It was exactly 60 years ago today that Tattenhall Gun Club held its first shoot. And to celebrate this occasion we decided to hold a special "Diamond Jubilee" trophy shoot, which took place following the scheduled Rob Law Single Barrel trophy competition.
The weather could not have been more cooperative, with wall-to-wall beautiful spring sunshine.
The first item on the agenda, the Rob Law Trophy, was over 50 birds (2x25) and was really sealed on the first line when Jason Findlay scored a majestic 25/25 full house. He did drop a couple on his second card but not enough to allow anybody else the chance to catch up. So Jason ended up winning, yet again, with a very accomplished 46/50 total score. Tom Devaney and Russel Pierpoint claimed 2nd and 3rd places with 42/50 and 40/50 respectively. Very well done to all those three.
After the break we shot for the special, one-off, Diamond Jubilee Trophy. For this we reverted back to our conventional 2 & 3 scoring and the competition was over just one line of 25 birds. This time it was Tom Devaney who stepped up to the plate with a very well executed 74/75 score which nobody else could match. Excellent shooting and a very enjoyable day all round.
So - here's to the next 60 years, starting on the 28th May with the Ken Dodd trophy, a cup which is almost as old as the club itself.
On the most spectacularly beautiful and comfortable Spring day, today we said goodbye to the Winter Series. No excuses at all today, conditions were as good as they get.
The only fly in the ointment was the trap which decided to have one of it's more temperamental days, which held up proceedings slightly.
This was always going to be an exciting shoot, with the positions at the top of the Winter Series table being so finley balanced. Going into this last shoot Tom Devaney was on top with 8.5 points, but if he failed to score today either Russell Pierpoint or Jason Findlay could have overtaken him.
Jason made his intentions clear from the very first card with a masterfully executed 45/45 full-house. That put him on top of the table by a margin of just half a point, so Tom and/or Russell needed to respond in kind. But, despite the perfect conditions nobody else was able to match Jason's full-house.
However, Tom did manage to share second place, on 44/45, with Russell Pierpoint and John Tennison giving him the vital one point to claim victory in the Series by a margin of just one half-point.
For the last six years Jason and Tom have been playing ping-pong with this trophy and it was Tom's turn to win So very well done to him for maintaining the challenge. But congratulations to Jason to for a great performance today and throughout the series.
So. It really is summer again and next up is the Rob Law Single Barrel Trophy - and that is on 30th April. See you then.
Yet again we had a howling gale to contend with for today's 5th Winter Series shoot. But it was dry and sunny too so there were no complaints.
The wind proved too much for many shooters and scores were accordingly pegged back - with one or two exceptions.
Russell Pierpoint won the day with a magnificent 45/45 full house on his last card. Unbelievable shooting given the conditions.
Second place was claimed by Tom Devany with a 44/45 - but even more impressive was the fact that on his four cards Tom was never out of the 40s! The only one to truly master the conditions.
Third place was shared between John Tennison and John Mills with 40 apiece. Well done to those two.
And so things look set for a tense finale to the Winter Series on the 26th March. Tom Devaney is in pole position with 8.5 points, Russell Pierpoint has 7.3 and Jason Findlay is still in with a chance on 6. Should be exciting stuff.
Before we went home there was just the business of awarding last month's Rob Law Double-Rise trophy to Tom Crowther, pictured here receiving the shield from last year's winner Jason Findlay.
See you next time.
Our first shoot of 2022 was marked by some of the most difficult conditions for a long time. As if trying to shoot our famous oscillating doubles wasn't difficult enough we had to contend with a gale force wind, intermittent sunshine shining straight into our faces and the occasional spattering of light rain. But, in the main, we stayed dry and this proved to be a very enjoyable and well-attended shoot. We also got to welcome two new members to the club - a very warm welcome to John Mills and Mike Pickles.
Up for grabs today was not just the Rob Law Double Rise Trophy but also valuable points for the Winter Series. The conditions meant that very high scores were going to be unlikely so it was just a matter of who could clock up the most kills out of the 20.
That honour went to Tom Crowther with a 16/20 on his second line, winning him the trophy and 3 points for the series. Second place was shared between Tom Devaney and Tim Gazes on 14/20 and so they get 1.5 points each for the series. Well done to all those three.
This being the January shoot we also had a couple of trophies from last year to hand out. Most Improved shooter went to Russell Pierpoint and Club Champion was claimed by a very worthy Jason Findlay.
Next shoot is on the 26th February, look forward to seeing you then.
