The British LongBow Society

North American Chapter Craft Guild of Bowyers and Fletchers Rounds and Scoring

Patron: The Earl of Aylesford  

Formed in 1951, when the longbow was fast disappearing from the shooting line, the

    Society celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 2001. The Society currently has approaching

    2000 members in Great Britain and Worldwide.

The British Long-Bow Society perpetuates the use of the traditional recreational

    Longbow for two-way Target and Clout shooting, by arranging Bow Meetings for its

    members throughout the British Isles. It endorses a Craft Guild of Traditional Bowyers

    and Fletchers who are able to make equipment to the Society's criteria. It assists

    a number of clubs and organisations who use the recreational Longbow, and many who

    organise their own traditional Bow Meetings to the Society's Rules of Shooting. The

    Hon. Membership Secretary maintains a list of "Longbow friendly" clubs which can

    only be kept updated if members supply details of such clubs.

Whilst recognising Roving, Hoyles and Field as legitimate forms of archery, the Society

    does not itself organise such activities. The Society is not a re-enactment Society.

Bow hunting being illegal in the United Kingdom, the Society does not support this pastime

Aims of the Society

Firstly:     To safeguard and perpetuate the traditions of the English recreational Longbow as shot in                   during and before 1951.

Secondly: To provide opportunities for members to shoot in the old two-way style, at English Target                   and Clout rounds, in a pleasant and relaxed manner, for the Society's Awards and Medals.

Thirdly:    To encourage the craft and traditional skills associated with traditional bowyery and fletching.


Insurance details are contained in the current Events Guide as published annually by the Society.

Joining the Society  

      Email the Honorary Secretary on ajbedford at and he will send you an application form in pdf format.


Please note that you must provide evidence of having received appropriate training

in  archery either through a BL-BS affiliated Club or a GNAS or NFAS Club or provide a  Proposer and Seconder who are members of BL-BS and can vouch for your safety as an archer.  

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