It’s bullseye once again for Scouts

Taking aim: From left, Ben Richardson, Max Holm, Adam Peters, Lewis Heap, William Sharples and Alex Peters
Taking aim: From left, Ben Richardson, Max Holm, Adam Peters, Lewis Heap, William Sharples and Alex Peters

Calder Vale Scouts have hit the bullseye once again – scooping the Wyre district Scout section team archery trophy for the second year.

This year the annual archery competition, originally started by Ron Chattington, was held at Garstang Scout HQ in Kepple Lane.

The competition is run for Cubs and Scouts, with each group being able to enter teams of up to six Scouts or Cubs, and takes place over two days. It attracts teams from all over the Wyre district.

There is an individual trophy for the highest score achieved by a Cub and one for the highest scoring Scout plus a team trophy again for both Cubs and Scouts.

These are won by the team with the most points after adding together the scores of the top three archers taken from the team of six.

Ben Richardson, Max Holm, Adam Peters, Lewis Heap, William Sharples and Alex Peters took up the challenge for Calder Vale, with 24 arrows each.

By the time all of the arrows were spent and the individual scores were added up, the top three were 186, 179 and 164, making a total of 529 for Calder Vale. That was 20 points short of last year’s winning score, but was it enough?

The lads faced a two-day nail-biting wait until the final results were announced. All they could do was go home and wait for the results.

It had been a close-run competition, with only eight points separating the top two.

Third were 2nd Cleveleys (St Andrew’s) with 480, second was Anchorsholme with 521, making Calder Vale the winners with 529.

In the individual contest, third was Kieran Ablet (Anchorsholme) with 181, second was John Wilson, (Anchorsholme) with 185, making Alex Peters (Calder Vale) the individual winner by just one point, with a score of 186.

Calder Vale Cubs came second in their team competition, with 1st Carlton winners.

The result is even more impressive because the Calder Vale group was threatened with closure last year until new Cub leader Caroline and new Scout leader Alan – plus a number of helpers – stepped in at the 11th hour to save it.