MICHAEL HERSCHELL 1958-2019
It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of our friend Michael Herschell.
A former firefighter, Michael was a very fine longbow archer and had also been a valued member of the committee, during his 11 years with the club. Not only was he a worthy and successful competitor here but he also competed abroad. In addition, he was one of only a small number of the club's archers to have achieved a longbow Three Gold End (80 yards).
He was a giant of a man with a wicked and crazy sense of humour. No one that knew him will forget how he made us cry with laughter. An abiding memory for many of us will be when he transformed himself into HM The Queen for the Jubilee Shoot. What a joker! And there was always much hilarity and banter on Sundays when he was around.
Michael was a great man and it was a privilege to have known him and shot with him.
Rest in peace Michael. We miss you.
Congratulations to Andy Barham (WA1440), Helen Jeory (York) and Tom Williams (York), who now hold the London County records for the WA1440 and York rounds; awarded 2019. See Records for details.
Allington Castle White Friars, 50th Anniversary Shoot - 18 August
Against the glorious backdrop of the privately owned Allington Castle, competitors were shooting various nine dozen rounds. After the first dozen the heavens opened and torrential rain soaked those with no wet weather gear for next two dozen. This resulted in some competitors leaving. The rain hampered shooting but it stopped at lunchtime and the rest of the day was largely warm and sunny. The assembled company was mostly good natured and we made some new friends and came away with two medal prizes including a specially engraved anniversary glass.
Helen Jeory - 1st Longbow Lady, Albion
Tom Williams - 3rd Barebow Gent, St George
Leaves Green Ind Coope - 11 August
A great result for the Bromley Barebow Team in this afternoon tournament. Shooting a Long Western against some very difficult competiton, they won the team prize. In addition, two of the team won individual medals.
1st Barebow Team – Andy Barham, Jameel Mahmood, Tom Williams
Andy Barham – 2nd Barebow Gent
Tom Williams – 3rd Barebow Gent
Southampton Record Status Clout - 4 August
A very serious clout competition where attendant archers are normally avid clouters. Some travel the length and breadth of the country to compete. Scoring is traditional, into a clout circle. Tom competed as the only traditional barebow competing and was awarded the prize in recognition that the bow type is becoming more prevelant. Both achieved white Tassel awards.
Tom Williams – 1st Traditional Barebow, 180 yards
Andy Barham – White Tassel Barebow, 180 yards
Tom Williams – White Tassel Traditional Barebow, 180 yards
Bridge Woods Summer Field Shoot - 28 July
Shooting at 3D animals at unmarked distances from about 20 yards up to 60+ yards, through bushes and round trees. Tom was shooting in the traditional bow hunter class (any bow shot off a bow shelf using metal arrows), and won joint First place.
Tom Williams – Joint 1st Barebow Gent
Aquarius Archers, Longbow & Barebow Western - 20 July
Most uncommon for our lot to venture north but four of us went to East Finchley and had a fantastic day. Aquarius shoots on top of a reservoir with some amazing views and a very friendly and welcoming bunch of archers. This was a fun day and many attendees dressed up in medieval garb with the Sheriff of Rottingham leading proceedings. He handed out groat fines for minor infractions or just because he felt like it. The weather was interesting with some heavy, squally rain showers and a variable wind. At the end there were some fun shoot offs at pictures of Errol Flynn as Robin Hood and gold H2Hs for the Sheriff’s weighty purse. Andy managed to get down to the third of the H2H (only two places were awarded). A brilliant time had by everyone and our archers shot very well, including Tom who beat at least one Master Bowman.
Helen Jeory – 1st Longbow Lady
Tom Williams – 2nd Barebow Gent
Andy Barham & Tom Williams – 2nd Barebow Team
Best Blue – Helen Jeory
Worst White – Jameel Mahmood
LPA Grand Knight's Challenge – 14 July 2019
A day of fun and excellent shooting. Of note was Andy Barham’s triple in the crow atop the pole. He also hit the knight on horseback with three arrows all within inches of each other at the collarbone.
After an absence of some months with a wrist problem, Emma Barham was back in fighting form to take the barebow ladies prize.
Bromley’s attendance was good and everyone enjoyed the day.
Emma Barham – 1st Lady Barebow
Tom Williams – 1st Gent Barebow
Andy Barham – 2nd Gent Barebow
Andy Barham – special prize for 3 in the crow
Helen Jeory – 3rd Lady Longbow (unrewarded)
Allington Castle, Sir Thomas Wyatt Tournament – 22 & 23 June 2019
Success again for the two BAC members who attended, shooting the double York. Very close scores at the end of the weekend.
