THE great thing about the summer fete season is that you can interview and showcase a vast variety of pursuits and interests. In many ways a fete encapsulates the spirit of what we do at yourthurrock.
In less than an hour at the St Luke’s Hospice Fete, we had interviewed a Barry Manilow tribute artist, a Royles-Royce enthusiast and now the local archery club
Racketts Archery Club was formed on the 10 June 1985 by Joe Dormer. Since that time however many members have come and gone but the values of the club remain the same. It was Joe’s intention to have a ‘Family Orientated’ club that was ‘open and friendly’ which promoted and encouraged the sport of Archery.
Chair Glenn Powley said: “We still maintain these standards set by Joe and whilst being ‘open and friendly’ we are still highly competitive when it comes to competitions.
“Although we are not a very large club, our maximum membership is about forty, we shoot a variety of disciplines. The most popular bow shot at Racketts is the ‘recurve’ type but we also have members that shoot the ‘compound’ bow and the traditional ‘longbow’. We are predominately a target club and shoot under GNAS regulations, but a few members also belong to the NFAS and enjoy ‘field’ archery.
“We have two shooting venues, one at James Hornsby School and the other at Woodlands School.
“James Hornsby School, Laindon, is our outdoor venue during the summer where we are able to shoot up to l00yds / 90mtrs.
“Woodlands School, Basildon, is used for indoor shooting during the winter months. Twice weekly we use one of their halls and can shoot 20yds / 18mtrs. We also host 3 competitions during the indoor season.
“We meet on Sunday mornings from 10.00 am onwards at James Hornsby School for the summer season but during the winter months we shoot indoors at Woodlands School on Sunday morning from 10.00am to 1.30pm and on a Tuesday evening from 7.30pm to 10.00pm. (Times may vary check with a member).