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11-06-2017 10:00 Beginners Course Session 1, outdoor
11-06-2017 10:00 Beginners Course 3 day 1
18-06-2017 10:00 Beginners Course Session 2, outdoor
18-06-2017 10:00 Beginners Course 3 day 2
09-07-2017 08:15 6th Annual UK Record Status Double WA 70m, Cranborne Middle School, Wimborne, Dorset UK, BH21 5RP
FITA 70m, FITA 60m, FITA 50m (80cm),
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
S. Metric I, S. Metric II, S. Metric III, S. Metric IV, S. Metric V,
17-09-2017 09:00 Closing Shoot and Bring & Share Lunch Meeting
National, S. National, Jnr National, S. Jnr National,

Members Posts

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

15-04-2017 07:25
I plan to be up the field from about 9:30 this morning Saturday 15th April.

Posted By John Borland

14-04-2017 13:09
I'm planning to be up the field Thursday 13th from about 5pm.

Posted By John Borland

13-04-2017 09:40
I'm planning to be up the field Thursday 13th from about 5pm.

Posted By John Borland

12-04-2017 17:25
I'm planning to be up the field Thursday 13th from about 5pm.

Posted By John Borland

07-04-2017 18:40
I'm planning to be at the field for 9:30 on Saturday 8th April. posted by Eric

Posted By Eric Bell

05-04-2017 17:07
Will be up the field Thursday from 5:00PM

Posted By John Witty

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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.

25-03-2017 Captains Day or Mothers Day - make it both!
This Sunday 26th March is a Captains Day shooting a National instead of a Western because we'll be shooting a National for the Opening Shoot. You can shoot a National, 4 dozen arrows at 60 yds and 2 dozen at 50 yds. Short National, same amount of arrows at 50 yds and 40 yds or a Junior National, 40yds and 30 yds. Competition starts at 10am sharp, so please turn up early enough to help set up the field and your equipment. Hope to see you there.

08-02-2017 New Facebook Page
We have a new Facebook page. It can be found using the link attached. The previous page has changed name to Dorset Archery Community. This is still not affiliated with the club in any way.

05-02-2017 Facebook Page Obsolete and New Website Feature
Unfortunately the Facebook page is no longer affiliated with the club. To allow members to communicate important information such as when key holders will be attending there is a new feature on the website, the Members Post section. this is on the left hand side of most pages and will be visible without the need to log in. All members are able to make posts (limited to 150 characters) by logging in and completing the form below the Members Post section. All posts must be authorised by an Admin before they will become visible. Any questions feel free to ask a committee member up at the club or email the Webmaster at

28-01-2017 Captains Day
Depending on the weather, this Sunday will be a Captains Day shooting a Frostbite (30m). Starting promptly at 10am, please arrive earlier to help set up the field. Hope to see you there tomorrow.

21-11-2016 27 NOVEMBER 2016
This Sunday will be a CAPTAINS DAY Frost bite 10.00 start. Please be at the school for 09.00 to set up.

19-10-2016 Boost Archery Course - Bow set up and tuning
As part of Bracken's commitment to Boost Archery, the Archery GB coaching initiative aimed at new and improving archers, we will be holding a basic bow set up and tuning course on Wednesday, 2nd November in the upstairs room at the Verwood Sports and Social Club, between 6.30pm and 9.00pm. A follow up practical bow tuning session will be held, weather permitting, at the field on Sunday 6th November at 10.00am. Although aimed at our new members who are just starting to assemble their own kit, this will also be an ideal opportunity for our more experienced archers to check their bow set up and ensure their bows are at optimum tune. - Arthur

05-10-2016 Indoor Shooting at the Waldorf
If you have been at the indoor this season, or have read the reports on Facebook by Nick, you will know that it is proving to be very popular this year and, with some of our very new archers also expressing interest in shooting indoors, it is likely to get even more so even though we have added another boss to the set up. In order to try and introduce some order into the proceedings I have come up with a cunning plan. I am not suggesting this is the only way to accommodate the maximum number of archers, so if you think you have a better answer then please do let me know. It is possible that we may have to ask you to be a bit flexible about where you stand on the line. I know we all have our favourite spot, but if we are to accommodate all the target sizes required, double bossing for compounds and trying where possible to place our inexperienced archers towards the middle of the room where any loose arrows are less likely to go astray, then some flexibility may be required and will
Attachment: Indoor_Positions.pdf

