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.

Change to Membership Requirements – NFAS membership

As you are probably already aware, as part of a discussion on the insurance cover provided by the club, a wider discussion took place that suggested that members are required to be a member of an archery organisation which provides insurance cover. The organisation which was seen by the membership as most appropriate was NFAS.

A consultation period during which members could discuss this implications and possible alternatives has now come to an end, with no-one contacting the committee to voice concerns or questions over this change.

This consultation is now over, and as such it is now a requirement for all members to join NFAS.

What does this mean?

In real terms there will be no noticeable changes at the club, the woods and walk back areas will remain unchanged, and open for all to use (subject to you having already been approved to shoot in the woods). The Target range will be known as the “Practice Area”, and the layout of the bosses may change (the 6 new bosses set out at 10 metre intervals between 20 and 70 metres), plus perhaps a small number of 3D targets set out on this area. You are free to shoot at any target face you wish, there is no stipulation by NFAS or the club that the target face should be a “field” target.

What happens next?

The club has its own insurance until 1st June 2016, so until then things will be exactly as they are now. In the run up to this date a number of things will occur.

  • The club rules and constitution will be reviewed and updated where necessary.
  • The club will run a number of sessions (details to provided in the future) to ensure that you need the requirements for NFAS membership (we don’t foresee many problems with this), but a club official DOES need to sign your initial NFAS application.
  • It is suggested that you familiarise yourself with the rules of NFAS (see link in the section below “About NFAS”)

About NFAS

NFAS is a national body representing and promoting field archery. You join them direct (rather than through the club), and renew each year. Costs are competitive (Junior £10, Adult £20, Family £40, Associate member £5)

  • Main Web Site can be found here
  • Application form can be found here
  • Rules can be found here

When must this be done by?

The clubs’ insurance runs out 1st June 2016, members will only be used on and after this date providing they have a valid NFAS card, members not meeting this requirement will be asked to no longer attend until they can provide proof of membership (and therefore insurance). Clearly shooting without insurance is a serious breach of rules, and will be dealt with severely. Please do not “chance it”, I’m sure you take a dim view of people driving without insurance, this is just the same.

What are the benefits?

The main advantages are the insurance cover provided by NFAS is far more encompassing than that provided by the club, and for a nominal fee.
You would also (should you wish) be able to attend NFAS open shoots, again there is no pressure or expectation for members to do this, but you could exercise this privilege.

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.



2016 AGM

Please find a copy of the minutes of the 2016 AGM here , this is an effort to improve the openness of the club which was suggested at the AGM could be improved. If you have any feedback / corrections to these minutes, please inform the secretary.

If you have not yet heard there was only 1 application for each of the committee posts, so the members of the committee are as follows:

Chairman – Chris Babb
Secretary – Rich Pearson
Treasurer – Phill Brown

The club wish to thank Ian Staines for his chairmanship of the club for around 18 months, and his assistance in steering the club through some difficult times.

Open Shoot, Work Party and other dates for your diary

The Committee has ear-marked the 5th June for the Club’s NFAS Open shoot (The first of hopefully 2 we will try to run this year)

In order to prepare for the above, there is some housekeeping needed in the woods, to this end there will be a work party (and the woods will be unavailable) on the 19th March.

Work which needs attention includes

  • Checking and improving the signage around the woods.
  • Place a second set of pegs on most of the shots, and refresh the paint / tape on the existing pegs.
  • Replace the small targets on pegs 2,3 and 14
  • Replace bridge access to Peg 4
  • Recover a boss near peg 17, repair it and redeploy it to peg 14
  • Repair 4 bosses in the woods (just need re-banding and staking back)
  • Checking that all backstops and targets are secured firmly – Address any Defects
  • Possible bridge at Peg 9, allowing arrows to be recovered.
  • Digging Pit Shots
  • Building a platform for the final peg, a pit shot.

If there is a particular job you can help with, drop the secretary an email and he will pencil you in to do that – First come first served though!

The container will also be tidied so that we can take stock of the targets we have available. At the same time the container will be tidied out. If you stored anything in the container which you want back / don’t want to be thrown away if its immediate use isn’t obvious, can you please contact the committee to remove it prior to 13th February.

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.