Ditchling Archery Club

Welcome to the website of Ditchling Archery Club.

We are a thriving archery club in mid-Sussex with a current membership of around 50, which includes compound, recurve, recurve barebow and longbow archers. Many of our members have represented Sussex in County matches and have had success as individuals representing the club in their own right. We have one County Coach and an Archery Leader plus a number of long-standing experienced archers to help with development of newcomers to the club and run the beginners courses.

We shoot all year round in pleasant surroundings at Ditchling Recreation Ground, taking part in the Sussex County Albion League and the Selby Postal League during the Summer months. During the Indoor season from October to March our compound and recurve teams compete in the BA Postal League. Members also take part in open shoots run by archery clubs in Sussex and its neighbouring counties. There are also many archers among our numbers who shoot for nothing but pleasure.

Anyone, providing they have completed a recognised beginners course and adhere to the GNAS motto of Union, Trueheart and Courtesie, is welcome to shoot with us.

Our website provides information about where we shoot, membership fees, our coaching team and our shooting calendar, together with regular updates on the club's activities and its progress in various competitions throughout the year. You will find relevant contact information on the site's pages or you can visit our contact page, where you will find contact details for various members of the club.

News for the club is posted below.

Selby Postal League 2015

October 30th, 2015

The final results for the Selby Postal League 2015 are in and Ditchling positions are as follows:

Recurve Division 1 (Ditchling A) 6th
Recurve Division 10 (Ditchling B) 5th
Compound Division 7 2nd
Longbow Division 10 1st

Download the full results here.

Club Championships

June 24th, 2015

Just a reminder that it’s the club’s outdoor championships on Sunday July 26. It will be a York/Hereford/Bristol, so will be an all day event. Anyone wanting to take part, please get in touch with me. Bob

Quick Results for the Windsor shoot

June 8th, 2015


Southern Counties Meeting – May 2015

June 2nd, 2015

On 14th and 15th May 2015, Petra took part at the SCAM meeting at Winchester, shooting a double Hereford. The first day was a lovely sunny day, but a complete change on day 2 when the weather was wet and windy. The Hereford was cut to just 4 dozen and the Championship decided. Petra retained her southern Counties Championship from last year. Well done.

Newhaven – May 2015

June 2nd, 2015

Jessica won the junior western section for junior ladies barebow

Jack was third in junior men’s compound shooting a short western

Jodie won the junior ladies recurve junior western

Jacki won ladies compound

Petra won ladies recurve

Lindsey was 10th in ladies recurve

Ben won men’s recurve

Kevin was 11th in men’s recurve, but won the handicap score award

Iain was second in men’s barebow

Paul won men’s longbow

Nathan, shooting as an adult was 5th


Sussex County Team – May 2015

June 2nd, 2015

On 3rd May 2015, Ditchling had 8 members selected to shoot for Sussex in the match against Hampshire. Well done to Iain, Ben (first time selection), Jacki, Petra, Jodie, Jess, Jack and Nathan.

It was a wet and windy start to the day which was meant to be a WA1440, however due to delays and worsening conditions, the match was shortened to a long metric. Well done to those selected for the County and surviving the challenging conditions.

Waterside – May 2015

May 29th, 2015

On 2nd May 2015 Ben, Jodie, Petra, Jacki and Nathan ventured to Hampshire for Waterside’s FITA Weekend, shooting a WA70 (meters) and head to head. It was a very cold, windy and overcast all day! Layers were definitely needed to survive the day!

Nathan finished joint 17th in men’s compound as a junior.

Jacki finished third in ladies compound.

Petra finished joint fifth in ladies recurve.

Ben finished joint 17th in men’s recurve.

Jodie finished fourth as Cadet in junior ladies recurve.

Well done to all!

Crystal Palace – April 2015

May 29th, 2015

On 19th April 2015 Ben, Jodie and Petra were at Crystal Palace for their Hereford tournament, with Jodie shooting a Bristol 3.

Petra won the ladies recurve Hereford.

Ben was 6th in mens recurve York.

Jodie won the Bristol 3 round for junior ladies recurve and was second in the junior girls recurve overall.

Well done to all!


