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 five qualified coaches - including one County coach – who assist
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.
June 12th, 2013
Ditchling Archery Club’s annual Windsor shoot was held on Sunday 9th June.
Despite the bitterly cold head wind, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.
The results can be downloaded from the Windsor Tournament page.
June 11th, 2013
The final league tables have now been posted on the BA Postal website and we’ve mixed results.
Recurve A won division 17 Portmouth and were 2nd in division 6 Frostbite.
Recurve B were 5th in Portsmouth div. 30 and 3rd in Frostbite div.28.
Portsmouth Juniors were 4th in div.4.
Compound were 5th in Frostbite div.12 and 6th in Portsmouth div.21.
June 7th, 2013
On Sunday 23 June, we have an Albion Match away to Arundown. Anyone wishing to take part, please let me know soon, as I have to let them know how many are coming. The Albion is a 9 dozen round (80/60/50yds), but juniors can shoot shorter distances. BOB
June 1st, 2013
On Saturday 1st of June Ditchling travelled to St Dunstan’s Archery club for a rematch from the previous Sunday.
Below is the team that came second to St’ D’s but we beat Newhaven in a three way match. The shoot was a Junior Western and was a handicapped shoot.
Also Shooting were Annette Collect, Felicity Woodward, Iain Cadle, Jacki Beard, Jodie Green, Neil Woodward, Zara Green
The week before on Sunday 26th May St Dunstan’s came to Ditchling to shoot a Short Windsor round. Below are the members of the team. Unfortunately we lost by a massive margin of 356 points.
Also Shooting were Craig Wilson, Iain Cadle, Jacki Beard, Jodie Green, Lindsey Cadle, Murray Wilson, Paul Campion, Trevor Law.
On Both occasions everyone had fun and the weather for both days was fantastic.
May 31st, 2013
On 25th and 26th May 2013, Taff and Petra shot in the Fita70 followed by a Head to Head on both both days. The round is part of the National Ranking criteria. The Fita70 was a seeding round for the Head to Head matches.
On day 1 it was very windy with cross winds. Taff shot 503 to achieve a 500 target badge and was seeded 14th and went out in the last eight on the Head to Head. Petra had a tough shoot, just short of 500 but was seeded third, however went out in the quarter finals, but was the highest scoring loser.
On day 2 the wind was lighter but cross winds were an issue. Taff shot another 500 score and was seeded 10th. On the head to head he went out in the last eight, after shooting an X/10/Miss on the last end! Petra had a lower scoring day, finishing 6th. However there was drama in the Head to Head, knocking out the previous day winner and getting through to the final to be up against none other than her county rival Mandy Linn! The irony being that they have never shot on the same target and were now suddenly Head to Head. After a good giggle between ends, the match ended with a huge friendly hug and Mandy winning 6-4, resulting in Petra being second.
May 31st, 2013
Petra and Taff spent three days 15th – 17th May 2013 near Winchester shooting in the SCAM event. The first two days were a York/Hereford, with the final day being a Long National Handicap.
Petra was fourth for the Double Hereford, winning a society brooch and also won the Coronation Trophy (created in the year of the Coronation) for most golds shot in the tournament. Petra was 11th for the Long National Handicap.
Taff was 32nd for the Double York and was third in the Long National Handicap, winning a very special pot!
May 18th, 2013
On 12th May several members took part in the annual Newhaven Western Tournament. They were Ben, Bob, Iain, Paul, Peter, Taff, Lindsey, Petra, Jodie, Zara and Jessica. It was very windy all day but we managed to escape the rain which started just after we wrapped up for the day. A lucky escape!
The results were:
Mens Recurve: Ben 2nd; Taff 6th; Paul 8th; Peter 9th; Bob 12th
Ladies Recurve: Petra 1st
Ladies Coumpond: Lindsey 4th – who also won the black colour prize
Mens Barebow: Iain 1st
Junior Ladies Recurve: Jodie 1st; Zara 2nd
Junior Ladies Barebow: Jessica 1st
May 12th, 2013
On Sunday 5th May four members of the club shot for the County against Hampshire. They were Iain (Barebow), Cameron (Junior Compound), Petra (Recurve), Jodie (Junior Recurve). Unfortunately Hampshire won, but congratulations to Iain, Cameron and Jodie for making the final team.
The match report can be found here
May 12th, 2013
On 21st April 2013, Taff and Petra took part in the Crystal Palace Record Status Shoot, both shooting a Hereford.
Taff was 2nd
Petra was 5th
April 24th, 2013
Hi all, The handicaps for the outdoor session have been calculated and are posted on the web. You need to be logged in to view them.