Barry shoots back into Bognor archers' hotseat

Bognor Regis Archery Club have re-elected Barry Jakes as their chairman.

Monday, 25th April 2016, 6:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 6:38 pm
Barry Jakes

He first became involved in archery in the late 60s and was a founder member of another Sussex club, Friars Gate Archers, and shot against many other Sussex clubs through the 70s.

A move to Brighton and new field of work took him away from archery for many years but he returned in 2003 having moved to East Preston and Bognor Archery Club to find many changes, especially in equipment.

He joined the club committee as records officer in 2007 and became chairman a year later. Ill health reduced his shooting ability so training as a coach provided a further interest, which he has enjoyed ever since.

A second spell as chairman kept him involved in most activities of the club from which he derives much enjoyment.

The club value and appreciate the knowledge and experience Jakes brings and are looking forward to an active and successful year.

The club are coming to the end of the winter (indoor) season, shooting at the Westbourne House School sports hall.

The winter season involves shooting relatively-short distances, up to 25 yards and 25 metres, but the target face is correspondingly smaller.

The club are currently running a beginners’ course at West Meads Community Centre on Friday evenings and a second beginners’ course is planned for May 20 – further details are at

The club have just begun their summer programme at their outdoor venue behind the Felpham swimming and sports centre where distances up to 100 yards and 90 metres can be shot.

The club will meet on Wednesday and Friday evenings for club practice and Saturday or Sunday morning for club matches, Selby and Albion league matches, national and county matches.

Matches consist of shooting a number of arrows (shot six at a time, scored and retrieved) over varying distances and differing target face sizes; typically this could be a ‘York’ round consisting six dozen arrows at 100 yards, four dozen at 80 yards and two dozen at 60 yards or a less strenuous round could be an ‘Albion’ consisting of three dozen arrows at 80 yards, three dozen at 60 yards and three dozen at 50 yards.

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