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Cambridgeshire "giant killers" at national team champs

CAA-National-Team-Champs 2019


CAA caused upset at the National County Team Championships over the weekend by unseating the favourites Worcestershire and narrowly missing out on the top spot to Warwickshire in the Recurve Women's event.


Pictured above (left to right) are Silver medallists (Jess Sagoo: Peacock Archers, Paula Langton: Peacock Archers and Eleanor Brugg: Cambridge University Bowmen).


Recurve Men and Compound Men battled it out and finished 18th and 11th respectively. A fabulous showing for the county as we've not taken part in this event for nearly ten years!


Full match report to follow.

SCAS Inter-Counties Winter Postal (final results)

Archers from across Cambridgeshire took part in Southern Counties first postal competition this winter season.


Based on the popular Portsmouth round (which most clubs shoot regularly during the winter) Cambridgeshire's archers performed brilliantly across all bow-styles and against much larger counties, many of whom have several GB international archers!


Congratulations particularly to Kimberley Callerghan (Cambridge University Bowmen) who finished 7th overall in the barebow category and Max Harris 4th and Daniel Dace 8th (Netherhall Archers) and Flo Levitt 10th (Peacock Archers) who finished in the top ten for the juniors.


On the back of this trial we expect participation to grow this winter and we'll be looking to clubs across the county to get shooting and submit scores for what will no doubt be another great postal competition.


Full results in the spreadsheets below.


SCAS Winter Postal 2018/19 (County Results)

SCAS Winter Postal 2018/19 (Individual Results)

Cambridgeshire victorious against Norfolk (match report)

Cambridgeshire victorious against Norfolk (match report)

Cambridgeshire team

Cambridgeshire verses Norfolk County Match, 27/3/2019 Hellesdon High School , Norwich.


Cambs has had it first County Match of the 2019 season against a team from Norfolk County.

The match was hosted by the City of Norwich Archers and I am please to say it was a convincing victory for the Cambs team, helped by the fact the Norfolk fielded a number of long bow archers that had to compete with our recurve archers.

However a victory is a victory and we look forward to a return match sometime later in the year.


The round shot was a WA25, a round that most of us do not shot much, so it was interesting .

The Cambridgeshire Team consisted of 5 compound, 6 recurve, and 1 barebow as follows - Steve Haynes, Jack Atkinson, Adam Kentrop, Karl Swepson, Laura Wright, Max Harris, Martin Sullivan, Howard Daly, Anke Hannemann, Sophie Roberts, Florence Levitt and Kimberley Callaghan.

Everybody shot well and enjoyed the match. There were some notable performances and 8 individual medal winners from the 12 team members.

Individual Gold medalists were Laura Wright, Martin Sullivan, Kimberly Callaghan, Florence Levitt and Max Harris.

Individual Silver medallists were Steve Haynes and Anke Hannemann.

Individual Bronze medallist was Sophie Roberts.


As team captain my thanks go out to all who shot ( and the mums and dads who have to be the taxi service :-) to Norwich county for hosting us and to Stephen Dace for arranging the match.



Steve Haynes ( Team Capt )

Griffin Archers is the new name for Invictus Bowmen

From 1st April 2019 there is a new name in Archery, Griffin Archers of Peterborough. Formerly known as Invictus Bowmen the club have changed their name, whilst retaining their overall club ethos, community base, inclusive membership and overall family feeling.

The name has changed to Griffin Archers predominantly to avoid any confusion with either The Invictus Trust or The Invictus Foundation, both of whom the club support wholeheartedly but have never actually been a part of. In fact we have members who have competed in the Invictus Games and remain part of Help for Heroes, so we retain a good relationship with disabled sports.

Griffin Archers will remain a firm fixture at The Focus Centre, Peterborough and welcomes enquiries and visits from any prospective, interested or existing archers alike. Our coaches are happy to help with anything from performance archery skills to basic shooting competence and have experience with juniors, disabilities and those elusive teens!

As an inclusive club, Griffin Archers are totally accessible and able to accommodate any specific needs. We have found that Archery is a very welcoming sport that allows the individual archer to attain personal success at whatever level they wish to pursue. Its formality and routine give comfort to those who struggle with mental health and physical issues and every Griffin Archer quickly becomes part of our proud and supportive Griffin family.

As Griffins are mythical creatures with the head of an eagle and the lower body of a lion. This makes them masters of the air, and kings of the land. They have been considered as courageous and as military leaders which maintains the military connection established by Invictus Bowmen due to the military service of its founder and many of its members. Griffins also connect us to our community in Peterborough, as the towns Coat of Arms is a duo of Griffins guarding the crossed keys to the gates of heaven given to the town’s cathedral by St Peter at its dedication!

So, with our strong new name and our archers getting out and about to compete more and more we are evolving from a club built of Novices to Team Griffin! Watch out for the purple, black and silver, competing near you soon.

Jolly Archers Announce Results for Jollys/CAA Indoor Portsmouth

The full results for the Jolly Archers Portsmouth can be found in the following listings:


Jolly Archers Results


CAA Results



County Team/Match’s update

Sorry there has been no update until now in regards to the county team and potential matches this has mainly been due to the relevant people over the surrounding counties being on holiday. Although I did not think taking on the role would be an easy role to fill I do have to say “hats off to my predecessors”, it is not easy getting matches arranged with our surrounding counties.


