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.
Our first shoot of 2021 was most certainly enjoyed by a full entry. The shooting ground at Pilton is fast becoming a place that everyone wants to shoot, proved easily as the entry was filled within 12 hours of the announcement and those who were lucky enough to have shot were certainly not disappointed. The effort and thought that was put in by Robin Heal was plain to see, those who had shot the registered FITASC just 6 days previously were again treated to a vast array of targets that were totally changed from the previous event. As always with events at the shooting ground, the day ran with out a hitch seeing the smooth flow of squads and layout changes as 49 competitors enjoyed the excellent event at Somerset Shooting Ground.
The testing four layouts proved difficult for many however a new name to our shoot – Martin Elworthy, made the trip from Cornwall to win the shoot by 6 targets with an impressive 95. Equally impressive was two ‘B’ class shooters, John Hatchard winning the class on 89 and Alan Bullock on 88, John also improving his classification by 18. Class ‘C’ was handsomely won on 76 by David Moss. Class ‘D’ created a battle between three with the honours shared on 59 between Kari Dobbs & Paul Nesbit-Bell.
High Gun – 95 Martin Elworthy.
Class A – 88 Martin Reynolds, 87 John Pool, 86 Sam Sawyer.
Class B – 89 John Hatchard, 88 Alan Bullock, 86 Dan Brain.
Class C – 76 David Moss, 70 Rob Aldous, 67 Chris Turvey.
Class D – 59 Kari Dobbs & Paul Nesbit-Bell, 57 Ryan White.
Most improved gun + 18 John Hatchard.
Draw prize winner James Cuff
Both John & James win £50 vouchers kindly donated by Greenfields.
Next month we move to Purbeck Shooting School for our next round of FITASC, where Graham and Sam Brown have certainly made the most of lockdown. Following some major investment the ground has been revamped with areas expanded and new layouts constructed. Please note that the day has changed for this shoot only, being that it will be held on Wednesday 19th May. If you would like to join please book with me in the usual way – entry is now open.
Finally a huge thank you to Robin and Liana at Somerset Shooting Ground for a fantastic start to our season. Thanks also to all who took part in our first shoot of 2021 and not forgetting of course our sponsors Greenfields Guns at Salisbury for there very generous support and not forgetting Rob Allen for his work on the scores and leaderboard.
Great British Shooting Awards 2021
Voting is now open for the Great British Shooting Awards 2021.
There are several categories that you are able to vote for including many products that we sell and give advice on here at the shop.
Obviously one of the most important categories for us is ‘Retailer of the Year’
Please show your support for Greenfields and click on the link below to register and place your vote!
Please scroll to the second page and in the box that states retailer of the year please put ‘Greenfields Of Salisbury’
This is the only category that you, the public can nominate an individual retailer!
The shop renovations are almost complete, we hope to be able to welcome you all back very soon to our brand new shop!
Thank you for your continued support through these strange times.