Friars Gate Archers were a resident of Buxted Sports Association for over 35 years, but as cricket had started to take priority, and the archery club were forced onto the corner of the playing field, we were sadly required to find somewhere else to call home.
After finally leaving Buxted we spent time shooting target in a less than ideal but not at all windy Fletching, where we normally shoot field throughout the year.
In February 2022, after a long search we found that nearby Barnsgate Manor had a grazing field that was available for our use.
A Planning application was submitted for change of use to the field, and was approved on 27 September 2022, ready for the terms and other legal bits to be prepared.
On the weekend of 13-14 March 2023 club members began the process of moving sites from our temporary target shooting in Fletching, and setting up home at Barnsgate.
The base for the new club shed was measured and laid out with railway sleepers, ready for the shed to be installed later in the week.
The shooting line was marked up and distances measured with survey and geolocation equipment, so there can be no arguments about the distances being wrong!
On Thursday 16 March the first arrows were shot by long standing club member Jim, and by committee member Ivan.
The shed being put together.
We look forward to a brand new start for Friars Gate Archers!