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Improvers for the Month…:-

  • Delyth G’, Serena and Steffan R’O’ gain their 2nd Class Classifications

  • Steffan R’O’ gains his 3rd Class Recurve Classification

  • Elizabeth R’ gains her Recurve Archer Classification

  • Rick S’ gains his Longbow Archer Classification

  • Wendy W’, Rufus G’, Theo G’, Tom S’, Steffan R’O’, Delyth G’ and Emily C’ all improve their H/C score

LAST OF THE SUMMER BLING - Tournament report from the Cheltenham Archers Autumn Hereford:

“Sarah I’, our only representative from Castle Bowmen at this year's Cheltenham Autumn Herefords braved a strong breeze in this small but friendly field of archers.

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With some no-shows in the morning the archers were re-organised into 3 archers per boss allowing a single detail per end. Archers were delighted to be able to rattle through the 6 doz at the longest distance.”

The smell of frying bacon lured archers on to the field, and with the whistle of steam trains plus the occasional glider overhead everyone's interest was maintained through the trickier weather conditions.

At the end of shooting Sarah prevailed to take Gold in the Senior Ladies Barebow category.

An excellent end to the season.”

First indoor shooting session will be at our St Teilos school location 7-9pm on Friday 4th October


Improvers for the Month…:-

  • Kathy C’ IS a Master Bowman (MB)

  • Emily C’ gains her Bowman Classification

  • Steve C’ gains his Compound 2nd Class

  • John H’ gains 2nd Class Longbow Classification

  • Tom S’, Rufus G’ & Umberto S’ all gain 2nd Class Barebow Classifications

  • Christian L’ gains 3rd Class Longbow Classification

  • Delyth G’, Wendy W’, Nick M’, Ian M’ and John H’ improve their H/C Scores

The end of the official Summer season brings many things: More rain, the cold, more mud and more wind….and we got all of those at the Annual Castle Bowmen Team H2H tournament, which added to the fun immensely.

Nearly two dozen of only the bravest archers gathered in the slightly damp field to compete in this unique, only slightly confusing, team shoot.

As the competitors progressed through each round whilst also progressing through the ever increasing mud the tension grew, each archer willing their team mates on to do their best, so maybe just maybe the ultimate prize could be theirs. But sadly only one team could share the prize everyone was keen to get their hands on….the wooden spoon trophy.

The team to finally take that honour was Michelle W’, Rick S’ and Greville P’.

At the end of the day for the final results the sun came out…. then went away again and it started raining, again. But the archers weren’t downhearted, mostly because they could go home to dry off. But not before they congratulated the overall winners of the tournament. And taking home the giant medals and trophies this year were Alan H’, Wendy W’ and Emily C’.

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The Welsh Championships Archery Weekend 2019 at Pembrey Country Park in Carmarthenshire, hosted annually by the Welsh Archery Association to find the best of the best of the best…Castle Bowmen thought…yep, lets give that a go.

DAY 1: THE WAA INTERCOUNTY TOURNAMENT. This is where each part of Wales (Glamorgan, Gwent, Dyfed, Powys & North Wales) sends a team of their finest archers to battle against each other for victory. Michelle W’ was part of the Recurve team and Kathy C, Sarah I’, Chris O’ & Mike Wo’ made up the Barebow team.

The weather wasn’t being helpful at all: near gale force winds for most of the day… the opponents were well prepared….the nearby sewage treatment farm was…well you can guess….But Glamorgan were even better prepared in their new team shirts. Yes, Victory went to Glamorgan, the 7th time they have won it. Individual category medals were also won by Michelle, Kathy, Sarah, Chris and Mike (also claiming a new Welsh record) as they also won their bow category.

  • (scroll down for Day 2: The Welsh Championships !! you’ll never guess how it ends !!…ok you probably will)

Castle Bowmen in the County team 2019

Castle Bowmen in the County team 2019

Castle Bowmen Barebow Champions

Castle Bowmen Barebow Champions

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Day 2: THE WELSH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS. The weather was as nice as the day before… changeable wind conditions with added heavy rain showers thrown in for good measure….

Caz P’, Sarah I’, Kathy C’,Michelle W’, Chris O’ & Mike Wo’ all braved the not ideal conditions to compete for the title of literally being the best in the country.

The weather conditions meant that nothing was certain, Chris and Kathy took early leads for the Barebows, everyone was having to battle their hardest against the ever increasing smell from the portaloos, but as always Castle Bowmen forged on with determination, strength, and many cups of tea.

And at the end of the day the sun came out, briefly, to shine on all the medal winners.

Fending off most of the other Lady Recurve opposition Michelle took home a well deserved Silver medal. For the Lady Barebows Caz also took the Silver with Kathy picking up Gold and title of Welsh Champion with a PB (Personal Best score) AND her 3rd GMB score of the year making her unofficially Grand Master Bowman. In the other Barebow category Chris also took away some Silver bling with Mike prevailing in the end to take Gold and the Welsh Champion title for a 4th time.

Kathy & Michelle pleased the rain had stopped…briefly

Kathy & Michelle pleased the rain had stopped…briefly

Best of the Best

Best of the Best

Castle Bowmen   standing heroically in a wet field

Castle Bowmen standing heroically in a wet field

Sarah shooting bravely in the rain

Sarah shooting bravely in the rain

Cambria Bowmen BBQ shoot report:

‘All that glitters is not Gold’….unless you’re Castle Bowmen shooting at the Annual BBQ shoot.

Rick S’, Mike Wo’, Sarah I’, Chris O’, Wendy W’, Michelle W’, Emily C’ and Steve C’ were all lured by the smell of burgers to the highly anticipated BBQ shoot. As always the tournament was excellent fun, very delicious, and a bit surprisingly, had awesome weather.

Interspersed between the food breaks there was also a little bit of archery going on. All of the Castle Bowmen shot their absolute best, sweeping aside opponents as easily as the rather delicious strawberry muffin cakes being offered up for dessert….mmmmm cake….

By the end of the day the results were in, and they even more tasty than the triple layer chocolate cake with sprinkles….mmmmm cake…

Steve, in his very first tournament shooting the orange Compound claimed a Glamorgan County record for the St George round AND a PB (Personal Best Score). Also shooting the St George round Wendy W’ and Mike Wo’ took the Golds for the Barebows, with Wendy also claiming the Welsh AND County record.

Shooting the Albion round Michelle takes Gold AND a Welsh record with Rick also taking Gold, both for the Recurves. Sarah I’, fresh from a 12 hour flight from Oregon the night before, shot excellently and took Gold for the Lady Barebows.

Chris O’, shooting the Windsor round, was successful in his quest for the Welsh and County record also took Gold for the Barebows.

On the Short Junior Windsor Emily C’ also took Gold, the County record, the Welsh record AND her Junior Bowman classification.

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All the Summer Postal Leagues are now over, and at some point in the future we’ll find out how our teams fared in the grand scheme of things.

But for now here is the Castle Bowmen Hall of Fame - Every competitors Personal Best score over the whole season.


For all those teams in the Glamorgan postal league the final end of season final results are now available for your viewing pleasure on the Glamorgan Archery Association website >>HERE<<. Extremely small badges will be presented to the winners in due course.

A link to the new Castle Bowmen Virtual Trophy Cabinet can be found >>here<< on the Champions page. This is mainly for the club’s Team achievements, but if you want your own collection of archery bling displayed in the cabinet (anything from a single medal to a whole wall full of trophies, all are welcome) there’s plenty of room, just take a pic and we’ll put it in there.

The Gwent County Championships, hosted by St Kingsmark Bowmen in Chepstow, A tournament for all the Gwent club archers to see who is the best in their county. For all the visiting counties it’s a chance to see how much bling you can take from them.

Rick S’, Steve C’, Mike Bar’, Mike Wo’, Chris C’, Kathy C’ & Wendy W’ made their way deep into enemy territory for the chance to compete against the best archers from our neighbouring County, to test their skills with only the faintest hope of taking home the prizes all archers strive for. But all doubts were cast aside when Castle Bowmen, the Club of Champions, took home not 1, not 2 but 3 !!! raffle prizes !!!.

The weather was..almost ideal.. the sun was shining nicely with only the odd brief cloud to spoil it. There was however a tricky breeze blowing in from the River Severn which caused a few problems here and there.

At the halfway point a mighty battle had emerged between Steve and Rick, with Steve taking the lead. But with arms wobbling and the wind getting even more pesky for the 50m could he hold on… as it happens, yes he could. At the other end of the field the wind was being just as troublesome, could Kathy shoot another MB (Master Bowmen) Score?, we shall see.

It turned out she couldn’t….she shot A GMB (Grand MasterBowman) score instead !!! Taking the top spot and excellent archer Trophy, beating the 2nd place Lady Barebow by nearly 400 points.

For the Gent Barebows Mike W’ had taken a slight lead after the first 2 distances over Chris, but with the wind being naughty and his tendency to shoot at the wrong target could he hold on… as it happens, yes he could. So Mike took 1st place and the archer Trophy, with Chris taking home a nicely shining Silver medal.

Also worth noting these were PB’s (Personal Best score) for Kathy & Wendy and SB’s (Season’s Best score) for Steve & Rick.

Castle Bowmen champions of the Raffle

Castle Bowmen champions of the Raffle

The Barebow Champions modest in Victory graciously displaying their winnings

The Barebow Champions modest in Victory graciously displaying their winnings


Improvers for the Month…:-

  • Kathy C’ shoots her 3rd master bowman score

  • Gwyn S’ gains his 2nd Class Barebow Classification

  • John H’ gains his 3rd Class Longbow Classification

  • Daniel H’ gains his 3rd Class Compound Classification

  • Jack C’ gains his Archer Classification for Barebow

  • Brian J’ gains his Archer Classification for Recurve

  • Andrew P’. Gwyn S’, Nick M’ & Chris O’ improve their H/C score

The Llantarnam A.C record status WA1440 tournament report:

The ‘interesting’ Welsh weather played a big part in the outcome of the tournament to say the least. Even seasoned professionals struggled to get the scores they would normal attain. And speaking of professionals; Rick S’, Caz’ P’ & Sarah I’ all decided that rain, wind, teeny tiny target faces and the predicted lightning and thunder were mere trifles to contend with in the pursuit of Castle Bowmen glory.

*Spoiler*: In the end there were 2 excellent Medals for Castle Bowmen again !! read to the end to find out the names of who won, (but they were Gold and Silver for the Lady Barebows as a clue)

This from Rick

“It started with a complete downpour…really !!! Surely it was going to be a nice still day?. I arrived to a scene that resembled Glastonbury at its wettest. Lots of very wet bedraggled archers trying to put up tents etc etc  and no sign of faces on the bosses.” (sad face). “I stepped out of the car and the rain stopped and it actually got quite pleasant” (smiley face)

“Practice went ok – sun was out, wind nice and steady, 5 on – 5 on - 6 on - hey well at least a decent LM (Long Metric) could be on the cards” (big smiley face) …. Well that went well didn’t it (NOT !!!!) 250 for the whole LM – absolute pants – all shots felt ok  but something wasn’t right…. arrows all over the place … very windy and squally showers… Broke two arrows hitting the frame one split” (another sad face)

“A nice tub of pasta went down at lunch time, and with my revised final target score of 500 in mind (based on rubbish practice earlier in the week) I was ready to NOT give up, as last place would still get me some decent UK ranking points (123) if I finished.”

“So to the second half of Glastonbury. First up were the Small Faces - Oh well we knew they were coming didn’t we!! Followed almost immediately by Earth Wind and Fire (read Rain, Wind and Sunshine), Bob Dylan next up with “Blowing in the wind” and a “Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall”.

“But !!!!! Those 4 spots” (teeny faces) “were not as bad as anticipated – still a few misses but actually put around a 440 SM (Short Metric) with 30m close to normal comp scores. 500 surpassed – 600 no problem – gutted to finish just short of 700 which on the day would have been ok ‘ish.”

“Caz and Sarah pulled the bling - Both with very creditable BM scores considering the weather and they shot the little faces.”

“And !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I didn’t finish last !!!!!!!!!!!!! “

The joys of shooting in the interesting Welsh weather - Both photo’s below taken on the Postal Day

Lovely Sunshine for the Postal League Day

Lovely Sunshine for the Postal League Day

Chris receiving his MB award on the same Postal League Day

Chris receiving his MB award on the same Postal League Day

In the 2019 ‘Clash of Arrows’ tournament between Castle Bowmen and RJD Archers there were 26 archers battling it out for the glory and honour of their respective clubs. Shooting to their very limit in a gruelling Head-to-Head elimination battle to find the champion club. Only the highest scoring archers of all time could hope to reach the final…or so you would think….

The sun and lack of rain proved a winning combination as the archers shot their seeding round in the morning. Many high scores were achieved and hopes were high for one team as 3 RJD compound archers topped the table as expected at the end of the round.

then… as the handicap allowances were included into the H2H scores, the tables slowly but surely began to turn.

  • Longbow beats Recurve !!!

  • Barebow beats Recurve !!

  • Compound beats Recurve…ok no surprise there.

But by the end the day the most unlikely result had materialised. After each round had been fought, many archers had fallen by the wayside, leaving the best of the best.

To fight it out for the Bronze and 4th place were a Compound…. V’s ….. A Longbow …. A truly titanic battle ending in the inevitable result… of a tie. The single arrow shoot off to resolve the tiebreak was duly fought, and by the merest of margins (A Gold v’s a Miss) the Compound archer from RJD scraped the 3rd place position.

