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Election of President

This year, the only Committee position contested is for President. You can vote online or by post. Voting closes at midnight on 31st October.

Candidate Resumes Vote Online Postal Form

NFAS Webby 13 Sep '21

National Champs updates

Nationals Qualifications
Following today's committee meeting and in response to feedback that members have struggled to get 3 signed score cards, the Committee have made the decision, for this Champs only, to accept 2 signed scorecards rather than 3. Any queries should be sent to Sharon Jones, Nationals Administrator (nationalchamps@nfas.net). We can still accept cards on the weekend of the Nationals but you will still need prior agreement with Shoot Admin.

Partners
We would also like to encourage any partners that are interested in shooting the Nationals, but have been put off because they felt they might not be able to shoot together, to put their entries in. We are very likely to be able to accommodate requests to shoot together so please feel free to enter.

Team Entries
A reminder that Team entries close on the 17th. There are lots of clubs that could field a team, particularly in the Mixed Team category, but we've only had a few clubs send in entries. The Mixed team requires 4 archers, all shooting different styles, must include at least 1 lady or junior, and either 1 or 2 sighted archers. The other categories are Unsighted Team, Sighted Team and Wooden Arrow Team. All details are on the Team Entry Form.

All entries for the Nationals close this Friday (17th).

NFAS Committee 11 Sep '21

AGM Update

Date: 20th November 2021 at 10am
Location: Worcestershire Young Farmers, Shires Farm, Hawford, Worcester
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Virtual attendance permitted: Yes

For the first time, we are going to attempt a hybrid in person and virtual AGM. If you would like to attend the AGM virtually, please contact general.secretary@nfas.net with your name and NFAS number and an invitation will be sent out to you nearer the time. Please note that this has not been attempted before and we will be relying on technology that has not been previously tested under these circumstances. Any Proposers and/or supporters of rule changes will need to attend in person to ensure clarity of discussion.

The AGM will start promptly at 10am, please ensure you arrive to register, and log into the virtual meeting, before this time.

Tea and coffee will be available, however please bring your own lunch in case the meeting extends into the afternoon.

No postcode given as sat nav will take you to the wrong area, the only way to the YFC Centre is via a driveway off the A449.

Agenda and proposals will be provided in due course.

NFAS Committee 10 Sep '21

Nationals - Course Allocations

The allocation of styles for this year's National Championships are as follows:

A: BH, FS, HT, LB, PV, UL

B: AFB, BB, CL, TB, XB

NFAS Webby 2 Sep '21

National Champs Announcement

We are pleased to announce that the location for the Nationals is:
Burnhopeside Hall Estate
Durham Road
Lanchester
DH7 0TL

NFAS Field Officer 23 Aug '21

Trial QR system

The Committee is trialling a QR system to validate membership. This system is not designed to replace membership cards but is offered as an emergency alternative.

There is a unique QR code for each member (found on the “My Account” page, within the Members Only section of the website) which once scanned (using any QR reader) will forward you to a page on our website that validates the membership. The idea being that an archer can offer the QR code to a shoot admin, who then scans the QR code to check the membership.

We hope this system will offer a backup service to members and clubs, but we recognise that not all club grounds have a suitable 4G signal.

Disclaimer: As a member, it is your responsibility to prove valid NFAS membership. The best way of doing that is to present your NFAS membership card. This trial system is provided as a possible alternative. Not all club grounds have internet access, so accessing the system cannot be guaranteed, and not all clubs can offer the facility to read QR codes.

NFAS Webby 31 Jul '21

Covid Guidelines

As we are all aware, COVID 19 is still in existence with new variants continuing to cause outbreaks. The NFAS Committee is committed to keeping our members safe at all times and recommend that clubs and members continue to be cautious during this most recent announcement from the government removing all restrictions to social events. The Committee recommend that all members and clubs continue to be cautious and keep sensible precautions in place when holding and attending shoots. Members are also reminded that abuse of any kind is not tolerated and should adhere to any COVID restrictions that clubs and individuals feel are important to keeping each other safe.

The guidelines for holding COVID safe shoots will still be available on the website and in the Facebook group, to give an idea of precautions you may wish to consider. Please remember to incorporate all changes to how your shoots are held into your club risk assessments and open shoot risk assessments.

