I hope everyone is well, and still have thoughts of archery in their head for the near future. As I'm writing this, we are only a few days away from hearing the Prime Ministers plan for how the country will get out of the current lockdown, and finally put the Covid-19 pandemic behind us.
As the new NFAS Field Officer, I gladly took the torch from Tony Burt who had already done a huge amount of work towards the 3D championships and the National championships for 2020 when the pandemic hit. Since taking on the role, I've begun to understand what has been done so far for these events, and a put together a picture of what these events are going to look like in the future, but I'm afraid I have to announce with a heavy heart, I do not know when that will be.
At the most recent NFAS committee zoom meeting, it was decided that the 3D championships for 2021 can not go ahead in their usual May slot and must be cancelled. At the time of writing this, we still do not know the plan for exiting the current lockdown, and there is too much uncertainty for the near future, meaning we do not expect to be able to plan or hold the 3Ds in just a few months.
We are still staying positive for events beyond that, but will make sure that we stay ahead of changes so that if we need to inform the membership of any further changes, we do so in plenty of time. I hope to be able to make more positive announcements soon.
Richard Wright, NFAS Field Officer 18 Feb '21
We are pleased to announce that Colin Hanson-New has been co-opted on to the Committee as our new Supplies Officer. Lynne Harrison has stepped down from the role having recently become the Membership Secretary. We thank Lynne for all her hard work and are grateful to Colin for stepping in.
NFAS Committee 3 Feb '21
The Jan/Feb edition of the NFAS Newsletter is now available within the Members' Area.
NFAS Webby 16 Jan '21
Further to government guidelines on 4th January 2021, there is a further National lockdown and archery must cease. The government guidelines are pretty clear – protect the NHS and stay at home. All outdoor sporting facilities are to close therefore all clubs/ranges and other archery activities stop. If everyone does their bit then hopefully the lockdown will ease sooner rather than later.
Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to being out shooting again at some point in 2021.
NFAS Committee 4 Jan '21
Accepting that at the moment we are still not shooting, the Druids NFAS Archery club would like to advise all NFAS Members that we plan to arrange a one day Solstice Shoot on or about the 20th June 2021. This is working on the basis that we are able to shoot by June. I realise that everyone is deeply fed up with the way things have turned out, with Corona Virus wreaking havoc with plans for the last year - but I have high hopes that we can emerge triumphant this year and may yet stage a shoot for all comers. We won't have a marquee, but we might have some beer! And a one day shoot of about 38 targets, the legal position permitting. Given what has passed, this might seem unduly optimistic - it's high time for some optimism!
Clifton Wray 16 Feb '21
Muttley crew archers open shoot dated 27th Feb is cancelled (think you all know why)
Our May shoot remains on the calendar, however it will be subject to Government guidelines, and the NFAS guidelines nearer that date in May.
Carole our field officer is currently planning some new routes for our course, which should be different, due to our landlord providing some new pathways through some of the areas in the larger part of the wood. I have not been to our wood since last February, but hoping to have a walk round when my first jab is in place mid Feb (on my own and with landlords permission ). Feeling a bit excited, but not sure our activities will get very far this year (always the pessimist).
All take care, stay safe, and we hope to see you soon. Geoff and all the team.
Geoff Weldon 18 Jan '21