WHO ARE WE? NUNEATON ARCHERS (Covering Nuneaton, Bedworth and all surrounding areas)
We are actually 3 clubs in one. We have senior, junior and disability clubs all operating under the main heading.
Everyone helping at the club does so for free. We have no paid help and every penny we raise comes from membership fees, donations or 'have a go' sessions
During the pandemic we were not able to run beginners courses and so new members could not come through the system and go on to join the club. The funds we raise from those courses and then new members fees are the lifeblood of the club. Without them last year we had no option but to use the reserve funds we had managed to accumulate to pay our rent and keep the club afloat.
We are lucky that we have a lease on a superb piece of land but of course with that comes the need to maintain it and keep the grass at a level that is suitable for all abilities. Those new to the sport are more likely to miss the target and so having short grass makes it easier to locate their arrows on the ground. Keeping the grass down is a never ending task that requires the right equipment and a list of volunteers willing to give up their time to do it.
WHAT ARE WE TRYING TO DO?
Our old mower became too old and too expensive to keep running and so we replaced it with an 'old' tractor. The tractor (as seen here)
might not look at all pretty but it runs well and has the power to drive a good cutting unit.
We were able to get a small cutting unit into the deal when we bought the tractor. It is just 5 feet wide and is desperately small for the size of the field.
To keep on top of the cutting we need to purchase a larger cutting unit. Using the small cutting unit means longer cutting time, more diesel and more wear and tear on the tractor. A larger unit is expensive (especially if bought new). A second hand one is better value, reduces wear and tear on the tractor, reduces the diesel fuel bill and so is all round a much better option. That is where the help comes in! We are not looking to raise an excessive amount, but at the moment having depleted our savings on the rent, keeping the club afloat and purchasing the tractor, we need your help.
Any help we can get towards the replacement cutting unit will be a massive step for us and enable us to keep bringing new people into the sport, keep shooting and have sufficient space for all members where all the grass is down at the right level, making it easier to shoot and find 'lost' arrows
The photos show our 'new,' but old tractor, the current 'small' 5' mower attachment and finally a 12' one that we would like to buy. If you re able to support us then we will be forever grateful. We know that times have been hard for many people and clubs during the last 18 months, but please think about supporting us. Every pound we raise will take us closer to getting the mower attachment.
If you are then able to tell your friends and family about the project and see if they are able to support us as well that would be amazing.
Many, many thanks for taking the time to have a look through what we are doing.