Rising Stars.

Congratulations to 3 of our junior archers who have shown incredible progress over the last year.

Amber Agate, Zoe Daverson and Natasha Cooper.

Both Amber and Zoe have only been shooting barebow for 14 months, Amber has gained her 2nd class classification while Zoe has achieved a Junior Bowman classification. Natasha has also achieved her Junior Bowman classification in the compound discipline, setting some impressive club records in the process.

Well done to all 3.

Article submitted by P.Wilson


Justin Buckman

Congratulations to Justin Buckman for his success at the Allington Castle Archers indoor shoot held on Sunday, 16th February in Maidstone.

Justin, who many of you know is one of 1066’s compound archers, claimed 2nd place in both the Worchester and Portsmouth rounds respectively.

As a result he secured overall Gents Compound first place, so well done Justin!! .

Article submitted by M.Biscoe



Unfortunately, 1066 Archery Club of Tenterden didn’t escape the impact of storm Ciara on 9th & 10th February, 2020, but considering the severity of the storm the damage could have been significantly worse. The poly-tunnel, which is always the source of concern during periods of bad weather, came through unscathed. The target stands/bosses however, as can be seen from the photographs, didn’t fare so well. Considering their weight (as anyone who has tried to move one will verify), it was amazing how far the wind had moved some of them from their original positions.

One of the target stands was so badly damaged it had to be given the “last rites”, but with a concerted effort the remainder of the targets were repaired and back in service by the Wednesday of that week. With two new stands/bosses on order the Club’s facilities will be back to full strength within a couple of weeks.

Equally encouraging was the fact that the people attending the Beginners Course that weekend all turned up on the Sunday despite the appalling weather to complete the second half of their course. What was even more encouraging was they all wanted to join the Club on completing the course. It just goes to show that the people of Kent and East Sussex are made of sterner stuff!

Article submitted by M.Biscoe


1066 Archery Club New Year Fun Shoot – 5th January, 2020

The weather was kind to the club during the New Year Fun Shoot; it remained dry with just a very mild breeze. Perhaps the weather conditions, together with the lure of bacon/sausgae rolls and mulled wine, ensured a healthy turn out. Paula Hollyer kindly volunteered to be the Club’s chef for the event, and her skill and efficiency with the BBQ was much appreciated by all at both the pre-shoot breakfast and at lunchtime.

In total there were 21 archers, ably marshalled by our Field Captain Mark Hollyer. Everyone enjoyed themselves and the event was a great success. Scoring on the whole was good considering not much outdoor shooting at these distances for the past few months (who said we are fair weather archers).

Prize winners today were:

Long National (Compound) JustinBuckman 622
National (Recurve) Ian Barnes 481
National (Longbow) Adam Nason-Smith 364
Short National (Barebow) Simon Skelding 504
Junior National (Ladies) Jenny Elliott 412
Best Gold Debbie Barnes
Worst White Nathan Dunmill

All being well we will organise another Fun Shoot for spring/summer. All are welcome to come along and join the fun!

Article submitted by Garry Morgan


1066 Archery Club's Summer Shoot

The Club's annual summer shoot took place on Saturday, 29th June, with nineteen members taking part. Although the weather was sunny and calm, it was one of the hottest days for a long time!

This was a handicapped shoot to ensure everyone had a chance of success on the day. Handicaps were determined from the first two dozen arrows people shot, and then applying the Archery Great Britain handicap rules which takes into account both the score and distance. The rounds at this year's event that entrants could choose to shoot were an Albion, Windsor or a Junior Windsor.

Despite the heat there were some good performances, with one of our newest members Rinus Groenwald achieving an impressive score of 864.

This year's overall winner was Thomas Bedwell, one of the Club's Junior members. Second place went to Ace Powell, also a Junior member and someone who is both new to the Club as well as the sport of archery. Third place went to Ian Barnes, one of the Club's Senior members.

Colour prizes were awarded as follows:-

Worst White - Ace Powell

Best Black - Thomas Bedwell

Best Blue - Paul Wilson

Worst Red - Dave Vincent

Best Gold - Mark Hollyer

Mark Hollyer, having achieved best gold (nearest to the spider), won a voucher donated by our suppliers Knights Sportswear for an item of Club clothing of his choice.

Thanks to everyone who helped on the day, with particular thanks to Marion Ryan for being the Field Captain for the second year running; Mark Hollyer and his wife Paula for helping with the food; with additional thanks to Paula for being a great cook and supplying everyone with bacon/sausage sandwiches before the shoot as well as great burgers at lunchtime.

Thanks also to everyone who brought food along. I was pleased to see there was a great deal of cake, so I don't think I'm the only salad dodger in the club!

I hope that 1066 members will support this event for many years to come. These shoots are intended to be good fun and members should have no fear of taking part.

Simon Skelding, competition secretary.

From left to right. Thomas Bedwell 1st, Ian Barnes 3rd and Ace Powell 2nd.