So here is where we are so far, I have been in talks with Herts, Beds and Lincs and with the help of Herts County we have devised a plan to try and arrange an indoor league including the above counties. There are a lot of items still to discuss, venues, clubs willing to hold the shoot and the rules of the league. Herts have offered to get to gather a draft set of rules and I am hoping to have a copy of these soon, venues are to be arranged by each of the counties involved so they will host at least one shoot. I have been very keen to set this up as an annual event and so far this is also something the other counties are also interested in doing. The indoor season however is soon to be upon us and there is a lot to sort, I will keep in contact with the other counties and am hopeful we will be on target for the league this indoor season. If for whatever reason this is not possible I will try and get it all agreed for next indoor season as we should have all the rules in place and counties all on board for the shoot. I do however have a match pencilled in with Herts so we should as a county get at least one shoot in this winter.


Clubs, we need your support in being able to make any county matches possible by providing the venue, labour, equipment and scoring. If any clubs would be interested in supporting us with this please let me know and we can discuss this further. The SCAS champs will also be looking for a summer venue as was not held this summer season as no offers were made to run it so again if interested please contact me.


Archers, I am now looking for archers that would be interested in shooting for the county to get in contact with me. If you wish to be considered for the Cambridgeshire squad you need to:


  • Hold a 1st class (or above) classification
  • Submit scores from competitions to:
  • Ensure you are available for the county competitions: dates will be published on the CAA website as soon as they have been confirmed.


Look forward to hopefully giving you good news soon on the league and looking forward to receiving all your emails wishing to shoot for the county.


Stephen Dace

County Team Manager

Results for Jollies 7th Annual Open York, Hereford and Bristol's Tournament

The results for this tournament, held on Sunday 17th Sept 2017 can be found here:




Congratulations to our Junior Master Bowmen

Great news - we have 3 JMB’S in the county, well done to Florence Levitt (Flo) who has achieved her first JMB (first of many I am sure), Harry Tapp and Daniel Dace (well done son) who have both achieved a second JMB. It goes to show that all the hard work and effort can reap great results. I know how much time and effort they have put into their archery with coaching and practice on the range rain and shine. It would also be worth mentioning their sponsors who have a vital role in helping their archers achieve the results they have, so thank you parents for all your hard work and commitment. I would also like to congratulate Harry on two other great achievements, bronze medal at the Youth festival at Lilleshall and for his acceptance onto National Academy for his age group. This is a great achievement and involves a lot of hard work and commitment both for archer and parents, well done Harry and wishing you all the best on this exciting journey.


Sorry I don’t have any photo of them to post but difficult to get them all together in one place.


Well done guys and keep up the good work.


Stephen Dace
County Team Manager

Cheyanne's Story

cheyanne.jpgInvitus patch logo 10.jpgCheyanne is 10 years old, a disabled archer, and shoots at Invictus Bowman and Vivacity Archery. Read about her archery dreams here.



BA Postal League News

Jolly Archers compound team have won the BA Frostbite winter postal league Division 1. The team which consisted of Steve Haynes, Lynn Gray, Richard Bowles and John Gorman won 4 matches and drew one, but that was enough to win the top league and the trophy- the Greatwood Plate.


Congratulations to all who made the team and lets do the same again next year.



Results for the Jolly Archers' 55th Open Western

The results for Jolly Archers' 55th Anniversary Open Western held on the 30th July can be found at this link.



SCAS/Bedfordshire Double WA1440

Six Cambridgeshire archers attended the SCAS/Bedfordshire Double WA1440 record status shoot on the weekend of 15/16 July. The weather on the Saturday was overcast with rain for a couple hours through the day and the wind was on the tricky side between 10-15 mph. The weather on Sunday was a little better with lighter winds and the rain stayed away till prize giving.

Considering we only had six archers attending, as a county and personally for the archers we had quite a bit of success.


  • Eleanor Brug of Cambridge City Bowmen won the Ladies Double recurve and also won all the 4 best distance score awards.
  • Steve Haynes of Jolly Archers came third in the Mens Double compound, won the 50m distance best score award and also got his second GMB score.
  • Lynn Gray of Jolly Archers came first in the Ladies Single WA1440 compound.
  • Anke Hannemann of Cambridge City Bowmen came third in the Ladies Single WA1440 recurve.
  • Daniel Dace of Netherhall Archers came first in the single Metric 1 recurve.

Well done to all the above archers.

Also on the same weekend Fakenham Archery club held its FITA weekend and we had quite a number of archers from the county attending this shoot, lets hope they also had a successful weekend (and someone also sends in a report, hint hint).

Hopefully the results from these and other shoots will help in selecting a Cambridgeshire County team for future inter county matches, but we still need more Cambridgeshire archers venturing out of club shooting and gaining experience in competition, its not scary and is a great way to test the skills you have been practising at your clubs.

Hope to see some more of you on the “circuit” soon.

Steve Haynes

BA Postal League Winners

Netherhall Archers (Juniors A team) win their league for second year running, well done guys! They were from the start dominating in their league putting in some very impressive scores. Isabel Lee shot the highest JG score in all the league matches and Max Harris shot highest score in one of the league matches. The second team Netherhall had in the postal unfortunately had one archer who was unable to shoot this meant is would have been a near miracle for them to win the league. However they shot well under the circumstances and came 5th this would have been a different mater however with a full team, one of the B team archers shot top scores on two occasions, so well done to those involved in both the A and B team. Below are months and scores Netherhall juniors topped the league excluding the B team.


