Blind Veterans UK Bowmen formerly St Dunstans


picture showing  vi an archers using tactile devices and foot markers.

St. Dunstans archery club Milestones 1976 - 2001

In the St. Dunstans August Review 1976 Jock Carnochan reported on an experiment at (Ian Fraser House) IFH when Laurie Austin and two of his club colleagues ran an experimental archery course once a week on the rifle range.

First Archery Championships on 25th June 1977, report by Ray Hazan. Archery Aids by Norman French were used. This was the first time that subscriptions were taken from members, and thus the archery club was officially formed.

June 1978 was when Bob Forshaw was elected Chairman

June 1979 Archery Championships at Ian Fraser House. A remark was made that the sport of archery was still a relatively new sport at St Dunstan's"

1980 June Archery Championships.

December 1980, St Dunstan's Archery Club and Archery Week. The inaugural meeting of St Dunstan's Archery Club was held. The constitution was discussed and agreed. Nominations for the Committee were taken under the chairmanship of Norman Perry.

picture showing Norman in action.

Indoor Shoot against Cuckfield Bowmen. "31st January 1981 is a date to remember in the history of St Dunstan's. Never before has a team of sighted Archers competed against a team of blind Archers"

1981 St Dunstan's Archery Club recognised by the Grand National Archery Society. The first blind club to be so honoured.

1981 Archery Championships. Report by Philip J van Buren, Chief Coach and Archery Organiser. Dame Vera Lynn was in attendance and presented the Dacre Trophy for the Supreme Champion to Phil Dufee.

1982 February, Archery Week. There were 32 club members. At the AGM Joe Prendergast was voted Chairman.
June 1982 Introduction of identity card system to show the status of the Archers visual impairment.
July/August 1982,Dacre Trophy Weekend. The guest of honour was Robert Hardy (Actor), whose wife Sally is the daughter of Sir Neville Pearson and the late Dame Gladys Cooper.

February 12 1983 Handicap Challenge match against Cuckfield Bowmen: thanks to Phil van Buren, Laurie Austin, Phil Varden, Ted Bradford

1983 saw introduction of St Dunstan's Archery club lapel and blazer badges.
1983. First for blind and handless St Dunstaner Tommy Gaygan who took part in his first championship archery tournament using specially devised equipment to enable him to shoot.

In 1984 St Dunstan's Archery Club was honoured by two famous people in the world of archery agreeing to become their Patron and President. Lord Guernsey, Patron and Mr Anthony Wood, a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Bowyers, President

July 1985 Archery Club's display team at the Game Fair in the grounds of Stoneleigh Abbey, Warwicshire. Gold Medal Norman Perry; Silver Medal Tommy Gaygan; Bronze Medal Phil Duffee. In House Coach was Laurie Austin and the Chief Coach was Ted Bradford

April 1986 saw St Dunstan's Archers in their first match against a Service team. They beat the Royal Air Force.
July 22nd 1986, St Dunstan's Archers demonstrate their skills at Buckingham Palace The occasion was the "Not Forgotten Association Garden Party".
Attended the 1986 Game Fair at Harewood House, Leeds.
1986 attended the Inter-Services Tournament at Bovington Camp, near Dorchester.

November 18th 1987 Laurie Austin presented with a Torch Trophy Award for his pioneering work in establishing St Dunstan's Archery club and for his continuing contribution as a coach
August 10th 1987. Shoot against the Army Archery Association. Chairman was Norman Perry

June 6th 1988 Summer Meeting. In charge was Chief Coach Ted Bradford together with Laurie Austin and Roger McMullan.

1989 St Dunstan's Archers in Cyprus to participate in a competition.

picture showing Eric in action.

1990 April attended an Archery competition in Cyprus as a result of an invitation from the Joint Services Archery Club in Cyprus.

1994 February shoot and AGM. Chairman, Tom Hart was re-elected.
June 1994 St Dunstan's v Army Archery Championships.

June 1995 Archery club held their shoot indoors at Longhill School. Ovingdean under refurbishment.

1996 AGM Chairman John Lilley and the Coach was Ernie Elliot.
1996 - return visit to Lyneakres, Devon.
1996. John Lilley, Chairman of Archery Club took gold medal in the Senior National Visually Handicapped Archery Championships at Rugby on August 4. He also won gold medal at the Welsh Visually Handicapped Championships.

1997. February 8 International Tournament. John Lilley and Norman Perry who had been invited by British Blind Sport took part in tournament against a French team. John Lilley came second overall to the French champion receiving the silver medal.
1997 Mini general meeting to choose a new Secretary/Coach Roger McMullan following the death of Ernie Elliot.

1998 February 16th AGM. Chairman John Lilley and Club Coach David Habgood
1998 August shoot with the Sibertswold Archers at Sandwich, Kent

1999 February 15th-20th first shoot in the new Sports Hall at Ovingdean

2000 February 19th - 26th Hosts for the British Blind Sports Indoor Archery Championship at Ovingdean
2000. Six St Dunstan's Archers invited to shoot at Newhaven's County shoot. David Poyner elected onto British blind Sport archery Committee.

2001 February. Archery Club host British Blind Sports Indoor Championships.
2001 June 12th. Archery Club versus Army and RAF in Sandhurst shoot.
2002 8 St. Dunstans archers attend the British Blind Sport (BBS) national outdoor championships at Lilleshall, Shropshire. Nigel Whiteley elected onto BBS archery committee. In the June week a fantastic turnout of all three services against St. Dunstanson the grounds of Ovingdean.
Sue Habgood, is the new Development Officer for British Blind Sport Archery committee.

2003 Many St. Dunstans archers shot at sighted events around the country. BBS held an international tournament at Lilleshall, where all St. Dunstans archers did well, St. dunstans had a first in every category entered.
Nigel Whiteley and Derek hagger went to Prague representing BBS where Nigel shot an international record.
David Poyner elected chairman of St. Dunstans Archery Club.

2004 David Poyner elected onto the Grand National Archery Society Disabled Archery Panel.

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