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Paul Maines - 23rd August 2021

It is with deep regret and sadness that I must inform you that Paul Maines died on Sunday 23rd August. He had been feeling unwell over the weekend, was admitted to hospital and died at lunchtime.
Paul was not only an archery enthusiast and coach, but also a great servant of the sport, both for his club, Gordano Valley, and for his county, Somerset, where he had been Chairman until his health deteriorated as he was undergoing treatment for cancer - a treatment he endured bravely and without complaint.
He will be greatly missed by all his archery friends and, on behalf of SCAA, I offer sincere condolences to his family.

Andrew Rees - Chairman, Somerset County Archery Association

2020 GWAS Counties Covid Challenge Results

The results of the 2020 Grand Western Counties Covid Challenges have now been published.
Senior Results:
1st    Somerset County Archery Association
2nd    Devon & Cornwall Archery Society
3rd    Dorset & Wiltshire Archery Association
4th    Gloucestershire Archery Society

Junior Results:
1st    Gloucestershire Archery Society
2nd    Somerset County Archery Association
3rd    Devon & Cornwall Archery Society
4th    Dorset & Wiltshire Archery Association

Counties results here.
Senior results here.
Junior results here.

2020 Dunster Covid Challenge - Results

The results of the Dunster Covid Challenge are now available here.
Fun Round results available here.
Well done to everyone for taking part and a big thank you to Vikki for organising this at short notice.

2020 Dunster Covid Challenge - UPDATE

A message from Vikki Gallop:

Hi everyone, I've had a few enquiries as to whether I could tweak this to get more people involved so here you go;

If you can't shoot "yards" at your club due to targets being set out in meters I'm happy to accept a metric version of the rounds on offer, i.e you shoot at 60m and 50m using imperial scoring. I know you'll be shooting a few extra yards so I'll annotate the results to indicate this.

Whilst Dunster Week doesn't hold any junior specific rounds, as this is a bit of fun if you know of any juniors who would like to take part I'm happy for them to shoot the appropriate Western round for their age group (this can be the "metric" version as described above 😉)

Hopefully this all makes sense! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions,



2020 Dunster Covid Challenge

A message from Vikki Gallop:

This weekend should have been the start of Dunster Week. As we had to cancel, I am running a postal competition to ease the pain (a little bit at least) for those of us who will be missing our annual Dunster fix.

Basic details are as follows.
2 rounds, a Western and a "Fun" round with lucky dip scoring to be shot at any time between Saturday 12th and Sunday 21st June.

Rounds can be shot over any number of sessions as I understand quite a few clubs are using booking systems which may mean you cannot fit 8 dozen in during one session and may not be able to move targets during a session.
Please find attached the rules, I have tried to cover everything but if I have missed something or you are unsure of anything just get in touch.
I’m not asking for an entry form as such, but it would be helpful if you could let me know that you are going to take part along with details of which round(s) and bow style(s) you will be shooting. At least that way I will have some idea of the numbers 😉
I’m asking everyone to email or WhatsApp their scoresheets to me; please email me at for contact details if you need them.
Feel free to pass this on to anyone else you think might like to join in, this is definitely a case of “the more the merrier”!
I look forward to receiving your scores and in the meantime, shoot well but most of all, have fun 😊

Lizzy Rees to be Archery GB Field Archery Coodinator

Congratulations to Lizzy who has been contracted as Archery GB's Field Archery Coordinator.
Lizzy said: “This is such an exciting opportunity for Archery GB and Field Archery. The potential over the next five months to positively influence the development of Field is huge and I can’t wait to start exploring people’s views. Contact me any time on and I’d be happy to chat.”
Full details are available on the Archery GB website.
If you have any thoughts on Field Archery please contact Lizzy before end June 2019.

Intercounties Results - 2019

Somerset archers had a successful competition at the Intercounties Tournament on the 22nd September. Full report and pictures here.

Senior Team 2019

New Judge For Somerset

Report from John Cunningham:
We are happy to welcome Denise Burgess to the SCAA judging team as she recently completed the AGB requirements and has now been confirmed as a County Judge. Denise has already proved her capability to run a shoot under supervision and now, as a qualified judge, is able to ‘fly solo’ at some shoots.
This appointment is a welcome addition to SCAA capabilities and doubles judging corps. If any members wish to follow Denise’s example, please contact the SCAA Judge Liaison Officer via the contacts page on the website and he will be pleased to assist.
Our congratulations to Denise and we wish her many happy judging outings.