Isabel Lee        Max Harris     

Nov 542            Dec 542          

Dec 561                                     

Jan 552

Feb 560

Mar 552


Anyone interested in entering this competition through this winter season please do as it is easy to run and the admin is minimal, it would be great to see more of our county clubs entering the league. The only thing to be aware of it is a large undertaking for the organiser and league scores results do take a while to be release. Please see link below if interested.


Message from our County Team Manager

Hello County,


Following the county AGM on the 26th July I was appointed the post of County Team Manager, a role I am honoured and excited to be holding. I am hoping that with the support of county archers and clubs we will be able to build a strong competitive team able to hold their own when shooting against other counties. I aim to have county team selection criteria agreed and published by the end of July and am already looking forward to hearing from prospective archers. I am not hopeful we will be able to arrange any matches for the outdoor season as the other counties I have spoken to have fixtures already arranged, so this is a work in progress for next year this. I am hoping however to arrange an indoor county match that I am already discussing with prospective counties.


Clubs, the county also need your support as to make matches possible we may need to host them in county, this to my knowledge has not happened for several years and we have always travelled out of county. I do appreciate that running a competition is hard work and maybe as it is for the county more than one club could run a shoot to share the workload. The matches are likely to be for county teams only so the hard work will be for county. Without clubs supporting the team and offering to run shoots it is likely to be difficult to get the matches needed to help develop our county as a force to be reckoned with. If any clubs are interested in helping the county please contact me and we can discuss further.


Looking forward to hearing from you, archers and clubs



Stephen Dace

County Team Manager

Junior Outdoor Nationals 2017

Cambridgeshire had probably a record turnout this year at this prestigious event and it was great to see them there on the day. Day one started dull with a chill in the wind however the sun did come out and brightened the day up making for a great days shooting. At the end of the Metric rounds three juniors had fantastic scores gaining them their second JMB scores, first score gained at I believe the Netherhall World Archery weekend. Day two was imperial rounds and started sunny with a slight breeze that changed direction throughout the day making shooting interesting but not difficult. Three of our archers were potentially up for their third JMB score so no doubt this was on their minds. As the day progressed the temperature started to rise and plenty of fluids were needed to keep the archers hydrated and sun screen to stop burning. All archers from the county put in some really good shooting and held their own against some of the country’s top juniors, the big news is that once forms have been sent and scores have been verified by AGB we will probably have another record in the county. Three JMB’s yes that’s three so a very big well done to all our archers.


Once verified and I have permission from them I will update on who the archers are who have gained a JMB.

Well the Junior Outdoor Nationals 2017 are now all a distant memory and planning is underway for next years that are to be held on the 6-7 July 2018, we hope to see more of the counties juniors at this shoot next year.

New coaches at Invictus

Philip and David have just completed their Level 1 Coach qualifications - congratulations to both of them!




Invitus patch logo 10.jpgLots of changes have happened at this Local Community Peterborough Archery Club. Our all-inclusive, community ethos, gives us a unique appeal to everyone.

We run regular free taster sessions and beginners courses at a nominal charge. Our coaching team is now able to offer regular advice and help during our club meetings and we are just about to offer “Beyond Beginners” BOOST archery sessions for all our members who wish to improve techniques or discover some useful hints and tips from our dedicated coaching team. All run by Robyn Searle a competent Level 1 coach who has just returned from 3 years and university and despite her youth has been coaching in excess of 5 years, and shooting since she was 6 years old. Alongside her Dad, mentor, Level 2 coach and proud father she is hoping to get some of our archers out and about in the county at competitions and shoots! Look out for our purple shirts!!!

Contact Di Searle – for more details.

Invictus Bowmen went to battle in Peterborough

Invitus patch logo 10.jpgFriday 30th June saw our end of month shoot take on a playful twist. Our Level One coaches, Philip and David, designed and developed a game of Battleships. This involved the bosses being divided into quarters and then the archers were given their battleship targets to pin on wherever they thought they would be most tricky for their opponent to hit and sink! There was then a single mine placed in the centre, if all boats are sunk the first archer to shoot and hit the mine gets an explosive win. Then the shooting begun and the various tactics were put on trial, although one archer did try to place all their opponents targets on top of each other so he could destroy them all at once!

Battleships (9)Much hilarity and shouts of “You sunk my battleship” ensued as the archers chose who to shoot against in the first round. Juniors against seniors and recurve against compound, the battleships, aircraft carriers and assorted vessels had small enough targets that it was tricky to work out if you’d hit your opponent’s ship before scoring even for the most skilled archers at 20metres.

By the end of the first round we had one boss that had to have a shoot off, closest to the mine wins. Our two archers Tom and Roy had an excited audience and as Tom missed Roy managed to hit the centre first go. Much cheering and excitement as then we had a winner’s boss and the losers all paired up to have another try.

Battleships (16)The four winners who squared off for the final battle were Richie, Hannah, David and Roy. Hannah gave a good fight for the females and the juniors, but ultimately our compound archer Richie took the title of overall winner. Oliver was our juniors at 10metres overall winner, but Rayon put up a great battle. At the end, certificates and sweets were handed out to the winners and the most spectacular miss was awarded to Tom who took his certificate and sweets in great humour.

Battleships (19)Invictus Bowmen have regular monthly shoots where we try and challenge our members with new rounds and new possibilities. Everyone had a great time at Battleships and a few who couldn’t make it have already requested a rematch.

