The March Hare club was formed in 1996 by members of the former Ramscombe club, a well-known band of shooters who had the use of woodland at Ramscombe Hill near Great Witley.

Ramscombe Bowmen was formed in 1984, but lost its woods in 1990 to pheasant shooting, prompting the move to the March Hare Leisure Centre. The old Ramscombe club lived on, in name only, through the monthly field shoots at Oaklands; 'Ramscombe at Oaklands' until it also closed around 2009.

The March Hare Leisure Centre gave the new club its name. Monthly classification shoots were held from 1996 until the beginning of 2003; the club hosted the EFAA National Championships there in 1997.

Re-development of the leisure centre's facilities at March Hare meant that once again the archers had to move to a new venue. The club was fortunate to find our current venue at Throckmorton.

The move to Throckmorton in February 2003 entailed a great deal of effort; moving our shed and every target butt over to our new ground. Next came the planning of the new course and then the building of the course itself. Next to arrive was the large portacabin which was to become our splendid clubhouse.



By April 2003 the course was sufficiently sorted to be ready for our first club shoot. We steadily improved the course and the club's facilities and in August 2003 we held our first Open Day. 2004 saw the club host the EFAA Spring Championships and complete its second course of fourteen targets. Our second portacabin arrived in spring 2004 and was duly converted into toilet and a storage area. The club established a web site and the club began to take off in a big way.



September 2006 saw the club host the EFAA National Championships. The event was fully booked and went without a hitch on and off the course. Following the success in 2006, the club hosted the EFAA Spring championship in 2009 and the EFAA Nationals again in 2010 and in 2012.

In 2012 the club lost the right of access to the grounds for targets 1 – 14 and so it reverted to being a 14 target club and thus ineligible to host EFAA National and Spring Championships. Inevitably activity quietened a bit. The opportunity was taken to replace the clubhouse and the new portacabin was given a portico and a pitched roof by a gang of our members led by our own carpenter/joiner Steve to ensure its long-term life.

Looking to the future, the club sought to qualify its more experienced archers as International Field Archery Association (IFAA) instructors so that we could bring more members into the club. Now we have thirteen level One IFAA instructors and the club membership is growing.

The club carries its own 3rd party insurance and so both members and our guests are insured. This allows us to shoot without being tied to any single National organisation, thus reducing costs to our members if they just wish to practice.

In addition to holding classification shoots for EFAA and WFAA, the club hosts numerous one-off events such as our ‘Help for Heroes’ and ‘Halloween’ shoots as well as hosting events for Birmingham University Toxophily and Toucan Society (BUTTS), field shoots for Archery GB clubs and counties and ‘Have-a-Go’ for Rotary clubs and the like.

March Hare Archers have hard road access and grass car parking, our own clubhouse with a kitchen area. Adjacent we have flushing toilets and excellent practice butts up to 60 yards.



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