Gatton Bottom 21st May 2023
Summer finally arrived this weekend and we saw some wonderful shooting from two of the world’s best shooters at GATTON BOTTOM SHOOTING GROUND.
The *OVERALL HIGH GUN* was JAMES ATTWOOD who shot an excellent 98/100.
James then drove from HORNE CLAY PIGEON CLUB (GATTON BOTTOM SHOOTING GROUND) and went back to the CPSA ENGLISH OPEN at Eriswell Lodge in Suffolk and came second out of approximately 1111 entries.James shot 113 and won a four way shoot off.
Many Congratulations James…what a perfect day’s shooting!.
In second place came GEORGE DIGWEED MBE who shot an excellent 97.
Jamie Brightman shot (96), Hamish McDougall and Lee Fisher both shot (95).
KEN UPTON won the A CLASS having shot (91). Joint second came AARAN HUNTON and KEITH ARCHER who both shot (87). Another shooter to mention is Alex Stone (86).
Winner of the B CLASS was MARCUS PAGE (86) followed by DANNY KENT, MIKE HUNTON and GEORGE HALLOUMAS (85)
RYAN JONES won the C CLASS having shot a very good (84). In second place came TERRY HOLMES (82). Other shooters to mention are Graham Best (80)Sean Bartholomew (80) and David Cleall (79)… good shooting to you all.
JOINT VETERAN HIGH GUN was DAVID CHANNER and RON KING (88)
LADY HIGH GUN was CEYLA ISMET who shot an excellent (90) … well shot CEYLA x
In second place came NICKY GREY (87) followed by NORMA CURTIS (81)
JUNIOR HIGH GUN was AARAN CHRISTIE who shot (87)… This polite young 13 year old is one to watch for the future. Another junior shooter to mention is Fletcher Gillingham who shot (81)
GLYN HENLEY won A MEMBERS (91), ALAN WIBDEN won the B MEMBERS (80)and BOB BARNES won the C MEMBERS
NEXT SHOOT… SUNDAY 4 JUNE 100 REGISTERED ENGLISH SPORTING ( ALL SHOOTERS ARE WELCOME) GATTON BOTTOM SHOOTING GROUND, REIGATE, SURREY
SHOOT STARTS AT 10.00AM LAST ENTRIES 3.00PM
Please note that we have had to cancel our shoot on JUNE 18, as it is the LONDON TO BRIGHTON BIKE RACE (And they close off Markedge Lane !! I unfortunately forgot
Thank you all very much for your support today and we hope to see you all again on the
** 4 JUNE **
We wish everyone a perfect week
Gatton Bottom 8th May 2023
Well what an extraordinary and wonderful Coronation weekend!.
Day 1. The first Coronation in 70 years proved to be a sumptuous, seamless and often surreal ceremony. Millions of people across the UK and all over the world watched and celebrated the coronation of King Charles 111..crowned in a ceremony full of pageantry and symbolism. Thousands of people lined the streets in London to watch the King and Queen make their way to and from Westminster Abbey, where about 2,200 people, including the Royal family, faith leaders, heads of state and celebrities were there to witness the event.
It was a day of pomp, ceremony and grandeur complete with a 22-carat gold, 360 year old crown, a flypast, and a gold state coach. The horses looked magnificent. It was easy to forget that Princess Anne will turn 73 in August 2023 as she played a special role ( Gold -Stick-in Waiting) protecting her brother on horseback after the formal ceremony ended. Of course Anne is one of the worlds most accomplished riders and has always worked tirelessly behind the scenes supporting many charities and good causes; Never looking for recognition or attention, Anne simply does her best to support her mother and now The King.
Lighter moments included five year old Prince Louis who entertained us on the balcony of Buckingham Palace; Cheeky Louis was slow clapping, swaying and yawning
And then there was Penny Mordaunt’s skilful sword carrying skills which were worthy of all the admiration and discussion on social media
Day 2. The Woodley’s then enjoyed a lovely family coronation get together on the farm which will be repeated once again in the very near future. ( A nasty virus meant that sadly not everyone was able to be there yesterday, as they know only too well that they now have to protect the vulnerable oldies! )
Family means everything to us, and we are blessed to all live along the road from each other. I am happy to keep the colourful and happy bunting and banners in situ until we are all well enough for the second belated coronation tea party
Day 3. We were blessed with the weather today at GATTON BOTTOM, REIGATE, SURREY.
The forecast was for rain all day, however with the exception of the odd drops of rain it remained dry and fairly warm throughout the day.
