Ville Bowmen - Denmead Archery Club

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Welcome to Denmead Archery Club. We are a friendly and laid-back archery club shooting all year round. Our archers are known as Ville Bowmen and we have been shooting in Denmead for 15+ years.

You will find us at the Kidmore playing field in the summer (April-September) and at the Denmead War Memorial Hall in the winter (October-March). We also carry out have-a-go’s at events within Denmead such as the Village show and the famous Dinosaur Derby run by the Denmead scouts.

Denmead Archery Club welcomes anyone wishing to shoot with us. We allow all bow styles, Recurve, Compound and Longbows, we even have people who practice horseback archery! If it is your first time trying archery we ask that you have completed a beginner’s course before you can join. We run two beginner’s courses a year. If you have already completed a course elsewhere or are an experienced archer then feel free to come down and talk to us or contact us using the form.

Location and Times

Summer Outdoor: Sundays 9am-13pm, Wednesdays 6pm-8pm (or until to dark to shoot). Club membership covers the cost of shooting outdoors. Guests and non-members £2.50 per session. Kidmore Playing Field, Kidmore Lane Denmead, PO7 6JU. Add map Our outdoor range allows us to shoot comfortably up to 70m and 80yards. We have enough space for up 17 targets. There is plenty of onsite parking and we have an agreement in place with Denmead scouts to use their toilet facilities.

Winter Indoors: Sundays 9am-12pm, Tuesdays 7pm-9pm. Denmead War Memorial Hall, Hambledon Road. Add map Our indoor range is special in that the 5 targets sit on the stage within the hall. For this reason, we can only allow archers who can confidently hit the target at 20 yards to shoot indoors with us. There is a £2.50 fee for all persons shooting.

Club News

  • 19th November. Ville Bowmen AGM 2017
  • Elected officers:

    Chairman: Gary Dawe

    Treasurer: Terry Meech

    Secretary: Allison Sayers

    Equipment Officers: Mike Walsh, Fiona Latham

    Records Officer: Megan Latham

    Field Captains: John Wilson, James Tandy, Terry Meech

    Junior Representative: Vote unable to take place so Ellie Palmer remains in post.


    Summary of 2017 AGM:


    Many topics were covered at the AGM. It was agreed that the club would put in a formal request to the parish council for an additional container. Some valuable feedback was received about the new website and other ways to boost the club online presence. Including updating our contact details with affiliated bodies.

    Copy of the minutes can be found here: Awaiting Document

    Copy of the Treasurers report can be found here: Awaiting Document

  • 22nd November. Denmead Parish Council Agree to New Container
  • Following on from the 2017 AGM a letter was sent to the parish council requesting them to allow the club to purchase and install an addition container at our outdoor range. The Denmead parish council have agreed in principle to the clubs request and a formal plan will need to be submitted. Below is the extract from their meeting minutes:


    The Clerk referred to a letter from the Ville Bowmen asking that their original container be replaced and for the Committee to consider a request for a second container. Following comments from Council, the club had grown its membership. The Head Groundsman had also suggested using some of the archery field to provide a storage area for spoils that could not immediately be chipped and spread. Cllr Scholey suggested that some of the spoils could be used to improve the paths cut through Celia’s Copse. The Head Groundman was asked to provide a cost of preparing a storage/holding area at Kidmore Field. The Committee agreed in principle to a replacement and additional container but it would be considered as a combined request. NOTED



    The club are in talks with the parish council to ask about the nature of the “spoils” mentioned. Work has begun on drawing up plans for an additional container…. We just need to decide where its going!

  • Recurve Team at the 39th Crookhorn
  • At the 39th Crookhorn indoor shoot on the 5th November 2017 Ville Bowmen managed to get a recurve team to the event for the 2nd time. The teams target was to beat last years team score of 1717. Pleased to say they beat that score by 241 shooting a total of 1958. Coming 6th out of 7 beating Gosport Bowmen and only 144 behind 5th place.

  • Club Meeting held on Sunday to discuss among other things a possible name change, see the news page for more details!

  • Mike Walsh steps up to the role of equipment officer, more details.
  • The club held it's annual competetion last Sunday, turnout was excellent, there is more info on who actually won to be found in the main news section here, and some nice pics on the facebook page, which can be found here.

  • The club is currently looking at the possibility of a new container as the equipment levels are simply too high for the current one