Shoot Report – Severn Valley – April 2014

SVYF shoot April

SVYF shoot April

Okay so I’ve been a little slow in getting this posted, sorry all. So a couple of weekends ago we had a very tiring time. Two long days of helping sorting shots and 3Ds but it all proved worthwhile. 
On the Sunday Severn Valley club (or to give it’s full name,  Severn Valley Yeoman Foresters) hosted it’s first open shoot of 2014 so Sharon and I were helping on the run up to the shoot and marshaling on the day. So it was a busy day preparing the course on Saturday daytime.
Saturday night saw us entertaining Paul and Rhian. They were shooting the course on Sunday so were staying over as it saved them a long drive down on Sunday morning. It proved a Great night chatting with take away food and a drop or two of wine.
Sharon Sunday morning

Sharon Sunday morning complete with metal detector

Sunday morning saw great shooting weather, with light wind, bright spring sunshine and not so warm as to wake all the mosquitos from their winter sleep. 

We welcomed 191 archers to the club from 8:30 onwards (200 is our maximum limit so we were nearly full).

Shot on B course

Shot on B course

 There were many familiar faces joining us and It was great to catch up with some friends from Black Arrow and Artemis.

John and Ben Straw of Artemis

John and Ben Straw of Artemis on B course

The course consisted of 40 Mixed 3Ds and Paper Faces ranging in distance from 6 yards to nearing 60.
Archers on A Course

Archers on A Course

There seemed to be a real buzz on the day and not only from all the newly emerging bees but from the archers too who seemed to be enjoying the sun and the day.

Group about to shoot target 38 B Course

Group about to shoot target 38 B Course

I was lucky enough to watch a few groups and take a load of photos. 

Double Deer shot on B course, but only back one scores.

Double Deer shot on B course, but only back one scores.


As always the course was split in two halves A and B.

3D bear on B course

3D bear on B course

A course was set by Steve Colin and Phil,  with Chris and Keith doing B.

Tiger Shot on A course

Tiger Shot on A course

With few hold ups other than archers stopping to enjoy the food at tea stops the day flowed well. 
The only negative thing being an accident which befell one of the archers where her metal riser snapped at full draw. Thankfully she wasn’t seriously injured. (Details can be found here )
Personal congratulations to newbie course layers Keith and Chris Harley.  You set a great course.  Well done. 
Feedback from all attending has been very positive and I’d like to thank all those that either attended as competitors or helpers for giving up their time. 

As always thanks for reading.

Weather battered Britain

Fallen Tree

Fallen Tree

As many of you will know Britain is presently being battered day after day by storm force winds bringing down trees, coastal areas are seeing giant waves destroying sea defences and continual rain which is seeing huge areas of the country water logged with hundreds of homes flooded.
With little rest bite before the next storm hits emergency services are working flat out with the armed forces being deployed in some areas. Can I just say a big thanks to all those helping everyone effected.
The BBC have been showing images of the flooding and devastation. With a live update site here. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26184648)
Archery Club too are seeing their grounds suffering. With some club shoots are already having to be cancelled due to water logged grounds or access roads. The NFAS website has the latest details on shoots here.  This was the view that created us this morning on our range behind our house.
From the other side - the black plastic covers a target

From the other side – the black plastic covers a target

Across the country clubs are seeing damage to their grounds too.
Artemis (one of our old clubs based in Derbyshire) recently posted images of fallen trees and flooded areas.

Artemis damage

Artemis damage

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SVYF have seen numerous branches down and some fallen trees blocking the water courses. Fortunately a few of us had spent time dredging the main water ways a few weeks before or things might have been far worse.

Nearly under water

Nearly under water

Please take care if you are traveling. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to all those families facing an uncertain future.
Thanks for reading.

Shoot report – Artemis October 2013

Artemis header logo

Artemis header logo

This last weekend did not only have British weathermen warning us of an impending great storm which promised to lay waste to huge areas of the UK along with winter clock changing (back an hour) but it was also to be the Artemis shoot. Busy weekend then.

People gathering for start

People gathering for start

Artemis archers only host one nfas shoot a year as they are reliant on the good nature of neighbouring farmer to allow access to their field for their parking. For the last two years we’ve marshalled the event so shooting it would be a new experience. You can read past shoot reports here. 2012 and 2011

Their shooting grounds are on a wooded hillside not far from Belper in Derbyshire. This allows them to put on a mix of up and down hill shots which is not common in many club grounds and a lot of walking.

The course was to be of 36 targets mixed 3d, paper and a few exceptionally well painted hessian faces.this was Split into two large loops of 18 targets each side of the woodland with a food stop between targets 36&1 and 18&19.

The day started in bright sunshine but with a cooling wind reminding you it was autumn with November just round the corner.

As I said earlier over the years I’ve marshalled the artemis shoot twice but never shot the course. Even when i was a member i only managed to shoot part of the course so it would be interesting to see it from other side of the fence so to speak. Or should that be the other end of the bow?

The bad weather that was forecast fortunately stayed away with us having brief heavy showers and strong gusts but not the monsoon predicted. Speaking with the organisers i understand a number of trees had come down in the previous few weeks and organiser stated that if any more came down on the day they would stop the shoot on safety grounds. Fortunately the gusts promised didn’t materialise and we were able to shoot the entire day.

Artemis administration limited the numbers on the pegs to four which made for a quick day which was good considering weather. And change of clocks made sunset that little closer.

There were some long shots and one very interesting one on a boss half way up the wall which you had to shoot at 45 degrees.

Interesting new faces from France (http://normandie-archerie.com/ )which caught a lot of archers out especially the thinking gorilla. Pigmy hippo and small wolf caught me out. As a side note Not sure if I’m a big fan of faces that aren’t life size.

The thinking gorilla

The thinking gorilla

I’d not shot for nearly 4 weeks and it showed in my distance judgement which was out and my fingers were feeling the strain.

One of few decent shots of day

One of few decent shots of day

Came in with 600 not too bad I guess but still not great but that’s what happens when I don’t get to practice.

Sharon did well winning in the ladies barebow class and a clean sweep in gents bare bow as severn Valley got first second and third. Well done guys.

Full results for the shoot are available here.

This will be my last shoot report for a while. I’m not booked on anything for several months and I’m trying to get my head back into archery following various things recently.

As always thanks for taking the time reading this. I hope you found it useful and interesting.

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