We thank you for all your positive feedback and kind words. There were lots of happy faces and the shoot ran like clockwork on what was a busy day. A big thank you to all the scorers and everyone who helped to make the shoot possible. Without your help there would be no shoot and everyone involved works hard to ensure everything runs smoothly on the day.
The star shooter of the day was JAMIE BRIGHTMAN who scored an awesome 100/100.
We have been organising shoots since the early 1980’s (Yes, we were only children ourselves when we held our first shoots and only half a dozen shooters have achieved a perfect 100. The concentration involved as well as gun control is immense and the shooters who either watched Jamie shoot today or competed in the event, will tell you that this was brilliant shooting on the day.
Second in AA CLASS was HAMISH McDOUGALL who also shot an excellent 98/100. Other shooters to mention are FABIO DIMARIA (97) and SCOTT SHUCKFORD (97).
MARK BIRD won A CLASS (95) and in SECOND PLACE came KEITH ARCHER (91). Other shooters to mention are SHAUN SHERWOOD (90), ARRAN HUNTON (90) and JULIAN TUCK (90).
The winner of B CLASS was JOHN MURRAY (90) followed by DOGAN HASSAN and RICCARDO who both shot (88).
TERRY HOLMES won the C CLASS having shot an exceptional (89), followed by MICHAEL OLDFIELD (83)
LADY HIGH GUN was CEYLA ISMET who shot an excellent 88/100.
NICKY GREY, HANNAH GIBSON and CHRISTINE ATKINSON were all only one clay behind on (87).
VETERAN HIGH GUN was MARTIN JOHNSON (94) followed by KEVIN LILLYWHITE (92) and KEN UPTON (89).
JUNIOR HIGH GUN was AARON CHRISTIE (89) … well shot Aaron.
Followed by FLETCHER GILLINGHAM (82) and DOMINIC SELL (76)
JOINT WINNERS OF A MEMBERS was GUY PARKER and ALLAN RICHARDS (92)
QUENTIN PREBBLE won the B MEMBERS (79) and DAVID NOLAN won the C MEMBERS (66).
NEXT SHOOT 100 CPSA REGISTERED ENGLISH SPORTING
NEXT SHOOT… **SUNDAY MAY 21** GATTON BOTTOM SHOOTING GROUND
Shoot starts 10.00am Last Entries 3.00pm
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL AGAIN ON THE 21/5/23 …Many congratulations to all the above shooters and we thank you for your support.
Any specific cartridge orders email firstname.lastname@example.org FAO MICHELLE
Gatton Bottom 30th April 2023
Well that was a first! We all enjoyed a dry and sunny day which was absolutely perfect for clay pigeon shooting. It has been one of the wettest April’s on record; Plans have been made and then changed multiple times… The weather has been a nightmare for farmers!.
We saw some excellent shooting todaynfrom BILLY GREENWOOD who shot 98/100 and took home £100.
Only one clay behind, SIMON FENNER (97) followed by JOE CLARKE (96)JAMES MURRAY (95) HAMISH McDOUGALL and ROB REYNOLDS (94)
The winner of A CLASS was KENNY BENNETT (97). Kenny was the joint highest scorer of the day. In second place came PHIL BARNES and JULIAN TUCK (92), followed by CHRIS MORGAN (91)
RICCARDO VERRILLI won the B CLASS, Joint second was IAN PATTINSON and
TERRY HOLMES won the C CLASS, Joint second was MATHEW COOKESLEY and SCOTT MARSHALL.
LADY HIGH GUN was MOYÀ CHERWAYKO who shot a very good (84) followed by NICKY GREY and NORMA CURTIS who both shot (80)
MARTIN GOLDIE won the VETERANS CLASS (88) followed by DANNY SMITH and then KEN UPTON.
DAN KING won the JUNIOR CLASS with an excellent (91) followed by T.SELL(88)
DENIS CHRIS shot (84)and D.SELL (79)
ALLAN RICHARDS won the A MEMBERS,ANDREW SMITH won the B MEMBERS and DAVID FOLEY won the C MEMBERS
Well shot to ALL the above shooters
A big thank you to everyone who supported us today and we hope to see you all again on
THE KING’S CORONATION WEEKEND
BANK HOLIDAY **MONDAY MAY 8th** at GATTON BOTTOM SHOOTING GROUND.
