companions of the longbow

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.

1. All members must join the club’s insurance syndicate (with Country Cover Club - 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).

Non Shooting Member - £25.

5. Shooting fees of £3 per shoot at regular club meetings which will go towards the day to day running

6. Where an under 16 is accepted by the committee but there is no adult family member, an adult can become the member at adult membership fee, and the under 16 can ‘shoot the ticket’.

Equipment (If in any doubt seek advice from our committee):

1. We are a club dedicated to archery from the medieval period. As such where practicable kit that emulates the equipment from this period is to be ideally used. Compound bows are not period and will not be allowed. We do allow composite recurve bows as these are considered suitable for the period i.e. Mongolian bows. However, please be aware that most forms of club shooting and training are geared towards the longbow.

2. Traditional arrows are usually made of ash, birch, willow or elm and are not footed. Port Orford Cedar is the preferred choice for outdoor shooting. For costs reasons some archers use pine dowel. For safety reasons ’jointed’ pine dowel arrows are not to be used during club shoots. For club shoots at other ranges arrows made from pine dowel is strictly prohibited as most clubs ban archers if caught using them.

3. We only use field points bullet or mod bods for target shooting as all medieval and machine bodkins arrow heads will destroy bosses and can also cut boss strings.

Rumour has it that Robin Hood had even stricter entry criteria into his “Band of Merry Men”.