Chris Mason’s Funeral


A celebration of Chris’s life will take place on Monday, 20th October 2014 at 2:15pm at the Edgar Newman Chapel, Kettering Crematorium.

If you’re able to attend would you please wear something blue.

No flowers please but donations in memory of Chris would be welcome at the service for Lilford Haematology at Kettering General Hospital.

You are all very welcome to join us afterwards at Kettering Cricket Club, Northampton Road, Kettering for refreshments.

Car Parking: If possible, please share cars and park on Lake Avenue or other nearby roads and walk down to the Cricket Club. Kettering Borough Council have given us permission to park in the rough parking at the start of the path to the club, near the railway bridge.

Angie, Steph and James

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Chris Mason

It is with great sadness that we let you know our dear County Chairman, Chris Mason passed away on Friday 10th October. He’ll be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.

Chris has been a huge part of archery within the county for many years, working tirelessly not least as Chairman but in everything from running shoots to simply helping others whenever they needed it. This is just a little of what he did for us all. He will be sorely missed and his absence will be felt by many many people.

We would like to pass on our deepest sympathies to Chris’ children Jamie and Steph, and to Chris’ partner Angie. So many of you will be sending your love and thoughts to them at this sad time.

Details of the funeral will follow as soon as possible. Please feel free to share any of your own condolences and thoughts in the comments below.


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John Finds Gold at Wicken

Clive Trundle sent in this great photo of John Glendinning at Wicken Sports field. Looks like John found the gold at the end of the rainbow.


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L&RCAA v NCAS County Team Match 2014


Congratulations to the Northants county team, who on beat Leicestershire & Rutland for the first time in several attempts over the past few years!

The annual match took place on Sunday 28th September, at Bowmen of Rutland’s ground at Greetham Valley Golf Club near Melton Mowbray.

Northants won the Gents Compound division 5342-5142 with great scores from Jon Bull, James Mason, Martin Ross and Tim Bull. The county also won the Ladies Compound 2619-2381, with Susan Corless and Frances Bull coming first and second respectively.

The Gents Recurve team narrowly lost 6959-6853 despite some high individual scores from John Inkley, Shahram Montasser and Jeremy Beesley. The ladies were also narrowly beaten 3475-3253.

The Leicestershire Longbow team won their event 1334-1063.

The junior recurves where on great form, winning 7154-6585. Will Ross of Long Buckby shot really well in the junior compounds but was beaten 1376-1289 by Mia Agar.

The overall team scores ended… Northants 27573 – Leicestershire 27176.

Team Results
Individual Results


Posted in County Squad, Events, General News, NCAS v L&RCAA, Results

NCAS County & Open Clout Championships 2014


The Entry Form is available for the Northamptonshire County & Open Annual Clout Championships 2014, on Sunday 2nd November 2014, hosted by Kettering Archers.
The shoot is also incorporating the regional EMAS Annual Clout.

Entry Form

The rounds will once again be Record Status & Metric Tassel Award, Senior FITA & Junior Metric Double One-Way Clout.

Venue: Kettering Cricket Club, Northampton Road, Kettering NN15 7JT.

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NCAS County & Open Outdoor Championships 2014


On Sunday 14th September, the 2014 Northamptonshire County & Open Championships were once again hosted by Wellingborough Open Archery Club.

Record Status & Rose Award Tournament.
Rounds: York, Hereford, Bristols I-V and National rounds in the afternoon.
The weather was overcast for most of the day with some sunny spells.

Several great scores were shot on the day along with at least two new county record scores. Russell Faulkner of Wellingborough OAC won the Gents Longbow category with a new county record score of 347. Susan Corless of Northampton AC won the Ladies Compound trophy with a record score of 1236. Shahram Montasser of Kettering Archers shot another great score of 1116 to win the Gents Recurve Trophy. Derek Bett shot an impressive 824 to win the Gents Barebow. Tim Bull of Targetcraft won the Gents Compound Trophy with 1106. Christine Marshall of Wellingborough OAC won the Ladies Recurve Trophy with 870. Katie Bayliss of Archers of Raunds won the Junior Ladies Recurve Bristol II with 991. And Neve Spence of Corby Archers won Junior Ladies Bristol V with 1124. Well done to the other medal winners on the day.

The county would like to thank Wellingborough OAC for once again doing a great job in organising and hosting the event.


