A Very Wet and Muddy Start to 2018’s Outdoor Season

2018’s outdoor season got off to a very wet and muddy start at Sywell on on Saturday 31st March. Despite this the Club had a good turn out from members, many of whom helped move all our targets and equipment from John Ashby Sports Hall to the boggy range. Heavy rain accompanied by large pools of water on the field did not put the hardy club off, and once all was off loaded and ready to go – Diane warmed everyone up with a fish and chip lunch. Most welcome. All we can hope for now is a dry spell – which does not seem to be forthcoming at present. Thanks to Diane and all who “mucked in” – literally – and made the day one to remember.

Hollowell Steam & Heavy Horse Show 2014 – An Alternative Report

The cry went out,” It Is Time To Go Forth” and the tribe awoke from their slumber. Preparations were begun for the long journey from the tribe’s home on the great plain of Sywell to the slopes of the far land of the well in the hollow. The tribe assembled at its home range and under the leadership of their convoy master and of the new custodian of their belongings the workers did load the wagons. After much labour and changing of minds the convoy was ready. Sarah the leader gave her permission and the convoy moved off with only a small delay while Ronny went to fetch his tin tent on wheels. Fortunately, during the journey the keepers of the laws of the trail did not appear and did not find the wagon bearing the markings of another owner that was being towed by the newest Dave of the tribe. Are not some people lucky in the choice of name?

On arrival at the meeting place of the well in the hollow we found that we were further down the hollow than usual and must now be getting very close to the well.
After much labour and muttering the tribal tent, complete with many banners, was erected, the luxurious tin tents of Sarah the tribes leader and of Ronny, the carer of monsters (or was that children) were positioned so as to guard the borders of the tribe’s dwelling. The camp was now ready for the removal of visitors coin on the morrow and the call went out for light refreshment!!

Dawn broke (well, about 9am actually) and the sky had opened and there was a great lack of visitors but we now know how they fill the well. After some delay the skies cleared and certain members who had supped of the delights made from the juice of the apple in the far land where the summer sets gathered their wits the tribe set about their task of teaching the art of Toxophilly for the meagre sum of one pound in coin of the realm. After a weary day teaching the unenlightened we repaired to the Great Hall of Refreshment, ok! We went to the beer tent but quickly returned to the campsite.

Sunday dawned and this time the sun shone down on the righteous but we decided to use it as well. This year the female members did not spend, as much time visiting the tent of the Pimms tribe, perhaps this was to do with the supplies that Sarah our leader had prepared. After a further successful day trading, sorry, I mean teaching, we decided it was time to pack up and return to our home range. This year instead of just bunging it in the container, Ian the convoy leader decided to take it to his own dwelling overnight so that many hands would be available the following day. Thus we wend our weary way home to our respective dwellings in the knowledge of a job well done.

David of the clan of Stephen
Acting Collector of the Coin

There’s a Robin Hood Panto

Oh no there’s not – oh yes there is

Well there is. Group Eight Theatre Company at Hackleton are holding their annual Panto at the Dudley Winterbottom Memorial Hall this year on Thursday 6th, 7th and 8th December (curtain up at 7.45pm). And it’s Robin Hood. Tickets are £6 for adults and £4 for concessions. If we go as a reasonable sized group we may  be able to negotiate a reduced price and Mick from the Group suggests we go dressed up in Robin Hood garb. David and Heather have watched the group’s performances before and have to say they are good and funny. Just the job for silly archers.

There is a bar at the venue and a splendid time is guaranteed for all. The theatre is on Facebook at

If you wish to go could you let David and Heather know as soon as possible so they can reserve tickets. We will need the money closer the time, but at least a week before the performance. We intend to go for the Friday performance.

A bit of fun…

It has been suggested we should have a bit of humour on our web site. Well to satisfy a little of the demand you may like to have a read of this – Lignatic theory This article was written by Dick Hilton of Bowbrook Archers in Shrewsbury who has kindly permitted us to use it for our club.

David and Heather