Club News – April 2016

The club held an informal competition on Saturday 30th April which was enjoyed by all. This was followed by a brief club meeting where members where updated on matters arising since the AGM, this news can be summed up as follows:

  • The proposal to make NFAS membership a requirement was not contested by any members and therefore is now a requirement of club membership. I believe most members have been assessed and signed off. In order to be able to shoot at the club after 1st June 2016 you MUST be in possession of an NFAS membership card otherwise you have NO INSURANCE and will be asked to not attend until you have NFAS membership.
  • Work on preparation for the open shoot on 5th June continues, another local club have visited and given some feedback on the woods. In essence there are no safety issues, but improvements to signage, peg position, bridges etc were noted, much of this work was completed on 1st May.
  • The provision of a porta-cabin type structure for a club house with toilet is being investigated, as with most things the cost varies dramatically, plus the cost of delivery is also a factor. When there is more then a further announcement will be made. Offers of assistance with any joinery work which may be required was kindly made.

The floor was opened up for questions from the membership

  • The subject of grass cutting was raised, and is currently being undertaken my Mick Dargue and another former club member. So as not to interfere with customers of Elsham Activity Centre this needs to take place during the week.
  • A suggestion of holding a Club shoot (as a method of meeting other club members and so on) at the end of each month was made and was a popular idea, therefore this will be organised as a regular feature starting 28th May 2016.

Today’s Work Party

A quick note of thanks to all who helped with getting a few jobs done around the woods.

  • All the pegs have been checked and replaced as needed, and they all have a nice new coat of paint.
  • A new pit Shot (Peg 18) has been completed with steps and a platform.
  • The signage has been refreshed ahead of the open shoot, hopefully it should be easy to navigate the course!
  • 2 new sets of steps have been placed to give a different perspective for a couple of other shots. Use of these steps is not mandatory, use them if you wish.
  • The paths have been cleared of overhanging brambles.

There are a few jobs still outstanding, mainly re-banding of bosses, we hope to get this done during the long Easter weekend. The woods will not be closed, be please be extra aware of people working in the woods, and you may find a peg or 2 not available if the backstop is being repaired.

Club News – March 2016

Car Parking

The Landlord has earmarked the area in front of the portacabins for further development, therefore the car park will be more compact in area, roped off and accessed via the “summer” route – EG: between the house and the storage containers NOT through the paintballers car park. This change is effective immediately. As the ground is currently soft, please park as high up the field (nearest the house and garden) as possible, whilst leaving enough room for vehicles to move.

Membership Fees

Fees are now due, please pay them at your earliest convenience, this can by cheque to Rich by post if this suits you. Membership cards will be available from next weekend (19th March)

Work Party

A reminder that the work party will attend to some work in the woods on 19th March and the woods will be closed, until around 2pm. Volunteers should arrive for 10am.

If you have any questions, just drop Rich a line.

Subs Now Due

A gentle reminder to club members that subs are now due.

This year there is no need to fill in an application form, unless your details have changed in the last year. Please pay the secretary, Rich, by either Cash or Cheque (made payable to “The Anchor Bowmen of Scunthorpe”) as your earliest convenience. New membership cards will be issued shortly.

Subs remained this year, as follows:

Adult : £30
Senior / Junior : £20
Family : £45

Thanks in advance for your co-operation.



Matters arising from Club AGM 27th January 2016

  1. Indoor shooting – If you are interested in taking part in indoors shooting for winter 2016/2017, please contact the secretary, preferably by email. Once we have an idea of numbers we can look at the options, which may include trying to share facilities (and costs) with another local archery club.
  2. There will be a work party in the near future, a list of the jobs which need doing is being prepared, and this together with a date for this will be published in the near future, please help if you can, there is a wide range of jobs suited to all abilities.
  3. The issue of Club Insurance cover was discussed in depth, the conclusion was to propose a change to the rules which would mean that all archers are required to become members of NFAS, which would provide everyone with insurance.
    This proposal was unanimously supported by the members present at the AGM, so unless there is a strong objection from the membership, this will become a requirement of membership of the club. If the is a strong objection then a meeting will be arranged to discuss it further, otherwise the outcome of this discussion will be announced on 1st March.
  4. There will be a club meeting at Elsham at 1pm on Saturday 30th April in order to update members with club news.

Club News

In response to a number of items raised at a recent committee meeting I thought I’d give you the following update.

  • Chairman – Due to no members being forthcoming to stand for election as Chairman Ian has agreed to remain in the role until the AGM when all posts on the committee are up for re-election. The club cannot function without a committee, so please consider if you can spend a little time putting something back into the club and sport, I’m sure if you have any questions the members of the committee will be only to happy to answer them.
  • NFAS Sign off – If you wish to consider shooting in NFAS competitions in the near future, please get in touch in the first instance with myself. Ian can sign off applications but needs to see you shoot before doing so, provisionally Ian should be free to do this, give your name to me if you are interested in getting signed off.
  • Woods – Limited Sunday Access – The woods ARE NOT available to anyone from the club on the third Sunday of the month as they are in use by people doing air-soft, which is similar to paint-balling but (apparently) the guns have a greater range. You are free to use the target range on the top field.
  • Club Field Competition  – Following a suggestion from a member, I’m looking into running an in house field shoot for fun, and to give those who don’t use the woods that often a chance to try it out. I’m looking for people interested in taking part, plus more experienced field archers to show them the ropes. This will probably take place on a Saturday in mid to late September, subject to sufficient interest – please pass your details to me if you are interested.

New Bosses have arrived

The club has invested in 6 new large bosses for the Target range.

These have now arrived and have been installed by the “Grass cutting crew” who have also made new frames for the bosses.

Below are a couple of photographs of them in all there glory. Enjoy, and try not to hit the frames!




Proposed changes to arrangements for guests

The committee are proposing the following changes to the rules regarding archers shooting as guests.

1) The shoot fee to be increased to £5 per day, this is in line with other clubs, and means the cost of insurance, maintenance and wear and tear begins to be covered.

2) Any archer can only be signed in as a guest 6 times per calendar year; this is to encourage people who are using the facilities to join the club.

Please note, this is a proposed change. if you have any comments on this proposal, please feel free to discuss it with the committee. If no strong objections are received, then this change will become effective from 18th May 2015.

Driving and Parking at Elsham

Please can all members keep their speed to a minimum on site, and avoid damaging the grass. Its suggested that you park as close to the wood / Portacabin area as possible, as this is the driest ground and closet to a paved area.

Action will be taken against members who fail to comply or otherwise disrespect the facilities that we are fortunate to have available to use.

The committee