Which brings us to the 1st and 2nd place battle. A win/win situation as both were Castle Bowmen.

Steve C’ (yes that is correct), shooting the latest in modern hi-tec orange compound technology V’s Kathy C’, shooting without a sight, stepped onto the line. As expected arrow after arrow hit the Gold in unrelenting proficiency of technique and mastery of the bow. A Compound v’s a Barebow, there could only ever be one result…… Yes, Kathy was victorious in the final showdown.

But that wasn’t the end of the story. The winning Club was decided on H2H positions from each side. Each club waited nervously as the positions were tallied up and independently verified (they were added up twice).

But regardless of who won, the day was a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by all archers from both clubs.

But just as importantly, Castle Bowmen Won :)

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Bath Archers Open Hereford tournament official account by Kathy C’ & Chris O’ (because they were there):

“Off we went to Baff !” [The lovely City of Bath]

“Would we do our club proud? Or would we crash and burn?,”

“Chris started the day with 2 bacon rolls...crispy and non-crispy and we sat around drinking tea with our bows waiting patiently by. During this time, archers paused by Chris's bow to admire it. The tent wasn't ignored either, several comments were made about how nice it was.”

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“We shot the 80yds [longest distance]....but towards the end of the 80...it started raining heavily, waterproofs on, stopped raining, overheated in waterproofs....waterproofs off. Rain started again....repeat cycle...again...and again...and again....until lunch. Then Thor decided to make himself known...thunder all around...and torrential rain. The judge delayed the restart to let the thunder pass over, which it kindly did.”

“We had poetry readings by they judge for each colour spot prize....

“I [Kathy] beat Chris to the best Barebow gold” , “The end that Kathy won the best gold was an end I [Chris] shot 5 gold arrows... that’s how good her gold was!”

Apparently Kathy’s gold was closer to the centre than the compound !!…

[Other highlights] “I [Kathy] have an extensive conversation about amphibians until we were told to get back to the shooting line....and …There was an aeroplane and a wasp buzzing around my hand at full draw.

So shooting finished and...then they had a shoot off !! (Closest to the Gold stays in)

“Longbows v Barebows and Recurve v Compound...4 archers to a target, closest to the gold wins. 2 go through and 2 eliminated... I [Kathy] made the final 3 with Chris and a longbow. ...the longbow had a lucky shot and beat me and then Chris beat me”......” and he went through as winner of the Longbow/ Barebows. Meanwhile the same process was happening at the other end...and it was whittled down to 2 Recurves and 1 compound which Chris joined....he fought through to be up against the compound and composed himself with the whole field looking on......and lost.

But very Well done to a second place!”

So after a long fun day of shooting the final treasure haul was this :

Chris takes the Gold for the Gent Barebows with a Medal and Goblet trophy, takes the Welsh record for a Hereford round, A PB (Personal Best score), and a box of chocolates for coming 2nd in the shootoff.

Kathy also takes home the Gold medal and Goblet trophy for the Lady Barebows, also a PB, An engraved glass (plus bottle of beer) for the best score by a Lady shooting the tournament for the first time.

And lastly, and by no means leastly, Kathy shoots her 3rd MB (it was actually a GMB [Grand Master Bowman]) score of the year.

Teabreak of Champions

Teabreak of Champions

Barebow Champions

Barebow Champions

Kathy’s Treasure haul for the day

Kathy’s Treasure haul for the day


The Glamorgan Outdoor County Championships, a tournament so prestigious it is simply known as… The Glamorgan Outdoor County Championships.

A tournament like no other outdoor county championships held in Glamorgan. This is the pinnacle of some archers year. Only the best county archers hope to win, this isn’t like other tournaments where you can just turn up and take home a medal, this is where everything is tested: Concentration, Skill, Endurance, Waterproofing on your coat. Only the best will prevail and even dream of taking one medal…or 5 (hint)

Rick S’, Steve C’, Michelle W’, Sarah I’,Wendy Wo’, Chris O’ and Mike Wo’ travelled to the often wet land of Neath, and found it surprisingly not wet, for a few hours then it rained again, but then it was dry again so the surprise returned.

The day continued as days often do, most of the arrows travelling the full 70m distance, some a little more, some a little less, the odd one or two finding the wrong target somehow but we wont mention them. But by the end of it all the band of archers were more or less, some a little less some a little more, happy with the results.

After a pretty good double victory for Castle Bowmen in the raffle the main medal ceremony took place with great fanfare* ('*there was no actual fanfare unfortunately).

Michelle took a very well deserved Silver for the Lady Recurves along with an excellent Bowman classification score. Wendy took Silver for the Lady Barebows with Sarah taking a Bronze. Chris takes home a Silver medal for the Gent Barebows with Mike taking the Gold, Trophy, Welsh Record and his 13th County title.

Chris lost in arrows

Chris lost in arrows

Michelle very happy with her Bowman Score, and the sun

Michelle very happy with her Bowman Score, and the sun

Steve &amp; Rick probably discussing important technical archery things…

Steve & Rick probably discussing important technical archery things…

Steve wondering why the Judge has an umbrella , it’s only a bit of rain

Steve wondering why the Judge has an umbrella , it’s only a bit of rain

All the champions

All the champions


Kathy C’ decided to go on a long distance trek and found herself at the Worcester County Championships, and just by chance had her bow with her and so decided to take part.

After arriving early Kathy made a list of the things anyone who shot this tournament would like to know. All very important archery things you’re probably thinking….

  • “ They had...pens for sale!

  • The tent behind me had a full on camp stove and were cooking their own bacon....

  • We had an official wasp warning in the briefing.....

  • There were church bells....for AGES!

  • Paragliders

  • Army helicopters

  • Steam train...the Cheltenham lass liked this very much

  • Cows...again the Cheltenham lass liked these, they were her "support cows"

  • pub singers belting out a rendition of Let It Go whilst we were on the line.”

As for the actual shooting the day started like this “It was awful!!! As awful as can be......!”my pride wouldn't let me retire though”.

And this was a good thing because, after a quick look at the cows and a listen to the churchbells, the next distance started to get better…. and then it got even better….. and then even more better. Culminating in a PB (Personal Best score) , a 2nd MB (Master Bowman score) and a Silver medal for 2nd Lady Barebow visitor.

So the moral of the story is, don’t give up if it starts to go wrong, keep striving to be your best, and you never know what the outcome may be.

The lovely Worcester County Championships

The lovely Worcester County Championships

Power Pose to Victory

Power Pose to Victory

Victorious with a Medal and a Personal Best Score

Victorious with a Medal and a Personal Best Score

As we enter the end game for the Glamorgan Postal League Team Tournament it's all to play for with some teams tied on points. So it will all come down to the final month. Can they take the pressure ?  Will they Crumble ? Who will triumph ?  Stayed tuned...

(For some other teams the end result is a bit like Thanos...inevitable)

Updated results for the Glamorgan Postal JULY RESULTS > HERE <


Improvers for the Month…:-

  • Imants G’ gains his 1st Class Barebow Classification

  • Nick M’ & Christian L’ gain their 3rd class Classification

  • Christian L’ gains his Archer Classification

  • Chris O’ improves his Barebow H/C score

  • Imants G’, Mark H’, Mike R’ & Gerhard N’ improve their Recurve H/C score

The mighty West wind played upon the treetops. Sending unsuspecting leaves, branches and tiny surprised birds circling into the air on its endless quest to cause mischief and mayhem across the land.

Deaf to the pitiful cries of the mere mortals far below, the cries of anguish and pain lamenting what could have been, what should have been… the cries of “That should have gone in the Gold but the wind took it !@#!!”

The Black & Gold York/Hereford summer tournament was rather windy. Did this mean the Castle Bowmen heroes wouldn’t complain about it ?… course they would, but the shot it anyway.

Kathy C’, Sarah I’, Rick S’, Chris O’ and Mike Wo’ all shot this windy tournament in Cheltenham for a bit of fun and came away very happy bunnies too.

The weather didn’t help the proceedings at all, but pressing on regardless the band of highly trained birthday cake eating athletes finished the round with as much skill as they started it.

For the lady barebows Kathy C’ ended taking home a shiny Silver for 2nd place (plus an all important raffle prize), with Sarah taking the Bronze just behind. Sarah also winning an excellent ‘nearest to the Gold’ trophy to take away.

The Gent Barebows didn’t let us down either with Chris taking home the Silver medal and Mike the Gold. Mike just missing out on a GMB score by 4 points….4 points he just couldn’t make up….4 points that were completely out of reach and absolutely couldn’t have been scored no matter how hard he tried……. well,… apart from the 3 arrows he shot at the wrong target, but apart from that nowhere else .

The always professional archers of Castle Bowmen

The always professional archers of Castle Bowmen

Rick contemplating the scores

Rick contemplating the scores

Mike shooting at which target ??

Mike shooting at which target ??

Chris thinking how small the targets look

Chris thinking how small the targets look

Kathy guarding her cake

Kathy guarding her cake

Sarah beating Kathy at the halfway stage

Sarah beating Kathy at the halfway stage

Mike Wo’ was a volunteer at the British Transplant Games in Newport this month. This multi-sport event is held at different locations around the UK each year for anyone who has received an organ transplant, and is mainly to highlight the importance of organ donation. Mike was coaching at the Archery event (obviously). Here is a picture from the South Wales Argus newspaper.


In their endless pursuit of shiny things Castle Bowmen once again traversed the wild lands of Eastern Wales, across the raging River of Severn and into the strange and exotic land where only one language can be found on the road signs (weird huh?).

Chris O’ and Mike Bar’ took their place on the shooting line of the highly prestigious and very popular high level World Record Status Cleve Archers WA70m, H2H and WA1440 tournament weekend.

On the Saturday despite the tricky wind conditions Chris shot a very respectable 70m score to be ranked for the Head to Head section of the tournament, and took top spot for the Gent Barebows. Unfortunately he had to compete directly against Recurve archers in the 2nd stage of the tournament, and so being at a slight sight disadvantage, although putting in a good show, did not progress further.

“The weather conditions (for the Sunday WA1440) were humid, clammy with an occasional very light breeze, it rained pathetically at 2pm for about 2 minutes, so basically near perfect ..I had nothing to blame...Damn!..” (Mike Bar’)

Apart from the toilets being a 22 mile trek away the shoot progressed quite smoothly for all the archers. And at the end of the day Chris and Mike both agreed the results were..mostly good.

Chris collecting the Shiny Gold

Chris collecting the Shiny Gold

Chris holding the shiny Gold

Chris holding the shiny Gold

Chris picked up another Gold for his collection with another Master Bowmen score, and Mike had shot a very impressive PB (Personal Best score) for the round along with collecting a World Archery Star progression badge for attaining more than 1100 points.

“My main goals were to improve on my UK Ranking scores and I added an extra 102 points so on reflection very happy.” (Chris O’)

It was an extremely busy and full weekend of archery tournaments for Castle Bowmen. Here is the fully updated complete enormous Archery Weekend report.

includes : 2 Days, 4 tournaments, 3 Counties, 11 Castle Bowmen, 1 birthday cake and a ton of medals…Just keep reading, you’ll get through it eventually.

table of contents:-

  • Tournament 1 - Supermarine Bowmen WRS Double WA70m

  • Tournament 2 - Dorset & Wiltshire County Championships

  • Tournament 3 - RJD Record Status Westerns Tournament

  • Tournament 4 - Cheltenham Archers WRS Double WA70m

Tournament 1:

Day 1:- In the wilds of Wiltshire Kathy C’ and Mike Wo’ embarked on a gruelling 300+ arrow 2 day shoot at Supermarine Bowmen, starting on the Saturday with a World record status Double WA70m.

Shooting against many UK ranked opponents, clouds above always holding the possibility of an unlikely surprise rain shower, the smell of bacon from the refreshment tent and the extra long trek to the toilets meant it wasn’t going to be an easy task.

The day continued with many ups and downs…and a few left and rights. But at the end of Day 1 the victorious Castle Bowmen were …victorious.

Kathy had shot an awesome PB (Personal Best score), beaten the Welsh record for the Lady Barebow WA70m AND Double WA70m rounds AND took home a shiny Gold medal. Mike took home the Bronze medal for the Gent Barebows which he was very happy with considering the high quality opponents…

Day 2 :- A WA1440 awaited Mike and Kathy for day 2 and the weather was unforgiving… bright sun and no wind would make for a terribly ideal day, and no excuses.

After many many arrows of seemingly never ending shooting the results were announced (in a very nice club house bar btw).

Kathy C’, after shooting a PB yesterday had shot another one today and also shot a MB (Master Bowman) score for today too, and collected the very nice Wiltshire & Dorset Archery Association Gold medal for top Lady Barebow.

Mike Wo’ battling the perfect weather and topping the leaderboard for most of the day decided to make things more exciting and put in a miss at 30m…. and still managed to take Gold for the Gent Barebows along with his first GMB (Grand Master Bowman) score of the year.

Mike and Kathy trying out a new celebratory medal pose (Day 1 of 2)

Mike and Kathy trying out a new celebratory medal pose (Day 1 of 2)

Spectators were riveted by the archery action at this 2 day shoot

Spectators were riveted by the archery action at this 2 day shoot

More medals for Day 2 so more celebrational poses (Day 2 of 2)

More medals for Day 2 so more celebrational poses (Day 2 of 2)

Lucky Koala brings good luck

Lucky Koala brings good luck

Castle Bowmen making holes in Supermarines new stands

Castle Bowmen making holes in Supermarines new stands

and again…

and again…

Tournament 2:

While all this was happening a much bigger band of Castle Bowmen heroes had travelled to the Annual Record Status RJD Archers ‘Westerns’ tournament just outside Cardiff.

