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King's Lynn archery club searching for new venue after being asked to leave school




There are concerns for the well-being of members after an archery club has been left with nowhere to shoot due to Covid-19 restrictions at a Lynn school.

The King's Lynn Bowmen are searching for a new venue, whether this is temporary or permanent, after the King Edward VII Academy (KES) has restrictions in place for at least the remainder of the year.

Melissa Reeve, secretary of the archery club, said: "Our members are fairly elderly and a lot of them have been shielding since the middle of March so they now want to go out.

The King's Lynn Bowmen are in need of a new venue. Picture: SUBMITTED
The King's Lynn Bowmen are in need of a new venue. Picture: SUBMITTED

"The government body is saying we can get out there but the school are saying we can't. We are in a bit of a panic."

The club has a 20ft shipping container of equipment which will be have to be removed from the school.

Mrs Reeve said she has contacted various village halls and venues such as Lynnsport but she has had no luck in securing a new venue for the club yet as such places are not taking bookings at the moment.

The King's Lynn Bowmen are in need of a new venue. Picture: SUBMITTED
The King's Lynn Bowmen are in need of a new venue. Picture: SUBMITTED

The secretary added: "We have not lost any members yet but we are scared we will lose them.

"I am still waiting to hear from the site manager [KES] but we are hoping we can use it in January, February as come the winter season, we will want somewhere to practice inside."

The club has been based at KES since May 2013 and has used the school's sports hall during the winter season. The outdoor season typically lasts until September and Mrs Reeve has said the club are looking for a secure field away from dog walkers.

A spokeswoman for KES said: "We are reviewing and working on a way that the Lynn Bowman can use the site safely and within the parameters of the agreed risk and insurance requirements.

"The Bowmen are aware we are doing what we can to give them access, within the limitations that Covid-19 present us with."

If you are able to assist the King's Lynn Bowmen regarding a new venue, contact Mrs Reeve on 01553840979 or email klbsecretary@gmail.com.


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