Divine intervention points Barrie to the Gold at the end of the rainbow!
(2016 Derbyshire County Championships)
As usual we had plenty of volunteers put their names forward to support this very worthy course fully well knowing we had to be at the Asterdale Sports Ground for 7:30am to load up the van which for the first time being supplied and driven by Jake Evans. This saved us the usual logistical nightmare of trying to fit the equipment into our cars. The only downside was that the ground was boggy so we had to carry the equipment from the containers to the van in the car park. Through a combination of manpower and the mower we got the eight bosses, stands, quivers, arrows, safety lines, safety signs, perimeter poles, bracers, finger tabs etc.
We got to Treetops Hospice and went about setting
up our safe location. We placed the poles and roped off and area to ensure we
operated within a safe environment, setup the stall and bosses and got this all
achieved by 08:45am. 15 minutes ahead of schedule – game on !
Volunteers (left to right); Andy, Meg, Nick, Derrick, Roger, Elliott, Scott, Anthony, Chris, Terry, Pat, Anne, Gary, Mo, Dave and Jake.
The day went well even though it was colder and wetter than previous years. We maintained a steady flow of customers in between the rain showers. The club volunteers always ensured they had a smile on their faces at all times or it could have been the coffee and hob-nobs that Meg had supplied. This year we pinned hand-made paper Easter Eggs (made by Meg and her mum) on the targets and when a have-a-goer hit one of these paper eggs they would win a chocolate Easter Egg donated by Nick.
We had another Personal Best year making £212.00 for the hospice. We charged the same as previous years, £2 per 6 arrows, so taking into account the weather we did really well. As we looked around the stalls we did have a steady flow of people compared to other activities that we are available on the day.
A big personal thank you to our sainted volunteers who never fail to deliver when asked to whatever the weather, time or location.
Great Job Done ! Thank You
Mo (Membership Secretary)
Just a short report on last Sundays
Kedleston shoot [14th June 2015] with the long-bowers. The weather was a little
changeable, lots of fine rain showers, but everyone seemed to be ok and
enjoying themselves. There were Archers from lots of different places
which made for lots of new faces at a well-attended annual event.
Our archers had a few triumphs with at least 3 personal bests, but no medals this time. lol, maybe next time.
A good afternoons shooting was had by all. They are all looking forward to next years gathering.
WELL DONE TO ALL [Full results can be found on our tournaments page.]
Following a request made my Treetops
Hospice (Risley) after last years’ success, we were asked back again to
setup our ‘Have A Go Archery’ stall for their Easter Egg Hunt.
As last year, it was an early start
on Easter Saturday meeting at the Asterdale for 8am to load up our cars,
Tony was dragged out of bed to take the bosses in his pick-up. The
downside was we had a fair amount of rain over the week and
we may have left some ruts on the Asterdale ground (hopefully no-one will notice).
We made our way over to Treetops via a slight detour but we won’t
mention that. The team unloaded and setup in record time after a number
of debates due to Treetops
also being water-logged but we found somewhere safe to setup our stall.
After a slow start our stall soon got busy with people of all ages wanting a go at archery, we made £210 which is up from last years’ £174. We were charging £2 per 6 arrows so you can calculate we saw 105 people but the reality is we did give a few people free goes so the team actually saw more customers than the final figures indicate. The ground was muddy and the weather was cloudy and cold but the team remained motivated for the 5 hours we spent raising money for the charity.
I would like to extend my thanks to all our volunteers on behalf of ABAC and Treetops Hospice.
Mo Hussain, Membership Secretary
Chairman – Derrick Conway (Anchor Bowmen) Interim Position
Vice Chairman – John Lindsay (Graham St. Prims) Interim Position
Secretary – Brent Lyon (Leesbrook RUFC) Interim Position
Treasurer – Tony Collins (Graham St. Prims) Interim Position
Josi Davies (Graham St. Prims)
Adrian Wanford (Leesbrook RUFC)
Mo Hussain (Anchor Bowmen)
Chris Wilson (Anchor Bowmen)
Pete Albon (Leesbrook RUFC)Myself, Mo and Derrick are your voice in this association.
The objective of the Spondon Sports Association is to provide community multi-sport facilities for sport through establishing, promoting and developing sport on all levels for the local community of Spondon and Derby regardless of the race, gender, disability, level of proficiency or age, providing recreation and competition.You can find a link to the web site on the clubs Links page