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Beginners Course, January 2014

Congratulations to the following, who successfully completed our beginners course on the weekend of 25th and 26th January:

– Nigel Ashford
– Marcus Francies
– Matt Jarvis
– Alfie Keenan
– Robin King
– Charlie Ollerenshaw
– Rob Ollerenshaw
– James Owen
– Jay Rabjohns
– Andy Williams
– Lenny Zsilavecz

Thanks to Steve Allen and Pip Tucknott for acting as instructors.


Beginners Course, 30th November & 1st December 2013

Congratulations to the following, who successfully completed our beginners course on the weekend of 30th November and 1st December:

– Amber Alexander
– Mat Alexander
– Mike Collins
– Maia Hobbs
– Toby Hunt
– Solange Leoni
– Rick Pullen

Once again we were blessed with fine weather. Long may it continue!

Thanks to Steve Allen and Pip Tucknott for acting as instructors.


Beginners Course, 9th & 10th November 2013

Congratulations to the following, who successfully completed our beginners course on the weekend of 9th and 10th November:

– Jeremy Bird
– Lizzy Darling
– Paul Hart
– Ethan Holmes
– Sven Jaworski
– Anna Kemp
– Keith Leggett
– Warren Mason
– Jill Rowan
– Gregory Smale
– Malcolm Smale
– Dominic Smith

At 11 am on Sunday, the group gathered around the war memorial at St Aubyns to observe a two minute silence in memory of those who those who gave their lives to preserve the peace and freedom we enjoy today. It was a short, poignant moment in a weekend made successful by a group of nice people, who braved the inclement weather on Saturday with good humour and some skill.

Thanks to Steve Allen and Pip Tucknott for acting as instructors.

Our next course will take place on the weekend of Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December.  If you’d like further information or wish to book a place on the course, please e-mail


4th Brighton Bowmen FITA 18, 2nd & 3rd November 2013

Rankings and session scores from both days of the tournament can be downloaded by clicking here.

Tournament report follows below.

The Shooting Line during Session B of the 4th Brighton Bowmen FITA 18 Tournament

The shooting line in session B (photo: Rod Woodhatch)

A short while before last weekend’s tournament, someone posed the obvious question: why was an archery club from Brighton hosting a tournament in Horsham?

If you were wondering the same but weren’t quite bold enough to ask, it boiled down to the fact that the closure of St Aubyns in July this year left Brighton Bowmen without an indoor range. Old, often cold and always rickety in the winds that blow off the seafront it may have been, but the school gym had been an ideal venue for archery during the autumn and winter months. It’s sadly missed but these things happen, so the club upped sticks and moved north for the weekend.

The Holbrook Club

Moving to a new venue is always accompanied by a few worries, but The Holbrook Club proved to be a step up from our old home. This was due in no small part to the efforts of its management and staff. Many thanks to Tim Turner, Paul Felgate and especially Paul Harding for their help in putting on the shoot. If anyone is looking for a venue for an event, archery or otherwise, in the Horsham area, we can’t recommend The Holbrook Club too highly.

There was one problem: the lighting over targets 1 and 9 wasn’t the best. Apologies to those who were subjected to this. It couldn’t be fixed during the weekend, but the Holbrook management are aware of the problem and will give it their attention before February’s tournament.

“February?” you ask. You’ll have to read on for more about that.

Big thanks also go to the members of Holbrook Archers. Some of us had concerns that the use of their facilities by a bunch of upstarts from Brighton might understandably cause some friction, but the outcome was quite the opposite. As ever, the members were good natured, supportive and more helpful than could have been hoped for. Karina Wiles and Steve Lancaster entered the tournament and helped break down the range on Sunday evening, while Peter Probert came in on both days to lend a pair of strong hands. Cheers, folks.

Lastly, but never least, Rod Woodhatch was involved in the organisation of the tournament in one way or another from start to finish. It was impossible to keep count of the number of times Rod popped into the sports hall over the weekend, but as ever he kept the Tournament Organiser on his toes and ensured that the hall was neat and tidy at the finish of proceedings. Thanks, Rod.

The Archers

Clubs from Berkshire, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, London, Middlesex, Surrey, Sussex, the Eastern region of Scotland and Wales were represented at the tournament. That gave us a full entry for the first time, which made the Treasurer happy and kept the judges and field crew busy.