12-09-2016 The Amanda Shoot
Well Done Bracken! The Amanda Shoot yesterday was another triumph with £1088 being collected on the day which, when added to money already collected, makes a total of £1500 to be shared between our two charities, beating the total collected last year by a considerable amount. On a glorious day this event once again symbolised to me the true spirit of Bracken, with everyone who participated in which ever way, large or small, contributing to the overall success. A club, any club, is just the sum of its parts, the members, and once again our members, their friends and families, have come up trumps, proving they will not only offer care and support to each other within our sport, but also into other areas of life and out into the wider community. The shoot yesterday was a wonderful celebration of a life, of life in general, through the medium of archery, an individual, sometimes solitary sport but one which is always best enjoyed as part of a larger group in the company of ot

29-08-2016 Amanda Shoot and Macmillan Coffee Morning
With just under two weeks to go to the Amanda Shoot, now would seem to be a good time to ask all the cake makers and biscuit bakers in the club to start thinking about your contributions to the associated Macmillan Coffee Morning, which will actually be running all day on the 11th from about 9 till 4. To ensure we have sufficient goodies to sell over these hours we will need quite a lot of contributions, so don't worry about making too much. Any that remain unsold towards the end of the day will be raffled or auctioned and all those proceeds will join everything else taken during the day to add to the grand total for Macmillan Caring Locally and the Breast Cancer Charity. Also, if there are any non shooting members of the club, their friends or family, who want to help out with the catering at the Coffee Morning, their help will be gratefully received by the team. Many thanks in advance - Arthur

14-08-2016 Coaching Day August 20th Cancelled
Having needed to be reminded about next Saturday's Coaching Day by Ralph at notices this morning, I am afraid I have to announce that it has now been cancelled due to ill health. With Pauline on holiday, the team was due to be led by Val, but she wrote to me this morning to say that she has been unwell for the last two weeks and this has left her, as she puts it, weak and wobbly. She is very sorry to have to cancel, but I have assured her of our very best wishes for a speedy recovery. So just to repeat, there will be no coaching day at Bracken this coming Saturday, the 20th. - Arthur.

11-08-2016 Ellingham Trailer Loading
Hi All Just to let those of you who are coming along to the field tomorrow evening to help load the trailer for the Ellingham Show that the trailer will be arriving earlier than previously notified at 5pm and not 6. Andy and I will be there from about 4pm to start sorting out what we are taking, so all help will be gratefully received. - Arthur

28-07-2016 July/August Newsletter
The 50th and final edition of the Newsletter is now available for download. I will have hard copies at the field on Sunday and next week for those who like to read it away from their computer. - Arthur

23-07-2016 Captains Day
Hi It has been pointed out to me that in my last round robin email I said the next Captains Day would be on July 31st. Well we have had a change of plan and we will be holding the next Captains Day tomorrow, the 24th. It will be a National Round with all distances available. The same timings as per my previous message i.e. please be ready to shoot with your target up by 10.00. Hope to see many of you tomorrow morning - Arthur

20-06-2016 June Newsletter
The latest edition of the Newsletter is now available for download. The next issue in July will be the last of the regular monthly Newsletters, unless of course someone steps forward at the eleventh hour to take over as Editor. If you are interested, please do let me know. I would also like to remind you that we will need all the help we can get with our WA Double 70m shoot on July 3rd, not just with setting up the field on the Saturday from 09.00, but also, if you are not shooting, on Sunday with the many small tasks that need attention to ensure the day runs smoothly. Any contributions to the raffle prize fund and cakes and other goodies to the refreshment stall will also be very gratefully received. Many thanks in advance - Arthur.

