On Sunday the 27th of August, Burton Bridge Archers will be holding the inaugural Battle of Burton Bridge Open Shoot. More details and the entry form are available on the BBA website.

Inspired by the annual Crécy Shoot (well worth the trip!), organised by our friends at Chantry Bowmen, some of our members have been keen to set up a similar open tournament… and here it is!

The Battle of Burton Bridge (1322) took place on the very ground that is home to our club, with King Edward II answering the challenge to his throne from Thomas, 2nd Earl of Lancaster. It gave us the perfect excuse we didn’t need! Thanks to the artistic talents of our members, we have some rather impressive looking life-sized targets taking shape, perfect for what should be a challenging, but highly entertaining day of archery! To keep it authentic (ish), we are welcoming longbow, barebow and traditional bows, with no sighting aids allowed, and throwing in the odd end of volleys… it’s a lot of work to make these targets, so not hitting them will help them last! What better way to spend August Bank holiday than dressing up in medieval style (optional), flinging arrows through the sky at enemy soldiers, being fed, and most importantly being out in the fresh air enjoying the company of friends.

- Geoff Fisher, BBA