The shoot’s new location made a difference, as did our tournament diary. The latter received numerous compliments over the weekend, so take a bow Michaela Lake. The effort she puts into the diary can’t be overstated.

It was good to see many people who had attended our previous tournaments turn up again and just as good to greet many new faces. Among the latter were several members of Crawley AC and Worthing AC taking part in a competition for the first time. We hope to see all of you again in February.

The Scores

There were no UK records this time around, but congratulations must go to Huw Jones of St Kingsmark Bowmen for yet another Welsh record and also to Hope Greenwood of Edinburgh University AC. Her scores of 569 and 576 are enough for her to claim a place in the selection shoot for the GB team at the Indoor World Championships at Nimes in February.

There were also some decent returns from the usual suspects chasing selection for the Indoor Home Nations match at Coventry in December. Of those, Stuart Barby, Pip Tucknott and Chris Woodgate fell just short of the scores required for Nimes, but with a couple of months left before the qualifying period closes it wouldn’t be surprising to see one or more of them make it to the selection shoot.

The Judges and Field Crew

Despite the Secretary’s initial concerns about holding the tournament, the Chairman and the Treasurer of the club were of a different mind and insisted that it should go ahead. Blame them (the Secretary does) or thank them (if you were at the tournament, you should), Roger McMullan and Roger Wolff were instrumental in ensuring that last weekend’s shoot happened.

The Chairman shared the judging duties with Paul Clark on Saturday. Paul’s recent elevation to County Judge is well-deserved and his ongoing support for our tournaments is much appreciated. The same goes for Tony Ikel, who joined us for the first time on Sunday. Thank you, gentlemen.

Registration and adminstration at the shoot was handled in the efficient manner that we’ve come to expect and appreciate by Zillah McMullan and Joan Ikel. Thank you, ladies.

Nick Cole assisted the judges throughout the weekend as Field Captain. It was a sterling effort from one of the unheralded archery parents who keep the sport running at its grass roots. Thanks once again, Nick.

Pip Tucknott‘s weekend began at 12 noon on Friday when the target equipment was transported to Holbrook. It ended a little after 9 pm on the Sunday evening with its return to Rottingdean. In between those times he helped set up the range on both days, took part in and finished all eight sessions and somehow found the time and patience to explain the finer points of Plato’s Symposium to his father (it’s about love). Cheers, big fella.

Gerry Deak helped out with returning the target equipment to St Aubyns, worked as a member of the field crew throughout the weekend and put together four nice scores. A big effort from a good bloke. Köszönöm, Gerry.

Additional muscle for setting up the range on both days was provided by Gavin “Haircut 101” Sutherland, Iain Charlesworth, Steve Allen and Sam Baldwin. A fine effort, chaps, especially with the safety net.

On the subject of the net, close to the eleventh hour the Tournament Organiser was struck by the realisation that something had been overlooked. A near-perfect fit for the gym at St Aubyns, the club’s safety net came up five metres short for the Holbrook sports hall. The problem was solved without further ado when Phil van Buren offered use of the old Falcon Bowmen net. Thanks to him and to Peter Damon, Terry Maskell and Bob Darling from the Sussex CAA for their combined effort in organising its collection (three people to organise the collection of a net? Look, it’s a big net, OK!?).

And finally, the second day of the shoot was made a bit special by a visit from Alan and Jean Ruby, former President and Vice-President of the Sussex CAA and members of Holbrook Archers. Although they haven’t enjoyed the best of health recently, both Alan and Jean retain a strong interest in the sport to which they have contributed so much over many decades. We’ll see you and Jean at February’s tournament, Mr President.


Ah! So what’s this about February?

The 5th Brighton Bowmen FITA 18 will take place at The Holbrook Club on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd February, 2014. Entries are now being accepted, using either the Word entry form or the pdf version.

Look forward to seeing you there.


Indoor Archery 2013 – 2014

We have been unable to find a new indoor venue for the 2013 – 2014 indoor season.