The weather was damp, grey and miserable but our Christmas Shoot went ahead today, with our newly renovated trap. Thanks go to Keith and Robert for lugging the trap all the way back to Bowman's in Nottinghamshire to be repaired.
The abandonment of last month's shoot meant that there was more at stake today than just the Christmas Trophy. This would also count as the third Winter Series shoot and so valuable points were up for grabs.
Tom Devaney must have got out of the wrong side of the bed this morning and was on unbeatable form. He shot, not one, but two 74/75's to end up as clear winner and to claim the trophy and 3 points for the Winter Series. 2nd and 3rd placings were not as clear-cut. John Tennison, Jason Findlay and Russell Pierpoint all put in very respectable 70/75's and so shared second place and get 1 point each for the Winter Series. Well done to those and to everybody who showed up in the miserable conditions.
So that's it for the year. We can already announce that Jason is, once again, confirmed as the year's Club Champion - very well done to him on a superb year of shooting.
All that remains is to wish all our members and guests a very Happy Chistmas and look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.
Next shoot is on the 29th Jan.
I wasn't complaining - honest! Last month may have felt more like summer, but today really felt like we were shooting for the Winter Series. Storm Arwen had come in overnight and when we arrived at the ground - having braved all the blown-down trees en-route - the wind was blowing at about 40 mph and the temperature was hovering just above Absolute Zero.
Given the really vicious wind, shooting started well with clays going in every diirection possible all at the same time! But after the first two or three lines the trap decided that it had had enough of the cold and went on strike. Despite the valiant efforts of all concerned it could not be talked round and so we had to adandon the shoot at the half-way point.
So, sadly, today's shoot has been declared null and void. Hopefully, we can get the trap fixed before the Christmas Shoot in two weeks time. That will also now count as the third Winter Series shoot.
Hope to see you on the 11th December.
The second of this year's Winter Series took place today in conditions more resembling mid-summer. Although we were lucky, because this came on the heels of several wet and miserable days. The only problem was the sun in our eyes - but we'll setlle for that.
It must have been the sun that pegged back the scores a bit today and nobody could manage a full-house score. The closest anybody came was Russell Pierpoint with a 43/45 on his final card. That was enough to secure him the win and three points for the series.
Second place and 2 points was claimed by Jason Findlay with 42/45 and Tom Crowther ran in third with a 41.
So, with two shoots down and 4 to go, Jason is looking in a strong position with 5 out of a potential 6 points already on the board for him The full Winter Series ranking can be seen here.
The next shoot will get us to the half-way point in the Winter Series and that is on the 27th November. Let's hope the weather stays the same until then.
It's hard to believe that today we fired the opening shots in this year's Winter Series of shoots. Cetainly, if the weather was anything to go by, it was very much high summer today.
Turnout was a bit down, maybe something to do with the chaos on the garage forecourts, but the 10 shooters who did attend enjoyed a fabulous day of competition.
Today was the first shoot under the new regime of a fixed number of goes, in this case 4x15, as decided at last month's AGM.
As usual, Jason Findlay was first out of the blocks with a 45/45 on his first card. But conditions were pefect and everyone was shooting well so a shoot-off looked like a certain bet. But it was not to be. The only other full-house of the day was scored by Jason too and so he claimed first prize and 3 points to get him started in the Winter Series.
Second place went to Tom Devaney with a vey creditable 44/55 and three people, Dave Bithell, Russell Pierpoint and Keith Williams all tied for third spot.
Well done to all the placed shooters.
Next shoot is on the 30th October - see you then.
This being the August shoot, today started with our AGM which we held outside the shed in beautiful summer weather. A copy of the minutes for the meeting can be found on the Downloads page or here.
The main thing that was decided at the meeting was that we would, for all future shoots, move away from the standard re-entry format and have a fixed numer of entries for each shooter. So, for example all the 15-bird shoots would now become 60-bird shoot of 4x15 lines. The aim of this change is to simplify the administrative load of taking bookings and allocating shooters to cards.
When shooting eventually got going it was in absolutely perfect conditions, with the field looking a picture in the beautiful late-summer sunshine.
John Tennison was the first to show real intent with a spectacular 19/20 on his first card. In many years that would easily be good enough to win this event, but not this year. Jason Findlay matched John's score on his second card which left the two of them chasing that very elusive (at a Double-Rise event) 20/20 full house. Unfortunately, that was not to be and so a shoot-off was required. Jason's performace in shoot-offs is becoming legendary and he ran out the very deserving winner, so congratulations to him. Hard luck to John, having shot so well - but congratulations on a brilliant performance.