100 REGISTERED ENGLISH SPORTING (ALL SHOOTERS ARE WELCOME)
Shoot starts at 10.00am Last Entries 3.00pm
Please may I politely remind you that you must keep your guns in a gun slip at all times until you enter the shooting ground. Also all shooters must wear glasses ( Either shooting glasses, prescription, sun or clear safety glasses) plus of course hearing protection.
We hope that you all enjoy the KING’S CORONATION on SATURDAY with family and friends (Or on your own with a glass of wine ) and we hope to see again on BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY. Please email email@example.com if you have any specific cartridge orders before Saturday if at all possible.
Gatton Bottom 10th April 2023
Firstly, **HAPPY EASTER** to you all and a massive thank you to all the scorers and to everyone who helped us with the shoot today. I particularly wish to thank Ricky Ray who had started to feel unwell yesterday…However, he still turned up for work this morning and worked all day in the rain so that he did not let us down
We also wish to thank all the shooters who braved the weather to support us.
The winner of AA CLASS and the HIGH GUN on the day was STRUAN BRODIE who shot an excellent 95/100.
Joint second was MATT HANCE and BILLY GREENWOOD who both shot (94)
GEORGE DIGWEED MBE and JAMIE BRIGHTMAN (93)
The winner of A CLASS was BARRY TAYLOR (92) followed by TRISTAN LAMBERT (91)
Other shooters to mention are JOHN ELLISON (86), KEVIN GREENWOOD and MARK LYES (85)
DANNY KENT won the B CLASS (85) and in second place came DOGAN HASSAN (83)
Another shooter to mention is RICCARDO VERRILLI (82)
RYAN JONES won the C CLASS with a very good (83) followed by TOM HAYLER (81).
TOM SHERWOOD shot (79) JOZEF GODZISZ shot (78), SAM EVANS (68)
VETERAN HIGH GUN was MARTIN JOHNSON (85) JIM INGLIS was only one clay behind (84)
LADY HIGH GUN was RACHEL ATTWOOD (61)
JUNIOR HIGH GUN was WILLIAM GOODWIN (60)
RICHARD GUNNER won A MEMBERS (88)
ANDREW SMITH won B MEMBERS (79)
BOB BARNES won C MEMBERS (75)
Congratulations to all the above shooters
For all our lovely shooters who follow the highs and lows on the farm! ….
Firstly the good news … Our lovely new combine has been delivered. It is a Claas Trion 650 with a 7.5 meter header. We will of course not need the machine until JULY, when it will have 1,100 acres to combine. We have grown all winter crops this year, including winter oilseed rape which is combined in JULY.
Now the bad news Our 5 meter power- harrow has broken, therefore we are deciding whether to part exchange for a new one or rebuild the machine at a high cost.
We have been busy fertilising and spraying the arable crops, which has been somewhat challenging since we have just experienced the wettest March in over 40 years for England and Wales.
The access roads to one of our farms nearest to Lingfield has been subject to flooding which has caused a few headaches. However, the good news is that we have managed to stop our farmhouse from flooding
The war in UKRAINE continues to influence the grain market. Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, has threatened to abandon a landmark grain deal with Ukraine if obstacles to Moscow’s exports remained. The agreement last July allows Ukraine to export grain through a safe corridor in the Black Sea.
NEXT SHOOT… SUNDAY 30 APRIL
100 CPSA REGISTERED ENGLISH SPORTING
CASH IN CLASSES AA, A, B, C PLUS LADIES, VETERAN, JUNIOR AND MEMBERS CLASSES
(ALL SHOOTERS ARE WELCOME)
SHOOT STARTS AT 10.00 AM LAST ENTRIES 3.00 PM
Refreshments available throughout the day and a full range of cartridges available to purchase.
Please email any specific cartridge orders to firstname.lastname@example.org FAO MICHELLE FIOCCHI, LYALVALE, HULL AND GAMEBORE
Gatton Bottom 26th March 2023
Firstly, we would like to thank all the scorers and everyone else who helped us with the clay shoot today. It was a damp and cloudy day, and we really do appreciate your help and loyalty even on a less than ‘Spring like’ Sunday.
