IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION .. CPSA REGISTERED SHOOTS CANCELLED
HORNE CLAY PIGEON CLUB **GATTON BOTTOM SHOOTING GROUND** REIGATE, SURREY (SHOOTS CANCELLED DECEMBER 3rd and DECEMBER 17th)
Please note that both the above CPSA REGISTERED shoots have been cancelled.
We will be hosting PRACTISE ONLY SHOOTS at GATTON BOTTOM until we resume competition shoots next MARCH. We will also continue to offer company days and events.
The dates of all our future practise days will be confirmed in due course and will be seen on our website www.clayandcountry.com
(Please continue to check the website for details)
Until we see you all again at the shooting ground, please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to book any company days or group events before or after Christmas and into the New Year. We look forward to seeing all our lovely friends and shooters again soon.
Michelle, Steven & Family
Gatton Bottom 19th November 2023
The highest scoring shooter on the day was TONI DIXON who shot an excellent (91) ….well shot Toni.
The winner of AA CLASS was TOM UPTON (90) followed by IAN BROWN (88)
TONI DIXON won the A CLASS (91) followed by DAVID GREEN, MARK LYES and MARK BIRD who all shot (90)
NATHAN HAMPTON won the B CLASS (88) followed by OWEN LEWIS (83)
Other shooters to mention are RUSSELL CRANFIELD (82), DAVID CLEALL, MARK EASTWOOD and M. SELL who all shot (80)
The joint winners of C CLASS were CHRISTOPHER SWAIN and DANIEL FOWLE who both shot (81). Another shooter to mention is ALAN WIBDEN (79)
The winner of the VETERAN CLASS was KEVIN LILLYWHITE who shot (90) followed by MARTIN JOHNSON (89)
Congratulations to all the above class winners.
Steven and I would like to thank everyone who attended the shoot today and for your continued support.
We were extremely lucky with the weather after such a prolonged period of wet weather.
The next shoot is **SUNDAY 3 DECEMBER** 100 CPSA REG ENGLISH SPORTING (All shooters are welcome) Shoot starts at 10.00am last entries 3.00pm
Any specific cartridge order please email email@example.com
We look forward to seeing you all again soon.
Gatton Bottom 22nd October 2023
We all enjoyed a perfect sunny day at GATTON BOTTOM SHOOTING GROUND.
The winners of AA CLASS were MICHAEL SMITH (86) and KEVIN LILLYWHITE (86)
DAVID GREEN won the A CLASS with a very good (88) followed by CHRISTOPHER PEACOCK(85). Another shooter to mention is Mark Holloway (84)
The JOINT winners of B CLASS was STEVE BLANCHARD and DANNY KENT who both shot (80)followed by Russell Cranfield (79)
STEPHEN GARDNER won the C CLASS having shot a very good (84). In second place came DANIEL FOWLE (79) Another shooter to mention is JOHN REAKS (78)
VETERAN HIGH GUN ….MARTIN GOLDIE (87)
LADY HIGH GUN was NICKY GREY (83)
JUNIOR HIGH GUN …TRISTIAN SELL who shot a good (83)
I feel that I must mention Paul Cornwell who didn’t enter the CPSA competition today, but shot an excellent (93) Well shot Paul!
NEXT SHOOT …SUNDAY 5 NOVEMBER
GATTON BOTTOM SHOOTING GROUND, REIGATE, SURREY
100 REGISTERED ENGLISH SPORTING (ALL SHOOTERS ARE WELCOME)
Shoot starts 10.00am Last Entries 3.00pm
Thank you all for your kind feedback today and we hope to see you all again on the 5 NOVEMBER.
Any specific cartridge orders, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle, Steven and everyone involved in the organisation of the shoot today wish you all a perfect week.
Gatton Bottom 15th October 2023
GATTON BOTTOM SHOOTING GROUND, REIGATE, SURREY. What a change in the weather today. Last week felt like summer ;Today only a maximum of 10 degrees, blue skies and sunshine.
Firstly, we would like to thank all our lovely shooters who supported us. We also wish to thank all our loyal scorers and helpers who made the shoot possible. Steven and I are always grateful to each and every one of you for all your help.
