As this has proven so popular we have added a page on the website with all the 252 information you need! We will add a link in the main menu in the near future to make this easy to find .
We have decided to make the website more secure by installing a SSL (secure socket layer) certificate. What this means is we now have a URL that begins with HTTPS rather HTTP and uses private/public key encryption to keep members data secure. This is the first step in adding member's phone numbers to the database so that field captains can advise whether shooting is going ahead or not and issue phone alerts on the day, as discussed at the recent AGM. There will also be a new version of the website coming in the next few months which will be even more secure and have a lot more functionality for both users and admins.
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!
The club held a meeting on the 16/07/2017 to discuss a few important issues. The first was the Club name. Following on from the club survey there was call for the club name to be changed. During the meeting there were passionate arguments on both sides for and against. A vote was held but due to the low turnout it was decided to not carry the vote through. A club wide vote may therefore be held or a halfway measure put in to place. This halfway option could be our online presence showing as Denmead Archery Club and any official club documents but the Club members are known as Ville Bowmen.
In other news Tom has decided to step down as equipment officer. Mike Walsh has offer his services to take over and this was voted in by the committee. Fiona, who has been fletching all the club arrows has now been voted in to a committee position in recognition of her service to the club.
The latest annual internal club competition was a great success, we had a high turnout and everyone had fun, even those who were utterly rubbish like myself. Below are the results, kindly put together by Terry Brown, and following these are some pictures from the day! (thanks to Fiona)
Plans are underway to improve the equipment storage facilities we use. The current container has served faithfully for many years, but Terry is now looking into a larger, more modern space which will be more secure and have less large spiders.