We are a group of archers who shoot the medieval longbow.
We aim to promote the skills and history associated with this iconic weapon – And have a lot of fun whilst we do this.
We shoot in a safe, relaxed, non-competitive environment so, if you like the idea of learning the skills that did so much to shape British history, then perhaps the longbow is for you.
The ‘Companions’ are a group of longbow enthusiasts. We shoot outdoors; using equipment based on traditional designs and materials as far as is practical. We promote the use of traditional medieval shooting techniques. There are no aiming marks or sighting aids and if you are doing it right, there is no possibility of sighting down the arrow as you will have drawn the arrow back to your ear or beyond, so using a medieval longbow is all about instinctive shooting.
We make up games and targets to ensure shoots are an enjoyable mix of the four types of shooting. We do keep score but nobody takes it too seriously. In fact the only thing we take really seriously is safety. After that it is all about having fun. There is always lots of friendly banter and conversation and help and advice is always available. Without the use of a camera you cannot watch yourself shoot, so a phrase often heard on the shooting line is “watch what I’m doing and tell me what you think”. After initially being told you should probably give up archery, you will get lots of helpful advice and tips on how you might improve your shooting.
Membership criteria agreed as follows:
1. All members to be accepted by the committee vetting procedure.
2. Probationary period to be:
One month limited to shooting within the club mentored by another full club member. If the mentor is not present the probationer will not shoot. Three months further probation at the discretion of the committee
3. Annual subscriptions to be paid with this fee non-returnable, with the exception of expulsions from the club when refunds will be at the discretion of the committee.
4. 1. All members must join the club’s insurance syndicate (with Country Cover Club - http://www.ccc3.co.uk/). The cost of this insurance is included in the annual membership subscription.
Adult over 16 years of age - £45.
Child Under 16 years of age - £30
Conditional on strict adherence to the club’s Child Safety Policy (Appendix D).