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The Clifton Hampden Longbow Society Constitution

Rules of the Club

Guest Arrangements


The Clifton Hampden Longbow Society was formed in January 2003 by seven people over a few beers in the Railway Inn at Culham, Oxfordshire.


The founding members of the Clifton Hampden Longbow Society are:

Peter Madden (deceased)

Derrick Bettis (deceased)

Richard Lynch-Blosse

Ray Timms

Dave Warne

Robert Wallis (deceased)


The club is dedicated purely to the enjoyment of traditional English longbows (no sights and counterbalances here!) and is therefore extremely informal. Shoots take place every Sunday morning at 10am (subject to weather conditions) and take approximately two hours. After-shoot drinks are taken in the Railway Inn at Culham.

The club currently has approximately 30 members. Visitors and new members are welcomed by arrangement. Club equipment available by prior arrangement with the shoot captain. See phone number on home page.

Having researched and experimented with various formats, the club now shoots the

'Shooting to the Mark' discipline on a regular basis.


The members of the Clifton Hampden Longbow Society are grateful to:

Bernie Wallis & Rob Woods also the Locksite Farmer.

for giving permission to the club to utilise their premises.

(The Moto Cross Grounds, Abbey Meadows & Clifton Locksite) for the club's shoots.

We would like to remind all members that these facilities are not to be used at any other time,

other than at club shoots.




Steve Ralphs  (Bow and Arrow Man) - Steve gave considerable advice and guidance to us in the early days of the club formation and a number of his bows are used by our members to this day. Steve is renowned for his work with the film industry, providing replica equipment and technical advice for many well known films.


Pip Bickerstaffe - Pip and his team in Kegworth have a well-deserved reputation and he has provided a number of tailored bows for our members with special requirements.

A visit to his 'factory' is an educational experience and is a great opportunity to gain an understanding of the intracacies of making a high-quality, modern traditional bow.