PLEASE NOTE:-Our next shoot is NEXT SUNDAY 22 OCTOBER
The *Shooter of the Day * and *OVERALL HIGH GUN* was BILLY GREENWOOD who shot an awesome 97/100.
Anyone who shot the shoot today will know that the targets were tricky and will understand how brilliant Billy shot at GATTON BOTTOM on what was a cold autumn day.
Second in AA was STEVE WHITELOCK who shot a good (92)
The winner of A CLASS was JON FARR (89). Second place went to ARRAN HUNTON (85).
Other shooters to mention are Andy Anderson, Mark Holloway and Barry Taylor who all shot (82).
GEORGE HALLOUMAS won the B CLASS having shot (79). MICHAEL DOBINSON and MATTHEW ETHERINGTON were joint second with (75).
The winner of C CLASS was CHRISTOPHER SWAIN who shot a very good (79) followed by BEN WILKINS (77). Other shooters to mention are STEPHEN GARDNER and MARK HARRIS (72) JOHN REAKS shot (71).
VETERAN HIGH GUN was GEOFFREY DUNCTON (82) followed by Martin Goldie (81)
LADY HIGH GUN was STEPH HARVEY (75)
JUNIOR HIGH GUN … FLETCHER GILLINGHAM who shot a very good (87)
We hope to see you all again next Sunday.
As you know, we sell a full range of cartridges at the shoot. Any specific cartridge orders please email email@example.com FAO Michelle
As always, we wish you all a perfect week.
Gatton Bottom 1st October 2023
We would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy new month. OCTOBER… where has the year gone!?. I just cannot believe that we are already heading towards winter.
The “Shooter of the day” was KEVIN LILLYWHITE (93). Second in AA CLASS was CHRIS SMITH (90)and another shooter to mention is Edward Halliday (88)
The winner of A CLASS was M. LYES (91) followed by MAX DANIEL (90) and another shooter to mention Mark Hudson (88)
STEVE BLANCHARD won the B CLASS having shot a very good (83). DANNY KENT came second (80) … John Crosby (78), Colin Crome and C. Linford (77)
The winner of C CLASS was LEONARD FEENEY who shot (81) followed by STEPHEN GARDNER and D J ROUGH who both shot (79)
VETERAN HIGH GUN was MARTIN JOHNSON who shot an excellent (91). Ken Upton and David Channer (83)
LADY HIGH GUN was SARAH WHITE (83) followed by June Speakman (82)
The winner of JUNIOR HIGH GUN was FLETCHER GILLINGHAM (86)
We would like to thank everyone who supported us today. I would also like to thank you Ashley for helping us on your Birthday!.
NEXT SHOOT… SUNDAY OCTOBER 15
100 CPSA REG ENGLISH SPORTING (All shooters are welcome)
Shoot starts at 10.00am Last Entries 3.00pm
Full range of cartridges available. Refreshments available throughout the day.
Any specific cartridge orders please email firstname.lastname@example.org
FARMING NEWS… We are drilling second wheats next week. The first drilled crops are now greening up and looking well after the very welcome rain. We are busy spraying, drilling and fertilising; There is always plenty of work to do on the farm. Even when we can no longer travel by tractor on the land; There is still ditching, roadside hedge cutting and pigeon shooting.
Wishing you all a perfect week and hope to see you all again soon.
Gatton Bottom 17th September 2023
Steven seemed extremely excited when he got up at 5.00am this morning knowing that the forecast was rain!.
May I explain …. Our drilled crops and fields are looking desperate for a drink; Not to mention the dreaded flea beetle!.
I was feeling very torn!. I wanted the rain for the crops but in my mind I was definitely praying for a dry day until the shoot had ended. I feel that we both had our wishes come true because it remained dry until 1.00pm and although we had showers it soon became dry again at 2.30pm (Now I am hoping for a very,very wet week to give the land a good soak)
The two “Shooters of the day” were BILLY GREENWOOD and TONY COULSTOCK who both shot a very good 95/100. Only one clay behind was ALEX COBB (94)
The winner of the A CLASS was DANNY SMITH (91), followed by KEVIN GREENWOOD (88). Two other shooters to mention are MARK HOLLOWAY and ANDY ANDERSON who both shot (84).
