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2015 news


Help needed for YAA shoots

Andy Wilkinson - 19 December 2015

URGENT REQUEST
HELP NEEDED AT THE COUNTY SHOOTS AT WETHERBY IN 2016

The numbers of helpers (work party) at the 2015 YAA Championship Weekend (6-7 June) reached an all-time low. This raises concerns about the viability of future shoots.

Our 2016 shoots are being added to the shooting calendar and we, the Yorkshire Archery Association, need to ensure they run as smoothly as they have over recent years.

To do this we need extra people to get involved with the Work Party.

On the Saturday and Sunday of each weekend, we definitely need more volunteers to help with the following tasks, throughout the day:
 Putting on the target faces, before sighters commence;
 Looking for lost arrows (metal detectors and arrow drag operators);
 Moving bosses, re-aligning and securing stands at up to 3 changes of distance;
 Changing faces (120cm to 80cm) on WA 1440 days;
 Collecting running slips and maintaining the leader board;
 Selling raffle tickets and arranging the raffle;
 Re-setting the field at the end of Saturday, moving bosses and stands from 30m back to 100 yards/90metres, removing faces and re-aligning and securing.

On the Sunday evening:
 Dismantle and pack away the car park/caravan ropes and posts;
 Dismantling stands and bosses which the gents have kindly carried over to the container for us, and packing into the container;
 Collecting the stands and bosses into the trailer from the ladies and junior lines, unloading at the container, then dismantling and stacking in the container;
 Dismantle the leader boards and stands and transport over to the container;
 Dismantle the marquee and tables, sound system and Danage lighting and loading into the trailer;
 Manoeuvring the loaded trailer into the container and checking the site before leaving.

Obviously a number of these jobs require a reasonable level of strength and fitness when moving and lifting bosses and stands and loading into and out of the trailer, but not all jobs do.

It is possible a group of members from a one or more clubs may like to get involved and an Honorarium payment could be considered for their club. There are over 60 clubs in Yorkshire and if each club would provide one person for one of the four days then we would have more than sufficient to run an excellent shoot.

THESE SHOOTS CANNOT RUN IN 2016 WITHOUT THE COMMITMENT OF YORKSHIRE ARCHERS.

If you feel you can help and would like to ensure the YAA Tournaments can continue for the benefit of our Yorkshire archers and visitors, please contact either Andrew Neal, Andy Wilkinson or Dave Phillips.

Many thanks in anticipation.


Andy Wilkinson
Yorkshire Archery Association Secretary
Archery GB County Development Coordinator
 yaa.sec@googlemail.com

Yorkshire archers in national rankings

23 November 2015

Archery GB has published the draft rankings for 2015, and Yorkshire archers have achieved impressive placings.

Amy Oliver tops the Ladies Recurve rankings, 10 points ahead of her nearest rival.

Isabelle Carpenter is the number 1 Junior Ladies Compound archer and is 11th in the Senior Ladies Compound rankings.

Megan Tinker is 5th in U16 Junior Ladies Recurve.

Adam Carpenter is 3rd in Junior Boys Compound and first in U14.

Joe Fairburn is 6th in Junior Boys Recurve and first in U14.

Excellent achievements - congratulations to the archers from the YAA.

Here are the full placings of all YAA-affiliated archers.

Junior Girls Recurve
 13 Megan Tinker, Dearne Valley Archery Club (5 in U16)
 55 Lauren Rogers, Nova Bowmen (12 in U12)

Junior Girls Compound
 1 Isabelle Carpenter, Barnsley Archery Club
 18 Hannah Stocks, Danum (7 in U14)

Junior Boys Recurve
 6 Joe Fairburn, Panda Bowmen (First in U14)
 26 Lewis Slater, Nova Bowmen (13 in U16)
 27= Luke Stocks, Danum (13= in U16)

Junior Boys Compound
 3 Adam Carpenter, Barnsley Archery Club (First in U14)

Ladies Recurve
 1 Amy Oliver, Dearne Valley AC
 30 Jessie Slater, Nova Bowmen
 39 Shelley Hurst, Bradford Uni AC
 67 Beverley Detoeuf, Aire Valley Archers
 88 Sarah Monteith, York AS
 91 Bethany Woodcock, Uni of Huddersfield AC
 98 Judith Marshall, York AS
 109 Melissa Tinker, Dearne Valley AC
 114 Grace Helliwell, York AS

Ladies Longbow
 8 Penelope Mowforth, Archers of East Riding

Ladies Compound
 11 Isabelle Carpenter, Barnsley AC

Ladies Barebow
 6 Amanda Driffield, Panda Bowmen
 13 Sarah Dickinson, Uni of Huddersfield AC

Gentlemen Recurve
 67 Neil Crickmore, Bronte Archers
 72 Crispin Cousins, York AS
 103 Thomas Mowforth, Archers of East Riding
 111 Steve Shipley, Archery GB
 126 Mike Smith, Sheffield Hallam Uni AC
 133 Tom Fewz, Thirsk Bowmen
 142 Richard Wood, Barnsley AC
 152 Dean Dowling, Bradford Uni AC
 166 Robert Prince, Barnsley AC
 169 Les Day, Thirsk Bowmen
 181 Mick Whiteley, York AS
 184 Mark Tinker, Dearne Valley AC
 185 Adam Fazakerley, Uni of Huddersfield AC
 209 Steve Atkins, Phoenix Bowmen

