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Further Dunster 2021 Update


After rather a lot of to’ing and fro’ing and waiting on COVID guidelines I will be sending out the entry forms for Dunster Week 2021 later today. ?

In order to give everyone a fair chance of getting in I will only start accepting entries from 10:00 tomorrow, Sunday 28th March.

Any  that arrive before entries open at 10:00 will be returned and you will have to resubmit.

The reason for this is that I can’t send them to everyone at exactly the same time so this seems the fairest way!

I will reserve a number of spaces for those of you who normally post your entries in and pay by cheque. Can I ask that if possible you complete the smart entry form and email to me to reserve your space(s) and send payment ASAP. I will keep these spaces open until CoP on Wednesday as that should give time for a cheque posted on Monday to reach me.

Those of you who carried your entries over from last year do not need to submit another form for this year.

So keep an eye on your inbox and I look forward to receiving your entries tomorrow from 10:00 onwards!

Any questions, please get in touch.


At the GWAS AGM today, the GWAS rates applicable for newcomers joining from 1 July 2021 were changed. Also, the existing numbers boxes on the present Affiliation Form won’t work for entries from 1 April and beyond so have been amended. Please find links below to the required documents:-

Club Affiliation Submission Form, available here

Revised GWAS fees 2020/21, available here

Please find via the link below the initial information about the planning for Dunster 2021, I’ll keep you updated as detail becomes firmer.

Link to information

Thanks, Vikki

Please be aware that we’ve applied some updates to the website and it has affected access to the GWAS Key Documents area of the website. We will work to resolve this issue but in the mean time if you require any GWAS documents and forms then please email in the first instance and I will try and assist your request.

Many thanks.

Please be advised that GWAS will be holding their AGM virtually using GoToMeeting on Sunday 21 March at 17:00.
The following link gives access to the AGM Calling Notice.

The following link gives access to the Hon Secs Notes AGM 2021.

The following link gives access to the 2021 GWAS Nomination Form.

The officer nomination forms must be submitted by 17:00 on Sunday 14 March 2021. 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 20 March thus allowing the virtual AGM to proceed easier.

Dunster 2021 Update

Two weeks ago, I received an email from the National Trust stating that they we not happy for Dunster Week 2021 to go ahead. I am sure you will all understand that this was totally unexpected as last year they were happy for us to hold the event even if the grounds were closed to the general public.

Needless to say, I have gone back to The Trust asking that they reconsider their decision in light of information I passed on which should allay some of their concerns. I also asked that they wait until we had all heard from Boris on the 22nd of February to see how the Roadmap might affect the event. The Trust agreed to this.

As yet I have not had a response from The Trust, it is unfortunate that some of the staff I deal with only work part time so it is not always that easy for them to meet up to discuss matters. I have chased this up and my contact is hopeful that they will reach a decision this week so I ask that you bear with me as currently I am not in a position to say for sure that Dunster Week 2021 will go ahead due to factors outside of my control.

As soon as I get a decision from The Trust, I will put this out to you all.


The 2021 Grand Western Indoor/Outdoor Covid Challenge

In line with Government and Archery GB Guidelines we were forced to cancel the 2021 Junior and Senior GWAS Indoor Championships.

Instead we are hoping to run the event as a virtual competition which will be open to all current members of The Region with a total prize fund of over £900 up for grabs!

The initial idea was to run the event from 14thFebruary for four weeks but due to the current lockdown this is clearly not possible.

Details will be sent out once we know more about the “Roadmap Out of Lockdown” to be announced by Boris on 22ndFebruary.

Please keep an eye on the GWAS website!

Usually around this time in February I would be sending out the entry forms for Dunster Week 2021, but I am sure you will understand that am holding off doing so until we hear from Boris on the 22nd.

This will give us all a greater understanding of the roadmap out of lockdown and “Boris willing” I will be looking to get the forms out by the end of February.

Best wishes, Vikki

It is with regret that we announce the passing of Dorothea Baker from Devon & Cornwall on 14th January at the age of 96, known to many as “Poppy”.

Many older members of the Society will remember Dorothea as a spirited lady who knew how to have fun but with a determination to ensure that archery was taught properly and with etiquette. “Poppy” was a talented archer and National Judge and will be sadly missed by many.

 A message from the GWAS President 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you in your clubs and counties within the GWAS region, who are working tirelessly behind the scenes in an effort to keep archery alive during these difficult times. 

I know that hours have been spent creating protocols to enable people to shoot, only to have the tier restrictions change and thus prevent your plans being put in to action. Your work and enthusiasm has not gone unnoticed and I applaud and thank you on behalf of all the GWAS community. 

I would also like to publically thank our Honorary Tournament Organiser for devising and running on line GWAS tournaments and our Honorary Treasurer for her scheme to make grants available to help clubs survive until we can all resume the sport we love. 

Let us hope that it will not be too long before we can meet again on the shooting line. 

With best wishes to all, 

Jane Rees 

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