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29-07-2017 12:00 Alderholt Have-a-go, Alderholt
06-08-2017 08:15 DWAA Double 720, Trafalgar School Playing Fields, Downton, Wiltshire SP5 3HN
FITA 70m, FITA 60m, FITA 50m (80cm),
20-08-2017 10:00 Beginners Course Session 1, outdoor
20-08-2017 10:00 Beginners Course 4 day 1,
03-09-2017 10:00 Beginners Course Session 2, outdoor
03-09-2017 10:00 Beginners Course 4 day 2
10-09-2017 09:00 Macmillan Caring Locally Charity Shoot and Coffee Morning, Cranborne Middle School, Wimborne, Dorset UK, BH21 5RP
L. Metric I, L. Metric II, L. Metric III, L. Metric IV, L. Metric V, Cub 20/15m,
17-09-2017 09:00 Closing Shoot and Bring & Share Lunch Meeting
National, S. National, Jnr National, S. Jnr National,

Members Posts

17-07-2017 15:40
Well done Andy in coming second at the Blue Lion Soot on Sunday, Arthur for getting 'Best Longbow Gold' and Ralph for sweeping up on Raffle prizes.

Posted By Ralph Wood

18-06-2017 17:30
The MCF is offering awards to local charities including Macmillan Caring Locally. To vote go to

Posted By Jo Anderson

09-06-2017 15:53
Arm Guards Needed. We are 6!short for Sunday's course. If you have one you don't use & would like to donate we would be happy to receive it, Thanks

Posted By Eric Bell

04-06-2017 11:43
There are 3 vacancies on the GWAS committee: communications officer/admin, website management, EAF rep. Contact me for more info if interested.

Posted By Jo Anderson

03-06-2017 14:12
The club has some old straw bosses to sell to members at £10 each (buyer collects). Contact Ralph or John W for details.

Posted By Ralph Wood

27-05-2017 22:55
A big thank you to all who came to help tidy out our containers this morning. We did a great job! A special thank you to Karen, who made beeakfast!

Posted By Diane Jolliffe

15-05-2017 08:52
Working party 27th May to sort out storage at the field. If you have a vested interest in anything currently stored, be there or it might disappear!

Posted By Jo Anderson

07-05-2017 16:26
Well done to the Bracken archers on an excellent team result and individual results.

Posted By Simon Ferrari

28-04-2017 14:53
Sunday is the second day of the Beginners Course. If you go up the field on Saturday, remember to leave room on the right of the line for 3 targets!

Posted By John Borland

22-04-2017 05:59
I plan to be up the field from about 9:30 this morning Saturday 22nd April.

Posted By John Borland

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Latest News

26-07-2017 Target Day Sunday (30/7)
This Sunday will be a Target Day, this is an opportunity for members to shoot the designated distances and their scores to count towards their Archery GB classification achievements, have the opportunity to set a Club Record and to introduce new members to the process of competition shooting. The distances on Sunday will be WA70m, 60m & 50m (6 dozen arrows) or a WA 25m (5 dozen arrows). If you wish to participate please come prepared to set-up your targets at 9:30 to allow a prompt 10am start. Please remember, if you are taking part then no practise arrows are allowed before the official practise period and unfortunately no latecomers will be able to participate. Ralph will be your host and for new members everything will be explained on the morning. If you do not wish to participate then please ensure you have your target set-up before 10am to avoid interrupting those who are taking part. Good Luck! Simon

26-07-2017 Wednesday Shooting Now Open
Starting next Wednesday, 2/8, through to 30/8 between 9am and 9pm we have the use of the Cranborne field subject to a key holder being able to provide access to the equipment. Could I therefore ask any key holders who plan to attend to publish this in the Members Posts on the website and add a comment to the Facebook Wednesday Shooting post. Thanks, Simon

22-07-2017 Development Group
We have booked 12 sessions on Tuesday evenings at the Waldorf School between 3rd October and 19th December, to be run by Eric. These are aimed at archers who wish to have a regular session of concentrating on form developments. Archers may have recently completed their beginners course, have years of experience, or be anywhere in between. The sessions are focused on shooting well and developing shot execution. There are to up to 10 places at a cost of £2 per session for Bracken Archers, and £5 a session for visitors. Charges may be adjusted as the funding base changes in the future. Places in the group will be open at a date to be announced in September. Initially 4 places are to be reserved for archers who complete their beginners courses in Summer 2017 and join Bracken Company of Archers. Therefore 6 places are available for existing Bracken members. If there are more than 10 members wishing to join the development group, a waiting list will be created. For further informa

20-07-2017 Buddy Program
We are introducing a Buddy program, to help new members to integrate into our club. New members completing a beginner’s course will be offered a buddy Buddies are not coaches and are not expected to coach new members but may assist a new member by:  Agreeing dates and times to be at the field to support the new member  Introducing the new member to other archers at the field  Helping the new member to set up their bow and check equipment before shooting  Helping the member to take the bow apart and put it away at the end of shooting  Reiterating safety rules and archery etiquette  Staying with/shooting with the new member for a few ends and return occasionally whilst they are shooting to make sure they are ok  Showing the new member where all the equipment is kept (hut/container/shed)  Helping the new member to set up/take down a target  Exchanging contact details so that any changes to planned dates/times can be communicated FAQ’s How lo

16-07-2017 Beginners Course
On 20/8/17 and on 3/9/17 will be the clubs next beginners course, which is being led by Malcolm. We are very short of helpers for both days, and we are in danger of having to reduce the number of places (even though we already have a few on the waiting list). If you can help on either or both days, please contact Ralph or Malcolm.

