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  1. TJ Mason

    AGB affiliations 2018

    I've usually received the Archery GB subscription renewals pack by now, but ain't seen noffink yet. Have I missed a memo? Does anyone know whether packs will be sent out this time?
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    AGB director remuneration

    Seen the 2017 AGB accounts? http://www.archerygb.org/about-us-structure-safeguard/about-us/governance/archery-gb-statutory-accounts/ Remuneration for directors increased from ?29834 in 2016 to ?139400 in 2017 - an increase of 467%. I can feel the benefit to the sport already.
  3. TJ Mason

    Demand down?

    Clubs in West Yorkshire, including mine, seem to be struggling to fill beginners courses this year. There's a lot more supply this year than previously, but it does look like demand has fallen sharply. What's the picture in the rest of the country?
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    Stolen bow - Leeds - Hoyt Formula RX plus Formula Quattro limbs

    Please be on the lookout for a stolen bow. Darren Clarkson (Compkiller on this board) had his bow stolen from the equipment line at the Bowmen of Adel (Leeds) on the evening of Thursday the 10th of August 2017, while he was helping to look for a lost arrow. The bow is a Hoyt Formula RX with...
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    Archery in the Grauniad

    Archery featured in the "How I Work It" section (page 90) of yesterday's Guardian magazine: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/mar/25/my-workout-eddie-pemberton-archer One Eddie Pemberton described how he got into archery and the challenges and satisfactions of the sport. Brief, but...
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    Reviving old-ish longbows

    Our club recently received a donation of two longbows, which belonged to the couple who founded the club. But these have not been shot for at least 20 years. They were probably made in the 1980s. Both bows appear to be in good condition and have been stored in bow bags away from heat, cold and...
  7. TJ Mason

    JNOC 2016 - 31st March cut-off for score submissions

    Please be aware that the cut-off date to submit scores for the Junior National Outdoor Championships 2016 is the 31st of March - earlier than usual. Details on the English Archery Federation website: English Archery Federation
  8. TJ Mason

    New-to-me bow

    So, I went to the NCAS-YAA Field Championships on the weekend of the 24th and 25th of October, shooting compound unlimited. Or rather, I went to the first day and had such a disaster that I didn't mind when something stopped me going to the second day. My shooting was shocking. Even without...
  9. TJ Mason

    Best month in...months

    There came a point where I kind of accepted that, barring a miracle, I wasn't going to get any further as an archer. Too much non-shooting stuff, too few opportunities to shoot, too little incentive to push myself. So I long ago stopped checking how my scores compared to my personal bests. Today...
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    As if by magic

    So, it's the day before the club's annual open tournament on Sunday the 12th. And as club secretary, equipment officer and general dogsbody, I sat on my chuff all day and watched the tournament fairies put in six hours of work. Repaired several stands. Shortened the legs of three stands to put...
  11. TJ Mason

    Steak and slobbing about

    After an exhausting week I was in serious need of a lie-in and a lazy day. Unfortunately that meant I missed the National Clout Championships, one of the highlights of my archery year. Oh well, I'd have been craptastic the way I was feeling. Any road up, I finished a lovely slobbing-out day...
  12. TJ Mason

    Hoyt Pro Medalist T/D-3 limb fittings

    A guy on our current beginners course has bought a complete recurve kit online. Yes, I know. The kit is based on a Hoyt Pro Medalist T/D-3. Unfortunately, the lower limb twists spectacularly when the bow is drawn back - so much that the string keeps slipping off. I have an old pair of ILF...
  13. TJ Mason

    Junior club formation

    My club is planning to form a junior club (assuming this proposal is adopted at an EGM). Can anyone give me a Dummies Guide to forming a junior club within an existing GNAS/AGB club, please?
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    Mystery Northern Counties trophy

    (On behalf of Pete Gregory via Neil Crickmore.) The trophy pictured here is apparently some NCAS team trophy. Someone disliked its appearance though so wanted to bin it. However Pete chirped up saying it may be hundreds of years old for all they knew. The request then is: Does anyone know...
  15. TJ Mason

    OSB v arrow

    Does anyone know how OSB (oriented strand board) stands up to arrow strikes? I'm thinking of using it for part of some new H-frame stands I'll be building, since it seems to have the right mechanical properties, but will it hold up to the depredations of steel and brass points?
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    Removing trigger pin on Fletcher Jimi T

    Our club recently bought two compound kits, one right-handed and one left-handed, based on Matthews Genesis bows. The release aid in each kit is a Fletcher Jimi T. It's a very nice device - works well, looks good and excellent value for money. The release aids are both set up for right-handed...
  17. TJ Mason

    Serving for BCY Trophy

    I've been trying BCY Trophy as a string material. It's nice to work with and makes a good string, but my guinea pigs are finding that my usual centre serving of 0.022" Diamondback slips quite easily. Does anyone have recommendations for a centre serving that's stable on Trophy, please?
  18. TJ Mason

    Paint for dipping arrows

    I've heard a few times of people dipping the nock ends of arrows into paint to perform the same function as arrow wraps, and it's mentioned in the Bohning advertorial in the current Archery UK magazine. What kinds of paint are suitable for this? I assume Dulux Once isn't quite the right stuff?
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    You're not supposed to shoot THAT kind of face

    Want a good head-in-hands, why-are-some-people-allowed-to-breathe read? Try this article in yesterday's Guardian: Experience: I was shot in the face by a crossbow | Lewis Tavernier | Life and style | The Guardian
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    Bow slings allowed with English longbows?

    I fancy entering some longbow shoots. Longbow has never been my preferred style, but many of the shoots themselves are interesting. Trouble is, I can't take the hand shock longbows produce. I smashed my left hand up very badly when I came off a motorbike in 1988, and my left hook has never been...
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