Starting shortly after 6pm it would be a 20 target round with special scoring on each target ranging from a positive 20 points to a negative 20.
Rules were simple; you were allowed to use torches to find your way from one shooting peg to the target or along the course but couldn’t shine it on the target when you were shooting.
An old oil lantern was set by the shooting peg and there were a couple of night light candles set in a trench in front of the target to provide some illumination.
You could shoot from anywhere within a yard of the peg and distances varied from 3 yards up to about 20 yards, which seems a lot further at night.
All proceeds would go to charity (bowel cancer research ) with club members bringing a variety of hot food in forms of chilli, vegetable soup and Sharon had made some of her spicy pumpkin soup too. In all we had about 45 archers on the night and we were very fortunate to have good weather that was warm for November, with the rain holding off until after we had finished.
Sharon and I had never been to a night shoot so it was a new experience and we were joined by Nadeem and Cliff. By the way my thanks to Nadeem for the pictures.
Normally you can see the flight of your arrow but at night you have to go by instinct and hope to hear the thud as the arrow gets to the boss.
Trying to judge distances at night proved challenging for all as was testified by the number of arrows we found the following morning when tidying up.
In all it was a great laugh and we managed to raise just over £150 for the charity. Big thanks to Nigel, Debbie, Jason and Bernie for all the hard work for setting it up.