Hello and Welcome to Sabden
Club Information and History
Formed in 2006, Sabden Fold Archers is a field archery
club associated with the National Field Archery Society
has many members who also shoot with the Field and Roving
Archery Society (FARAS
). The Club is based at Sabden Fold
Farm, which is, strangely enough in
Sabden Fold, making the choice
of name quite appropriate.
The club members, chose as Club President Jack
Belcher, a well known bowyer and archer of a great many years
standing... also a few sitting.
Every year during one of the open shoots we shall be
presenting the John Lee Memorial Trophy in honour of the
farmer from whom we rent our woodland. Sadly, John died in
2006 and his son, Martin, has been kind enough to let us
continue the use of the woodland.
What is Field Archery
Although the basic principles of archery
are the same, field archery is NOT the same as target archery
that you may have seen on TV in the Olympics. Field archery
involves shooting at 2D and 3D
animal targets at unmarked distances over rough and rugged,
normally wooded terrain, in the great outdoors, regardless of
weather conditions. The skill and experience of the archer is
essential as no two targets are ever the same distance or
type, unlike target archery. Competition shoots are
held all year round unlike other sports, and there are
currently 10 different equipment styles to choose from.
Whether it be Robin Hood or Rambo style gear,its all catered
Where and when do we meet
In the Spring and Summer we meet outside at Sabden
in Sabden Fold on the side of Pendle Hill
near Burnley in Lancashire (if you're not sure where that
is, the post code for sat nav is BB12 9LS
) on Wednesday evenings
. Shooting starts at
6:30pm and carries on until it's too dark to see what we've
hit when we all move into the nice warm hut.
In the winter when the weather turns glum and the nights
draw in, we meet inside on Wednesday evenings at Longholme
Methodist Church on James St. in Rawtenstall, Rossendale, BB4 7NE
. It's the church behind the
temperance bar, park in front of Boots. Shooting starts at
7:30pm and finishes when we get too thirsty to carry on, or
9:00pm, whichever comes first.