Congratulations went to Janet Ross and Clive Jarret, recurve champions at the 65th Bath Hereford Tournament held by Bath Archers on Sunday, 13th August.

The morning started very wet and everyone was ready with waterproofs on. However, as the sighers commenced the weather dried and stayed rain free for the rest of the day. Janet Ross had a super tournament, with a winning score in a classification bracket of Master Bowman.

Clive Jarret had a tough fight for victory, winning by a single point. Just showing that every arrows counts. In the Men’s recurve Simon Whittle picked up the bronze medal.

The three archers combined scores were good enough for South Wansdyke to pick up the team trophy for a recurve clean sweep. Janet Ross also won the recurve mixed pairs medal, partnering Tony Nilsen of Llantarnam AC, and Ian Garforth won the compound mixed pairs medal, partnering Debbie Teml of Tockington Archers.

Going forward a month and the club had five archers competing at the Battle of Britain Tournament on behalf of the Royal Air Force Association held at Burnham Company of Archers on Sunday, 10th September.

Similar to the Bath Hereford the day started wet, with a downpour during the first end of archery, this changed to hot sunny weather come the afternoon.

The round was a WA 1440, with arrows shot at 90m, 70m, 50m and 30m for the men and 70m, 60m, 50m and 30m for the ladies. Janet Ross was recurve ladies runner up and Andrea Whittle recurve ladies third place. Clair Crook was ladies compound runner up.

The men faired less well in the individual recurve placings, but Clive Jarret and Janet Ross won the recurve pairs trophy and the team of Janet Ross, Clive Jarrett and Simon Whittle won the recurve team trophy.

Within the club, the August Handicap was dominated by our lady archers, with new member Kate Ball claiming the gold medal.

September will see the final outdoor handicap of the season as focus move indoors. Gold - Kate Ball 1480 Silver - Andrea Whittle 1467 Bronze - Sharon Adams 1458 finally, the club supported the community and at both the Writhlington Flower Show and the Writhlington Fun Day.

The club was well supported, many members of the public who had a go and shot for gold. Among them were our community policing and fire service, with fire service manager Bobby Welch showing the way to firefighter Liam, who was at a distinct disadvantage in full firefighting gear (helmet and respirator)! Not to be outdone, Community Officer Jon Hardy also shot well.

Simon Whittle