Return to shooting 2021
According to the Government’s announcement on 22nd February, outdoor sports may resume at the end of March. The Club’s Committee are awaiting further guidance from Archery GB before announcing the date of the first post-Lockdown 3 archery session.
Suspension of shooting
Unfortunately, due to the current situation with the new variant of Covid-19 which appears more contagious, the Committee have decided to suspend shooting from Wednesday 23rd December until we feel it is safe for our members to continue.
Good news – the Government and Archery GB are permitting outdoor archery to resume from Wednesday 2nd December.
We are happy to continue shooting under our existing safety guidelines and the slot booking system. Looking forward to seeing our members on the field very soon!
Hinxworth archers – keeping ourselves safe.
Unfortunately we have had to stop shooting for 4 weeks due to a second Lockdown being imposed from 5th November.
There is some good news – outdoor winter shooting has been working well (when rain has allowed it to) and as far as we are aware there have been no Covid-19 cases amongst our shooting members since we resumed shooting under Archery GB’s guidelines in early July.
Archery GB, the governing body, have asked all members to contact their MP to ask for outdoor shooting to be allowed to continue through this lockdown for the obvious health benefits it brings.
Unfortunately, due to limited space in the barn making Covid-19 social distancing a challenge we have decided not to commence indoor shooting at present. Should Archery GB/government guidelines change favorably we will re-consider this issue.
Outdoors we will have three pre-booked shooting sessions starting on Sunday 4th October, Wednesday afternoon 1:30 to 4pm and Sunday 10am to 11:30 and 11:30 to 1pm. This will provide at least 27 members with an opportunity to book a shooting slot once a week. Any member wishing to shoot on a session other than the one they have booked may attend and shoot if a target is spare for that session.
Archery returned to Hinxworth in July after a break of four months due to the Covid 19 Lockdown. Archery was one of the first sports to emerge from the quarantine as it was considered to be safe and compliant with the governments distancing guidelines. Archery GB the sports governing body recommend one archer only for each target and social distancing between archers. In consequence participant numbers may be reduced on occasion but a booking system is in place so that every member will have a chance to enjoy their sport at least once a week.
It is great to be outdoors in the fresh air again and listening to the arrows wizzing through the air towards yet another Gold! (“dream on”!).
The 2020 Club Championships are cancelled due to the difficulty of maintaining the distancing requirements of Archery GB and the Government.
Annual General Meeting
The Club will be holding a ZOOM AGM on Tuesday 24 August at 7.30pm.
On target again!
The Club is very pleased to report that shooting resumed from 8 July under strict Archery GB guidelines. Enjoyable for all archers returning after nearly 4 months of not using their shooting muscles (which were aching a bit afterwards!). On Sunday 10 July we welcomed a beginner to the first session of his course under coach Tony.
Stop Press – Covid-19
10 June 2020 – The Committee have set a date of 8 July to resume archery practice under AGB’s Covid-19 guidelines dated 13 May 2020. Members will be sent details of how to book a shooting slot.
27 May 2020 – The Club’s Committee have met online and discussed how the Club may comply with AGB’s guidelines and have set a tentative start date of early July. The Committee will meet again online in two weeks to review their plans, make adjustments if required and confirm a start date.
14 May 2020 – The governing body Archery GB (AGB) have advised Clubs they may resume shooting if they can comply with their guidelines for keeping archers safe.
Archery Update 25th April 2020
Due to the current restrictions surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic the situation remains unaltered whereby all archery has been suspended until further notice.
Hinxworth Parish Council have asked us to hold on to our 2020 hire fee until the situation becomes clearer and permission is given for activities to start up again.
We have continued to pay our annual donation to the Village Hall for being a part of the local community support group.
Annual Membership Fees 2020-2021
We will have to wait until we are able to hold the postponed Annual General Meeting before we can discuss Club fees going forward. Archery GB have also put everything on-hold so we must wait to hear what they say before proceeding.
The club has paid the Archery GB affiliation until end of September.
HAC’s membership fees run from 1st May to 30th April
Keep busy and safe!
Hertfordshire Archery Association
Winter Leagues 2019/20
The Winter Leagues season ended a month early due to the Lockdown. The final results are as follows:
Team medals In both the Frostbite and Portsmouth competitions, the Hinxworth teams took the Gold medal in both Compound and Longbow. Our Barebow team took the Bronze medal in the Frostbite competition. The Compound team consisted of Neil and David W. and the Longbow team comprised Dave C. Steve W. and Derek. Tony and Steve W. were our Barebow team.
Individual medals – Compound Neil took the Gold medal in both the Portsmouth and Frostbite competitions. David W. took the Silver medal in the Frostbite and the Bronze medal in the Portsmouth.
Individual medals- Longbow Dave C. took the Gold medal in the Portsmouth competition and Silver in the Frostbite. Steve W. took the Silver medal in the Portsmouth and the Bronze medal in the Frostbite. Derek’s Portsmouth score gained him the Bronze medal. Carole took the Silver medal in the Ladies’ Frostbite competition.
Individual medal – Barebow With his Frostbite score Tony took the Bronze medal.
