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Good Luck Team Rutland.

Good Luck to the Bowmen of Rutland Team at tonight's Active Rutland Community Sports Awards.
Our Ontarget team has been nominated for Active Rutland Community Sports Team of the Year Award.
Good luck Rutland.


The Bowmen of Rutland 

Ontarget Champions!


The Bowmen of Rutland team won the 2017 Ontarget Competition, the finals of which were held at the National Sports Centre Lilleshall in September. 

Congratulations to Peter, Oliver, Keith and Chrissie, a fantastic achievement for the club.


Bunbury and Melton Match.

On Saturday 22nd July we held our annual marathon shoot known as the Bunbury. The Bunbury is a Postal shoot with the Bunbury Archery Club in Australia. It is a double WA900 all shot in one day.  That is 180 arrows!  

The first WA900 is also our annual match against Melton Mowbray Archery Club.  This year Melton were victorious, in the compounds it was  close with them scoring 2455 and Rutland just ahead with 2462.  But Melton's recurve team was much stronger scoring 2032 compared to Rutland's 1630. Giving Melton a total score of 4487 and Rutland a score of 4092. Congratulations to Melton Mowbray Archery Club. 

Salvers are presented to the highest scoring Lady and Gent from Rutland shooting the double. The winners of the Bunbury Challenge Salvers were Peter Fox with 879 and Chrissie Mortlock with 756. 

Well done to everyone who shot and thank you to the members who did the catering.

We will wait to see if we are successful in the Bunbury and hope to receive some leprechauns if we are.  


Ontarget Competition Stage 3.

We were again drawn at home this time against Eagle Bowmen of Bedford. We were successful scoring 14 points and our opponents scored 7. We are now through to the quarterfinals.

Well done to the Rutland team of Peter, Oliver, Keith and Chrissie. Thank you to Paul for being field captain for the shoot.  


Archery GB Big Weekend.

Over 80 people visited our ground and tried their hand at archery when we opened our ground to the public as part of the national Big Weekend.

Thank you to the members who helped during the day.


Rutland Show 2017.

Thank you to the members of the club who helped to make this a great success for the Bowmen of Rutland. Over 200 people came and had a go at archery during the day. 



Ontarget Competition Stage 2.

This time we were at home and we took on Bingham Leisure Centre Archers and won, 14 points to 7. We even managed to finish shooting before the heavy rain started.

Well done to the Rutland team of Peter, Oliver, Keith and Chrissie. Thank you to Paul for being field captain. 



Ontarget Competition Stage 1.

This was all new to the Bowmen of Rutland, we had never entered this before and during the winter season a possible team was found and it all seemed such a good idea. 

On the 30th April four brave souls left the safety of Rutland after breakfasting in the County Town and went to find Soar Valley Archers ground to take them on in the first round of the competition.

What we didn't expect was the wind. Even our top compounder was putting in some threes. The other compounder who was only supposed to be doing the admin and organising but was somehow persuaded to shoot as the team needed a lady missed twice in practice and one arrows didn’t return to the safety of Rutland. After a very challenging afternoon for all who shot. Rutland scored 11 points and Soar Valley scored 10 points. Soar Valley were excellent hosts and made the Bowmen of Rutland team feel very welcome.

Well done to the Bowmen of Rutland team Peter, Oliver, Keith and Chrissie. 


Birstall Match.

Congratulations to the Bowmen of Birstall who came to our ground to shoot the match against the Bowmen of Rutland on Bank Holiday Monday. This year they left victorious in the Senior competition. The Bowmen of Birstall scored 4114 and the Bowmen of Rutland scored 4073. This year the Bowmen of Rutland Juniors were the winners of the Junior match. Well done to all who took part.


Busy start to the Outdoor Season.

The outdoor season has now begun. Weekends are once again busy with archery activities, Hot Cross Bun Shoot, Beginners Courses, Have A Goes, Birstall Match and Ontarget competition. Club members please check out the newsletter to find out what is happening.