Congratulations also go to Mark Davies on claiming third place with a very accomplished 18/20 - that would also have won the trophy in many previous years.
And so that is the end of summer for this year. The next shoot is the first of our 2021/22 Winter Series shoots, and that is on 25th September. Don't miss it!
The Albert Nixon Trophy Cup had it's annual trip out today, from the Findlay mantelpiece to Tilston and then back home again!
For the fourth year in succession, and the fifth in the last six years, Jason has claimed this prestigeous trophy with some spectacular shooting.
Things started with our usual chasing of the bullocks, but fortunately they seem to be getting the message and left us alone for the rest of the day.
Once shooting got started, Jason, very unusually for him, put in a below par score on his first card which left the door open for John Tennison to respond with a very impressive 44/45. Needless to say Jason rose to the challenge on his second card with a 44/45 of his own.
So for the rest of us mere mortals the door was left slightly open - all it needed was somebody to put in a full-house score. Slightly surprisingly, given the perfect conditions, nobody could manage that and so we ended up with a shoot-off between Jason & John. Jason ran out the winner of that and so retains the trophy yet again. Very well done to him on that achievement.
Well done to John also for at least making him work for it!
Third place was earned by Russell Pierpoint with a very creditable 43/45. Unfortunately, due to an administrative error, he was overlooked for the prize at the time. This will be corrected at the next shoot.
And the next shoot is the last of our summer trophy shoots, the Rob Ankers Double rise, on the 28th August. See you then.
When we arrived at the field today we were not alone. Our old friends the bullocks had returned and seemed to have brought reinforcements. But we were not cowed and after about half an hour of chasing them round the field they got bored and, for the most part, left us alone.
Conditions were perfect for shooting and once the action started it was apparent that only a full-house was going to be good enough today. Jason Findlay and Tom Devaney led the way, both shooting 45/45 on their first cards. Just to prove it wasn't a fluke they then repeated the feat on their subsequent cards. John Tennison had been snapping at their heels all day and booked his place in the shoot-off with a full-house of his own on his second card.
Jason was the very worthy winner of the shoot-off, with yet another 45/45 - his third of the day. John came in second with a 44/45 and Tom in third with 42/43 - fantastic shooting by all three.
So, Jason adds the Phil Morgan Trophy to his collection and is now the custodian of 6 of our 10 main trophies. Today he shot at a grand total of 75 birds and killed all of them, using his second barrel only twice!
Next time it's the Albert Nixon Trophy and that's on the 31st July. See you then.
Today's Ken Dodd Trophy shoot is normally the first sign that summer has arrived. This year, after what seemed like an eternal wait it proved to be exactly that. Wall-to-wall sunshine and very comfortable temperatures made for a very enjoyable day's shooting.
The first indication of the way things would work out today came on the very first card with Jason Findlay and Tom Devaney both missing out on full-house scores by the narrowest of margins, 73/75 and 74/75 respectively.
Surely only a full-house was going to be good enough today. Jason drew level with Tom with a 74 on his next card. John Tennison was always lurking with intent, just behind them on a 70.
In the end, the 74s had it, and so a shoot off between Jason and Tom was needed, in which Jason ran out the winner. So, the Ken Dodd trophy returns to the Findlay mantelpiece for another year. Very well shot to Jason, Tom and to John Tennison for a very well deserved third place.
Next up is the Phil Morgan Trophy shoot on the 26th June. See you then.
We were delighted to be back on the field again today after what seems like the longest winter ever, thanks to HM Government and the Covid restrictions.
Having missed just about the whole of the Winter Series and the Rob Law Double-Rise event in January, we had a lot of catching up to do.
As luck would have it, today was the scheduled date for the Rob Law Single-Barrel trophy and so we decided to honour Rob's memory in style holding both the Double-Rise and Single-Barrel events on the same day.
The first item on the agenda was the Double-Rise, which would also count for points in the severely curtailled Winter Series.
Conditions were just about perfect, with a cloudless sky, but the lack of practice over the winter did show in the slightly below par scores. We limited ourselves to two rounds and after they were finished there was a 3-way tie between Jason Findlay, John Tennison and Tom Crowther - all on 15/20.
The ensuing shoot of resulted in a clear win for Jason. But that left Jason and John tying at 4-points each in the Winter Series and so yet another shoot-off was need to settle that, and the resulting victor was, once again, Jason. Very well shot Jason and hard luck to John, having shot so well and come so close.
After the break, it was time for the Single-Barrel event with 2 rounds of 25 birds and the scores over all 50 being counted.