Tom Williams - Double Round Winner Gents Barebow
Andy Barham - Double Round Runner Up Gents Barebow
Tom Williams - 2nd Gents Barebow Sunday
Andy Barham - 3rd Gents Barebow Saturday
Andy Barham - 3rd Gents Barebow Sunday
Fox Archers Open Shoot – 2 June 2019
A steaming hot day for Fox’s nine dozen, open shoot. There was some variable wind to ruffle the flags atop the targets which sent some of our arrows off course and even knocked some of the untethered scopes flying. (Shame!) Missing arrows kicked up the dust from the dry ground as they went skidding off to the nether end of the field!
An enjoyable shoot, at a beautiful venue with some very pleasant company.
Helen Jeory - 1st Lady Longbow Albion
Tom Williams - 1st Gents Barebow St George
Andy Barham - 2nd Gents Barebow St George (unrewarded)
LPA Crecy Clout – 28 April 2019
After an absence of three years, the Eltham College buildings and ground were back from some major renovations. Always a popular shoot, the Crecy Clout was well attended, including seven of Bromley’s archers.
The compound was at the opposite end of where we normally shoot; but the Black knight was ever present in the middle of the compound with various attendant knights and shields on the ground. Although the day started off bright enough, part way through the morning it drizzled and there was a persistent strong side wind. This did not stop the archers continuing their battle against the French!
At the end of the day, four of our archers won places on the podium. Helen also won a flamingo in the raffle which was donated to Steve’s dog!
Andy Barham - 1st Gent Barebow, 180 yards
Steve Cheeseman - Runner-up Gent Barebow, 180 yards
Helen Jeory - Runner-up Lady Longbow, 140 yards
Dylan Barham - 1st Junior Barebow, 100 yards
Tonbridge Archers 41st Birthday Shoot – 28 April 2019
A thoroughly enjoyable day in spite of strong wind at the longer distances and a bit of rain part way through. Our three intrepid archers shot the St George round and made some new friends. Lunch was included and food after the shoot, with a birthday cake celebrating the club's age.
Helen Jeory – 1st Lady Longbow
Tom Williams - 1st Gent Barebow
Andy Barham - 2nd Gent Barebow
Crystal Palace Bowmen Record Status and Rose Award Tournament – 14 April 2019
We should have known it would be a difficult day when it snowed upon our arrival at the ground. The wind did not stop all day and blew strongly across the targets, sending arrows sideways. Considering how difficult conditions were the archers did well to finish.
Helen Jeory – York, 1st Lady Longbow
George Gard Clout, 24 March 2018
The Sheds – end of February 2019
A team of Bromley archers painted the sheds and tidied the main equipment container. It makes a big difference. Please keep things tidy!
CONGRATULATIONS TO ERICK KISZEGI
Erick achieved his Junior Recurve Bowman classification in February 2019, after only shooting for three weeks!
Selby Summer Postal – April-September 2018
After much cajoling and pleading by Robin and Helen to their separate teams, the results were worth it. A longbow (shooting the National round) and a recurve (shooting the Short Metric) team each won their league.
Longbow: Helen Jeory, Andy Barnes, Peter Clark, Raymond D'Amato
Recurve B: Robin Hunte, Jennifer Aldridge, Andy Barham, Pete Bone, Steve Cheeseman, Bill Grealish, Stuart Lansdell, Tom Williams
Agincourt Clout, 28 October 2018
CONGRATULATIONS TO TOM WILLIAMS
Tom achieved his Barebow Bowman classification on 21 October 2018.
Swan Soup Shoot – 7 October 2018
It was a lovely warm day for Swan's Soupy Western. Always good to catch up with old friends from other clubs as well. Although attendance was down on previous years, five Bromley Archers attended. In spite of everyone experiencing problems shooting, four came away with medals!
Helen Jeory – 1st Longbow Lady
Tom Williams – 1st Barebow Gent
Andy Barham – 2nd Barebow Gent
James Jones – 3rd Barebow Junior Gent
The Women’s Institute Have-A-Go - 22 September 2018
It was a rainy and windy day at a Have-A-Go session for the ladies (and a few of their husbands) of The Women’s Institute. Thirteen ladies took part in the morning session and eleven in the afternoon. Luckily all were dressed for the weather conditions.
They were very competitive when it came to the competition and all had a great time despite the continued drizzle. Shame they did not allow the men to take part in the competition!
The ladies did not bring any cakes but plenty of assorted biscuits.
Thanks to Andy, Eric, Jameel, Jean, George and Robin for their time and effort in increasing club funds.