May 27th, 2015

The target list for the Windsor shoot is now available from the Windsor page

Windsor page

SCAS and Sussex County Indoor Championships 2015

April 30th, 2015

On 11th April 2015 several members of the club took part in the Regional and County Indoor Championships at K2 – Crawley which was a Portsmouth round. Congratulations to all who took part and put in a fantastic performance.

For the Region (SCAS), Ditchling won Ladies Compound (Jacki), and Junior Ladies Barebow (Jess). Petra and Ben were part of the Sussex Team that came second in the region.DAC K2 SCAA SCAS 2015

For the Double Open Round, Ditchling won Ladies Recurve (Petra), Junior Ladies Barebow (Jess), Men’s Longbow (Paul) and Junior Men’s Compound (Nathan).

For the County (Sussex), Ditchling won Ladies Recurve (Petra), Ladies Compound (Jacki), Ladies Barebow (Jess), Men’s Barebow (Iain), Junior Ladies Recurve (Jodie) and Junior Ladies Barebow (Jess). Ditchling also won the County Club team with Petra, Ben and Nathan.

Later in the evening was the Team Event shooting a FITA18. Ditchling won both the Sussex Senior and Junior Teams.

Senior Team: Ditchling Dynamics: Ben, Petra, Jacki, Peter

Junior Team: Ditchling Demons: Jodie, Jess, Nathan and a guest appearance (and huge thank you to) Kai Thomas-Prause from Bayeaux for stepping in last minute and shooting for the team.

Special mention to Ditchling Dynamos: Paul, Dave, Sue and Kevin

Results are on the Sussex website: http://www.sussex-archery.org.uk/2015-indoor-championships-home-page/

Whitehill – St George Round

April 28th, 2015

On 29th March 2015, Iain shot a St George round – (3 doz at 100yrds, 80yrds and 60yrds) at Whitehill Archers. Below is Iain’s report, sounds like the elements were braved!

Starting the day in high winds and rain the so start numbers were down.  At assembly we were reminded of the rules for record status shoots (2 whistles to move to the line, 1 whistles to commencing shooting and 3 whistles to collect, all shooting ends of 6).  The only unusual idea was at sighters, where the first detail was allowed to shoot and collect, and then the second detail was allowed to shoot and collect, allowing each detail to have a “clean” target for sighters.

The day progressed in high wind and rain, numerous tents were blown over, brollies broken and hats blown off, presenting very challenging conditions.  Sadly, as we, moved to score and collect, the end of the 4th dozen, we had a target full of arrows fall over, resulting in a number of arrows being damaged.

The shoot was finally abandoned at the end of the 7th dozen when the target faces, which had been completely soaked, started blowing off the bosses.

Ditching’s interest was in the Barebow section with Iain Cadle coming second to David Strong.

Club Indoor Championships 2015

March 24th, 2015

Here are the results of the Ditchling indoor championships. This was held on 22nd March 2015.


The round was a Portsmouth (5 doz at 20 yards on 60cm face)

17 members attended, shooting across the four disciplines of the club.

An afternoon of mixed fortunes, some shooting well and achieving their objectives. Well done to the winners.

Bring on the outside season!

Well done to all who took part.

Brighton Bowmen FITA 18

March 22nd, 2015

On 21st February 2015, Jacki and Petra were at Brighton Bowmen’s FITA 18 in Holbrook.

Petra finished second in ladies recurve.

Jacki finished seventh.

Hampshire Indoor Championships

March 22nd, 2015

On 7th February 2015, Petra, Jacki and Nathan ventured down to Eastleigh for the Hampshire Championships FITA 18 seeding match with a head to head elimination format.

Nathan came thirteenth in Gentleman’s Compound, shooting as a junior on the Saturday and returned on the Sunday for the Portsmouth and came second in the under 14s compound and was first place as a visitor in his section.

Jacki came 4th in ladies compound after getting through the eliminations to the bronze medal match.

Petra was first in ladies recurve after reaching the final in the eliminations and winning the match.

Ditchling Archery Club Windsor Tournament

February 20th, 2015

Ditchling Archery Club will be hosting their annual Windsor tournament on Sunday 7th June 2015.

An application form can be downloaded from the Windsor Tournament page.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Target List is Now available Windsor Target List 2015