By this time people were being to get the cobwebs dusted off and some good scores were being registered. In the end, we had anothe tie between Mark Davies and Jason Findlay on 45/50 apiece. Nicola Booth and Tom Devaney shared 3rd spot with a very creditable 43/50 each.
In the third shoot-off of the day, Mark Davies ran out the winner and so will be looking after the trophy for the next year. But another well-done to Jason after yet another startling performance.
Before we left for home there were a couple of trophies to be awarded, which are normally given out in January. First up was teh winner of last year's Club Champion Trophy and that, once again, went to Tom Devany. Very well done Tom.
The Most Improved trophy went to David Bithell. It's very hard to win that trophy when you are already as good a shot as David is, so very well done to him
Next up is the prestigious Ken Dodd Trophy and that has been rescheduled to the 5th June - please note! Look forward to seeing you then.
We were very lucky today to get in our Christmas Trophy Shoot, as scheduled, just hours before it was announced that Wales was going back into lockdown. Having lost the October and November shoots to lockdowns in England and Wales it was some relief to have this shoot as a consolation ending to a terrible year.
We were lucky with the weather too. Heavy overnight rain had cleared away just before the kick-off and we had clear blue sky for just about the whole shoot. The field was a quagmire, but we're used to that.
Once shooting got underway it was apparent that the combination of a gusty breeze and bright winter sunshine, coming from just above the traphouse, was going to make things tricky. Mark Davies came out winner of Round 1 with a 66/75 on his first card - impressive given the conditions.
But in Round 2 he managed to improve on that and put in a seriously good 71/75 - just one lost bird and one second-barrel.
And so, Mark was the very deserving winner of the trophy for this year. Second place was claimed by this year's Club Champion, Tom Devaney with a very creditable 65/75, given the conditions.
Third spot was more complicated. Russell Pierpoint, Nicola Booth and Mark Warburtion each put in a 64/75 - but Russ had the superior score over both rounds and so claimed 3rd spot.
Very well done to Mark and all the placed shooters and to everyone else who turned up to make this an enjoyable and very welcome shoot.
This being the Christmas shoot everyone went home witha prize and there is photographics evidence of that on the Photos page.
Our next shoot is scheduled for January 30th, but given the current situation it is by no means certain to go ahead. Please keep your eyes on the Home page for updates.
In the meantime best wishes to all our members, guests and their families for a very happy, peaceful and, above all, safe Christmas and New Year period.
In a sign that this, the most unusual of years, might be coming towards it's end, today we began the 2020/21 Winter Series of shoots. And whilst the field still looked like summer, in beautiful sunshire and a clear blue sky, the cold breeze definitely had a tinge of winter to it and made for some tricky shooting conditions.
The first card passed fairly uneventfully with nobody showing real intent - but things really started to hot up when, on their second cards, both John Tennison and Tom Devaney each put in a full house 45/45 score. The rest of the day was spent in the expectation of at least somebody else joining them in the shoot-off - but it was not to be. The closest was Jason Findlay with a very respectable 44.
In the shoot-off it was Tom Devaney who trimphed and so claims the full 3 points towards the series, John gets the 2 and Jason the 1. Well done to all those three for some fine shooting.
And so, after just one shoot the top of the series table looks exactly how it was left last year, with Tom Devaney in pole position and John Tennison alongside him on the grid. Looks like being another closely fought series.
The second shoot in the series will be held on the 31st October. See you then..
Today, on a beautifully sunny but cool August day, we shot for the Rob Ankers Double-Rise Trophy the last of our summer series of trophy shoots..
Before the shooting started though, we held our al-fresco, socially-distanced AGM. The minutes for that are available on the Downloads page.
This shoot has been won by Jason Findlay for the last 4 years in a row, so Jason has firmly established himself as our Double-Rise expert. But he wasn't here today, so once the shooting began, everyone sniffed an opportunity and, in perfect conditions, many people put in some really good scores.
At the end we had no less than four people, Mark Davies, John Tennison, Tom Devaney and Dave Bithell, on 16/20 and so a shoot-off was required. The result of that was an emphatic victory for Dave Bithell, replicating his 16/20 from earlier on. John Tennison came in second and Mark and Tom tied for 3rd spot. Very well shot all four of them.
Very well done to Keith too. The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed that the Rob Ankers Trophy has been completely re-built by Keith using his considerable woodworking skills. The trophy had run out of space for new shields but Keith's new version has space for another 13 - so we don't need to worry about that again until 2033!
Believe it or not, that is summer over with as far as we are concerned. Next time, on the 29th September, it will be the very first of our 2020/21 Winter Series - let's just hope that we get to complete all six of those shoots this time.