Southern Counties Archery Society (SCAS)
Postal Winter League 2019/20
At the end of the competition Hertfordshire took the Silver medal for both their Compound and Junior Teams and the Bronze medal for the Recurve team.
Well done all those mentioned above and every member who contributed by putting in scores for the HAA and SCAS Winter Leagues over the winter.
AGM 2020 – postponed
This year’s Annual General Meeting due to take place on Tuesday 24th March 2020 in the Village Hall has been postponed.
HAC Christmas Party
2019’s party was held at the Bushel & Strike in Ashwell on Friday 6th December. The first and second raffle prizes were won by Sharon and Tony Dawson who were having a very lucky night! Good food and good company.
In the Edworth Barn in the first week of November, longbow archer Steve W. achieved a three gold end. Congratulations Steve!
Spooky happenings on the Rec
A fine morning saw the 5th Hinxworth Halloween Shoot take place on Sunday 3rd November. A new suspended pumpkin target with a 50 point score provided a challenge with only two archers managing to hit it. Kath was one of those archers coming first and Tony the other taking second place. Thanks to Rob for creating and organising this shoot.
Hertfordshire Archery Association Summer League
An excellent end to the Summer competition with our Longbows remaining in first place, our Barebows holding 3rd place and our Compounds moving up to first place. Our Recurves held 5th place.
In the whole competition Neil shot the highest individual Compound score. The highest Longbow score was Derek’s with Dave C. coming in second and Steve W. coming in fourth.
Thank you and well done to all our archers who contributed scores for the League over the Summer season.
Club Championships 2019
The 2019 Championships took place on the morning of Sunday 6th October, despite the forecast of rain almost triggering cancellation. 9 archers shot a shortened version of our unique Metric Hinxworth Round comprising 2 dozen arrows each at 3 distances; 80/60/50 yards for the Gents and 60/50/40 for the Ladies.
In the Compound competition Neil took first place, David W. second and Glenn third place. Rob took the Recurve title with Tom coming in second . Dave C. took the Longbow title with Derek in second place. Kath was awarded the Ladies’ medal.
Many thanks to Rob and Tony for organizing the Championships and to all those who turned up to shoot. Thanks also to Marianne and David O. for sorting out the lunch in the Village Hall afterwards and lastly to those who helped clear it away afterwards.
At the lunch Dave.C. awarded medals won in the 2018/19 BA Winter postal league. Our archers won the Division 6 Frostbite Team medal and Neil was awarded medals for both the highest Frostbite score of 360 and highest Portsmouth score of 597 in the whole of the competition.
Scouts having a go
On the evening of Monday 24th June the Club held a “Have-a’Go’ for more than 20 Ashwell Scouts. The following was received from one of the Scout Leaders:
“Thank you for such a wonderful evening on Monday – the scouts and adults all had a great time. I have only heard wonderful things about it.”
A Home win
On Sunday 23rd June Hinxworth were at home to Green Dragon Bowmen and won the match! Well done all those who shot and those who helped with the buffet lunch in the Village Hall afterwards.
Neil shot at the Bucks Or Bounty shoot at Lilleshall over the weekend 4th and 5th May and has put in a claim for a World Record score of 1395 for a masters double WA50m. Very well done, Neil.
Well done, Derek
Won at Fakenham Archers May Day weekend tournament 2019.
Archery Taster Session
On Sunday 17th March 2019 the Club hosted a Taster Session for anyone age 10 or over who wanted to try their hand at archery. The Session ran from 10 am and until 12 noon and was well attended. Thanks to our coaches and other members who made the Taster Session possible.
On 19th January 2019 Hinxworth Archery Club celebrated it’s 20th Anniversary of the Club’s opening in 1998 with a party in the Village Hall
In the 1990’s the only organised sporting event in Hinxworth was the established Cricket Club originally sponsored by the author Monica Dickens. Getting a full team together proved too difficult in the end and the cricket club was disbanded in 1997 due to lack of players.
The forming of an archery club in Hinxworth was first suggested by Marion Ewen in the summer of 1998. Marion had been an archer in Kent before moving to Hinxworth. David and Marianne Osmond were experienced archery coaches and thought it was a good idea so approached the parish council for permission. After reassurances regarding insurance and safety issues the council readily agreed and Chairman Harry King and his wife Jill were amongst the first to join the beginner’s course. An open meeting was held where 50 or so Hinxworth residents attended and 25 started the first beginner’s course in Spring of 1999. Hinxworth Archery Club was born!
By the end of summer 1999 there were 29 Hinxworth archers affiliated to Archery GB, the National Governing body which gave us a fantastic start. With the addition of recruits from the nearby towns and villages this has gradually increased to a total of just under 50 members today.
Although small in numbers HAC has come to dominate in the Hertfordshire Archery Association’s Summer and Winter Leagues winning in every category on quite a few occasions. Our compound archers Neil Bridgewater and David Wayman have taken top spot for the last few years and Neil’s father Derek together with Dave Chudley and Steve Weston have a firm grip on the Longbow titles. Special mention must go to Neil Bridgewater who has represented Great Britain over many years and who crowned it all in 2018 by bringing home the Compound Team Gold Medal at the European Championships.
Let us hope that the next 20 years bring continued success and happiness to us all.