24-05-2016 Archery GB Seminar
Archery GB have just informed us of the following event. If any member is interested in attending please contact me at and I will let you have the contact email address. - Arthur Lloyd Brown will be holding a seminar on the 4 June at Lilleshall National Sports Centre The seminar will be on Competition Preparation and the Mental Game This is open to all coaches and archers, please send it on to anyone you feel would benefit from the session. Time – 5pm Location - Lecture theatre Lilleshall National sports Centre

18-05-2016 May Newsletter
The latest edition of the Newsletter is now available for download from the website. I will have some printed copies with me at the field over the next couple of weeks. - Arthur

09-05-2016 Coaching Days at Bracken
As some of you will have seen on the Facebook page, Pauline Pillans and her team of County Coaches will be travelling down to Bracken on three occasions this summer to give us the benefit of their considerable experience. The dates are May 28th, July 23rd and August 20th, These are all Saturdays and the sessions will last from about 10.00 till 14.00. There will be a nominal charge of £5 to go towards their travel costs. This £5 will cover ALL three sessions so the more you come to, the better value you get for your £5. These coaching sessions are extremely useful whether you are an experienced archer or novice, senior or junior. It matters not how long you have been shooting; you will learn from these coaches. Equally it does not matter what bow type you shoot, they will be able to offer coaching relevant to you. There will be a sign up sheet for these sessions at the field so, if you want to see an improvement in your own shooting, sign up now. Regards Arthur

13-04-2016 Opening Shoot and AGM
Final reminder for this coming Sunday's Season Opening Shoot, Bring & Share Lunch and AGM. The shoot, over a National Round, will start at 10.00 prompt to ensure an early enough finish to enable us to clear the field and wander down to the Village Hall in Cranborne in time for lunch. Set up from about 08.45 by which time I'm sure Andy will have the kettle on. Help with the set up will be much appreciated and will be good practice for setting up the field for our two home shoots at the beginning of May. Please remember to bring along items for the lunch - savoury as well as sweet. The AGM will start at 14.00 and amongst other items on the agenda, Treasurer Ralph will be outlining his proposals for the club membership fees for the coming year, which will also incorporate the expected changes due in our Archery GB fees. This will affect every member so it would be good to see as many of you as possible at the meeting even if you have not shot in the morning. As well as t

07-04-2016 April Newsletter
The latest issue of the Newsletter is now available for download from the website. Printed copies will be available at the field from Sunday. It's a slightly thinner edition than normal but I wanted to publish before our AGM as it contains some information about items to be discussed at the meeting, which I hope you are all going to attend. - Arthur

16-03-2016 Members Representative ballot.
To fill the forthcoming vacancy on the committee, we have two volunteers who are willing to take up the very important post of Members Representative – Eric Bell and Jake Borland. To vote for your choice as to which of these two candidates you wish to represent your views on the committee, please send an e-mail to with Members Rep in the subject line. In the body of the message please state who is voting (not all e-mail addresses give an adequate clue as to their origin) and the name of the person you are voting for, either Eric or Jake. For multiple members' votes from a single address, please ensure that the number of members voting correlates to the number of votes cast. All members, senior and junior, will have one vote each. This round of voting will close on Sunday April 10th. Anyone who has not voted by then will be given the chance to fill in a ballot paper before the AGM on Sunday April 17th, after which the votes will be counte

06-03-2016 March Newsletter
The latest edition of the Newsletter is now available for download from the website. Apologies for the lack of hard copy at the field this morning due to a terminal printer failure, which has seen my venerable HP inkjet taking that final journey to the great print room in the sky. I hope to have some paper copies at the indoor on Thursday and the field next Sunday courtesy of my new printer, due tomorrow.

20-02-2016 Members Representative
As you are probably aware Kevin, our current Members Rep., wishes to stand down from this position at the AGM in April. I have two volunteers who have expressed an interest in taking up this post, so we will be holding a ballot of all members to select your choice. Details of the vote will be published shortly but in the mean time, if there is anyone else who would like to be considered for this important role, or anyone you would like to nominate, would you please make your wishes known to me at Closing date for nominations will be Sunday 28th February after which I will publish details of the candidates and how you can vote. - Arthur

06-02-2016 February Newsletter and Indoor shooting 11th February cancelled
The latest edition of the Newsletter (Issue 45) is now available for download from the website. I would draw your attention to the two job vacancies on the back page. Please do consider if you would like to take on either of these jobs. Unfortunately, due to a school play next week the hall will be unavailable, so there will be no indoor shooting on the 11th. Instead we will have two sessions the following week, on Tuesday 16th and Thursday 18th. To ring the changes with the Worcester face, we will shoot on a Vegas face on one of those days. Don't worry if you're not sure what that entails - Adam will explain all on the night, but you really should have your arrows numbered for this! - Arthur