07-07-2017 Competition Set Up and Support
Just a reminder to members that Saturday morning (or however long it takes!) will be dedicated to setting up the field for Sunday's competition, please come and provide some support, even an hour of your time is appreciated. We are aiming to start around 9am. Afterwards the field will be available for practise. Sunday will be the competition so there is no shooting unless you are taking part. Again, we would appreciate any help at the end of the competition (probably/hopefully around 4-5pm) to put everything away. If you can spare some time during the day then help in the refreshment tent is also appreciated. Thanks! Simon

25-06-2017 Lytchett Owl Competition 25/6/17
Well done Bracken Team in today's medal count. Arthur with first in Longbow, Andy second in recurve, Ralph third in recurve. As well as Ralph getting best Gold in recurve.

16-06-2017 Saturday Shooting - 17th June 2017
I am planning to be at the field between 9:30 and lunchtime. I am doing some coaching with Hayden and a visitor from Portland. If you are at the field and you want some support, please ask and I will fit you in if I have time. Posted by Eric

15-06-2017 Equipment For Sale
Please see Bracken Company of Archers Facebook site.

15-06-2017 Introducing Club Records
A record sheet showing the highest scoring archer in each gender and age, in each bow type and each round. We have numerous ways that scores are collated on our Website. Archers can look at scores from previous internal and open shoots both indoors and outdoors, or their own personal record and get a sense of their progression over the years. One thing that is not available is a record sheet showing the highest scoring archer in each gender and age, in each bow type and each round. We are introducing club records starting from Tuesday 20th June 2017. Any scores submitted before this date are not eligible for inclusion. Scores can be shot at organised Club Shoots, Target Days, Bracken Members shooting at organised shoots elsewhere (with the submission of the published scores sheet). We will be asking the Webmaster to incorporate club records into our website. Until that is available a spreadsheet will be kept containing details. Eric Bell Coaching Coordinator

15-06-2017 Club Target Days
We are in going to trial increasing the number of Club Target Days. From Tuesday 20th June and for a trial period until the end of August, Club Target Days will be every Tuesday evening commencing at 6pm and Sunday commencing at 10am. This gives members the opportunity of shooting a round, and using this score to inform their classification and/or handicap, or achieving club records. Archers participating in scoring a round are responsible for setting up their own bosses. The Rules of Shooting apply, sighters/practice will only be shot after assembly. Target Days will be alongside normal shooting. Eric Bell Coaching Coordinator.

07-06-2017 MacMillan Local Shoot 10/9/2017
DWAA have agreed to sponsor some trophies for this shoot. Remember to get your entry form in, and also consider helping on the day.

22-04-2017 Absent Friends Shoot - 7th May
Don't forget the Absent Friends Shoot is on Sunday the 7th of May. Information and the target list are available on the website. If you haven't got your name down there is still time to apply. There will be a working party on Saturday 6th from 9am to setup the field ready for the Sunday. All help is welcome.

Archery in East Dorset

The Bracken Company of Archers is located on the grounds of Cranborne Middle School, Wimborne, Dorset UK, BH21 5RP, in east Dorset. We shoot on Sunday mornings and during the summer months, Tuesday and Thursday evenings. During the school summer holdidays we also have the ability to shoot all day on Wednesdays. In the winter, we also shoot indoors on Thursday evenings.

Target Archery for All the Family

Bracken Group Shot We are a target archery club and membership is divided into seniors and juniors. We operate a Junior Ribbon Award Scheme to encourage our young archers to progress. Many Juniors have been through the improvement scheme and several have gone on to represent not only the county but their country. We have also recently introduced an Adult 252 Ribbon Award Scheme to encourage our senior archers to improve their performance. More about us >>

Longbow, Recurve or Compound?

Our members shoot the 3 most popular types of bow being:

  • Longbow: The modern descendant of the classic english longbow
  • Recurve bow: The type of bow used in Olympic archery
  • Compound bow: A recent design of bow that uses cams and pulleys to give a mechanical advantage and hence great accuracy

How Far Can You Shoot?

In competition we shoot any distance from 20 yards up to 90 metres. In fact we sometimes hold a 'clout shoot' which is over 180 yards! More about the rules and etiquette of archery >>