Paul Maines – Chairman & Founder

Paul-MainesIt is with a heavy heart that I write to inform you of the tragic loss of our chairman Paul Maines.

Paul Passed away over the weekend following a heroic battle with Cancer and showed strength, compassion and above all humour to the end.

Our thoughts are with Geraldine and his children at this time. The Covid restrictions we currently face in our lives bring home how difficult a time it is for families going through such pain and suffering at this time. I hope that the treasured memories we all have of him will help them through the days ahead.

He will be sadly missed and was an integral part of Gordano Valley Archers. His Passion for the sport and reediness to help others at GVA was one of many fine qualities that he brought to the club. He will leave a big void in the club.

Adam Wood
Vice Chairman of Gordano Valley Archers


New Archery Stamp

Issued today as part of a set of stamps,  inspired of by accidental deathsapril 2019
in the 16th Century. Which included 7 deaths playing football, the first recorded handgun death, when the victim walked in front of the gun, not knowing what it was. The largest category by far  though, was archery with 56,  including this  unbelievable 1552 incident,  represented on the first class stamp.

One Henry Pert from Welbeck, managed to  shot himself in the head in 1552 when he drew the bow to full extent, planning to fire it straight up into the air,  the arrow lodged into the bow, he then lent over to have a look at the arrow when it fired.

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coronavirusSorry not a new 3-D target for the club, but a rather annoying virus that you may of heard about on the news; Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Today, Monday 16 March, the Government’s scientific advisers have recommended against all but essential travel and that everyone should avoid social gatherings to help slow the spread of this new virus and protect  at risks groups.

Regrettably  we feel that we must cancel all Archery sessions until further notice.
[Update 17 March – Archery GB Suspends ALL Club Archery -For the foreseeable Future]

Unfortunately no indication has been given as to when this recommendation will be lifted, hopefully it will  not be to long and we will commence sessions as soon as possible and we notify you of any changes.

Update : 17 March – Message from Archery GB CEO PDF

Archery GB Update 19 March     HTML

Please remember to


and that you will stay safe and healthy

UK Government Advice

Postponed and Cancelled Events

no-archery12 April        – GVA Easter – Long Metrics – Cancelled 
12 April        –  Bath Archers – Spring Albion - Postponed

18 April        – Archery GB AGM – Postponed
19 April        – Cleve Archers 57th Annual Spring – Cancelled

23 April        – SCAA AGM – Postponed

26 April        – GVA All Saints #4 –  Postponed

25-26 April   –  Bath Archers – 2 Day  WA 1440 - Postponed

10 May        –  GVA Spring Clout  - Postponed

17 May        –  Archery GB Big WeekendScaled back – watch for  updates

24 May        – GVA All Saints # 3  - Postponed

6 June         – Cleve Archers Junior Open -TBC

14 June       – SCAA – Senior Outdoor Championship – Cancelled

27 June       – SCAA Junior Championship -TBC

Postponed -All Saints Challenge #3 


St Patricks’ Day Tournament. 

Unfortunately it has been such a wet winter, the range is soden, no one has managed to shoot outside this year and the forecast is not looking good for Sunday. Absolutely nothing to do with the  coronavirus.

With various holidays and numerous other tournaments, I’m afraid it will need to be a long postponement probably until the 24 May.  Details will be re-posted nearer the time.