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Stourbridge Company of Archers' Newsletter April 2004

You may have noticed that the indoor archery has finished for this season. We look forward to seeing you all at the great outdoors.

Records Reports

A quiet month!

B.A. Winter Postals

That's it!

Members' Achievements

Eighteen of our members received invitations to the County Trials, which indicates the high standard of SCOA archers. Congratulations to everyone concerned.

Also, congratulations are due to Matthew Ingram, Anna Mussi and Chris Berry for achieving their AAS (Archery Association for Schools) White Badges, and to Joe Mussi for achieving a White Badge AND a Blue Badge. Well done everyone!

Shoot Report

Oak Tree Field Shoot - 14 March

Eight SCOA members attended this pleasant venue in the lee of the Malvern Hills. We shot 28 x 2 big game targets, and had a really good day, with Gents Freestyle coming first, second and third. We also got Gents Longbow second and Gents American Flat Bow (AFB) second, so a big well done.

If you are booked into a shoot and are unable to attend, please notify either the shoot organisers or Dave Johnson so that your place can be re-allocated.

Dates for your Diary

Club Shoots

9 May - Hagley National:
This is a handicap-adjusted shoot and newer members especially are invited to attend. You shoot four dozen and two dozen arrows at 60 and 50 yards respectively, but with reduced distances for juniors. It is a friendly afternoon shoot and, because it is handicap adjusted, everyone should stand an equal chance of winning.
As an incentive, there is a small trophy to be won. If you wish to enter, once the entry form goes up in the clubhouse, please put your name on, and we should have a good day. Alternatively, contact Pete Clarke to have your name added to the list.

20 June - Breakfast Shoot:
It is important that you get your name on the list when it goes up, so that we cater for the right number of people. A full cooked breakfast is served up at approximately 7.00 am, which is halfway through the Western Round that we shoot. You will now realise that we start much earlier; Sighters for this unique event are at around 5.00 AM. We are all finished by about 9.30 in the morning and then you can have the rest of the day to yourselves!
For those cynics amongst you - this is the best-attended Club Shoot in our calendar.

27 June - Club Championships:
The Round is a Hereford, or appropriate Bristol Round for juniors, depending on age. Sighters 10.00 am. This is an all-day event, so bring your own lunch. Anybody is welcome to shoot.
As opposed to the Breakfast Shoot, the Club Champs are sparsely attended, so we would like you to make an effort and make it a success this year.

Outside Shoots

For details of the above outside shoots, please contact Dave Johnson.

Thanks to Fletchers

Many thanks to those members who made up the new arrows for our beginners' courses this year - every little helps, and Bob and Maggie are very grateful.

Important Date

Saturday 24 April.

This is when we have our annual sort out. We make new target stands, do any general repairs to the clubhouse, and have a good old tidy up. The more people who turn up, the less everyone has to do. Please tell Bob Hanson if you can come along to lend a hand.
We require people who can paint, anyone with building experience, woodworkers, plus general duties engineers (tidier upperers).

Child Protection

You will by now have received a letter asking for volunteers for a Child Protection Officer - we have had a volunteer for the post, but we still need a deputy, so if you were thinking of volunteering, please still do so.

Risk Assessment

At the behest of GNAS we have prepared a Risk Assessment on our shooting ground, which also covers our activities on the field. You will shortly be receiving a copy of this document, and will be asked to sign that you have read and understood it.
As a result of the risk assessment, the Committee has decided that corner to corner shooting is dangerous, and should no longer take place.

Dave's Quiz

Answers to Quiz 30

  1. Billy Bunter
  2. Captain Flint
  3. Alexis
  4. The Addams Family
  5. Albatross
  6. Madame Butterfly
  7. Roots
  8. Starsky and Hutch
  9. Asterix
  10. Miss Moneypenny
  11. Kermit
  12. Winnie the Pooh

Quiz No. 31

  1. What does a herpetologist study?
  2. What is a John Dory?
  3. What does a dermatologist study?
  4. When milk sours, what acid is formed?
  5. Who was the author of 'Our Mutual Friend'?
  6. At the time of the French Revolution, what were tumbrels?
  7. Which American gangster was known as Scarface?
  8. What name is given to a baby whale?
  9. What is measured by the truss?
  10. Which fictional aviator had friends called Ginger and Algy?
  11. For which TV role is Leonard Nimoy best known?


Whilst it is true that some archers are unwittingly or unwillingly duped, badgered or coerced into shooting a round, an incredible 97 percent of them do it on a voluntary basis.