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Mr Frederick Noone MM L.d’H

It is with great sadness that Kent Archery Association and Canterbury Archers reports the loss of its oldest member, Mr Frederick Noone MM L.d’H.

Fred, who sadly passed away on April 16th at the age of 95, was believed to be Britain's oldest Longbow archer.

Fred was recently awarded the Legion d’Honneur, which is the highest decoration and order of merit awarded by the French Military, for his actions at Sword Beach in Colleville-Sur-Orne, during World War Two.

He joined the West Surrey Regiment at the outbreak of war, aged just 18. He then transferred to the Hampshire Regiment, where he volunteered to join the commando unit. He took part in the raids on the Lofoten Islands in Norway, was attached to the Eighth Army in North Africa and was involved in the Italy Campaign, including the Battle of Monte Cassino in 1944.

Fred had been a member of Canterbury Archers for many years and will be greatly missed.

Each year Canterbury Archers hold a shoot in his honour, 'The Fred Noone 90', which was started to celebrate his 90th birthday.

This year it will be held to celebrate his life and for us to remember a much respected and loved member of the club.

Fred will receive a Military Funeral to honour his wartime achievements on Wednesday 10th May 2017.

(Words and photograph kindly provided by Samantha Sargeant - Canterbury Archers).

Mr Frederick Noone MM L.d’H Samantha Sargeant/Canterbury Archers

AGB, SCAS & KAA Fees calculator

The county treasurer is receiving a significant number of incorrect fees from club secretaries, enough for him to spend the time creating this fees calculator

It can be downloaded from here.

KAA Tournaments - 2017

Upcoming Events:
County Invitation Sunday, 14 May 2017 Vigo RFC ground Latest Target List - By invitation only - see KAA tournaments policy
Kent Unsighted Bow Tournament Sunday, May 21 2017 Vigo RFC ground Entry Form
WA Star Tournament Sunday, 18 June 2017 Vigo RFC ground Entry Form
Para-Archery Championship Saturday, 22 July 2017 Sittingbourne Community College Entry Form & Prospectus
Springboard Sunday 23rd July 2017 Gravesend Archers Entry Form
WRS WA70m, WA60m, WA50m and AGB Metrics Sunday, 6 August 2017 Vigo RFC ground Entry Form
Target Championship Sunday, 20 August 2017 Vigo RFC ground Entry Form
Clout Championship Sunday, 10 September 2016 Ramsgate Results
Field Championship Sunday, 10th October 2017 KAF Woodstock, Nr Sittingbourne
Results so far:
Indoor Championship Sunday, 29 January 2017 Tenterden Results

Notes:-

  • For the county championships veterans are those aged 55 or over on the day of the tournament.
  • All carbon arrows, so long as they conform to the rules of shooting, are permitted at all record status tournaments. They are obviously more difficult to find than aluminium arrows and it is the archers responsibilty to ensure that any missing arrows are found before leaving the venue.

Kent Archery Field

As some people may be aware, Kent Archery Association have been exploring a new initiative to provide field archery to its members. This is following the hugely successful and well attended ‘Field Taster Days’ that have previously been run by the Bowmen of Woodstock.

The dawn of this exciting new venture is now here, following the past two years of events. (KAF).

I am therefore able to provide the following information below, with regards to KAF membership and the 2017 event schedule.

The membership fee for the 2017 KAF season will be £20.00, and is open to all KAA members.

This can be paid by either cheque, or a direct bank transfer. Membership fees will be due by 22nd February 2017.

A member of KAF will be entitled to shoot at the 6 KAF events detailed in the calendar below.

All events will be hosted at the Woodstock Field Venue, which is in close proximity of junction 5 of the M2 motorway. This is an excellent venue which has a long history of holding events of National Championship standard.

At present these events are scheduled to be 12 or 24 targets, using World Archery Field target faces and National Animal. Distance will be marked/unmarked. Therefore some skill in distance judging will be required. This makes it ideal for both experienced and novice field archers to partake.

KAF members will also be entitled to a reduced entry fee for a seventh event, this being the KAA Field Championships.

As detailed in the previously circulated KAF Terms of Reference, members will be required to assist at some of these work party events. The work required will vary from clearing and maintaining the course, to measuring targets and preparing target faces.

There will of course be an element of fluidity to these work party events. Clearly, if a greater amount of work is completed at the early season work party events, a smaller amount of maintenance and work will be required throughout the remainder of the season.

