St. Dunstans Archery Club


In November Peter Hammond has decided to hang up his bow. In addition he is standing down from the committee. Thanks Peter for all your work on the committee and exceptional shooting. Your achievements within the sport will long be remembered.

Once again St. Dunstans archers made the trip to Norwich for the November shoot against Charlie's Archers. Sadly we ended up with 3 on the shooting line. David arrived but didn't shoot and Eileen fell at the last hurdle. She damaged her wrist boarding the train at Doncaster. The Double Portsmouth was a superb day and really enjoyable. Our archers, Clive, John and Peter Price lost by a small margin. Thanks to Graham and his happy band for a fabulous weekend.

7 St. Dunstans archers travelled from around the country to compete at the British Blind Sport National Archery outdoor championships, Lilleshall Shropshire. Our archers came away with 6 firsts and one third.
On the second day Marjorie came second in the Blackout round being beaten by only two points. Eileen won the Blinkie trophy for the second successive year with Peter Price second and David third.

The August bank Holiday was back up to full strength with 15 archers on the line. David, our chair, returned after a 2 year absence with chronic renal failure and a subsequent transplant.
The weather was good with some exceptional days of sunshine. The club champions for this year were Eileen Thompson, Peter Hammond, Doug Rogers, Keith Lanchesterr-Harding and Mike Foreman. The coaches award (Morecambe trophy) was presented to Peter Hammond. Once again we shot against the Greenways team and despite a lot of banter st. Dunstans won. The final Saturday brought incredible weather and a three way shoot against Newhaven AC and Ditchling AC. What an amazing sight with 50 archers on the line. St. Dunstans won with ditchling second and Newhaven third.

In august six archers from each of St. Dunstans, the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force and the Army shot for the Brigade Cup in the grounds of windsor castle. St. Dunstans came second with the Royal Navy taking first place.

Our May outdoor archery week was well attended with 16 archers present. It was pleasing to note that numbers were up, the first time for some time.
New archers were Paul Palmer, Michael Foreman, Peter Price, Kelvin Platt & Bert Nelson.
Our annual BBS archery open coaching and competition weekend took place. The round shot was either Short Junior or Junior Westerns. Peter H was first, John second and Norman third.
On the Bank Holiday Monday St Dunstans AC beat Hellingly AC by 246 our team was Clive, Norman, Pat and Peter H.
The Annual Tri- Services shoot was won by Army AC pushing St DunstanŐs AC into second place by 34 points. The RAF were third and the RN came fourth. Our team was Eileen, Clive, John and Keith.
On Wednesday we held our own club shoot won by Paul, Clive second and Peter P third.
RUC Pairs Trophy. was won by Keith & Bert, Peter H & Eileen second and Pat & Kelvin third.
The Derek Hagger Knockout Cup was won by Keith.
The Royal Insurance Trophy was won by Willoughby.
Ditchling AC hosted a Short and Junior Windsor. This was won by St. Dunstans AC by 97 points. Our team was Bert, Clive, Peter P and Willoughby.
Southampton University AC and Thorpe Hamlet Juniors aC, Norfolk made the long journeys to shoot on the final Sunday in appalling rain. The round had to be shortened due to the conditions.
Thorpe Hamlet Juniors AC won beating St Dunstans AC by 362 points who were 138 points ahead of Southampton University AC. Our team was Kelvin, Michael, Paul, Peter P.

In May we received the sad news that Alan Holden, our Equipments Officer, had passed away. Alan had been an active supporter of our archery club for many years.

At the British Blind Sports National Indoor Championships in April, 10 St. Dunstans' archers attended but only 8 competed; 2 were recovering from surgery. We achieved 5 firsts, 2 seconds and one third. John Bower won the Thomas Trophy "Most improved score on lastyear" Marjorie Scott and Dennis Cook either broke or set National Records for both the single and double Portsmouth rounds. A Worcester round was held on the Sunday. David Poyner came second in the non-blackout round.

During the indoor week, in February, matches were held against Hellingly we lost by 9 points, southampton University we lost by 13 points and Ditchling who we beat by 37 points.

Various rounds were shot a Bray2 for the first time. Others were a Worcester, a Bray1, a FITA18, a FITA25 and Portsmouths.

At the AGM. Marjorie Scott and John Bower were elected onto the committee.

Keith won the bowsight trophy for the most golds throughout last year and similarly Pat won the award for tactile archers.
Norman won the GNAS handicap medal.

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