23-01-2016 Junior Indoor
The next Junior Indoor session would normally be scheduled for Thursday February 18th during the half term week. However, attendance at recent sessions has been quite poor with just 4 young archers out of a membership of about 25 juniors turning up to the last one. This has led me to wonder if there is actually a demand for these sessions. I would be most grateful if you could let me know if you would like the next session to go ahead and that you intend to take part. Replies to before Sunday January 31st please. The session will only go ahead if there is sufficient support. - Arthur

30-12-2015 Saturday Shooting
This coming Saturday, January 2nd, marks the start of the availability of the Cranborne field for Saturday shooting. However, it must be remembered that Sunday remains our main shooting day and the only day when it is reasonable to assume that there will always be a keyholder present to open up, weather permitting. Therefore, if you are a key/combination holder and intend to shoot on a Saturday, would you please post your intention on our Facebook page. Similarly if you are not a key holder but wish to shoot on a Saturday, please look at Facebook to see if anyone has announced their intention to open up. If not, please use Facebook to ask if anyone is going to be there on the Saturday. These posts will be bumped up to the main timeline so that they can be viewed irrespective of the device being used. It may take some time for Saturdays to settle into the club routine, especially during the first few months of 2016 when a number of our key/combination holders will be unavaila

15-12-2015 December 2015 Newsletter
The latest special 16 page issue is now available for download from the website. I hope it will keep you entertained over the Festive period. The next issue will be published on or around the 7th of February 2016. - Arthur.

07-12-2015 Bracken Christmas Meal
Just a reminder to all that have booked for this year's Bracken Christmas Meal, that it will take place this coming Friday, the 11th, at The Swans in Verwood, 7.00 for 7.30pm. Looking forward to seeing everyone there - Arthur

10-11-2015 Amanda Shoot Cheque Presentation
On Thursday 26th November Mr Neal Williams, Trust Secretary of Macmillan Caring Locally, will be coming along to our indoor venue at the Ringwood Waldorf School at about 7.15pm, to receive the cheque for £1000 that Bracken raised for his charity at the Amanda Shoot. (The remaining £300 is destined for the Brain Tumour Charity). It would be good if every member could be there to take part in the presentation, even if you don't wish to participate in the indoor shoot afterwards. Club colours would be nice, but if you can't manage that, don't worry, come along anyway. You all helped to raise the money, so please make a note in your diaries and be there to help present the cheque to Macmillan Caring Locally. - Arthur

05-11-2015 November 2015 Newsletter.
Apologies for the delay in getting the latest edition onto the website, but I hope you consider it worth the wait. This is another bumper 12 page issue with plenty of reading for those long dark winter nights ahead. - Arthur.

05-10-2015 October Newsletter.
The latest issue is now available for download. Can I draw your attention to the Committee News and Dates for your Diaries on the back page, where you will find details of all this month's special events i.e. Indoor Coaching, Junior Indoor Session and the Agincourt Clout. - Arthur

07-09-2015 September Newsletter
The latest issue is now available for download. Can I draw your attention to all the information on the back page about the Amanda Shoot and the other dates for your diaries. As well as your raffle prizes for the Amanda Shoot, could all you cake bakers please bring along some of your home made goodies. These always sell well and are much appreciated by our visitors. The other thing to which I would like to draw your attention is the Boost Archery Course, described on page 3 of the Newsletter. Sign up sheet at the field. - Arthur.

31-08-2015 Macmillan Shoot Target List
The target list for the upcoming Macmillan shoot on the 13th September is now available.

03-08-2015 August Newsletter and Coaching Day.
The latest edition, another bumper summer issue, is now available to view on-line. Something that appears in the Dates for your Diaries section, but which I forgot to mention yesterday at notices, is the Coaching Day with Pauline Pillans and her team of County Level coaches on Saturday August 22nd from about 10.00 till 2.00. These sessions are extremely useful to all levels of archer whether novice, intermediate or advanced, so I would sincerely recommend that as many of you as possible sign up for the day. If you have been to one of these sessions before and you still have the comments sheet that you were given, don't forget to bring that along with you. A sign up sheet will be available at the field from tomorrow, Tuesday the 4th. - Arthur. By the way - it's FREE!

