Who We are

Black and Gold Archers are a target archery club. The club was founded on the GCHQ Benhall site as a joint Gun and Archery Club.

It took its name from the colour of the centre of both targets, black from the rifle target and gold from the archery target. 

The gun club later folder and the archery club became known as The Black and Gold Archery Club.

From 2017 we revised the style of our logo which was agreed following some work carried out by one of our members. The old logo will still be used in conjunction with our new logo as this embodies who we are.

Club Constitution & Privacy Notice

In line with General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) coming into force May this year, we have updated our Privacy Notice in order to comply with the new regulations as well as updating our Club Constitution which will be uploaded shortly to the site.

Organisations & Affiliations

Archery GB and World Archery

Archery GB is the governing body for all forms of archery in the UK. It is also known by its former title the Grand National Archery Society (GNAS).

World Archery, also referred to as FITA from its former French name of Fédération Internationale de Tir à l'Arc, set the Olympic rules for the sport.


The Grand Western Archery Society is our regional body.  It covers Devon & Cornwall, Dorset & Wilts, Gloucestershire and Somerset.  As well as holding regional records and inter-county tournaments, GWAS also run a week of tournaments at Dunster Castle. 


The Gloucestershire Archery Society supports 15 archery clubs in Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire, and Bristol: Bath & Phoenix, Black & Gold, Minchinhampton, The Deans, Bristol, Cheltenham, Cleeve, Deer Park, Fast & Loose, Glevum, Gt Rissington, Newnham, Tyndale and Tockington.

Other Archery Organisations

Black and Gold host the South West regional tournament of the Civil Service Archery Association in the summer months.

There are also national and international associations for most types of archery including the International Longbow Archers Association (ILAA), The British Longbow Society,  The English Field Archery Association and the National Field Archery Association.

Other B&G Organisations

 All Black and Gold club members also join the Civil Service Sports Club to be able to use the beautiful grounds at Uckington.

Cotswold Area Civil Service Sports Association are our outdoors hosts from April-September, where we host our Spring and Summer tournaments as well as the SW regionals of the CSAA. 

Our Favourite Shops

Wales Archery just up the road in Chepstow is where many of us get our first set of equipment.  They know the club well and are really knowledgeable and helpful.

If you can travel a little further afield, Merlin Archery in Loughborough also have a great range of equipment and helpful staff with plenty of time to help queries large or small.