Theft of Archery Equipment

Just over a week ago, one of the steel containers at WOAC was attacked and the locks cut off with an angle grinder. The lawnmower, generator and bush cutter were stolen and the thieves carried them away across the field to a waiting vehicle in a farmers field.

Last night (5th August.) they returned and broke into the other containers. Using the same methods and point of entry and exit, we have to consider they were the same thieves. This time they stole all the club bows, arrows and shooting equipment.

Looking at all the features of this incident we have to conclude that the thieves were either archers or acting on behalf of archers. They stole armguards and stands which were not kept with bows, they even took bow stringers. (To a non archer a stringer is just a rolled up ball of tape). They even stole a roll of fifty, unopened and unused target faces. (to a non archer this is just a rolled up tube of paper). In fact, except for bosses, pretty much everything you would need archery.

While this will not affect what we do at WOAC, if it happens to another club it could well be a severe problem. I urge all county clubs to pay extra attention to their club premises, security generally and how they store/deal with club bows.

Don’t let this happen to you.

John Marshall
NCAS Chair.

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Towcester Archers First Club Session

Towcester Archers First Club Session

“After a lot of hard work and patience, we finally had our very first shooting session together as a club, on the morning of Sunday 2nd August 2020.

Literally just three weeks ago, we were very close to knocking the idea of a 2020 start on the head. Very little seemed to be going our way, with only a few months left of the outdoor season, and very little possibility of finding a suitable indoor venue during current restrictions, it was starting to seem pointless. A sensible pause and wait, until the ground works are finally complete next year, allowing us start the club properly at our permanent Towcestrians range.

Thankfully, an opportunity to use Dadford Road Campsite came along for us at just the right time. Despite the added complication of the spectatorless Grand Prix being held at Silverstone on the same first two weekends, and possible access restrictions, our first session took place.

The afternoon before was spent putting the target stands together, measuring out and marking the field with the distances and shooting lanes, in order to comply with current Archery GB guidance for shoot under social distancing.

A big thank you to all involved in getting us here, to the clubs who have donated their time and spare equipment, and to our new members for making this possible.”

Dean Edwards
Chair – Towcester Archers

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WOAC achieve all 3 Archery GB ontarget specialisms

WOAC achieve all 3 Archery GB ontarget specialisms

Congratulations to Wellingborough Open Archery Club for achieving all three Archery GB ontarget specialisms.

It took a lot of hard work by the club to receive each specialism, with commitments to the future to maintain them going forward.

More information about the ontarget club development programme can be found on the Archery GB website.

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A Thank You from Long Buckby AC

A Thank You from Long Buckby AC

Hi All

Just a big thank you to all the local clubs who have offered to help us Long Buckby Archery Club with the loan of equipment after our arson attack. We are still awaiting a final decision from the insurers on the final settlement fee. We may still be taking some of your offers up on help, so we will let

They have 1 young adult, and he’s is going to court this week so we will see what comes from this.

On a serious note I would suggest that all clubs actual take stock of what they have in there various store rooms containers club houses, have a list and get a value together and make sure your insurance covers you. It’s surprising how quick the value ramps up!! And if you have more than 1 container value the contents per container and again check your insurance.

Really this is a big thank you to all the clubs that have been great offering help supportive comments it has been over whelming the support from you all. What a great county support has been fantastic thank you all. After 30 years of being a member of the county its times like this that reminds me why were one of the best.

Thank you

LBAC Committee

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Archery GB release guidelines for returning to archery – Phase 1

Archery GB release guidelines for returning to archery – Phase 1

Archery GB have released an update including guidelines for clubs, archers and coaches, on Phase 1 of returning to archery, Here.

“Following the announcement from the Prime Minister on Sunday 10 May, Archery GB has prepared guidelines for clubs, coaches and members on returning to archery safely in England, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man. There is no change to the current position in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and archery activity remains on hold. We will continue to work with Home Nations as the guidance changes in those territories.

The safety of the archery community remains our top priority, the effects of coronavirus will be felt across the archery community for a considerable time to come. As we return to archery we need to do so responsibly, and we all need to continue to play our part in controlling the virus and saving lives.

The guidelines relate to the first phase of returning to archery (restricted shooting). They have been produced in line with the government guidance on public spaces, outdoor activity and exercise published on 11 May 2020, which can be read on the Gov.uk website.

Archery is a sport where close contact with others can be avoided. Archery GB has developed a set of practical guidelines for clubs to follow so that restricted shooting can take place where the local environment allows. The choice to return to archery at this time is one that needs to be made locally by clubs, after considering their own circumstances. There are many clubs who are keen to return to archery as soon as possible, but we appreciate there will be those that have genuine concerns, or their local environment will make shooting safely impossible at this stage. It is the responsibility of each club to make their own assessment based on their local environment and circumstances.

We therefore ask you to read and consider the guidelines carefully, before making a decision whether to return to archery during this current phase. Please do not feel pressured to open your club, attend your club, or coach until you are confident you can do so as safely, by following both the Archery GB guidelines and the current government advice.

We have issued this advice to all Archery GB clubs, members and coaches regardless of which territory people reside, so everyone has access to the information at the same time. We will continue to work with our Home Nations to support them in their preparations for returning to archery when they allowed to do so.”

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