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Is 2020 looking like a total disaster for your Archery?

Our president Jane Rees a county coach and past GB international along with Andrew Knight an osteopath both members of Ballands Bowmen are writing a series of articles to help those who perhaps are still unable to get back to shooting.

An introduction to Jane and Andrew can be found here.

The first article can be found here.

As the original deadline for applications for the GWAS Covid-19 Emergency Fund as now passed the decision has been made to extend indefinitely or until the Fund is empty, or even better when Covid-19 has gone away.

Link to the application here

Please find below the results from the Dunster 2020 Covid Challenge and Fun Round.



Thanks very much for taking part and we hope you all enjoyed, here’s to Dunster 2021.

Grand Western Archery Society recognises that many clubs may be suffering real financial hardship as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. GWAS have therefore set aside £20,000 to help those clubs in genuine need. We invite you to apply for loans of up to £500 per club. Applications are welcomed from across the GWAS region only. Closing date for applications 17th July. 

Full details on link.

Please find below links to information and rules about the Dunster 2020 Covid Challenge from our GWAS Dunster TO Vikki.

Website Notice


Update (16/06/2020)

Hopefully all who are able will enjoy the challenge and stay alert and safe.

Look forward to seeing everyone at Dunster 2021.

Dear GWAS Club,
Thank you to those who have completed the recent GWAS survey aimed at understanding the region better in these unprecedented times.
For those clubs who are yet to have completed this survey (please see list below), we encourage you to do so as soon as possible. The results we’ve had so far have been invaluable to the GWAS Council in steering our decision making and it’s fantastic for us to be able to have an up to date, clear picture of how the clubs in the region are coping.
Link to GWAS survey.
How is this survey going to help the region? 
From the survey results so far, the GWAS Council have been asked to signpost clubs which are open, clubs which are struggling and might need support and those who could offer potential shared shooting facilities. We’ve been able to gather this information through this survey (please link to a map showing the shooting status of all clubs who have completed this survey) and in turn, begin to signpost clubs to shared facilities. Link to map.
The more clubs we have input into this survey, the more we can work as a region to support each other, so it’s vitally important we gather as many responses as possible. 

Please find below the link to the ArcheryGB information for Phase One Return to Shooting –


GWAS is very sad to report the death of the well known judge, Alex Kerby.
Alex had struggled with cancer for some time and was finally overwhelmed by the disease last week.
Many members will recall him in his role as a judge at GWAS and Somerset events: his seemingly stern exterior concealing a kind and witty man, who was a great servant to archery in the southwest.
It is a matter of regret that, due to the present coronavirus crisis, his archery friends will not be able to attend his funeral. However, members may wish to know that Chris Hassall will attend and has kindly agreed to represent our Society.
On behalf of the Society, we offer our sincere condolences to Marion, Hazel, Nick and Harvey.

It is with deep regret and a heavy heart that I must let you know that Dunster Week 2020 has been cancelled.

I am sure you can understand that this is not a decision that has been taken lightly. On the contrary we have held off as long as we felt we could but in the light of the rapidly changing situation and in particular the expectation of the Coronavirus peak falling in May and June, it was felt that the only sensible thing to do was cancel as Dunster is not an event that can simply be postponed.

I know this will be a huge disappointment to you all, it is for me too, but we are living in unprecedented times and most of us will never have experienced anything on this scale before in our lifetime.

All that is left to say is please stay safe, heed the advice coming out from the government and here’s to seeing you all at the 65thDunster Week “Take 2” which will run from 13thto 20thJune 2021.


Please find below link to ArcheryGB frequently asked questions in relation to Covid-19

Link here

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