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The funeral of Barrie Cooper will be on Wednesday 6th March at 1.00pm. Parking is a bit restricted at the venue, so if you are planning to attend, it would be helpful if you could do two things to help with organisation.
Firstly, let me know If you are going independently, so that Chris Cooper has some idea of how may will be there. Secondly, also let me know if you would be prepared to meet at White Mark Bowmen and then share a car to the funeral. I can accommodate 5 passengers.
The funeral will be a simple friends and family gathering. No flowers please, as barrie will be laid to rest in a forest setting, and the deer eat the flowers. Tea and coffee will be available in The Gathering Room from 12:30.
Barrie Cooper died suddenly on Friday 2nd February. He shot with us just five days before his passing. Personally, I can’t disguise how shocked and saddened I was by this news. As Chair, I could say that Barrie had White Mark Bowmen Membership number 16, so he was a life-long archer and a universally liked, founding member of our club.
But my personal view is that “Sir Baz” was just a lovely man. An outstanding character in a club with no shortage of outstanding characters. When he came back to us after his previous illness, he was surprised when I told him how much he had been missed. Barrie was back, and a lot of smiling faces were all the evidence needed to know that everyone was pleased to see him. I certainly was. As was our custom, we spoke at length before and after the club shoots about all manner of things and he was in fine spirits when last we parted. I will not be alone in expressing considerable grief at his sudden passing.
Most of the people who will read this, and remember Barrie, will have their own reminiscence. They probably had similar fascinating conversations to those I enjoyed with him in the few years that I knew him.
It was one thing for him to turn-up to shoots wearing his purple plaid trousers (“Club colours!”) but to carry that off the way he did, was masterful. Whatever anyone said, he would adopt that little pout that was his way of suppressing a smile, but you knew that whatever was coming would leave us all laughing. It is easy to say someone is well-loved, but in Barrie’s case, it was abundantly clear.
As Chair, I have the all-to-frequent duty of sending out a mass e-mail to the club’s membership to tell them of the passing of one of our number. There are usually one or two comments when that happens, but for Barrie, all sorts of people that I had no idea he had met, have responded. They are a testament to the fact that Barrie was a genuinely lovely man.
If I write only briefly about our conversations about the new bow he had, or his re-build of the 1917 Henderson motorbike, (“How many motorbikes have you got Barrie?”, “I’m not sure....Between 50 and 75... I think.”) or his anecdote about the time when the then sidecar World Champion dropped in to his house on the way back from winning the TT, hoping to buy one of Barrie’s newly invented retro-fit disc brakes, (Barrie was out at college, and his parents told him about it later), or all the stuff we discussed about life in general, if I don’t eulogize about that, it is not that I don’t want to bore, and certainly not because there is nothing to report. If you are reading this, you have your own recollections. I invite you to enjoy them now. He will be greatly missed by a lot of people. I am one of them. Fill out my brevity with the times you were glad of Barrie’s company, and he made you smile.
Women In Archery IFAA Survey
To all Women In International Field Archery , we invite you to complete this survey to help us drive forward the development of women and girls in our sport, to ensure we provide expert advise on equipment, travel and many other topics, that will build a wealth of resources and bring our ladies together when attending events and competitions.
The survey will run until at least the end of February 2024 when the results will be collated and a project plan issued for viewing.
Thank you very much for your assistance,
yours in archery,
Saskia Brouwer (IFAA Secretary)
2023 National 3D Championships Results
Results of the 2023 National 3D Championships can be found HERE
2023 Spring Team Championships Results
Results of the 2023 Spring Team Championships can be found HERE
IFAA Instructors Course
Dear EFAA instructor’s, the IFAA is offering some instructors courses at WIAC and their other major shoots later in the year. The main course available at WIAC will be a level three instructors course, this if for our level two instructors that have held their certification for over one year. Please see the presentation from the IFAA for more details.
If you would be interested is attending any of these courses the please contact me Dan Rae at email@example.com as we have to put your names forward to the IFAA.
For the Level Three course at WIAC I will need to know by the 4th January as it needs to be submitted to the IFAA by the 6th January. More Info HERE
How To Start A New Club Or Expand Your Existing One
If you are thinking of starting up a new EFAA Field Archery Club but don’t know where to start there is now available a guide to what you need to know and how to go about it. You can download it here.
Return of Shoot Certificates - Reminder for Club Officials
A reminder please to return shoot certificates correctly and fully completed to our Records & Incentives Officer (Graham) as soon as possible after the classification shoot.
INSURANCE COVER WHEN SHOOTING AT SOME OTHER VENUES.
Following the unprecedented amount of rainfall that we have all endured in recent months, many of us are unable to make full use of our regular shooting / practice grounds and may be looking elsewhere for much needed practice. This is just a polite reminder that if you shoot at a ‘pay as you play’ or similar venue, if the venue does not have an EFAA Range Charter Certificate, you will not be covered by the EFAA insurance policy. Please check before you shoot that the venue has been chartered for the practice area and/ or the course or both.
While the vast majority of members always conduct themselves in a correct and courteous manner, unfortunately, there have been instances this year when committee members have been subjected to confrontational, aggressive behaviour while going about their committee roles. This results in anger and stress for the people concerned when they are trying to organise and manage events on behalf of members of our association. To those of you who consider confrontational, aggressive behaviour to be acceptable, be assured, it is not acceptable for any member of the EFAA to be subjected to such behaviour in any circumstances. Also remember, at the discretion of the EFAA committee, any person / persons considered guilty of such behaviour can and will be excluded from an event and in exceptional circumstances, can have their EFAA membership revoked. If, at any time or at any EFAA event, you have an issue that concerns you, please approach and speak with a committee member in a civil manner.