King’s Lynn Field Archery Club arrows to pastures new

Lynn Field Archers coach Colin Bonfield

Lynn Field Archers coach Colin Bonfield

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King’s Lynn Field Archery Club, which has a membership of almost 60 and counting, has arrowed towards pastures new.

Field archery (as opposed to target archery) sees members shoot at various 3D animal replicas at varying distances with all kinds of bows.

Lynn Field Archers

Lynn Field Archers

The club boasts national champions in Junior Crossbow – Logan Chapman (age 9); in Junior Barebow – Ben Halls (age 13); and in Ladies Crossbow – Margaret Rickard, who is over 70.

Many members also shoot away at other club grounds for most of the year. Each year KLFAC hold two open shoots when archers from across the country are invited to spend the weekend.

Irene Hunter, membership secretary, said: “We have recently moved our club from a quarry at Pentney to another quarry at Blackborough End. This is because our previous landlord wishes to flood part of his quarry and use it for irrigation and part of it for pig husbandry. The new quarry is twice the size of the previous one. This is a sport for everyone.

“Our oldest member is 75 and the youngest (Logan) is 9 years old and we have everything in between. Our new site is quite beautiful and peaceful with a big lake that has a family of swans, and other wildlife.”

The committee are preparing to set out a course for disabled archers – one member has only one leg and another couple who are registered disabled but can walk the course at a gentle pace. The ultimate aim is to set out a course for wheelchair users.

There may also be the option for Rove shooting which is where a flag is placed and the nearest arrows score, some 100-200 yards away.

Coach Colin Bonfield is contactable on 01485 570286 or colinbonfield@aol.com.