Invictus Bowmen run regular free taster sessions at The Focus Community Centre, Peterborough, and provide all the equipment for everyone to have a go. If you think you may be interested contact Di Searle, club secretary, to book your taster: / 01354 659063


Battleships (23)  Battleships (34)  Battleships (37)

Results for SCAS Intercounties Championship 2016

The results for the SCAS Intercounties Championship 2016 tournament, consisting of the WA1440 and Metrics 1-5, can be found here.


Congratulations to the members of the Cambridgeshire team:


Senior Compound

  • Stephen Haynes (Captain)
  • Lynn Gray
  • Ruth Watson
  • Adam Kentrop


Senior Recurve

  • Andrew Nightingale
  • Paula Langton
  • Rachel Jacobs
  • Anke Hannemann


Junior Recurve

  • Isabel Lee
  • Daniel Dace
  • Max Harris
  • Tasmin Parnell

CAA Team Announced for SCAS Inter County Team Tournament

We have 3 teams representing County at the SCAS Inter County Team Tournament in Oxford on the 10th September.


They are:

Senior Compound

  • Stephen Haynes (Captain)
  • Lynn Gray
  • Ruth Watson
  • Adam Kentrop


Senior Recurve

  • Andrew Nightingale
  • Paula Langton
  • Rachel Jacobs
  • Anke Hannemann


Junior Recurve

  • Isabel Lee
  • Daniel Dace
  • Max Harris
  • Tasmin Parnell


Best of luck to them!


Cambridgeshire County Team retain Trophy against Bedfordshire

Sunday 7th August 2016 & the Cambridgeshire County Archery team made their way to the Inter County Trophy shoot hosted by Bedfordshire. The team was made up of 11 archers shooting a mix of Recurve and Longbow with 9 archers making their County debut. The match consisted of age appropriate rounds of the York/Hereford/Bristol variety so it was going to be a long day. The sky was looking quite dull and grey on the journey down but this soon gave way to some splendid sunshine and the match was shot in some really warm conditions. Unfortunately, this was accompanied by a strong tail wind with stronger gusts at times which made shooting conditions very tough for all.


The team was made welcome by our hosts and the efforts of the host Team Manager and his support team were very much appreciated – a friendly and pleasant match. The shoot got under way at 9:30am with all the archers finding it difficult dealing with the windy conditions. Some managed to handle this better than others, but by the end of the first 6 dozen the scores seemed pretty well matched although Cambridgeshire were probably slightly ahead.

The match resumed after lunch with all archers continuing to battle with the wind despite the shorter distances.

The match finished around 5pm and it had been a long hot hard days’ shooting. Despite the challenging conditions Isabel Lee (Recurve), Harry Tapp (Recurve) and Stuart Gemmell (Longbow) all managed a Bowman score – well done indeed!

The Team Managers then looked at matching up the teams on a ‘like for like’ basis and, having agreed the teams, started to work out the match result. The Longbows came out on top 779 versus 746 & Recurves also won 4490 versus 3897.

So the Team result was a 5269 to 4643 win to Cambridgeshire and they retained the Silver Salver last won in 2014 (match not held in 2015).

Fantastic effort by the Team and a remarkable effort for those making their debut.

You have all done the County proud.

Spaces on CAA Outdoor Championship and Netherhall WRS WA Weekend



It's almost time for the Cambridgeshire Archery Association (CAA) Outdoor Championship and Netherhall Archers WRS WA Weekend, with just under four weeks to go.



We currently have 25 county archers competing on Saturday and 44 county archers participating in the CAA Outdoor Championship. We only have a few spaces left, so if you'd like to compete, please get in touch.


Saturday 18th June


  • WA60 plus head-to-head; 3 spaces for ladies (either juniors <18yrs, or masters >50yrs)
  • WA50 plus head-to-head; 2 spaces for gents


Sunday 19th June - incorporating the CAA Championship


  • Metric 5; 1 space
  • WA1440(L) / Metric 1; 2 spaces for recurve/longbow/barebow and 1 space for compound
  • WA1440; 2 spaces for compound.





Cambridgeshire vs Essex Indoor Longbow Match 2016

On the 28th March Cambridgeshire’s Longbow team took part in the annual Inter County Double Portsmouth Match against Essex. The match was hosted by Rayleigh Archery Club & the venue was the sports hall at Deanes school, Thundersley, Essex.

Despite it being Easter Sunday, team members had a very early start to the day to get to the venue for assembly at 9am.

The team arrived in good time and spirits, and we were warmly welcomed by our hosts with a mug of tea & biscuits. The team appeared very relaxed and this included the three making their County debut. Essex also had three debutants. The format for the match was slightly different to previous years in that the best six scores from eight from each of the two rounds counted towards the team total.

Left to right: Colin Cracknell, Dave Slack, Phillipe Masters, Drew Clarke, Stewart Reader, Tom Hartley, James Bridges, Shaun Jacobs
Could this be the year for that long awaited Cambs victory? There did not appear to be any nerves from the team and the Team Manager was quietly confident, a view he shared with the team.

The first round was shot in just over 1½ hours with Essex ahead by the small margin of 144 points. Not a massive lead and, with digging a little deeper, surely a shortfall Cambs could make up.

Following a short break for hot cross buns, cakes & more tea the second round was soon underway.

After another 1½ hours the second round was over. Our hosts provided a very nice buffet lunch whilst the scores were checked and validated.