See you soon!
Welcome back everybody! After the longest break in our club's long history we were delighted to be able to resume our shooting schedule today. And wasn't it nice to get out in the fresh air and away from the news and the internet!
The lockdown cost us a lot in terms of lost shooting, we missed the last two shoots of the Winter Series and the first three of our summer trophy shoots. But, not deterred, we decided to make up for lost time by shooting for all the trophies, including today's scheduled Albert Nixon Cup, at one go. This meant we had four rounds;
1) 25-birds single-barrel for the Rob Law Trophy
2) 25-birds normal DTL for the Ken Dodd Trophy
3) 15-birds DTL for the Phil Morgan Shield
4) 15-birds DTL for today's Albert Nixon Trophy
All of which made for a fairly lengthy but very enjoyable day of shooting.
The first round was won outright by Jason Findlay with an impressive 24/25. John Tennison and Dave Bithell gave him a good run for his money with very respectable 23/25s. Congratulations to Jason on picking up the Rob Law Trophy for this year.
Round 2, for the Ken Dodd Trophy, was again won outright by Jason with a full-house 75/75 - that's the way to do it! Dave Bithell again, and Mark Warburton were snapping at his heels with 74/75 apiece. Superb shooting by all those three and congrats to Jason again.
Round 3, for the Phil Morgan Trophy, was an altogether more competitive affair with both John Tennison and Tom Devaney tying for first place with 43/45 points each. And so they went to a sudden-death shoot off which was a real cliff-hanger. It took 14 birds before anybody slipped up and in the end it was John Tennison who lifted the trophy. Very well done to him and hard luck to Tom - excellent shooting from both of them.
The final round, for the Albet Nixon Cup was also closely fought and ended with a three-way shoot off between Sam Johnson, John Tennison and (surprise, surprise!) Jason Findlay, all on 45/45 full houses - some shooting! This shoot-off was as short as the other was long and after only three birds the winner was declared as Jason Findlay - so three out of four for him!
With the shooting over for the day we then had a rather lengthy set of presentations to get through.
Jason Findlay was Club Champion for 2019 and this was the first opportunity to present him with his cup. After only 4 shoots, Tom Devaney was in an unassailable position in the Winter Series so we were pleased to see him receive his trophy for that, Well done to Jason and to Tom for winning those - the most difficult of all our trophies to claim.
So - there we are - bang up to date with all our trophies and ready to carry on the year as normal - fingers crossed!
Thanks to all who came today and well done to all for some really excellent shooting. Practice may make perfect but it seems that (with the exception of yours truly) a 4-month rest doesn't do a great deal of harm either!
See you on the 29th August.
As if double-rise wasn't a difficult enough event anyway, we decided at our last AGM to add a bit of spice by leaving the trap on "oscillate" for this event. The result made for a challenging but very enjoyable shoot.
Visibility was better than last time, in fact a bit of that sunshine would had been very welcome today. It was very grey, dank and miserable, but with no wind to speak of, very fair conditions for shooting.
Turnout was a bit disappointing, just eight of us, but still we had a good competitive shoot. Judging by the scores, leaving the trap in oscillating mode didn't seem to make things any more difficult at all. Russell Pierpont came out the winner with a very impressive 18/20. Tom Devaney came in second with 17/20 and Mark Davies was third with 15/20. All those scores would have been considered very good with the trap throwing static birds - so very well shot to those three.
This being the January shoot, there were some loose ends from last year to be tidied up. Jason Findlay has run out Club Champion. Unfortunately Jason wasn't with us today so he will get his trophy next time.
Keith Williams was about the only member to significantly improve his average score for last year - most of us went backwards! So congratulations to Keith on winning the "Most Improved" trophy for this year.
The next shoot is on the 29th Feb - and that doesn't happen very often, so don't miss it!
At one point this week I would have put money today's shoot not being possible. Days of constant rain and flooding in many parts looked like putting a damper on our Christmas Shoot. But, on the shortest day of the year, we arrived at the field to unbroken sunshine and that's the way it stayed. The field was wet but the only problem for shooting was with the beautiful and very welcome sunshine - right into our faces. Still, a small price to pay for otherwise perfect conditions.
Once shooting got underway it was apparent that big scores were going to be hard to come by. With the sun being so low in the sky many of the targets were just not visible. The only person to master those difficulties was Russell Pierpoint who put in a very impressive 70/75 points on his first card - a score that was never equalled and so Russell gets the trophy for this year. Very well done to him. Tom Devaney put in a very respectable 68 on his second card and Tom Crowther wasn't far behind on 67, so those two claimed second and third spots respectively.
