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21-09-2017 19:00 Indoor
Fita 18 Full-size Face, Fita 18 Triple Faces, Portsmouth (Full Size),
24-09-2017 10:00 Beginners Course day 1, Cranborne Middle School
24-09-2017 10:00 Beginners Course Session 1, outdoor
01-10-2017 10:00 Beginners Course day 2, Cranborne Middle School
01-10-2017 10:00 Beginners Course Session 2, outdoor
 

Members Posts

21-09-2017 21:47
Hi members, I am going to order some more club clothes. If anyone would like anything, please can you let me know in the next week. Thank you. Di

Posted By Diane Jolliffe


10-09-2017 18:09
Bracken Archers a big thank you for all the toil and more toil put into todays Macmillan Locally shoot.It is good to see all pull together. Andy

Posted By Andy Fisher


04-09-2017 13:23
Club members who have cakes or raffle prizes for the Macmillan shoot please bring along on the day. Thank you Andy

Posted By Andy Fisher


04-09-2017 13:20
Members not entered for the Macmillan can they contact me on 07807458757. If not shooting please turn up to assist. Thank you for your time.

Posted By Andy Fisher


01-09-2017 22:28
I will be up the field from 9 - 11am Saturday 2/9/17.

Posted By John Borland


27-08-2017 13:51
In the Longbow Challenge Andy just pipped Ernie to first place, with Dianne taking the Petticoat prize. Very enjoyable so we hope to do it again soon.

Posted By Arthur Budd


22-08-2017 14:20
If you are baking for the Macmillan shoot can you please let me know so we can plan for catering, looking forward to the sampling with the coffee.

Posted By Andy Fisher


22-08-2017 14:13
Club members if your kind donations towards the Macmillan Caring Locally raffle could be at the club this Sunday or the following it would be great.

Posted By Andy Fisher


21-08-2017 18:03
Further to John's post, I hope to be at the field this Wednesday afternoon from about 2.00 ish for a couple of hours.

Posted By Arthur Budd


21-08-2017 12:03
I will be up the field Wednesday 23rd from about10:30 for 2 to 3 hours

Posted By John Witty


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Latest News

21-09-2017 Development Group
The first session is Tuesday 3rd October 2017 at Waldorf School. The hall should be available from 6:30pm for those that can get there around that time to help with the set up. Members of the group are: Ernie Hamp, John Mahany, John Witty, Simon Ferarri, Sharon Ferarri, Shaun Houghton, Liz Howdle, Luke Howdle, Tony Shoulders. There are 12 Tuesday Sessions at £2 a session for Bracken Members. However I would like to collect an initial £20, as it is likely that members of the group may not be able to attend all sessions, or the Waldorf School may want to use the Hall. If we get all 12 sessions in, there may or may not be an extra £4 to pay. Norman Davies will be joining us on a session by session basis, as his personal commitments mean he can't do many of the sessions. Please let me know if you can't attend a session, as there may be other archers that would want to fill your spot. For non Bracken Members the cost is £5 a session. Two of the coaches from Bra

11-09-2017 DWAA AGM
The AGM for Dorset & Wiltshire Archery Association is to be held on the Sunday 8th October at Tesco Extra - Community Room, The Bourne Centre, Southampton Road, Salisbury SP1 2NY. As is the usual convention all posts are up for re-election but they will be looking to elect officers to the following vacant positions: Secretary, Tournament Officer, County Coaching Officer, Junior Team manager, Junior Records Officer.

06-09-2017 Masonic Charitable Foundation
Thank you to everyone who voted for Macmillan Caring Locally to receive funds from the MCF Community Awards- they have been awarded £15,000!

01-09-2017 Extra Beginners Course
I am currently seeking help to run another beginners course either on 24/9/17 + 1/10/17 or on 16/9/17 + 23/9/17. Please contact Ralph if you are able and willing to help on either sets of dates.

29-08-2017 Development Group 'Expressions of Interest' now open
Anyone interested in joining this group please contact Eric, either by commenting on the Facebook post, emailing or in person. 'Expressions of Interest' will remain open until the Closing Shoot. If the group is over subscribed, names will be drawn out of the hat at the bring and share lunch following the Closing Shoot.

13-08-2017 No Shooting Thursday (17/8)
Please note we were informed today that there will be workmen on the field this Thursday and therefore that evenings shooting is cancelled. We have been offered Friday evening as an alternative. As a reminder we have use of the field all Wednesday. If any keyholders plan to shoot on Wednesday or Friday then they will post under members Posts on the website and/or on the Facebook page. Simon

11-08-2017 Recurve Seminar at Supermarine
This year DWAA have organised a Recurve Seminar at Supermarine in Swindon. previous year's events have been well attended by Bracken members. You can see the entry from on our Facebook site.
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27-07-2017 Junior County Team Selection 2017
The competition on 2nd September at Purbeck Sports Centre is open to all junior archers, even if not on the team. Any juniors selected for the team will have their entry fee refunded. If you would like to be on the team please email the following information to the Junior Team Manager before 13/8/2017: -Juniors Name -Parents Name -Contact phone number for week ending 20th Aug to confirm your place on the team. -Age including date of birth -Archery GB membership number. -Bow Style -Your scores from this season Bristol or Metric Rounds, Dates shot and Competition Location. -Any special dietary requirements Any questions please contact Laura Harding, Junior Team Manager, via email at JnrRep@dwaa.org.uk
Link: http://www.gwas.org.uk/event/gwas-junior-champs-and-inter-county/ http://www.gwas.org.uk/event/gwas-junior-champs-and-inter-county/

27-07-2017 Wessex Shoot
The Wessex Shoot will be held on Sunday 3rd September at Purbeck Sports Centre. Further details to follow shortly.

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 15 metres up to 100 yards. More about the rules and etiquette of archery can be found in the downloads section of the website.