|Saxon Archers is affiliated with the following organisations|
|Archery GB||Lancashire Archery Association||Northern Counties Archery Society|
|Senior (18 years & over)||£15|
|Archery GB membership Senior||£47|
|Archery GB membership Junior (only £2, we will pay the balance £24)||£2|
|There is a pro rata rate for part year membership. However junior membership for Archery GB is paid for by New Saxon Archers following a successful Beginners Course.|
|Shooting Charges per session|
|Senior (18 years & over)||£5|
|Equipment hire per session||£1|
The Longbow is the original bow used for archery, usually made from a piece of Yew. The string would be made from hemp, flax or silk. Arrows would be made from wood and goose or swan feathers would be used for flights.
The original use of the longbow can be followed back to the "Bronze Age" where pieces of flint were shaped into arrow heads and placed onto shafts to make arrows. The men would use them to go out and hunt for food.
In medieval times "archers" were respected men and they could often sway the outcome of the battle due to their expertise.
|Olympic recurve bow|
The "Olympic" recurve bow is the current "normal" shooting bow. It is called recurve due to the limbs of the bow "recurving" back on itself prior to the string being fitted, which then pulls the bow into its normal shape and is where the bow gets its power from. This bow is normally used with a sighting device, and most archers also add "stabilising" devices to assist in accurate shooting.
The olympic recurve has been evolved from the American flatbow, although the "recurve" bow has been in use for thousands of years, and is often referred to as a take down bow. This enables easier storing and transporting of the bow and also allows flexibility to interchange various "limbs" to allow progression for the archer.
This is the only bow allowed to be used in the Olympic Games. Though the "Compound" bow is allowed in the Paralympic Games.
The Compound bow is said by long term recurve archers as turning to the dark side. This is unfair as the Compound bow is in reality, shooting technically. It is sometimes frowned upon by other archers because the sight can be magnified to assist with targeting more accurately. However, the bow still has to be held steady to aim, just the same as any other bow.
The way the compound bow works is using the science of the pulley system to ease off the pressure of the poundage held at full draw, each set halving the stress of the pull required. The way the pulleys are set, reduces the poundage at full draw but has its strongest poundage a the start of the draw. Once drawn, there is often a reduction of up to 75% let off. This means a 60 pound bow at full draw will have the archer holding the string at 15 pounds.
This was originally meant to assist the hunter, where the bow could be held at full draw awaiting the targeted prey. This saved time and movement which could lose the kill. The recurve bow of 60 pounds could not be held for long at 60 pounds full draw awaiting the target.