But, being our Christmas Shoot, nobody went home empty-handed, thanks to our Bring-A-Prize-Take-A-Prize rule. Well done to all who participated.
When we re-convene in January it will be to resume the Winter Series, in which Tom Devaney has a commanding lead at the half-way point.
But before that, very best Christmas and New Year wishes to all and see you on the 25th Jan.
On a bitterly cold and damp day only eight souls ventured out to shoot for today's points in the winter series. We were rewarded with a very enjoyable shoot and a bit of sunshine at the end to help thaw us out.
The pace was set by Tom Devaney who came straight out of the blocks with a magnificent (given the conditions) 45/45 on his very first card. So the rest of the day was all about trying to force a shoot-off. But in the end nobody managed it. Jason Findlay and Tom Crowther came closest with 40/45 apiece giving them joint second spot and 1.5 points each for the series. But the main prize, 3 points, went to a very deserving Tom Devaney - well done to him.
So at the half-way point the series is looking good for Tom Devaney who holds a commanding lead with 7 points, 4 ahead of his nearest rival, John Tennison. The full series table so far can be viewed here: (Click here).
Next time, only 3 weeks off, it's the Christmas Trophy shoot. Don't forget your prize for the "Bring-a-prize-Take-a-prize". Look forward to see you then.
Today's shoot was actually the October shoot which was postponed last week because of the weather. It was still pretty wet today, but the heavy rain just about held off long enough for us to have a very enjoyable shoot.
Before shooting began we held an EGM, the main business of which was to apppoint a new Chairman, following the resignation of Gary Crofts at the last shoot. John Tennison was appointed by unanimous consent and we wish him well in his new role.
It was also decided to revert to our original rule regarding shot loads and sizes. So, from now on it's 28grams max, in no greater shot size than 7.
We were a bit down on numbers today, but considering the weather and the clash with the Rugby final, we didn't do too bad. A field of 9 shooters competed for this months points for the Winter Series.
As befits our Chairman, it was John Tennison who set the pace with an unsurpassed 45/45 full-house on his third card. So it's 3 points to him. Rob MacFarlane put in a really excellent performance to claim second spot and 2 points with a brilliant 44/45 - so close! Tom Devaney bagged the remaining point and third place with a very respectable 43/45. Very well done to all three placed shooters.
Next shoot is on the 30th November - let's hope things have dried out a bit by then.
The 2019/20 Winter Series got underway today with a well attended and very competitive shoot.
Things got off to a slow start but then on their second cards Tom Devaney and Gary Crofts each put in 44/45 scores, just missing out on that elusive full-house. So it was just a question then of whether anybody could get them all. In the end nobody did, but both Mark Davies and Jason Findlay did manage 44/45s of their own on their last cards of the day. The ensuing shoot-off resulted in Tom Devaney taking the 3 points, Mark Davies the 2 and Jason Findlay 1 point, to get the series off to a flying start. Well done to all those three.
But the shooting was eclipsed today by the news that Gary Crofts has decided to stand down as our chairman and resign from the club. Gary has shot with us for nearly 20 years now and been chairman for over 16 of those. He has also consistently been one of our very top shooters, so it really is a sad day for us all. We wish Gary well and thank him wholeheartedly for all he has brought to the club over so many years - we will miss him and his unique sense of humour!.
All of which means that we now have a vacancy for a new Chairman. Anyone fancying having a go at that should have a word with Keith.
Next shoot is on the 26th October, see you then.
Today's shoot was preceded by our AGM and the minutes for that can be found on the Downloads page.
Once shooting got underway we were a bit hampered by one or two very heavy showers and a very persistent herd of bullocks. But nevertheless we persisted and had a very enjoyable and competitive Rob Ankers Trophy shoot.
Jason Findlay has looked after this trophy for the last three years in a row, so he was definitely the one to beat - which is never easy. He made it all the more difficult by putting in a pretty unassailable 19/20 on his second card which ensured that he will now be custodian of the trophy for a fourth year. The only serious challenge came from club stalwart, Gary Crofts with a very creditable 17/20. In many years that would have been good enough to win, but today it could only secure a very well-earned second place. Third spot went to Dave Bithell with 15/20. Very well done to all three placed shooters.
When Keith Williams won last month's Phil Morgan Trophy it became apparent that there was no more room on the shield for his name to be engraved. So Keith has used his considerable woodworking skills to fashion a brand new shield, to laboriously transfer all the old engraving plates and to add sufficient to last us for the next 13 years. And a very good job it is too - pictured here.
