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Dunster Archery Week 2024 Entries Open

At last, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the release of this year’s Dunster Week prospectus and entry form.

Please take your time to read through the prospectus and in particular take note of the comments around completing your entry form correctly, including all the necessary details and additional comments if needed. Remember, you have one form to fill in, I have hundreds to process 😉

I’m sure you are aware, 2024 marks the 150th Grand Western Archery Meeting and there are a few things going on to mark the occasion. I really hope as many of you as possible can make it this year and join in the fun!

Friday’s Western will see the inaugural “Dunster Vintage Challenge” instigated by Pat Wright, Pete Webb, and Lee Parsons. The idea is that you shoot a recurve or compound from the 80’s or 90’s; Yamaha, Marksman, Hoyt, Browning etc, (anyone out there still have a Nishizawa??), aluminium arrows are a must and if possible, sights and stabilisers from the same era. Is anyone brave enough to shoot with a Kevlar string? Dress code will be GNAS dark green and/or white, or classic 80s/90s clothing which meets current dress regulations which will unfortunately discount double denim 🤣. There will be suitably vintage trophies up for grabs and maybe even a little something for the best turned out bow and best dressed archer. If you would like to take part, please mention this in the “Additional Information” box on the entry form as I would like to put everyone taking part on adjacent targets.

I think (hope) this covers everything and I look forward to receiving your entries.

Best wishes and good shooting


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The Annual General Meeting of the Grand Western Archery Society will take place at West Buckland Village Hall, West Buckland, Somerset TA21 9NA at 1.15pm on Sunday 24th March 2024.

Below is the Calling Notice and Agenda, draft Minutes of the last AGM, Treasurers Report including Tournament breakdown and Council / Officers nomination form.

Please feel free to complete nominations for all posts and return within the stated time.

We are possibly looking for a Chairman, Junior Rep to organise the Regional Junior Championships incorporating the Junior Inter-Counties, two representatives to attend the Archery England committee meetings and an Equipment Officer.

This may seem daunting but we are a friendly team working together to make the region a successful one.

Tea, Coffee and Cake will be available after the AGM, hopefully see you there?


150th GWAM Commemorative Badge

I hope you are all keeping well and looking forward to this years Dunster Week which I hope is going to be something a bit special as it will mark the 150th Grand Western Archery Meeting.

One of the things we are doing to mark this auspicious occasion is to have a commemorative badge commissioned. This will be available for anyone to purchase; you don’t have to have shot at Dunster or even be an archer!

Details and the order form are below.

The badges will be available for collection at Dunster in July, but if you can’t make it, I will sort out an alternative method of getting yours to you.

I must say a huge thank you to Tony Newland for doing the legwork on this, it really is very much appreciated 😊

I look forward to hearing from you and have a great week!


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GWAS Indoor Championships 2024

Archers may know that Tenzone suffered a devastating fire just over a week ago, so I am currently endeavouring to source enough bosses, stands, etc. (& manpower) to enable the event to go ahead.

Therefore there will be a delay until I can safely publish the entry form for the GWAS Indoor Champs which will hopefully still take place on 3rd March.

I will do my best to alert all those who have shown interest in the tournament as to when the entry form is available.

All the best for Christmas & 2024,

GWAS Indoor Tournament Organiser


Your region needs you

The Regional Council has had a couple of vacancies during the past year and a couple more to fill going forwards.

Ideally we require two representatives to the Archery England committee, we have had one for the past year who is now not able to continue, all meetings are held remotely.

We require an Equipment Officer, the equipment at present is held not far from Dunster and we have been disposing of straw target bosses as the Regional Championship now uses Ten Zone services so not a massive amount of equipment although first job would possibly be an inventory of equipment.

Lizzy Rees is stepping down as the Regional Coaching Organiser and we are looking for an immediate replacement. Supporting with Coaching grant applications, coaching renewal applications and liaising with CCOs to progress coaching across the whole of GWAS. The CCO Team are absolutely lovely and very proactive – a good bunch to be working with!

Last but by no means least, Vicky Burden, is not continuing with organising the Junior Inter-Counties and Junior Indoor League, she has a new job and although she is still in post until the GWAS AGM in March, any interest now would mean a hand over from Vicky as the preparations begin for Junior Inter-Counties in September 2024.

Please feel free to join our happy team at GWAS Council, everyone is willing to help and support you in a new role, volunteering is essential to keep our sport continuing and growing.

Please contact us if you would like to enquire about any of the above.

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Coaching CPD

Execution of the shot – a workshop for coaches
Delivered by Lloyd Brown, Three-Time Olympic Team Coach
Sunday 5 November 2023 9.30am – 3.30pm
Strode College Sports Centre, Strode College, Church Rd, Street BA16 0AB
The final execution of the shot determines where the arrow will land. The rest of the shot process is preparation for that final element.
In this one day workshop Lloyd Brown will explore, demonstrate and analyse shot execution.
Bring your warm up bands, and shooting equipment because you will practise it, as well as develop the skills to coach it in your archers.

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GWAS Affiliations 2023/24

GWAS membership fees are the same as last year, however Archery GB fees have increased, please see the Archery GB website for details. GWAS fees are pro rated from April 2024 for new members, please see the form for full details.

Fees for 2023/24 are:

Club Member – Junior£2.00
Club Member – Senior (Aged 18 to 24)£3.00
Club Member – Senior (Aged 25 & over)£6.00
Club Member – Archers with Disabilities£ Nil
University Club – Undergraduate & Postgraduate Students£3.00

Clubs: The 2023/24 form for submitting Club Affiliations is available here

Direct Members: If you are an Archery GB Direct Member and you live in the Grand Western catchment area, then you need to/must join GWAS Direct. The form to complete is available here. Our preference is for you to complete and e-mail the form and pay by direct bank transfer, as indicated on the form; but there is also the option of completing and printing the form and sending payment by cheque to the GWAS Affiliations Secretary.

Counties, Dorset & Wiltshire

Archery Training Session – Sunday 6th August

DWAA are offering our 4th archery training session aimed at all DWAA members looking to boost their archery skills and improve performance. 

The session will be held with Bowmen of Lytchett on their outdoor ground.

Cost: £17.50 per person
Where: Purbeck Sport Centre, Wareham BH20 4PH 
Date: Sunday 6 August 2023
Time: Setting up from 9.30am,finish at 4pm with packing up 

The day will be a mix of some small group sessions, 121 coaching and practice, open to all levels of archers in DWAA. Hot and cold food will be available in the Sports Club. 

If you are interested in securing your place, please submit this form. Closing date is Monday 1st August 2023.

The cost will be £17.50 per person.  Once you have submited your form, please arrange to pay the fee via bacs. This will then secure your space:
Sort Code: 20-45-45
Account No: 53620050
Account Name: Dorset and Wiltshire Archery Association.  

This will then secure your space.

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