Michelle W’, Sarah I’, Emily C’, Ryan P’, Mike Bar’ and Birthday Boy Chris ‘Master Bowmen’ O’ were battling to see just how many shiny blings they could collect, and it turns out… quite a few.

Here’s the report:

“The Castle Bowmen archers arrive in force for Saturdays RJD western shoot. 6 members in total, 5 of which crammed into One tent, but all came away with medals. Emily C’ picked up a Silver for the under 12’s Barebow, Ryan P’ also picked up Silver. Sarah I’ battled off her competitors to take the Gold. Mike Bar’ closing out a close competition also to take the Gold. Chris O’ also taking the Gold, along with a Welsh record (and only 4 points away from the UK record), and last but not least Michelle Wood consistent as ever also took a Gold.”

“My fletchings stayed put…and I didn’t miss. So very happy” …Mike Bar’"

Castle Bowmen enjoying a well earned rest

Castle Bowmen enjoying a well earned rest

and collecting his Gold medal

and collecting his Gold medal

Sarah collecting..yes you guessed it , another Gold medal

Sarah collecting..yes you guessed it , another Gold medal

Birthday Boy Chris with all his birthday cakes

Birthday Boy Chris with all his birthday cakes

Michelle collecting another Gold for her collection

Michelle collecting another Gold for her collection

Castle Bowmen collect more bling

Castle Bowmen collect more bling

Tournament 4 :

Rick S’, Steve C’, Sarah I’ and Caz’ P travelled to the exotic county of Cheltenham, a place which the locals call…Cheltenham, to shoot in their Record Status Double WA70m tournament. The day promised much with steam trains and Red Arrows (the aeroplane type) on the menu.

Everyone arrived early and enjoyed the cool, calm and still weather and hot bacon rolls, ready to enjoy a nice relaxing day. Also enjoying the excellent hospitality of the host club “Cheltenham folks came round topping up people’s water bottles in the afternoon, and also came round with rolls and cold drinks for purchase a very reasonable discounted rate during a comfort break in the afternoon round.

Sarah, only shooting the morning round, but doing it extremely well got a Senior Bowman score to add to her Gold medal she collected at the RJD shoot the day before.

Caz’ also shot an excellent PB for the morning (equivalent to GMB), Rick was very pleased after a little shakey start finished the morning nailing the 1st Class score he had set himself as a Season objective, and Steve ..was shooting with a different bow set up than usual and valiently stuck it out to the end like a hero.

The lunch break was pleasant but seemed to kill everyone off as the heat increased and that subtle wind change saw everyone chasing arrows for several ends – going low.

So in conclusion, A pleasant day’s shooting but with a deceptively tricky wind to cope with meant some slight drops in scores for the afternoon, but overall a very enjoyable day out. Rick got his 1st Class tournament score and gained some valuable UK ranking points, Sarah continued with her excellent Senior Bowman scores, Steve didn’t come last and also gained some UK ranking points, but as always the Castle Bowmen star of the shoot was of course Caz, picking up a well earned Silver medal for coming 2nd for the Lady Barebows, only being beaten by a well established Grand Master Bowman.

The highlight of the day is always the raffle… and Caz didn’t let us down in that either, taking many many prizes.


Improvers for the Month…:-

  • Chris O’ gains his Master Bowman Classification

  • Emily C' gains her 1st class Classification

  • Lydia G’ gains her 2nd class Classification

  • Ryan improves his Recurve H/C score

  • Sarah R’, Chris O’, Emily C’ & Mike Wo’ improve their Barebow H/C score

  • Andrew P’ improves his Longbow H/C score

Castle Bowmen invade the Gloucestershire County Championships:

Always eager to collect shiny pieces of precious metals, a band of Castle Bowmen’s finest archers travelled to the Gloucestershire County Championships, in the far off county of.. Gloucestershire…(obviously), hosted most expertly by one of the largest clubs in England, Deer Park Archers.

Chris O’, Mike Wo’, Mike Bar’ and Kathy C’ made the long trek across the land and water in search of gold and glory for the club, and at the end of the day had found plenty of both.

Amazingly for mid summer there was no rain the entire day !!!, something welcomed by all the archers. Unfortunately the wind had so much fun it decided to stick around for the whole tournament, something not welcomed by the archers.

But, by the end of the very long day every one of the Castle Bowmen archers had lots to smile about, with lots of sparkly bling to haul back home across the bridge.

Kathy C’ took home a Gold medal as top scoring Lady Barebow visitor, with Mike Wo’ taking Silver and Chris O’ taking Bronze for the Gent Barebow visitors. Kathy, Mike and Chris also being 1st, 2nd & 3rd Overall. In the Gent Recurve category, shooting a PB (Personal Best) score, was Mike Bar’ and he also took home a very nice Bronze medal for coming 3rd.

Additionally, Chris O’ has now officially attained the classification of Master Bowman, as he shot his 3rd MB (Master Bowman) score of the season today, so congratulations to him.

One more award was awarded, and that was the trophy for the highest scoring visitor team…. and it went to … <insert drum roll>…Castle Bowmen , the team being Kathy C’, Mike Wo’ and Mike Bar’.

Target numbering

Target numbering

A leaderboard of champions

A leaderboard of champions

Mike Wo collecting his Silver

Mike Wo collecting his Silver

Mike Bar collecting his Bronze

Mike Bar collecting his Bronze

The always professional Castle Bowmen

The always professional Castle Bowmen

Castle Bowmen Winning Team (Kathy, Mike &amp; Mike)

Castle Bowmen Winning Team (Kathy, Mike & Mike)

Kathy C collecting her Gold

Kathy C collecting her Gold

Chris O’ (Master Bowman) collecting his Bronze

Chris O’ (Master Bowman) collecting his Bronze

The WA900 ‘Doug Woodley’ Summer Tournament Report:

Named after one of the founders of Castle Bowmen the Doug Woodley is our Annual Open Tournament for anyone to enter and in which we usually win lots of the medals… and this year was no exception.

Steve C’, Rick S’, Mike Bar’, John H’, Daniel H’, Andrew P, Wendy W’, Michelle W’, Sarah R’ (G’ Suzy), Caroline P’, Ryan P’ & Sarah I’ all took there places on the start line.

The day started with quite nice weather and ended in rain….no surprise there. But this didn’t stop our awesome archers hitting the Gold, Red, Blue.. Black…. White ……and occasional grass to sweep up all the major category medals.

Michelle W’ acting as the Lady Paramount for the day presented all the medals to the winners.

Taking the Golds were Andrew P’ (longbow), Caroline P’ & Chris O’ (barebow), Michelle W’ & Mike Bar’ (recurve). Taking home the Silvers were Wendy W’ (recurve) and Sarah I’ (barebow), and claiming a Bronze was Sarah R’ (barebow). All in all a very successful day for Castle Bowmen with many compliments given to the club by many of the visiting archers from other clubs.

Neath Archers record status Open Tournament report:

Neath .. The only archery club to guarantee the weather….they guarantee Rain.

Michelle W’, Kathy C’, Caz’ P’, Rick S’, Chris O’, Mike Bar’ & Mike Wo’ ignored the weather report and travelled west to the rainy realm of Neath Archers for their Open York/Hereford Tournament.

As a treat for all the brave archers the skies decided to use all the rain up in the morning, whilst everyone shot the longest most difficult distances. With brief, occasional and quite surprising breaks in the clouds the weather improved slightly as the targets got closer, and the soggy band of heroes shot on.

Unfortunately Mike Bar’ had to retire early again due to catastrophic equipment failure, but by the end of the day everyone else had shot magnificently (considering the conditions). Proving, once again, Castle Bowmen deserves the title of Club of Champions. Every member of Castle Bowmen that completed their round either came 1st or 2nd in their category.

Michelle W’ took Gold for the Lady Recurves with Rick S’ taking Silver for the Gents.

For the Barebows Kathy C’ takes home a Gold with Caz’ P’ taking the Silver, With Mike Wo’ taking Gold and Chris O’ the Silver for the Gents.

Note who’s wearing shorts in the rain

Note who’s wearing shorts in the rain

Shooting for victory

Shooting for victory

It’s fun shooting in the Rain…honest

It’s fun shooting in the Rain…honest

Careful arrow selection is essential

Careful arrow selection is essential

Good technique…Occasionally

Good technique…Occasionally

It’s a long way to 100yds

It’s a long way to 100yds

Medals Galore

Medals Galore

The WAA 2-Day Spring Tournament report:

Following an exciting weekend of rain, wind, hail, thunder, lightning, more rain and more wind you’d expect some exciting stories to come from the heroic archers shooting at the Welsh Archery Association’s 2-day Spring Festival hosted by Blandy Jenkins archers, and you’d be right.

Chris O’, Rick S’ & Mike Bar’ all decided to brave the elements to take on this prestigious event. On the Saturday Rick, shooting the WA70m and H2H rounds, shot a reasonable score in the morning considering the conditions, and in the afternoon Head-to-Head round picked up lots of well earned UK ranking points despite being knocked out in the first round.

“So todays 70m and h2h didnt go too badly despite the horrendous wind. I know its the age old excuse for a poor score but it really was awful as tents flew over our heads and arrows veered both left and right (same shot). I finished 8th (not 11th as predicted) and my predicted 9th in the h2h for a nice 221.25 points for the uk rankings”- Rick.

Mike Bar’, shooting the WA1440 round on the Sunday shot excellently in the morning……

Top praise though is reserved for Chris O’ representing the Barebows. On the WA70m round he dominated the competition winning the qualifying round convincingly despite the atrocious weather

“This was the most challenging day I’ve experienced as an archer”.- Chris

In the afternoon H2H knock-out section Chris sailed through the early rounds relatively easily, but then in the final round to decide who would take the shiny Gold medal he met his arch nemesis….Darran…

After 2 rounds of shooting they were tied…

“The H2H final came down to the last game to decide the winner. In the unpredictable winds It was very much a case of which archer risks aiming a bit higher to hit the gold. I’m glad to say I stuck to my plan... However my opponent took the risk and his arrow was swept into the 2 leaving me victorious.” -Chris

For the Sunday WA1440 round the weather had improved the tiniest amount but still a challenge. Chris however had no problem seeing off the competition, taking Gold AND his 2nd MB (Master Bowman score) of the season.

The Glamorgan County Postal League monthly results are now ready to view >> here <<. Apologies for the delay, it appears some teams (NOT Castle Bowmen) didn’t understand the instruction ‘submit scores by the end of the month’.

Well done to Sarah I’ competing at the Junior Masters tournament in Oxford. The ArcheryGB ‘Masters’ are held annually and are exclusively for archers that have reached the classification of MB (Master Bowman), which Sarah did last year.

It was a very long day for the competitors, and after many hours of shooting Sarah finished the day with an excellent result, coming 2nd in her category. Only the UK’s best of the best shoot at the Masters and silver position is a very creditable result indeed, rounding off Sarah’s Junior archery career, as she now prepares to shoot as a Senior from now on.

The latest Summer postal League teams and fully updated Top 10 Hall of Fame for June are now available for your viewing on the >Postal League page<


The Winter Postal League final results have been announced and Castle Bowmen’s Portsmouth Teams A AND B came top of their divisions with Teams C AND D coming 2nd in their divisions.

In the Outdoor Winter Frostbite league Castle Bowmen Teams A….B……C…..AND…..D ALL came top of their divisions to take the champions League trophy (well little badges but they are shiny)

When the winners badges are received they will be awarded to all the highest contributing archers for each respective division.


Improvers for the Month…:-

  • Sarah I’ gains her Senior Bowman Classification

  • Andrew P’ gains his Bowman Classification for Barebow

  • Mike Bar’ gains his Bowman Classification for Recurve

  • Gerhard N’ & Mathew W’ gain their 2nd Class Classification for Recurve

  • Gerhard N’ & Mathew W’ gain their 3rd Class Classification for Recurve

  • Mark H, Daniel H’, Gerhard N’, Caz’ P’,Emily C’, Jack E’,Owen C’, Mike Bar’, Mathew W’ & Andrew P’ improve their Outdoor H/C score


All the Postal League teams and Hall of Fame lists for May are on the Postal League page now

Things NOT to leave near the targets - Part 2

Do NOT leave score boards near the targets unless you are 100% guaranteed not to miss, they break if they are hit and then the club has to get new ones.

In general it’s best not to leave anything near the targets that might get broken or damage someones arrows if they accidentally hit it.

Remember the rule: If you break someones arrow (through negligence), you pay for it.

Don’t take the chance.

The Summer postal leagues have started this month with the Longbows putting in some good team scores.

All the dates, opponents, scores and results can be found on the Postal League Page and the Calendar page.

Also remember, we’ll be having tea, coffee and cakes once a month for everyone, so even more reason to check out the dates so you don’t miss out on a team place (or cakes).

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The Annual Castle Bowmen ‘Val Goodman’ Junior May Metrics was shot this year under beautiful blue skies without a breath of wind to wobble the arrows.

Nearly dozens of junior archers came from clubs far and wide from all over South East Wales to shoot at this unique event in the archery calendar, the only full size 12-dozen tournament specifically for Juniors only.

Val G’, whom the event is named after, was on hand to provide Lady Paramount duties, and Steve C’, as part of his Judge training, provided the extremely competent judging decisions and whistle expertise that we’ve all come to expect from our fine Welsh Archery Judges.

