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8th December 2013:  Burleigh archers' success at National Indoors


As almost 500 archers contested the UK National Indoor Championships on Sunday 8th December, the Bowmen of Burleigh were represented by Tom Hutchins and Julie Chenery in the Men's and Ladies' Compound divisions.


The championships consists of a FITA 18 round, 20 ends of three arrows on a 40cm "trispot" face (three faces in a row, only the 5 inner scoring zones represented and only the inner, 2cm X-ring counting as a 10 for compound archers) followed by head-to-head matches for the top 32 archers in each category.

Julie shot a very impressive 533, only three points away from the Berkshire record to place 47th in her first FITA 18 shot with the new bow style, having switched from recurve back in October. Julie shot in good company, sharing a boss with GB team members Andrea Gales and Rikki Bingham.


Tom shot an incredible 574, only two points off the Berkshire record, to place 17th and enter a hard-fought match against the 16th placed archer. The match was tied not only on set points (the set system awards two points to the winner of each end, first to 6 with a two-point lead wins) but also on score with both archers having shot 143 out of a possible 150 points (28-29, 29-28, 29-28, 28-29, 29-29). This led to a single arrow tie break which Tom's opponent won by a couple of millimetres.


Julie said "I'm very happy with how it went today; I'm enjoying shooting compound and I've picked up some interesting tips from the top archers I've shot with here".  Tom commented "Another really solid result that backs up my results in this summer's National Series. It's all going the right way and hopefully I can build on this next year."


Well done Tom and Julie!

24th November 2013:  Three X's for Recurve Archer Peter Slack


Peter was delighted with his perfect end on the way to 548.  It was a high scoring day for our recurve archers with three other members reaching 550 and above.

23rd November 2013:  Bowmen of Burleigh Success at Berkshire Championships


The 2013 Berkshire Indoor Championships were held at Crowthorne on the 16th and 17th of November and the Burleigh contingent had a lot of success across the 100-strong field.


Caroline Robertson and Julie Chenery placed first and second in Ladies' Compound, with Ed Roberts winning the Gents Barebow division and Chris Hignell won the Junior Gents' Under 18 Recurve.  In the Recurves, Kirsten Costa and Jane Burnham placed second and third, while in the Gents' division there were no medals but Burleigh had five archers in the top 11 including Roger Hiscoe, Kevin McDaniel, Simon Gates fourth, fifth and sixth.


In the Gents' Compound Tom Hutchins, Graham Potts, Ian Hartfree and Graham Barnard placed second through to fifth. Caroline Hobley finished second in the Ladies' Barebow.  Kevin Shannon finished third in Gents' Longbow and Alex Harrison third in the Junior Gents' Under 12 Recurve.


We had considerable success in the team events as well, with the compound team of Tom Hutchins, Graham Potts and Caroline Robertson finishing first, and the recurve team of Roger Hiscoe, Kevin McDaniel, Simon Gates and Kirsten Costa taking second. In the Family Pair event Julie Chanery and Tom Hutchins finished first, with Kirsten and Jamie Costa third. Alex and Mike Harrison finished first in the Parent and Junior event.


Overall we had 23 podium placings, more than any other club entered.


We are delighted with this success but it is only possible because so many of our members entered; many of them outperforming their expectations. There are many medals that we weren't abl to compete for (especially a Junior Team!) so I would encourage any members to sign up for the Outdoor Championships next summer where we hope to continue our success.

Published by Crowthorne Archers
Berkshire Indoor Results 2013.pdf
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11th September 2013:  Burleigh Archers compete in the GB national series


Burleigh News have interviewed Burleigh members Tom Hutchins and Julie Chenery, who competed in this summer's GB National Series, finishing 15th and 22nd respectively. The National Series is contested over five events, with points awarded for final position in each event, with each archer's top three results totalled to create a final ranking. Each event in the series is a FITA 70 / FITA 50 (six dozen arrows at 70m on a 122cm face for recurves, 50m on an 80cm face for compounds) followed by head-to-head matches.  Read the interview below:

Tom and Julie National Series Interview.[...]
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11th August 2013:  A glorious, friendly shoot at Old Basing


Many club members visited and thoroughly enjoyed a fun day with our friends at Old Basing.  BoB retained the inter-club trophy in this lighthearted event.  Many thanks to Sally DuFeu for organising the event and the weather!

8th August 2013:  Strong representation and success for Burleigh at the Crowthorne Nationals event


The Bowmen of Burleigh were well represented at the National round event held by Crowthorne Archers in July.  Historically this is not an event where BoB archers excel so we are delighted that the team won the Gold Medal this year!  The archers who took part were: Ed Roberts (Gold), Kirsten Costa (Gold), Chris Hignell (Silver), Julie Chenery (Gold), Tom Hutchins (Gold), Jamie Costa, Graham Barnard (2 Golds), Andy
Cotterell, Kevin Shannon (Gold), Neil Robertson, Caroline Robertson (Gold), Richard Blight & Vicky Eales.  The picture is the medal winning team of (L-R) Kirsten Costa, Chris Hignell (junior), Julie Chenery & Tom Hutchins. 

Well done to all our archers!

