Wow! This is what you call an amazing few days!

Club’s fundraising efforts for new land break the £20K barrier!

 We set ourselves a target of fund raising more than £20,000 in 3 months, yes it seemed a little ambitious but that is what we needed to do.

We are not talking into account applying for grants, this is a different strand of our efforts, we are talking raising money directly through our own efforts, car boot sales, jumble sales, ebay selling, archery competitions, raffles, club social evenings, an appeal to our membership for donations, sale of club goods, auctions, have-a-goes etc.

Yes, the activities that require a lot of hard work and commitment and that can only be achieved by a team effort and this weekend (24th November) saw us burst through the £20,000 barrier! This is a truly amazing effort by everyone and proves our ability to achieve our aim of purchasing a new ground and securing the Club’s future.

Fund raising pic newsletter


Highlights from the last week include a successful jumble sale, raising not only £250 but the team spirit of many of our volunteers as it was certainly great fun!

Volunteers getting ready for the big rush!

Volunteers getting ready for the big rush!

The launch of our appeal to members for personal donations which has already seen a 90% return raising over £11,000, much of this will also be eligible for Gift Aid which will increase the figure raised still further.

There are still lots of activities planned over the next few weeks to boost the total even further, including a silent auction for 4 Chelsea Tickets donated by a member for a Premiership match and Club Calendar sales have now reached 60 and there are some major items going on ebay which should raise significant proceeds.

Annual Club Awards Evening

 Full details of the awards and photos will be published later this week, it was a brilliant evening, our best ever attendance at any social event and great food, bingo and lots of fun. However continuing the fund raising theme, the event made a profit of just over £600 which is a staggering sum. The evening was rounded off with the Jos Benfield Clubman of the Year Award being presented to Mel & Kev Sutherland recognizing all the support they have given the club over the past 12 months.

bingo red

There was also a short EGM which approved the 2 amendments necessary to meet the CASC requirements following a letter from the Inland Revenue.

Successful EGM

Successful EGM


Gloucestershire Media Awards

 Another great evening organized by the Gloucestershire Echo and it was a great celebration of the health of sport in Gloucestershire. We again had finalists in 3 categories but unlike previous years did not manage to translate any of those into outright winners, however the depth of sporting talent in Gloucestershire is exceptional so to be finalists in 3 categories is no mean achievement and our congratulations go to all the winners. Ten representatives of our superb junior club had a table of their own, had a great time and certainly won the award for ‘best tweeters’ on the live feed screen displayed over dinner!

Junior Team Representatives

Junior Team Representatives

junior dinner

Congratulations to Steph for being voted Gloucestershire Archery Society Coach of the Year

 It was the GAS Coaching AGM on Sunday and there were a number of excellent nominees for this new award. Like all such achievements the award recognizes not just the individual but all those that support them, so well done to all the Deer Park coaches and volunteers, the County coaching system and all those involved with the County Junior Squad and the Deer Park Academy Programme and of course to Steph!

Steph, team building and having fun is part of effective coaching, especially with juniors!

Steph, team building and having fun is part of effective coaching, especially with juniors!


Gloucestershire Archery Society Junior Championships

 The competition, which we are hosting on the 1st December is full. We have 43 juniors competing, good luck to the juniors competing from all Gloucestershire’s Clubs.

Practice times for shooting over the Christmas period.

 As usual we will be shooting every day over the Christmas holidays at Balcarras (including Christmas day to try that new equipment!). Details will be published next week, times will vary each day to give everyone a chance to programme in their sessions.

Level 1 Coach Training Courses

 The first of the 2 programmes started on Sunday, excellent first day and our thanks go to Peter Minshaw the Course Tutor. Many (24) of those on the courses will be developing their new found skills at club practice sessions over the next few months. The 2 programmes have been part funded by the disability projects and by the individuals themselves, so thank you to them. The new club inclusion sessions are going very well and we will look to expand those after Christmas as we get more coaching support.