The stars of the tournament though were of course the archers. Castle Bowmen Juniors were in attendance and shot superbly throughout the whole day.

Sarah I’, her last year as a Junior, took Gold in her category, which also gave her a Senior Bowman Classification. Owen C’ and Rachel T’ also took Gold for the Barebows in their age categories. In their first big tournament both Lydia G’ and Emily C’ shot awesomely well against some experienced opposition to take home a Silver and Bronze respectively.

After the tournament we received lots of positive feedback from the other clubs saying how much they enjoyed the day and how good the shoot was.

All the Glamorgan postal league teams have finally entered all their scores and the April divisional standings are available >here<


In a chilly field in Southern Gwent 5 brave Castle Bowmen competed in an exciting battle of skills, concentration and wits.

Rick S’, Steve C’, Caz’ P’, Chris O’ & Mike Wo’ first had to focus all their attention on a WA70m qualifying round… which they did suburbly of course. Mike Wo’, Chris O’ and Caz’ P’ all ending in the top 5 overall.

Then the difficult bit began…

The Head-to Head round is a direct competition against another archer with less than a dozen arrows to beat your opponent. Focus on very single shot is vital, every single point is absolutely essential and must be fought for because failure means an immediate end to your competition, but success means progression to the next round and one step closer to the shiny shiny things at the end.

Steve had an unlucky draw for the first round and got knocked out by a very skilled opponent. Rick also had a bit of a challenge in the first round, a former Welsh Recurve Champion, but with perseverance and concentration he defeated his foe magnificently, and only just missed out on going through the next round too.

The Barebows also fared well with Caz’ getting through to the Quarter Finals before being knocked out. Chris and Mike battled through their Semi-Final rounds with determination, only to be pitted against each other in the Gold/SIlver final match.

After 2 ends they were tied …the final few ends would be the decider.

At the end of a long and cold day the final results found Chris going home with a Silver medal and Mike taking the top spot and the Gold.
















Improvers for the Month…:-

  • Andrew P’, Ian M’, Daniel H’ & Chris O’ improve their Outdoor H/C score


A 2 day WA1440 World Record Status tournament is one of the most challenging events you can enter. Over 300 arrows shot against the best of the best opponents, every shot needing full concentration over both days as a tiny slip could spell disaster. But Castle Bowmen Barebows know no fear and had mentally prepared themselves for 2 long days of intense competition.

Day 1 report :…cancelled due to high winds…..

Ok…. well a single WA1440 is still quite tricky.

Day 2 report : Kathy C’, Chris O’ & Mike Wo’ travelled, once again, to the slightly far away city of Bath to try and steal some of their Bling. The winds had mostly gone, and this time, as 3/4 of the targets hadn’t fallen over, the judges allowed the shoot to start.

Kathy C’ had an extremely experienced Lady Barebow rival to compete against all day, and by lunch time was trailing in 2nd place by more than a few points... But Kathy mustered all of her psychological reserves, remembered her training, tried to do it properly, and ate more ‘delicious’ seaweed, and at the final whistle had taken a magnificent victory to get Gold and the Trophy.

Chris and Mike had many rival Gent Barebows to compete against so both had to be on top of their game. They were both fairly well matched all day and after 10 dozen arrows were exactly tied on score. SO it came down to the last few ends to see who would reign victorious, the last end of the day being particularly magnificent as both scored 10,10,10,10,10,8. But as the final scores were tallied Mike had taken the Silver medal and Chris, with his first MB (Master Bowmen) score, had a shiny Gold medal and Trophy to take home.

A team trophy was also on offer for the team of 4 archers that collectively scored more than the other teams. Each team had to fill out a form and hand it in to the organisers, which Castle Bowmen duly did, despite only having 3 archers and would have to compete against all the other teams with compounds and recurves in, because you never know....

“And the winning team, taking home another medal each and team trophy is, Kathy, Chris & Mike from Castle Bowmen “ !!!!

Other thoughts on the day :

“Veggie Burger not too shabby“ Chris

“I must find out where that woman got those archery earrings” Kathy

“We’re feeling ambitious but there’s no way we’ll win the team prize” Mike

Start of Day 1

Start of Day 1

End of Day 2

End of Day 2

Check out the current Welsh rankings - It makes interesting reading…

>> welsh archery association rankings <<

Spoilers … We have half the top 10 Recurve spots in Wales and the 7 best Barebow archers in the Country.

Perfect weather for a tournament

Perfect weather for a tournament

This year’s Easter Tournament was shot under perfectly blue skies with lots of happy archers competing for the chocolatey trophies.

14 of Castle Bowmen’s finest were competing for the glory of the club…. and the chocolate.

Our Barebow contingent, as always, did us proud. Sarah I’ winning the Golden egg for her Junior category, Kathy C’, also acting as Lady Paramount for the day, took the Silver for the Lady Barebows with Caz’ P’ taking the Gold along with 2 Welsh records and 3 County records.

Kathy C’ taking her Lady Paramount duties very seriously

Kathy C’ taking her Lady Paramount duties very seriously


Mike B’ on line for a chocolate Silver trophy

Mike B’ on line for a chocolate Silver trophy

Castle Bowmen Gent Barebows took all the top spaces in their category with Ian M’ taking 4th spot, Karl C’ picking up the Bronze, Chris O’ took a magnificent Silver and Mike Wo’ took home the Gold along with a Welsh record for the Double WA70m.

In their first tournament Daniel H’ won Gold in his Junior Recurve category plus a coveted colour prize, while Mark H’ also took home a deliciously chocolatey colour prize.

Wendy W’ won the Lady Recurve Gold prize, with Mike B’ taking a well deserved Silver prize for the Gent Recurves.

Chris O’ was the sole Castle Bowmen shooting at Bath Archers Spring Albion Shoot:


“ I arrived early to get setup and make sure I got a good spot as the lone club man. The weather was quite deceiving. It was cold all day even when the sun was out but the wind was very forgiving so I had no excuses for the dreadful 80 I shot! My main competitor was 46 ahead at this point, I reeled back 30 point but run out of ends before I could catch him! I came away with the silver and the best gold prize. On reflection I was a little deflated but happy I achieved what I set out to do. I shot a 706 to achieve the Welsh and Glamorgan barebow record for the Albion. The added positive is there is definitely room to improve that score.”

The Castle Bowmen AGM and Annual handicap improvements awards ceremony was very well attended, the highest turnout ever in fact. With more than enough food to keep everyone happy.

The Chairman thanked everyone for helping to make the club the smooth running, fun and safe place it is today, and urged newer archers who might not do tournaments to maybe give them a go to see how fun they are.

Castle Bowmen is still one of the biggest clubs in Wales and with future plans for next years 50th Anniversary in full swing it is hoped we will continue to give all our members an enjoyable place to make friends and practice their archery.

Starts Wednesday 3rd April from 5.30pm til dark


Improvers for the month... :-

  • Wendy W’ gains her 1st Class Recurve Classification

  • Delyth G’ gains her 3rd Class Barebow Classification

  • Wendy W’ & Edith M’ improve their Outdoor H/C scores

  • Christian L’ (Recurve), Mark H’ (Compound) & Mike Wo’ (Barebow) gain their indoor ‘D’ classifications.

  • Alzbeta S’ (Recurve), Mark H’ (Compound) & Trevor H’ Barebow) gain indoor ‘E’ classifications

  • Mark L’ gains his indoor ‘F’ classification

  • Mark H’, Mike Wo’, Alzbeta S’, Christian L’, Chris O’ & Trevor H’ improve their indoor H/C Scores

The final indoor session of the Winter season is on Sunday 31st March at St Davids. Then it’s outdoors all the way through the summer.

The 1st weekday Outdoor Session is next Wednesday (April 3rd) from about 5-30pm til it gets dark.

For all the Indoor and Outdoor Classification, Handicaps and Club records just go to the Classification page (click the black badge on the Home page) or just click this link >here<

The Final Hall of Fame Top 10 (+more) for the Portsmouth Postal League 2018/19

The Final Hall of Fame Top 10 (+more) for the FROSTBITE Postal League 2018/19


As the end of the winter postal season is looming, with only this month’s matches left to make a difference in the final results, the postal guardian has received notification from the central organisers of our progress so far (well up to and including Januarys matches, we don’t want to spoil the surprise too much).

Frostbite League:-

  • Team A … 1st in Division

  • Team B… 1st in Division

  • Team C… 1st in Division

  • Team D… 2nd in Division

Highest scoring archers in the whole of the UK (for their Frostbite divisions)

  • December … Mike Wo’ (A), Kathy C’ (B), Caz’ P’ (C)

  • January … Kathy C’ (C)

Portsmouth League:-

  • Team A … 1st in Division

  • Team B… 1st in Division

  • Team C… 2nd in Division

  • Team D… 3rd in Division

Highest scoring archers in the whole of the UK (for their Portsmouth divisions)

  • December … Mike Wo’ (A), Michelle W’ (A)

  • January … Mike Wo’ (A)

Well done to Chris O’ for being the sole Castle Bowmen representative at Llandaff City Bowmen’s Open Portsmouth tournament … and coming away with an awesome victory.

Not only did he win the Gold after coming top and beating everyone in his category, he also recorded a PB (Personal Best score)… AND ... claims the prestigious Red Dragon Badge too.

and in his own words…:-

“I haven’t really enjoyed indoor shooting but after arriving to a wet boggy St Fagans i was glad to be shooting indoors. It’s was a very psychological shoot having to shoot on the same target as my main competitors and do the scoring but I stayed focus on the main goals for the day. Chasing down that 520 Red Dragon badge was a great distraction from thinking of medal contention. I really wasn’t bothered by a finishing position but I was delighted I held my nerves during my last few ends. I shot a PB 525 Portsmouth and got that red dragon badge....”


Improvers for the month... :-

  • Emily C’ gains her 2nd Class outdoor Classification

  • Chris O’ gains his ‘D’ indoor Classification

  • Sam C’, Umberto S’, Theo G’ & Chris O’ improve their outdoor H/C Scores

  • Trevor H’, Sarah D’, Caz’ P’, Chris O’, Drew M’, Karl C’ & Mike R’ improve their Indoor H/C scores

The full chart rundown for the Postals is ready to view. Click the Blue one for the Frostbite League and the Red one for the Portsmouth League. Only one more match to play this season before the winners are decided.

Teams are listed, as always, on the Postal League page.


In case you missed the Club’s New Year H/C Shoot, and also missed the presentation ceremony at the Annual Club dinner, the full list of results plus pictures can be found on the Club Shoot page -


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For the 13th year in a row Castle Bowmen has had the honour of hosting the Glamorgan County indoor Championships, and as always the tournament was enjoyed by many with the highest turnout in years.

Not only did many of Castle Bowmen help superbly in the smooth running of the event but they also shot in it too, with many excellent results.

Drew M’, Gerhard N’, Christian L’, Mark H’ and Daniel H’ all were competing in their first official tournament and had some good results. Ian M’ for the Barebows came 3rd in the afternoon session and Steve shot too with no major issues.

At the end of the day, after the the entire day’s results were combined there was yet more success for Castle Bowmen’s team of awesome Barebows as they came away with medals of every colour.

The two Castle Bowmen barebow teams came 1st AND 2nd amidst a field of many good individual barebow archers.

Chris O’ took home the Silver Medal for the Gent Barebow with Andrew P taking the Bronze. Kathy C’ also took the Bronze for the Lady Barebows with Caz’ P’, shooting a PB (personal Best score), AND a Glamorgan Masters County Record to take home the trophy and Gold.

Here are a few photos to show how thoughtful and focused our team were on the day.


Here are the Postal League charts for the January Portsmouth and Frostbite tournaments - Just click the pictures below to view.


Improvers for the month... :-

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  • Rachel T, Stuart H' & Sarah I' improve their Indoor H/C scores

  • Wendy W’ improves her Outdoor Recurve H/C score

    (all the up to date Indoor & Outdoor Classification can now be found by clicking >here<)

Castle Bowmen Archers were in good form again at a couple of local tournaments last weekend, bringing back good news from at least one of them,

Ian M’ shooting at the RJD Archers WA18m record status tournament had an interesting time competing at a very pleasant shoot. Here is his full in-depth report;-

‘…I went, I took part, I left. The raffle hadn’t been drawn. It was cold in the hall, I finished my coffee after the first three arrows, that’s It.’

Meanwhile to the East Andrew P’ and Kathy C’ were competing at Llantarnam A.C’s annual Double Portsmouth tournament. The competition was fierce but the cake and tea was plentiful. The raffle provided no wins, but as Andrew reported;-

‘…we were luckily very fortunate not to win a raffle prize, thus saving the humiliation of another pair of slippers and a scented candle. Once the cuddly toy went we knew a plastic vacuum pack full of what looked like polystyrene wasn't going to do it.’

At the end of the 10 dozen arrows, cakes and cups of tea the final results held good news. Andrew had taken the Bronze medal for the Gent Barebows and Kathy took home the Gold for the Lady Barebows plus a well deserved Red Dragon achievement award badge.

Well done to all the Castle Bowmen archers who shot at the Welsh Indoor Championships held in Cardiff.

Mark H’, in his first Indoor tournament, Caroline P’, Kathy C’, Sarah I’, Karl C’ all enjoyed themselves at this important competition in the archery Calendar.