Posted in Acheivements, Archers of Raunds, Christine Marshall, Corby Archers, County Championships, County Records, Events, General News, Junior News, Kettering Archers, Results, Russell Faulkner, Shahram Montasser, Tournament, Wellingborough OAC

56th EMAS Senior Inter-Counties Team Tournament 2014


On Sunday 7th September, the Northamptonshire team competed in the 56th EMAS Senior Inter-county Team Tournament, otherwise known as The Thoresby Shoot.

Individually our archers shot extremely well, with several personal best scores achieved on the day. Five of our seven gents recurve archers, finished in the top eight. Shahram Montasser of Kettering Archers won the gents recurve, John Inkley of Nene Bowmen came third, Ian Hannaford of Northampton AC was fourth, Jeremy Beesley of Branbury Cross Archers was fifth, and Dean Edwards of Duston Bowmen came eighth. Simon Stubbs of Branbury Cross Archers finished in 14th place, and Simon Wright of Wellingborough OAC came 17th. So all in the top half of the results.

James Mason of Northampton AC won the gents compound with a new county record score. Team Captain Martin Ross of Long Buckby AC finished in seventh.

In the ladies recurve, Christine Marshall of Wellingborough OAC came 15th scoring a new personal best. Jennifer Ives of Banbury Cross Archers also shot very well in 19th place. Anita Stubbs also of Banbury Cross Archers finished 22nd shooting barebow.

Our two Longbow archers, Russell Faulkner and John Marshall finished 7th and 10th respectively.

As we were unable to field full teams for most of the categories. we weren’t able to challenge for any of the team trophies this year, finishing 5th in all three categories. Derbyshire won both the recurve and the compound trophies, with Leicestershire & Rutland winning the Longbow trophy.

Full Results

This year, the shoot also acted as a selection shoot for the up coming EMAS Senior Team match against the West Midlands, to be held on 12th October at Lilleshall. NCAS members initially picked for the team are: Shahram Montasser, John Inkley, Ian Hannaford, Jeremy Beesley, Dean Edwards and James Mason. Congratulations to those archers.

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NCAS County & Open Championships 2014 – Target List


The provisional target list for Sunday’s Northamptonshire County and Open Championships is now available.

Please note that there are a couple of amendments to the original entry form as follows:
• The National rounds are now also UK Record Status.
• Since the entry form was produced the ruling relating to the timing of ends (Rule 304(f)(I) Method 2) has changed, the lead in time is now 10 seconds and not 20 seconds as stated.

Target List

There are still some spaces available, please contact the tournament organiser if you wish to shoot. Entry Form

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Lizzie Gets Bronze in Nottingham!


Northants Archers Lizzie Cantopher of Northampton AC and Jon Bull of Targetcraft Archers, took part in the Nottingham Building Society, National Series Grand Final this weekend, 30th & 31st August, at the spectacular Wollaton Hall.

The Grand Final is made up of eight archers for each discipline; Gents Recurve, Ladies Recurve, Gents Compound and Ladies Compound. To qualify, the archers must gain enough points from several series events during the summer, with the top eight making it through.

On the Saturday, Lizzie shot fantastically well in the Ladies Recurve event. Making it to the semi finals and eventually winning the bronze medal by beating Ruth Welsh 6-2. When asked about her achievement she said: “It’s brilliant, I didn’t think I could do it and it just shows that archery is not just for young people.” ”It just shows what you can do when you break out of your comfort zone. It doesn’t matter how old you are, anything is achievable!” She also thanked her coach, Maggie Squires.

Jon shot in the Gents Compound event on the Sunday, but was beaten 146-134 by Matt Arnold in their quarter final match.

Read the news feature on the Archery GB website.

Full Results for the day.

You can watch all of the matches on the National Series live streaming youtube channel.


Posted in Acheivements, Archery GB, Jon Bull, Lizzie Cantopher, National Series, Northampton AC, Targetcraft Archers

Brad Returns from Youth Olympics


Bradley Denny of Archers of Raunds returned from China this week where he competed in the Youth Olympic Games. This is what he had to say about his experience on his Facebook page.

“I have really enjoyed competing in the Youth Olympic Games. I have had my best individual result at international competition so far! Being knocked out in the 1/4 finals and with a final rank of 8th. I’m even more pleased with our shooting in the mix team, also getting knocked out in the 1/4 finals being decided with a shoot-off and with a final rank of 5th place.

I would seriously like to Thank friends and family and the support they showed for me from back home, on this particular trip being in China for so long, it was very helpful! All the words of encouragement were really nice to read and know that so many people are behind me!”

Archery GB’s news feature.

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