Indoor Calendar 2022/2023

Indoor archery is back on at Lacey Green Village hall, the dates are below

Sessions (ready to shoot) are at: 1730, 1930, and, with prior notification on the Whiteleaf Indoor WhatsApp Group, at 2130. If you are not already a member of the group and would like to be added, please contact Paul with your name and phone number:

Cost per session is: £3 adult club members, £2 junior and £5 visitor (please bring proof of AGB membership.

This year we are dispensing with cash payments. You will need to sign in for every session that you shoot (please make sure your full name is clearly written). You will be billed twice – once at the end of December, and again at the end of the season, electronic bank transfer is the preferred method of payment.

Club Longbow and Barebow Champs 2022

On Sunday 28th August 2022 eight archers from Whiteleaf Bowmen gathered for the Club Longbow Championships. This year the competition was also opened up to Barebow archers from the club, recognising the growing number of Barebow archers within the club.

The day started fairly sedately with a National competition, 4 dozen arrows at 60 yards and 2 dozen at 50 yards. In traditional format the Longbow competition was judged by the number of hits, with score used as a tie break, whereas barebow were placed based on scores. With everyone warmed up and getting settled into a groove the next element of the competition would shake things up a bit.

This was a variation on the theme of a “Pope and Young” shoot. Five paper animal targets were placed downrange, and five shooting positions established. Each archer then had the opportunity to shoot five arrows from the one position, rotating round until they had shot five arrows from all of the positions. For the first stage of this each archer had 100 seconds to shoot all five arrows. Everyone was comfortably loosing all of their arrows within this time, so when the time for the next stage was dropped to 50 seconds the pressure was on. Subsequent stages saw the time drop to 40 seconds, and with the final stage only 30 seconds the pressure was on.

The final element of the day was a “Wand” shoot, which was one final chance for everyone to demonstrate their skill in hitting a 4” wide and 5’ tall stick placed at 40 yards. Andraes managed to hit this on his very first shot, with the longbows taking a bit more time to gauge the target. Both Paul and Julie managed a hit after a few attempts by everyone, but after a couple more arrows Paul managed to claim the prize.

Overall results

Gents Barebow Champion – Imran Rehman
Ladies Barebow Champion – Rukhsana Latif
Gents Longbow Champion – Paul Field
Ladies Longbow Champion – Julie Morling

Longbow Pope & Young Champion – Julie Morling

Wand Champion Longbow – Paul Field
Wand Champion Barebow – Andraes Kirschner

Best Unrewarded Score – John O’Keeffe

Overall Results

Club Champs and Longbow/Barebow Champs 2022

A few dates for your diaries

The Longbow/Barebow championship will take place on the 28th of August – further details at

The Whiteleaf Club Championship will take place on the 4th of September – further details are at

Medals and Trophy at the “Diana” Tournament

A number of club members entered 57th “Diana” Tournament held at Harlequin Bowmen on the 4th of June 2022. Well done to the medal winners

Brenda Godfrey – Silver – Senior Ladies Compound

John O’Keefe – Bronze – Senior Gents Longbow

Julie Morling – Bronze – Senior Ladies Recurve

Also the team comprising of John O’Keefe, Julie Morling, Kevin Jones and Neil Ovenden ended up second place and returned with the small Diana Trophy.

Chris Roberts

We are saddened to have to announce that long-standing club member Chris Roberts passed away at the end of December 2021.  Many of you will remember him as a previous Chairman of the club and as an active member. Chris shot barebow and holds many of the club and county records. His didn’t shoot during the worst of the pandemic, and latterly due to his illness. He will be very sorely missed. 

BA Postal and Winter Frostbite 2021/22

Unfortunately the BA postal league is not running this year however the Bucks AA postal Portsmouth is taking place so do continue to submit your Portsmouth scores.

The Club Frostbite shoot is back again, on the first Sunday of each month starting Sunday 7th November, through to March 2022.

The Frostbite round is 3 dozen arrows at 30m shot in ends of 3 arrows.

Ten zone scoring with middle 10 ring to be marked as an X.

Shooting will start promptly @ 10:00. Please park in the RAF car park over the road at the end nearest the field.

The round is suitable for all abilities so if you haven’t tried it before, come along for a friendly shoot and someone will help you take part and answer any questions you may have.

This year we have Recurve, Barebow and Longbow teams in the Selby Winter League and the one big difference due to Covid, is that archers don’t have to shoot at the same time or even on the same day. The best Frostbite score for each individual each month will go towards team selection.

Indoor Calendar 2021/2022

We will again be shooting indoors at Lacey Green Village Hall for our 2021/22 indoor shooting season per the calendar here

We will be running sessions on Wednesday and Thursday evenings (dates that are unavailable are greyed out in the calendar). 

There will be three sessions, ready to start shooting each session at 5.30pm, 7.30pm and 9.30pm.  At the end of each session, if no-one has turned up for the next session, please put away all equipment, clean down as laid out below and return the key.  

Cost per session is (cash please, no cheques):
£3 Seniors
£1 Juniors
£5 visitors (must be a member of AGB and be able to prove if asked)

Please note cleaning protocols for the hall:
*  Continue to use the hand sanitiser 
* Please wipe down any surfaces that you use (wipes, cleaner all provided)
* Sweep the floor (the large broom is in the chair cupboard marked ‘posh’)
* Place all rubbish in the Grundon bin outside the hall
* Turn the lights off and heating down

COVID-19 Social Distancing & Archery Guidelines

All measures for social distancing and your safety are now in place at the field so you can book a slot to start shooting again. Please take note of the following & observe at all times.

  • Hand gel is taped to the gate for use when entering and leaving.
  • Bosses with wheels Lanes 1 and 9 are currently set at 60 yds, Boss with wheels Lane 3 is set at 100yds and the two straw bosses Lanes 5 and 7 are also set at 100yds.  They can be moved to suit but please wipe them down before and after with the spray.  Obviously if you are at the field by yourself, it will be safe to move forward 
  • The clubhouse will remain closed for the time being but on the verandah you will find hand sanitizer on the table with the spray for wiping down the faces and bosses, anything else you touch and your own equipment if you haven’t brought yours. 
  • In the box is the signing in book, scoresheets, pens (bring your own if you can), arrow jack, pins, paper roll for wiping down, bin bags etc.
  • The toilet is to be used for emergencies only
  • The booking system is now open.  You will find it on the website under Archery Field Bookings, choose your lane, date, (times shown are those still available), fill in your details and you will get confirmation immediately and a reminder the day before.
  • Get ready at home, arrive just before your start time, shoot, leave, dismantle at home.
  • Remember:  Following Archey GB guidelines and wipe wipe wipe!

Before you start shooting again please also read Archery GB’s guidance notes:

(Club Secretary)