A Lone Wolf, Going it Alone

Along with my band of Merry Men. I bring you juicy tidbit tidings from the club of Castle Moat and Folkestone Bowmen

Sunday, 2 December 2012

A Very Marky Gangnam-Style Xmas

No pressure, but after this vid, we're expecting some shapes (not backs) thrown at the Brickfields during the Christmas Dinner.

Keep stylin'

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Kent Police 2nd Blue Lamp Shoot

Ten of our archers were summoned to appear at the Police Sports Ground in Maidstone on Saturday 6 October, to undergo St. George and Albion tests  in the 2nd Blue Lamp shoot. One of our party absconded and so the remaining nine passed through the checkpoint to join the other inmates at the field.

Sunday, 7 October 2012


This was shot into my inbox the other day. Members of a nervous disposition, please turn away now:

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

57th William Somner Tournament

Simon Langton School for Gels, Canterbury, 2 September 2012

For once on a Sunday I was on time, leading to much startlement in the Griffiths household. Unfortunately, said startlement meant that by the time I got to Canterbury's grounds, I was running late.

Food was always on my mind

Overheard at Sunday's Club Champs:
Carbonarrow sauce

Reaching out for an archer

This is a scary thought (not for me as it means more gossipmongering opportunities). Look how many people our Twitter account now reaches*. World domination next. Mwah ha haaaaaaaaaaa.


*In a nutshell, LOTS

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Fine Dining

There comes a time when a master of gossip and high apprentice of special offer shopping decides that he should give something back to his gossip-oppressed club members.

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Kent Target Championships 19 August 2012

Sunday 19 August saw the 59th Kent Target Championships and Open Tournament, held at Vigo Rugby Club, Vigo Village, Kent. Representing Castle Moat and Folkestone Bowmen were Dave Plowman, Chris Horan, Mark Gowing, Marilyn Batey and myself, Steve Batey.

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Saltwood Castle Longbow Shoot 19 August 2012

All loaded up and ready to go on the Saturday, I just had the simple job of picking up Malc, Boggy Marsh and Alan B on route and Sunday’s fun could begin.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Sacre bleu

Further to Sunday's shoot from the tower, an onlooker was overheard offering this top tip:
"If Castle Moat and Folkestone Longbowers (stick chuckers) are defending a castle you are attacking, wear a multicoloured, circular-patterned hat with the predominent colours being gold, red and blue. Avoid black and white as they sometimes hit this colour, but on no account wear green as this will be fatal."

Monday, 20 August 2012

I've got the (baby, baby), trad longbow blu-ues

Imagine the scene: Saltwood Castle. A hot and humid Sunday morning, with a longbow shoot taking place in the moat. The camera pans across the archers then up into the trees and zooms in on... a sheep.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

CM&FB's Open Tournament 2012

As organiser I was growing more and more concerned as the tournament drew near that there would not be enough people taking part. The uptake from outside clubs had been incredibly slow (only two entries at the time of the committee meeting a couple of weeks before).

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Is that a target I see before me?

That's not a target you've shot through, that's a tape measure.

No. It's a tape measure. How can you confuse this with a target? Oh yeah. They both have yellow on them.


Monday, 13 August 2012

After the tournament has ended

So by all accounts Castle Moat's Open Tournament was a success. I wouldn't know as me and the Merry Men were hiding out behind the barbeque trying to score some bacon sarnies. It would have worked too had Friar 'Belly Buster' Tuck not decided to get in there first, leaving us only a few crumbs and the greasy waft of a used griddle.

Sunday, 29 July 2012

The 4th Robert Hardy Memorial Shoot by the Medieval Society

Englefield Estate, near Theale, Berkshire
Archery! It’s a whole new world of knocks, shafts and quivers.
And where getting your end away on a Sunday morning is acceptable!

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Sir Thomas Wyatt Open Tournament

23 & 24 June, Maidstone

After dragging myself out of bed at an horrendously early time (6.30am. On a Saturday. Who knew such a time existed?), I made my way to Marilyn B's house, who would be driving us up to Allington Castle Archers' grounds for the tournament. Once we had negotiated the diversion around Maidstone's town centre, we arrived with plenty of time to spare. We were on two of the middle targets and so our camp was right in front of the bacon butty stall. Somehow cold toast and a cup of tea lost its allure in the waft of griddled bacon.

Monday, 4 June 2012

St George compound record broken

Congratulations are due to Steve Batey when you see him next - 

New club record with a compound bow, shooting a St George.

108 Hits, 
77 Golds, 
906 scored
Previously it was held by Eddie Cooper in 1990, who scored 874.

There will be quite a few more records broken in the next few months, there have already been a few but I'm just waiting for confirmation

Records Officer