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Ten beginners complete the course

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At the HEA 2017 Sunburn Shoot on Sunday 6th August, the weather was uncooperative, to say the least! Leaden skies produced the forecast rain just as the assembled archers completed their sighters and then blustery wind blew it about as it fell. Although the eleven hardy souls who took part were undeterred by the weather, the planned round was shortened to just one and a half dozen arrows at 40 yards and one and a half at 30, all with barebow club bows, added to which it was completed as quickly as humanly possible!

No chance of sunburn at 2017 Sunburn Shoot!

When the scores were gathered in, Coach Graham announced them in ascending order. It was Chairman Paul in 3rd place and Club Secretary Ralph in second, but coming in 1st place by a narrow margin it was Barry (on the right) who received the new Sunburn trophy. So congratulations to longbowman Barry who now has both the Sunburn trophy and the Frostbite trophy on his mantelpiece!

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It was certificate day on Sunday 1st October for our 2017 Autumn beginners course. This third and final instructional session was moved indoors to Ince because of the weather forecast (totally inaccurate, as it turned out, but never mind - it gave the beginners a look at HEA's winter quarters).

Beginners course starts at Altcar and ends at Ince

After the range safety briefing at Altcar in week one, the trainees started with bare target bosses, moving on to barebow archery and, in week two, freestyle archery, finishing with an introduction to shooting in a tournament in week three.

The course attendees showed good progress throughout the course and we look forward to seeing them for their fourth session shooting alongside HEA members.

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As always, the last item on the agenda before presentation of certificates was the ever popular burst-the-balloons free-for-all!

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HEA team competes at Chorley Bowmen competition

Five HEA archers - Graham, Karen, Lisa, Lee and Paul - competed at the morning session of Chorley Bowmen's 2nd Annual Portsmouth Tournament on Sunday 15th October 2017 at South Ribble Tennis Centre, Bamber Bridge.

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Billed as a friendly informal competition, the event attracted an impressive number of archers from across the region for the morning session, with even more due to attend in the afternoon.

Shooting with her flatbow, Karen was pleased to achieve a third place in the Ladies Barebow category.

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Congratulations are due to HEA member Dave who was successful at the year's last 252 Challenge event (3 dozen arrows at the archer's chosen distance) on Sunday 15th October. Shooting with his recurve, Dave scored more than 252 points to earn his 40 yard badge.

Last 252 Challenge winner of the season

HEA's 2017 outdoor season ended with the Ken Harris Clout Tournament on Sunday 22nd October when fourteen hardy souls braved the strong winds to compete for the Ken Harris trophy.

A very blustery Ken Harris clout

Clouts were set at 90 and 120 yards with most of the assembled archers opting to aim for the far clout, shooting with club bows and traditional bows.

After everyone had shot their six ends (three dozen arrows) and before the scores had been totted up by coach Graham, Chairman Paul took the opportunity to present Karen with her 3rd place ladies barebow medal from the previous Sunday's Chorley Bowmen Portsmouth Tournament.

Photos courtesy of Greg Grogan.

When the clout scores were added up the results were: at the long distance, Lee in 3rd place, Graham in 2nd and Lisa in 1st. Shooting at the shorter distance, previous winner Karen scored the most points overall and so took the trophy back home again!

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New junior member Luke, shooting recurve barebow (pictured receiving his certificate from Chairman Paul) and new member Laura, shooting recurve, both put in their three scores during the season to qualify as 3rd Class archers.

2017 Classifications round-up

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Michael (on the left) and Peter, both shooting recurve, also earned their third class for the first time during the season.

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Junior member Heather, shooting barebow recurve this season rather than recurve, earned her 2nd Class for the first time in that category. Lee, shooting barebow, also earned a 2nd class.

With the outdoor season at an end, the list of HEA archers who have earned classifications this year is now complete. The following is a summary:

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All of this year's 1st Class certificates went to HEA members requalifying this year, having originally earned their 1st Class in previous seasons.

Pictured, from left to right, top to bottom, are Graham, Ralph, Lee (again), Lisa and Linda, all shooting recurve, followed by Karen, shooting barebow, and Paul and Alex, both shooting longbow.

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On 17th September, after submitting his third qualifying round, shooting longbow, Graham was presented with his Bowman classification certificate and coveted green badge, becoming the only current HEA member to hold a Bowman classification.

