SWAY BOWMEN THANK LOCAL SPONSORS
On Sunday 3 July at its White Rose Shoot, Sway Bowmen were able to say thank you to two local organisations that have generously contributed funds.
Sway Bowmen currently pays rent for its archery field which is a serious limiting factor for the future development of the Club, and so it has been decided to try to buy the freehold. There is daunting sum of money to raise and plans are afoot to seek funding from grant-making organisations, however Sway Bowmen will inevitably be required to contribute at least ten percent of any grant that is made. Consequently the Club has plans to hold "Have-a-Go" events as well as other fund-raising activities. It is also looking to develop partnerships with local businesses who are willing to become a sponsor of the Club, and in return Sway Bowmen will provide "Have-a-Go" and team building events.
In order to help in this massive task, Sway Parish Council has very generously funded the purchase of a mini marquee which will be put to good use to provide shelter from the elements during fundraising events as well as regular Club activities. On Sunday Councillor Carol Gates, Chairman of Sway Parish Council, attended The White Rose Shoot and presented the prizes. She was also able to see the mini marquee used for the first time and benefited from the shelter it provided from the blazing sun that day.
Councillor Mrs Gates with members of Sway Bowmen under the new mini marquee.
Councillor Mrs Gates presents The White Rose Trophy to Susan Magner
and Mr Bryan Golden with tournament organiser Mike North (right).
Sway Bowmen took the opportunity to also thank New Milton Lions Club for a most generous donation to the fundraising account, and Mr Robin Jackson and Mr Tony Baker from NM Lions Club were given the honour of starting the proceedings by shooting the first arrows of The White Rose Shoot. It is not as easy as it would appear to shoot arrows accurately, but Robin and David did very well indeed! Sway falls within the domain of the NM Lions Club and it was the first time that anyone from the Lions had attended an event at the shooting field. Both Robin and David recognised there is a great opportunity to develop community relationships and it is hoped this can be built on in the future.
Robin Jackson (left) and Tony Baker (right) from NM Lions Club shoot the first arrows of The White Rose Shoot.
If anyone is interested in exploring the possibility to hold a “Have-a-Go” session as a team building
exercise or just for some fun please get in touch.
On the 18th June, a work party successfully installed the ‘GrassProtecta’ to assist wheelchair archers during damp conditions. This was made possible by a generous donation from Archery UK, Hampshire County Council and the New Forest District Council.
Local MP visits the Club
We were delighted to be able to meet Dr Julian Lewis and members of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation at the field. They were introduced to our club and we were to be able to thank our Community Foundation for their support. We explained that we had been in desperate need to replace our old lawn mower which we used regularly to cut the grass in our field, and were encouraged to apply for a Grassroots grant. It was a simple application and the Foundation turned our grant around very quickly – we now have a shiny new sit-on mower that will get the job done for many years to come.
Before the group left Dr Julian Lewis was given the opportunity to test his archery skills but professed it was quite difficult he said "It was great to meet the Bowmen and women who all made it look very easy but it proved to be a lot harder" he added later "I really enjoyed the morning, meeting these committed people who are looking after each other and helping to build a strong community spirit – they volunteer on the frontline and achieve so much with so little"
Tom Floyd, Chairman of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation, added: "This was a wonderful opportunity to meet some of the groups we have supported and see how the Grassroots money has been spent" he added " We have now built a fund of more than £3 million on behalf of 30 Fund holders which will be here to support groups and small charities for generations to come"
All donations set-up in an endowment fund before the end of March 2011 will be match funded £1 for £1 by the Grassroots Endowment Challenge.