146 members attended our awards evening at the Walls Club, which saw proceedings start with a basket meal, an excellent quiz and then a slide show capturing our achievements in 2015.
Each year we say we will never match the previous year, that turned out to be true, we surpassed it once again!
Steve Howse our Chairman then gave an opening address and highlighted the fantastic work of our volunteers and outlined how this will help us to shape our future. He was pleased to report that we were on target to achieve our plans for the development of our ground and invited more members to step forward and help with the running of our club.
As this event was subsidised by the club there was the inevitable raffle to help off set some of the costs and we need to say a big thank you to everyone for their generosity! Kevin ran an excellent quiz which gave all ages a chance to answer questions and it highlighted how good a quiz night would be. Watch this space!
The competition for the awards was strong but it was great recognition of everyone’s efforts during the year.
The full details of all the winners will be placed on the site over the weekend.
Highlights included Paige Tucker winning the Junior Clubman of the year and Mary Crang winning the Jos Benfield Clubman of the year.
In addition to the bow type awards, classification badges and Progress Awards were presented. Molly Peters won the Archery GB Handicap Improvement Medal and JB Deasy the adult award. James Howse was our International Archer of the Year.
Even though a number of our juniors were away on various GB Squad training sessions, it was great to see their families still coming along to this celebration of our achievements and it turned out to be yet another special evening.
Gloucestershire Media Awards
Another fantastic evening at Hatherley Manor, the day before the Club’s Awards evening. We were the finalists in the Community Club of the Year and the Disability Sports Performer of the Year but had to settle for runners up positions.
Deer Park Archers had their own table.
There was a nice surprise at the start of the evening when Roger Crang was presented with the Outstanding Services to Sport in Gloucestershire Award.
Roger was quick to say that this award reflects the efforts of all of our volunteers and getting recognition for something we all enjoy and are passionate about is a real bonus.
A new record attendance at Shurdington on the Tuesday evening, followed by a busy session at GL1. Unfortunately we had to postpone the Clout on the Saturday morning due to high winds.
Practice sessions will be busy over the next few weeks as we gear up for the British Indoor Championships.