Winter break

Howdy Archers!!!

Just a reminder that tonight is the last session of 2019.

We break for the winter tonight.

Here’s what we get up to:

Dave is obviously very busy over the Christmas season so he needs extra time to dig out his big red suit.

George gets wheeled away into suspended hibernation for a recharge.

Paul sits back and let’s his hair down for a well deserved rest.

Machiek goes wild with 3d photography and gets ready for a huge display at the AGM.

Heather spends time polishing all the gold medals she has won this year.

Eleanor comes up with some fantastic project involving reclaimed wood, sticky back plastic and empty milk cartons.

Andy relaxes his frenzied and energetic demeanor and mellows out.

Kath goes into overdrive planning out the AGM in perfect detail that Dave and george will forget 5 minutes before it starts.

David invests in more archery equipment until he has to use a van to transport his bow.

Jude fights the urge to gold plate a bow.

Becky goes on a two week wilderness survival hunt involving a bucket of soapy frogs, a parachute and a tin of alphabeti spaghetti.

Remember it is our AGM when we come back in January, where we will be voting in the positions of chair, secretary, treasurer and child safety officer.

There is room for more people to join the committee – social media coordinator, bookings coordinator, more coaches (let us know if you would like us to put you through your coaching exam), to name just some!

Merry Christmas all!


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Congratulations to Emma Fox who has completed her Duke of Edinburgh volunteering role as a safety coach with Leith Community Archers.

Thank you from all of us at Leith Community Archers Emma – a job very well done!

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Winter closing dates


Dear All


The final date of Archery this year will be the 28th November.

Our Annual General Meeting will be on the 9th January. in the hall at 6.30pm

At the AGM we will be asking people to renew their membership for the year ahead and to vote on a new committee to help run the club.

Roles for nomination will be:

Chairperson: Currently Dave Burnett

Secretary: Currently Paul McNulty and Maciek Samulski

Treasurer; Currently George Fyvie

Child Safety Officer: Currently Andy Lang

It has been proposed that we should also have the following roles:

Media spokesperson responsible for Social Media, Emails and external advertising.

Archery GB Champion responsible for Competitions, Tournaments, Training sessions and Membership with Archery GB.

Maintenance Officer responsible for ensuring all equipment is safe, useable, repaired and appropriate

Bookings Officer responsible for booking in slots for people and taster sessions.

According to our articles, only licensed coaches can hold the first three roles, but you do not need to be a coach to hold any of the other posts.

We are also looking to book in our next instructors training session with Archery GB for those who wish to become coaches themselves/

We will resume shooting on the 16th january.


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October Update

We have been informed that during the October holiday’s, there will be new main entrance security doors installed at Leith Academy.


If the works are being carried out when you arrive for your let, please use the janitors passageway to gain entrance to the building.


