AN unprecedented three national records were set at the recent Bowmen of Minchinhampton 43rd Annual Archery Tournament.

Archers from across the South-West gathered in superb weather and ideal shooting conditions, at the perfectly prepared club shooting field at the Owen Harris Memorial Ground at Eastington.

In addition to the national records, there was also a record number of medals awarded to local Bowmen of Minchinhampton archers.

Iain Dunbar, tournament officer for the club, said: “We are obviously thrilled that so many UK National records were broken at our tournament.

“We were also delighted that so many junior archers took part and that a record number of medals were won by our own members, including some who have only started archery this year”.

The club runs regular Archery GB training courses for beginners, allowing novice archers to then shoot at any club in the UK.

The course covers all basic aspects of archery, and the club provides all the equipment required.

Chair Rick Andrews told Stroud News and Journal. “The course is fun and people can experience an ancient sport that everyone knows about but few have ever done”.

Bowmen of Minchinhampton have a reputation as a very friendly club with members aged from 8 to over 80.

If you are interested in having a go at archery, contact the club at