Club Championship, 2 September 2018
High Weald Archers - 1 September 2018
Back to summer again with a spectacular day in Tonbridge. The round is the bespoke "Wealden" 12 dozen round - four dozen arrows each at 60, 50 and 40 yards. This competition in aid of ABF The Soldiers' Charity was opened up to barebows this year instead of just longbows but there was not much uptake from them. The two Bromley Archers who attended aquitted themselves well.
Tom Williams - 1st Barebow Gent
Helen Jeory - 3rd Longbow Lady
CONGRATULATIONS TO ANDY BARHAM
Andy achieved his Barebow Bowman classification at the end of August 2018.
Invicta Coaching Springboard Tournament - 22 July 2018
This competition is for archers who have not yet achieved Bowman status in a particular chosen discipline. It is a handicap round which means that the lower the raw score, the more likely the archer is to win. It gives less able archers an opportunity to compete against and beat better archers!
Tom Williams achieved a Bowman score on the day, shooting a New Western, so he was very unlikely to win on handicap. However, he did win a medal for the highest raw score for Barebow Gents.
Regina, 15 July 2018
That's Not A Longbow, 8 July 2018
Allington Castle Archers, Sir Thomas Wyatt Archery Tournament, 23 & 24 June 2018
Perfect weather over the two days for the double York/Hereford/Bristol rounds although a little too hot on the Sunday.
Two BAC members attended and acquitted themselves with aplomb shooting gents barebow double York! On the Saturday Tom Williams won first and Andy Barham won second. On Sunday Andy won the silver and Tom the bronze, and Tom claimed the overall trophy for gents barebow. Very well done to both of them.
Tom Williams - Double Round Winner Gents Barebow
Tom Williams - 1st Gents Barebow Saturday
Andy Barham - 2nd Gents Barebow Saturday
Andy Barham - 2nd Gents Barebow Sunday
Tom Williams - 3rd Gents Barebow Sunday
CLAA Postal League 2017
Two winners from Bromley for the monthly (winter) Portsmouth. These guys were some of the only club members to submit scores for all six months so it's worth committing to the shoot. It should be noted that Bromley was shooting this outside during the winter months while the other clubs were all inside. (Results were announced in 2018.)
Pete Bone - First Recurve Gent
George Gard - First Longbow Gent
LPA Grand Knight’s Challenge – 20 May 2018
The morning started off a little chilly but brightened up considerably to a warm, sunny day. For a second year, the competition comprised a series of medieval themed targets including the well known knight and attendants. The Dragon’s Lair posed issues for many as the dragon’s head was sited through a butt with a hole. Similarly the Balls of Doom – spongy balls hanging from a line. The archer had to impale the ball with their arrow. The Jester’s stick was a vertical stick with balloons attached at the top and swinging from side to side. Not easy and, with three arrows, if you burst one that’s your lot.
The result for the coveted chalice in the Chalice Challenge was a mystery right till the last and it was simply the most number of hits during the day on a pictorial chalice. As two people (both longbow ladies!) had the same score at the end there was shoot off at the Jester’s Wand – two balloons, three arrows. Helen shot a balloon with her first arrow.
At lunchtime there was entertainment in the form of bicycle jousting! It looked difficult. Much hilarity ensued and the black knight won.
Bromley’s attendance was back up again and we acquitted ourselves admirably. Tom Williams shot the highest score of the day. Dylan and George were very disappointed at the raffle and claimed that it had been rigged. Better luck next time chaps but a fantastic time had by all!
Helen Jeory – Chalice Challenge Winner
Tom Williams – 1st Gent Barebow
Andy Barham – 3rd Gent Barebow
Emma Barham – 3rd Lady Barebow
Medieval Society St George's Day Shoot - 21 April 2018
Very hot at Belmont House for a bespoke target round - 6 dozen in the morning and again in the afternoon. Distances are approximately 50 and 40 yards give or take a few yards, with 4 and 2 dozen arrows consecutively. Helen Jeory won first prize for the ladies and had the highest score of the day overall.
Medieval Society Bowmen Open Field Shoot - 9 April 2018
A drizzly, mud filled day by all accounts Although a number of archers did not turn up there were plenty to take their places and 50 to 60 shot on the day. After 40 3D targets Helen Jeory won first prize for the Longbow Ladies.
Swan Archers Spring Shoot - 9 April 2018
A dreary day for Swan's Spring Western. Three Bromley Archers attended unlike many others who were obviously put off by the weather. Two of them came away with medals - George Gard came second for the longbow men and Tom Williams was second for barebow men.
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