RHYS FERRIER won the B CLASS (79) followed by DANNY KENT & DAVID CLEALL (77)
The joint winners of the C CLASS were STEPHEN GARDNER and NICHOLAS GERASCH who both shot a very good 77/100. Daniel Rough shot (71) and Dean Walker shot (65).
Great Britain team gold medalist shooter KENNY BENNETT won today’s VETERAN HIGH GUN having shot 86/100. Another shooter to mention is Martin Goldie who came second having shot (83)
LADY HIGH GUN was RACHEL ATTWOOD (55)
JUNIOR HIGH GUN was FLETCHER GILLINGHAM (85)
GLYN HENLEY won the A MEMBERS (83) and ALAN WIBDEN won the B MEMBERS (73)
** NEXT SHOOT SUNDAY OCTOBER 1st ** GATTON BOTTOM SHOOTING GROUND, REIGATE, SURREY
100 ENGLISH SPORTING CPSA REGISTERED (ALL SHOOTERS ARE WELCOME)
SHOOT STARTS 10.00am LAST ENTRIES 3.00pm
Full range of cartridges available at every shoot. Any specific cartridge orders please email
email@example.com FAO Michelle
Refreshments available throughout the day
Any shooters who would prefer that their score card/cartridges are ready and waiting for them when they arrive at the shoot may prefer to pay by bank transfer. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for bank details to make payment.
We hope that you all have a perfect week and look forward to seeing you on the 1/10/23
Gatton Bottom 3rd September 2023
We all enjoyed a wonderful sunny day at HORNE CLAY PIGEON CLUB (GATTON BOTTOM SHOOTING GROUND), REIGATE, SURREY
The sun was shining and we saw some fabulous shooting from JAMIE BRIGHTMAN who scored a brilliant 100/100. Well shot Jamie and we wish you good luck in Psachna, Greece. Jamie, is shooting the 19th WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP COMPAK SPORTING. (Finale World Beretta Cup)
In second place came KEVIN LILLYWHITE (97) followed by MULTI, MULTI WORLD CHAMPION GEORGE DIGWEED MBE ( Including WORLD FITASC CHAMPION 2023) and PAUL POULTER who both shot (96)
We wish both GEORGE, JAMIE and all the other shooters a safe journey and much success in Psachna.
MARK HUDSON won the A CLASS having shot (92) followed by JULIAN TUCK (90).
Other shooters to mention Ross Gillingham (88)and Martin Johnson (88).
DANNY KENT won the B CLASS (84) followed by DEREK BEALES, RYAN JONES, DAVID CLEALL who all shot (81).
First in C CLASS came RUSSELL HUMPHRIES (79) and in second place came MICHAEL BRADBURY (78). Other shooters to mention are David Ponsford (76) and Stephen Gardiner (73).
Winner of the VETERAN HIGH GUN was KENNY BENNETT who shot a very good (93) followed by KEN UPTON (88)
JUNIOR HIGH GUN was FLETCHER GILLINGHAM (90)
JOINT LADY HIGH GUN…. CEYLA ISMET and LIZ SALMON who both shot (86) xx
Rob Taylor won the A MEMBERS (85)
Andrew Smith won the B MEMBERS (74)
Peter Nichol won the C MEMBERS(70)
Congratulations to all the above winners and we thank you for your continued support.
NEXT SHOOT SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 17th
100 CPSA REGISTERED ENGLISH SPORTING
SHOOT STARTS 10.00 am LAST ENTRIES 3.00pm
Refreshments available throughout the day. Full range of cartridges
Any specific cartridge orders please email email@example.com FAO Michelle
We hope that you all have a wonderful week and enjoy the perfect summer sunshine.
Gatton Bottom 27th August 2023
HORNE CLAY PIGEON CLUB (Clay & Country Sports UK)
**GATTON BOTTOM SHOOTING GROUND** SUNDAY 27 AUGUST
Firstly, we would like to thank all the shooters who supported us today on August Bank Holiday Sunday.
The shooter of the day was without any doubt HAMISH McDOUGALL who shot an excellent (94).. well shot Hamish!.