Sad news of the death of Steve Cowley. 


It is with great sadness that we received news of the death of Steve Cowley who was an Honorary Member of the Bowmen of Rutland for many years.  Steve was our Groundsman for several years and he was so proud of the excellent attention it has received from Tony.  He was an active shooting member and his late wife Cath was always willing to lend a hand with our club teas and social occasions.  Following Cath’s death he became a member of Rutland Sailability and was a member of the Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) famous for its tall ships training.  Both of which he enjoyed to the full.  He was a real “club” man and gentleman working quietly behind the scenes.  We shall miss him very much indeed.  His cremation is on Monday 6th March at 2.00 pm at Marholm, Peterborough.


No Shooting at Catmose on Friday 17th February

The Sports Centre are having work done on the hall floor during half term week, so I am afraid they have informed us that we are not able to shoot on the 17th.

Friday Shooting at Catmose

Good news! The roof at Catmose Sports Centre is now repaired so our Friday evening shooting sessions can now resume  The first session will be on Friday 9th December. 

December BA Postal League Portsmouth Rescheduled

The December round will now be shot on Monday 5th December at Casterton College Rutland, starting at 19.00 .

Rescheduled BA Postal League Portsmouth

We have been able to extend our hire period at Caterton College Rutland on Monday 14th November to allow us to shoot the BA Postal League Portsmouth which we had to postpone last week due to the problem with the roof at Catmose.

At the moment we are not sure if there will be any shooting on Friday 18th November at Catmose. Once we have any further information we will publish it here.

Shooting Session Cancelled.

Unfortunately the shooting session at Catmose Sports Centre planned for Friday 11th November has been cancelled due to emergency work on the roof at Catmose.

This should have been our BA Postal League shoot, once we know when the hall will be available we will let you know the new date.


Indoor Season Starts Tonight.

The first session at Casterton College Rutland formally known as Casterton Business and Enterprise College is tonight (Monday 5th September) starting at 19.00.

Friday night sessions at Catmose Sports Centre do not start until October.

Extraordinary General Meeting.

Notice is hereby given that the committee has called an Extraordinary General Meeting to be held on Saturday 10th September at 13.00 at our Greetham Valley Golf Club ground. 

The business of the meeting is to change the method of calculating pro rata club fees and to increase the annual club fee.

This notice was published by the Secretary at 22.00 on 12th August 2016

Success for Bowmen of Rutland at the County Championships

In very testing windy conditions five members took part in the Leicestershire and Rutland Outdoor County Championships. Hosted by Melton Mobray Archers at Syston. Oliver Stephenson finished third in the Gents Recurve.

Congratulations to Peter Fox who retained the Gents County Compound title. Well done to all who shot on a very windy day, Paul Seaton, Dave Goodwin and Holly Seaton  

Hot Cross Bun Shoot

Please note that sighters are now half an hour later at 14.30  This is to allow members who have to work on Good Friday to get to the ground and take part  Thank you.

Club Shirts

The new club shirts are now ready for collection. These will be at Catmose on Friday and Casterton on Monday. If you are not able to collect them please contact Carl to arrange a suitable time.

BA Postal League Portsmouth

Please note that this will be on the 19th February not the 5th.


Bowmen of Rutland Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the Bowmen of Rutland's Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday 15th January 2016 at Greetham Valley Golf Club. It will be in one of their conference rooms and will commence at 19.30. 


Greetham ground.

On Saturday 14th November we are holding a Working Day at our ground to prepare for winter and to ensure that the equipment will be ready for the new outdoor season next year.

If you are able to help please come along from 10.00. Jobs will include a general tidy of the ground and club hut, repairing bosses and stands as necessary, painting and preparing the toilet block for winter.

Ladies take on the Gents at clay pigeon shooting.

At the President's Medal dinner a challenge was laid down, Ladies against Gents at clay pigeon shooting. 

A great day was had by all at Sporting Targets near Bedford. 

A big thank you to Ian Jones for his help with this challenge. 