06-07-2015 July Newsletter & Ellingham Show
The Bumper 12 page Summer Special edition of our Newsletter is now available for download from the website. For those who like a hard copy there are still some left at the field following Sunday's FITA shoot. You can find them in the hut along with a sign up sheet for the Have-a-go at the Ellingham Show on Saturday August 8th. If you want tickets please sign up as soon as possible so we know how many tickets to ask for. Even if you are a new archer or have never done one of these before, please do sign up. It's very straightforward and we will give you all the information you need before the event. Other than being on the line for the Have-a-go there are a number of other jobs to do like taking the money, organising the queue and chatting to the public about archery and our club. Plus, of course, you get to see the rest of the show. All in all a grand day out! - Arthur

03-07-2015 Target List for Sunday
The target list for the Double WA 70m on Sunday is up under the Competitions tab. We look forward to seeing everyone there.

08-06-2015 June 2015 Newsletter
Issue 38 of the Newsletter is now available for download from the website. I am starting to receive some items from new contributors, see Colin's puzzles, but I am always ready to receive more! If I am to achieve a balanced magazine with a good mix of items on a roughly monthly basis I need a good stock of articles etc. to choose from. So, even if you are new to the sport or the club, if you have something to say or photos about archery in general, equipment reviews, shoot reports or Bracken itself, then the address to send items for publication is at the foot of the back page. - Arthur.

31-05-2015 Bowmen of Lytchett Owl Shoot, June 28th
Just in case anyone going to the Lytchett site to download the entry form for the Owl Shoot is confused by the apparent difference in the adult fee between the cover sheet and the form itself, Lytchett have confirmed that the adult entry fee is £10, and not as shown in the example. - Arthur.

11-05-2015 May 2015 Newsletter
The latest edition is now ready for download; hope you enjoy the read. I would like to draw your attention to the article on page 2 about Give and Win Sport, the new lottery fund raising initiative for grass roots sports clubs, which has been given Archery GB backing. Do you think that this is the sort of scheme that we as a club should be involved in? Would you be prepared to support this scheme and Bracken by regularly buying tickets for this weekly lottery? Please let me have your thoughts as soon as you can on . We have a committee meeting on May 20th and ideally I would like to have a representative selection of views by then. - Arthur.

23-04-2015 Saturday's working party
Just a reminder about Saturday's working party to clear the old shed and erect the new one plus general tidying up. Work starts at 10.00am but if you can get there a bit before that it will give us a chance to sort out the various jobs. Nick's wife Lynda has offered to cook some bacon rolls for the early arrivals, to fuel us through the morning, so if you want bacon - be early! - Arthur.

16-04-2015 AGM Minutes for this weekend
Please find attached the minutes of the AGM (2014) in preparation for this weekends AGM. Please remember that if you are interested in running for a committee position you are welcome to put yourself forward as a nomineee. If interested please let one of your committee members know before the AGM.
Attachment: AGM_Minutes_2014.pdf

16-04-2015 Opening Shoot and AGM
Last call for the Opening Shoot on Sunday at 10.00am. The sign up sheet will be at the field this evening but if you're not going to be there and haven't yet signed up, let me know what range you want to shoot (60/50, 50/40, 40/30, 30/20) to . Even if you don't want to shoot the competition, can I ask that you are at the field, ready to shoot, by 10.00am so we don't have to interrupt the round to put up extra targets. Shooting or not on Sunday, please don't forget the AGM. Cranborne Village Hall at 2.00pm following the by now traditional bring and share lunch at 1.00. Hope to see you ALL there. - Arthur.

10-04-2015 Last indoor shooting and Beginners Course
Last night saw the final Indoor shoot for this session. We will resume indoor towards the end of September. Tuesday and Thursday evenings now exclusively at the field through the summer. Opening part of this seasons first Beginners Course this Sunday starting at 10.00am. This will not affect normal shooting for club members; we will run the course to your whistle. The only difference you will notice is that tea break and notices will be a bit later to coincide with the course lunch break. Weather looks like it should be reasonable so hope to see many of you there. - Arthur.