31st July 2013:  Warfield Junior Short Metric


With a number of clubs being represented at this 'Junior Only' shoot; the guys from Burleigh did both themselves and the club proud.  With participants shooting a variety of short metric rounds with 5 Burleigh
Juniors shooting across the distances.  Results achieved were: 

  1st Junior Gent Recurve Short Metric 1 – Chris Hignell

  2nd Junior Gent Barebow Short Metric 2 – Oliver Cotterell

  3rd Junior Team – Chris Hignell, Joe James, Alex Harrison and Kalinka Mee.

An excellent day out and well done to all those that took part.

31st July 2013:  62nd Berkshire Champs


It may have been extremely hot but several of the Burleigh members kept their cool to take places and trophies at this years' Berkshire Championships.


The role of honour goes to:

Julie Chenery – 1st Ladies Recurve Hereford Round

Tom Huthins – 2nd Gents Recurve York Round

Luke Wanden – 1st Gent Compound York Round

Kirsten Costa – 1st Ladies Recurve National Round

Jamie Costa – 1st Gent Recurve National Round

Chris Hignell – 1st Junior Gent Recurve National Round


Congratulations to all those that took part and represented the club well at the shoot.

11th June 2013:  Denis Jones


Congratulations to Denis Jones, our Club Chairman, who was elected as President of Berkshire Archery Association at their recent AGM.  Denis brings many years experience to the role and will continue to be a champion for Archery in Berkshire.

8th June 2013:  Peter Slack


We are delighted to announce that Peter has successful qualified as a Level 2 coach, building on the excellent work he has done at the Club.  Well done Peter and we look forward to seeing the results of you hard work in due course!

12th May 2013:  Entry to the 2014 European Festival of Archery is now open


Around 1,500 archers are expected to take part in the festival, which is being held in Telford from 24 to 26 January 2014. The organisers are also promising the largest archery Expo trade show this side of the Atlantic.

Check out the newly-launched website:

6th May 2013:  Club AGM Agenda confirmed


Please find the agenda for the AGM below.  Please arrive in good time for a prompt 7.30pm start.

AGENDA AGM 2013.pdf
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16th April 2013:  Sam Baldwin represents England


Sam Baldwin has recently represented England in a Compound bow competition.  In his own words ...


To be selected for England I had to submit a minimum of 3 Fita 18 / 25 scores obtained from Record Status Shoots.  These scores could be obtained any time from the Monday following the 2011 National Indoors right up until the closing date, which was at the very beginning of November 2012.  Based upon all the scores submitted by archers to the English Archery Federation selectors, the top 2 people were selected. I submitted 5 Fita 18 scores all ranging from 575 – 579. I then had a call about a week after the closing date saying that I had been selected for shoot for England, which I gladly accepted.


The match took place on the first weekend of December 2012 and was a home nations match between England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. The match was based on the combined scores of all 4
members of each team. England was the victorious team but it was a tight match as we only beat Scotland by 2 points.


Congratulations Sam!

12th April 2013:  International judge provides expertise at club coaching session


Graham Potts, who was the lead Olympic Judge at London 2012, very kindly ran a session at the regular monthly Coaching Session on Saturday 6th April at Cantley Park.


This session was very well received by members who are now looking to enter outdoor competitions this coming summer season for the first time, as well as for our newest members who would like to know a little more about tournaments/competitions with a view to entering at some time in the future.


Graham covered the following:

1.   Tournaments - why, and how do we enter, where are the details, is there any restrictions etc?

2.   What to do when turning up at a Tournament, and what equipment will I need?

3.   How do I know who I am shooting with, and how do we do the scoring?

4.   Why is there a Judge, and what do they do?

5.   What the key differences are between World Archery Rounds and Archery GB Rounds


and then ran a short 3 dozen shoot under Archry GB Tournament conditions.


Thank you Graham for a valuable and interesting session.

5th April 2013:  Berkshire Top Club Awards (Adult section)


As you may be aware there is annual award for the Berkshire's Top Club based on a Club satisfying a number of criteria.  The criteria for 2012 were as detailed below and one point was awarded for area that a Club fulfilled: -

Each beginners course

Each new member joining the club

Each archer improving their handicap (within Archery GB handicap improvement guidelines)

Each tournament attended by a Club

Each 1st or 2nd team placing per shoot

Per Club shooting at an Inter County Match
For Club attending the County Meetings

For each County Committee post

For each qualified Coach

For each qualified Judge

For Club Mark


In total for 2012 Bowmen of Burleigh achieved a total of 117 points for the adults and 48 points
for the juniors - there are separate trophies for each area. The Committee is delighted to advise its members that we regained the adult trophy.  Congratulations to all involved in helping the Club gain the points needed to secure this prestigious award

2nd April 2013:  Club AGM date and venue confirmed


Just to let you know that our AGM 2013 will be held at Cantley Park Hotel on Tuesday 7th May 2013 in the Ormonde and Pipers Room.  Prompt start at 7.30 pm. Notice is attached and I will send out the Agenda nearer the time. If youhave any items you would wish to discuss at the AGM then please let me know in
good time.


The Archer of the Year voting form is attached below and please give this some thought and either return your votes to the club secertary via e-mail or post or you can put your votes into the Voting Box at the AGM. The Archer of the Year award can be for achievements/improvements in archery or other suport/help/work undertaken for the Club or archery in general.

AGM Notice May 2013.doc
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Archer of the Year 2012 - 2013 Form.doc
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15th January 2013:  Berkshire Archery AGM 31st January


Please support your county association if possible.  Agenda and nomination form follow.

BAA 2013 AGM Agenda.doc
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BAA Nominations Jan 2013.doc
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