Not content with that, Keith and Robert Tomlinson have also spent a day last week in re-flooring our "pavillion". Another excellent job and thanks go to both of them for giving up their time for that.
So that's it! Summer is over with and now we're into the Winter Series - starting on the 28th September. Look forward to seeing you then.
Funny summer this! Two days after the hottest UK day ever, we arrived at the field this morning to grey and drizzle, which lasted all day long. But at the least the temperature was a bit more comfortable to shoot in and with no wind at all, conditions looked right for some high scores.
Despite numbers being a bit down, we enjoyed a good competitive shoot and we were particularly pleased to welcome Hefin Llewellyn as a new member to the club. On todays' showing he looks like a force to be reckoned with for the future.
Things got off to a slow start with people struggling to get into the 40's on the first couple of cards. But after the break all that changed. Jason Findlay put in his inevitable full-house, in fact two them, and that proved enough to secure him the win for the day. John Tennison missed out by the narrowest of margins, with a 44/45 on his third card to claim second spot and Tom Crowther ran in third with a 43/45. Very well shot to all three placed shooters.
And so the Albert Nixon Trophy will be returning to the Findlay mantelpiece for the next year. That's three out the last four, but at least it's had a nice day out. I'm just glad I'm not paying Jason's engraving bills!
Next up is the Rob Ankers Double-Rise event, on the 31st August. Look forward to seeing you then.
After the most cold and miserable June for many a year, we were treated today to a real blast of summer and the hottest day of the year so far. The bullocks were still there - but seem to have lost interest in our shooting these days, so that was good. Unfortunately, since our last shoot, some toe rag had seen fit to break into our shed, presumably looking for things of value. As we don't leave anything of value in there nothing was stolen, but they did make a mess of the door in their efforts to find that out. A big thank-you to Rob MacFarlane for working most of the today in the hot sunshine to do a sterling job of repairing the door and the lock.
On to the shooting, and it really was a special day. The Phil Morgan trophy was up for grabs and conditions were just about perfect. It was apparent from the start that only a 45/45 full-house score would stand any chance of victory today and the first of these was provided by Mark Davies on his very first card.
Surprisingly, we had quite a wait for the next one. 43s and 44s were two-a-penny but the second full-house proved elusive. Then on his third card of the day Keith Williams, who has been enjoying a return to form in recent months, got them all, to ensure that a shoot-off would be needed.
In that shoot-off Keith held his nerve to capitalise on a couple of errors by Mark and ran out the deserved and very popular winner of the trophy. Keith used to be a regular winner at our shoots, so it is nice to see him up there again with the best of them. Nice also because Phil Morgan and Keith were very good friends and this is the first time Keith has won his trophy. Very well done Keith - an inspiration to us all!
Next up is the Albert Nixon Trophy shoot and that's on the 27th July. Let's hope the summer lasts that long.
Our friends the bullocks seem to have taken up permanent residence on our ground now so we had plenty of exercise today, chasing them around the field to keep them out of harms way.
Apart from that, shooting conditions were just about perfect with summer finally putting in an appearance.
Mike Dunning was first out of the blocks with a brilliant 72/75 on the first card of the day. Poor Mike just dropped is very last bird so missed a full-house by the narrowest of margins. Hard luck Mike!
Still, on many days that would be good enough for a win. But not today unfortunately. On his first card of the day, Gary Crofts put in the inevitable full house to really thow down the gauntlet. It was Russell Pierpoint who rose to that challenge with a very accomplished full-house score of his own on his second card - and so a shoot-off was going to be required.
In the shoot-off it was Gary who prevailed and so we ended the day with Gary lifting the trophy, Russell claimed a well-deserved second place and Mike had to share his third spot with Sam Johnson. Very well done to all those four for a great competitive shoot.
Next time it's the Phill Morgan Trophy on the 29th June, see you then.
Despite some very un-summery weather, our trophy season got started today and up for grabs was the Rob Law Single-Barrel Trophy.
The weather forecast had given a really terrible day with cold winds and constant heavy rain. In the end, the wind was indeed strong and cold, but the rain was nothing worth speaking of. Sadly it would seem that many people were put off by the forecast and turnout was our lowest for some time. Pity because it ended up being a really good, enjoyable shoot. Certainly the herd of bullocks that had invaded our field found the whole thing fascinating.
This shoot is a simple 50-birder (2x25), with only the first barrel to count - so no room for slip-ups, with every bird counting.