Both teams put in some impressive end totals that would not look out of place on a recurve scoresheet. There was even a 10,10,10 end although that was on an Essex scoresheet. There were a number of 10,10,9’s, 10,10, 8’s & 10,9,9’s from Cambs.

Howeer this was not to be enough. Cambs could not quite dig deep enough to overcome the round 1 deficit & also lost round 2 by a further 176 points. The team result was a win for Essex by a total of 320 points.

Final combined scores: Cambridgeshire 4897 - Essex 5217

The result was closer than in previous years, even allowing for the revised format, & I believe Essex were surprised at how low the margin of victory was.

Congratulations to the team for putting in such a valiant effort and in particular to the debutants for their contribution.

Maybe next year will be our year!

Reminder: Netherhall Archers WA Weekend

On the 18th and 19th June, Netherhall Archers will be holding our annual WA competition which incorporates the Cambridgeshire Archery Association (CAA) Championship on the Sunday.

On the Saturday we will have a WA50 (for compounds), WA60 (for juniors) and WA70 (for recurves) plus a head-to-head competition in the afternoon. The morning round is 6 dozen arrows at the distance in the title i.e. juniors will be shooting 60m. Your score will give you a ranking for the afternoon, which is a knock-out round.

On the Sunday we will be running WA1440 plus all metric rounds 1 to 5. For each round, you will shoot 3 dozen arrows at 4 distances, starting with the furthest distance and working closer throughout the day.

The round you will shoot depends upon your age and sex. Each round within archery, is grouped A to G. The tables attached show what group an archer needs to be shooting at, for their age and gender. I've also indicated which rounds we'll be hosting at the summer competition (19th June), for each group and what they entail.

For example, a junior gent aged 13 would need to shoot a group E round, which is the Metric III. This is 3 dozen arrows at each distance 50m (122cm face), 40m (122cm face), 30m (80cm face) & 20m (80cm face).

Please note that if you are over 50, you can opt to shoot the Masters category which means for gents shooting a Metric 1 and for ladies shooting a Metric 2. You do not have to enter as a Master, but it is available to you.

You can also claim badges. The badges on offer can be found at the following address:

Following on from last year, we have more bosses on offer and there will be bosses available for each round. It is a great competition and if you've not entered a competition before, it is a wonderful way to experience your first competition.


Full Results for the Jolly Archers Indoor Tournament

The 22nd Open Indoor Tournament (Incorporating the Cambridgeshire County Indoor Championships)

This event was held on the 14th Feb, 2016, at the St Ivo Recreation Centre.


The CAA Indoor Championship results can be found here.


The full results for the Jolly Archers 22nd Open Indoor tournament can be found here.



CAA 2015 End-of-Outdoor-Season Target List

The target list for the EOS Handicap Open on the 27th September has been announced, and it can be found here.



Results for the Netherhall Archers World Archery Weekend

The results for the Netherhall Archers World Archery Weekend, held on the 13th and 14th June 2015, which includes the Cambridgeshire Archery Association's Outdoor Championship, can be found below:


Netherhall Archers WRS WA Weekend and CAA Summer Competition

We have had a cancellation for the 14th June, for a Metric 3. Although anyone can enter, it is suitable for ladies <16 and gents <14. If you would like to enter, please send an email to


Cambridgeshire vs Essex Portsmouth 2015 Report

On the 14th February Cambridgeshire’s Longbow team took part in the annual double Portsmouth competition against Essex. Ramsey Ravens, a new Cambridgeshire club, hosted the competition this year. The venue was the sports hall at Abbey school, Ramsey.

The morning was chilly and damp, however bacon rolls, tea and coffee soon cheered every one up. The judge for the morning was Richard Custance. Unfortunately, after the first session we were 224 points down to Essex. We had a combined score of 2640 to Essex’s 2864. However, James Bridges had an excellent first session shooting a 514; his personal best.

After a 15-minute break the second round started. Cambridgeshire shot well during the second round, but unfortunately this was not enough. Essex finished the second round scoring 2968, to our 2690. James Bridges had another excellent round shooting another personal best of 516.

The team comprised of:

  • Shaun Jacobs
  • Drew Clarke
  • Phil Masters
  • Jason Curtis
  • James Bridges
  • Nick Rayns
  • James Fletcher

Final combined scores: Cambridgeshire 5330 - Essex 5832

Sean Fox – Cambridgeshire team manager

Only a few places left

NetherhallArchersLogo.pngThere are only a few places left in Netherhall Archers' World Archery Weekend competition:

On the Saturday 13th June there are:
2 * WA70 plus head to head

On the Sunday 14th June, there are:
3 * WA1440 (gents) recurve / longbow / barebow


To apply, send an application form to



Results for CAA Portsmouth Indoor Championships, 2015

Here are the results for the CAA indoor Championship for 2015, Portsmouth round, held in conjunction with the Jolly Archers 21st Open Indoor Tournament on the 8th Feb, 2015.



Results for Jolly Archers 21st Open Indoor Tournament

Here are the results of Jolly Archer's 21st Indoor Tournament (incorporating the CAA Indoor Championships), held on the 8th Feb, 2015.



CAA Committee Vacancies

The vacant roles, and their responsibilities, within the CAA Committee are outlined below. Please consider helping out the committee by volunteering for one of these positions.


Vice Chairman

This person's role is to oversee the CAA affairs in the absence of the Chairman.


PR Officer

The role requires monitoring of Twitter and Facebook and relaying of messages/posts to the committee for discussion. Generating copy for announcements on the website is also part of the responsibilities.


