Harlequin Bowmen is a friendly archery club based at Harwell Oxford Site, South of Abingdon in Oxfordshire. The club has a good cross section of members of all ages, abilities and styles. Members have access to facilities for both indoor archery in the winter and outdoor target archery in the summer and winter, as well as clout archery (though not at the same time as target archery). Until a few years ago, Harlequin Bowmen had a fascinating indoor facility. It is believed that we may have been the only club to have shot in an inflatable building. The building has since been demolished, but not by arrows we would like to point out. Now indoor archery takes place at John Mason School in Abingdon. The Club has seen a number of members (both senior and junior) achieve a great success including shooting for the county team of Berkshire.
The club was originally founded in the late 1950’s as the AERE Archery Club at the then named Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Harwell, Berkshire. The Club has not moved geographically but its name, the name of the site owners and the name of the county its in have all changed over the years. A few years ago in recognition of our younger members, Harlequin Junior Bowmen was established. Click on the Harlequin Junior Bowmen tab for more information about this club.
If you have liked what you have seen from our website, then why not come along and give this fascinating and rewarding sport a try? New members are always welcome whether you are young or old although beginners are not usually accepted during the winter months (October - March). If you are an experienced archer and would like to join us then please look at the Club Membership page for details and contacts. Beginners are given introductory training courses (for a nominal fee) at the end of which they will be invited to become full members. All equipment is provided for these courses. The courses are operated by club members who are GNAS qualified coaches. Having become members, coaching support continues to be available to all members. Visit the Beginners page for more information and Advice to Parents.
The Diana is our club’s annual open tournament held on the first Sunday in June. The rounds shot are an Albion, Windsor, Short Windsor, Junior Windsor and Short Junior Windsor. The team trophy is the lovely, and famous in the southern counties, Diana Trophy. The trophy stands about 3 feet tall and is silver-plated and is of the goddess Diana. She was found many, many years ago in a second-hand shop and a new plinth and bow was made for her.
The shoot is very relaxed and friendly and well attended by local and not so local clubs. So come and join us for great days shooting. If you are an archer from outside our area then please consider entering one of our open competitions. Entry forms and results can be found on the Diana tag and Upcoming Tournaments tab. If you are just visiting the area for a short time, are a GNAS member and would like to train with us, please contact a member of the committee on the Contacts Tab
Harlequin Bowmen are holding their 4th Social & Novice Indoor Tournament 2014 (non record status) (This is aimed at all archers who wish to shoot in a relaxed tournament atmosphere) On Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd February 2014 The round is a Portsmouth (5 dozen arrows @ 20 yards) Please find entry form HERE. This is perfect for new archers, seniors & juniors.