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Duke of Edinburgh Opens Windsor Archery’s New Clubhouse

The Duke of Edinburgh has visited Home Park to open Windsor Archery Club’s brand new pavilion.

The Windsor Forest Bowmen unveiled their new headquarters after a £123,000 refurbishment.

The club previously had no toilets and was based in a wooden clubhouse. They only got electricity three years ago.

However, after many years of fundraising and donations from organisations like Sport England, the Royal Borough and the Southern Counties Archery Society, the club has finally been able to upgrade and improve facilities.

Club Chairman Chris Johnston addressed club members, local councillors and Prince Philip: “I believe in a world where people of all abilities, age, gender or race are able to fulfil their ambitions and to be given the tools, guidance and courage to do so.”

He added: “I also believe that investment in sport is able to produce this vision. With our new facility and our new uniform, I find it fascinating and encouraging to see what the future holds for us.”

The club was formed in 1951 and was granted Royal Patronage when Prince Philip accepted the appointment of Club Patron.

Prince Philip was greeted upon arrival by the club’s mascot, Purdy the Flat-Coated Retriever, a dog.

Philip was then taken on a tour of the newly refurbished facilities, which includes efforts to make the club more inclusive with additions such as a ramp for disabled archers. He then unveiled a plaque to officially mark the opening of the Duke of Edinburgh Archery centre.

After the speeches, the Duke watched club members as they practised archery. However, he never took part in any himself.

 

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