Gentlemen Longbow
 9 Patrick Revell, All Abilities
 13 Richard Allan, York AS
 28 Richard Ford, York AS

Gentlemen Compound
 45 Adam Carpenter, Barnsley AC
 63 Will Kempf, Valley Bowmen
 65 Jez Clarke, Danum Archers
 90 Paul Stoner, Panda Bowmen
 118 Wayne Evardson, Phoenix Bowmen
 119 Dan Cresswell, Danum Archers
 125 Tony Carpenter, Barnsley AC
 135 John Fell, Bronte Archers

Gentlemen Barebow
 4 Alan Driffield, Panda Bowmen
 11 Ash Niwaz, Selby Archers

UK flight shoots 2016

Tony Bakes - 23 November 2015

Here are the dates for next year's flight shoots:
 May 29th - West Midlands Flight - Longford Hall
 August 7th - Cumbrian Flight - Frenchfields Sports Ground, Penrith
 August 14th - NCAS Flight Championships - Elvington
 August 28th - National Flight Championships - Elvington

I will be sending out entry forms next month.

Also, following a three year review, we will be going live with a new classification scheme covering all World Archery recognised flight classes. This will run in tandem with the current Archery GB (GNAS) run scheme. More details to follow soon.


Regards,
Tony Bakes

Field archery open days at Dearne Valley

Mark Tinker - 23 October 2015

Come and try field archery at our Winter League Open Days or come for just a bit of a practice. 3 for adults, free for juniors - go round as many times as you want in a relaxed atmosphere. Mixture of FITA and animal targets. Hot food and drinks will be available. No need to book, just turn up and play. The course will be available from 10:00 AM and practice targets open before that.

The open days are:
 Sunday 22nd November 2015
 Sunday 20th December 2015
 Sunday 10th January 2016
 Sunday 21st February 2016
 Sunday 17th April 2016 - change of date

We're at Savin Royd Woods, Haigh Lane, Haigh Village, near Woolley. This is close to junction 38 of the M1. At the roundabout take the Woolley turnoff onto Haigh Lane. Go through Haigh Village and the track to the field course is approximately 300 metres on the left. If you reach a cross junction at the top of Haigh Lane you have missed the turning.


Regards,
Mark Tinker
Dearne Valley Archery Club

AGB membership consultation meeting in Huddersfield

13 October 2015

Archery GB (the GNAS) is holding a series of meetings around the country to present new proposals and initiatives for discussion. One of these meetings will take place at the University of Huddersfield.

The letter to club secretaries states that the meetings are specifically concerned with a review of the membership structure, though the item on their website suggests a broader discussion.

The meeting at the University of Huddersfield will take place from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM on Monday the 2nd of November 2015. If you wish to attend you must register your interest by the 28th of October.

More information:
 Archery GB: Have your say on new proposals

Amy and Joe at the European Field Championships

6 October 2015

Yorkshire archers have made a great start at the European Field Championships in Poland. Over 200 archers from 20 countries took part in the unmarked qualifier round on the first day.

Amy Oliver currently stands third in Ladies Recurve. Joe Fairburn stands fourth in Junior Mens Recurve. Excellent performances, especially against such a strong field.

The marked qualifier round takes place on Wednesday, the head-to-head on Thursday, the teams on Friday, and the individual medals will be contested on Saturday. Best wishes to Joe and Amy.

More news:
 Archery GB: Cracking start in Poland

Follow the results:
 Ianseo: European Field Championships live results

Inter Counties 2015

4 October 2015

Yorkshire had an excellent weekend at the Junior and Senior Inter Counties Tournaments 2015, which were hosted by Archers of East Riding at their ground in Great Driffield. News is still coming in, but here's what's known so far.

On Saturday our juniors got together with juniors from the other northern counties and competed in a great fun atmosphere. Izzy and Adam Carpenter achieved maximum points on their rounds, setting unbeatable national records. They were, of course, compound champions in their age groups. Megan Tinker had a bad start on her Bristol 3, but turned it around spectacularly to score 1164 and win the Under 16 Girl Recurve title. Lewis Slater scored 1182 on a Bristol 2, a Junior Master Bowman score. Catherine Dales won the Under 18 Ladies Recurve title. Karly Johnson, a travelling reserve, finished third overall in Under 18 Ladies Recurve with a Junior Master Bowman score.

On Sunday the seniors got in on the act. Yorkshire won the overall county team, lady compound team, overall compound team, overall longbow team, best recurve team at the longest distance, and many other awards. Sheila Hudson was the lady longbow champion. Izzy Carpenter, despite being classed as a junior, was the lady compound champion and achieved her third senior-level GMB score.

Great work was performed by Michelle Kiddy as the YAA's County Teams Coordinator; Gwen Smith, Karen Dales and Mary Hannan as team managers; and Albert Kiddy in sorting out the medals.

Book: The History & Development of Archery

Steve Trimmins - 9 September 2015

In August last year the late Bill Spencer wrote a brief history of archery as preparation for a talk to a local branch of the Women's Institute. Bill and I talked about turning his notes into a booklet and I'm happy to say that this work has now been done.