We shall, however, continue to shoot outdoors at weekends throughout the Autumn and Winter at St Aubyns school. If you’d like more information, send an e-mail to


Beginners Course, 14th & 15th September 2013

Congratulations to the following, who successfully completed our beginners course on the weekend of 14th and 15th September:

– William Bullock
– James David
– Richard Enticknap
– Priscila Guerrero
– Peter Hack
– David Hodge
– Nick Hodge
– Zoe McCready
– Rupert Mossadeghi
– Sam Mullen
– Julie Richardson
– Caspar Shenton
– Kenny Wenham
– Nick Westgate

Many thanks to to our instructors, Steve Allen, Pip Tucknott, Stuart Elliott and Neli Elliott.


Beginners Course, 17th & 18th August

Congratulations to the following, who successfully completed our beginners course on the weekend of 17th and 18th August:

– Silvio Bukbardis
– Tim Fry
– Gwen Holmes
– Lawrence Hyde-Smith
– Jack Steele
– Jamie Todd
– Richard Walden
– Freddie Wichelow

Many thanks to to our instructors, Steve Allen, Pip Tucknott, Stuart Elliott and Neli Harman.


Beginners Course, 10th & 11th August 2013

Congratulations to the following, who successfully completed our beginners course on the weekend of 10th and 11th August:

– Nathan Bellenie
– Louis Dutch
– James Hoy
– Cameron Kemp
– Patrick Metzdorg
– Jane Simmons

A great bunch of people who made it a very enjoyable weekend for everyone involved. Good shooting!

Many thanks to to our instructors, Steve Allen, Pip Tucknott, Stuart Elliott and Neli Harman for ensuring that the course went smoothly.

The grand weather also helped. We were doubly blessed by the appearance of our Chairman, Roger McMullan, and Treasurer, Roger Wolff 🙂


Beginners Course, March 2013

Congratulations to the following, who successfully completed our beginners course on the weekend of 9th and 10th March:

– Asher Dolton-Martin
– Cath Farr
– Richard Keen
– Paul Martin
– Michelle O’Neill
– Paula Rudkin

Many thanks to Steve Allen, Roger McMullan and Pip Tucknott for acting as instructors.


3rd FITA 18 Tournament, 23rd and 24th February 2013

“Shooting with Friends”

Word reached your correspondent a few weeks ago that someone had described Brighton Bowmen as being akin to “shooting with your friends in the garden.” The intent behind that remark wasn’t in the least bit generous, but it had a ring of truth around it in the context of our latest FITA 18 tournament. The shoot went smoothly and the atmosphere was competitive but friendly. Very many thanks to everyone who turned up and made it a special weekend. It was the most satisfying of several I’ve organised since 2008.

If you’re here to find the results from the tournament, click this link. They include one new UK record and several new county records. Read on for the details.

From Far and Wide

It isn’t an exaggeration to say that people came to St Aubyns from far and wide last weekend. Archers from Sussex, its neighbouring counties of Hampshire, Surrey and Kent, plus the usual suspects from Essex were on the target lists. London, the West Midlands and Scotland were also represented.

Among the entrants were three young people who behaved impeccably, shot with determination and were a credit to themselves and their parents. Hopefully we’ll see Henry Riseborough (Bognor Regis AC) and Louisa and Eleanor Piper of Woking AC at many more archery tournaments. Well done to all three of you, especially Louisa whose 416 was a new Surrey under 12 record.

A couple of other juniors managed to set new records for their counties, among them Chris Woodgate (Woking AC) whose 563 is a new Surrey best for junior recurve. At the other end of the age range Chris Ellis (The High Weald AC) narrowly missed out on a new national gents longbow record, although it’s probably only a matter of time until that happens.

Somewhere between those two, at least in terms of age, stands Michaela Lake, the archery mum behind our much-lauded archery tournament diary. This was her first competition, a little more than four weeks after she completed her beginner’s course. It was a good first effort and somehow you just know there are going to be many more tournaments and many higher scores. Well done, Michaela.


Rumblings from the audience suggest that it’s time to reveal the identity of the person who shot a new UK record; but before doing so it should be noted that this wasn’t the first occasion such a mark has been set at Brighton Bowmen. Back in March 2012, Daisy Clark’s 583 took that honour and it was once again a pleasure to see her, dad Paul and their friends from Chelmsford Tudor Rose Archers and Mayflower Archers at St Aubyns.