Junior National Championships 2019


Report from Clair Crook:
Eight Somerset junior archers (6 recurve, 1 compound and 1 longbow) travelled to Lilleshall for the Junior National Championships on 6th and 7th July 2019.  This was the first time some of our archers have been to the nationals and it was certainly one of the biggest tournaments that most of them have attended with 70 targets, over 250 archers and a sea of tents stretching back behind the line. We were excited to see a familiar face amongst the judges, John Cunningham, wearing his new shirt.
Saturday was the Junior World Archery Star where archers were shooting various metric rounds depending on their age.  Unfortunately the sun that was being enjoyed in Somerset did not follow us to Lilleshall and the day was cold with most of the 2nd and 3rd distances being shot in the rain.  Well done to Molly, bronze in U14 womens longbow.  
Sunday was the Junior National Championships where archers were shooting a range of Bristol rounds, the sun had also made an appearance making it much more pleasant. Somerset placed an amazing 9th out of 32 represented counties in the County Recurve Team competition. Well done to Molly, silver in U14 womens longbow and Harriet, bronze in U14 womens recurve.   Between the archers there were many other achievements including several PBs, county records and representing GWAS in the regional team events over the weekend.  Most importantly they enjoyed themselves.  
Congratulations to Darragh, Harriet, Harry, Jacob, Luke, Michael, Molly and Sophie.

Darragh Joyce selected for Ireland Team

Darragh Joyce, a member of Burham Company of Archers, has been selected to compete for the Irish Junior Archery Team for 2019. Full details on the website, who gave permission to share this article.

Darragh Joyce

Field Archery - taster sessions - 2019

Overton Black Arrows are holding some open days at the Warren in Hampshire.
Dates are Sun 24th March 10:30am, Sat 27th April 10:00am, Sat 11th May 10:00am.
If you attend it is advised to have sight marks from 10m to 60m in 5 metre increments.
Full details are on the website.

World Field Archery team for 2018 includes James Annall from Bath Archers

Many congratulations to James Annall who has been selected to shoot for Great Britain at the World Field Archery Championships in Italy from 4th to 9th September.

James Annall

James started shooting in Sept 2008 shooting Target recurve. Started giving barebow a try from Nov 2009, switching between RC and BB every couple of weeks that indoor season, then stuck with BB from April 2010. First gave Field a try in July 2011 and loved it ever since, quickly taking over from Target shooting during the next couple of years. He particularly enjoyed the venues, the variety of target positions, and the challenge that each target brings, all at a relatively short distance compared to Target (for Senior Barebow 2/3 of all the targets in a weekend are between 5 and 30m, and a maximum distance of 50m) This will be his 5th GB cap, first getting onto the team in 2014. He's really looking forward to being back on the team, after not meeting the selection criteria last year. His best result to date has been 16th at European champs 2015 in Poland.
Good luck James.

Level 1 Coaching Course

If you are interested in undertaking a level 1 coaching course, a new course will be running early 2019.
Day 1 - 6th January 2019
Day 2 - 3rd February 2019
Day 3 - 3rd March 2019
Assessment - 7th April 2019
The cost is £275 per person.
Venue is Saltford Scout Hut, Chelwood Road, Saltford, Bristol BS31 3BU.
All enquiries to Rob Bitton.

World Archery Rule Changes

World Archery Field and 3D rules have been amended from the 1st April. Details and guidance on their interpretation available here.

Archery GB Field Archery

Archery GB have launched a new website dedicated to field archery here.

Archery GB - Rules of Shooting.

Archery GB have made changes to the Rules of Shooting effective from 9th April 2018:
Note that one change relates to Rule 306, scoring.
A full download of the new rules is available here.
A download of just the changes is available here.

Postal Competition Final Results 2017-2018

This years competitions have finished and the final results are now out.
Senior Frostbite competition: Burnham Company of Archers are the champions with Coastal Archers runners-up.
Junior Frostbite competition: Bath Junior Archers are the champions with Burnham Company of Junior Archers runners-up.
Full results are here
Senior Portsmouth competition: Burnham Company of Archers are the champions with Bowmen of Ina runners-up.
Junior Portsmouth competition: Bowmen of Danesfield Juniors are the champions with Avalon Archery juniors runners-up.
Full results are here

April 2017

Awards for Somerset Archers

Dear Archers of Somerset,
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the three Somerset archers who were given awards at the recent ArcheryGB AGM.  
Firstly,  The Gussy Trophy for wheelchair archer of the year was awarded to Jo Frith. At the Rio Paralympic Games she won W1 mixed team gold and individual silver medals.  
Secondly, Andrew Rees was awarded a bronze plaquette in recognition of his dedication as a member of the Archery GB field team since 2005 and his contribution to running the sport at club, county, regional and national levels.
Finally, Tim Jackson was awarded an Honorary Life Membership – in recognition of and thanks for his outstanding contribution to major archery events over the past 15 years.  
I am sure that you will join me in congratulating all our prize winners – it’s great to see Somerset archers recognized at national level.  
Vikki Gallop