Article submitted by Simon Skelding


Farewell to Our Chairman - Didier Ramsden

On Saturday, 26th January 2019, the members of 1066 Archery Club honoured the departure of their Chairman Didier Ramsden, who is shortly moving to Northamptonshire. Didier had been Chairman since 2015 and his energy, enthusiasm and commitment had steered the Club through some significant changes during this 3 year period. He always led by example and was generous with his time for both the administration of the Club, and the many physical activities necessary to implement the array of improvements.

Whilst he was ably assisted by a number of the Club’s members, it was his “can do” attitude and willingness to project manage that ensured the momentum was maintained. During his time as Chairman the Club has rebuilt the indoor shooting range within the poly-tunnel, refurbished the club house, installed mains electricity and built the new toilet block.

He encouraged the Club to host the “Come and Have-a-Go” stand at the annual Biddenden Tractorfest, which not only provided an opportunity to secure much needed funds for new equipment and facilities, but also raised the Club’s profile and encouraged new people to take-up archery as a recreational sport.

As a mark of the member’s appreciation, Didier was presented with an oil painting of the Club and grounds by local artist John Hamilton, as well as £165-00 worth of archery gift vouchers.

The members also welcomed Dave Ryan to the role of new Club Chairman. As everyone knows, Dave is the Club’s senior coach with an extensive knowledge of the sport and a ready willingness to provide support and guidance to the members. Dave is committed to ensuring 1066 remains a first rate Club and to building upon the achievements of the last 3 years.

Didier and Malcolm.

Dave and Didier.

Article submitted by M.Biscoe



Just a few lines to say a big thank you to Shaun Pogson and Paul Halls. They have put so much work into the new toilet facilities. These guys work tirelessly, without any fuss, to maintain the clubhouse, poly tunnel and facilities. Most people have never even seen them.

Also big thanks to a handful of other members who work tirelessly in the background organising, maintaining and cleaning on a weekly basis (you know who you are). All the above mentioned give their time and effort freely, this is how we are able to have such a brilliant club with more facilities than most.

To any members not aware. The toilets are now functioning with just a few cosmetic touches to finish them off. The keys are in the cup cupboard as usual.

Article submitted by D.Ryan


Christmas Shoot – December 29th, 2018

The 1066 Archery Club ended 2018 with a Christmas fun shoot, aptly named “Simon’s Challenge” as the Club’s Competitions Officer, Simon Skelding had adjusted the 5 zone scoring system to include negative scores! The red ring scored -3 and the black ring -2. Hence calling and recording scores was a real challenge for all taking part, and surprisingly enough archers weren’t so keen to claim line breakers when it meant they moved into one of the minus zones.

It was a real team event with many of the members lending a hand to make it a real success.

Dave Vincent took on the role of resident chef and manned the BBQ to ensure the bacon and sausage sandwiches were available to provide the necessary sustenance before the event commenced. Marion Ryan ensured that all the arrangements relating to refreshments were managed to her usual high standards, and this year she was ably assisted by John Orrin who was seen buttering a mountain of bread for the sandwiches (don’t worry John we won’t let your wife know about your hidden talents). Geoff Chenery did a fantastic job keeping on top of the washing-up, but again we will keep all knowledge of these domestic skills between us.

Dave Ryan managed ongoing repairs to member’s equipment, yet still found time in between shooting his own arrows to provide some much welcomed “coaching guidance”.

Everyone shot a Saint Nicholas round (4 dozen arrows at 40 yards and 3 dozen arrows at 30 yards) so there was additional setting-up and clearing away of targets. Thankfully the muscle power of Mark Hollyer and Xavier Loiseau were there to assist with the setting up, and further assistance from Paul Halls and young Thomas Bedwell when it came to storing things away at the end of the day.

Naturally, the close of the shoot presented an opportunity for another mince pie and some mulled wine whilst the winning scores were determined.

Congratulations to Paul Halls for coming first, Pete Wilson second and Keith Andrews third.

It was a fun event and one that is worthy of being included as a regular Christmas shoot going forward. Thanks once again to Simon for organising it.

Article submitted by M.Biscoe


Club clothing store now open.

Here it is, the moment you’ve been waiting for…

Following the month long consultation period with all the members, we are pleased to announce the finalisation of our new club kit!

Many members have contributed to the design. We asked for feedback and the response was amazing, any critical feedback has been resolved to improve our look. The great majority of responses have been to express favour for the direction the new design has taken. We are grateful for all those members that took the time to go on record. Your responses have helped steer the way.

Knight Sportswear have kindly agreed to allow us a full range available for immediate order, waving the minimum 5 they would normally ask. The shop is now open!

To make a purchase, head over to our new club kit web shop:

08.09.2018 - Club Day Handicap Shoot

Saturday 8th September we held our inaugural club day. We shot handicap western rounds and had cooked breakfast and a barbeque lunch which included steak.

The day went very well with a good turnout. Altogether, 25 archers took part and there were several helpers too. The weather started brightly, then clouded over with a bit of a breeze but it was still a reasonable day for shooting.