This time round, however, the headlines went to Naomi Jones of Edinburgh University AC. Her first two dozens in session B – 115 followed by 120 – suggested that something special was happening. The last three dozens – 118, 118 and 117 – sealed the deal for a total of 588, breaking the existing record by two points. An exceptional performance and a helluva way to warm up for this week’s European Indoor Championships, where she will be representing Great Britain.

Congratulations, Naomi. And good luck this week.

Rock ‘n’ Roll

As ever, Tim Nash graced the tournament with his unique mixture of excellent shooting, offbeat humour and quirky dress sense. One feels that the changes to Rule 307 were made just for him. Thankfully the pink cord trousers stayed in his bag this time.

Four 580 plus scores on Saturday were merely the prelude to dinner with friends that evening and then a classic Nash performance at St Aubyns on the second day.

At the assembly for session F, people were asking “Where’s Tim?”

“In Worthing. Having breakfast,” came the answer via text message. No ETA was mentioned.

Finally rocking up around 15 minutes before the second session, Nash set about securing his place in the selection shoot for the 2014 World Indoor Championships. A score of 589, sealed with the last arrow of the tournament and celebrated with a neo-punk victory jig that had the neighbours worrying that the Russians had invaded, saw him finish on a roll and quite literally the highest of notes.

Archery meets rock ‘n’ roll courtesy of Tim Nash; you have to love it. But God help the good people of Rzeszow in Poland, where he is also representing Great Britain this week.

Go, Scalpel!

Behind the Scenes

No Brighton Bowmen event is complete without Roger and Zillah McMullan, who took charge of affairs at front of house and behind the scenes respectively.  There is an awful lot that’s good in Sussex archery that wouldn’t happen without them. Thanks, folks.

The same goes for Paul Clark, who once more assisted Roger in his capacity as a candidate judge, and also Nick Cole, who worked tirelessly as field captain throughout the weekend from Friday evening through to Sunday evening.  Top blokes both.

It’s worth mentioning that Naomi Jones and Tim Nash drove to Rottingdean from Edinburgh via Lilleshall on Friday and arrived in good time to help set up the range for the weekend. Stars in every sense of the word and worthy of their appearance on the Brighton Bowmen Pinterest boards.

Pip Tucknott and Jamie Cole were the final members of the field crew on both Friday and Sunday. In the intervening 48 hours Jamie shot 578 to equal Pip’s Sussex county record; but in the same session Pip shot 579 to make it all his own for a while longer. The rivalry is still there, but the spirit of 2010 lives on. Thanks, lads.

Pip assisted Sidonie Lake and Julia Tucknott with much baking the day before the tournament. Grateful thanks to everyone who didn’t have the chocolate cake. I’m looking forward to finishing the last slice once this has been published. Before doing so, I must mention that Julia and Zillah manned the grill and the tea urn throughout the weekend.

And finally, and as ever, Pip and Julia were responsible for doing numerous jobs that needed doing to make the tournament happen and to enable the Organiser to appear something like efficient. He’s a very lucky man.


Beginners Course, February 2013

Congratulations to the following, who successfully completed our beginners course on the weekend of 9th and 10th February:

– Matthew Downes
– Jayne Homewood
– Ben Miller
– Dave Read
– Deborah Shenton
– Robert Vyse
– Huw Williams

Many thanks to Steve Allen, Roger McMullan and Pip Tucknott for acting as instructors. The course was well-received, as shown by the feedback received to date:

“Just wanted to say a big thank your for a great introduction into archery. I’m off to buy a bow on Wednesday.” – Jayne Homewood

“Thanks for a brilliant weekend, learned a lot and really enjoyed myself.” – Matthew Downes

“I loved it.” – Deborah Shenton

For more information about our archery courses, see the Beginners Courses page.


November Challenge Winner

Congratulations to Sidonie Lake (Eastbourne Archers) for taking first place in the Junior Ladies Under 18 Barebow section of the 2012 GNAS November Challenge.

A regular at our indoor archery sessions, Sid shot her winning score at St Aubyns. Credit must also go to her new coach, Adam Stevens, who is lending his wealth of real archery experience to help Sid improve.

Full results from the November Challenge can be found here.