Advanced Warning – beginners course 26/27 April

Hi allIt’s less than two weeks until our first beginners course of the year. The course is full and we need your help to make it a success.

These courses run well when we have the support of our members to offer instruction and support to the new archers on the shooting line, or keeping them supplied with tea and refreshment.

More details will follow, but please pop the early evening of Friday 27th and/or the afternoon of Saturday 28th in your diaries to come and help out.

We all remember how it was when we first picked up a bow (maybe not Terry!) and the importance of having some enthusiastic help and support to make sure you were hitting the gold.

Please make the effort to give the club a hand.

Thank you.

Shooting for the county – if interested, please read

Hi John, Terry and Suzi,

Well, what fab news!
Good luck to all involved.

Sadly till September I’m left with being a fed up Buckinghamshire archer as I can’t move properly to Clophill till October. Boohoo!

I’m available for any help you need to support the team so shout and as long as I’m free I’ll be there to help.

Go Bedfordshire!!!


On Mon, 15 Apr 2019 at 11:43, Clophill Archery Club <website> wrote:

You are getting this email as you are someone that might be interested in shooting for County, or have shot for Country in the past.

If you would like to be considered for selection please drop me a line with the date you can attend the selection shoot, or if you can’t make it to one of the shoots please express your interest.

Look forward to hearing from you.


Spring Fita 4 – a thank you

Good afternoon,

Last weekend’s FITA4 competition was another success, notably this time for the two new national records that were set — by Domagoj Buden (WA50 Senior Gent Compound, who scored 712 out of 720) and Adam Carpenter (WA50 Junior Gent Compound, 699 out of 720), although Domagoj declined to claim the UK record, instead claiming the Croation one.

It wouldn’t be possible to put on these competitions without club members’ help. I’d therefore like to thank those of you who gave up your time, whether you were onsite or at home cooking, and whether you were there for a few hours or several days:

On Friday: Terry, Ian H., Dawn, Suzi, John, Ian C., Lesley, Mary and Chris;

On Saturday: Terry, Lesley, Dave M., Fred, Becky, Romilly, Marion, Debbie, Clive, Steve, Suzi, and John;

And on Sunday: Terry, Dave M., Lesley, Debbie, Andy, Clive, Paul C., John, Dave J., Mark, Rad, Roy, Sarah, Gary, Steve, Suzi, Richard, and Paul H.

My apologies to anyone I’ve missed!

To anyone who wasn’t able to be there last weekend, may I remind you that there’s another Clophill FITA4 competition on September 21st and 22nd and we will need some help setting it all up on Friday 20th and taking it down on the 22nd. Any time you can give over the weekend itself will be greatly appreciated, too, even if it’s only a couple of hours. If you’d also like to compete in the F4, entries are open now and you can email clophillcomps for an entry form or look on our website.



Club shoot on Saturday 13 April

Hi all
We are shooting at the field on Saturday afternoon, 1.00pm to set-up for a 1:30pm start.

Long metrics.

6 dozen arrows (72 arrows) shot in ends of 6 at 122cm face (the big one).
You will shoot 3 dozen arrows at your longest distance and 3 dozen at the shorter distance


90 70 60 50 40 30 20
mtr mtr mtr mtr mtr mtr mtr
Long Metric 3 3
Long Metric I 3 3
Long Metric II 3 3
Long Metric III 3 3
Long Metric IV 3 3
Long Metric V 3 3

As always Grand Prix points are available and scores count towards outdoor classifications.

For details of outdoor classifications please see: or ask a senior member of the club.

As you can see the shoot goes down to 30m so it is a round that is available to all. However, if you don’t fancy the 6 dozen round you can shoot towards your 252 badges.

The clubhouse will be open and club bows available, so if you fancy coming up just to ping a few that’s fine, just fit in with the timing on the shooting line.

I can’t make it on Saturday but for those that do shoot, shoot straight.


Shooting for the county – if interested, please read

Dear all We have new County Team managers, they will be familiar to you, it is Suzi and Terry.