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Very well done to all our members who have earned classifications this year.

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Halloween Fun Shoot lives up to its name

By all accounts, HEA's 2017 Halloween Fun

Shoot on Sunday 29th October lived up to its

name. The target bosses were covered with

various halloweeny pictures (pumpkins

featured heavily), and the scoring system, as is the tradition on such occasions, was completely random. Halloween-themed chocolate spot prizes were also on offer for hitting certain pictures or even for not hitting any at all!

After everyone had filled up their score sheets, a break for nibbles and cakes allowed the scores to be added up. The winners, receiving chocolate oranges and pumpkins from Chairman Paul, were Emma in 3rd place, Mike in 2nd and Ralph (centre) in 1st.

Various other presentations followed, including a trophy and certificate for the Most Improved Archer (Junior) for the outdoor season, going to Heather who this year was shooting barebow rather than recurve.

Graham (far left) and Mike tied for Most Improved Archer (Senior), Graham shooting longbow and Mike shooting recurve.

The last award to be presented was the Wooden Spoon, going this year to Paul for the most arrows broken on the range during the outdoor season.

After the presentations, a few HEA members decided to get out some zombie targets left over from a previous Halloween fun shoot and practised saving civilization from a zombie apocalypse!

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Just three HEA members took part in this year's well-attended LAA Indoor Championships at Bamber Bridge on Sunday 5th November 2017.

HEA competes at the LAA Indoor

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Shooting their Portsmouth rounds in the tournament's morning session meant that Graham, Karen and Paul (left to right, above) had to wait until the publication of the results to see how well they had done.

When the results were published, Karen was pleased to discover she had achieved 2nd place in the Ladies Barebow category.

All photos courtesy of Greg Grogan.

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A festive first prize

On Sunday 3rd December 2017 HEA members got into the festive spirit when they competed in the 1st Open Christmas Pudding Tournament hosted by the Broughton Wings Archery Club.

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Well done to HEA member (and club Junior Rep) Lisa who achieved the winning Portsmouth score in the Ladies Recurve category following which, as the name of the tournament suggests, she was all set up for Christmas dinner!

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New Year's Eve Frostbite Shoot

It was a cold and slightly drizzly

New Year's Eve on the range

for the 13 hardy HEA members

taking part in the 2017 Frostbite

Shoot. With Altcar largely

waterlogged, the driest part of D Range was up at the 1000 yard shooting line (the local moles were apparently favouring this end of the range as well) so targets were set up there shooting downrange.

Members were shooting a Junior Warwick (2 dozen arrows at 40 yards and 2 dozen at 30) with barebow club bows in competition for the Frostbite Trophy.

Chocolate spot prizes were also on offer: Lisa won edible coins for the best gold and Lee and Alex tied for the highest scoring end.

When the scores had been added up and non-alcoholic mulled fruit punch and mince pies had been enjoyed, the results were as follows: Alex (on the right) in 3rd place, Lee (centre) in 2nd and Paul in 1st place, so it's well done to our chairman who gets to take home the ice cube archer this year!

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Sunday 4th February was certificate day for the trainees on HEA's latest beginners course. Eight out of the original nine were present (one person having given us notice of absence).

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The course attendees - including two juniors and the spouse of a current member - all demonstrated progress across the three Sunday sessions and everyone appeared to enjoy themselves.

During the course's final session the beginners competed in a mini handicap tournament (3 dozen arrows) for (chocolate) prizes. Following the announcement of the results and the presentation of course certificates, everyone was able to get stuck in to bursting balloons and those who wanted to also had the opportunity to try out different bow types: recurve, beginners' compound and flatbow.

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As always, we invite the beginners to take part in a club shoot as part of the course.

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North Meols medals for HEA archers

HEA members competed on Sunday 18th March 2018 at the North Meols Portsmouth competition at Banks Leisure Centre. Club Chairman Paul (far right) and first-time competitors Tony and Luke took part in the morning session with sighters at 09:45.

Congratulations are due to Lisa who came away with a silver medal in the Ladies Recurve category.

Lisa and Lee competed in the afternoon session starting at 12:15.

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Well done also to Luke who took 1st place in the Junior Barebow category.

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All photos courtesy of Greg Grogan.