Congratulations must go to Caroline for picking up a well deserved Bronze medal for coming 3rd in the Barebow Category

The Castle Bowmen New Year Shoot was well attended this year, 35 of Castle Bowmen’s finest shot in what is officially the first tournament of the 2019 summer season. It was the highest number of archers shooting since 2011 when the shoot was first devised.

>>click here to see all the results from previous New Year shoots<<

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All prizes and results will be presented at the Club’s Annual dinner (31st January - Book your place now).


For a quick review of the Castle Bowmen year click the video link, then for a more detailed analysis of 2018 just keep reading below.

~~~ Review of the Castle Bowmen Archery Year 2018 ~~~


As the year is ending we once again have to reflect on how awesome Castle Bowmen is, and most of it is even true. 

The Club’s numbers have stayed fairly consistent with over 100+ members keeping us one of, if not THE, biggest club in Wales.


**Club of Champions**

In 2018 our awesome archers won over 86 tournament medals, 4 County championship titles, numerous County & Welsh records, another 2 Welsh Champion titles, and also won the Barebow Team Medals at the WAA Inter-County Championships.

We once again have the top 4 ranked Lady Barebow archers in Wales for the 2nd year running, plus plenty of UK ranking representation too.

Every member of Castle Bowmen shot exceptionally well over the year, many attaining new PB’s (Personal Best scores) with 52 archers being awarded new Classification badges.


We started a new achievement scheme this year called the ‘252’ scheme. Each archer that shoots to the required score receives a nice new ‘252’ badge for their quivers. So far more than 160 badges have been awarded.



**Castle Bowmen Juniors**

Castle Bowmen Juniors had some good success stories this year.


Sarah I’, competing in tournaments around the whole country, and winning Gold in many, has attained Junior Master Bowman Classification.

Sarah also competed in the British Barebow Indoor Championships in December and placed 2nd in her age category - That’s 2nd in the whole of the UK, so congratulations to her.


Rachel T’ won the coveted title of Club Champion after winning the Club New Year H/C Shoot.




More than 70 trainee archers have joined our beginner courses over the last year to be coached by our awesome coaches and many have then gone on to become full members.



**Castle Bowmen AGM**

Castle Bowmen's AGM was well attended and lots of important club business was discussed. The new committee, charged with the smooth running of the club, were sworn in and a full review of the year was given by Rick S', the Chairman. Before during and after the official proceedings the members who attended enjoyed a lovely buffet arranged by Steve C'. This was also the official unveiling of the club's new look website. Rick also wished everyone good shooting in the year to come.


The Annual award for the archer making an exceptional contribution to the club, the ‘Arthur Knighton’ trophy, was presented to Stuart H’ for his dedication and commitment to all aspects of the club.



**Club Tournaments**

We started 2018 with our customary cold and muddy New Year Handicap shoot to determine our club champion, which this year was awarded to Rachel T’ from the Castle Bowmen Juniors.


Our other tournaments throughout the year were very well attended and greatly enjoyed by all:-

From the Easter shoot, the most chocolatey competition in Wales and also a Welsh Ranking event, The ‘Val Goodman’ Junior May Metrics (The Only annual Junior-Only 12 dozen round tournament in Wales) to the Doug Woodley mid summer WA900 shoot, all the visiting archers from other clubs agreeing they had a very enjoyable time.


And not forgetting our unique annual Club Team Head-to-Head Tournament in October, with many of Castle Bowmen’s archers competing to win officially the biggest Archery medals in Wales, and the even more sought-after Losers Wooden spoon trophies.


Proudly fluttering at all these tournaments were the clubs brand new magnificent Castle Bowmen flags.



** Postal Leagues:- **

In the winter-

2 of our teams won their divisions in the Frostbite and Portsmouth Leagues and received shiny new winners badges.


Castle Bowmen also had some of the Highest scoring archers in their Frostbite divisions across the ENTIRE league:-

  • Team A's Division:- MichelleW' (Feb' & Mar') & MikeWo' (Nov',  Jan', Feb' & Mar')

  • Team B's Division:- KathyC' (Nov' & Feb') & Caz'P' (Mar')

  • Team C's Division:- Caz' P’ (Nov' & Jan'), RickS' (Nov'), AlanG'  (Jan') & SteveC' (Feb')

  • Team D's Division:- KathyC' (Jan') & MariaV (Mar')

  • Junior Team's Division:- SarahI' (Nov' & Feb'), LukeY' (Jan') &  TomasD' (Feb').


And some highest scoring archers for the Portsmouth league too:-

  • Team A's Division:- MichelleW' (Mar') & MikeWo' (Nov',Dec', Jan', Feb' & Mar')

  • Team B's Division:- KathyC' (Nov'&Jan')


In the summer-

4 out of our 6 teams won their Summer league divisions and all received their customary winners badges



**Glamorgan County Team**

Nine archers from Castle Bowmen:- Caz’ P, Kathy C’, Chris O’ & Andrew P’ (Barebow Team), Alan G’ & Wendy W’ (Longbow Team), Mike Wo’ & Michelle W’ (Recurve Team) and Sarah I’ (Junior Barebow Team) were chosen to be members of the Glamorgan County team for the wettest WAA inter county championships ever,  held in East Wales. 

Andrew, Caz’, Kathy and Chris also received an individual category medal for winning their respective Barebow categories.



**2018 Glamorgan County Champions:- **

  • Caz’ P’ - Lady Barebow Champion (INDOOR and OUTDOOR)

  • Karl C’ - Gent Barebow Champion

  • Michelle W’ - Lady Recurve Champion


**Glamorgan county records claimed:- **

  • Caz’ P’ - Albion Round - Lady Barebow (Master)

  • Sarah I’ - Windsor Round - Lady Barebow u18

  • Wendy W’ - St George round - Lady Recurve

  • Kathy C’ - St George round - Lady Barebow

  • Sarah R' - York Round - Lady Barebow

  • Caroline P' - Hereford Round - Lady Barebow (Master)

  • Steve C’ - Western Round - Gent Recurve (Master)




**2018 Welsh Outdoor Champions:-**

  • Sarah I’ - Lady Barebow U18 Championess (3rd year in a row)

  • Karl C’ - Gent Barebow Champion


** Welsh Records claimed:- **

  • Caz’ P’ - Albion Round - Lady Barebow(master)

  • Sarah I’ - Windsor Round - Lady Barebow u18

  • Wendy W’ - St George round - Lady Recurve

  • Kathy C’ - St George round - Lady Barebow


**Welsh Rankings:- **

Lady Barebow-

  • CazP’at number 1 

  • SarahI’ - #2

  • KathyC’ - #3

  • SarahR’ - #4


Gent Barebow-

  • Karl C’ - #2

  • AndrewP’ - #3

  • ChrisO’ - #30


Gent Longbow-

  • Alan G’ - #9


Lady Recurve-

  • Michelle W’ - #10

  • WendyW’ - #11

 Gent Recurve -

  • Mike Wo’ - #8

  • Rick S’ - #16

  • Steve C’ - #17

  • Shaun T’ - #28

  • Mike Bar’ - #30


In the ArcheryGB 2018 UK rankings list Castle Bowmen feature.

So out of 44,000 archers in the UK we have:-

  • Lady Barebow - Caroline P' = 36th 

  • Lady Barebow - Sarah I’ = 65th


  • Gent Barebow - Karl C’ = 27th 

  • Gent Barebow - Andrew P’ = 80th


  • Lady Recurve - Wendy W’ = 257th  


  • Gent Recurve - Steve C’ = 350th 

  • Gent Recurve - Rick S’ = 223rd 

  • Gent Recurve - Mike Wo’ = 143rd 


Now you’ve read the book - watch the video >>>

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Improvers for the month... :-

  • Edith M’ gains her 2nd Class Outdoor Classification

  • Umberto S’ gains his 3rd Class Outdoor Classification

  • Gerhard N’ gains his ‘D’ Indoor Classification

  • Daniel H’, Mike R’ gains his ‘E’ Indoor Classification

  • Christian L’, Trevor H’, Stuart H’, Sarah D’, Sarah I’, Gerhard N & Caz’ P’ improve their Indoor H/C scores

The December Postal League Frostbite and Portsmouth shoots have been completed and the teams are now on the Postal League page, scores and results will be posted as we receive them from the central UK organisers.

The fully updated league chart videos are also available for your viewing pleasure (or dismay), Just click the pictures below - Blue for Frostbite and Red for Portsmouth. These include the highest scores from the league rounds so far.


Congratulations to Sarah I’ for coming 2nd in the U18 category at the XVII British Barebow Indoor Championships. Excellent shooting gained her a great score and a shiny Silver medal. Click >here< to see all the scores from this prestigious tournament.

Interesting reading for Archers :-

  • The Etiquette Page >HERE<

  • The Rules of Shooting >HERE<

  • The Field Captain’s duties (the only person on the field who can say When to Shoot and When to Collect) > see below<


    The Field captain is responsible for the safe and orderly conduct of shooting.

    The appointed field captain will be responsible for giving ‘Audible’ signals to indicate archers may proceed to shoot or collect.


    BEFORE giving the signal to shoot the field captain must visually check the field to ensure no archers are still collecting arrows or that any other dangers are present on the field. (reminder: ANY archer can shout FAST at any time If they notice a danger on the field - ALL archers must then remove arrows from their bows)


    BEFORE giving the signal to collect the field captain must ensure no-one is still on the shooting line.


    The field captain has the authority to remind archers to vacate the shooting line unless they are shooting, or coaching another archer. They should also remind archers who are not shooting that they should be behind the waiting line.


    The field captain has discretion to limit lost arrow finding time to a reasonable amount to ensure the session continues at a decent pace


    To avoid confusion there must only ever be one field captain at any one time, ideally the same person for the whole session.

     The field captain can transfer duties to another trained archer if they need to, but ideally this should be announced to ensure everyone knows who is now in charge of the field.

  • Postal Portsmouth - Friday 7th December

  • Postal Frostbite - Sunday 9th December


Improvers for the month... :-

  • John H’ gains his 1st Class Classification

  • Gwyn S’ gains his 3rd Class Classification

  • Theo G’ & Umberto S’ gain their Archer Classifications

  • Mathew W’ gains his Indoor ‘D’ Classification

  • Gerhard N’, Chris O’, Christian L’, Mathew W’ & Drew M’ gain their ‘E’ Indoor Classifications

  • Mike R’, Chris O’, Trevor H’ & Stephen D’ gain their Indoor ‘F’ Classifications

  • Wendy W’, Edith M’ & Sam R’ improve their Outdoor H/C score for Barebow

  • Kate P’, Christian L’, Chris O’, Gerhard N, Daniel H’, Caz’ P’, Mathew W’, Trevor H’ & Stephen D’ improve their Indoor H/C scores

Some results have been received for the November Frostbite and Portsmouth postal leagues.

Good news for some…. Bad news for others,,,,, Nail-biting nervous wait for the rest as their results haven’t been released yet.

Head to the >> POSTAL LEAGUE PAGE << to see all the latest.

Well done to Sarah I’ for gaining her Junior Master Bowman Classification. The top award Junior archers can achieve. Here is a picture now that ArcheryGB has finally awarded her with her classification badge.

More information about this badge and all classification badges can be found >> HERE <<

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and keep your arrows in your case or bag until you are on the field !


The November Winter Postal shoots of the season have been shot, and all the team information so far can be found ,unsurprisingly, on the >> POSTAL PAGE << for both the Frostbite league and the Portsmouth league.
You can also find a full video rundown of all positions in the grand scheme of winter postal things by clicking the pictures below. (Blue for Frostbite and Red for Portsmouth)


During the summer outdoor season 17 Castle Bowmen archers broke a total of 66 club records with their magnificent shooting. Achievement Certificates will be awarded in due course.


hosted by CASTLE BOWMEN for the 13th year running

>> for entry form click here <<


Improvers for the month... :-

  • Mark H’ has gained his ‘D’ Indoor Classification

  • Kate P’ & Mark H’ have gained their Indoor ‘E’ Classifications

  • Wendy W’, Sarah D’ and Stephen D’ all improved their Indoor H/C score


hosted by CASTLE BOWMEN for the 13th year running

>> for entry form click here <<


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Spooky Halloween shooting

26-10-18 - St Teilos indoors - Ghost Hunting

28-10-18 - At the Field - Pumpkin Shooting

Normal ? shooting will also occur (depending on your definition of normal)

ArcheryGB have released the final 2018 UK rankings list, and Castle Bowmen feature.

So out of 44,000 archers in the UK we have:-

  • Lady Barebow - Caroline P' = 36th

  • Lady Barebow - Sarah I’ = 65th

  • Gent Barebow - Karl C’ = 27th

  • Gent Barebow - Andrew P’ = 80th

  • Lady Recurve - Wendy W’ = 257th

  • Gent Recurve - Steve C’ = 350th

  • Gent Recurve - Rick S’ = 223rd

  • Gent Recurve - Mike Wo’ = 143rd

  • Notification from the Postal Guardian...…
    ’The provisional final tables for the summer postal league is in and it can be confirmed that 4 out of the 7 teams entered WON their divisions! Badges are being sent out the week beginning the 22nd Oct.....to be awarded to the members of the winning teams soon after....’

Well done to all Castle Bowmen archers who competed in the 7th Annual Team H2H shoot.

Lots of good shooting, better than expected weather and plenty of cakes made the tournament lots of fun for all, Plus the unveiling of Castle Bowmen’s new flags.

Kathy C’ & Sarah I’ now add their names to the growing list of Champions for this event. Steve C’, Drew M’ and Wendy W’ also picked up winners medals.

The much coveted Wooden Spoon trophies (created by Stuart H’ especially for this competition) this year goes to Caz’ P’ & Gerhard N’.

below is a photo of all the champions

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The final Welsh Rankings for 2018 have been announced and Castle Bowmen has performed more than admirably. 15 of Castle Bowmen’s best archers feature in this list of the best in the country.

Standout results from everyone but especially from the Barebows to give us the best in Wales

  • Lady Barebow-

  • Caz P’ at number 1 in Wales

  • Sarah I’ at number 2

  • Kathy C’ at number 3

  • Sarah R’ at number 4


  • Gent Barebow-

  • Karl C’ at number 2

  • Andrew P’ at number 3 

  • Chris O’ at number 30


  • Gent Longbow-

