AN ARCHERY club in Oswestry has found a new home after having to move away from its original base after more than 70 years.

The Croesoswallt Archery Club, previously known as the Overton Archers, have moved away from their base at Gobowen Orthopaedic Hospital and are now operating out of the British Ironworks Centre.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, the hospital has had to make a few changes to ensure the safety of their staff and patients, meaning that the archery club could no longer be based on their grounds.

But they will now be based out of the centre, where they will meet twice-a-week to socialise, practice and enjoy the sport.

The club is also offering a range of activities for the general public – including one-on-one tuition and corporate teambuilding days.

Chairman of the British Ironwork Centre, Clive Knowles, is happy to have the club at the centre.

“Archery is widely known for its accessibility as a sport, inclusive of all ages, abilities, and fitness levels,” he said.

“Particularly great in our current climate, archery is a solo sport that can be enjoyed within a large group while adhering to social distancing rules.

“Not only this, but it can also greatly benefit your health in a variety of ways – archery is proven to improve hand-eye coordination, strength, patience, focus, and confidence.

“It is also the perfect way to safely socialise with like-minded people while getting some light exercise within an outdoor space.”

The club is now recruiting new members to join their group.

Anyone interested in finding out more about tuition or a one-off session can contact club secretary, Bob Batts, directly at