Welcome to November and back where we started in March with the Archery world of Nottinghamshire in suspended animation for a month. Only a month, hopefully. END OF BAD NEWS.

Everyone appeared to have a great time at Sherwood Archers ‘weekend of Nationals’.  I shot recurve on Saturday, in the driving rain, looking like a sodden sheep in my woolly jumper. To my surprise, I won.  On Sunday I shot my compound in a lovely light breeze!  I came 4th.  72 shots, 71 hits, 71 golds and one call for the arrowjack.  That will teach me not to miss!. I must admit, I was not my usual self, bursting into fits of laughter. Thanks to everyone that participated, it was wonderful to see you all. Congratulations to all the winners. A great weekend.

The NAS online Frostbite challenge is up and running with the results of October posted on the Nottinghamshire website and Facebook page. The system worked well.  Congratulations to everyone that took part, especially the winners. We received 57 entries, a good show for the first month, although I suspect November will be quieter. Go on then, who got a round in before the 5th November? Careful Chris Joyce and Shai Qureshi, I am coming for you both. Again, thanks to Liz Eyres for setting the system up.  Certificates for October will be forwarded to clubs when practicable, I will not forget.

The Nott’s AGM will be held online by Zoom at 2000hrs on 30th November, every archer in NAS is welcome and encouraged to take part. It will probably be short and sweet. If you are interested in attending, and have not received a copy of the invite via your club, please contact Mike Thomason, ( I will be standing for the post of Chairman again.  I feel I did not get a good run at it this year.  All existing committee members have also indicated their willingness to stand again.  If you are interested in standing for any position, again contact Mike Thomason.  The one vacant post is that of County Coaching Organiser, which, as the title suggests, is a job for a coach from within the county (ideally a level 2 coach, or above).


I would like on behalf of the county to congratulate Charlotte Attwood on being awarded the prestigious RON SMITH MEMORIAL TROPHY, which is awarded for exceptional services to archery within EMAS.  This award should have been presented to her in April. Due to the circumstances Charlotte finally received the trophy whilst shooting in the walled garden at Wilford Bowmen last Sunday.  To Charlotte’s complete surprise I should add, a well-kept secret Steve.

Charlotte’s citation read:

Charlotte Attwood contributes massive vitality, experience and time developing juniors, improving the standard of junior archery across Nottinghamshire. She has achieved fantastic results, helping archers achieve several JMBs, and many county and regional records. Our junior recurve team won the EMAS inter-counties in 2017, 2018 and 2019 – all team members were coached by Charlotte.

Please remember to stay safe and I will see you all on the other side of this thing. It could be worse; you could live in the States.

Bernie Dicks (chairman)

5th November 2020

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