COVID NOVEMBER LOCKDOWN - RANGE CLOSED
Archery GB has now confirmed that, despite intense lobbying to government, increased national lockdown measures will force the closure of English archery clubs from 5 November.
Neil Armitage, CEO, said “We are very disappointed that the government has decided to lockdown archery for the next month. We will of course respect the directive and advise all clubs in England to close until next month. We have been and will continue to be busy lobbying on your behalf to reopen outdoor archery ranges across England as soon as possible.
Updated 5th November
Welcome to The High Weald Archery Club
The previously named Ticehurst House Archery Club was founded in 1989 by a small group of archers from the Friars Gate Archery Club. The club met in the grounds of the nursing home in Ticehurst for twelve years until a change of circumstance required a new venue.
In 2001 it was renamed The High Weald Archery Club after relocating to Burwash enjoying both Indoor and Outdoor facilities every Thursday and Sunday. At the start of the club’s fifth year it relocated once again to its current venue at Stonehouse Farm, on the outskirts of Hurst Green.
Current facilities enable shooting both Indoors (up to 30m) and Outdoors (up to 100 yds) 7days a week, from 7am until 11pm, although official Club Sessions are Monday, Tuesday & Thursday evening from 7pm and Sunday morning from 10am.
We currently have two Club Coaches who run Beginners Courses, normally twice a year, and a Juniors session on a Sunday afternoon. Please feel free to ask them for help whether you are new to Archery or just looking to improve on your form or bow set up as they are full of information having completed official Archery GB coaching courses.
The Club affiliates to both Sussex County Archery and Archery GB for the Rules of Shooting and Codes of Conduct. It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with both of these and The High Weald Archery Club Rules.
As this is a Club, it is run by its members for its members and although there is an elected Committee, all Members should be willing to assist in the general day to day upkeep and/or help out at Events which are designed to encourage beginners, raise funds or support existing archers.
We are pleased to say that following extensive measures our club has been made compliant with all Covid-19 related issues.
These measures include:
Moving and reducing a number of bosses both in our target field and our indoor range to ensure that there is adequate distance between the targets and is therefore considered to be as “safe” as we can make it for our members and our visitors if and when we open the facilities to include them. Members safety is of paramount importance to us and all measures taken are in accordance with Archery GB regulations and requirements.
Our bosses in the field are placed at 30M, 50M, 70M and 90M together with a moveable boss in lane 1. All targets have sanitising sprays on each one for use by each archer both before and after each session. There is also an adequate supply of sanitising Hand Gel on each boss which is topped up, when necessary for archers use. The targets are placed at 2M intervals (5M centres outdoors and 3.3M centres indoors) to comply with social distancing.
Four hourly sessions can be booked for the outdoor facilities and up to three hourly sessions indoors using our easy online booking system, with the possibility of extending the booking if required. For the indoor range it has been necessary to organise a one-way system to maintain a safe distance between archers. Masks or face coverings must be worn at all times indoors except when actually shooting. The booking system is designed for us to be able to “Track and Trace” members who may have come in contact with someone who later tests positive.
Again adequate sanitising products are available for members to use and we encourage their use. Adequate signage is in place drawing attention to the relevant safety measure in place.
Each Archer has his/her own target and pins which they should keep for their own use.
Toilet facilities are regularly cleaned and sanitized.
We hope that all these measures help to convince our members that they are as safe as they can be whilst using the clubs facilities.
Mike Barrell (Chair of THWAC)
24th October 2020
Bowstyles & Ranges
After completing a Beginners Course, you are encouraged to use Club equipment for a period of time, if available, in your chosen Bowstyle. The Club permits Barebow, Recurve, Compound and Longbow. Crossbows are not permitted.
In addition to our Target Ranges, the Club also has a Field Course nearby where targets are placed at varying distances on uneven terrain which makes the shooting another challenge and is super fun if you like the great outdoors!
We have experienced archers on hand to guide you and help develop these additional skills.
Whether you wish to shoot for Leisure or wish to become a great archer, the facilities and coaching we have available are a platform for you to select either option. Although one of them does involve a lot of dedication and training!
The Club now has several archers who shoot for Sussex County Archery Association and others who have gone on to represent their Country. Could you be next?