Much-Needed Boost for Members
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.
The coming weeks will be crucial for many clubs as we encourage members to renew for another year, coming after six months of turmoil caused by Covid-19. We are one of around 50% of archery clubs in the UK who have returned to shooting restricted sessions, and we have also managed to put on three beginners sessions albeit with strictly controlled numbers of new archers.
As we enter our 60th Anniversary year, we are thankful that a generous Sport England and National Lottery grant has meant that we can pay our way for at least the next 12 months, but we will be working very hard during that time to make sure we are around for at least another 6 decades.
Our sincere thanks to our members and esteemed guests for making yesterday a very welcome highlight in our calendar this year.
Members can find some more photos of the visit by clicking here: