Barbury shooting Ground is certainly a place that everyone needs to visit. Everything about the
ground is excellent and as they say first impressions certainly count. From the arrival as you view
the area and stands, the first few steps in the clubhouse and the warm and friendly atmosphere
from those who greet you. The stands give every variation imaginable spread over a perfect area
that is in pristine condition. As you travel around the site you will see coaches with novice shooters
as well as competitions being held for world class shooters. To end your day you can enjoy super
refreshments or visit the in-house shop to view or purchase guns and shooting equipment.
Having recently held such events as the English open FITASC championships and the pro challenge,
this was never going to be an easy course. That said the layouts and targets were as good as any
course that we had shot with, nothing extreme but plenty that needed some thought. However
Martin Elworthy cannot have read the script as he scored a blistering 96 to win the shoot and
dropping only four targets. Robert Taylor continued with his impressive form throughout the series,
again scoring in the high 80’s and staying at the top of ‘A’ class. At this point also Mike Hillyer must
be congratulated for not only his score but his belief and determination to overcome what can only
be described as a horrendous miss fortune. To see Mike not only walking around, but shooting to
such a standard can only be described as “truly remarkable”. Chris Boult also met the challenge of
the shoot, with an exceptional 85 – to not only win ‘B’ class but to take the most improved score of
the day with +8 on his FFC. Meanwhile In ‘C’ class David Moss continued to improve his monthly
scores with a well-deserved win achieving 72 and taking him up a class for next month’s shoot. ‘D’
class was once again won by Paul Nesbit-Bell on 48, in his first season of FITASC.
High gun – Martin Elworthy 96
Class A – Robert Taylor 89, Mike Hillyer 87, Rob Evans 86.
Class B – Chris Boult 85, Alan Bullock & Mark Hanson 81.
Class C – David Moss 72, Angus Croft & John Hall 70.
Class D – Paul Nesbit-Bell 48, George Henderson 44.
Most improved – Chris Boult +8. Draw prize winner Daryl Chambers
Both Chris and Daryl Chambers Win a £50 voucher kindly donated by our sponsors
For our final shoot of the season we return to Somerset Shooting Ground with our host and fellow
shooter Robin Heal. Like Barbury this ground has plenty to admire which is always proven by the
amount of entries that return for the Sporting and FITASC monthly shoots held at the ground.
If you fancy joining us please contact me in the usual way.
Finally many thanks to Hugh Stevens and his team at Barbury for a fantastic day, we certainly will be
looking forward to returning there next year.
Thanks also as always to Greenfield Guns our sponsors for their very generous support and if you
haven’t had chance to visit the new shop please make the effort. Greenfields are one of the country
leading gun shops, with a very comprehensive stock of new and used guns. They also stock a huge
range of both competition and game cartridges at very competitive prices
Our final shoot of the season was kindly held by Robin Heal and his team at Somerset Shooting
ground. As many of you know this Shooting Ground resides in the grounds of the famous
Glastonbury festival site, overlooking the stunning festival area and surrounding Mendip Hills.
Weather and conditions were absolutely perfect for an autumn days shooting at this popular venue
and again we had a new name at the top of the score sheet. Darren Moon scored an impressive 88
to take ‘High Gun,’ on what most certainly proved to be an extremely challenging course. Equally
impressive was ‘A’ class winner Jeff Waters who scored 87 and one of only a few entrants that
managed to increase their classification score. Another new winner was Chris Dare taking ‘B’ class on
77. Meanwhile Rob Aldous who never misses a shoot was rewarded with a ‘C’ class win on 63. It was
also great to see Geoff Huggins win ‘D’ class on 61, Geoff started shooting since retirement and has
been a great supporter of our shoots year on year.
High Gun – Darren Moon 88.
Class A – Jeff Waters 87, Sam Sawyer 86, John Pool & Martin Elworthy 85.
Class B – Chris Dare 77, Colin Mathews 76, Richard Taylor 75.
Class C – Rob Aldous 63, David Moss 59, Chris Turvey 58.
Class D – Geoff Huggins 61, Duncan Jeans 56, Rob Fricker 54.
Most improved – Chris Dare 77 + 7. Draw prize winner Dave Upton
Both Chris & Dave Upton win a £50 voucher kindly donated by our sponsors Greenfields.
For this particular shoot Robin Heal very generously gave £300 to be distributed between the four
class winners including the high gun within their respective class, therefore £75 has been awarded to
Darren, Chris, Rob & Geoff respectively. Thankyou Robin for not only the gift – but being a keen
participant, supporting our shoots and holding two great events this year. This is greatly appreciated
and I am sure everyone will be looking forward to our return to your ground next year.
We still have one more shoot to round the year off which will be held in December at Purbeck
Shooting School. The date will be Thursday 23rd December and for those that are not aware Gale has
returned to the catering side of the business and has promised a Christmas meal for us all!
I will of course send out details in November, however entry for the shoot is now is open and can be
booked in the usual way.
Finally many thanks to Greenfields for their fantastic support in the difficult times that we have all
witnessed and suffered since their sponsorship began. With winter approaching and many of you
looking forward to the game season, please remember that Greenfields stock an immense range of
guns, game cartridges and suitable attire to grace the shooting field. For those of you who may or
may not have recently visited the new shop, Christmas is coming so please drop a few hints to your
other halves that Greenfields are sure to have something that would fit nicely into a Christmas
February 2018 saw the takeover of Roundwood Shooting School by Andy Shaw, Bob Bailey & Dave Hughes. The hidden but famous shooting ground can certainly be proud of its heritage. Over the years many famous names have shot and competed at the prestigious venue which was originally developed by Charles Church shortly after he purchased the estate. The ground was also used by Beretta to develop and test their shotguns to produce the guns that we all are familiar with today.
After what must have been a difficult time since taking over, the new ground owners have done a remarkable job. Those who know and have enjoyed the ground will certainly appreciate the works that have been done. The ground has now been opened up with vast clearance which has created new areas to enjoy targets and certainly make more of the famous tower.
With some excellent shooting It was great to see new names at the top of the scores list as well as winning all the classes. Sam Sawyer scored an impressive 90 to take high gun and also achieved a straight 25 on the tricky rifle range layout. Class ‘A’ again had a new name with Martin Hill scoring 89, ‘B’ class saw an impressive performance by Alan Bullock 82. Meanwhile ‘C’ class met with honours shared between Jim Boddey & Nicholas Wood scoring 76. A fine battle took place in ‘D’ class between Keith Edwards & Ryan White, both shooting impressively to again achieve a shared score of 67. Both also competing for the most improved award which eventually went to Keith on + 14.
High gun – 90 Sam Sawyer.
A class – 89 Martin Hill, 88 John Pool, 86 Robin Heal.
B class – 82 Alan Bullock, 80 Dave Coward, 79 Andy Vickery.
C class – 76 Jim Boddey & Nicholas Wood, 72 Steve Vickery.
D class – 67 Keith Edwards & Ryan White, 62 James Donnelly.
Most improved Keith Edwards + 14. Greenfields draw prize winner Bill Joyce
Both win a £50 voucher kindly donated by Greenfield Guns.
Next month we travel to Barbury Shooting Ground on Thursday 19th August. Barbury is fast becoming one of the talked about shooting venues, hosting many major championships . With its new facilities and gun shop this is sure to be a great day out for us all to enjoy. We will again shoot AM & PM and with entries now open you can book your place by contacting me in the usual way.
Finally thank you to all who came to Roundwood to enjoy a splendid day hosted by Andy Shaw and his team. If anyone fancies returning to the ground it is open for lessons and private parties to enjoy.
Thank you as always to our generous sponsors Greenfield Guns for their support. Don’t forget that they have a huge range of shotguns in stock with demonstration models available to try at our FITASC events. Please contact them for details or to ask about a demo gun.
It seems normal and perhaps taken for granted that our monthly shoots are full at every venue. Being that the Nicholls family were certainly one of the instigators of FITASC for local enthusiasts this was sure to be a popular event. Many of you will know that the ground is open every Wednesday evening from 4pm until dusk and for those who thought they may have mastered the layouts were certainly in for a surprise. Again we were spoilt with an exceptional course spread over six layouts and as usual the vast area was used exceptionally well to produce targets and combinations that could have graced any major FITASC championship. The day was made complete for both am and pm entrants with an exceptional spread of food from the bbq following their shooting.
Once again after a long drive from Cornwall Martin Elworthy blew the field away to take ‘High Gun’ with a score of 97, to only miss three targets on what was certainly an extremely testing circuit – was truly astonishing. Robert Taylor kept his impressive form going by achieving another score with a 9 in front, winning ‘A’ class on 90. Chris Boult also kept his strong form going to win ‘B’ class scoring 84. Chris Turvey stormed ‘C’ class by 5 targets with a total of 75. Meanwhile Kari Dobbs 67 shot exceptionally well to not only win ‘D’ class by 4 targets but to takes the most improved award with +8.
