BL-BS shoots in SE England

Background to the British Long-Bow Society

The British Longbow Society (BL-BS, BLBS) was formed in 1951 with the primary aim of keeping the tradition of shooting the English/British recreational longbow alive. It organises competitions around the UK and has affiliates in Ireland, the Netherlands and the US. The Rules of Shooting are sent to new members - basically all shoots are 2-way with no sighters and no bouncers allowed. Members attending BL-BS organised shoots are eligible for national rankings and awards.

There are a number of BL-BS websites currently active (as listed by Google). The latest official iteration appears more complete although no on-line shooting diary available yet.

Around March of each year, members receive an Events Diary listing all the competitions for the coming year together with application forms for all events. Below are listed those open events occurring in the SE England region (similar to AGB’s SCAS region).

Shoots organised by BL-BS are in bold text, those organised by others (eg other BL-BS or AGB affiliated organisations) but shooting to BLBS rules are in normal text. There are only 2 types of shoot organised by the BLBS, Target and Clout, listed below: 

The BLBS events are published when the Events Diary is issued.

As AGB organised events are postponed they will be removed from the list. BL-BS organised events will be updated accordingly.


Target shoots

Rounds are always imperial and 2-way (unless stated otherwise). The overall winner is the archer achieving the most hits (silver medal), 2nd is based on highest score (bronze medal) 3rd is based on most golds (bronze medal). These are awarded on an 'unrewarded basis' - so, if you win on hits you are excluded for the 'score' and 'golds' awards - this way more archers are rewarded.

If double rounds are shot then awards are also made for the first and second rounds, again on an unrewarded basis, in addition to the overall shoot winners.

Shooting 2-way National

Longbows shooting a 2-way round

Date

Title/location

Rounds

Organiser/contact

Details

1 May 2021

Surrey County Longbow Championships (Spring)

Warlingham Archery Club, CR6 9PB

Single Western

Paul Gardner

[email protected]

Cancelled

12 June 2021

Notedate change

Kent Archery Association Longbow Championships

The Butts, TN15 8QN

Double National

Sheena Turner

Events Guide

10 July 2021

West Kent Archery Society Championships

The Butts, TN15 8QN

York 

Sheena Turner

Events Guide

4 August 2021

Southern Counties Archery Meeting (Longbow day)

Waterside Archery Grounds, Exbury, Hampshire SO45 1AZ

Double National

Carla Piper

[email protected]

7 August 2021

West Kent Archery Society Meeting

The Butts, TN15 8QN

Albion

Sheena Turner

Events Guide

4 September 2021

Surrey County Longbow Championships (Autumn)

Warlingham Archery Club, CR6 9PB

Single Western

Paul Gardner

[email protected]

5 September 2021

Note: date change

BL-BS West Kent Meeting

The Butts, TN15 8QN

Hereford

Sheena Turner

Events Guide

18 Sept 2021

BL-BS 70th Annual Target Meeting

The Royal Toxophilite Society, Archers Lodge, Dropmore Road, Burnham, Buckinghamshire

York/Double National

Mr F. Fairfield

[email protected]

Events Guide

19 Sept 2021

SCAM Anniversary Meeting (Open)

Beddington Park, Church Road, Wallington, Surrey, SM6 7NN.

York/Double National

Neil Dimmock

[email protected]

2 October 2021

South Eastern Target Meeting 

Newhaven Archery Club, Firle, Sussex

York/Double National

Events Guide


Clout shoots

Shooting at the SE BLBS clout 2019

Shooting the SE Clout, Tonbridge

For BLBS you shoot at a target 30” diameter, white with a central 4” black spot, raised at approx 45 degrees. They are always 2-way, double (2 rounds of 36 arrows), no sighters. Gents shoot at 180 yards; ladies at 120 yards. Concentric rings are marked at 30", 4', 7', 10' and 13' from the centre. Scoring is similar to AGB but if an arrow touches the target (clout) it scores 6.

Also an additional “shoot-off by ends” is held: during the double round the scorer notes at each end whose arrow is nearest the middle – judged by distance of the part of the arrow nearest the clout, not necessarily where it meets the ground (so that archer “wins the end” regardless of score).  At the end of the double round, shoot-offs are held for 2 ladies/target and 2 gentlemen/target with the most best arrows (aka “ends won”).  Each archer shoots 2 arrows individually in turn and the nearest to the clout wins the "shoot-off”.

Date

Title/location

Rounds

Organiser/contact

Details

29 May 2021

WKAS Spring Clout Meeting

Tonbridge School Centre, London Road, Tonbridge, TN10 3AD

Double

Sheena Turner


24 October 2021

note change of date/time

South Eastern Autumn Clout Meeting

Tonbridge School Centre, London Road, Tonbridge, TN10 3AD

Double

Sheena Turner


Assembly 1030am

First arrows 11am

Page updated 1 October 2021