I have been handling orders for the book from the members of my club, but other people visiting the club or who have seen it mentioned on Facebook have expressed an interest in it. Below is a flyer with details of the book and how to order it. All profits from sales of the book are to be donated to Macmillan Nurses who supported Bill with such care during his illness.



With best regards,
Steve Trimmins
St George's Archery Club

YAA teams for Inter Counties 2015

Michelle Kiddy - 3 September 2015

Thanks to everyone who took the time to enter scores for this years Intercounties Shoot in October. We have had a great response and as always a high standard that has caused a few close contests! For the first time we have had over the required number of juniors. Sending out the 'unsuccessful' letters is not my favourite part but please submit your scores next year. The teams are below. Cheers everyone and good luck to our selected teams - I am sure you will do us proud as always.

Girl RecurveBoy Recurve
Catherine DalesLuke Stocks
Megan TinkerLewis Slater
Elizabeth FergusonBen Daniel
Jessica HowdenEdward Wallace
Sophie JoyceDaniel Hall
Niamh Titchener 
 
Girl CompoundBoy Compound
Izzy CarpenterAdam Carpenter
Hannah StocksTom Boot
 
Ladies RecurveGents Recurve
Michelle KiddyNeil Crickmore
Shelley HurstThomas Mowforth
Jessie SlaterStephen Shaw
 
Ladies CompoundGents Compound
Izzy CarpenterWill Kempf
Gemma BreeseAdam Carpenter
Vivienne OxleyJez Clarke
 
Ladies LongbowGents Longbow
Sheila HudsonRichard Allan
Penny MowforthMartin Jordan
 
Team Manager
Gwen Smith

Michelle Kiddy
YAA Teams Coordinator

Theft of archery equipment

Geoff Rhodes - 24 July 2015

On the night of the 22nd-23rd of this month my garage was broken into and many items of archery equipment were stolen.

Berghaus long waterproof green jacket, size XXL.

High Gear long waterproof green jacket, size L or XL.

Barbour waxed gilet, size XXL.

Powell Action wooden longbow. The word 'Powell' and the strength of the bow appear on lower limb. Series of coloured numbered dots on upper limb (distance indicators). Bamboo construction, approximately 6 feet long with dark brown leather grip. Black single loop string with dark red serving. Brass nocking points. Bow recently shortened by 0.5". Hole in top nock with purple ribbon tied through.

John Geldard triple-laminated longbow, approximately 6 feet long. Made up of snake wood and green heart with bamboo backing and a brown leather grip. Numbered small yellow diamonds on upper limb (distance indicators). 4 inches of twine binding on lower limb. Black single loop string with black serving. Brass nocking points. Hole in top nock with purple ribbon tied through.

John Geldard triple-laminated longbow, approximately 6 feet long. Made up of osage and purple heart with hickory backing. Brown leather grip. Small yellow numbered diamonds in two rows down back of bow (distance indicators). Black single loop string with brass nocking points. Serving colour, black or red. Hole in top nock with purple ribbon tied through.

12 black shafted wooden arrows, 9/32nds, 35 grain piles, red, green and purple 2.5" fletchings. White nocks.

12 black shafted wooden arrows, 5/16ths, 63 grain piles, 4" fletchings. White, red and Blue Barred. White nocks.

12 black shafted wooden arrows, 5/16ths, 63 grain piles, 4" fletchings. Blue, yellow/red barred, purple barred. White nocks.

12 black shafted wooden arrows, 5/16ths, 63 grain piles, 4" fletchings. Red barred, blue barred, green barred. White nocks.

This incident has been reported to the South Yorkshire Police. They have allocated crime reference number B70938 to the theft. If any of these Items are spotted please inform Geoff Rhodes on:
 0114 2884707

or contact the police.


Geoff Rhodes
Arrowflight

Guidance on affiliations 2015-2016

Dave Phillips - 21 July 2015

As we quickly approach the Archery GB Annual Renewals time, don't forget there have been changes to the NCAS Senior and Junior (individual) affiliation fees payable for 2015/16. The senior fee has reduced by 50p down to 2.00 and the junior (individual) down by 25p to 1.00.

The YAA affiliation fees remain as per 2014-15.

The bloc Junior Club fee and bloc Disabled Club fee both remain the same at 5.00 for YAA and 5.00 for NCAS.

These fees apply only to those joining for the 2015-16 year, from 30 September 2015.

The complete affiliation fee structure is shown on the Administration page:
 YAA and NCAS affiliation fees 2015-2016
 AGB affiliation fees 2015-2016
The following pro-forma may be of use to some clubs to help them set out and calculate their affiliation fees.

YAA/NCAS affiliations 2015-16 as from 30 September 2015
Club    
    YAA    NCAS        
    NumberRateSub-Total    RateSub-Total    Total
Seniors (5.00)_______3.00_______    2.00_______    _______
Juniors (Individual) (2.50)
(not required if in Junior Club)
_______1.50_______    1.00_______    _______
Junior Club bloc fee_______5_______    5_______    _______
Disabled Club bloc fee_______5_______    5_______    _______
Totals        _______        _______    _______

Dave Phillips
YAA Treasurer

Yorkshire at the Midsummer Event

30 June 2015

Yorkshire had a great weekend at the Archery GB Midsummer Counties Team Championships, winning two team trophies and putting in many excellent individual performances.

