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In Memoriam – Paul Maines

It is with deep regret and sadness that I must inform you that Paul Maines died on Sunday 23rd August.
He had been feeling unwell over the weekend, was admitted to hospital and died at lunchtime.
Paul was not only an archery enthusiast and coach, but also a great servant of the sport, both for his club, Gordano Valley, and for his county, Somerset, where he had been Chairman until his health deteriorated as he was undergoing treatment for cancer – a treatment he endured bravely and without complaint.
He will be greatly missed by all his archery friends and, on behalf of SCAA, I offer sincere condolences to his family.
Andrew Rees – Chairman, Somerset County Archery Association

Dear Members,

Please be aware if you are an ArcheryGB direct member and wish to join GWAS then you need to fill in the form available here, then either send the form with payment to the GWAS affiliations secretary or preferably email the form and pay by direct bank transfer, information to support this is on the form.

Also if you wish to join GWAS directly you must also complete the form available here.

So simply put if you wish to join GWAS directly then you must complete and send in the direct member form.



Paul Callaway GWAS Affiliations Secretary.

As both the junior and senior GWAS inter counties have been cancelled for 2020 an event is being worked on for these unique times.

Initial details can be found on the following link

Please be advised that GWAS will be holding their previously postponed AGM virtually using GoToMeeting on Sunday 23 August at 14:00.
The following link gives access to the AGM documentation.

The officer nomination forms must be submitted by 14:00 on Sunday 16 August 2020. This is applicable for the officers of the society being President, Chairman, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasuer as per clauses 20 and 21 of the GWAS constitution. Although the constitution allows for other positions to be submitted on the day it would be much appreciated if these could be submitted by noon on Saturday 22 August thus allowing the virtual AGM to proceed easier.

Fellow Archers

At Burnham Company of Archers we are fortunate to have 7 day access to our own field and have been able to open to allow members to shoot. We have opened 4 booking slots a day , 9 – 11, 12 – 2, 3 – 5, and 6 – 8 (the latest slot can be shot until dark). On the field we have put out 6 fixed targets, 2 at 30m, 1 at 50m, 1 at 60m, 1 at 70m, and 1 at 90m. Currently we have spare capacity within our availability and have looked at ways to open this up to the wider archery community. Based on this we can offer 2 x types of associate membership to members of AGB up to the end of September

  1. Covid-19 Membership – This will allow members to book slots on weekdays only – This will cost £25
  2. Standard Associate Membership – This will allow members to book slots on any day – This will cost £35

There are no further shooting fees. Members need to provide their own target faces and pins, and book a specific target before attending the field

At the end of September any associate will be free to re-join the club on our standard annual associate membership fee, as the field remains open all year round

If you are interested please contact the club secretary at and further details about joining can be sent out

We are also running a WA720 open shoot on Sunday 16th August. We have 3 sessions 9am, 12pm and 3pm, allowing people to come to the field and shoot a 720 round, with other archers, under Covid-19 restrictions and controls. The cost of this is £5 per session. If this is of interest please contact Please note that numbers will be strictly limited

I trust this may be of interest


Burnham Company of Archers Committee

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 “Is 2020 looking like a total disaster for your Archery” can be found here.

The second article “Developing your shot sequence model” can be found here.

The third article “Fine tuning your shot sequence model” can be found here.

The fourth article “Virtual shooting” can be found here.

The fifth article “Posture for Archers” can be found here.

The sixth article “Posture for Archers 2” can be found here.

The seventh article “Posture for Archers 3” can be found here.

The eighth article can be found here.

The ninth article “Looking forwards…” 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.

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