Indoor Archery with Brighton Bowmen, 2014 – 2015

The schedule for indoor archery with Brighton Bowmen at the Deans Lesiure Centre in Rottingdean has been published today.

See the Indoor Archery page for full details.



Congratulations to Michaela Lake on her selection for the GB team taking part at the European 3D Field Championships in Tallinn, Estonia on 15th – 20th September.

Michaela was for some time an archery mum, one of the unheralded band of parents who spend most of their free time ferrying offspring to and from practise and tournaments.  Then she took over the job of County Records Officer for the Sussex CAA in late 2011, before asking if she could run our tournament diary.  She has performed both roles with outstanding and unfailing dedication, to the point where the diary has been referred to as “amazing stuff!” and “the bible” by its happy users.

Since taking her beginners course with us in January 2013, Michaela has developed a passion and talent for field archery (not to mention clout, in which she took the 2013 SCAS Ladies Barebow title at her first attempt).  Less than two years later she’s a GB international; so give it up, people, and shower your congratulations on one of the nicest and most talented people in Sussex archery.


Archery Beginners Courses, August 2014

Archery Beginners Course at Brighton Bowmen, August 2014

Congratulations to the following, who successfully completed their archery beginners course with Brighton Bowmen in August 2014:

– Eddie Apivor
– Ola Blach
– David Bolton
– Julia Booer
– Peter Carr
– Noah Curthoys
– Helen Edmonds
– Isabelle Farlam
– Andrea Harz
– Lola Harz
– Marina Holmes
– Natasha Homer
– Justin Howard
– Alex Hutson-Pope
– Ankuran Kakoti
– Adam Kann
– Saffron Lawrence
– Finlay Nickson
– Jordan Prince
– Sarah Randall
– Finn Walker
– Daniel Whiley

Thanks to Pip Tucknott for his assistance.  This month’s courses were the last before he sets off to Edinburgh University in September.  His knowledge, enthusiasm and effort will be sorely missed.

For details of forthcoming archery beginners courses with Brighton Bowmen, please click this link.


Archery Beginners Course, July 2014

Congratulations to the following for successfully completing their archery beginners course with Brighton Bowmen on 19th and 20th July:

– Darren Arthur
– Charmaine Horan
– Andy Jones
– Andrew Thompson
– Rory Thompson

For information on courses in August, please click this link.


Archery Beginners Course, June 2014

Congratulations to the following for successfully completing the beginners course organised by Brighton Bowmen on 21st and 22nd June:

– Holly Booker
– Vanessa Booker
– Gavin Chapman
– Ben Franklin
– Omar Gonzalez
– Elaine Hobden
– Amaury Salomon
– Samantha Stille
– Ray Thomson
– Pete Trinder

For information on our next beginners course, please click this link for more information.


Archery Beginners Courses, May 2014

Congratulations to the following, who successfully completed their archery beginners courses during May 2014:

– Jane Blunden
– Luis Capel
– Jessica Duxbury
– Kate Forester
– Matt Kaiser
– Pamela Kakoti
– Kathy Kavanagh
– Dan Neame
– Chris Newton
– Alex Pfretzschner
– Tom Pick
– Jen Reid
– Sarmila Sinha

If you would like to attend one of our courses, click here for information about forthcoming dates.


Beginners Course, 12th & 13th April 2014

Congratulations to the following, who successfully completed our beginners course on the weekend of 12th and 13th April:

– Emma Carver
– Jonathan Cook
– Reece Dawson
– Ben Fearnside
– Anna Massey
– Paul Gale
– Madison Gladwell
– Harriet Harker
– James Marsh

We enjoyed some glorious sunshine over the weekend, especially on the Sunday. Let’s hope that’s an augury for the rest of the outdoor season.