Kind Regards,

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A Message from Archery GB

I hope you are all enjoying the summer. Traditionally, reports are written for AGM’s, but
as some of you already know, I’m not a fan of following tradition blindly, so I’m writing
this ‘mid-term report’ now, partly to let you all know what’s happening, and partly to ask
for your help and advice.
Earlier this year I ran an indoor “Inter-Club Challenge” along similar lines to various other
postal leagues. I got a lot of good feedback from those who took part, but I would love to
know what could be done to improve it for next indoor season, and for those who didn’t
take part: why not? (Wrong format, bad timing, poor communication, etc.)
As I write this, the Pentangle has just completed. For those that don’t know about it, this
is an annual outdoor competition between the three Scottish Areas, and the two
northernmost English Areas, that rotates location, and this year is in Glasgow. We were
able to send full Recurve teams, both Ladies & Gents, plus partial Longbow and
Compound teams, and in the words of the Team Captain (Joan Smith) “the East Area did
very well at what turned out to be a Triangle rather than a Pentangle”. There are various
photos on Facebook, and a note of the results as we know them – congratulations to all,
if only for surviving the mud!
I know that there are loads of competitive archers out there, so would love to know how
we can improve participation next year. I have broad shoulders (metaphorically speaking)
so don’t worry about whether your feedback is positive or not! You can follow the
activities of the area on Facebook (and send direct messages if you want) and/or email
me directly on or anything for the committee as a
whole should be sent to:
Archers from the Area have also attended a number of high-profile events this summer. I
don’t have official results for everything, and don’t want to miss anyone out, so I will just
say well done to all of you.
For a little while now, the Area has had an official polo-neck shirt. These are good quality,
but fairly expensive, and have quite a long delivery time, which makes it difficult for the
committee to organise. Therefore for the Pentangle we are trialling a much cheaper Tshirt from a quicker alternative supplier – we would welcome any comments on this, and
particularly any suggestions for a future supplier, (particularly those that do a ‘Print on
demand’ service) from any clubs who have looked into custom clothing recently. If you
look on Facebook you should be able to find a post showing three of the Pentangle team
modelling these T-Shirts.
When I took on this job, I rather expected to be inundated with opinions about coaching,
but instead the silence has been deafening. Everyone in archery needs a little coaching
from time to time, though everyone has different needs. Maybe the silence is because
everyone is happy, but if not get in touch and let us know what you would like the Area
to provide – we have rather limited funds, but whatever level you are at, we are here to
We are also able to help if you wish to learn more about coaching, as a ‘Leader’, as a
Level One Coach, or above.
On a very similar note, we would like to get back to having a semi-permanent squad of
archers (both Junior and Adult) who are ready, able and willing to compete in events like
the Pentangle and the AGB County Team Champs. It would also be good if someone
would be willing to step forward and act as Manager, whether that is someone within
the squad, a non-shooting partner, or best of all a coach.
Two of the three biggest problems with running a squad in the past has been the cost of
hall-hire; and travel difficulties. To that end we would like to investigate the possibility of
running things a little differently, with more emphasis on making use of ‘normal’ club
sessions, and a ‘mobile’ coaching team, so again we would welcome as many comments
as you can write.
Coaching Pt.2
My entire committee attended a conference with SAA recently, in which coaching was
discussed, (amongst many other things,) and while nothing concrete has been agreed,
we would love to hear from any coaches who would be willing to visit clubs in their local
area (or beyond) to carry out ‘coaching for hire’.
Mike Brockington
President, East of Scotland Archery – “The Eastern Area”

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Dear All

Membership details are as follows:

We run from Jan – December and our membership is £12 per year.

This entitles you to voting rights in the club and club affiliation for the purposes of  joining Archery GB.  (Archery GB membership is seperate).

If you join partway through the year the amount is reduced by the month.

EG if you join in January it is £12.

If you join in June it is £6.

If you join in December it is £1.

Membership is free to under 16’s or as part of our hardship strategy. (please see a member of the committee).

Membership can be paid at the session or if you log in and make a payment here: using the donate now button.

(please leave a note on the donate now section with who you are, what the date is and that it is for membership as we are also accepting donations there and assisting a local  external project.)



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Dear All

We are now affiliated with Archery GB and as such are ammending some of our documentation.  Previously we always looked to Archery GB for our safeguarding policy but now we are confirming that we are following it in full.

Our Safeguarding officer is Andy Lang and he can be approached in person or on

All our coaches can deal with any concerns however Andy is our registered officer.1

Safeguarding documents can be found Here: OPP0101SafeguardingChildrenandYoungPeoplePolicyandProcedures-21996 (1)

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Annual Accounts update


Our Annual accounts have come back and have been lodged with OSCR the charities commission.

The accounts may be found here: 20190828145036_001

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Dates for your Diary

Leith Academy will be closed for let’s on the following days so we are unable to shoot then.

We have just been informed of the exam periods for Leith Academy and the Games Hall will be out of action the following periods:
29/11/2019 – 19/12/2019
24/04/2020 – 29/05/2020
22/06/2020 – 25/06/2020

This will impact the following bookings:

Thursday 18:00-21:30
December: 5, 12, 19
April: 30
May: 7, 14, 21, 28
June: 25

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Annual Accounts

Hi All
We are just waiting on our annual accounts coming back from being independently audited by the Duncan Walker Partnership after which we will post them up for all members here!

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