In Saturday's qualification rounds:
 Sheila Hudson took first place by a 60 point margin in Womens Longbow and set a new national record
 Brendan Bourke took sixth place in Mens Longbow
 Jessie Slater took eight place in Womens Recurve
 Izzy Carpenter took eight place in Womens Compound

In the head-to-head matches, the Womens Recurve team overcame Devon & Cornwall, Essex & Suffolk and Lancashire to meet Somerset in the final. Somerset won that match, but the silver was very well earned.

The Womens Compound team of Izzy Carpenter, Vivenne Oxley and Rachael Smith beat Leicestershire & Rutland and Oxfordshire to make the bronze medal match. Somerset again got the better, but it was another excellent performance by the Yorkshire ladies.

The Womens Longbow team went all the way. They had a bye in the first round then beat Durham & Northumberland to meet Leicestershire & Rutland in the final. Victory was decisive, and the Yorkshire ladies carried away the trophy.

In Sunday's WA1440 rounds:
 Sheila Hudson took first place in Womens Longbow
 Deborah Waterhouse took sixth place in Womens Longbow
 Izzy Carpenter took third place in Womens Compound
 Shelley Hurst took seventh place in Womens Recurve
 Richard Allen took sixth place in Mens Longbow
 Patrick Revell took seventh place in Mens Longbow
 Brendan Bourke took ninth place in Mens Longbow

The Womens Longbow team finished second in the WA1440 round. Added to their two first places on Saturday, this gave them the overall Womens Longbow title.

The Womens Recurve team took fourth place in the WA1440 round. Combined with their third place in Saturday's 70 metre qualification round and their second place in the head-to-head round, this gave them the overall Womens Recurve title.

The Mens Longbow team took second place in the WA1440. With their performances on Saturday, this won them third place overall.

Congratulations to all the Yorkshire archers who represented the county and did us proud!

Help urgently needed for YAA shoots

Andy Wilkinson - 27 June 2015

To All YAA Archers, Clubs, Parents and Friends

URGENT REQUEST
HELP NEEDED AT THE
YAA DOUBLE WA 1440 - 4-5/July 2015
and
GRAND NORTHERN ARCHERY MEETING - 25-26 July 2015


The numbers of helpers (work party) at the recent YAA Championship Weekend (6-7 June) reached an all-time low and raises concerns about the viability of future shoots.

Our next shoots as noted above are already committed to the shooting calendar and we, Yorkshire Archery Association, need to ensure they run as smoothly as they have over recent years.

To do this we need extra people to get involved with the Work Party.

On the Saturday and Sunday, of each weekend, we definitely need more volunteers to help with the following tasks, throughout the day:
 Putting on the target faces, before sighters commence;
 Looking for lost arrows (metal detectors and arrow drag operators);
 Moving bosses, re-aligning and securing stands at up to 3 changes of distance;
 Changing faces (120cm to 80cm) on WA 1440 days;
 Collecting running slips and maintaining the leader board;
 Selling raffle tickets and arranging the raffle;
 Re-setting the field at the end of Saturday, moving bosses and stands from 30m back to 100 yards/90metres, removing faces and re-aligning and securing.

On the Sunday evening:
 Dismantle and pack away the car park/caravan ropes and posts;
Clearing away the targets, a major task involving:
 Dismantling stands and bosses which the gents have kindly carried over to the container for us, and packing into the container;
 Collecting the stands and bosses into the trailer from the ladies and junior lines, unloading at the container, then dismantling and stacking in the container;
 Dismantle the leader boards and stands and transport over to the container;
 Dismantle the marquee and tables, sound system and Danage lighting and loading into the trailer;
 Finally manoeuvring the loaded trailer into the container and checking the site before leaving.

Obviously a number of these jobs require a reasonable level of strength and fitness when moving and lifting bosses and stands and loading into and out of the trailer, but not all jobs do.

It is possible a group of members from a one or more clubs may like to get involved and an Honorarium payment could be considered for their club.

If you feel you can help and would like to ensure the YAA Tournaments can continue for the benefit of our Yorkshire archers and visitors, please contact either Andrew Neal, Andy Wilkinson or Dave Phillips.

Many thanks in anticipation.


Andy Wilkinson
Yorkshire Archery Association Secretary
Archery GB County Development Coordinator
 yaa.sec@googlemail.com

Cut-off for Senior Home Nations score submissions

Andy Wilkinson - 27 June 2015

The cut-off date for score submissions to shoot for England at the Senior Home Nations match is the 6th of July 2015. Please submit your scores soon if you wish to be considered:
 English Archery Federation: Senior Home Nations


Andy Wilkinson
Yorkshire Archery Association Secretary
Archery GB County Development Coordinator
 yaa.sec@googlemail.com

Lez Newsome's funeral arrangements

Barbara Stebbens - 11 June 2015

Lez Newsome's funeral will be held at Rawdon Crematorium on Thursday the 18th of June 2015 at 11:40 AM. Afterwards all family and friends are invited to the Stansfield Arms, Apperley Bridge.

Family flowers only please, but we would welcome donations to Wheatfields Hospice, which looked after Lez in his final weeks.


Barbara Stebbens

Trevor Astley is awarded the Yorkshire Sword

Andy Wilkinson - 8 June 2015

The Yorkshire Sword for 2014 was presented by YAA President Andrew Neal to Trevor Astley at the YAA Championships on the 7th of June 2015.