Team Manager

The primary role for this officer is to select and manage the County Team for County Team matches and to liaise with the CCO over the team selection.


CCO - County Coaching Officer

The person for this role is usually a qualified County Coach, and will head the Coaches' Committee and help plan the direction of Archery within the County.



Netherhall Archers FITA 18 WRS Tournament

Nov 9th, Netherhall School, Queen Edith’s Way, Cambridge CB1 8NN

Get your applications into this event now - just over a week to go.




CAA Committee Post Vacancies

After the CAA AGM held on the 23rd Oct 2014, there are still a number of vacant posts on the committee. If you are interested in helping out in any of these capacities, please get in touch with the committee.


  • Vice Chairman
  • Treasurer
  • Team Manager
  • Public Relations Officer



CAA AGM Minutes

23 Oct 2014

The Minutes of the CAA AGM held on the 23rd Oct 2014, held at The Legion, 31 Downing Close, Bottisham, Cambs, can be found here.



Full CAA EOS Tournament Results

See this page for a report on the CAA End-of-Season Shoot on the 5th October. The full results have been collated and are now available here.



Tournament Results

On Sunday 5th October 2014, Parkfield Archers hosted the annual Cambridgeshire Archery Association End Of Season Open Westerns with a Short Metric V for our very young/novice junior archers. A total of 54 archers entered from as far afield as Wymondham and Burton Latimer, with ages ranging from 8 to..... modesty forbids me to reveal.


Photographs of the day can be found in this album: Sponsor

The weather was super, a very light breeze, sunshine all day and about 16 degrees. It was a special day for Annie Fowler of Parkfield Archers, who was 12 on the day and was presented with a club Fleece and Beanie as well as a Grey Goose Archery T Shirt. Everyone seemed to be very relaxed and totally enjoyed the day, and for 25 of the archers it was their very first competition. Wisbech Grammar school took the prize for the most laughter and definitely the most sweets eaten, one of the students bought a suitcase full of Rocky Road squares!! and, as a side, took the Team Event Gold Medal. They were also treated to a chat with Paralympian Archer Kenny Allen of Wymondham and were absolutely made up.

I would just like to thank the following for their assistance with this competition without whom it would never have gotten off the ground:

  • Parkfield Sports Centre for the venue
  • Our groovy sponsors 'Clickers Archery' of Norwich
  • Lady Paramount, Sarah Fox
  • Parkfield Archers and Hotshots for setting up the field, and taking it down again!!
  • Alex Fletcher for stepping in at short notice and calculating the final scores
  • Geoff Barham and Richard Custance, our excellent Judges, who were superb Grey Goose Archery for their support and help to me throughout the setting up of the competition and keeping me sane
  • My mum, for keeping the tea and coffee flowing all morning and feeding the judges and Lady Paramount
  • And most importantly ALL OF YOU WHO ENTERED!!! it was a great day and I hope you will return again to see us for a tea, chat and some archery thrown in.


Frank Moore
Secretary & Events Organiser
Parkfield Archers and Hotshots Secretary

Jolly Archers 4th Annual Open York, Hereford and Bristol's Tournament Results

The official results for this tournament, held on Sunday, September 21st can be found here.

Cambridgeshire County Team in Ding Dong match with Lincolnshire

Sunday 24th August 2014. A team of 10 Cambridgeshire Archers went off to contest the Cambs vs Lincs County match which was being held at Sir John Gleed School,Spalding, Lincolnshire.

The Team were shooting a selection of York, Hereford and Bristol III rounds, 12 dozen arrows, so it was going to be a long day. There was an air of ‘nervous anticipation’ since the Team had a fantastic win in their last match against Bedfordshire – could back to back wins be on the cards?

The weather was bright and warm/comfortable and little wind during the first 6 dozen arrows. The wind made an appearance during the following 4 dozen and gusting quite strong at various times. The weather was generally very good through to the end of the match and once again all Team members continued to score well.

Our hosts team manager, Kay, had set up a running score system so team scores where available at various points throughout the match. What a match it was, with very little between the Teams. The maximum difference at one point was 66 points. The lead changed a number of times towards the end of the match and by around 9 dozen was 9 points in favour of Lincs and by around the following dozen was 9 points in favour of Cambs. At the conclusion of the round it was too close to call with both teams eager to hear the result.

The team results by category were a narrow win for Lincs Senior Gent recurve with Cambs taking the Ladies Recurve category by a larger margin. A win for Lincs Senior Gents Compound and Longbow. Junior Boy/Girl Recurve category was a narrow win for Cambs. The announced result was a 36 point win for Lincs (Lincs 8938 Cambs 8902).

A subsequent appeal by Cambs was upheld and the official result was in fact a win for Cambs by the narrow margin of 32 points (Lincs 8938 Cambs 8970). Yee Haaa !! Back to Back wins - way to go!

There were category wins for Isabel Lee, Maryia Karpiyevich and Stephen Haynes with Jenny Allcock, Kevin Jacobs and Tak Ho also picking up medals. Personal bests also for Jenny Allcock, Kevins Jacobs, Tak Ho and Shaun Jacobs.

Another great all-round team effort. Congratulations to all for a great match, sticking with it to the bitter end and producing a successive victory for the County.

Team members: Kevin Jacobs, Daniel Dace, Jenny Allcock, Isabel Lee, Sean Fox (Team Manager), Tak Ho, John Gorman, Maryia Karpiyevic, Alex Fletcher, Stephen Haynes & Shaun Jacobs (Captain).