Second in AA was TONY COULSTOCK (91)
The joint winners of A CLASS were NICK WATTS and S. BEALES who both shot a very good (91). Another shooter to mention is Dave Corney who shot 90/100.
ROBERT DRAKE won the B CLASS having shot (82) and in joint second place came DANNY KENT & MIKE HUNTON (80).
The winner of C CLASS was DAVID CLEALL who shot a very good (77) Joint second was ADAM BAVERSTOCK and NATHAN HAMPSON who were only one clay behind on (76)
LADY HIGH GUN was NICKY GREY who shot a very good 85/100. In second place came MOYÀ CHERWAYKO (77)
VETERAN HIGH GUN was MARTIN GOLDIE who shot a very good (90)
JUNIOR HIGH GUN was C. BEALES (66)
MEMBERS HIGH GUN was GLYN HENLEY (81)
Congratulations to all the above winners and we hope to see you all again next Sunday.
NEXT SHOOT SUNDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 100 BIRD ENGLISH SPORTING CPSA REGISTERED (All shooters are welcome) SHOOT STARTS 10.00am LAST ENTRIES 3.00pm. Refreshments available throughout the day. A full range of cartridges are always available. FIOCCHI, HULL,LYALVALE etc
**ANY SPECIFIC CARTRIDGE ORDERS PLEASE EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org**
For those of you who follow our farming news.. We have thankfully crossed the finish line and completed this year’s combining. And today we have also finished drilling the oilseed rape.
This is a very welcome end to one of the most challenging harvests for over a decade. Continued periods of rain delayed combining, which was a complete contrast to last year’s harvest where prolonged dryness allowed for the earliest and quickest harvest since 1976.
More than 110 MPs have signed an open letter calling for supermarkets to back the nation’s farmers by adding *Buy British* tabs to their websites.
The filter would direct shoppers to homegrown food to help boost the economy and to cut the UK’s carbon footprint.
The market continues to be all over the place and we never know when to sell; You can guarantee that whenever we sell it will be the wrong time, as we have never had any luck gambling
We hope that you all enjoy the rest of the Bank Holiday weekend and hope to see you all again next weekend.
Gatton Bottom 6th August 2023
After a washout Saturday, we were blessed with a dry day at GATTON BOTTOM SHOOTING GROUND today.
From a farming point of view, I really cannot remember such a difficult harvest; It seems to have rained nearly every day since the end of June. Everything seems to be stacked against us on the farm this year, but as long as our family keep safe and well we are truly blessed. Without good health the rest of life becomes insignificant.
The winner of AA CLASS was TONY COULSTOCK who shot 92/100. In second place came JOE LING (91). Another two shooters to mention are LEE FISHER and HENRY ARNOLD who both shot (90)
NICK WATTS won the A CLASS with a very good (93) .. This was actually the highest score on the day; Well shot Nick.
Joint second in A CLASS was MARK HOLLOWAY and JAMES SMITH who both shot (87)
The JOINT winners of B CLASS were DANNY KENT and LEO FALCONE who both shot (85). Another shooter to mention is CARL SMITHERS (84).
DEAN WALKER & DAVID CLEALL were joint winners of C CLASS having shot a very good (80) Another shooter to mention is RYAN BRITNELL who shot (79)
JOINT VETERAN HIGH GUN … KEN UPTON & MARTIN GOLDIE who both shot (84)
LADY HIGH GUN was MOYÀ CHERWAYKO (82) followed by STEPH HARVEY.
JUNIOR HIGH GUN … FLETCHER GILLINGHAM (81)
ROB TAYLOR won the A MEMBERS (83) PETER COCKERELL won the B MEMBERS (75)and PETER NICHOL won the C MEMBERS (69).
Congratulations to all the above shooters and we thank everyone who supported us today.
NEXT SHOOT … SUNDAY AUGUST 27
100 CPSA REGISTERED ENGLISH SPORTING EVENT SHOOT STARTS AT 10.00 am LAST ENTRIES 3.00 pm ( ALL SHOOTERS ARE WELCOME) CASH PRIZES IN ALL CLASSES AA, A, B, C, LADIES, VETERANS, JUNIOR AND MEMBERS CLASSES
It is with great sadness that our close friend Reg (Who ran the DRAGON CLAY SHOOT for many years) sadly passed away on Friday. Steven and I have known Reg and his lovely wife Caroline for about 37 years. Reg and Caroline were always there if we needed any help or support.