The six events that the KAF have committed to providing in 2017 will also be open to KAA members that are not members of KAF.

For these people there will be a shooting fee payable of £6.00 per person.

Entries at the Woodstock venue will also be initially limited to 56 archers. Therefore priority will clearly be given to KAF members.

At present there will not be any shooting at the Woodstock venue outside of the events detailed in the above 2017 schedule. This is owing to current access restrictions on the Woodstock venue. However, should KAF prove successful in 2017, and there is a demand for more events at the venue, this can be reviewed prior to the 2018 season

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Similarly should there be a demand to shoot different field rounds, or expansion into unmarked distances then this is something that can be reviewed as KAF expands and moves forward.

It is believed that KAA may be one of the first counties to explore a venture of this kind, and provide a field shooting programme for its members.

We now have a KAF committee, an excellent venue, and an event calendar for the 2017 season.

We now require members!

If you have any questions, please email the KAF chairman at:

kaf-chairman@archerykent.org.uk

If you would like a KAF Membership application form, please email:

kaf-Secretary@archerykent.org.uk

KAA Facebook group now active

Kent Archery Association has created a KAA Facebook group

You can find the group at https://www.facebook.com/kentarchery/

KAA Website wins Regional/County Website of the year

At this years Archery GB AGM the KAA Website was award the Regional/County website of the year 2016

As many of you will know the KAA Website was the work of long time Kent Webmaster Mike Brighton.

This win is dedicated to his memory.

Chronotir Archery Lights

KAA have recently purchased a set 4 lights, stands and 2 controllers of the Chronotir lighting systems for use at record status events. These lights are available for hire at a cost of £50

If you would like to hire these lights then please fill in this form and return it to Mark Davis.

Indoor County Match on 29 November 2014

An indoor county match against Essex, Middlesex & Surrey has now been confirmed for Saturday, 29 November 2014 at Sittingbourne Community College.

This is quite early in the indoor season, so it is more important than ever for anyone who wishes to be considered for team selection to ensure that their scores are submitted very promptly - the cut-off date for receiving scores in time for the selection meeting is Friday, 31 October 2014.

The team selection policy explains the requirements (page 4 is especially relevant); however, given the timescales involved it is strongly recommended that archers submit their own score returns, to make absolutely sure.

Please note that, as stated in the policy above, score returns must be sent to the county Records Officer, not to the County Captain, as it is the county Records Officer who chairs the Team Selection Panel. If you intend sending your score return by post, please either check with your club Records Officer for the correct address, or contact the County Records Officer by email first - this website does not contain or disclose private mailing addresses.

Kent Archery Association AGM

When the date of this year's AGM was discussed at last year's event, there was concern that the normal date (the 3rd. Sunday of November) might clash with a tournament; it has turned out that this will not in fact happen and so the KAA AGM will be held on its customary date, Sunday, 16 November 2014 at Medway Archers' clubhouse.

Please therefore ignore the date shown in recent newsletters and accept our apologies for any confusion that might have been caused.

Official notification should now have been received by all Club Secretaries and Direct Members; if any Club Secretary or Direct Member has not receive their copy, please urgently contact the County Secretary.

If you have received a prefilled nomination form, but wish to nominate an alternative member for any post, please download and print the form below, then return to the County Secretary, as described in the notification letter.

You want to take up Archery?

If you haven't done archery before, or have only tried it in a "taster session" at school or on holiday, and now you want to do it for real, then follow these four easy steps:

  1. Take a look at the "New Members" section on our FAQ page;
  2. Read through our short Introduction to Finding a Club;
  3. Look for a convenient club using our Interactive Club Map;
  4. Use the contact details provided to contact the club direct for details of beginners' courses.

Remember don't buy any archery equipment until you have finished the beginners' course - use of basic equipment is included in the price of the beginners' course. Once you know that archery is for you, your new club will give advice and help you select the bow, arrows and other bits and pieces that will suit you and your budget.

If you are disabled or visually impaired, it is still likely that you will be able to shoot; some clubs are specialists in helping people with disabilities and a number of others have a lot of experience to call on - these are specially marked in the Interactive Club Map and Club List. However, please bear in mind that not all clubs will feel qualified to work with all types of disability, so please call them and discuss your particular needs and they will do everything they can to help.