The rumour is that Easter weekend is going to be warm and sunny ; And if this becomes true, then we can all look forward to our EASTER BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY SHOOT on APRIL 10th
**100 CPSA REGISTERED** (All shooters are welcome)** CASH PRIZES IN ALL CLASSES**
The joint winners of AA CLASS today were JAMES MURRAY & BEN WALKER who both shot a very good 94/100. Only one clay behind JAMIE BRIGHTMAN (93)
CHRIS PEACOCK won the A CLASS (88) followed by ARRAN HUNTON who shot (87) Other shooters to mention…MAX DANIEL (86), RYAN STRONG (85)
The winner of B CLASS was DAVID GARRETT (83) followed by ROBERT DRAKE (81) Other shooters to mention are RICK VERRILLI (79), JAMES WILKINS and COLIN CROME who both shot (78)
The winner of C CLASS was JOSEF GODZISZ having shot a very good (82). RYAN JONES came second with (80)
Other shooters to mention … DAVE BARDWELL (70),MATT VERBEATON (68) and BEN WILKINS (68).
VETERAN HIGH GUN was DANNY SMITH (87)
Another shooter to mention is KEVIN LILLYWHITE (86)
LADY HIGH GUN was LIZ SALMON (72)
JUNIOR HIGH GUN was WILLIAM GOODWIN (58)
ALAN RICHARDS won A MEMBERS(93)
RICHARD GUNNER won B MEMBERS (87)
PETER NICOLL won C MEMBERS (75)
Congratulations to all the above winners.
For all those who follow what is happening on the farm… the answer is “Not a lot “ The wet weather is becoming very frustrating and the price of corn has dropped so dramatically that farmers can only wonder if they will manage to break- even next harvest. In some cases chemical has gone up around 40% which is not sustainable.
Any farmer who was intelligent enough to sell his corn and oilseed rape at the start of the war in Ukraine will be feeling extremely happy. However, the rest of us will be feeling rather less happy and in some cases downright miserable!
As always we wish you all a perfect week and we hope to see you all again over the Easter Bank Holiday.
Gatton Bottom 5th March 2023
It was really lovely to see so many of you again after a three month break from running “open shoots”. It was a very cold spring day and we wish to thank everyone who helped to score the cards, fill the traps and keep the shoot running smoothly.
We welcomed four new trainees today, all of which have been offered jobs. A big thank you to our regular scorers who looked after the recruits all day and trained them up.
**OUR NEXT SHOOT IS SUNDAY 26 MARCH** 100 ENGLISH SPORTING
GATTON BOTTOM SHOOTING GROUND Shoot stars 10.00am
J. BERWICK was overall *High Gun* and won the AA CLASS with an extremely good 94/100
Joint second … HAMISH McDOUGALL and ADRIAN SMITH who both shot a good (92)
Winner of the A CLASS was CHARLIE POLLEN who shot (88) In second place came PAUL CORNWELL (85)
Joint winners of B CLASS were D. HASSAN and MAX WHITTINGTON who both shot (81).
RYAN JONES won C CLASS having shot (72) Joint second was JOHN BRADBURY and ALEX DAVIDSON (71)
KEVIN LILLYWHITE won the VETERAN CLASS (88)
JUNIOR HIGH GUN was DAN KING (83)
NORMA CURTIS won the ladies class (67)
MEMBERS A CLASS WINNER was BARRY TAYLOR (82) B MEMBERS was won by RICHARD GUNNER (80) and BOB BARNES won the C MEMBERS (75)
Congratulations to all the above winners.
We thank you for all your support and kind words. We received such a nice welcome back and it was good to catch up with everything that had gone in your lives since the last shoot!.
Please remember to pre order your bulk CARTRIDGES prior to the 26/3 to ensure that we have everything in stock that you would like to order. EMAIL… email@example.com
We will of course have plenty of stock on the trailer, but today we had some difficulty fulfilling some additional sales over and above the orders.
For those who like to hear about the farm …. We have been busy fertilising and spraying. We haven’t got any spring drilling this year but there are always plenty of other jobs to do on the farm .. Ditching, painting and generally trying to keep everything looking tidy.
I expect that many of you will have watched the latest series of Clarkson’s Farm. The programme is extremely entertaining and I recognise so many of the problems …having experienced most of the hurdles of trying to get planning approved etc over of the years just to keep the farm viable. The fixed and variable costs involved in running a farm are mind blowing these days, and cash flow/budgets are often thrown out of the window by events which are totally out of the farmer’s control. However, it is one of the best jobs in the world and it is hugely rewarding to see the crops grow from seeds in the ground .. Until harvest, when the crops are taken to the mills and merchants to feed the country.
Clarkson’s Farm shows the everyday problems that farmers face; It is hilariously funny!.
The H & S is a bit “controversial”, however the Clarkson series points out why so many accidents happen every year on the farm, and quickly reminds us why taking care whilst operating machinery is so important In my opinion, brilliant television.
Wishing you all a perfect week and we hope to see you all again on the 26/3