On the 18th September 2019 we were pleased to be able to welcome to Noak Hill Archers the Worshipful Company of Fletchers for their Autumn competition and fun day out.
We were again pleased to welcome the merry band of visitors for the September competition and challenge ably organised by Lesley Agutter.
Dennis Oates and the field archers had been working hard on the field course all throughout the summer and had set a challenging field course of fun targets and targets that would test the resolve of the archers both beginner and experienced. The team had incorporated a number of scene shots and predator and prey shots which tested the aim and set the bar high but was compensated by the handicapping system designed by Dennis and The Mathematics Department at NASA have developed.
So the day started with introductions and a welcome to all the guests and they were all either setting up their own bows (the more experienced archers) or being kitted out with the club bows and arrows and then split into groups and paired up with a couple of the Noak Hill Archers.
We had a good number of Noak Hill Archers to assist in the practice session including a current GB archer Sarah Bettles who is competing at the highest level and aspiring to represent the country at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, we also had one the clubs up and coming juniors Andrew Lock who has been at the club for 3 years when he took up archery with (his dad) and has progressed quickly to be county champion and to represent the county twice in the last year.
With this level of support and coaching plus the many other experienced archers we were able to help them start to hit the targets and then hit the higher scores ready for when the points were counted.
It is fair to say the standard even from the novice archers was very good and it was not long before all archers were hitting the mark and getting ready to score for the looming competition round.
We were blessed with glorious weather given we were in mid September.
After lunch which was cooked and prepared by the wonderful ladies in the clubhouse, the competition was restarted and the serious archery seemed to kick in as the expressions changed to show all the archers wanted the coveted award and title of the champion archer for the day.
We had 4 groups all starting from different points across the field course for the afternoon session and the challenging field course.
It was clear from the discussions that were being had across the groups that they were enjoying the course layout and while challenging this was also really enjoyable and again added to the fierce competition and game faces for all archers as their competitive sides all took over.
Competition was fierce but fun and there was many examples of the practice session paying off and even the novice archers were hitting the mark from the fiendishly challenging course set by Dennis and the field archery team
Personally i really enjoyed the day and the company of the Fletchers archers which was complemented by the weather, the food and the challenging course and we all look forward to seeing you again in the Spring 2020.
Well done to all the archers and well done to the winners on the day:
Please have a look at the other photos taken on the day by J Raffin and in the Gallery and folder marked Fletchers day Sept 2019
On the 16th May 2019 we were pleased to be able to welcome to Noak Hill Archers the Worshipful Company of Fletchers for their Spring competition and fun day out.
With a high number of visitors ably organised by Lesley Agutter, the course had been set out by Dennis Oates and as usual was a mixture of challenging and fun targets across the field course and target field and incorporated a number of scene shots and predator and prey shots which proved challenging to all the archers.
Dennis had given a lot of thought to the course and scoring system for the day to ensure all archers both experienced and beginners had a fair chance to win the medals and plaudits and there were some extremely challenging shots on the field course which would have challenged the most experienced archers.
So the day started with introductions and a welcome to all the guests and they were all either setting up their own bows (the more experienced archers) or being kitted out with the club bows and arrows and then split into groups and paired up with a couple of the Noak Hill Archers to assist in the practice session and to help them start to hit the targets and then hit the higher scores ready for when the points were counted.
It is fair to say the standard even from the novice archers was very good and it was not long before all archers were hitting the mark and getting ready to score for the looming competition round, but before that a break for a coffee / tea and a bite to eat.
We were blessed with glorious weather which was an improvement on the last time we hosted our friends when the weather did not play nicely but as Dennis had booked the weather in plenty of time it was duly delivered and helped make the day even more enjoyable.
After lunch the competition was restarted and the serious archery seemed to kick in as the expressions changed to show all the archers wanted the coveted award and title of the champion archer for the day.
We were also please to welcome the international arm of the Fletchers (Celia and Roy) who flew in that morning from Gibraltar and were booked on a flight back home again that night.
It was clear from the discussions that were being had across the groups when they passed the competition was fierce but fun and there was many examples of the practice session paying off and even the novice archers were hitting the mark from the fiendishly challenging course set by Dennis.