A few new club records were set and some personal bests were achieved too. The handicap system proved interesting and brought some surprising results.

New member , Richard Davies (recurve) walked away with the winners trophy. Congratulations Richard. Compound shooter Garry Morgan came second and barebower Roger Thomas third.

The day was a success because everyone contributed somehow. Didier did a marvelous job of feeding us. Marion was an excellent field captain. Everyone else chipped in with setting up and taking down the targets. Tyding up, washing up etc. Thanks to Rachel for helping with the Scores.

Hope to see you all there next year.

Simon Skelding. Competition secretary.

You can view the results sheet by clicking HERE.

12.08.2018 - Shoot with Surrey Bowmen

United Bowmen of Philadelphia round (7x12 dozen @ 80 yards)

Club member and coach, Dave Ryan has recently taken part in a historic shoot.

A competition shot between the oldest American club, Philadelphia Bowmen est. 1828, and the UK's oldest, Surrey Bowmen est 1790, it was first shot on the 23rd June 1938. This round is the oldest standardised round that exists.

Dave did very well, achieving the highest longbow score. Well done Dave!

If you are interested and would like to read more about this unusual shoot head over to

05.08.2018 - CMFB Longbow Target Shoot

More success for another 1066 member.

Congratulations to Dave Ryan who took part in the CMFB Longbow Target Shoot at Saltwood Castle on 5th August. Not only did Dave secure 3rd place for the main competition. He also won the best shot from the tower, which looked like great fun judging by the pictures.

21.07.2018 - The "Spend a penny fund"

A VERY BIG THANK YOU to all the Club members that have made a donation to the toilet fund, we have'nt reached our target but we have made an astounding start, in fact such a great start that we are now able to start work on the new facilities

We are building on a tight budget and continue to raise funds for these much needed facilities, every little helps.

30.12.2017 - Clout shoot 2017

This was the first time the Club have ever held a Clout shoot and a first for most of the people taking part. It was a really enjoyable, fun event as everyone who took part will tell you and even the sunshine paid us a visit for part of the time. Wives, husband and partners were also invited, which made it a true social event, although for many of the would be spectators the log fire in the farmhouse was a greater attraction than watching their other halves shooting arrows.

The food and drink for all attendees was provided courtesy of Pam and Andrew Hind, which was not only first rate but extremely kind of them! Food always tastes better after some exercise in the fresh air as all 16 archers will testify, and with the spread available there was never any risk of people returning to the second half of the shoot feeling anything other than full to the brim. The Club now looks forward to the next social event this coming summer.

A very big thank you to Andrew and Pam for the food and venue and a big thank you to Simon for arranging and running the Clout shoot.


One of our young archers Thomas wins the Supreme Archer Award at his first ever competition. Thomas started shooting just a couple of months ago which makes this achievement all the more impressive. Well done Thomas.

03.04.2017 - Retirement of Craigan and Ann Hyde-Barnett

On Saturday, 1st April, the members of the 1066 Archery Club honoured the retirement of Craigan and Ann Hyde-Barnet with the presentation of a glass bowl etched with the Club's logo plus the dates during which they managed the Club, some gift vouchers and a bouquet of flowers.

Between 1993 and 2016, Craigan had been the Chairman of the Club and his wife Ann had been the Treasurer. The Club has a tremendous debt of gratitude for their hard work and commitment over the years, which has provided the Club with a wonderful legacy upon which the current Committee and membership will continue to build.

The members wish Craigan and Ann all the very best for the future and we look forward to their regular visits back to the Club.


At this years AGM it was announced that Craigan and Anne have retired from the 1066 Archery Club.

The Club was initially founded in 1985 as the Hawkhurst Hundred Archery Club and renamed the 1066 Archery Club in 1999, by which time it had moved to Northiam. The final move to its present location in Tenterden taking place in 2008. The Club has been managed in its different guises by Craigan and Ann since 1993.

They have made a fantastic job of making a friendly and successfull archery Club over the years and will be missed by all the members.

We all send them our best wishes and hope to see them again soon.


1066 Archery are pleased to have been invited to Biddenden Tractor Fest from the 20th to 21st August 2016, where we will be running a Have-a-Go stand to test your Archery Skills.


A special thank you to the Lions Club again for their generous donation towards the new generator needed to power our facilities.


We are now running our own 252 award scheme.
This scheme is in use by many other Archery Clubs across Britain.
The 252 scheme is designed to help you practice your shooting at different distances and reward you for your achievements.
The rounds cover 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 80 and 100 yards outdoors on a 122cm face.
Score sheets and rules can be found in the clubhouse.


We are pleased to announce that 1066 Archery are now part of Kent Archery Association (KAA), we would like to thank Craigan and Didier for their efforts in arranging the move from Sussex to Kent and a very big thank you to Mark and Tony from KAA for all thier assistance in helping us achieve such a smooth transistion.