Cambridgeshire County Team Triumph in Bedfordshire, 2014

Sunday 3rd August 2014 & a team of 12 Cambridgeshire Archers went off to contest the Cambs Vs Beds County match which was being held at Redbourne College, Ampthill, Bedfordshire.

The Team were shooting a selection of York, Hereford & Bristol III rounds, 12 dozen arrows, so it was going to be a long day. The weather was bright & hot but there was also a wicked wind that seemed to change direction as you went down the range making it difficult for everyone. The hosts had setup a running score system so scores at the halfway stage were available on the leaderboard. Whilst the team scores were not directly available, it was looking close at this point.

The weather kept up for the afternoon although there was the occasional respite from the sun courtesy of a few clouds. Team members stuck to the cause & steady scoring continued throughout the session.

The team results were read out by discipline with Cambs winning the Senior Gents & Ladies Recurve category by a decent margin. Cambs Senior Gents & Lady Compound category was very close with Beds winning by a very narrow margin. Senior Gents Longbow was comfortably won by Cambs whilst the Junior Boy/Girl Recurve category was also won by Cambs. The overall team result was Cambs 9374 with Beds 8906. So a win for Cambs by 468.

The last time the Cambs Team name appears on the Silver Salver was the inaugural year of 2004!

A fantastic team effort made even more amazing given that a number of members were representing County for the first time. Congratulations to you all.


Team members: Richard Whiter, Jenny Allcock, Isabel Lee, James Bridges, Kevin Jacobs, Daniel Dace, Stephen Haynes, John Gorman, Maryia Karpiyevic, Tak Ho, Shaun Jacobs (Captain) & Helen Darby-Smythe.

Farewell to Richard and Harry Silvester

Richard and Harry Silvester are retiring from Archery as personal commitments are too much to allow them to shoot on a regular basis.


The CAA Committee wish them well for the future.



The CAA are pleased to announce an excellent patnership with Clickers Archery of Norwich

  • 6 Polaris/Optimo wooden recurve bow (left or right hand), 68" long, can have up to 18lb draw weight
  • 6 Easton Neos Arrows (fletched)
  • 6 Cartel Ground Quivers
  • 6 A and F platform tabs (any hand)
  • 6 Opechee Arm bracer - medium
  • 6 Opechee basic bow bags
  • 1 Arrow tube
  • 2 Opechee webbing bow stringers

Total Price £640. This represents a substantial saving on the list price and is only available to CAA
affiliated clubs/members.


Should this interest you/your club then your first port of call should be the CAA Secretary. The Secretary then will take payment from yourselves and arrange order and delivery of your equipment. This deal is only available through the CAA Secretary but should you wish to collect a kit yourselves then all you have to do is to contact the CAA Secretary and they will contact Clickers to ensure the kit is in stock and authorise the deal.

Please note, the kit can be tailored to a degree and should you wish this then please contact the
CAA Secretary
and they will see what can be done for you.

These kits will be ideal for beginners/novices and for clubs who need kit to bolster their stock.

CAA Championships and Netherhall Archers WA 1440

On Sunday June 22nd, the 2014 outdoor CAA Championships took place at The Hills Road Sixth Form College field in Cambridge. It was attached to the World Record Status Netherhall WA 1440. Our thanks go out to Netherhall Archers for kindly hosting this years competition and for the superb way in which the Tournament was organised and run (they even managed to book the excellent weather!) There were approx 80 archers shooting, of which nearly half were representatives from CAA clubs.

Many thanks to everyone attending who also helped the tournament to go superbly and hope they all will return and support this event in 2015.

The results for the CAA Championships can be found here.

Qualifying criteria for the upcoming youth commonwealth games

Here is a document describing the qualifying criteria for the upcoming youth commonwealth games. If you have any juniors that meet the criteria, please feel free to contact the necessary people to advance the process. It would be a real boost for your club and the CAA if there was a junior archer in the games from our area.



Call for Archers

I am currently looking for archers to join the CAA squad so that I can put together a team for two competitions during the 2014 outdoor season and beyond. The dates for these two competitions  are the 3rd August (team match against Bedfordshire) and the 23rd August (team match against Lincolnshire).

If you are interested in being a member of the CAA squad please send me the results of any competitions you have taken part in over the past year; sooner rather than later please. These scores will be used in order to select the team that will represent Cambridgeshire in the competitions mentioned above. A large number of Cambridgeshire archers have retired from archery this year so we have a real need to build up our squad again. If you know of any other archers that are shooting 1st class or above please direct them towards me.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact me.



CAA Team manager

01366 381279 – 07780 666266Lincolnshire).


The committee of the CAA expresses its heartfelt condolences to the family of Stan Chandler from Greenwood Osterley Archery in Middlesex, who passed away on Easter Monday.

Open Roles in CAA Coaching Group (CAACG)

Following the close of nominations for posts on the CAACG on the 24th of March two people came forward, one for the post of CCO (Education) and one for CCO (Administration) so they are appointed unopposed.


The following two roles remain vacant:


Maureen Edgar has kindly agreed to take on the CCO (Administration) role. She will be responsible for coach license renewals, disciplinary & complaints procedures and the secretarial functions of the CAACG.

Sean Fox has kindly agreed to take on the role of CCO (Education). He will be responsible for organising and delivering coach education opportunities including but not limited to Level-1 and Level-2 coaching courses as required.

