Bowbrook Archers have had an ambitious vision for the last 3 years – to build a clubhouse and indoor archery range on the 6 acre field that they already own. A lot of hard work was put into a bid to Sport England’s “Inspired Facilities” fund and at the second attempt the bid was successful. Enough funding was awarded to allow the vision to become a reality although a lot more work and a significant amount of club funds were needed to complete the project. The new building, measuring 32m by 14m includes a clubhouse/social area as well as an archery range of up to 25metres and was opened on Saturday 19th September by Tim Swayne, chair of the ArcheryGB coaching committee who was a member of the club many years ago. Both Tim and Neil Armitage from ArcheryGB said a few words before young Charlie Becker, aged 10, shot a ceremonial “Golden Arrow” – a very creditable inner red at 20 yards. This arrow now sits in pride of place mounted on a plaque above the front door of the new building.
Thanks from Bowbrook to various people in WMAS who encouraged the club along the road, particularly Redhill Archers who realised a similar vision a couple of years earlier and whose new building spurred us into action.