If you’ve been to any school fairs in Marlborough recently you may have seen Dartington Barn Archery featuring… I’ve already mentioned Springlands School and we’ve also been at Spring Creek, Linkwater, Fairhall and Tua Marina schools, teaching Robin-Hoods-in-the-making. I’ve really enjoyed helping out these schools’ fundraising efforts this term. And the archery sessions have been a hit, much to the delight of many children, adults, and myself!
At Spring Creek School the archery and Splat the Rat sessions raised a couple of hundred dollars. Splat the Rat (if you’re not familiar) involves firing marbles from a catapult at stainless steel silhouettes of rats which are suspended from rugby goal posts. I think we lost about 80 marbles in the playground. One guy had such stunning accuracy that the marble shattered when he hit the target!
We had a fantastic day at Springlands School – flat out all day and there was still a queue when the fair had finished. Eighty kids went through the archery sessions and 60 through Splat the Rat, raising nearly $400 for the school.
You might have seen in the Marlborough Express that we had archery on offer at Fairhall and Tua Marina’s recent Christmas festivals too – again more successful days raising several hundred dollars for each school (as we did earlier at Linkwater School too), and giving children, and adults, a chance to add another string to their bow. The queues were long and enthusiastic at all three events with budding Katniss Everdeens and Robin Hoods abounding!
We’re delighted to have introduced hundreds of Marlborough children to the exciting sport of archery this year.