The Gentlemen (Phil, Peter and Paul) beat the Ladies (Kate, Julie, Chrissie, Jo and Zakia). Well done Gents but we will beat you next year!


Open Morning.

We are holding an Open Morning on Saturday 29th August at our Greetham Valley Golf Club ground.

For just £3.00 you can come along and try the Olympic sport of archery and see club members shoot the different styles of bow; longbow, recurve and compound. 

The Open Morning is from 10.00 to 12.00.

For more information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Summer Challenge Shoot.

29th August

Club members please note the change of time for this shoot, sighters are now at 12.30 after the Open Morning. 


Thursday 6th August

As we enjoy some summer weather may the committee just remind members of the Archery GB rule 307 b which states that archers must wear footwear that fully encloses the toes.

Sandals are not suitable for the archery field.

Thank you.


Sunday 22nd March

L&RCAA announce Prize Quiz


Leicestershire and Rutland County Archery Association announce a prize quiz where you could win one of the top prizes worth £150 and £100


The competition is open to anyone to enter whether you are an archer, friend/family member of an archer or thinking of taking up archery. The entry fee is £5 per entry which is not limited to 1 per entry per person, if you want to enter more than once you will just need to send in the relevant entry fees.

The entry form for the cryptic quiz with full details is located here

They look forward to receiving your completed entry forms, together with the relevant fee - full details are on the quiz with how to enter. If you cannot answer all of the questions please don't worry, just send in what you can answer as you could still stand a chance of winning.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Carol via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Sunday 22nd March

A quick reminder that Club Fees are due on the 1st April, prompt payment would be greatly appreciated by the Secretary and Treasurer!



Saturday 21st March

A big thank you to those who helped at the Working Day, especially Lisa for the huge chocolate cake. 

The ground is now laid out ready for the new outdoor season. Bosses have been put at all the Senior distances and most of the Junior distances.

Please do not move bosses, thank you. 


Friday 27th February

Change of date for the Frostbite Lunch.

The initial date for the Frostbite Lunch avoided the various Clout shoots taking place in March and Mothering Sunday but unfortunately a good number of members were not able to make this date due to other commitments. It has therefore been agreed to postpone the Frostbite lunch to Sunday 19th April, lunch is booked for 13.00. Before this there will be a Fun Frostbite Shoot with sighters at 10.30. If you would like to attend the lunch please book your place with Chrissie.

Please note the final round of the BA Postal League Frostbite will still be shot as planned on Sunday 8th March.



Wednesday 18th February

Details of the annual inter-club shoot with Melton Mowbray Archers have been finalised. This will be held on Saturday 7th March at their indoor venue at Syston. The round will be a Portsmouth with assembly at 13.00. If you would like to take part please let Chrissie or Dave know so that we have an idea of the numbers shooting. Thanks.

Sunday 18th January

Just a reminder that it is the BA Postal League Frostbite on Sunday 25th January at our Greetham Valley Golf Club ground, sighters at 10.30 and on Mondy 26th January it is our L&R300 night at Casterton. All members are welcome to come along and shoot.

Friday 16th January

The Bowmen of Rutland held its Annual General Meeting tonight. Many thanks go to Richard Custance and Pat Neale who stood down from the committee after many years of service to the club. 

We welcome some new faces to the committee for 2015, Peter Fox, Matt Goodwin and Ron Hodges.

Tuesday 23rd December

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all the members and friends of the club!

Friday 5th December

Please note that there will be no shooting at CBEC on Monday 15th December. We have just been informed that they have a Year 7 graduation evening.

Sunday 23rd November

Just two spaces left for the meal at the Wheatsheaf on Saturday 29th, if you would like to attend please reserve your space by contacting Chrissie. 

Scott Craddock is sending out the menu on Monday.


Saturday 22nd November

The Junior Coaching and Fun Shoot planned for next Saturday the 29th has been cancelled.

The hall is not available as they have an all day booking in both sports halls.

It is planned to reschedule it for January or February.


