Apologies for not getting much material out there at present. I’m trying to finish off the series on target panic and hope to have a “walk with Roger Massey” out in the next few weeks.
What little time I have spare is being spent on trying to work on the logistics of whether we can open our clubs field range safely based on current government guidelines.
This involves both risk assessment paperwork for insurance requirements and trying to identify work rounds for the physical limitations of the sites access routes etc. I think we will have to go down the route of bookable time slots due to restrictions of parking space and range spacing.
I would be interested in hearing from any clubs that are going through the same process as I now there is a push by many to get people out shooting again.
The National Field Archery Society has posted some guidelines on their website (https://nfas.net/) for clubs looking to open their grounds.
Sorry but this post isn’t going to be very upbeat. It’s with a very heavy heart I have to say my club, Briar Rose Field Archers has lost its wood. We’ve been told to vacate it by end of April.
You can guess how down everyone is feeling after all the hard work and effort. Especially when you realise we were in full flow for redesign of the current course.
It took us over 2 years to find the site initially and since then we’ve seen the club grow along with the course from 8 targets to 30 in the last 18 months. Membership has increased with lots of new archers joining following coaching courses. Now we are back to square one with no wood and having to start the search again.
From what I understood Birmingham City Council plan to close the entire site. With all the media articles and medical reports on how being active outdoors is good for your mental and physical health I find it very said and disappointing the decision has been made to close the site. I’m guessing they have their reasons and I feel sorry for those who actually work at the site as i don’t know if they will lose their jobs.
We are going to try and organise a NFAS club shoot for March 15th as a bit of a final farewell come thanks to those who have supported us.
Thanks for reading.