Beginners Course, 1st & 2nd March 2014

Congratulations to the following, who successfully completed our beginners course on the weekend of 1st and 2nd March:

– Faye Albares
– Richard Green
– David Holt
– Hector O’Donnell
– Andrew Joyce
– Daniel Rainsford
– Vanessa Schock
– Anya Smith
– Caveh Sobhanpanah
– Comrun Sobhanpanah
– Ryan Stagg-Ward
– Pete Turner

Weather-wise it was a fairly typical late Winter weekend that began in sunshine but concluded in chill and windy conditions.  A laudable combination of enthusiasm and determination served to overcome the elements, however, and the final shoot-out was as keenly contested as ever.

Pete Turner contacted us to say that “I had a really good time on the course and will certainly be investigating doing some more archery,” words to bring a cheer to an instructor’s heart.

The juniors and their parents were also happy bunnies. “My daughter Anya Smith really enjoyed the archery course over the weekend and we would both like to say “thank you” to you all,” wrote Paul Smith, a sentiment echoed by Kath Ward who wrote “Thank you for a lovely weekend. Ryan loved it.”

Hope to see everyone at St Aubyns again this Spring and Summer.


Archery Beginners Courses, March 2014

Our next beginners courses will take place on the weekends of:

– Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th March

– Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th March

The venue will be St Aubyns school in Rottingdean.

If you’d like further information or wish to book a place on the course, please e-mail

Please note:  the course on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd March is now full.  In fact, demand was such that we are running a second course in the afternoons on those dates, while only four places are left on 8th and 9th March.  If you’re looking to take part in one of our archery courses this month, it’s advisable to book a place today.


5th Brighton Bowmen FITA 18, 22nd & 23rd February 2014

Click here to download the results from the tournament.

Highlights of the tournament were supplied by Gerry Deak (County Oak AC) with a score of 588 in the Gents Recurve and Tim Nash (Meriden AC) with 594 in the Gents Compound.

Thanks to the management and staff of The Holbrook Club for hosting the tournament again and addressing all the issues that were raised after our November shoot.  This is a first class venue for indoor archery.

Thanks also to the people who made the tournament happen.

Judges: Roger McMullan, Tony Ikel and Paul Clark.

Back Office Admin: Zillah McMullan and Joan Ikel.

Loading, Lugging, Set Up and Take Down: Gerry Deak, Warren Mason, Pip Tucknott and Rod Woodhatch, ably assisted by Iain Charlesworth, Steve Allen, Gavin Sutherland, Peter Probert, Steve Lancaster, Alix Chadwell, Martin Reeves, Nathan Thomas and Mum Thomas.

Expenses Claims: Roger Wolff.

Next Tournament

Our next FITA 18 tournament will take place at The Holbrook Club on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd November 2014. Entry forms can be downloaded as a Word document or in pdf format.


Stolen Archery Kit

The following archery equipment was stolen from a house near Bexhill on 27th/28th January.

If you see it listed for sale or if it’s offered to you, please contact Gary Thornton on 07834 307746.

Black Negrini economy case with Hoyt sticker containing:

  • Red right hand Hoyt Horizon riser, 25”, with Spigarelli Evolution rest & red Cartel NX button
  • 2 x KAP limbs, 26lbs, short
  • SF Axiom Stabiliser, black, with dampener, 28″
  • 10 Easton X7 arrows, red/white fletchings, white nocks
  • MAC Bow Stringer
  • Red aluminium bow stand
  • Red armguard, 2 strings, leather belt

Gompy vinyl case containing:

  • Blue left hand Hoyt Horizon riser, 25”, paint scratched at front, with Spigarelli Evolution rest, Shibuya button, quick detach, Beiter clicker
  • Sebastian Flute limbs, 28lbs, short
  • 10 or 12 Easton X7 arrows, orange/white fletchings, orange nocks
  • Cartel CR Stabilisers, 28” longrod, 2 x 10” short rods, in Hoyt bag
  • Cartel CR 4” extender
  • Cartel Midas V Bar
  • Decut sight
  • Blue Cartel quiver
  • Bow Stringer
  • Blue aluminium bow stand
  • Blue armguard, 2 strings, tab
  • Toolbox with flights, nocks, allen keys, Beiter sight pin, weights, etc

Contact Gary Thornton on 07834 307746 if it’s offered to you.


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.