Gipping Valley Archers is pleased to support the Archery GB “Start Archery Week” with a special event.

The event will be held at the Little Blakenham chalk pit located on the right-hand side of top of The Beeches Little Blakenham and Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May between 10am and 4pm.

We will guide you through the Worlds of Archery.

  • Academy World - Our members will fit you out with suitably sized bows and arrows. They will also provide basic tuition and practice at standard targets.

  • Competition World - Test your skills on standard targets against your friends or even some of our local club members. Also, the opportunity to try the completion for the highest score from 6 arrows. This will be scored to competition standard with the winner getting a voucher for a full Archery taster session.

  • Fun World - Balloons, moving targets, balloons, more moving targets and extra balloons. Great fun but not so easy.

  • Forest World - How would you fare if you had to survive in the wild? Targets presented at unknown distances, angles and positions.

  • Medieval World - Test your mettle against the knights of old, when the bow was the weapon of choice.

After your journey if you wish to go further the club offers 3 hour taster sessions and a 12 hour beginner’s  course,  consisting of practical experience, tuition in the different bow styles and the history and development of Archery. All leading up to membership of Gipping Valley Archers and the national governing body Archery GB.


Other details.

A small charge is made for equipment hire and each of the Worlds - 50% of the money taken from the worlds goes to Nettlestead Church.

There is free site parking and loos. Please do not park in the road.

Wear appropriate clothing - no open toed shoes, long hair tied back, no baggy clothing and nose and lip piercings may need to be removed or covered.

We can accommodate children from 10 years upwards and are happy to work with all abilities. There will be food and drinks on sale. 

Today the club was able to setup its three ranges for the first time. Thanks to those who were available to spare the time to help and hopefully enjoyed a shoot in the sun afterwards.

We now have a nursery range for Beginners Courses and Taster Sessions, vital in promoting archery and growing club membership. It will also be used at other times by club members. It has 80cm ground targets that can be set from 5 to 40 yards.

Our main club range is now set up with our larger 122cm targets and can go out to 50 yards (for one target). Its standard layout is 20 yards (x2) 30 Yards (x2) and 40 yards and 50 yards.

Our longer range also has 122cm targets set at 60 and 80 yards. But all targets can be moved to accommodate all the clubs needs. Apart for 100 yards which is not possible!

Sundays Clout Shoot

The club ran its first Clout shoot for over three and a half years last Sunday. Well attended by 17 members and one perspective member! The weather was great the shooting less so but well done to the winners. 

Well done and thanks to Alan, Norman and Caroline for organising it and Andy for his cooking skills. Whilst some arrows were temporarily lost during some of the six ends, we are happy to report that none were lost at the end of the day.  Let’s hope we can run another couple this year.