The first time that we met Reg was when he came along to one of our clay shoots near to where we farm in Outwood. Reg had only just started clay shooting and I like to think that after a friendly chat, we helped him feel more confident that day as it was his first English Sporting competition shoot.
Reg became a member of our shooting club back in the 1980’s and he continued to support us until he became unwell this year. Reg will be greatly missed by all who knew him and our love and prayers are sent to his wife Caroline, family and friends.
Michelle & Steven, our children Clare & Paul, Leigh and Paul (L), Brian and Horne Clay Pigeon Club
Gatton Bottom 23rd July 2023
We were truly blessed with dry weather all day and much of the afternoon was positively warm and sunny.
The shooter of the day was TONY COULSTOCK who shot an excellent (94)
SECOND PLACE went to PAUL POULTER (93)
Two other shooters to mention are ARGUN ISMET and ALEX COBB (92)
The winner of A CLASS was MAX DANIEL (93) followed by RYAN JOHNSON (92).
Another shooter to mention is MARK LYES (90).
BEN GILLAM won the B CLASS having shot (85).Joint second was TOM SHERWOOD and MARK EASTWOOD (84).
The winner of C CLASS was STEPHEN GARDNER who shot a very good (83) In second place came DAVID CLEALL (79) Other shooters to mention are David Ponsford 75/100, Paul Weston 67/100 and Sam Evans 66/100.
VETERAN HIGH GUN was MICK HERRICK (88)
JOINT LADY HIGH GUN was CHARLOTTE KERWOOD and MOYÀ CHERWAYKO (83).
It was lovely to see Charlotte, Nathan and family today. Nathan (HALES) has just returned from Lonato after winning WORLD CUP TRAP GOLD at the ISSF. Nathan also set a new WORLD RECORD scoring 49 in the finals. The previous record was 48 set in 2017 by Fernandez (ESP). In Lanato Nathan was supported by the lovely Charlotte with their young baby.
JUNIOR HIGH GUN was FLETCHER GILLINGHAM who shot an excellent 89/100. Another shooter to mention is BRADLEY ABREY (85).
The winner of A MEMBERS was ROB TAYLOR (88) ALAN WIBDEN won the B MEMBERS CLASS.
We thank you for all your support today; It was lovely to see many of our regular shooters plus we welcomed some new shooting guests. We hope to see you all again next month.
NEXT SHOOT.. SUNDAY 06 AUGUST
100 CPSA REGISTERED ENGLISH SPORTING (All shooters are welcome)
SHOOT STARTS AT 10.00am LAST ENTRIES 3.00pm.
We offer a **Full range of cartridges at very competitive prices**. FIOCCHI, LYALVALE EXPRESS, HULL, etc. Any specific orders please email email@example.com FAO Michelle
Farming news… We have thankfully finished combining the barley and oilseed rape and we have just started combining winter wheat. However, looking at the weather forecast I cannot imagine very much combining being achieved this week due to the irritating (To say the least!) jet-stream.
We have also started the autumn cultivations therefore we certainly won’t be short of work even if the weather is unsettled.
Wishing you all a perfect week and hope to see everyone on the 6 AUGUST.
Gatton Bottom 9th July 2023
HORNE CLAY PIGEON CLUB were extremely fortunate with the weather today at GATTON BOTTOM SHOOTING GROUND; It remained warm (humid) and dry throughout the day.
We would like to thank everyone for their kind words about the shoot again today which is always very much appreciated.
The “Shooter of the day” was TONY COULSTOCK who shot an excellent 98/100. Joint second was JACK BUDD and MAX TARR who both shot (92). Another shooter to mention is JAMES MURRAY (91)
The winner of A CLASS was WILLIAM MAHER who shot a very good (93). Joint second was MARTIN JOHNSON, NIGEL JEFFERY and TOM GRIDLEY (91).
JAMIE PONDER won the B CLASS (89) Second place went to DANNY KENT (88).
