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Charity Frostbite Shoot

Caldy Bowmen will be holding a Charity Frostbite Shoot on Saturday 1st January 2022.

This will be a great way to blow away the cobwebs from the New Year's Eve celebrations, while also raising money for charity.

The nominated charity this year is the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital Charity.

Northern Counties Indoor Championships

Congratulations to Sam Hamlett for achieving 2nd Lady Compound at the NCAS Indoor Championships. This is a fantastic result for Sam and very well deserved.

End of COVID restrictions

The end of formal restrictions on social gatherings, brought in to tackle the spread of COVID-19, is finally with us.

This is welcome news for archery clubs across the country and allows the Club to return to something resembling normality. The relaxing of restrictions allows more bosses to be set out on the range and up to four archers per boss is now allowed. The Club can return to having a single shooting session and longer rounds can be shot as we are no longer constrained to a 2 hours window.

Lockdown ends for organised sport

The third English national lockdown is coming to an end and organised outdoor sports can resume from Monday 29th March 2021.

This is a long awaited and some may say, overdue occasion, but the timing for the club is good as it coincides with when the club traditionally switches from Winter indoor shooting to Summer outdoor shooting.

For club members, this means that the first club shoot will be on Sunday 4th April 2021. Things are not fully back to normal though and the Club will need to implement measures to ensure we remain Covid compliant in our operations. The ticket booking system will return (members should login to the website to access the link to the booking page) and everyone attending the shoot will need to pre-book their tickets online.

Members are reminded to read all of the information contained on the ticket booking page, including the risk assessment and Archery GB advice to archers document, as these contain important information on resuming archery in a Covid secure environment.

Shooting Suspended - National Lockdown Begins

A new UK wide national lockdown begins today to try and slow down the spread of the new variant of Covid-19. This means that all archery ranges must close, affecting both indoor and outdoor ranges.

While this news will be disappointing to our members, it is not entirely unexpected. There are daily news reports of rapidly increasing infection rates and with hospital admissions reaching capacity in parts of the country, the goverment needed to act to prevent this occuring across the UK.

As soon as restrictions are lifted, the club committee will endeavour to resume club shoots within the guidelines applicable at the time.

New Year's Day Frostbite Shoot

The New Year's Day Frostbite shoot took place at Kingsmead School this year. This consists of shooting 36 arrows, at an 80cm target face, over a distance 30m on the outdoor range.

The weather played it's part in making the shoot a success, with it being dry and sunny but a bit cold. In that respect, the Frostbite shoot lived up to it's name. The club had a good turn out, given the current situation and all of the money raised will be going to Blood Cancer UK, the charity dedicated to research into all blood cancers including leukaemia and lymphoma. ...Blood Cancer UK

Shooting Returns to Kingsmead

Club shoots officially resumed at Kingsmead School on Sunday 6th December and it was well received by the members who turned up at one of the sessions. It is fair to say that no club records were under threat or personal best scores achieved, but that didn't matter as it was about just shooting arrows after the enforced break due to the national lockdown.

Club shoots are now available to book on the ticket booking page. To comply with Archery GB requirements, tickets are needed to attend every club shoot and sessions are arranged for Sunday and Wednesday until 23rd December, when we will break for Christmas. Shooting will then resume in January 2021.

Information on how to book tickets is available by logging into the members' section.

Lockdown Ending

England's national lockdown, due to rising Covid-19 infections, will formally come to an end on 2nd December. It will be replaced by a system of local tier levels.

Each area of the country has been assigned a tier level by the government, ranging from 1 to 3, where 3 is the highest level and has most restrictions. Archery GB has today updated its guidance to clubs on what the new tiers mean for archery.

Generally, the news is positive in that the rules are the least restrictive since before the first lockdown. Archery is permitted in all tier level areas, both outdoor and indoor, although in areas with the highest tier 3 rating, indoor shooting will be limited.

The good news for Caldy Bowmen is that Wirral is in tier 2, which means that we can resume indoor shooting without being subjected to the most stringent restrictions.

National Lockdown Announced - Archery Suspended

Her Majesty's Government has announced that England will be suject to a national lockdown from Thursday 5th November 2020. This is being introduced in an attempt to reduce the number of Covid-19 infections and hospital admissions around the country. The lockdown will last for four weeks, at which point it will be reviewed to assess the progress being made.