Monday 17th November

The members of the Bowmen of Rutland and friends are having a night out.

We have booked to go for a meal at the Wheatsheaf in Greetham, 7.00 for 7.30 on Saturday 29th November.

If you would like to attend you must book your place with Chrissie as soon as possible. Places are limited.

A few days before we will be sent the menu so that we can choose what we would like to eat.

This will be the club's third visit to the Wheatsheaf, if you have never been you can be assured of a warm welcome from Scott and his team and the food is excellent. 

Friday 7th November

The entry form for the 14th WA Combined Indoor Torunament is now available.

Saturday 13th September

The Outdoor Club Championships at our Greetham ground were well supported with 30 archers taking part shooting a National round. After the shoot archers and their families enjoyed a barbecue before the presentation of the awards. 

Friday 12th September

Today Carl is shooting in the Invictus Games. Archery GB website should have a live feed from the event but since last night their site has been off line. If you are able keep checking the website during the day in case they get it working again.

Wednesday 27th August

Change of date for the Selby Summer League, this has been changed to the 11th September rather than the 4th as we are now putting on a large Have A Go session on that day.

Sunday 24th August

The Bowmen of Rutland Clout entry form is now available via the calendar. The Clout is on 19th October at Casterton Business and Enterprise College, Great Casterton. 

Saturday 23rd August

A big thank you to those who gave up their time to build and repair the bosses. A great deal was achieved during the day. Danage bosses were built, foam layered bosses re-ordered. Thanks go to Bob C, Michael L, Dave , Peter F, Chris, Chrissie, Richard P, Pam and Bob.

Thursday 14th August

Many congratulations to Carl Harding who has been selected to represent GB in the forth coming Invictus Games. These are to be held in September at the Olympic Park.

Carl has been selected as a member of the British Armed Forces team that is preparing for the first ever Games, this is a series of para-sport events for wounded, injured and sick service personnel. 

Below is a link to a BBC report about the event and a lovely picture of Carl at 47 seconds and at 90 seconds!


Well done Carl, we wish you all the best for September.

Monday 11th August

Last chance for members and friends to put their names down for the barbecue at the Golf Club on Saturday. This will be at 18.00 and will follow the second President's Medal Match. If you would like to attend the barbecue please let Chrissie know.

Saturday 19th July

On a hot, humid and at times a little wet Saturday eleven members took up the challenge to shoot twelve dozen arrows for the first half of the President's Medal match. A York, Herford, Bristol I and V were shot. Some members shot PBs as they had never shot twelve dozen before well done Reg and Kaitlyn. Also a PB for Ritchie as he shot it with his longbow and got a Bowmen score, well done Ritchie. 

Well done to all who shot, see you all in August for the second half a WA 1440 or Metric rounds.

Thursday 12th June

The Stamford Round Table enjoyed a glorious summers evening when they visited for their annual have a go. As always it was great fun, once the scoring started it become very competitive with the winner winning by just 1 point and second place being decided on Xs!.

Thank you to Bob, Peter, Reg and Tony for their help.

Saturday 7th June

Eight of us braved the inclement weather and shot a Windsor or a Short Junior Windsor. By the last distance the weather had improved and we had all dried out in time to pack away.

Friday 30th May

Once again the weather took its toll on Bowmen of Rutland events, the Summer Challenge Warwick was more of a wet and cold Warwick. Lets hope for some warm weather for our next Summer Challenge on Saturday 7th June for the Windsor rounds, sighters at 10.30

Thursday 29th May

Tonight is the first ever Summer Challenge night, we are shooting a Warwick round and for juniors and newer members there will be the Short Warwick, Junior Warwick and a Short Junior Warwick. All members are very welcome to come along and shoot. Hopefully the rain will have stopped!

Sighters are at 6.30.

Saturday 24th May

39 members of the public came to the Bowmen of Rutland's ground to have a go, this was rather disappointing but the weather was awful, by lunchtime we thought we would be doing well if we got to double figures!