Citation

In 2014 Trevor organised the Longbow Tournament on behalf of the Yorkshire committee although he is not actually on the committee. The job of an organiser is a thankless task but Trevor sorted everything out and the day was extremely successful and enjoyable. He coordinated everything with no fuss and marshalled an array of helpers. He has even volunteered to do it again in 2015.

Trevor is a passionate evangelist for the longbow and has now been the Longbow Tournament Organiser for a few years. The competition has gone from strength to strength under his leadership. As well as longbow target he also supports clout and is a stalwart of the Scorton Arrow.


Andy Wilkinson
Yorkshire Archery Association Secretary
Archery GB County Development Coordinator
 yaa.sec@googlemail.com


Lez Newsome

6 June 2015

Lez Newsome, owner of Aardvark Archery and one of Yorkshire's best-known and most well-liked archers, has died. He had been suffering from a particularly aggressive form of lung cancer for some months.

Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to his partner, family and friends.

Eve Newton - 6 June 2015

Message to all archers: after his struggle with his health, Les Newsome sadly lost his battle with single cell lung cancer. He was an amazing archer and a friend to all that graced the door of Aardvark. He has taught so many how to correctly shoot and set up their bows and he will be sorely missed by all.

He was visited by all number of archers in his final days and was truly overwhelmed with the support he received from both old and new archers, so on behalf of all at Aardvark and the man himself I thank you all.

I can guarantee that he will never be forgotten and that myself and the others at Aardvark will continue to set up bows by his own standards.

My thoughts, as I'm sure are those of many others, are with his family and those close to him.

Goodnight Les, sleep well Mr Aardvark.


Eve Newton
Aardvark Archery

Neil Crickmore - 28 May 2015

Dear Friends,

This is probably the hardest message I have ever had to write, but as the grapevine is working overtime here we go. Some of you have known for a while. Others, I'm sorry in advance, but this may be the first you know.

36 weeks ago Lez Newsome was diagnosed with Small-Cell Carcinoma (also known as Small-Cell Lung Cancer). This was discovered as Lez had a slight concern about his health prior to flying away for a short break. He has regular x-rays on his chest due to a prior and unrelated medical condition which caused him few problems but did require monitoring. Said X-ray 6 months earlier was completely clear. This rapid onset unfortunately confirmed he has one of the more aggressive variants where the 5-year survival rate is less than 10%. As is his way Lez continued to dedicate his time to Aardvark Archery, and as such many of you will have seen him in the shop up until March. It is quite common for this type of cancer to progress to the bones and then the lymphatic system. Unfortunately this has been the case with Lez. Not wanting to give in Lez has undergone chemotherapy and radiotherapy in an attempt to help delay the spread.

At this time Lez is residing in the Sue Ryder Hospice - Wheatfields. I believe their primary focus is to keep Lez as comfortable as possible. As with anything of this nature he has both good and bad days. I visited him myself a few weeks ago and he was in high spirits, we spent a few hours discussing the shoots we remembered fondly.

I'm sure many of you will want to pass your wishes on to him. It may however be best to do so via this Facebook post:
 Facebook: Aardvark Archery - Lez Newsome
which he will be able to see. Lez celebrated his 55th birthday on Sunday and I believe the amount of messages and visits left him a little overwhelmed. In fact the doctors did have to refuse visitors for a few days after.

The second question we are getting asked is what will happen to Aardvark Archery. Again Lez has had enough time to make the arrangements to ensure his legacy will continue. I can outline these below.

Neil Crickmore will become Director of Operations.
This role is a little difficult to explain. Basically it is all the jobs you don't think need doing but ensure the company can function. It is effectively the job I have been doing for the last 11 years. If needed on the shop floor my 17+ years of experience in archery stands me in good stead to ensure you get the service you require.

Ian Metcalfe will become Director of Retail Sales.
An archer for 15 years and an Aardvark for 2.5 years Ian will be responsible for the shop floor, ensuring everyone is served in the manor to which they are accustomed.

Luke Foley will become Director of Mail Order and Communication.
Luke only picked a bow up 2.5 years ago when he joined Aardvark as an apprentice. But I think it is safe to say he has had once of the most intensive beginners courses there could possibly be. Luke will be responsible for internet and telephone orders and is likely to be the one that replies to your e-mails and other communications.

Alan Smith - Sales Assistant (midweek)
Alan is relatively new to Aardvark joining us in January. He does however bring with him 24 years of archery experience. His prior jobs as a manager in Royal Mail and other sporting roles will also no doubt be taken full advantage of.

Chris Pargeter - Sales Assistant and Media
Just finishing a Media degree at the University of Bradford we will be welcoming Chris to the team in the very near future. Chris has only been shooting for 2 years but has come a long way in that time. At one point he was holding the highest score in the North of England University League. He does have a goal to return to University to study for a Masters, but as you know we tend not to let Aardvarks escape that easily.

Richard Holt - The Saturday Boy
Probably the longest serving Aardvark I believe Richard came in to buy some fletchings the first Saturday nearly 12 years ago and has returned for nearly every one ever since. Again with over 40 years in archery Richard has seen it all.

We also have Daniel Boulby, a Bronte archer of a couple of years and Eve Newton from Phoenix Bowmen who also work Saturdays and other days when the call to arms is sounded. Added to this the countless archers who pop in for a coffee and a chat and somehow seem to end up staying for longer than they expect.

