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A message from our Chair

Dear Members,

Thank you for your patience.

As you can imagine, since the introduction of Tier 4 for our area, the committee has been discussing how this affects the club and options available to us. Both the Government and Archery GB have announced that outdoor archery can take place under Tier 4 restrictions. However, use of all indoor facilities, including toilets, is not permitted and we certainly must not have members going to the toilet elsewhere on the school grounds. Therefore, anyone attending the club will have to make their own decision about whether they should travel to shoot under these restrictions.

We do not know how long Tier 4 will be in place and recognise that having an opportunity to shoot may help you in these challenging times. Therefore, we have decided to re-open the club with shorter sessions where one frostbite round could be shot. Under AGB guidelines, shooting must be one archer per target only, with the exception of the same household sharing – every individual or household needs to book their own target - and eight targets are still available for each session.

We must be extra diligent with sanitising before and after shooting and when handling equipment to prevent cross infection, especially when two people are lifting bosses onto or off the trolley or stands. While you may only be in close proximity for a brief time, masks and gloves must be worn for this to keep any risk to a minimum. If any archers are able to tip their own boss onto the stand or trolley this may help but please do not risk injuring yourself to do so. No spectating (except for a parent/guardian supervising a junior archer) or coaching is allowed and archers must not gather in a social context when arriving, during or after shooting. Fingers crossed, it won’t be too much longer until we are back to something like normality and will then be able to be more sociable again, but until that time we must keep ourselves and our fellow archers as safe as possible. If the school informs us at any time that it is not happy for us to use the site while our area is in Tier 4 then we will have to close again, but for now please take care and continue to enjoy your shooting. Please remember to submit any November/December frostbite scores to our records officer by 30th December canterburyarchersrecords@gmail.com

Sadly for us, due to unexpected personal commitments, Rosemary has had to withdraw from being our Secretary and we are therefore in need of a new person to step into the role. We also require a Membership Secretary to process applications and keep the membership lists up to date. These are essential roles for the running of our club. You don’t need to be an expert archer or have previous experience of committees, all the current and previous members learned as they went along with the support and guidance of others. An enthusiasm for archery and our Club and access to a computer and the internet is all you need to get started. Please speak to a member of the committee or email canterburyarchers@gmail.com for more details or if you are able to help.

And finally, best wishes to you all for a happy and safe, if rather different, Christmas and New Year and I hope to see you again soon.

Kind regards,


Karen


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