club members from beginner to experienced archer, is a mix and match target shoot with 8 different animal target faces at distances from 20 – 60 yds.
We will meet at 09:45 to be ready to start shooting at 10:00.
Over the first weekend of June no fewer than 11 new Club records were set.
Juniors Rhys and Abigail started the weekend on Saturday both setting new Club Records for the 12 dozen Metric 4 Rounds at the Surrey County Championships in their respective classes. Not content with this on Sunday both also set new Club records for the Junior Windsor Round at the Club Outdoor Series competition.
The senior archers not to be outdone also set a total of 7 new Club records at the Outdoor Series Windsors shoot on Sunday. Those setting new records were:
Congratulations to everyone, and thanks to Oliver and Michael for organising the competition on Sunday.
The full results of the Outdoor Series Competition are now available
Sunday 4th June 2017 sees the next round of our Outdoor Series of Club competitions for members. For June we are shooting Windsor Rounds which are 3 dozen arrows at each of three distances.
This month there will be a BBQ (weather permitting) and the Club will be providing burgers and sausages for competitors. Members can bring additional food to cook on the BBQ if preferred.
The Outdoor Series is a series of relaxed competitions, aimed at all Club members from beginners to more experienced archers. No previous experience of shooting competitions is necessary. Distances to be shot will be based on ability and experience.
The competition will start at 10:00 (Assembly) so please arrive in good time. We expect the shoot to be finished by 14:30 (including the BBQ).
8 of the Club’s Junior Archers took part in the Lintman Junior Open competition on Saturday with 3 setting new Club Records scores.
The Lintman Junior Shoot attracts archers from across the Southern Counties to compete in a Western Round based competition. With 62 archers from 18 Clubs taking part our junior squad faced some tough competition.
Club records went to Rhys, Annabelle and Ciara in their respective age groups.
Ciara won Gold and Rhys, Annabelle and Scarlett all took Bronze in their respective classes.
The Lintman Team finished fourth overall, with a credible score of 2,636.
Well done to everyone, with the majority of the Squad taking part in their first formal competition.
It has been some time now since my last Chairman’s update and I wanted to give some reflections on what has been an amazing amount of activity in the last few months: –
We closed off our winter season at Bisley with the competition against archers from Farnham Archery Club. As usual in recent years we came second but it did mark a season where we had good participation rates throughout and achieved our objectives of breaking even. I also know that several archers improved their personal bests on the Portsmouth round. If you haven’t tried this form of archery I do recommend giving it a go next season.
We held our first indoor beginner’s course at Bisley also during this time and I think this experiment was a success. As I write this update we have also held our first outdoor beginners course with great feedback and influx of new members. The remaining two courses this year are fully subscribed. Many thanks to our coaches and helpers for making these events enjoyable and instructive.
We started the outdoor season with our popular William Tell fun shoot which was again well attended. Thanks for all those that supported the event and it was good to see the high standard of archery with quite a few apple hits.
We are now well into our monthly competition shoots with two held already and another in a couple of weeks’ time.
Speaking of competitions, it was good to see the numbers that participated in the Frostbite shoot and the new 252 badge competition has been incredibly popular. The 20 and 30 yard targets have had their middles shot out due to the high number of participants who have been hammering the gold at these ranges!! Whilst this activity necessitates restacking the targets, it is a price well paid given the vast number of arrows members are shooting. I do feel sorry for Lindsey our records officer who is now extremely busy in processing vast numbers of scoring sheets – sorry for that workload!!
We have seen a number of club records shot already this season and congratulations to those archers.
We have received a couple of enquiries on different bow types and how they fit into classifications. This is somewhat of a complicated subject due to the Archery GB bow descriptions being somewhat vague and ambiguous in the rules of shooting. The committee has trusted me to be the arbiter on bow type classification for the club, please contact me if you are unsure in what category your bow should sit. In time I intend to write an illustrated guide with brief histories on bow types for the web site.
This weekend we host the annual Lintman Junior Open Competition. Entrants are the highest they have been for a number of years with 8 Lintman junior archers among the ranks. Derek initially set up the junior squad and it is great to see this part of the club flourishing again.
The replacement mower is now in full operation. As a committee, we agonised over this purchase decision for the last couple of years, but it was somewhat forced upon us when the original mower became economically unrepairable. We realise this has used up almost all of our Capital reserves and a little more but, it does set us up for what I hope in the longer term a more reliable and sustainable solution. Additional range equipment acquired are, a line painting machine and three new targets in the last couple of weeks.
We continue to work on longer term car parking solutions once Wates finish their current work. More to come on this in future updates.
The maintenance day was well attended. Thank you to all that came along. Ditches were cleared, felled trees cut up, targets re-stacked, ivy removed from trees and holes in the range filled in, plus a couple of complete amateurs managed to spend three hours building a picnic table and bench!!!
At our Western shoot, we received a visit from our landlords. The timing was excellent, as the maintenance day was the day before and the range was looking great. It was also a very busy shooting day, which showed how much the club is flourishing. They was very complimentary on what we have been achieving and how we manage the field. ‘Keep doing what you are doing’ was one of a number of great pieces of feedback.
As I look back on the last six months, I am hugely encouraged by the activity at the club. We have high numbers of members shooting, with Sunday morning and Tuesday evening club slots being very popular. It is also good to see different bow types flourishing with an active number of horsebow, compound and longbow archers adding to the already strong recurve base. I do feel the future is bright for our club and in addition to the growth we are not losing sight of one of our primary aims of having some fun also!!
Next weekend the Club hosts the Lintman Junior Open Shoot on our Archery field on Saturday (20 May). For those new to the Club this annual event is a junior competition open to all Archery GB junior archers from across the country.
To make this event happen we rely on the support of Lintman members and parents of members to help us by:-
Donating raffle prizes – there is a collection box in the shed or just bring them along on Saturday
Donating cakes for sale in the food tent
Helping to manage and take down the competition range on Saturday
Assisting with managing Parking and Competitor Registration
Helping visiting archers with scoring
Assisting in our food tent or with the raffle
Set up will be from 08:00 and we expect to be cleared away by 16:00. Even if you can only spare an hour or two please do come along – it is great fun.