Other shooters to mention Carl Smithers (85), Mike HUNTON (85) and LEO FALCONE (84).
SCOTT MARSHALL won C CLASS having shot a very good (88) followed by STEPHEN GARDINER (84). Other shooters who shot well were Ian McDonnell(83),Rhys Ferrier (81), Dave Nester (80) and John Crosby (79)
LADY HIGH GUN was MOYÀ CHERWAYKO who shot an excellent (89) followed by RACHEL ATTWOOD.
JOINT VETERAN HIGH GUN was KEVIN LILLYWHITE and KEN UPTON who both shot (92)
followed by MICHAEL HERRICK (89)
JUNIOR HIGH GUN was FLETCHER GILLINGHAM (91) followed by FINLEY BOWLES (85) and BRADLEY ABREY (84)
OVERALL MEMBERS CLASS HIGH GUN was ROB TAYLOR (89)
It has been a frustrating week on the farm. We decided to change our very reliable combine for a very expensive new one. We started combining winter barley on Friday and all seemed to be going well. Then…. on Saturday the silly machine broke down!. The combine went into “Limp mode”. Apparently, it is the ad -blue sensor (Not what I feel like calling it) and because this is a new model combine they didn’t have a replacement sensor anywhere in the UK. The dealer has had to order the replacement sensor from Germany.
Therefore, the barley remains in the field and the rape is ready to be cut; And at this moment of time we haven’t got a combine!. Steven and I are praying that the new part arrives tomorrow.
One of the joys (Or not) of farming!.
NEXT SHOOT SUNDAY JULY 23 AT GATTON BOTTOM SHOOTING GROUND, REIGATE, SURREY. 100 CPSA REGISTERED ENGLISH SPORTING EVENT. SHOOT STARTS 10.00am LAST ENTRIES 3.00pm.
Full range of cartridges available at very competitive prices.
Please email any specific orders to firstname.lastname@example.org FAO Michelle
PLEASE NOTE…. I am very sorry, but due to circumstances beyond my control, the results will probably not be showing on the CPSA site for several days. I will be phoning the CPSA to see whether or not they will accept the results in a different format so that I can send them manually, but if not we may have to wait a few days. I promise that all the scores will go up to the CPSA but there could be a short delay.
Wishing you all a perfect week and we hope to see you all again in a two weeks time on the 23/7.
Gatton Bottom 2nd July 2023
Firstly, I would like to apologise for the late write up from yesterday’s shoot. This was due to unforeseen circumstances (I was tired) Hopefully that will suffice some forgiveness from those who normally read my write up on a Sunday evening
TWO SHOOTERS shot who shot an outstanding score yesterday and were **OVERALL HIGH GUN** and **WINNERS OF AA CLASS** HAMISH McDOUGALL and RICKY DRAPER (Affectionately known by friends as “Ricky the machine Draper “ who both shot a brilliant 98/100 (Congratulations to you both!)
Another AA shooter shooter to mention Connor Gorsuch (97).
The winner of A Class was JAMES SMITH (94) followed by MIKE BEVIS (91). Another shooter to mention is JOHN WHITE (90)
The winner of B CLASS was STEVE BLANCHARD (91) followed by MATTHEW ETHERINGTON, D. CHARALAMBOUS and MARCUS PAGE who all shot an excellent (89).
NATHAN HAMPSON and LEONARD FEENEY were joint winners of the C CLASS having shot (82). Another shooter to mention is DAVID PONSFORD (81)
LADY HIGH GUN was NICKY GREY (88) followed by MOYA CHERWAYKO (86) and then STEPH HARVEY (82)
Joint VETERAN HIGH GUN was KEN UPTON and MARTIN JOHNSON who both shot (89)
JUNIOR HIGH GUN was FLETCHER GILLINGHAM who shot an excellent (91) another shooter to mention is Kyle Hammal (79)
The winners of the Members classes were (A Class) Alan RICHARDS (90) (B Class) Peter COCKERELL and (C Class) Peter NICHOL (74)
A big thank you to all the shooters who attended the shoot and supported us yesterday. Also an huge thank you to everyone who helped with scoring and the running the shoot. We are all a good team and we look after each other. We welcomed a new scorer who enjoyed himself so much that he will be back next Sunday!.