Within my own group the motto of the day was "good line" and that was a genuine compliment as the aim from the archers was excellent but the challenge of judging the distance was the toughest aspect of the day.
Well done to all the archers and well done to the winners on the day:
Trisha and Roy
We hope you all had safe journeys home and especially to our international archers (well Gibraltar).
We look forward to seeing you all again in September.
Earlier this month Sarah Bettles asked if she and her team mates could use our facilities for some extra practise in preparation for 2 world cup shoots in Turkey and Shanghai.
Of course we said yes and it is a great honour for us to be able to support the GB national team in any way we can.
(Left-to-right: Bryony Pitman, Eleanor Piper, Sarah Bettles)
They were in turn all too happy to pose and talk to our juniors who were on their half term break and enjoying additional coaching in preparation for the Havering Youth Games (where they retained the team champions title!).
As many of you may know, Sarah started off with NHA when she first took up archery and was coached by one of our members (Arthur) . Sarah is still a regular at NHA when she is not competing abroad or at Lilleshall.
(Left-to-right: Eleanor Piper, Bryony Pitman, Sarah Bettles)
Just a short follow-up to our fund-raising Crimbo shoot
First a big thank you to all of you who were able to make it. I think the day went well and I hope you had lots of fun too.
It was a day of sharing (excluding Rhiannon and her McDonalds breakfast) and you were generous in bringing in extra food in the run-up and on the day. Also thanks to those who couldn't make it and still brought in some food and gave some money. As you know we take our place in the local community very seriously and this was a way of showing that.
We raised £227. I need to add £35 to this from Tony who very generously bid for the Prosecco box set that was the winning prize for the senior archer (will tell you that is in a minute). If you think about the food brought in then I reckon we have donated around £300. As you can see from the pic we were able to fill a trolley to the max with your generosity. I had planned to take a pic of all this plus what was left at the club but was daunted by the prospect and not sure my table at home could have taken it.
We brought a range things, from tins of fruit, toothpaste and brushes, shampoo, tea, coffee, and Christmassy things such as sweets, kids selection boxes, Christmas cakes. I will leave the receipt on the club noticeboard so she can see what was bought.
There were lots of people helping out but I do want to call out a couple if you don't mind for their help on the day and hope I don't offend anyone. Ken and Gareth for helping Dennis set up the course and after when we were stuffing our faces they were out sorting out the field again. Maree and Sally for all their help with teas, coffees and collecting money. Thanks to Sally and Mick for their baking which was really appreciated. John for taking lots of pics. Max for the amazing trophies - the envy of other clubs! And perhaps the biggest thank you to Den for sorting out the course and groups - so much work goes into making sure we have fun so on behalf of the club - thank you Den. I just know I have missed someone so please forgive me. Oh and I should mention that through his contacts Brian secured a £300 donation from a resourcing company called Streamline. That will be donated as money rather than food because the foodbank have bills to pay and is vital for their continued survival.
I have submitted a news release to the Romford Recorder and Archery GB so hopefully they may publish something but Brian will put something on our site too. And I will share the pics that John took when he shares them with me.
So back to the day itself. The rain stayed away and was mostly quite sunny, it was just the wind that made it a best testing but we are a tough bunch. There lots of wide-awake Christmas jumpers and hats although Allan misjudged the theme and came as a zombie (which he blamed on a hangover).
So whilst charity was the overall winner, we did have our own winners. And three of them scored over 400 points.
Senior winner: Richard; runner up Brian
Junior winner: Rhiannon and runner up Andrew
Best/worst jumper: Luke
Thank you again you lovely people, you are like the dysfunctional family I never had.
Noak Hill Archers sent a veritable rouges gallery of field archers to the Cloth of Gold field shoot on the 7th October 2018. (Looks like a Quentin Tarantino Film Poster!!)
With a good mix of very experienced archers and people competing in their first competition shoot it is no exaggeration to say that once again Noak Hill Archers represented the club extremely well and took more than their fair share of the spoils with following roll call of success:
Kathy - Gold Medal
Craig - Gold Medal
Roy - Gold Medal
Brandon - Gold Medal (Junior)
Danny - Bronze Medal
Peter - Bronze Medal
Jurek - First Competition of many we hope
Dennis - Bronze medal
Ken - Looks like he found some gold (a pound coin??)
