Club History

first FoBB range

The Forest of Bere Bowmen was formed in 1974 from a group of seven novice archers who had nowhere to shoot. One of these members, Alan Stroud, owned a field in Worlds End, nr Waterlooville, just down from the Chairmakers Arms. The club moved in and turned part of it into our first range, albeit shared with a number of the local cows.

As the club was new and we needed to attract members, two of our founders attended an Instructor's course, which they managed to pass. Thus with members qualified to teach, the club steadily began to grow.

The range was a very pleasant place to be so initially most members were quite content to shoot within the Club environment and not venture out to tournaments. However, as numbers grew and abilities improved we were able to form a team and in the early eighties won the Hampshire County Championship.

There was also early success with a member, Iris Stroud, taking second place at the Hampshire Indoor Championship, held at Calshot.

Unfortunately we eventually had to move from our range and started shooting at Inmans Lane in Denmead. Later still, we left this site a began shooting at Fort Widley, near Portsmouth, shooting on the parade ground however during this time our membership went into decline.

current FoBB range

In (year) we moved to our present range at Horndean and the then Chairman, Dr Peter Spreadbury, supported by some keen members built up the club's membership and renewed the enthusiasm.

It hasn't all been plain sailing as the club was hit by the hurricane of 1996 and all the equipment was destroyed. However, in 1998 we opened a new club house. The membership of the club is currently about 150 and we look forward to a prosperous future.

FoBB after the hurricane

Destruction of the old clubhouse

new club hut

New clubhouse opened 1998