20 members of the club gave up their time to help the public have a go.

It was great to see people braving the weather and having a go at archery. The Club enjoyed sharing it's passion for archery and hopes that it has inspired some to get involved in archery in the future"

Of those who braved the very wet day they were very enthusiastic enjoying having lots of  goes at archery and enjoying the home-made cakes baked by members of the Bowmen of Rutland. Many expressed an interest in our future beginners courses.

Saturday 17th May

A big thank you to the painting team of Peter Fox, Dave and Kate Goodwin, Lisa Gamlin, Huw Maltravers, Debbie Hill and Chrissie Mortlock who helped to paint the container ready for the Arhcery GB Big Weekend next Saturday.

Friday 16th May

Fifteen members and friends of the Bowmen of Rutland enjoyed a Spring Feast at the Wheatsheaf in Greetham. The food and company were both excellent.

Thursday 15th May

The first round of the Selby Summer League was shot tonight for the Recurve and Compound teams. Congratulations to those who made the teams for May.

Recurve A     Phil Butterfield, Bob Clark and Julie Taylor.

Recurve B     Scott McNeice, Chrissie Mortlock and Tony Naylor.

Compound    Peter Fox and Reg Edwards.

A Recurve team consists of three archers and a Compound and Longbow team two archers each.

Saturday 10th May

On Saturday morning Bob, Peter, Dave, Kate, Richard and Chrissie spent the morning setting up our Greetham ground for the outdoor season. Members are now able to shoot at all the Senior distances and Juniors at the imperial distances. So members you are able to shoot all the variations of the Warwick round for the May Summer Challenge and the National for the Summer Omnium. Good shooting!

Wednesday 7th May

A reminder that our Greetham ground is available for shooting 7 days a week from dawn to dusk. The Chairman reminded members that there are no set times for shooting outdoors, members may shoot whenever they wish.

Friday 2nd May

Information about the Summer Challenge and the NEW Summer Omnium can be found on the Events and Shoots page. If you have any questions about either compettiton please contact Chrissie.

Sunday 16th March

Fifteen members of the club shot the final Frostbite round of the season on a lovely sunny but windy spring morning. Twenty two members and friends then enjoyed Sunday lunch at the Golf Club.

Congratulations to all the members who have shot in the Frostbite League during the winter.


Saturday 8th March

Please note the change of date for the L&R300 as stated in the newsletter, it is Monday 17th March.


Saturday 1st March

Entry forms are now available to confirm attendance at the forthcoming Indoor Club Championships and the Hot Cross Bun Shoot which incorporates an Easter Egg Shoot for the Junior members.


Thursday 27th February

Melton Match - Cancelled

Due to a lack of Bowmen of Rutland archers the match against Melton Mowbray at their club has been cancelled, this should have taken place on Sunday 2nd March. 


Saturday/Sunday 8/9th February

The Bowmen of Rutland succesfully completed the 13th Annual Combined FITA shoot. Club members helped and a very succesful shoot was completed on Sunday 9th February. Over 70 archers took part in the shoot with the Recurve Gents title won by Thomas Cram with the Ladies Recurve title Susan Corless. The Compound titles were taken by Alan Tonge and Emily Must.

Longbow Gents title was won by Mike Christison and the Gents Barebow by David Johnson.

Junior Ladies recurve was won by Lizzie Warner and Junior Gents Recurve by Adam Dogan.

The Junior Compund titles were won by Abbie Spinks and James Passingham.

Last but by no means least the Junior Ladies Barebow title was won by Isabelle Croyden.

Thank you to all those that took part, and congratulations to all those that completed the shot and of course those that won !

Complete results are available here

Some pictures are available in our gallery here


Saturday 1st February

Revised target list published for the Combined FITA. Spaces are available on all sessions if you would like to enter.

Friday 31st January

Combined FITA target list published

Monday 9th December

CBEC have informed us that we are unable to shoot on Monday 16th December 2013.

The next shooting session at CBEC will be Monday 6th January 2014.

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