I am charged with canvassing Clophill members for those that would be interested in shooting for the County and making representations on your behalf to the County Team Managers.

The first part of selection is for you to shoot at one of the two selection shoots, both are held at our field on:
1. 28 April
2. 5 May
Please see the attached for further details.

If you are interested please let me know (by replying to this email) which shoot you will come along to, or both ( I presume that is OK – I’m sure "The Management" will let me know if not). Please let me know before 21 April as Suzi/Terry want to put together a target list.

Also, if you are interested but cannot make either of the shoots, please let me know along with a couple of your outdoor scores and I will plead your case.

I look forward to hearing from you.


County Team Invitation.docx

Use of the field and parental supervision

In view of a recent enquiry we, as a committee, have reviewed the rules of shooting as regards the use of our field and also our responsibilities with regards to children and young people.

General use of the field by Clophill members

The AGB rules of shooting advise:

(a) When any shooting is in progress there must be a minimum of two people present each being a minimum of 18 years of age, one of whom may be a non-archer to act as a lookout. The archer is responsible to inform the lookout of all safety aspects applicable. Where two adult archers are present and shooting together they will alternate on the shooting line so that the non-shooting archer can act as the lookout.

(b) Juniors. When junior archers (ie archers under 18) are shooting individually or in groups they must be supervised by an adult member (excluding honorary members) of Archery GB and a second adult must be present.

(c) On private land which is fenced all round, where the public has no legal right of access and with a warning notice displayed at all entrances and points of access, the following concessions may apply notwithstanding the provisions of 103(a) and (b) above: (i) Solo shooting by senior archers (ie archers 18 and over) is permitted. Any member shooting on their own is doing so at their own risk in respect of personal injuries. (ii) Provided that they are an adult member (excluding honorary members) of Archery GB, one parent/guardian alone may supervise his/her own child(ren). "

As our field is fully fenced senior archers may shoot on their own, but please note in (c) above that there must be a warning sign displayed – so please remember to drop the Clophill Archery Club sign so it reads Archery in Progress.

Children and young people

Archery GB’s safeguarding policy it is clear that:

"A child or young person ……. is any person under 18."

Therefore all juniors, 18 and under, must be supervised at all times by a parent or appointed guardian behind the shooting line whilst shooting. This is to satisfy safeguarding rules as per AGB – the policy is available to view on the AGB website.

If that parent or guardian is a member of AGB no other person is required. If they are not, another person who is a member of AGB must be present.

As a club we are bound to comply with AGB’s rules of shooting as the insurance they provide is dependant on the rules being followed.

Thanks all

Clophill AC Committee

Club shoot – at the field on Saturday (30 March)

Hi allWe are shooting at the field on Saturday afternoon, from 1.30pm to set-up.

In preparation for the Fita 4 the following weekend we are shooting a WA70/50. For the uninitiated among you that is:

Recurve/barebow/longbow – 6 dozen arrows at 70m at a 122cm face
Compound – 6 dozen arrows at 50m at an 80cm face

Both rounds are shot in 6 arrow ends.

As always Grand Prix points are available and scores count towards outdoor classifications, although only up to 1st class is available for gents.
For details of outdoor classifications please see:
or ask a senior member of the club.

I understand that 70m and 50m is a long way and some of our archers are not shooting that far yet. For those that want to shoot something shorter the club is running a 252 scheme. That is a 3 dozen arrow round shot over anything from 20 yards to 100 yards. The idea is to score 252 or more at each successive distance (280 for compounds and less for barebow/longbow). Once you successfully complete the round at one distance you move up to the next. There will be badges available for each distance, we just haven’t sourced them yet. More details will be circulated shortly but there’s nothing stopping you from starting asap – score sheets (and instructions) are in the clubhouse.

The clubhouse will be open and club bows available, so if you fancy coming up just to ping a few that’s fine, just fit in with the timing on the shooting line.

The weather looks good on Saturday – lets make the most of it.

Shoot straight