From the WOODLEY’s point of view; We get to see all our old and new shooting friends.. some of whom we have known since we started running clay shoots in the early 80’s! It was lovely to see friends who had flown from the other side of the world. Those shooters will be travelling on to Hungary at the end of the week to enter the World FITASC Championship.
Steven and I would have loved to have travelled to Hungary for the (45th) World FITASC Championships which is being held in Gant. We travelled to this ground for the European/World Championships in 2019 and the organisation was faultless. Unfortunately (As always at this time of the year) we are busy combining and hence we can only wish all competitors a safe journey, lots of fun and good luck.
We started combining winter barley yesterday with our new machinery. All was going well until rain stopped the combine and now we can only do what all farmers do; Religiously watch the weather forecast and just pray for a dry and successful harvest.
PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR NEXT SHOOT IS NEXT WEEK
SUNDAY JULY 9th …**GATTON BOTTOM SHOOTING GROUND**, REIGATE, SURREY
100 CPSA REGISTERED ENGLISH SPORTING EVENT (All shooters are welcome)
Shoot starts at 10.00am Last Entries 3.00pm.
Please remember to email email@example.com FAO MICHELLE for any specific cartridge orders. We sell a full range of cartridges at very competitive prices.
We hope to see you all again next Sunday and until then we wish you all a perfect week.
Gatton Bottom 4th June 2023
On the 4/6/23 we all enjoyed a perfect summer’s day at GATTON BOTTOM SHOOTING GROUND.
Overall *HIGH GUN* and the winner of AA CLASS was HAMISH McDOUGALL who shot an excellent 98/100 (Well shot Hamish)
In second place came STEVE WHITELOCK (96) and JOHN WARD came third having shot (94).
NIGEL JEFFERY won the A CLASS (92) followed by ADAM PIERRE (91). Another shooter to mention is ROSS GILLINGHAM (90).
The winner of B CLASS was D. HASSAN (90) and BEN GILLAM came second with (88) Another shooter to mention is SEAN BARTHOLOMEW (86)
JIM CLAYTON won the C CLASS (86) followed by DAVID CLEALL (82). Another shooter to mention is Jamie Wilson (81) also Alan Mowat (79) and Peter Satchwell(78)
LADY HIGH GUN was NICKY GREY who shot an excellent (90) followed by Moyà CHERWAYKO (81)
Joint VETERAN HIGH GUN was MARTIN GOLDIE and KEVIN LILLEYWHITE who both shot 92/100.
We saw some fabulous shooting from the JUNIORS. AARON CHRISTIE shot (90) and won the JUNIOR HIGH GUN. Another junior shooter to mention who was only one clay behind Fletcher Gillingham (89) Kyle Hamall shot (81) and Billy Passant shot (79). Good shooting to you ALL. The UK certainly has some talented young Juniors; Who are of course, our future.
GLYN HENLEY won the A MEMBERS having shot an excellent (95) JOHN REAKS won B MEMBERS (85) and PETER NICHOL won C MEMBERS (74)
***IMPORTANT NOTICE/CPSA PULL MAGAZINE AND FIXTURES***
We apologise that the next open shoot is not until the 2nd JULY…
I had advertised (including in the Pull Mag)an open shoot on the 18/6.
BUT I completely forgot that The London to Brighton Cycle Race is held on that day and MARKEDGE LANE is completely closed off to traffic (Except for the bikes who will be raising thousands of pounds for the BHF CHARITY)
However, we hope to see you all again on the 2 JULY. We will be holding a 100 ENGLISH OPEN CPSA REGISTERED EVENT (All shooters are welcome) SHOOT STARTS 10.00am LAST ENTRIES 3.00pm.
July will be an extra busy month for us all on the farm as we will be combining the winter barley as well as the winter oilseed rape.
The extra busy farming period then carries on until the end of November!
If anyone would like to pre order cartridges to collect on the 2/7/23 please email firstname.lastname@example.org FAO Michelle. FIOCCHI/HULL/EXPRESS/etc
Wishing you all a perfect JUNE in the sunshine.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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… firstname.lastname@example.org
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