  • Alan G’ at number 9


  • Lady Recurve-

  • Michelle W’ at number 10

  • Wendy W’ at number 11

  • Gent Recurve-

  • Mike Wo’ at number 8

  • Rick S’ at number 16 

  • Steve C’ at number 17 

  • Shaun T’ at number 28

  • Mike Bar’ at number 30

Click >> HERE << to find the full list of Castle Bowmen archers featuring in the Welsh Rankings over the years.

REMEMBER - We are now into our Winter Shooting Schedule, which means:-

  • OUTDOOR - Sunday Morning Shooting continues unchanged (9am to set up & approx’ 12-12.30pm to pack away).

  • INDOOR - Friday evening at St Teilo’s School (7pm - 9pm)

  • INDOOR - Sunday Afternoon at St David’s College (3pm - 6pm)

Indoor Target fee’s will apply


Improvers for the month... :-

  • Chris O' gains his Bowman Classification for Barebow

  • Kathy C’ gains her 1st Class Longbow Classification

  • Mark H’ & Mathew W' gain their 1st Class Barebow Classifications

  • Kate P' gains her 2nd Class Barebow Classification

  • Will W’ & Mike R’ gain their Archer Classifications

  • Caz’ P’, Mark L’, Terry C, Daniel H’, Karl C’, Mathew W', Chris O', Seb' J' and Drew M' all improve their H/C scores


The first Winter Postal shoot of the season has been shot and you can find all the teams (A-G) on the >>POSTAL PAGE<<

You can also find a

Congratulations to Sarah I’ and Karl C’ for becoming the latest Welsh Champions for 2018.

Despite the wet and windy day Rick S’, Steve C’, Karl C’ and Sarah I’ made the trek to the 2018 Welsh open Championships.

In their own words Rick and Steve “shot as expected”, but at the end of the day Karl had come top of the Gent Barebows to take Gold and the title, and Sarah triumphed once again to take the Welsh Junior Lady Barebow champion title for the 3rd year in a row, the Gold and most importantly shot awesomely to get the score needed to become the newest of Castle Bowmen’s Master Bowman.

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  • The 2018 Welsh Archery Association Inter-Counties tournament …(weather = wet and cold)

The WAA Inter-counties tournament is an annual event that pits the best archers from across all the Welsh counties against each other to find the greatest in the land.

Glamorgan Archery Association put out a call for all the finest archers across the county to gather at this event to uphold the honour of this small part of Wales.

At first the outlook was bleak…. things were looking bad…. what could be done ?

Then… out of the rain and mist, and drizzle, and cold, and damp… came Castle Bowmen ….. striding in slow motion across the fields like the goddamn heroes they are to save the day (well a little bit of the day, not the whole day).

Caz’ P, Kathy C’, Chris O’ & Andrew P’ (Barebow Team), Alan G’ & Wendy W’ (Longbow Team), Mike Wo’ & Michelle W’ (Recurve Team) and Sarah I’ (Junior Barebow Team) truly battled with the elements, fighting extreme cold, driving rain, unforgiving wind and quite a lot of mud they shot the best they could in the conditions.

In the end the battle for county supremacy was lost by a single point to Gwent, bringing the total wins between them and Glamorgan over the years to a tie.

But the mighty Castle Bowmen Barebows (pictured above) were victorious in winning their category by a significant margin. Thus proving the ancient saying correct - that fortitude, teamwork, diligent practice, extreme dedication and plenty of bacon and eggs for breakfast doth a champion make.

The 2018 world famous Cambria Bowmen BBQ shoot was as magnificent as always, and this year it was in the pouring rain. This didn’t stop the intrepid Castle Bowmen heroes from competing in the drizzle, shooting awesomely, and taking home plenty of shiny bling.

10 Castle Bowmen entered : 10 medals, 4 county records, 4 Welsh records, 1 unofficial UK record and 2 raffle prizes were taken away at the end of the day.

Sarah I’, beating the gent recurves in her round, took Gold on the Windsor round for Lady Barebows along with County and Welsh records.

Michelle W’, for the Lady Recurves on the Albion round, took home a Gold.

Caz’ P’, also on the Albion round, took Gold plus County and Welsh records.

Rick S’, for the Gent Recurves, took Silver on the Albion round.

On the St George round Chris O’ took Gold for the Gent Barebows.

Alan G’, for the Gent Longbows took Silver on the St George round.

Wendy W’, on the St George Round, took Gold for the Lady Recurves, beating her own County and Welsh Records.

Kathy C’, also on the St George round also took County and Welsh records and a Gold medal.

Kathy also broke the UK record for a Lady Barebow shooting the round.

and finally on the St George round for the Gent Recurves Mike Wo’ took Gold and a Trophy with Steve C’ taking the Bronze.

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Congratulations to Sarah I’ for once again taking Gold for the Lady Barebows at the West Midlands Archery Society Open Junior Championships, with another Master Bowman score as well.

The Summer Longbow Postal Season is over for another year and we won't know the official results of how the teams have done for some time. So in the meantime here are the best 5 scores of the Season.


  • Alan G'  244

  • Stuart H'   238

  • Andrew P'  193

  • Wendy W'  169

  • Mike Wi'  168




A message from Postal League Guardian Katie:

"Hello archers! It's postal this Sunday for the longbows so feel free to pop down B&Q to buy a piece of 2 x 2 and join in! As it's postal day......there will be cake and we will be trialling the provision of tea/ coffee.....so bring a mug if you would like a cuppa!" (Tea & Cake is for all, not just Longbows)



At the Gwent Championships in Chepstow this year the weather was very warm but with very little wind, which was good news for Castle Bowmen's Rick S', Wendy W', Mike Wo' and Sarah I' who were competing.

Sarah won the day by taking Gold as top Junior Lady Barebow Visitor for the Metric 1 round (with a magnificent Junior Master Bowmen score) and Mike Wo' took 3rd place for the Gent Recurve Visitors in the WA1440 round. Sarah, Rick, Wendy and Mike all shot seasons best scores for their respective rounds.




Improvers for the month... :-

  • Chris O' gains his 1st Class Barebow Classification

  • Kathy C' gains her 2nd Class Longbow Classification

  • Mark L' gains his 3rd Class Barebow Classification

  • Mike Wo' gains his Longbow Archer Classification

  • ...

  • Mike Bar', Stuart H' & Chris O' improve their H/C scores



Congratulations to our Junior Sarah I' for winning the Gold in her category at the Gloucestershire SENIOR County Championships. She was the only representative from Castle Bowmen and shot very well under some challenging windy conditions.



October 13th will be the Annual Castle Bowmen Team Tournament - A competition designed for every Club member regardless of bowtype, age or ability, everyone can shoot it quite easily. More details will be posted closer to the time, (but all you need is the ability to hit 30m)

The Archery related theme this year is Archery Gods & Goddesses, and it will be up to you to decide which ones we include in our pantheon.

>> CLICK HERE << to go to the voting page to decide on your favourite.

(Please note you might not necessarily be in the team of the mythical archer you voted for, this is to decide which ones are included.)




Check out the >> Postal Page <<  to find the Top Ten Hall of Fame scores for the Season so far. 

See if you have made the list or how close you are. Still a couple of months to get on the list. 



Congratulations to all of our new 2018 Glamorgan County Champions

  • Michelle W' - Lady Recurve County Champion

  • Karl C' - Gent Barebow County Champion

  • Caroline P' - Lady Barebow County Champion (current Outdoor AND Indoor champion)

To see a full list of Castle Bowmen's County and Welsh champions >> Click Here <<




The Glamorgan County Outdoor Championships.... The pinnacle of County archery tournaments held Outdoors in Glamorgan this month... If any spectators had accidently found themselves viewing the proceedings they would indeed have said 'These are the finest archers in this field at this time'.

Castle Bowmen sent many of it's best archers to compete in this prestigious event, and they all, without exception brought glory and honour to the club with some magnificent shooting. Rick S', Mike Wo', Karl C', Andrew P', Sarah R', Michelle W', Caz' P' and Chris O' battled against the blazing sun, tiring heat and queuing up at the bar afterwards, to bring back some shiny bling and excellent achievement's.

On the Hereford round Caz' shot an awesome MB (Master Bowman score) to take the Gold for the Lady Barebows, which was also a County record.

Michelle shot a PB (personal Best score) to take Gold for the Lady Recurves and Chris, also with a PB, claimed Gold for the Gent Recurves. 

On the York round Rick shot a Seasons Best, his best score for the round in 3 years, despite starting the 3rd distance a little early he then remembered his sight should have been set for 80yards not 60 ! 

Also on the York round Sarah shot very well during the day to claim a new Glamorgan County record and took home an awesome Gold for the Lady Barebows.

For the Gent Barebows Andrew, also shooting a PB, ended the day with a shiny silver medal in 2nd place, just losing out to Karl, also with a Seasons Best, who took home the Gold.

Mike, for the Gent Recurves, at the halfway point of the day was in silver medal position. And after clawing back points from the leader after every single dozen ended the day in .. still Silver position. But with only 12 points between 1st and 2nd it was a fun close battle.

And to round off a hot but exceptionally good day Caz' wins a bottle of wine in the raffle and Andrew wins a wine scented candle... 

All in all the day was summed up quite succinctly by Karl - "it was ok"

  • Below are a few pictures of the day taken by Caz'




It's that time of year again when thoughts turn to the end of summer shooting, the start of winter shooting and of course the old favourite ..renewing your archery affiliation. Details have been sent out in this month's Newsletter, so probably best to read it this month. Fee's MUST be paid for you to be eligible to continue shooting legally. The end of September is the absolute cut-off date but obviously ArcheryGB always takes time to process everything and issue new membership cards, so early payment is recommended.



 Improvers for the month... :-

  • Seb' J' gains his Bowman Classification

  • Mathew W' and Chris O' both gain their 2nd Class Barebow Classification

  • Michelle W', Kathy C', Ian M', Terry C', Stephen D', Mark H', David J', Immants G', Stuart H' (L/B), Chris O', Mike Wo' (B/B), Mathew W' & Seb' J' improve their H/C scores



The entry form for Cambia Bowmen's world famous BBQ shoot is now on the Tournament Page >>HERE<<

IF you are not sure whether this tournament is suitable for you just ask one of our award winning coaching team for advice.



Rick's weekend report from the Record status Yorks and Herefords at Black-n-Gold club Cheltenham :- (What a difference a week makes to the weather report)

''The day started with a let’s get that dustbin off the roof before starting off – after half an hour of travelling through driving rain – flying dustbins – cats – dogs and branches – I finally made it – To the Car. What a start !!

Off I went.

Stopped off at the services for a health inducing Ginsters Pasty – stupid health conscious farm shop didn’t have any – and second soaking of the day was endured for zilch.

Anyway by 9-15am 'ish Castle Bowmen’s two toughest archers Myself (shorts and t shirt) and Sarah I, were warming up (well standing cold, wet and shivering) ready to start – eating a bacon butty (well I was anyway). A few pleasantries with fellow archers – like [what] are we doing here? - and we were off. For me 100 yrds actually went ok after a 4 first end and a 9 last end but one. 80 yrds was ok as was 60, but not amazing. 636 scored about 60 up on Neath.

Weather went something like this:

100 yrds over the left shoulder very strong gusty wind and steady rain – a good open stance and windage at max to the right and some arrows actually made the yellow bit – could have done with the danage boss for feedback- boing !!!!! – couldn’t hear a thing in terms of hits and scopes were blowing over when they were not full of water.

80yrd – took ages to get things going again after lunch – loads of equipment failures and bouncers after the Nationals competitors joined in - wind changed to the side – and heavy gusts with the odd easing off – the sun occasionally poked its head out and it got really warm and sticky. It did dry things out a bit which would have been nice but…

60yrds full face on gale force hurricane with driving rain.

Sarah should use this as an excuse for the miss on last end that cost her a JMB score after sticking it out valiantly for an amazing score of 596 on the Hereford and Bling – Gold in her age group and would have got second as an adult losing only to a GMB score of 860 plus.

Thankfully things eased just for enough time to take tents down and get to the car before it absolutely rained some more – was going to nip into the changing rooms for a clothes change – no point would have just got wet again – so after wriggling into a dry pair of swimming trunks I set off home ( just as well I travelled alone) in a very damp steamy car.

Sorry to Sarah!!-  who stayed on to collect  her bling and cuddly tiger -  I should have been more supportive. But I think if I had settled in a nice warm bar I would still be there now !!!

Odd as it may seem – still enjoyable and a fun day out !


Many of the finest archers in the land... well in Castle Bowmen, travelled once again across the borders to shoot in the Supermarine Bowmen WRS Weekend Tournament. A two day shoot, with a Double WA 70m on the Saturday shot by Rick S', Steve C', Ryan P' and Caz' P', and a mighty difficult WA1440 round shot on the Sunday by Karl C' and Sarah I' shooting her Junior equivalent. 

Here is Rick's concise and highly technical report of the day:-

   "Well – Saturday morning started at around 4.47 am to be precise – a cool overcast start to the day (well it would be at that time of the morning). Hit the road around 6-15 (Steve was away earlier and Caz and Ryan a little later. We all got here in reasonable time ready for the 8-00 am kit inspection – do they not sleep in Wiltshire.

