Longbows at Berrow

Coastal Archers hosted members of the Bristol Long-Bow Society at Berrow.

COASTAL Archers hosted the eighth Somerset meeting of the British Long-Bow Society at Red Road Playing Fields, Berrow.

This meeting has proved popular and once again the numbers attending have risen, with some archers travelling considerable distances to attend.

This year archers were asked to bring their club gonfalons if at all possible. Six clubs did so and it is hoped that more will bring them for display next year. Many thanks go to ‘whistle blower’ Alex Kerby, who kept the archers in order and to Lady Paramount, Emma Coward.

The round shot was a two-way Weston Round. This means that there are two rows of targets facing each other and archers shoot first one way and then back the other way.

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Four dozen arrows are shot at 60 yards and then four dozen arrows are shot at 50 yards. Even though this tournament has a reputation for being relaxed with most archers shooting for enjoyment, the top positions were all hotly contended by both ladies and gentlemen.

Results – ladies: 1st lady most hits: Mavis Reynold (Cheltenham Archers); 2nd Lady highest score: Maureen Read (Moorshall Bowmen); 3rd Lady most golds: Val Scull (Exeter Archers).

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Gentlemen: 1st gent most hits: Dave Williams (Newport Pagnell Archers); 2nd gent highest score: Willy Maybury (Launceston); 3rd gent: Andy Oakes (Exeter Archers). Junior gentleman: Matthew Gash (Margam Archers).

John and Margaret Lewis Trophy (best gold): Keith Hicks (Coastal Archers); Worst White Trophy: Willy Maybury (Launceston); most petticoats trophy: Ron Elston (Wellington Bowmen); Tim Pattermore Trophy (gents most greens): James Bussey (BLBS); Chris Brittan Memorial Trophy (lady most greens): Jo Manuel (Winrush Archers).

Coastal Archers is a local club with both competitive and social archers. Members shoot recurve (Olympic style) compound, longbow, or flat bow. Anyone interested in archery, please visit our website at www.coastalarchers.co.uk

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