We will of course all be working to that standard that Lez expects from us. "Set the customers bow up the way you would be happy to shoot it yourself!!!"

I would be very grateful if people could share this post so that everyone who knows Lez has the full details. I will try to keep people as up to date as possible via the Aardvark Archery Facebook page.

I will of course try to pass everyone's best wishes onto Lez.

Regards,


Neil Crickmore
Aardvark Archery

Dennis Heritage receives the Award of Merit

Dave Phillips - 30 May 2015

Dennis Heritage was presented with the YAA Award of Merit at The 307th Recorded Annual Meeting in the 343rd year of The Antient Silver Arrow on the 16th of May 2015.


Citation
I wish to nominate Dennis Heritage to receive the Yorkshire Archery Association's Award of Merit.

Dennis has just retired from the Yorkshire Archery Association Committee at the 2015 AGM, after completing 14 years as our Chairman. During that time he has probably been a regular fixture at most, if not all, of the YAA county target and clout championships and shoots, if not as a Judge, then as a helper in the work party, or in his role as County Chairman. He has also been a regular Judge at a large number of club shoots too.

Dennis's role within the County did not just start when he took on the role of Chairman in 2001. His first involvement started some 23 years ago in 1992, when he started his first 2 year stint on the General Committee. He had a 2 year break, before returning for 3 years in 1996, again on the General Committee. He has been on the Committee continuously since that time.

In 1999 he started a 4 year term as County Judge Liaison Officer, taking responsibility for arranging and assigning Judges to County and some club shoots. He also took on the role as NCAS Judge Liaison Officer in 2003 and held this role for 6 years too.

During 2001 and 2002 he held the dual role of Chairman and Judge Liaison Officer.

Looking back through the County Records, which sadly only survive back to 1970, it appears he is now the longest serving Chairman we have had, longest by quite a few years.

Although it is not a Yorkshire Archery Association event, nevertheless it is a very Yorkshire event attended by many Yorkshire Archery members, The Scorton Silver Arrow has been judged by Dennis, almost continuously since 1994, in his own inimitable way.

When I first started my archery and started attending tournaments, I don't remember many events where Dennis and Stan were not together judging. Dennis always the vocal one, Stan the more quieter, but both equally with that calm but definitive air of authority. The voices of knowledge and information.

As I became more involved with the YAA and took on the role as Secretary, Dennis quite soon afterwards took on the role of Chairman. He was always available to me to answer questions and to discuss any issues I had come across and to suggest good sound solutions. I guess I'm not alone in this feeling, as I've seen and heard other archers using his experience in the same way and coming away from discussions with him with a solution in their hand.

Dennis has, until the last couple of years, been an ever present at the Yorkshire weekends at Wetherby, rolling up with his caravan on the Wednesday or Thursday, ready to help set up the field on the Friday and then dismantle everything again on the Sunday. He's often been one of the last to leave the field on the Sunday after getting everything away and then hitching up the van. I hope we'll continue to see him at these events, if not, I will certainly miss him.

Without knowing all the details, of times and actions, I know he has been deeply involved in the work at his clubs at Bronte and later Adwalton Moor, I believe he was made an Honorary Member at Bronte for the work he had done for them over the years.

The Award is seen as recognising special people and the work they have done on behalf of the Association and its members, over a number of years.

Our Constitution says that the Award shall be presented to any Associated Member who has given exemplary service to archery in any sphere of the sport.

I am confident I am not alone in believing that Dennis Heritage has fulfilled the criteria, and then some, over many years and I am pleased to be able to write this citation to request that Dennis be awarded the YAA Award of Merit.


Dave Phillips
Yorkshire Archery Association Treasurer


YAA teams for Mid Summer 2015

Michelle Kiddy - 25 May 2015

The YAA teams for the National Mid Summer Team Tournament 2015 have been announced. The tournament will be held at the Lilleshall National Sports Centre, Nr Newport, Shropshire, on the 27th and 28th of June 2015.

The members of each team are:

Gents RecurveLadies Recurve
Steve ShipleyJessie Slater
Steve ShawBev Detoeuf
Robert PrinceShelley Hurst
 
Gents CompoundLadies Compound
Gareth AllenRachael Smith
Adam CarpenterViv Oxley
Will KempfIzzy Carpenter
 
Gents LongbowLadies Longbow
Richard AllanDeborah Waterhouse
Patrick RevellSheila Hudson
Brendan BourkeSharon Revell
 
Team Manager
Gwen Smith

Here is the letter to the team members, with important information for them:
 Confirmation letter to YAA teams for Mid Summer 2015 (DOCX)


Michelle Kiddy
YAA Teams Coordinator

York AS Charity Clout

Richard Ford - 21 May 2015

There are still spaces available for our Charity Clout shoot to be held on Tuesday 9th June 2015. It is for a good cause - Help for Heroes. Come and have a go and have some fun along the way.

If you have never shot clout before, now is the ideal opportunity. If anyone needs any help, our very own Mark Hayes is running a master class on Tuesday 26th May 2015 at our field.

Ful details and entry form:
 Upcoming tournaments: York Archers Society Charity Clout


Richard Ford
York Archers Society

Amy heading for Shanghai

2 May 2015

Amy Oliver has been selected to represent Great Britain at the first leg of the Archery World Cup in Shanghai. She'll be part of the Women's Recurve team alongside Naomi Folkard and Nicky Hunt.