The first mark in the sand was put down by Russell Pierpoint who just let one of his first 25 get away - remarkable shooting given the conditions. At the half-way point it would have been a brave man to have bet against Russell as nobody else had come very close, the wind proving to be very difficult to master.
Unfortunately for Russell his second card let him down a bit and others were able to capitalise on his misfortune. Gary Crofts put in a very respectable 23/25 bringing his total to 43/50, enough to claim the trophy. Second spot went to Tom Crowther with a 21 and a 20 giving him 41/50 for they day and second spot overall. Third spot was shared between Russell and Jason Findlay, each on 40/50. Well done to all the placed shooters and to everyone who defied the weather forecasters today.
Let's hope the weather has picked up again by the 25th May, when we'll be shooting for the Ken Dodd Trophy.
Today we were lucky to have the most perfect spring conditons on which to settle this year's Winter Series.
Going into the final straight there were only two contenders left, Tom Devaney on 9 points and Jason Findlay on 8, so we were guaranteed a competitive and exciting shoot.
Jason showed he meant business by putting in full-house scores on his first 2 cards - mightily impressive shooting. Unfortunately for Tom, he was just having one of those days and, very unusally for him, that elusive full-house score did manage to elude him all the way through.
You can never write Gary Crofts off in these situations and it was always a good bet that he'd make a showing, which he did with a full-house of his own. Tom Warburton also managed to get them all, but fell foul of our "leaving-early" rule.
So the shoot-off between Jason and Gary, whilst exciting and well-shot by both was academic in that Jason had already done enough to claim the Winter Series. But Gary did manage to claim victory for the day by winning the shoot-off.
Russell Pierpoint claimed third spot with a very creditable 44/45. Very well done to Jason on his deserving victory in the Series, and hard-luck to Tom on losing his grip on the trophy by such a narrow margin. Excellent shooting by both of them over the whole series. Very well done also to Gary and Russell for making a fight of it right to the end.
So, that's it! The summer trophy season starts next time with the Rob Law Single Barrel - and that's on the 27th April. See you then.
With the Winter Series entering its final stages we were treated to the most beautiful early-spring day today. A cloudless blue sky and unbroken sunshire with little in the way of wind to cause any problems. This was a perfect day to be out shooting. Perhaps that explains the better turnout, with 14 shooters competing for the points today.
First out of the blocks was, who else but Jason Findlay putting in a 15/45 full house score on his first card. But with such great conditions it was always likely that somebody else would step up to the plate. First to do so was Club Champion, Tom Devaney on his second card, and so we knew we were in for a shoot off.
Then on his last card of the day, the old master Gary Crofts put in his own perfect score to make the shoot-off a three-way affair.
In the shoot-off it was Jason who emphatically prevailled with yet another perfect 15/45 - no arguing with that. Gary dopped just a couple of points to claim second spot and Tom took the last point for his third place - but that was enough to keep him in the lead for the series. Very well done to all three on a great day's shooting and a very entertaining shoot-off.
And so, with just one more shoot to go the Winter Series is now down to just 2 contenders - Tom Devaney on 9 points and Jason Findlay on 8. Make sure you don't miss the next shoot, it's bound to be a thriller.
The final business of the day was to award Jason Findlay the Most-Improved Trophy for last year. Very unusual for that trophy to go to one of our best shooters - but by a quirk of statistics that's how it worked out. Unfortunately for Jason, with an average score of 98.1% last year it's not very likely he'll be winning it again!
See you on the 30th March.
Very cold conditions again today, but nowhere near as bad as last time, and at least we stayed dry.
There were quite a few things to sort out today, with the introduction of a new trophy shoot in memory of Rob Law - this one for a 20-bird double-rise, the resumption of the Winter Series and the presentation of the trophy for the 2018 Club Champion.
As far as today's shoot was concerned, the day belonged to Robert Tomlinson who blew everybody else out of the water with a mightily impressive 16/20 on his first card. It always looked like that would win the day and so it did. Tom Devaney came closest to mounting a challenge with a very respectable 15/20 followed by Mark Warburton on 14/20. Well done to all three, but particularly to Robert on a very well-deserved and popular win.
So, Robert not only claims three points for the Winter Series but he also became the first name on the new Rob Law Double-Rise Trophy, a very good day's haul indeed. Congratulations again Robert.
The Champions Trophy for 2018 was claimed, and retained, by Tom Devaney with a running average of 98.4% over the year, Some shooting and a very worthy champion indeed.
Next shoot is on the 23rd Feb - let's hope it's started to get a bit warmer by then.