Practice commenced at 8-45 sharp – still overcast – mild breeze and fairly cool. Todays the day for a break through !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And I was right there was a breakthrough -  in the shape of a really hot sun burning a hole in the cloud right above our heads – I think Steve and I probably contributed to the localisation of the cloud burn – the sun came through hit our respective bonces and went straight back up to complete the burn through. Needless to say from then on it was hot hot hot – and very humid !! Cant really complain about the wind it was quite mild and most of the time predictable.

Shoot was very well run as ever – with shed loads of cake and burgers etc available. I abstained of course in respect of my diet and new found fitness improvement but I think Ryan and Steve took advantage. Tight shoot between the three of us for a while – all shooting pretty well really. Tournament mentality and experienced prevailed and saw the wizened old [guy] top the dynamic trio with a 200 point improvement on his Cheltenham efforts. Both Steve and Ryan did seasons bests in tournies I believe and were happy with their day.

Caz naturally was awesome and took GOLD for the Lady Barebows  [with some ever awesome shooting, despite some annoying opposition.]

Did I mention it was hot !!! First time ever I had to go back to the car for more Lynx !!!

Made new friends and enjoyed reminiscing about Cheltenham with a few others that had suffered a couple of weeks ago….nice to know it wasn’t just me !

Sunday I gather was just as hot but it seems nothing gets in the way of Castle Bowmen’s Barebow team – with Sarah and Karl both shooting well and both taking home the GOLD bling.

Roll on next Sunday for another adventure – and a 9-45 assembly – more civilized in Cheltenham. "



Well done to all those that shot in this month's Postal League shoot, many PB's and H/C's were improved upon (as listed above in the Monthly Improver section).

Congratulations to all that improved their Team positions from last month, and to those shooting in the league for the first time. 

All the Teams are now listed on the Postal League page under 'July Teams'




Is there a Recurve now shooting as Barebow ?

This was found at 60yards.

Please claim at the Lost & Found office.



Congratulations to Mike Wo' for completing his last 252 round which means he now has the complete set of 252 badges from 20yards all the way up to 100yards



Two brave Castle Bowmen travelled west a tiny bit to compete at the Short Metric Tournament held by Llandaff City Bowmen. Michelle W' and Chris O', in his first tournament away from the club, had to contend with less than perfect conditions, as Michelle described them

'It was hot all day and quite windy in the afternoon'

But as you will see from Chris's report below they both did extremely well, both coming home with shiny medals. A magnificent Recurve Gold for Michelle and a well deserved Barebow Silver and a PB (Personal Best score) for Chris.

'It was another hot humid day as the archers chased the shade until the sun rose and there was no escaping the sun. After the first round there could have been a number of things to blame for the terrible shoot thus far, the heat, the equipment, the fact that the 50M hates me but in all probability it was the archer! An experienced archer once told me to forget the last arrow, I wish he'd teach me how to forget a whole round!! Pressing on i shot a very good 30M to bring myself back into medal contention. I came away with a little dignity and the silver. On reflection i am glad I've upheld the castle bowmen winning reputation but in the words of Mark H' "I must be better"'



All the JUNE postal results are in and can be viewed on the Postal Page.

SPOILERS !!… Some teams still have a 100% success rate this Season...some do not.



RJD Archers Open UK record status Western tournament was the next destination for the Castle Bowmen archers. Steve C', Wendy W', Mike Wo' and Kathy C' all braved the unseasonably hot heat to bring back the Gold and the Glory...and they succeeded spectacularly.

The day was incredibly hot but the fabulous archers still manged to get through the entire shoot, more or less, to grab the medals at the end.

But It wasn't without the drama. During one end at 50y the ever observant judges blew the whistle even though Steve was still shooting. Steve informed them that he can't have ran out of time, and they agreed they had made a mistake and let him continue to shoot his last arrow, which was shot with such high concentration and precision it could only ever be heading into one colour...yes it hit the blue.

At the end of the day all of Castle Bowmen had scored a SB (Seasons Best score), with Steve also shooting a Glamorgan County record and Wendy taking Gold for the Lady Longbows, Kathy got the top score for the Lady Barebows and Mike took Gold for the Gent Recurves.

Mike Wo' collecting his medal from the Lady Paramount for winning the Gent Recurve Category

Mike Wo' collecting his medal from the Lady Paramount for winning the Gent Recurve Category

Wendy wins the Lady Longbow category and gets the Gold from the RJD Archers Lady Paramount

Wendy wins the Lady Longbow category and gets the Gold from the RJD Archers Lady Paramount

Steve sets a new Glamorgan County record for Gent Recurve (master) category

Steve sets a new Glamorgan County record for Gent Recurve (master) category



Rick S' and Karl C' travelled far away to represent Castle Bowmen at the Cheltenham Archers Annual 2 day Record Status Tournament. But being a kind and sharing sort of club they split it between them and while Rick shot the Double WA70m on the Saturday, Karl then shot the WA1440 round on the Sunday. They both enjoyed bright sunny skies the whole weekend, although the tricky wind conditions did cause a few hiccups. 

Here is Rick's report in his own words :- 

" A lonesome archer went forth early Saturday morning, a far cry from last year when many Castle Bowmen travelled for the annual Catherine Oldacre Memorial Event. Despite a poor (almost non existent) nights sleep things looked hopeful as cloud appeared on the horizon around 7-00 am – will it be cooler than expected and windless.

Well the answer was  a resounding NO!!! It turned out very hot and very windy – the worst kind – head on gusty and slightly to one side. They could have put half faces up on the left side of the target and no one would have lost many points. You could see arrows flying from outside the RH side of the target and landing on the left – my arrars being lighter drifter more . At one point my windage adjustment was right over to the left – the sight pin unwound and I even started to unscrew the sight aperture to get windage.(till it dropped off).

Needless to say scores were awful – 313 and 297.

Had some good ends though and some nice groups at times – How can you do 9,9,8,8,m,m – 10,10,8,7,m,m. Hit on one cunning plan that got me a few golds – I reverse engineered the aim/release process. Wait for it to be still – get a steady aim on 2 o clock black then wait for the wind and release – first attempt X – worked a couple of times after that.

Great day out as usual – but ended up with a touch too much sun. Still that’s my 5 rounds done for ranking although my HC will suffer badly – I shall return !!"

On the Sunday Karl shot very well and ended up in Silver medal position for the Gent Barebows

"I could have done better but It was better than last time so it was alright"



Arrows found by our crack team of professional arrows finders (and sometimes by luck) will be pictured on the new Found Lost Arrow page. The link to which is near the top of the page.('click to find lost arrows')

Tip - The best way to get your arrow back quicker if you lose it -  always have your initials on every arrow, as recommended by ArcheryGB.



Juniors Please note that the NEXT Junior Saturday will be 14th July - This is a slight change to the pattern, but will then carry on every 2 weeks from then.


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Improvers for the month... :-

  • Stephen D' gains his Barebow 2nd Class Classification

  • Chris O', Trevor H', Daniel H', Mark H' and Drew M' all gain their 3rd Class Classifications

  • Drew M' gains his Archer Classification for Recurve

  • Imants G', John H', Trevor H', Kathy C', Steve C', Mark H', Drew M' and Caz' P' improve their H/C score



First confirmed win for one of the JUNE postal teams >> SEE THE POSTAL PAGE << for all the information throughout the season.



Well done to all the Castle Bowmen archers, especially those in their first competition, shooting at our Annual Mid Summer 'Doug Woodley' WA900 Tournament. 

Nearly 30 archers from around South Wales came to compete at this annual shoot, and also enjoyed shooting on one of the hottest days of the year. 

Castle Bowmen Juniors Sarah I' and Rachel T' both took Gold in their age categories for the Lady Barebows. The Senior Lady Barebows also did extremely well with Sarah R' taking Bronze, Caroline P' taking Silver and Kathy C' collecting the giant Gold medal. 

The Gent Barebows did very well too with Paul Y' winning Bronze, Chris O' in his first tournament taking Silver and Andrew P' winning a well deserved Gold.

Wendy W', who also performed the duties of Lady Paramount, took Gold in the Lady Longbow category with a County record. For the Gent Longbows Stuart H' took home the Bronze and Alan G' takes the Silver medal.

In the Gent Recurve category Rick S' fought well to take home an excellent Bronze.

Also taking home a Gold medal and a County Record Michelle W' took the top prize for the Lady Recurves.



The Castle Bowmen Heroes shot at the Annual Neath Archers rose record status York/Hereford Tournament with some excellent if soggy results.

The weather for the tournament started with a rain shower, carried on with some heavy rain, briefly interrupted with some more continuous showers and finished with a spell of rain. But Sarah I', Michelle W', Caroline P', Rick S', Steve C', Mike Wo', Andrew P' & Karl C' battled through to the finish without a complaint... ok there may have been a few complaints … but they did all finish under extremely tricky conditions.

In the end Every Castle Bowmen archer scored a Seasons Best Score with a couple of them also getting PB's (Personal Best scores).

In the Hereford Round Caroline Collected the Gold for the Lady Barebows with Sarah also taking Gold for her age category and Michelle taking Silver for the Lady Recurves.

In the York round for the Gent Barebows Karl took home a well deserved Gold and for the Gent Recurves Mike took the Bronze. 

Rick and Steve had a mini battle of their own, with each taking the lead as the distances got closer. It all came down to the final end at the final distance with Rick finally grasping the victory.




Portsmouth Postal : 

  • Team A... 1st Place in the Division !!! - WINNERS !!!

  • Team B... 3rd Place in the Division

Frostbite Postal :

  • Team A...1st Place in the Division !!! - WINNERS !!!

  • Team B...2nd Place... missed the top spot by just 4 points

  • Team C...2nd Place in the Division

  • Team D...2nd Place... Not bad considering we didn't have a December team D

  • Junior Team …2nd Place in their Division

Excellent results for all those who contributed to Team A and good shooting from everyone else. 2nd place in nearly all the other divisions is a good result. 



Extra news from the Winter Postal Leagues:

These are the highest scoring archers in their respective divisions, across the ENTIRE league:-

Portsmouth Postals : 

  • Team A's Division :- Michelle W' (Mar') & Mike Wo' (Nov',Dec',Jan',Feb' & Mar')

  • Team B's Division :- Kathy C' (Nov' & Jan')

Frostbite Postals :

  • Team A's Division :- Michelle W' (Feb' & Mar') & Mike Wo' (Nov',Jan',Feb' & Mar')

  • Team B's Division :- Kathy C' (Nov' & Feb') & Caz' P' (Mar')

  • Team C's Division :- Caz' P' (Nov' & Jan'), Rick S' (Nov'), Alan G' (Jan') & Steve C' (Feb')

  • Team D's Division :- Kathy C' (Jan') & Maria V (Mar')

  • Junior Team's Division :- Sarah I' (Nov' & Feb'), Luke Y' (Jan') & Tomas D' (Feb')



It's been a while since the winter but we have finally heard from the UK organisers of the Winter Postal League, and have the final overall confirmed results of the season... All will be revealed soon but the news is quite exciting for... 2 of our teams … but which 2 ? ...



ArcheryGB have released the first UK Rankings list for the 2018, and Castle Bowmen Recurves have a few entries.

  • Steve C' is ranked 329th in the UK

  • Rick S' is ranked 292nd in the UK & 

  • Mike Wo' is ranked 197th in the UK

We'll see if these positions change by the end of the season.



POSTAL LEAGUE's - From now on PRACTICE will start as soon as the field is set up safely (9.15am approx'). SO the earlier you arrive the more practice time you get. 

Everyone shooting the Postal Leagues will all start SCORING at 10am on the dot. No exceptions. You can still score if you arrive later but practice time FINISHES at 10am as the scoring will then commence.

This is to keep the tournament running as smoothly as possible and still have a reasonable finishing time for people to get home for lunch.

Also please check how many people are already shooting on a boss if you wish to join it (as mentioned in the Rules of Etiquette (section N). It's always best to join the one with the least amount of archers as it speeds the total shooting time up no end.



At the World Record Status Double WA1440 Tournament at Pembrey Country Park, hosted by Cymric Archers, Mike Wo' battled against the unrelenting sun and heat, the invasion of little bugs all over the field and the total lack of ice creams to compete in a gruelling archery weekend. After more than 300 arrows over 2 days he managed a seasons best score and took home the Bronze medal for the glory of Castle Bowmen.



All the MAY Postal League results are in and listed upon the Postal League page > HERE <

6 out of the 7 competing Castle Bowmen Teams WON their month's match. SO well done to almost everyone.

Teams for JUNE, that have shot their rounds, are listed under JUNE. Competing teams wont have their team score listed until we receive the opponents score.


Improvers for the month... :-

  • Luke Y' gains his Junior Bowman Classification

  • Luke Y' gains his 1st Class Classification

  • Paul Y' gains his 1st Class Classification

  • Paul Y' gains his 2nd Class Barebow Classification

  • Mathew W' gains his 3rd Class Barebow Classification

  • Trevor H' gains his Archer Classification

  • ...

  • John H', Michelle W', Mike Bar',Trevor H', Karl C', Paul Y', Luke Y' & Stephen D' improve their H/C score




