Torridge and Active Villages Shoot Halwill into Action!
 
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Torridge and Active Villages Shoot Halwill into Action!

An Active Villages grant of £3,000 organised by Torridge has fired up people in Halwill Junction to set up their own archery club in the Parish Hall.

Frank Bath, local resident and qualified archery coach, received the information from Torridge District Council's Sports and Leisure team, detailing the grant funding available through the Active Villages scheme and immediately set about creating the Junction Archers.

The group has grown in the last six months to over 25 members. Frank said, "Junction Archers is three clubs in one: a general adult club, one for young people under the age of 18 and one specifically for disabled people. Although we are three clubs, we shoot together as one club and have a single committee. We're so pleased to have received the funding from Active Villages – it allowed me to set up the group from nothing as there aren't any other clubs nearby."

Members of all ages from 7 to 70 are now enjoying shooting every Friday in Halwill Parish Hall. Seven year old Haydn Bath said, "I really enjoy shooting as it is time that I can spend with my dad and I love it when I hit gold!!

Club members Peter and Jane Forrow have recently returned with gold and bronze medals from competitions further afield shooting Barebow. Jane added, 'Setting up this group here in Halwill has been fantastic for us and I hope it will encourage more young people into the sport.'

Frank has already started an after school archery club in Halwill Primary School, so Jane's hopes may soon be realised.

Torridge District Councillor Barry Parsons, whose Ward includes Halwill, said, 'Funding like this opens up new opportunities to people of all ages and abilities in rural areas. I'm delighted to have met the Junction Archers and I look forward to hearing of more success stories from their ranks!'

More information on the Junction Archers can be found at www.junctionarchers.org.uk and more information on Active Devon is available from Torridge's Sports and Leisure Team on 01237 428743.

Photo shows Cllr Parsons with Frank and Haydn Bath, and some of the Junction Archers.