Support the Bures Dragons Archery Club

by Mark Bloom in Bures, England, United Kingdom

Support the Bures Dragons Archery Club
We did it
On 24th May 2020 we successfully raised £1,275 with 30 supporters in 56 days

Help the Bures Dragons to weather the impact of COVID-19 and continue teaching and practising longbow archery, its history and craft.

by Mark Bloom in Bures, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

The club has to pay rent on its facilities during the closure, so this is our first consideration. However, we are hoping to raise more than the initial amount and would love to use this money to purchase some new 3D targets for field archery, new 'bosses' (target boards) for the outdoor range and some extra bows to enable more trainees of all ages and abilities to practise.

Longbow archery is one of the oldest sports in the country. Once a weapon of war, the traditional English longbow and wooden arrows are still used by thousands of archers for target archery.

Founded seven years ago, the Bures Dragons are a friendly, fun group of people committed to keeping this beautiful and elegant sport alive. We meet every Wednesday and Sunday evening to practise shooting in a relaxed setting focused on enjoyment and learning.

With our partner organisation, White Dragon Archery, we provide courses for children and adults. We don't just teach the sport; we also teach the history, the importance of the bowman to English warfare, what it was like to be a medieval archer, and the fascinating science of arrows in all their forms.

We are one of the very few traditional clubs in the country which are lucky enough to have not just our own indoor archery range, but also an outdoor range, a seven-acre woodland for field shooting and a 'clout' range for long-distance shooting. Our club competitions are immensely enjoyed by our members and by visiting archers too.

The ranges are many of our archers' 'happy place' where they can come and forget the stresses of their day. 

Like everyone else, before COVID-19, we had big plans for 2020, with exciting new targets, much-needed equipment and improvements to our indoor ranges planned. Sadly, the pandemic is hitting community sport hard and now clubs like ours are trying to find ways simply to continue through these difficult times. Closing for a while is the right thing to do to keep others safe: but we want to make sure we open again with the equipment we need to continue attracting new members and teaching all ages about the sport we love.

Longbow archery has survived the invention of gunpowder, the creation of the modern compound bow and even Hollywood misrepresentation. It can survive COVID-19 too! If you can help, please donate to keep this heritage sport alive.

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Once the current crisis has receded to a point where we are allowed to gather together the Bures Dragons will be hosting a Festival of Archery for its members, friends, family and all of our supporters via this campaign. The fulfilment date is an estimate and open to amendment dependant on legal restrictions.

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