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Congratulations to Luke Y' and Heather B' for being presented with their Gold D.of.E Certificates at Buckingham Palace. These are presented to Young People who achieve the Gold Standard of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award. An excellent achievement for both.



The first Postal League shoot of the season was shot under beautiful blue sunny warm skies, which may explain why nearly everyone had an excellent score by the end of the shoot. 

All the competing archers made it into teams, and first indications from the Postal League Guardian Katie suggest that we all did very well, with TWO teams already confirmed as taking a win from this first round of the season. 

To view our progress in the Postal League and to see which team you made it in to just visit the 'Postal Leagues' page from the main menu. Or  >> CLICK HERE <<  to save scrolling back up to the top of the page. Confirmed results from each match will be posted there as we receive them.



Well done to all our Awesome Junior archers who shot our Annual 'Val Goodman' Junior May Metrics tournament. The sun was shining for the whole day and there was none of that pesky wind to spoil the perfect shots.

Some of the best Junior Archers from almost half a dozen clubs from over South Wales joined us to shoot this important event in the Archery calendar. The Castle Bowmen working party worked hard to ensure the whole day ran as smoothly as possible, with Val G' presiding over preceding's in her role as Lady Paramount.

All of our Juniors did extremely well, with all of them winning their categories and taking home shiny Gold trophies. Very well done to Luke Y', Daniel H', Sarah I', Geoffrey C', Rachel T' and Candice L'.

Extra congratulations to Candice for shooting well under pressure, with her opponent matching her arrow for arrow all day and ending with an unprecedented absolutely equal tie after all 144 arrows has been shot, something you rarely see. But it did mean they both went home with a Gold trophy.



Check out the latest update to the Welsh Rankings - Many Castle Bowmen heroes are in it

   > Click here for the current Welsh Rankings <



***The Welsh Archery Association WA70m & H2H Tournament report ***

On the warmest, sunniest day of the year Castle Bowmen's elite team of archers were competing at the prestigious Welsh Archery Association Annual Head-to-Head tournament. 

Caz' P', Andrew P', Steve C', Rick S' and Mike Wo' all shot in the extremely hot conditions, and some of them had some very nice results at the end of the day.

In the initial 70m Qualifying round Caz' and Andrew placed first and second in the joint Barebow category, Mike Wo' came 3rd for the Gent Recurves, and Rick & Steve enjoyed shooting too.

In the important knock-out H2H round Steve came up against his old adversary Nigel, and despite having a good loose was beaten 6-0, but still enjoyed himself at the end of the day, especially after the final results revealed that he didn't come last.

Rick's head-to-head went down to an exciting 1 arrow shoot off tie-break decider match, his opponent shot high into the blue.... unfortunately Rick shot a little higher, but it was a close run thing.

Mike Wo' eventually was defeated by the overall winner in the Gent Recurves, he managed to keep within a few points of his opponent throughout his Quarter Final match, but was finally beaten.

In an exciting mixed Barebow event Caz' and Andrew hung in right to the very end of the day to compete against each other in the dramatic final to see who would take home the Gold.  Over the 3 decider rounds it was difficult to see who would take the title, but it became clearer when we used our scopes. In his first H2H tournament Andrew took home a shiny silver medal and Caz' taking home a magnificent Gold with a definitive win. (Caz' and Andrew also won wine in the raffle)


Caz' wins the GOLD and some wine - Andrew wins the SILVER and some wine

Caz' wins the GOLD and some wine - Andrew wins the SILVER and some wine






 A message from the Postal League Guardian

"A very lovely Summer Postal 2017 winners badge was handed in at the field. I expect the owner of such a sought after badge is very sad that they have lost it"  See Kathy to retrieve your lost badge



The Summer Postal League organisers have released the list of opponents we'll be competing against for the outdoor season this year. A tricky match for Team D in June, they'll need to shoot their best for it. Click on the 'Postal Leagues' page to see a list of all the fixtures

.... or click >> HERE <<  if you can't find the Postals page link (its at the top of the page)



Tuesday evening shooting starts on May 1st



Improvers for the month... :-

  • Karl C' gains his Bowman Classification for Barebow

  • Stephen D' gets his Archer AND 3rd Class Classification for Barebow

  • Mark H' gets his Recurve Archer Classification

  • ...

  • Mark H', Stephen D', Karl C' (twice), Mike Bar', Sarah I' and Rachel T' improved their H/C scores



Well done to Karl C' for gaining his Bowman Classification, Only the 2nd Gent Barebow to attain this Classification since 2012.



Castle Bowmen's AGM was well attended and lots of important club business was discussed. The new committee, charged with the smooth running of the club, were sworn in and a full review of the year was given by Rick S', the Chairman. Before during and after the official proceedings the members who attended enjoyed a lovely buffet arranged by Steve C'. This was also the official unveiling of the club's new look website (the one you're looking at now). Rick also wished everyone good shooting in the year to come.



Castle Bowmen's Annual Easter Sunday Double WA70m Tournament was enjoyed by all the competitors who braved the dry, slightly muddy and rather cold conditions.

Excellent shooting, exciting Head-to-Head style tie breaks to decide who got the chocolate spot prize and lots of fun chocolatey prizes throughout the shoot contributed to a good day for all. The Castle Bowmen working party were as awesome as always, setting up and packing away the tournament field with great efficiency. 

At the end of the day many of our archers took away many of the prizes. 

Our Lady Paramount for the day Caroline P' also took away the top prize for the Lady Barebows, with Kathy C' taking the 2nd place prize egg. Karl C' for the Gent Barebows also ended top with Andrew P' taking the Silver. Sarah I' and Rachel T' both took the top easter egg prize in their Barebow age categories.

Michelle W' came 1st in the Lady Recurve category with Wendy W' coming 2nd, and in the Gent Recurves Mike Wo' also took 2nd prize.

For the Gent Longbows Alan G' took home the silver position prize too.

Extra Chocolate prizes were also won by Steve C, Michelle W', Shaun T', Rachel T', Mike Wo', Karl C', Kathy C' & Andrew P'



Improvers for the month… :-

  • Karl C’ gains his ‘E’ Classification

  • Betty N’, Doug N’, Mark H’ and Daniel H’ gain their Indoor ‘F’  Classifications

  • Paul L’ gains his ‘G’ Indoor Classification

  • Rick S' gains his 'H' Indoor Classification for BAREBOW

  • Michelle W', Stephen D', Andrew P' & Peter W improve their H/C scores



The indoor shooting winter season has now effectively ended. So now we look forward to Outdoor shooting at the field. The first Weekday session will be on Wednesday 4th April, with sessions also on Friday Evenings and the usual Sunday Morning. These will carry on until the end of September.



Latest update from the Winter Postal Leagues:-

Portsmouth League Team A is currently #1 in their division. Mike Wo' has been the highest scoring Gent for November, December and January in the whole division.

Portsmouth League Team B is also currently #1 in their division.  Kathy C' has been the highest scoring Lady for November and January in the whole division.

Frostbite League Team A, Team C & Junior Team are all currently 2nd in the division with Team B and Team D are both 3rd in their divisions.

For Team A - Mike Wo' was the highest scoring Gent for November and January.

For Team B - Kathy C' was the highest scoring Lady for November

For Team C - Caz' P' was the highest scoring Lady for November & January with RIck S' the highest scoring Gent for November and Alan G' the highest Gent for January.

For Team D - Kathy C' was the highest scoring Lady for January

Junior Team - Sarah I' was the highest scoring Lady for November and Luke Y' the highest scoring Gent for January



In one of the final tournaments of this Indoor Season Kathy C’ and Andrew P’ travelled to a little competition in the far West of Cardiff to see if they could bring home the Gold and the Glory for Castle Bowmen.

A fun but challenging day was ahead of them, full of interesting opponents, sheep, questionable toilets, bacon rolls and talk of dragons.

At the end of the day they both , of course , prevailed to take away the treasures.

Kathy took Gold for the Lady Barebows and almost claims her Red Dragon achievement Badge (1 point off).

Andrew claims his Red Dragon badge, takes the Gold for the Gent Barebows and shoots a magnificent PB (Personal Best score). So congratulations all round for some awesome shooting.



“Neither snow, nor rain, nor gloom of night stays the courageous from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”…..Herodotus - 500 b.c

Castle Snowmen 2018

Castle Snowmen 2018


Improvers for the month… :-

  • Michelle W’ gains her ‘C’ Indoor Classification for Recurve

  • Daniel H’ gains his Indoor ‘G’ Recurve Classification

  • Mike Bar’, Andrew P’, Caroline P’ and Michelle W’ improve their H/C scores



Castle Bowmen  (Club of Champions) once again hosted the Glamorgan County Indoor Championships for the 12th consecutive year, and as always the whole day was a great success.  

It was enjoyed by Archers, spectators and judges alike, earning the club much praise.

“Thanks for a great shoot” Nick -Cambria Bowmen    

“Surprisingly Enjoyable” Mike - Castle Bowmen    

“ It was a pleasure..” Griff - Judge

“ Thanks for everything today “ Paul - Judge

“ Thoroughly enjoyed the shoot “ Matthew - Pentref Bowmen .

The super efficient Castle Bowmen working party helped ensure the whole event ran as smoothly as possible, and the Awesome Castle Bowmen archers ensured we picked up a few medals at the same time.

Caroline P’, Kathy C’, Michelle W’, Sarah I’, Mike Wo’, Mike Bar’, Andrew P’, Rick S’, Dave M’ and Alan G’ all did an excellent job of helping to run the shoot and also Shoot the shoot too. With Steve C’ and his excellent catering team providing refreshments to all the hungry competitors.

At the end of the long competitive day both Castle Bowmen’s Barebow team (Caroline, Kathy & Andrew) and  Recurve team (Michelle, Mike & Mike) did very well to both come in 2nd place.

Michelle W’ came in 2nd place for the Lady Recurves and took away a Silver medal.

Kathy C’, for the Lady Barebows, (also performing the Lady Paramount duties for the tournament) took home the Bronze medal after finishing in 3rd place.

But the biggest congratulations of the day must go to Caroline P’ for coming in 1st place to win the Gold and Trophy to become Castle Bowmen’s latest County Champion.


Castle Bowmen Glamorgan Lady Barebow Champion 2018 Caz with Kathy who won it in 2017

Castle Bowmen Glamorgan Lady Barebow Champion 2018 Caz with Kathy who won it in 2017


Improvers for the month… :-

  • Mike Bar’ gains his Indoor ‘D’ Classification

  • Peter W’ & Shaun T’ gain their Indoor ‘E’ Classification

  • Alzbeta S’ gains her ‘F’ Indoor Classification

  • Rachel T’ and Stephen D’ gain their Indoor ‘G’ Classifications

  • Kathy C’, Stephen D’, Sarah D’ and Sarah I’ improved on their H/C Scores


In the greatest traditions of the greatest explorers Castle Bowmen had a busy weekend, travelling to the East like Marco Polo along the silk road and West like Christopher Columbus to the New World. All in search of Gold, treasures, meeting new people and bringing back great riches and glory.

And much like the explorers of old they came back with tales of great victories, arduous struggles and interesting exotic smelling foreign goods.

Rick S’, Kathy C’ and Andrew P’ indeed travelled East along the trade route known as M4 and competed in the mighty Llantarnam Double Portsmouth Tournament against the most fearsome of foes. The day was long but some success was gained by our awesome archers; they won some excellent raffle prizes in the form of fluffy slippers and a candle which has a delicate aroma that has been described as “not nice”.

The day was won however by Kathy for the Lady Barebows who won the highest prize of a Gold medal, and overall everyone enjoyed the day.

To the West Mike Wo’ was forging new ground and meeting new peoples by competing in RJD Archers very first indoor tournament, a UK record Status WA18m round.

In a slightly competitive competition against adversaries familiar and unknown Mike prevailed and ended the day victoriously taking away the Gold prize, as well as some nice Welsh Cakes.



Latest News from the Winter Postal Leagues :-

   After the first round in both the Postal Leagues (Frostbite & Portsmouth) we had four of our teams in first place positions in their respective divisions.

For the Frostbite League in November, in the whole of the Uk wide tournament :-

Mike Wo’ was the Overall highest scoring Gent in Team A’s division,

Kathy C’ was the Overall highest scoring Lady in Team B’s division,

In Teams C’s division Rick S’ was the highest scoring Gent and Caz’ P’ the highest scoring Lady in the whole division,

In Team D’ Alan H’ was the highest scoring Gent in the whole division,

For the Junior Team Sarah I’ was the highest scoring Lady in their Whole Division for November.


For the Portsmouth Postal League :-

In November Mike Wo’ was the highest scoring Gent in the whole of Team A’s division

& Kathy C’ was the highest scoring Lady in the whole of Team B’s division.



Castle Bowmen archers started the year in good form at the Welsh Indoor Championships held at the Welsh Institute of Sport in Cardiff.

Kathy C’, Sarah I’, Andew P’ and Mike Wo’ were all in attendance for one of the most prestigious shoots on the Indoor season calendar.

All shot very well (obviously) at this highly competitive tournament with Andrew scoring a PB (Personal Best score) and Kathy taking home the Bronze medal for the Lady Barebows. Kathy was also presented with her medal from the Welsh Archery Association Chairman for finishing top of her category in the Welsh Rankings last year.


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