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Archery club pays special tribute to tragic Sheffield cyclist

Members of the Sherwood Forresters Longbow Archery club released a volley of arrows in tribute to former-member Malcolm Cottam.

Members of the Sherwood Forresters Longbow Archery club released a volley of arrows in tribute to former-member Malcolm Cottam.

Archers hit the mark with a special tribute to a former Sheffield teacher who died tragically in a cycling accident.

Members of Sherwood Forresters Longbow Club remembered Malcolm Cottam, one of the organisation’s founders, by firing a volley of arrows in his honour.

Mr Cottam, aged 55, of Norton Park Crescent, Norton, was killed following a crash on the Dronfield bypass on July 31.

Police were unable to identify him for a week as he had no identification with him.

Friends paid the tribute on Saturday at their meeting at Barlborough Hall School, Barlborough Park, near Chesterfield.

Mr Cottam was a teacher at The City School and had many interests including archery, art and baking.

Peter Burgess, from the club, said: “When we decided to set up Sherwood Forresters Longbow Club in 2008 Malcolm gave us a lot of support and encouragement, meeting every Saturday and Sunday to get the club up and running.

“Malcolm’s skills, hard work and sharp sense of humour helped the club grow.

“He often used his artwork to produce painted targets like Friar Tuck, along with other masterpieces to make the shooting different and fun.

“Malcolm also started bread making recently, and baking fruit pies made from his home grown fruit, and he brewed wine which he brought to the club to share with us all on Saturdays.

“His conservation knowledge was also passed on to the club too, helping us to clear the woods and make creature habitats and fencing.

“Malcolm was a generous person, his presents of stained glass and wooden spoons will always be treasured along with memories of a wonderful and caring man. He is very much missed and leaves a big hole in our lives.”

The funeral is at Barnsley Crematorium on August 29, at 2pm.

 

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