1958. Our original shooting range was the lawn of the Adult Education Centre (now the Rose Bruford College)
1984. LPA held their first Clout competition at the Alma Road Girls School in Sidcup. For the benefit of new members a clout shoot is a re-enactment of battles we fought and won against our neighbours across the English Channel. The arrows are shot upwards instead of horizontal.
1995-2002. Friendly matches took place at home and away with "Atkins" and "Grays Power" using dartboard faces. The club also competed in the Darenth Valley League.
1998. The club celebrated its 40 years of archery with a special event followed by refreshments. The chairman at that time lamented the loss of many documents due to an arson attack. Two club archers were recognised for their achievements. Jane Brent became the first Kent archer to achieve Grand Master Bowman status and still holds 2 County Records. Peter Boyd also achieved GMB status and was Southern Counties Champion 4 years in succession. He made the Olympic squad and competed for England in many countries. His 9 County Records for recurve freestyle are yet to be broken.
1999. The Clout competition relocated to the grounds of Eltham College until 2016 when the campus underwent alterations.
2000. Our club membership totalled 26.
2000/2003. E-mail competitions were arranged with the Paringa Achery Club in Tasmania. It was shooting at this club that our club captain Carol Parkinson got the archery bug.
The editor of the May newsletter was seen to be using a mobile phone behind the shooting line. A very senior club member pointed out that the editor should know better. A humble apology was then made.
2006. The cost of a Bickerstaff De Luxe longbow was £245.Today's price is £480
2008. The club celebrated their Golden Anniversary by arranging an open competition. The shoot consisted of a double Warwick round. The second round was shot in reverse order.
The club range moved to its current location due to developments on the college grounds. Classifications achieved by the members totalled 18.
2012. Our membership totalled 100 mainly due to the interest in the London 2012 Olympics and the release of the film Brave. Today the figure is much more manageable. The clubs Longbow archers started a long run of successes competing in clout type events hosted by the Fraternity of St. George.
2017-2018. The Knights Challenge competition was held in lieu of our clout shoot.
2018. As at January LPA junior archers currently hold 58 county records.
The inaugural meeting of LPA took place on 7th July 1958 and the club was formed with 21 members on July 11th 1958. It was affiliated to GNAS, SCAS AND KAA at a cost of 3 guineas per annum (£3.15). At the inaugural meeting those present were:
Mrs. Coombes, Mrs. Stockbridge, Mrs. Moore, Miss D. Eaton, Miss E. Eaton, Miss Law, Miss Moore, Miss Nicholls, Mr. Coleman, Mr. Coombes, Mr. Davie, Mr.Fryatt, Mr. Shellett, Mr. Stockbridge, Mr. Tunis, Mr. Ingram, and Mr. Moore. Absent were Mrs. Ashdown, Mrs. Bunton, Mr. Bunton, and Mr. Bowler.
Annual subscription was 15 shillings (75p) due on April 1st. 2 shillings and six pence (12 1/2p) was paid to the centre at Lamorbey Park.
The 1st years AGM was held in March 1959 where only nine members attended. The income was £15 and expenses were £23.05. A £10 loan was applied for payable over 2 years.
The first Chairman was Mr. Ingram, the Captain was Mrs. Moore, Secretary was Mr. Moore, treasurer was Mr. Stockbridge and the president was Mr. Eason.
The Club Captain reported to the AGM her disappointment at the poor turnout at shoots with only 8 out of 19 members attending. Also it was suggested, but not agreed that the Club captain should be the best archer.
The cost of equipment in the first year was:
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