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.