High gun – 97 Martin Elworthy.
A class – 90 Robert Taylor, 88 Chris Griffin & Colin Hanson, 86 Stuart Holland.
B class – 84 Chris Boult, 82 Simon Salvidge, 81 Dave Pike.
C class – 75 Chris Turvey, 70 Steve Vickery, 68 Jim Boddey & Dai Jones.
D class – James Donnelly 63, Kari Dobbs 62, 59 Peter Gibbons.
Most improved award Kari Dobbs +8 who wins a £50 Greenfields Voucher. Draw prize wins a £50 Greenfields voucher and Alan Bullock who also wins a £50 Greenfields voucher.
The standard of shooting has in recent years risen tremendously and without doubt development of traps, targets and layouts have contributed immensely. If you look on the CPSA website at results for any shoots, the guys that win drop very few targets. In the early days of Farmers FITASC some 9 years ago a score of 90 would have been exceptional as it was on the national circuit. This month two thirds of the guys that shot at Barrow Farm were either A or B in our own classification status, with just under one third achieving a score of 80 or above. As Will Thatcher once told me, the only way to improve is to put cartridges through the gun and plenty of them!
For those who enjoyed the venue at Barrow Farm, it is open for 100 bird FITASC every Wednesday during the summer from 4pm until dusk with supper – for details John 07734978988 or Mark 07734978986.
Next month we move to Roundwood Shooting Ground SO21 3BA to enjoy the refurbished ground, where again it will be Am & Pm start times. Entries are now open for Thursday 15th July, so if you fancy booking in to this famous ground – please contact me in the usual way.
Finally thank you to the Nicholls family and all of their team involved at the shoot for looking after us and putting on a fantastic day. Thanks again to Greenfields for their tremendous support and not forgetting Rob Allen for his work with the results and leader board.
Our second shoot of the year was certainly a huge success for all 60 that attended and enjoyed the extensive layouts at Purbeck Shooting School. Once again entrants travelled from as far afield as Shropshire & Cornwall to compete and enjoy the day put on by the Graham and his team. With several 100 meters of tarmac tracks & roads now constructed, all the layouts are easily accessed by either foot or golf buggy. Plenty of thought and preparation had obviously been employed prior to our shoot, with the FITASC layouts all geared to “new system”. This not only increased the array of targets, but ensured that all squads were kept flowing and on time and of course easily enabled government and CPSA guidelines to be adhered to.
With the calibre of guns that now enjoy our shoots together with the new entrants to the discipline, comments were that the shoot and targets were spot on. Nothing to beat you up or too extreme and certainly no gimmies – but plenty to think about with clever combinations.
Some superb shooting from 6 guns who all achieved scores in excess of 90 topped by Martin Reynolds with an impressive 95 to take high gun. Robert Taylor 93 shot another tremendous score to win ‘A’ class by a single target over last month’s high gun Martin Elworthy 92. Another excellent score was achieved by ‘B’ class winner Paddy Croft 91, pipping Patrick Langdon 90 in the same class again by a single target. ‘C’ class winners shared were Ken Haydock and John Mascall 79. Yet another impressive achievement was the score of Henry Miller 72 who not only won ‘D’ class but improved his ffc by + 24. However the most improved score of the day was that of James Donnelly scoring 66 and improving by + 25. Ensuring that the lower end achievements were equally as impressive as the top shooters.
High gun – 95 Martin Reynolds.
Class A – 93 Robert Taylor, 92 Martin Elworthy, Martin Hill 90.
Class B – 91 Paddy Croft, 90 Patrick Langdon, 84 Chris Boult & Richard Pike.
Class C – 79 Ken Haydock & John Mascall, 79 Britta Beach.
Class D – 72 Henry Miller, 68 Tab Bywater, 66 Peter Gibbons.
Most improved 66 + 25 James Donnelly.
Greenfields draw prize winner Dave Coward
Both James and Dave win £50 vouchers kindly donated by Greenfields
Next month we visit the Nicholls family at Barrow Farm, Witham Friary, BH11 5HD on Thursday 17th June. This is always a popular venue and if you are planning to join us please be sure to book your preferred start and or squad arrangements as soon as you can.
Finally thank you to Graham & Sam Brown and all the staff at Purbeck Shooting School for a superb day. Thanks as always to Greenfields Guns for their generous support and sponsorship. Not forgetting of course Rob Allen for his work regarding the scores and leader board.