Bowmen are just following King Henry VIII’s orders...

Chichester Bowmen in action on the range
Chichester Bowmen in action on the range
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THIS year is the 60th Anniversary of archery taking place in Oaklands Park in Chichester – and Chichester Bowmen are looking forward to a busy year of celebration.

A total of 22 archers shot the final found of the winter Frostbite competition, organised again by Felix Borg.

Fortunately today the club welcome everyone to shoot – regardless of age or gender.

This has been a record year for archers turning up in all weathers to shoot a 30m outdoor round once a month on a Sunday morning upholding the ancient traditions of the sport, including a law passed by King Henry VIII in 1515 saying that all able-bodied men should carry out archery practice on Sundays.

Fortunately today the club welcome everyone to shoot – regardless of age or gender.

Dr Michael Bacon presented the prizes to the winners of the Frostbite tournament for 2015.

Winners: Henry Lansley Junior Compound; Jodie Taylor Junior Recurve; Isla Latham Junior Handicap Recurve; Harrison Bickmore Junior Under-12 Recurve; Kim Taylor Senior Compound; Angela Loten Senior Recurve; Andrea Farrell Senior Handicap Recurve; Mike Lansley Senior Bare Bow; Stuart Champion Senior Compound; Chris Latham Senior Recurve; Pip Pranskus Senior Handicap Recurve; Paul Bickmore Senior Newcomer Handicap Recurve.

Meanwhile, club records officer David Lilley took second place in the gents’ freetyle compound class at the English Field Archery Association indoor Championships in February.

Chichester Bowmen will be running have-a-go sessions and beginners’ courses once again in 2015 and a ‘big weekend’ will be held in May, when anyone can come and try archery for free.

For more on Chichester Bowmen or archery courses, see www.chichester-bowmen.co.uk or email secretary@chichester-bowmen.co.uk