06-04-2015 Evening Shooting 7th & 9th April
The weather seems to be quite settled this week although sunset is still quite early at about 7.50. There will be someone at the field on Tuesday evening. I am not sure about Thursday at the moment (if any key holder is intending to be there on Thursday, could they let me know on ) I will be at the Waldorf on Thursday evening from 7.00pm for what will probably be our last indoor shoot for this session. About 10 people expressed an interest in shooting indoors this week but, even if you were not one of them, you will still be welcome. As this is an extra shoot, can you please remember to bring £5per person for the evening. - Arthur.

05-04-2015 2015 Annual general Meeting
The Bracken Company of Archers will be holding the 2015 Annual General Meeting on Sunday, April 19th at the Cranborne Village Hall starting at 2.00pm. The Club's Opening Shoot, over a National round, will be held in the morning starting at 10.00am and this will be followed by a "Bring and Share" lunch at about 1.00pm in the Village Hall. The AGM will then follow on. All members are invited to attend so please do try to make it. The minutes of the 2014 AGM will be circulated by e-mail shortly.

05-04-2015 April Newsletter
The latest issue is now available for download. As we enter the Newsletter's fourth year I'm still eager to receive any archery related contributions from any member, no matter how junior or senior, young or old. If you have an idea and you're not sure whether to go ahead or not, you can always e-mail me at the address on the back page for advice. Chances are, I'll say "Go for it!" - Arthur

30-03-2015 Evening shooting this week
If there are any keyholders who intend to be at the field on Tuesday or Thursday this week, can they please let me know so I can post on Facebook. I will be at the Waldorf on Thursday for our first extra indoor session. - Arthur

28-03-2015 Captains Day March 29th
The weather forecast for tomorrow morning's Captains Day does not look very promising at the moment. I'll have a look at the rain radar and post an update before 8.00am on Facebook and via the website e-mail system. Keep your fingers crossed that the weather men have got it wrong (not an unknown occurrence!) - Arthur.

19-03-2015 Beginners Courses Coaches Training
This Sunday i plan to run a quick session after the tea break for everyone planning to help with the beginners courses this year. We will run through how we are going to teach the courses this year. Anyone looking to help, or who would like to get into coaching please attend as we have very few free weekends before the first course starts in April. It should only take about half an hour.-Adam

09-03-2015 March 2015 Newsletter
Issue 35 of the Newsletter is now available for download from the website. I would still like to receive more articles and/or photos from new contributors. If you have anything archery related that you think might be of interest to the membership, please send it to me at the address on the back page of every edition.

09-02-2015 February 2015 Newsletter
The latest issue, number 34, is now available for download via the Community section of the website. It includes reminders about the Junior Indoor Session on February 19th and the Indoor Coaching Session on Tuesday, March 17th. Sign up sheets for both these events are available at the field and the indoor, or you can sign up by e-mailing me on - Arthur

17-01-2015 2015 Competition Forms
The forms for our 3 competitions to be held in 2015 are finalised and available on the competitions page.

11-01-2015 January 2015 Newsletter
The latest edition of the Newsletter is now available for download. The next issue will be published on February 8th with the March edition following on March 8th. I would be delighted to receive any contributions that you may have for either of these issues especially from any of our newer members who might like to describe their experiences on entering their first competitions in the next few weeks. - Arthur

08-12-2014 December Newsletter
The latest edition of the Newsletter is now available for download via the Community section of the website. it includes part 2 of Eric's article about back tension, a pictorial report on the Halloween Shoot and an article about the recent bow set-up and basic tuning course. - Arthur

03-11-2014 November 2014 Newsletter
Another packed issue is now available for download including an article from Eric about the use of back tension in archery. Also Nick reviews his new backpack and also considers the materials used for risers and how they are manufactured. - Arthur

06-10-2014 October Newsletter now available
Yes, another month, another Newsletter available for download. This edition includes part 2 of Eric's discourse on Recurve arrows, the first in a series of articles by Secretary Nick about the science of archery plus news of the Amanda Shoot and the Closing Shoot. Also included are details of a short survey that the committee would like all members to complete, either online or via printed copies available at the field and indoor venue. - Arthur

08-09-2014 September Newsletter
The latest edition is now available for download including the first part of an extensive series of articles by Eric about arrows for recurve bows. By the end of this series you should be able to take "Arrows, their selection, use and maintenance" as your specialist subject on Mastermind! - Arthur.

