Traditional/Primitive and Target Archery in London

OzPrimitive
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March 10th, 2007, 5:27 am #1

I will be going to London next week for some time and will be staying close to Farringdon Station in the CBD. Could anyone of the UK paleobrothers advise on the nearest archery clubs and traditional/primitive archery societies or such that I could join and make my weekends more enjoyable?

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Ps. It seems that the event in Bulgaria is going to be only a short (as compared with flying all the way from Australia) trip away.
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March 11th, 2007, 2:12 am #2

64 views and no response. Should I take that nothing much is going on there?

Perhaps I should stick to the museums.

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March 11th, 2007, 8:55 am #3

I don't live in london or know where farringdon is. I don;t think you'll find any primitive clubs anywhere in the UK, but primitives do exist here. You can shoot "primitive" at NFAS shoots
www.nfas.net/
if you are in the UK for a while there are primiitve meets going on around easter and my own atlatl events.
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March 11th, 2007, 9:43 am #4

Oz, what about one weekend in Bulgaria? It is just 2 hours flight to Sofia! Sorry we didnt answer fast, but it is Sunday now and it took some time to contact Kosio, we both thought the same we can spend one great weekend in the country, we have some ideas already! Just say which weekend it will be!

Iliana, Kosio
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March 11th, 2007, 3:52 pm #5

There is a primitive event (atlatl and primitive bow) in France in May I believe. It's just north east of Parris, and just a small bit of a train ride from London I would think. It is a large primitive event. Personally, if I were anywhere in europe during that time, I'd do my best to go to this event.

There is some information on the atlatl forum under one of Kovi's threads about his event.

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March 11th, 2007, 4:09 pm #6

Here is a cut and paste from the info on the atlatl forum. It was kind of scattered about, so it might have been trouble for you to find it. These are all excerpts from posts by my friend Pascal about this event:

There is another meeting planned the same day in Crepy-en-Valois (north of Paris). It's one of the biggest atlatl event in Europe (the most beautiful archery museum is located in Crepy). Last year, we were about 110 atlatlists there... (and much more primitive archers)!

You can camp around, or sleep inside the museum!!! There will be a place where everyone will have the opportunity to trade 'primitive' matters (woods, leather, flint, arrows, points, antler,...).

Prehistoric bow contest at 2:00 pm on Saturday (May 5th). Free meal for the contestants at 7:00 pm. Free visit of the Archery museum at any time.

Prehistoric atlatl contest at 9:00 am on Sunday. Maybe an ISAC afternoon. There are more than 100 contestants every year since 1996.


Targets used in every of our bow and spearthrower contests
Diameter/range is:
40 cm/8 m
50 cm/10 m
60 cm/12 m
70 cm/14 m
80 cm/16 m
90 cm/18 m
100 cm/20 m
110 cm/22 m
120 cm/24 m
130 cm/26 m

Ten targets 3 times = 30 shots.

Primitive means that bows, arrows, spearthrowers and darts must be done with wood, antler or bone, sinew, vegetal strand and natural feathers, no plastic, no metal. But modern glues are permitted.
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March 11th, 2007, 8:51 pm #7

You may find entry to a archery club difficult. A lot are fully booked for the 2007 season. I don't know of any that allow you to just turn up and shoot without becomming a member and doing a few weeks training first.
Try this link for london clubs. www.claa.org.uk/londonclubs.html

Good luck, Steve.
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March 12th, 2007, 11:33 am #8

You may find most British archery clubs not really to your taste. Wonderful people of course but perhaps a bit serious about their target scores and about their hi-tec kit. I'm the only archer I know who makes his own bows. And,you may be a hunter, but if you even mention shooting our furry and feathery friends, you can expect an unfriendly reaction. It's illegal in the UK and Ireland, and deeply unpopular with most archers.

The French thing sounds fun. You could try www.sptradarch.org/ to see if there's anything more primitive going on in the UK.
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March 12th, 2007, 12:28 pm #9

Great, thanks everyone!

Kuovi, thanks for the link, it is a good starting point for making some contacts and enquiries in the UK.

Iliana, thank you for the offer, I greatly appreciate your hospitality. I will certainly try to come to the autumn meet and I would also love to come earlier and spend a weekend with you and Kosio, over in Bulgaria. I am sure it would have been a great fun. However I cannot plan any details at this stage, I have to see how other things will develop over there in the UK and act accordingly. I will keep in touch and hopefully we should be able to catch up at some point.

Paleo, thanks for posting this useful info. It seems that my itinerary for the next few months is going to be quite busy. But who can complain about that?

Steve, thanks for the link. When I was in London a few years back I tried to get in touch with a few clubs but not much luck (they did not return my calls), and this is quite in line with the situation as you describe it. But if I am of a better luck this time and join a club I will accept the training from anyone who can outshoot me.

Richard, when I mentioned archery clubs I actually did think of FITA or Olympic style target archery that I also like and practice. Otherwise, I think I would get on very well with the UK archers and the furry, feathery and other animals will be very safe in my presence just as they are here in Australia and elsewhere. Thanks for the link!

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March 12th, 2007, 2:44 pm #10

Definitely get in touch with Chris Boyton and see if you can visit him at his workshop in West London. You may have seen him on TV with Ray Mears, and he made Simon Stanley's record breaking war bow. Hell of a nice bloke too and a professional bowyer, used to be one of the Galway boys.
I rate him as a top man for the traditional English bow.
His email is boyarch@yahoo.com
And ask him about the Company of Sixty near Stoke D'Abernon, they are a real friendly bunch shooting unmarked distance in the woodland down there.
It's in easy travelling distance from London.
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March 13th, 2007, 8:49 am #11

Thanks Rod,

I will contact Chris and will also try to get in touch with the Company of Sixty. It would be great if I get an opportunity to do some shooting with a yew longbow.

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March 13th, 2007, 4:28 pm #12

You'll have no problem shooting at the Company of Sixty, they only exclude sight users, and they are a real friendly crew. They regularly hold "friendly" shoots which are pretty open affairs.
You'll also meet Carol Edwards and a whole bunch of like minded folks who will be only too happy to clue you in to other shooting opportunities.
I know Chris has been unwell recently, but I'm sure he would not object to hearing from you and if you have the chance of visiting him, it should not be missed.
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