At the start of February, we hosted the Notts Archery Society's Indoor Championships. The three sessions were a sell-out, with a total of 120 archers taking part.

Sherwood Archer's Secretary, Susan Stankovic, was the Organiser, and Chairman Mario Stankovic was Judge-in-Charge. Our members shot well, and seven of them finished in medal-places: Jenny Bryan,1st Lady Compound; Carrie Mortimore, 1st Lady Longbow; Ron Pickering,1st Gent Longbow; Andy Mortimore, 3rd Gent Longbow; Jodie Hayde, 2nd Lady Barebow; Megan Purchase, 3rd Lady Barebow and Lukus Cole, 1st Junior Barebow.

We have heard from Southwell Lions that our swimmers, David, Oliver and Nathan Salmon, and Dean and Eric Burton won the Lions Swimathon for the fourth year, by raising the most money for the Lions. Well done Team Sherwood!

On the second Sunday in the month (Feb) we held our first Open Clout Shoot, a double metric, one-way event, at flag-distances ranging from 185 metres for compounds down to 75 metres for juniors. We were amazed, and very pleased to receive entries from 70 archers, some travelling from as far away as Luton.

We were very grateful to Tim Farr and Tim Twidale for allowing us to shoot on their land at Kirklington, as our field is not quite long enough for metric clouts. The shoot was organised by Susan Stankovic. Mario Stankovic and Mike Thomason were judges in charge of the shooting. Once again, our members were amongst the medal-winners: Mark Burton,1st Barebow; Stephen Lamb, 3rd Barebow; David Salmon, 3rd Recurve; Oliver Salmon, 1st Jnr Recurve; Ethan Lamb,1st Jnr Barebow; Carrie Mortimore, 1st Lady Barebow, and Ashley Buckland, 2nd Lady Compound and an arrow in the flag-stick at 165metres. Between them they claimed 17 records at club, county and regional levels, and as a result six of them will be shooting for the county in the Inter-Counties Clout at Kettering, this month.

The February Frostbite was shot near the end of the month, on a misty/foggy morning with springtime temperatures. Winners were: Darren Lowe [recurve]; Alex Atkins [compound]; Carrie Mortimore [longbow]; Jason Millard [flatbow]; Jodie Hayde [barebow]; Lukas Cole [jnr barebow] and William Burnett [jnr recurve]. Shooting was to such a good standard that six records were set and nine archers improved their handicaps.

The Frostbite was followed by the AGM where members voted for the Executive Committee and the Club Officers. Thanks were expressed by the Chairman and the President for all the time and energy put into the running of the club by our members.

George Brown

Published March 2019