04-08-2014 August Newsletter
The latest, bumper, 12 page edition is now available for download via the Community section of the website. Of particular interest, especially to our new members, is the announcement of the proposed Archery Development Group. Please read all about it and then sign up for this exciting new initiative - Arthur.

08-07-2014 July Newsletter.
The latest (bumper) issue is now available for download via the Community section of the website. Sorry for the delay in posting it to the site but I've only just recovered from a very hectic FITA weekend - Arthur

28-05-2014 Fletching Training
You are all invited to a party! Now I've got your attention I would like to invite all members to a fletching party on Wednesday June 11th starting at 7.30pm at the Verwood Sports and Social Club. Bring a jig (if you have one). All the Have-a-go arrows need refletching, so the more of us who come along, the quicker we'll get them done. Fletchings and glue will be provided. It will also be a great opportunity for all new archers to be shown how to fletch their own arrows, an essential skill if you are to progress in the sport

28-05-2014 Captains Day 01-06-2014
Sunday June 1st will be a Captain's Day shooting a National Round starting at 10.00am prompt. We try to hold a Captain's Day once a month to enable those who wish to post classification and/or handicap scores. This of course does not prevent any member, including all new members, from shooting whatever range, or as many arrows, as they wish through the morning. All we ask is that you have your target set up by 10.00am so that we can begin the National on time, and that you follow the whistle commands at all times. The early weather forecast looks promising, so let's hope for a good turn out, including all you newly qualified archers

14-05-2014 Hava-a-go At hillside School This Friday
Hi All. Just a reminder that we have a Have-a-go this Friday (16th) up at Hillside School in Verwood. I am setting up after 3pm and the have-a-go starts around 5:30pm. If anyone is able to help can they let me know either via the post on Facebook or by email ( This will be good practice for anyone planning to help at the Ringwood and Ellingham Show in August. Adam

05-05-2014 May 2014 Newsletter
The latest issue of the Newsletter is now available for download via the Community section of the website. - Arthur.

27-04-2014 Absent Friends Target List
Please find the target list for the Absent Friends shoot under the competitions tab.

24-04-2014 2014 AGM - Change of venue.
As advised in my first message, please find attached the minutes of last years AGM. - Arthur
Attachment: AGM_Minutes_2013.pdf

24-04-2014 2014 AGM - Change of venue.
Unfortunately, due to a mix up with the hall bookings, we are not able to hold this year's AGM at the previously advised location in Cranborne. Instead, after the Opening Shoot, we will all move a couple of miles down the road back towards Verwood, to the Woodlands Village Hall. The timings will be as before, with the bring and share lunch at 1.00pm and the AGM commencing at 2.00pm. Apologies for this late change in venue but I hope that the short detour will not deter any of you from attending the AGM of your club. Hopefully you will find attached to this message the agenda for this year's meeting. A further mailing will include the minutes of last year's AGM. The address and postcode of Woodlands Village Hall can be found on the agenda. - Arthur Budd (Chairman)
Attachment: AGM_Agenda_2014.pdf

06-04-2014 April Newsletter
The latest issue is now available to view by logging onto the website and going to Community/Downloads. Printed copies will be available at the field for those who prefer to put a copy in their briefcase and get their archery fix over lunch at work. - Arthur

09-03-2014 March 2014 Newsletter.
The latest Newsletter is now available to view online by simply logging in to this website and navigating to Community / Downloads. You will also find a complete archive of all past issues, most of which have been updated to high res. files. Please allow a minute or so for these files to load, depending on your connection speed, as some are quite large.

12-01-2014 January Newsletter
Attached should be the latest edition of the Newsletter - Arthur
Attachment: January_2014_Bracken_Newsletter_.pdf

01-12-2013 December 2013 Newsletter
Here is the December 2013 newsletter.
Attachment: Bracken_Newsletter_December_2013.pdf

10-11-2013 November 2013 Newsletter
Herewith the latest newsletter; hope you enjoy it. Any ideas for future articles (or even, dare I say it, the articles themselves) will be gratefully received - Arthur.
Attachment: Bracken_Newsletter_November_2013.pdf

06-10-2013 October Newsletter.
The latest newsletter has hit the streets with details of how much we made at last weeks's Big Coffee Morning, a report of the closing shoot and AGM and exciting news about Bournemouth's new on-line archery shop.
Attachment: October_2013_Bracken_Newsletter_.pdf

