Canterbury Archers Club President

President's Address

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Canterbury Archers website. I do hope that you find it of interest. We are one of the longest established archery clubs in Kent and have a wonderful range at the Archbishop's School. 

Members are able to shoot with the traditional longbow, recurve or compound bow and we have club members from ten years of age through to quite a number of senior citizens.

During the year the club runs a number of courses for beginners to the sport and all the equipment for these courses is provided. Archery is very much a family sport and as we all shoot from the same line - but at varying distances - there is always a friendly social atmosphere.

For some members shooting is very much just a pleasant, relaxing form of sport but for the more enthusiastic there are plenty of opportunities to enter tournaments at other clubs in the county or even further afield - the choice is yours.

Do get in touch if you would like to to become involved in this ancient sport. Remember, age is not a barrier and there are a number of archers who have physical disabilities or visual impairment who are able to enjoy the thrill of using a bow.

I look forward to meeting you on the shooting line one day. 


​With all good wishes,

John Trinder

Club President

About the club

Canterbury Archers have been shooting at various sites around Canterbury since 1955, with the club holding its 60th Anniversary celebrations in 2015. We are currently based at the Archbishop's School in Canterbury which is a great setting with a fantastic backdrop. You can't get much better than Canterbury Cathedral!  Current membership stands at over 140 and includes adults, juniors and para archers. One of our members represents GB in international competitions, one junior is on track to represent GB and several members have shot for Kent. 

The club holds beginners courses two times a year in June and August and cater for all levels of Archery. We particularly welcome family members who help to promote a friendly and warm atmosphere.

Canterbury Archers About The Club
Canterbury Archers History


The Club was founded in March 1955. Practice equipment was purchased and the opening shoot was arranged for the 1st May. The season progressed with 'good attendance and satisfactory progress by the inexpert and practice by the few more expert archers'. 


The feature of the first year was the First Prize and Handicap shoot on the 2nd October. ​It is interesting to read the names of some the early prizewinners. These include Mr E.G.(Gerry) Heath, a well known authority on the traditional bow, author of many books regarded as standards in Archery and Miss Sylvia Hogbin, whose name lends itself to a locally held tournament in Kent. ​


There are two booklets written by E.G. Heath which record the first 10 years of the club and these make for interesting reading. They are kept in the Local Studies Section of Canterbury Library. They are well worth reading if you are interested in the history of the early days of the club. 


A more comprehensive account of the first 25 years of the club was written by Gerry Heath. The Life and Times of Canterbury Archers is a witty and amusing account filled with anecdotes and details of the full and varied programme of events available to the Canterbury Archer.It describes a venture into film making during the winter months and copies of the films are stored at the offices of the GNAS.There were many occasions when the club visited local fairs and fetes to entertain the visitors and this proved to be a regular source of valuable income.

Fundraising at Canterbury Archers

Canterbury Archers has supported many charities over the years. The club hosts a number of charity events throughout the year with all shooting fees and any other donations going to our charities.


The club has raised money for charities such as the RNLI, JDRF and Cherished Memories in the past and donates money to GOSH, Demelza House, the Poppy Appeal, Combat Stress and Pilgrims hospice on an annual basis. 

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A birds eye view of Canterbury Archers

Checkout Aerial footage of our club courtesy of Kevin and his drone.