Latest Guidance Document

All the recommended guidelines are ultimately to keep other people safe, please help us to continue doing so

NFAS Committee 26 Jul '21

National Championships 2021

Further to our recent announcements that we had to delay the National Championships 2021, we are pleased to announce that we have been able to secure an alternative date of the 2nd and 3rd of October 2021.

In unprecedented times, we had not just one venue but two affected by Covid. The first, making the entire events team (who usually run weddings) redundant and therefore unable to host us, and the second having doubts about the impact on the small local community that we would have mingled with. The third option, we have been working with for a number of weeks, but are unable to give us the weekend we need. It is therefore our best option to hold a Nationals this year to accept their offer of the 2nd and 3rd of October 2021.

We realise that this is not ideal for members. There is a good chance members will already have other plans, but we ask that everyone take a second to understand that the past 18 months has been an incredibly difficult environment to work in to hold a national level event with 400 people. We hope that members will stand with us and make the Nationals a great event, as a celebration that we can move on.

However, although we are forever hopeful, we have learned to be cautious, and as I write this, the Covid Delta variant is continuing to increase daily. We advise that any bookings for hotels, restaurants, travel and anything else is made with the ability to cancel, in case we unfortunately have to cancel the event.

Thank you to everyone for their efforts in getting the Nationals back on track, and fingers crossed for a great event.

NFAS Field Officer


Further info: Nationals Entry forms will be in the Jul/Aug newsletter which is due out imminently. Venue information is also included. Online entry for the Champs will open once the newsletter is out.

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20 Jul '21

New Paper Faces for the NFAS Championships

Last year at the beginning of the first Lockdown Tony Burt, the then Field Officer, got a project under way that he had discussed with Pete Dixon to select and reproduce a selection of new faces for use at the NFAS Championships.

Tony asked fellow NFAS committee members John Pendleton (Coach Training Organiser), Bernie Britton (DBS Co-ordinator) and myself (Lewis Chuck - Shoot Dates Organiser) to select 80 Faces, 20 in each of Groups 1 to 4. This would allow each target of a two course Championship to be different.

Over a period of several months thousands of animal faces were viewed online and given a score by each of us. Many zoom meetings then followed where the numbers were whittled down. Richard Wright the new Field Officer joined the team when he took up his post. We had heard that Darren Wilkins the secretary of Severn Valley Yeomen Foresters runs a printing company and discussions and much advice from Darren followed.

The result of our endeavours are about to printed for this year's Championships on October 2nd and 3rd.  

View the New Paper Faces

Addition: These new NFAS faces will be available for NFAS clubs to purchase... after the National Champs.

Lewis Chuck, Shoot Dates Organiser 22 Jul '21

Club News


Thornbury October shoot

Spaces still available for our shoot on 31st October. Please email/text Kirsty (butcher.kirsty@yahoo.com, 07825199019) to book in.

Kirsty Butcher 15 Sep '21

The sad passing of Neil Frazer on the 12th July

A special message to any slightly older NFAS archers concerning the recent passing of my friend and formally NFAS mate. Just in case, there are some of you who remember Neil and myself at many shoots across the country around the late 1980s and early 1990', I am sad to say that Neil passed away on the 12th of July after a two year cancer battle, that he fought with typical good humour. We both loved our old Archery days and friendships formed and looked back with fond memories.
If anyone would like to pass on condolences to Neil's wife Sue and their family please feel free to contact me via e mail (stevegood54@icloud.com). Regards to all and good shooting.

Steve Good 23 Aug '21

Muttley Crew Archers Open Shoot 24th October 2021

Due to unforeseen circumstances we are only able to take bookings for our October shoot via our email page. Those wishing to book for our October Shoot, should send an email to muttleycrewarchers@gmail.com  We have already received a number of bookings via the email system, but I would ask those who had previously booked with Geoff via Facebook or text, to confirm their place via the method above. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Martin Reeves 16 Aug '21

Ashcombe Valley - 3rd Oct - cancelled


We are currently in negotiation with the land owner regarding our shoot site and we are uncertain of the outcome. Due to the close proximity of this event we feel it is necessary to cancel our shoot planned for October.

Tony Simister 5 Aug '21

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The Wight Company of FA (Sat 25)

Archers of Dolphinholme (Sun 26)

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