Set your sights on long­bow lessons

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - COUNTRYFILE - by Mike Ben­nett

Chance to learn bat­tle­field skill

mben­nett@thek­m­ 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.long­ to book a place.

Tra­di­tional long­bow shoot­ing

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