CMO Bowmen has been around since 1961 shooting target archery in Croydon, South London with recurve, barebow, compound and other traditional archery equipment. Our archers are of mixed ability, from beginner to County standard.
Through the ArcheryGB ontarget programme we are working hard to grow the sport of Archery at grass roots level. We take pride in the fact that we are an open and friendly club who gives a warm welcome to members and new archers from all areas of the community.
We make it as easy as we can for people to enquire and to quickly attend archery training courses and taster sessions for beginners, run by fully qualified and DBS/CRB checked coaches.
Photos taken by Ice
Sunday 15 th October was the first reconvention of the Atkins shoot since the dark days of covid lockdowns. A small and friendly club in Epsom and not too far away to get to. A group of 6 CMO archers including Jarrod, Ice, Chris, Gordon, Grant, and myself went, although a couple couldn’t make it unfortunately. It was an enjoyable day with Atkins providing some very good hospitality and food in their marquee.
Gordon was entered into the Barebow group along with Jarrod and myself as they had never seen the likes of his stick and string (American
flat bow) ha ha. I managed to secure second spot by the end of the two distances, but trailed to Jarrod in the early stages when he was second.
Ice also came second in her round so we all came away with a box of Liquorice All Sorts or treats.
The raffle was very enjoyable at the end with some good prizes and I think we all came away with something. The red, white, and blue theme wasn’t adopted by everyone there but CMO put up a good show, and it was good to meet and talk to archers from about 6 different clubs.
Hopefully we can develop this going forward and arrange a friendly with some of them.
On the whole a very enjoyable day and one to watch out for next year, and it helps support a club to keep going, something we all need as we recover from the last couple of years.
So don’t forget our own Halloween shoot on 29th where soup is going to be supplied and there could be a prize for the best costume!
Well done to all of you who came to our Halloween Fun Shoot this year.
Huge thanks to Tony for doing the BBQ, Gaynor and Veronique for the sweets and cakes and to Neil for the pumpkin carving.
Some more pics in the Members Gallery
After a very difficult six months for us all and our beloved sport, we were delighted to welcome The Worshipful The Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Maddie Henson along with Mike Seaton, Executive Headmaster of Cumnor House Schools to come and shoot with us ahead of our socially-distanced outdoor AGM.
They were joined by Steve Tully of Archery GB and Guildford Archery Club, and Dave Morris from Surrey Archery and Nonsuch Bowmen who offered their support as we encourage archers to come back to the sport and practice using the guidelines for safe shooting laid out by our national governing body.
We gave the Madam Mayor, her Macebearer, Nick Evans, and the Headmaster of Cumnor House, Mike, a quick archery lesson and then watched as 'gold fever' took over! After a couple of ends they were all hitting the middle in a quest for the ideal selfie to remember the day.
On Monday 5th August, a bunch of willing and able volunteers led by Mike orchestrated the swap of our 20ft main container for the Cumnor House 40ft container at the field.
The plan is to use this new space to house all of our existing field kit plus the beginners kit, freeing up the 10ft container to be used as a workshop for us all.
On May 25th we held the first House Games event, Game of Arrows. A brand new format for members designed to introduce a competitive element in a fun way.
The Games have a medieval/fantasy theme, with the three houses being Draccar - the dragons, Leander - the lions and Wulfgar - the wolves.
We are excited to bring you a new series of regular Club events with a House Games style which we are trialling on the next Club Day, Saturday the 25th of May.
You can expect lions, wolves and dragons plus the odd duel or two to decide who will be victorious. The aim is to create a fun shoot like no other to test your skill, cunning and allegiance to your House, but first you must pass the test and face Smoki - our very own 'sorting hat'.
We look to the skies and ask the ancient mystics to bring us good weather to smoke a sausage or two and to keep the insects from our vegetarian option.
Prey join us everyone by clicking to attend using the wizardry of the Event Calendar.
The 24th November saw a band of brave-hearted archers turn up for a new friendly CMO team competition, with the aim to bring members together to shoot in teams and have a bit of fun.
In all, twenty took part for the fun and hot soup, which was sorely needed as there was a cold biting wind - fitting that we shot a Frostbite round then! With some late-comers who had to miss out on shooting, it does mean that some are not checking the website to see what’s going on at the club, so we would urge you to do that.
Part of the fun was the lottery of the team selection with Andre the bingo caller. There were four teams of five with the compound archers as the captains. Team Martin ended the day as winners of the first competition, despite heavy heckling from all sides, even his own.
You can check out some pictures in the Gallery section of the site.
This is going to be a regular social event, hopefully once a month throughout the year so keep your eyes on the web calendar and sign up.
Well done to so many of you for attending our Halloween Fun Shoot this year. Despite the bitter wind making the day colder than the end of a witches nose, around forty of us turned up to shoot ten ends and then into the warm for some hearty soup and stew.
Around half came in fancy dress with some very impressive efforts again this year, with prizes awarded to Bridie's scary clown, Steve's,erm, hunchbacked-skull-thing, and Jenny and Simon making the scariest couple.
Huge thanks to Andre and Rene for organising, all those who made cakes and food, and Brian for taking some great pics which are in the Gallery now.
Hopefully members, you should have received an email from Archery GB with information to allow you to download your new membership card, as well as a new physical card, if you have asked for one.
You are able to save your new electronic card onto your mobile device using Apple Wallet or whatever Android uses for that sort of thing. You can then just present it on your phone when visiting other clubs or tournaments.
If you haven't had either version yet from AGB, please let us know via an email to Paul, our excellent Membership Secretary, who has been hard at work on renewals for us.