This follows her close second place at the recent selection shoot.

The event starts on Tuesday the 5th. Qualification rounds start on Wednesday the 6th. The medal matches will be shot on Saturday the 9th and Sunday the 10th.

Best wishes to Amy from the YAA.

Full story:
 Archery GB: Heading for Baku

Amy going to Baku and on track for World and Olympics

29 April 2015

Amy Oliver finished a close second in the Women's Recurve category at the weekend's selection shoot.

Naomi Folkard topped the category, with Sally Gilder, Nicky Hunt and Bryony Pitman in third, fourth and fifth. The very large field of archers was competing for places in the British teams at the Archery World Cup, and is the first leg of the selection shoot for The World Archery Championships and Olympic qualifier.

The second selection shoot will be held at Lilleshall on 27 and 28 June. We wish Amy well for this.

Full story:
 Archery GB: Selection shoot results

Amy has already been selected for the European Games, which will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, from the 12th to the 28th of June 2015. The archery competition runs from the 16th to the 22nd of June.

Best wishes to Amy from all at the YAA.

Full story:
 Archery GB: Heading for Baku

Yorkshire archers at the selection shoot

29 April 2015

Yorkshire archers did well at the weekend's selection shoot at Lilleshall.

Amy Oliver finished second in the Women's Recurve category - see the story above.

Danielle Brown finished second to Naomi Jones, ahead of an epic battle for third between Andrea Gales and Lucy O'Sullivan.

Joe Fairburn was fifth in the Gents Cadet Recurve category.

Adam and Izzy Carpenter each finished second in their Cadet Compound categories.

And Louise Smith and Mark Hayes were judging!

Congratulations to them all.

Full story:
 Archery GB: Heading for Baku

Greenman Archers - new ground

Vivienne Oxley - 23 April 2015

Owing to unfortunate circumstances we have had to move Greenman Archers to a new shooting ground.

Our new address is
    Silverwood Miners Welfare
    Doncaster Road
    Dalton
    Rotherham
    S65 3ET


Vivienne Oxley
Greenman Archers

York Archers Society Charity Clout

Richard Ford - 20 April 2015

York Archers are holding a Charity Clout shoot in aid of Help For Heroes. We were approached by a member from Bowmen of Lyme who wants to shoot 19 clouts in 22 days.

The shoot will take place on a Tuesday evening - the 9th of June, with sighters at 7:00 PM.

Entry is free, but we will welcome donations and raffle prizes.

I hope you can join us and support this worthwhile charity.

Please complete the entry form and return to me by email or post:
 York Archers Society Charity Clout


Thanks,
Richard Ford
Treasurer and Membership Officer
York Archers Society

Amy Oliver receives the Award of Merit

Andy Wilkinson - 8 March 2015

Today at the YAA Indoor Championships Amy Oliver was presented with the Award of Merit. Andrew Neal, YAA President, presented her with the county's highest award.


Citation
As the award of merit is to recognise exemplary service to archery I can think of no better person to receive this for her hard work, determination and achievements.
Amy had her first archery lesson at 7 years old but it wasn't until she was 16 that she started competitive shooting. As a junior she represented Yorkshire and in 2006 was selected to shoot for GB at the World Field Championships in Sweden, where she came 13th shooting a personal best. It was while watching her team mate Naomi Folkard winning individual bronze at that competition that Amy boldly said "I'm going to be in the finals next year" and true to her word was the first woman in 20 years to win an individual gold medal at the 2007 European field championships in Croatia. Since then she has never looked back with both individual and team awards. To name a few major achievements:
 2007 European Field Championships Team Silver
 2010 World Championships - Mixed Team Bronze
 2011 Commonwealth Games - Team Silver
 2012 Olympic Games
 2013/2014 National Series Winner
Not only is Amy a great archer but also a role model and ambassador for Archery and Yorkshire Archery and deserves the highest award that can be given to acknowledge this through Yorkshire Archery.


Andy Wilkinson
Yorkshire Archery Association Secretary
Archery GB County Development Coordinator
 yaa.sec@googlemail.com


Viv Oxley receives the Yorkshire Award

Andy Wilkinson - 8 March 2015

Viv Oxley was presented with the Yorkshire Award at today's YAA Indoor Championships. Andrew Neal, YAA President, made the presentation.


Citation
Viv is a key member of the Greenman Club having been one of the founding members, starting the club in 2006.
She has held every organizational position within the club from secretary to treasurer to webmaster, often performing more than one duty at a time.
She is instrumental in the organization of two Yorkshire competitions a year, one being the Double FITA alongside Barnsley Archers, and the popular Yorkshire Pudding Shoot. Viv has run the beginners courses every year since the club began and always makes time to help and support members of the club in their development. She will go down to the club purely to aid others in their technique and is a fantastic resource for both the recurve archers and compound, and is even able to assist the bare bows!
She also supports the fundraising activities for the club and will give up weekends to run have-a-go shoots. Alongside all this she is still able to find time to achieve Master Bowman and County selection.
As a club we are very proud of all that she has achieved and how selfless she is towards the club, and would love for her to receive recognition of our appreciation.