I am looking forward to coming to shoot with the field gang at the earliest opportunity.
Keep up the great work all...
Further update last weekend the field archers were out again challenging for the spoils at Oakwood Bowmen with the roll call of success:
Noak Hill were pleased to be able to welcome back the representatives from the Worshipful Company of Fletchers on Wednesday 19th September 2018.
After an earlier visit this year Dennis the field course representative decided to turn up the pressure with a challenging field course layout to test the archers after they had some practise on the targets that had been set out for the morning session.
It was clear there were a majority of experienced archers already to challenge for the title and there were a few less experienced archers including Tim Hurst who had not tried archery before.
Dennis had arranged a scoring system that was intended to level the playing field for the less experienced archers the only flaw in the plan was that (We needed Carol Vorderman to work it out) just kidding Dennis....
After a morning of practice the serious competition started with the archers all shooting ends on the target bosses to score points before moving off to the 18 targets set out on the field course (some of which were very challenging for both experienced and non experienced archers).
After scoring the points on the target bosses there was a lunch interval which was prepared and presented by the lovely ladies in the clubhouse, the was plenty of food glorious food on offer including cakes from Mick.
After the lunch break it was off to the field course to tackle the very windy and gusty conditions and the challenging course.
After a very challenging few hours the scores were tallied and there was a need for a third place shoot off which was organised by Dennis on the target range.
Final results were:
1st place Tim Eltringham
2nd place Andrew Trapnell
3rd place Ted Hoefling
I have upload the fantastic photos taken by John Raffin on the day and they are located in the gallery section under the tab marked Fletchers Day Sept 2018.
Noak Hill Archers would like to thank you for coming and hopefully you had an enjoyable day and safe journeys home.
So after a division winning performance in 2017 the Noak Hill Recurve team were promoted to Division 2 for the 2018 season. We entered that start of the season with the knowledge that all matches would be hard fought and points would mean prizes.
I am pleased to say that the Noak Hill Team acquitted themselves extremely well and after a very close first match against Colchester Archers which we lost by 49 points the team then went on a run that was undefeated against the other teams in the league, Oakfield, West Essec and Mayflower.
We finally ended the season second to Colchester Archers in a close fought run in to the end of the season.
Well done to all the Noak Hill Archers with some impressive scores throughout the season from, Glenn Rodgers, Keith Willet, Allan Horne, Andrew Lock and Graham Bridge in the last match with an impressive 848 (i think) after not being well enough to shoot through much of the season and this just showed how much we missed his consistent 800+ scores.
We are looking forward to a second season in the Albion leagues in 2019 and will all be working hard to drive our scores up and challenge to finish in first place next year.
A few Noak Hill archers took themselves off to the county metric clout championships this year and for a change, on arrival found the weather to be fine sunny with little wind, a big plus for those of us shooting the longbow.
All in all a very good day for Noak Hill with all the archers having a good day.
Results as follows:
Steve Spragg 3rd place men’s recurve
Sharon Lawrence won the ladies recurve
And in the men’s longbow it was a 1, 2 ,3 with Max Room 1st, Mark Lawrence 2nd and Mick Wollaston 3rd.
Max got the trophy as highest scoring longbow and Sharon got the trophy for highest ladies’ recurve
So a great day for Noak Hill everyone coming away with medals.
Another exciting month for the Noak Hill Archery Club, we held our family fun day celebrating 20 years of archery at our ground which was big success and a great day was enjoyed by all.
A massive well done to Allan Horne and Graham Bridge for suggesting and working through the concept to design a day filled with activities for all our friends and family to try out and hopefully get the same bug that the club archers have all been infected with in shooting arrows.
Allan Horne worked extremely hard on the day along with the other club members (Peter, Ken, Rose, Phil, Glenn and many others) to ensure the highest levels of service and care were given to our guest and visitors.
A selection of photos are available to view on the gallery page (thanks Phil for your photographs)