Speaking of the last few years, in the Barony of Lions Gate there are potential funds available to the Baronial Archer office. It requires an application to the finance committee, and the funds being available. We have a selection of bows, bracers and tabs. Maintenance (refinishing, new strings, etc.) if often done by the current baronial officer, but it is not required of that office.
Many years the regulars on the practice range have donated targets. Any of my previously made arrows and all of my personal equipment (bows, quivers, tabs, youth gear) are made available for new comers.
We're in the process of replacing our wearing out Saunder's matts with new modern materials sourced by careful scrounging. I've been collecting old slat bookcases for archery matt frames. We'll be holding a glove-making course later in the summer, where I hope to challenge the participants to make one glove for themselves, and another for the barony. I have sourced a decent stock of leather over the years, so that will be at no cost to the barony other than buckles.
The outdoor practice range fee is $60 per year, and the winter indoor range was $5 per practice last year, thus we don't ask the archers for more donations. Some cannot afford them as they are priced now.
We hold a few blanket prize tournaments each year: every archer who wishes to compete brings some kind of prize, which is laid on the blanket. The prizes are distributed as the tournament organizer decides. Archers have also stepped forward and donated prizes for specific events.
in service to the flighty cause,
arcuarius to Baron James Wolfden
Baronial Archer of Lions Gate