During 2005 Ponteland Archers had a couple of visiting archers. Michael Parker from the Hong Kong Police Force and Hideyaki Oi from Japan. Hide shot with us for 6 months before returning to Japan but hopes his firm will send him here again.
Annual Club Meal
As a break from shooting, between the outdoor and indoor seasons, we held a club luncheon. On Sunday 2nd October 24 members and their families ate an excellent lunch at the Smithy Bistro in Ponteland.
To go with the coffee a quiz was passed round. Twelve pictures of archery equipment were to be identified and just to make it interesting each was slightly distorted.
Dan Bowyer has continued to shoot well in 2005, representing the county and winning the Gentlemen’s Recurve Trophy at the DNAA Championships in July and at the NCAS FITA Star competition at the end of August.
DNAA Indoor League 2004-5
Ponteland Archers were shooting in the second division of the league this season and have won the trophy for this division winning all five matches. Well done to all the archers who shot indoors at Ponteland.
Scorton Silver Arrow
On the 22 May Ponteland longbow archer Ron Batey won the captaincy at this, the oldest sporting competition in England. The captain is the first archer to hit the black spot in the centre of the gold.
Castle Morpeth Sports Awards 2004
Lynne Pattison was again awarded the trophy for Senior Female of the Year and Dan Bowyer was awarded a Certificate of Merit. Congratulations to them both.
It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Tony Griffin on 11th September 2004. Tony was a founder member of the club and was for many years the treasurer and senior coach. He was made an honorary vice-president of the club in recognition of his services, supporting the club even when ill health prevented him from taking a more active role.
The following month saw club members attending the funeral of Ben Robinson who finally lost his battle with cancer. Ben was another long time member of the club and a past President.
August Bank Holiday 2004
DNAA Championships 4th July 2004. Dan Bowyer was awarded the silver medal and Mick Hall the bronze medal in the men’s recurve section. Malcolm Mills, shooting barebow, won the veteran’s medal and the handicap medal. Malcolm, with Dan and Mick won the team trophy for Ponteland Archers.
Ron Batey shot his new longbow at the 2004 Scorton Tournament and was the first to hit the inner gold thus becoming the winner of the Ancient Scorton Arrow and holding the Captaincy until next year.
A brief list of Lynne Pattison’s achievements
National Indoor records held;
- January 2004 National Portsmouth record 581
- February 2004 National 18m FITA record 579
- February 2004 National Combined 25/18m FITA 1148
- February 2004 National 25m FITA record 574
- March 2004 National Indoor 18 arrow pass 177
- March 2004 NationalIndoor 36 arrow pass 340
- March 2004 National Indoor Champion
- April 2004 Lynne successfully shot for Britain at the European Championships in Brussells finishing in 16th place. A very good result for her first international competition.
- March 2005 Shot for Britain at the World Indoor Championships, Denmark. Lynne successfully managed to qualify for the Head to Head but was knocked out in the first round.
- June 2005 Qualified to take part in the shoot off for Outdoor World Championships.
Ponteland Archers hosted two special Have-a-go / beginner’s sessions during 2003.
On a very hot July day 9 young men enjoyed the instruction followed by a short competition and finishing with a clout shoot.
In October 10 young and not so young ladies enjoyed a similar, but colder, afternoon of archery.
Visit to the Royal Armouries in Leeds October 2002
In October the Royal Armouries held an exhibition of Bushido, the Japanese code of chivalry, and this included demonstrations of Yabusame. This features archery from horseback, so 15 members of the club hired a minibus to see it. The museum itself is fascinating and includes a permanent display of oriental warfare.
During 2001 two young archers, Paul Swinton and Adam Jenkins set up the original website for the club and this went on line in January 2002.
Castle Morpeth Sports Awards
The Castle Morpeth Sports Awards Ceremony was held on the 14th December 2001 with guest of honour Jonathan Edwards. Four members of Ponteland Archers were nominated for awards and members of the club watched as Lynne Pattison won the trophy for Senior Lady and Certificates of Achievement were awarded to Mick Hall and to Audrey and John Hughes.
Ponteland Archers celebrate 30 years 1967 – 1997
Tony Griffin cutting the cake at Ponteland Leisure Centre where members and guests of Ponteland Archers celebrated 30 years of shooting, with a meal and a quiz.