08-09-2013 September Newsletter
Hi Guys; Here is the latest Newsletter containing details of the Closing Shoot and AGM on the 22nd and also something new for the club the following week, The World's Biggest Archery Coffee Morning in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support. Hope to see you all at both events. AJB
Attachment: September_2013_Bracken_Newsletter.pdf

06-08-2013 August Newsletter
Hi Guys: Well, here it is, your bumper FITA 70 edition of the Newsletter. May I draw your attention to the article by Ralph concerning the proposal for the AGM in September. This is something that will be discussed and voted on at the meeting and it will save a great deal of time on the day if everyone is clued up on exactly what is being proposed, the reasons behind it and the implications for members. If you read nothing else in this issue (and obviously I hope that you will read and enjoy it all!) then do at least please read this article. AJB.
Attachment: August_2013_Bracken_Newsletter.pdf

07-07-2013 July 2013 Newsletter
Here is Issue 15 of the club Newsletter. Once again I would like to remind ALL members that if they have anything club or archery related that they would like to see in the Newsletter then just e-mail it to me at the address on the back page. AJB.
Attachment: July_2013_Bracken_Newsletter.pdf

25-06-2013 3rd Senior Coaching Session Saturday
Hi All. A reminder that the 3rd session with the Senior Coaches is this Saturday. Remember to bring food like last time. Adam

14-06-2013 Senior Coaching Session Tomorrow
A reminder to all that we have the Senior Coaches down again on Saturday. Pauline plans to arrive at about 10 but we need to be setup and ready to go before then. Can you remember to bring food to make a buffet and please reply by email or on Facebook to let us know what you are bringing. We also have some new gazebos in case of bad weather. -Adam

06-06-2013 Field Captain Training at Lytchett
Hi All. Paul Burden is running a session on field captain training this Sunday afternoon at the Lytchett grounds. Anyone interested can you let me know up the field or respond to the Facebook post. Cheers, Adam

03-06-2013 June Newsletter
Here is the latest edition of the Newsletter. If any of you have any articles or other contributions that you are working on, the deadline for the July issue is 30th June (or thereabouts!) AJB.
Attachment: June_2013_Bracken_Newsletter.pdf

14-05-2013 Todays Beginners Course
It looks like rain tonight so the start of the beginners course will have to be postponed to next week. Any questions contact the Coaching Coordinator on

06-05-2013 Latest Newsletter
Here is the May issue of the Newsletter. AJB.
Attachment: May_2013_Bracken_Newsletter_.pdf

30-04-2013 Absent Friends Target List
Hi all. The current draft of the target list for this Sunday's Absent Friends Shoot is available under the Competitions tab. If you haven't signed up please let me know either up the field or by email at Remember cake! - Adam

07-04-2013 April Newsletter
Please find attached the latest issue of the club Newsletter. AJB
Attachment: April_2013_Bracken_Newsletter__.pdf

02-04-2013 Opening Shoot This Sunday
Just a reminder that the clubs Opening Shoot is this Sunday. Shooting starts at 9:30 but please get there from 8 to help set-up

28-03-2013 Clout Training Session at Lytchett
Hi All The bowmen of Lytchett are holding a clout training session on Monday at 10:30 if anyone is interested. Here you can learn about the clout round and how it works.Any questions I will be up the indoor tonight and up the field Sunday. Adam

23-03-2013 Change of Date for the Opening Shoot
Hi all. We have decided due to the great British weather to move the Opening Shoot back 2 weeks to 7th April at 9:30am

10-03-2013 March 2013 Newsletter
The new edition of the club Newsletter is now available and (hopefully) will be attached to the e-mail which should be sent automatically by the website if this works as I'm assured it should!
Attachment: March_2013_Bracken_Newsletter_reduced_size___.pdf

02-03-2013 Another Change to the Fita 70
The date for the Fita 70 has moved to Sunday 28th July

19-01-2013 Updates to the Summer Competitions
The FITA 70m shoot has been moved to Sunday 14th July. Entry forms are now available for all of our summer shoots.

14-01-2013 Competition Section Added
We now have a new sections for competition results and entry forms under the 'Competitions' tab. Files will be added to this section this weekend

29-11-2012 New Website Launched
Hi All. This is the new website for the Bracken company of archers. Enjoy!

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 >>