The announcement means that archery will no longer be allowed in any form and will come as a huge blow to the club's members, especially since the club has gone to great lengths to provide a Covid secure shooting environment.

The upcoming club shoots on Sunday 1st November and Wednesday 4th November will take place as usual. After this, all club shoots are cancelled until the restriction is lifted and further guidance by Archery GB is issued.

Resumption of Indoor Archery

Archery GB have updated their guidance to clubs based in the Liverpool City Region, after a successful appeal by the Liverpool Metro Mayor, to overturn the ban on gyms and leisure centres from opening. Even though the region remains at Local COVID Alert Level: Very High, Lancashire (who are also at the same alert level) were not subject to similar restrictions. This now means that we can resume indoor shooting, subject to abiding by the new rules that are in place.

Local COVID Alert Levels and Archery

Archery GB today issued some guidance to clubs about how the new system of Local COVID Alert Levels will affect archery clubs. ...covid alert levels

The news is not good for archery clubs based within the Liverpool City Region, since it has been designated Local COVID Alert Level: Very High. This is the highest category.

This means that we are not allowed to shoot indoors, but we can continue to shoot outdoors, so long as social distancing is maintained.

So, it is time to wrap up warm and dig out the waterproofs to continue the sport we love.

Club Shoots, Social Distancing Style

Club shoots officially resumed on Sunday 26th July 2020 at our new outdoor shooting venue, Kingsmead School in Hoylake, under strict social distancing rules and with limited numbers to adhere to government guidance on social gatherings.

This weekend saw the third socially distanced club shoot take place following a midweek shoot, amid glorious weather. Attendance at the shoots is controlled by the use of a ticketing system, since spaces are limited. Information on how to access the ticketing system is available in the members' pages.

Club Shooting To Resume

The Club Committee can announce that we are now in a position were we are able to resume shooting. This will be welcome news to our members who have waited patiently for this outcome.

A return to shooting will mean that things have to be done a bit differently than normal. More information on the measures that will be in place and how returing to shooting will be implemented is available in the Member's Area.

COVID-19 Update

In light of today’s announcement by Her Majesty’s Government, to avoid contact with others to help curb the spread of COVID-19, Caldy Bowmen Archery Club Committee has decided to cancel all club shoots until further notice. The upcoming club AGM has also been cancelled.

This decision has not been taken lightly, but we feel it is in the best interests of all of our members that we do so.

Cheshire Archery Association Indoor Championship

Congratulations to Sam Hamlett, for finishing in 2nd place in the Ladies Compound class at the Cheshire Archery Association Indoor Championship held on 1st March 2020.

Gronant Bowmen WA18 with H2H

Congratulations to Sam Hamlett, for finishing in 3rd place in the Ladies Compound class at the Gronant Bowmen WA18 Tournament held on 16th February 2020.

Caldy Bowmen's Junior Gent Compound archer, Rob, also shot at the event and qualified for the head-to-head round. He was drawn against Great Britain Paralympic archer, John Stubbs, who beat Rob in that match and then went on to win the event, consistently achieving the highest score of each round. Rob did however come away with a medal for being the highest scoring Junior Gent archer at the event.

Cheshire County Bowmen Chester Indoor Tournament Success

Congratulations to Rob for finishing in 1st place in the Junior Gent Compound class at the Cheshire County Bowmen Chester Indoor Tournament on 2nd February 2020.

Rob was also the highest scoring Junior Gent Compound archer the following day, 3rd February 2020, when he represented Caldy Bowmen during the team event.

Junior Indoor Tournament Success

Congratulations to Rob for finishing in 1st place in the U18 Gent Compound class in the Goldcrest Junior Open / Cheshire Archery Association Junior Indoor Champsionships held at Goldcrest Archers venue on 25th January 2020.

Rob was also the highest scoring Junior Gent Compound archer on the day across all age categories.

Archery GB November Challenge

Congratulations to Rob for finishing in 3rd place in the U18 Gent Compound class for the Archery GB November Challenge.

The November challenge was a nationwide postal competition, open to all junior archers shooting a Portsmouth Round. Verified scores were submitted to Archery GB during the month of November. This is a good result for Rob who will have competed against archers from across the UK.

 

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