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Dawn to Dusk 2019

9th Dawn to Dusk Shoot
Saturday 15th June 2019

Theme: Shorts ‘n’ Shades Party

The Foresters Archery Club Ground, Countesthorpe, Leics. LE8 5QW
Shooting Fees: £20.00 (Senior)
£15.00 (Junior or student)
Sighters at official dawn time: 04:42
End of shooting at dusk time: 21:32
Full participation is not essential, come along and shoot for as long as you like.
We will break for lunch half way through the day.
Closing date: None, but advanced notice would be helpful.
Rounds to be shot: Details to be posted on the day.
Fancy Dress: Optional, but encouraged.
Please email any enquiries to :
NotesCasual dress (fancy dress preferred).

All archers must be affiliated to GNAS or a FITA member organisation and will be asked to produce their membership cards when signing in.

The Foresters cannot be held responsible for loss or damage to equipment or personal possessions.

Please note that the GNAS Child and Vulnerable Persons Protection Policy requires that any person wishing to engage in any type of photography, filming or videoing must register their intent before carrying out any such activity. Please sign the register that will be available at the registration desk. Please also bring adequate proof of identity.
GDPR – You agree that we may contact you for the purpose of organising this tournament, such as notification of changes to the tournament. Data will not be stored for any other reason.
A portion of this year’s entry fee is going towards the UK Four Peaks Challenge as attempted by one of our members, Harry Hey, in support of the Everyman cancer charity.
All Harry has to do is climb Slieve Donard (Ireland), Ben Nevis (Scotland), Scafel Pike (England), Snowdon (Wales) and travel 1000 road and sea miles all IN 40 HOURS.
The theme is Shorts ‘n’ Shades party, but please dress appropriately. It will be cool in the early hours, so make sure you have some warm clothes. We would also encourage brightly coloured shirts to go with the brightly coloured shorts..!
For those coming to the field on the Friday night Paul will be putting on his usual excellent feast, so come hungry.

Archery GB’s Big Weekend 2019

18th May 2019

Leicester Ancient Order of Foresters Archery Club is welcoming everyone to  give archery a go

Archery GB’s Big Weekend comes to Countesthorpe, LE8 5QW

Families and people of all ages are invited to try the fun and inclusive sport of archery at Leicester Ancient Order of Foresters Archery Club (LAOFAC or ‘Foresters’), on the weekend of the 18 May 2019 – even if they have never picked up a bow and arrow before.

Archery GB’s Big Weekend, will see around 100 clubs across the country open their doors to potential archers. With around 6,000 members of the public set to take part and around 35,000 arrows to be shot in total, it is going to be a massive and exciting UK wide event.

Visitors of all abilities will be able to try out a new sport. Archery is a fun and inclusive activity for all the family, plus there will be the opportunity to meet new friends – at each event there will be plenty of current club members to lend a hand and chat about the social side of archery.

Leicester Ancient Order of Foresters Archery Club (LAOFAC or ‘Foresters’), has been running for 48 years and has 190 members of all ages, who take part in archery on a weekly basis. Leicester Ancient Order of Foresters Archery Club (LAOFAC or ‘Foresters’), is located at the junction between Hospital Lane and Leicester Road, Countesthorpe, LE8 5QW – we’re right next to the Meadows Sports Ground and our Big Weekend event is taking place on Saturday 18th May 2019 at 10:00 to 16:00.

All equipment will be provided, therefore all participants need to do is bring along themselves and plenty of enthusiasm.

Costs Adults £4 Children and Concessions £2

To find out more about the Big Weekend, please visit

For further information about the event at LAOFAC, Leicester Road, Countesthorpe, please email:

Diary of Up coming Events – Updated 30th April

11th May WA70m & H2H – Bowmen of Glen 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Saturday

12th May selection shoot hosted by Bowmen of Glen all day Sunday

18th May “Big Weekend” 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday

26th May York/Hereford hosted by LAOFAC all day Sunday

28th May First Responder Course 5:30 to 8:30 pm Tuesday

Summer Fun Shoot replacing Pope Young event – TBA

Summer Thistly Meadow Fete – TBA

2nd June 2 Way Western – Long Bow 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm Sunday

15th June “Dawn to Dusk” shoot 4:41 am to 9:28 pm Saturday

16th June EMAS Champs York/Hereford – Wellingborough – all day Saturday

July Ladies WI Have-a-go – TBA

August Blesma Have-a-go – TBA

4th August County Champs – hosts Kirby Muxloe 8:00 am to 6:00pm Sunday

18th August LAOFAC Club Champs & H2H 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm Sunday

25th August Western – Fosse COA 10:00 am to 7:00 pm Sunday

1st OR 8th September L&RCAA County Novice Tournament hosted by LAOFAC Sunday

28th September Wand Shoot 1:00pm to 6:00 pm Saturday

2nd November Halloween Shoot 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm Saturday

26th December Boxing Day Fun Shoot 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

BLESMA Charity Event – Updated

Message From Hannah Powe:

Hi everyone,
I thought I would give an overview of the BLESMA event that happened at the field on Sunday 24th March, and I would like to start by giving a massive thank you to all of those who came along to help both on the day and the days prior to help get the field looking its best! I think I
can safely say on behalf of all those who were at the event that it was one of the best days I have experienced in my time at LAOFAC. For those who aren’t aware BLESMA is a charity for veterans who are missing at least
one limb or have suffered major wounds from serving our country. I’m just going to go through what went well and what can be improved on so that we can make these kinds of events even better in the future as well as giving those who weren’t able to attend a run through of the day.
We had set up the field with the low bosses on the left and three 20 yard full face bosses with the beginners bows to shoot at. We then had the scattered animals and a 15 yard boss for balloons with the snake bows. I think this worked well as it gave those with less strength in their arms to focus solely on the low targets with snake bows and those who wanted more of a challenge to shoot at the targets.
Just before 10am the Royal British Legion Riders, a motorcycle branch of the Royal British Legion, arrived at the field. One of the best ideas of the day (from Steve Gill) was when making drinks to have almost a Starbucks style
of writing names and orders on the disposable cups in Sharpie making it easier to remember whose was whose and who wanted what. A special mention of thanks has to go to Darren McDonald who made the tea and coffee nonstop throughout the day and even made all the volunteers drinks who were sat down at the end of the day.
Once a quick talk had been done by Fred and Steve (and the health and safety bits from Alan) we got everyone shooting. I think what worked well here was that although there may not have been a huge amount of coaches, there were a lot of experienced archers available so no participant was left unattended.
One thing that might have needed improving on was when people got more arrows out the shed so we did not know how many were on the field which made counting them out difficult at the end of the day (but this seems to be a reoccurring issue at most of the events we do).
The BBQ worked well with Steve and Mark manning the station, we made 70 Burgers and just ran out so it was a good amount for the amount of people we had! I know there was a suggestion of bacon and sausages but I feel this would have added too much complication, but can be looked into for the future.

Photo’s courtesy of Alan Turner