Thanks to both Maureen and Sean for volunteering, and the CAA wish them the very best in these roles.

Fenland Archers results for 8th Annual Portsmouth Tournament

The results for the Fenland Archers 8th Annual Portsmouth Tournament, held on the 22nd March 2014 are here.


Essex v Cambridgeshire match report 2014

On Sunday  16th February 2014, 10 of Cambridgeshire's longbow archers travelled to Essex to compete in the annual double Portsmouth inter-counties competition. The venue for the competition was Shenfield High school, Brentwood which is the indoor venue for Burnwood Archers. 

The Judge in charge was Alan Harding; brought in to stop the traditional banter from escalating into a war!

The first dozen arrows looked very promising for Cambridgeshire, with Essex unable to find the centre, but once the archers settled down scores evened out. By the end of the first Portsmouth round  Essex had the lead.

After a short break the second Portsmouth started and we all knew that we needed to score an extra 2 points per arrow to catch up. At the end of the second session we didn't manage to close the gap.

The final combined scores were: Essex 8268  Cambridgeshire 7794

Congratulations to James Bridges (Cambridgeshire) who, on his team début, shot an excellent score of 490 and 483. This was done  using a longbow that he had made the week before!  Congratulations also to Shaun Jacobs who scored a personal best of 444.

Thank you to all the archers who took part and to Essex for hosting the match and for providing the after match refreshments. Congratulations to Essex and we look forward to hosting the match early next year.

The Jolly Archers 20th Open Indoor Tournament

Results from The Jolly Archers 20th Open Indoor Tournament (Incorporating the Cambridgeshire County Indoor Championships) - 9th February 2014

CAA Treasurer Post Vacant

The post of CAA Treasurer needs to be filled as the current Treasurer wishes to step down. Could any interested CAA member please contact either The Chairman or Secretary to register their interest in filling this position.


See this page for contact emails.



Longbow Coaching Clinic

The CAA team manager has arranged for senior coach Paul Whiteman (Longbow specialist) to come and work with the Cambridgeshire team. The session will be free to all team members and will be held on the 5th January at the Littleport village hall. 


The coaching sessions will be in preparation for the upcoming competition with Essex on the 16th February 2014


If you wish to be considered for the Cambridgeshire squad you need:

  • Hold a 1st class ( or above ) classification
  • Submit scores from competitions to:
  • Ensure you are available for the county competitions: dates will be published on the CAA website as soon as they have been confirmed.


Team selection will be made 4 weeks prior to a competition and applicants will be informed as to the selection outcome by email. The prime source of information for the selection committee will be competition results that have been submitted and any CAA records. However, commitment and potential will also be taken into account.

Jolly Archers News

Congratulations to Paul Anthony for achieving the Grand Master Bowman classification. This is the highest classification that can be achieved. A tremendous effort.

Congratulations also to Steve Haynes of Jolly Archers in the Open York competition held at Jubilee Park in September for not only shooting to Master Bowmen standard but also achieving a “Gold Rose” award.

Affiliation fees for CAA and SCAS announced

Please see this page for the details of the fees for the SCAS and CAA affiliations.

Results for the 2013 County & Open Championships

Open Championships held at Fenland Archery Club Sunday June 16th 2013

Obituary for Den Smith

It is with great sadness that we announce that Den Smith, Honorary Life President of Jolly Archers of Houghton & Wyton, has passed away. He was 92.

Den was one of the founder members of Jolly Archers back in 1962 and remained a mainstay of the club throughout his life. As well as the many roles he undertook within Jollies, he was also President of the Cambridgeshire Archery Association. He began his participation in archery shooting steel bows and later shot recurve, longbow and compound for the county. He always enjoyed competitions, shooting them well into his 90's although in his later years he concentrated on compound and longbow. His last formal shoot was in the 2012 Jolly Archers Open Portsmouth/Cambridgeshire County Indoor Championships where he finished with a very creditable score of 529, shooting compound.

Archery became a major part of Den's life and he was never happier than when going to archery with his wife, sons and grandchildren. Den was interested in all aspects of archery and amassed a huge store of knowledge and experience which he was always happy to share. In his earlier years he particularly enjoyed taking archery to the general public with Have-a-go's and displays which he ran with his wife Joan, also a county archer. He developed a particular interest in longbow archery which led him to qualify as a bowyer within The Craft Guild of Bowyers and Fletchers. He was also a member of the Society of Archer-Antiquaries.

Den took great pleasure in maintaining the club's first ground behind the Jolly Butchers public house and was a meticulous Records Officer for many years. In more recent years Den took a back seat in the running of the club but remained an enthusiastic supporter, whether by his attendance at our shoots, his generous donations to the club or his continuing passion for archery and for Jolly Archers. One of the highlights of the club year has been the "Den Smith Birthday Shoot" where the number of arrows shot corresponds to Den's age. This will now become the "Den Smith Memorial Shoot".

Den will be remembered with affection by club members and by his many friends and acquaintances in the wider archery world.

Fenland Archery 7th Annual Porstmouth Tournament Results

The results for the Fenland Archery Club's 7th Annual Portsmouth Tournament, held on Saturday the 23rd March 2013 at the Sir Harry Smith Community College can be found here.

Indoor Championship Results 2013

Here are the results of the County Indoor Championships held during the Jolly Archers Indoor Portsmouth on Sunday 10th Feb 2013