Greenman Archers


Andy Wilkinson
Yorkshire Archery Association Secretary
Archery GB County Development Coordinator
 yaa.sec@googlemail.com


Barnsley AC Early Bird 2015 - funds raised

Tony Carpenter - 3 March 2015

On behalf of Barnsley Archery Club I would like to thank all archers for supporting the event despite the challenging weather conditions!

This charity shoot has a great significance to many of us and I am delighted to say that due to your generosity a total of 252 will be shared equally between Cancer Research and MacMillan Cancer Support.

Thanks also to Les at Aardvark Archery for sponsoring the target faces.

Finally, many thanks to our Lady P Michelle and our wonderful judges Mark and Martin who helped the day run so smoothly.

We look forward to welcoming you back next year!

Results:
 Barnsley Early Bird 2015 results

Photos:
 Barnsley Early Bird 2015 photos


Tony Carpenter
Barnsley Archery Club

YAA Annual General Meeting 2015

Andy Wilkinson - 6 February 2015

Notice of the 65th Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Yorkshire Archery Association has been arranged for Saturday 7th March 2015 at Barnsley Archery Club, Barnsley Rugby Club, Shaw Lane, Barnsley at 10:30 AM. I look forward to seeing you there but should you be unable to attend please try to ensure that your club is represented.

Agenda for the 65th AGM
1) Apologies
2) Minutes of the 64th AGM

  • Points of Accuracy
  • Approval
3) Matters Arising
4) Chairman's Report
5) Secretary's Report
6) Treasurer's Report
  • Approve accounts
  • Set Affiliation Fees
  • Appointment of a Validator
7) Officers reports
  • CCO
  • JLO
  • Junior Officer
  • PRO
  • Tournaments (Target, Clout, Field & Longbow)
  • CPO
8) Committee Recommendations
  • Proposed changes to Constitution
9) Election of Officers and Members of the General Committee
10) Confirmation in post of Child Protection Officers


Andy Wilkinson
Yorkshire Archery Association Secretary
Archery GB County Development Coordinator
 yaa.sec@googlemail.com

307th Antient Scorton Silver Arrow

Philip Rolls - 6 February 2015

It is with mixed feelings that I write. We have good news and we have immensely sad news.

The good news is that we shall be returning to the magnificent and picturesque Wentworth Woodhouse, Rotherham after an absence of 49 years (last held there in 1966) for the 2015 Antient Scorton Silver Arrow. Entry forms are now on the website, along with maps, tournament poster etc.

The sad news is that dear Bill (William) Spencer (Harrogate, St George's) passed away on Sunday the 25th of January. An obituary notice has already been put on the web site along with funeral arrangements.

Bill was a true friend to all, a perfect gentleman and the world of both St George's Archery Club and the Society of Archers, Scorton Arrow Competition that Bill attended year after year, will never be quite the same.


Kind regards,
Philip Rolls
Website Editor, The Society of Archers

www.scortonarrow.com

Archery Strike open session in Batley

Mike of Archery Strike - 6 February 2015

Archery Strike will running an open session on Saturday the 21st of February for players wanting to try Archery Tag.

 Location - Batley Baths and Recreation Centre
 Start time: 10:30 AM
 Duration: 90 minutes
 Cost: 15 per player
 Age Group: 10 years and above

 078 5559 3336
 archerystrike@gmail.com
 www.archerystrike.co.uk
 www.facebook.com/Archerystrike
 twitter.com/archerystrike

Bill Spencer

Clive Woolley - 27 January 2015

It is with great regret that I have to inform you that Bill Spencer died on Sunday the 25th of January 2015. He was at home with his family recovering from a recent operation.

He was a great friend, coach and mentor who devoted most of his spare time to archery, bringing many new people into the sport.

He will be sadly missed by all of us and our thoughts are with Carol at this difficult time.


Clive Woolley
St George's Archery Club


Archery Club Network Roadshow: Leeds

Hannah Lucas - 14 January 2015

We are delivering an Archery Club Network Roadshow next year and one of the events will be taking place in Leeds on Saturday the 14th of February 2015.

The topics being covered include facility development, coaching & judging, competition and opportunities. The details are as follows:
 Date: 14th February 2015
 Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
 Costs: 15, but one free place for every ontarget club
 Venue: Novotel Leeds Centre
 Booking: Click here to book your place

Any questions, please let me know.


Hannah

Hannah Lucas, Development & Business Support Officer
Archery GB, Lilleshall National Sports Centre, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 9AT
 01952 602795
 hannah.lucas@archerygb.org
www.archerygb.org

Abbeydale Potato Shoot returns

Maria Mahon - 6 January 2015

Abbeydale Archers have reinstated the Potato Shoot after a gap of a few years and would like to extend the invitation locally to this open event.

The shoot is so named as we provide a jacket potato meal (with various fillings) as part of the entry fee (7).

The shoot will take place in Sheffield on Sunday the 19th April, starting at 10:00 AM.

The round is a Western/Junior Western.

Application forms will be available from Friday 9th January via the Abbeydale Archers website:
 www.abbeydalearchers.com
under the OPEN TOURNAMENTS tab, or by emailing:
 committee@abbeydalearchers.com

Or phone Maria Mahon on 07904 499610.

Hope to see you there!

 Upcoming tournaments: Abbeydale Archers Potato Shoot


Maria Mahon
Abbeydale Archers


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