Set your sights on longbow lessons
Chance to learn battlefield skill
email@example.com THE Fraternity of Prince Arthur, a Kent archery society, practise the art and teach the ancient skill of longbow shooting – one of the oldest countryside sports. They regularly hold events at Godinton, Belmont, and other ancient estates across the county and will return to the Godinton House estate in Ashford on Saturday, May 12. They will be available to teach newcomers how to shoot a longbow, using the same techniques used at Agincourt, the Field of the Cloth of Gold and, of course, by Robin Hood. Members will teach basic techniques and give individuals a chance to shoot at the Marks which are the traditional archery target. The tuition and archery session will take an hour and the £15 cost includes the hire of bows, arrows, insurance and park entrance. There will be four sessions in the afternoon, the first archers need to arrive at 1pm to register and be fitted for their bows. Places are available for pre-booking and a number of places will be available for those who turn up on the day and want to have a go. Numbers who are able to shoot on the day will however be limited because of the amount of bows and equipment that is available. Nick Sandford, the manager of Godinton House and Gardens, said, “This is a wonderful opportunity for anybody who wishes to have a go at shooting a longbow. “They are magnificent craftsman-made weapons for which basic shooting skills are quickly picked up. “The parkland at Godinton, dating back to the medieval period, is an ideal setting for traditional longbow archery.” Visit www.longbow-archers.com to book a place.
Traditional longbow shooting