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Added: 25/06/2017

Shoot Summary

A drisley and damp day in the hills, but a good shoot nonetheless.

Stand 1 – Pair of Driven Away Birds
A well-presented pair of birds, not the most difficult of targets providing you took them early, watching them disappear beyond the main field was a recipe for disaster.

Stand 2 – Left-Right Looper followed on report by Fast Rabbit down the wall.
I love Loopers, presented close in they make lovely big target being presented side on. The Rabbit was pretty quick but simple enough running out a little from the wall.

Stand 3 – Pair of Right-Left Osprey’s
These birds looked awful; most shooters approached this stand with some trepidation but were pleasantly surprised. What appeared a pair of nightmare birds actually fell pretty easily, the secret being taking the leading bird early which then gave you loads of time on the second one.

Stand 4 – Away Bird followed on report by Springing Teal
The Away bird a fairly staple bird on this stand, taking this quickly was the key to breaking them. The high flying teal looks more difficult than they actually were; some people taking them on the rise others on the fall 10ft off the floor, great to watch.

Stand 5 – High Right-Left Crossing Bird followed on report by a fast climbing Away Bird.
The crossing bird again looked difficult but fell fairly easily to a concentrated and steady approach; a very satisfying bird. The away bird appeared from your feet as though startled on a walk-up. I don’t know what was going on with this one as what should have been a straightforward bird caught loads of you out.

Top gun this time was Andy Moore with an impressive 45/50.

A number of you turned in personal bests:

Hannah Howard 36/50
Ryan Jenkins 28/50
Catherine Longton 33/50

Well done you guys, look forward to seeing you all at the next shoot on the 9th July.


Added: 11/06/2017

Shoot Summary

A great turnout today, it was nice to see so many of you. What a shoot, whilst the rain stayed off the wind made things interesting.

Stand 1 – Pair Left-Right Crossers

Nicely presented side on and close in, one of the easier stands of the day even though the wind helped them off on their way! Some good scores on this today.

Stand 2 – Left-Right Looper followed on report by Slightly Quartering Away Rabbit

The High Looper was very much wind powered carrying a fair bit of pace. Side on and close in though not a massively difficult target; though you had to be quick. The Rabbit, what can I say another work of evil genius courtesy of Peter Cooper….. To be fair the Rabbit wasn’t as bad as it looked (and it did look awful) with it running down the field it did tend to trick you into shooting over the top.

Stand 3 – Pair of Left & Right Splitting Away Birds.

One of the trickier stands today, the left hand bird best taken quickly in classic DTL style wasn’t that hard but by the time you had taken this the second bird was a fair way out. If you managed to get dialled in on it quickly it fell to a consistent approach.

Stand 4 – High Quartering In Bird followed on report by Fast Climbing Away Bird

Again if you managed to get dialled into this high bird you were OK, high and fast and affected by the wind this was a fantastically satisfying bird when hit. The Away Bird fell to a steady and quick shot, this one of the easiest birds of the day.

Stand 5 - Away Bird off the left shoulder followed on report by Fast Driven Away Bird from front of stand.

A familiar setup on stand 5 today, the driven bird off the left shoulder a little more challenging than usual due to the gusty conditions. The driven bird appeared like a startled game bird at your feet and flew fast steeply up and away. Game shooters love this bird, relatively easy to finish the round.

I think the setup was well balanced today with the normal spread of scores, top guns today were Tom Oliver and Dom Peel with respectable 43/50.

Also a couple of personal bests, Matthew Donlon 24/50 and Tony Ogden 14/50 so well done to you guys.

Anyway, hope you all had fun today and look forward to seeing you all at our next shoot on 25th June.



Added: 28/05/2017

Shoot Summary

Thanks to all those who turned out today, overall a quiet shoot with many members being committed elsewhere for the bank holiday.

Stand 1 – Pair of Driven Away

A great stand which saw a pair of birds driven away, a clean sheet was very much on the cards if you could hold your concentration.

Stand 2 – Pair of Away Birds off the right shoulder.

A nicely presented pair of birds which appeared over your right shoulder before turning in and flighting across in front of the stand. A good score on this stand was to be had if you could hold your concentration.

Stand 3 – Left-Right Quartering followed on report by a Right-Left Quartering Bird

The first bird the slower of the two falling relatively easy followed on report by a much faster target which rapidly flew out of range if you weren''t on it quickly.

Stand 4 – Away (edge-on) Looper followed on report by a Right-Left Rabbit

The edge on Looper looked a daunting target but not so in reality, getting on it fast was key and turned into a fairly straight forward kill. The Right-Left Rabbit was quite slow but made more difficult by the random bounces.

Stand 5 – Away Bird off the right shoulder followed on report by a fast Away Bird off the right shoulder.

This bird off the right shoulder was fairly quick and dropped below the horizon if you weren''t quick. The second bird off the left shoulder was again nicely presented but soon dropped out of sight if you weren''t quick.

No personal bests today but Dave Beard was top gun with a respectable 44/50.

See you all next time, take care.


Added: 14/05/2017

Shoot Summary

Thanks to all those who turned out at the first shoot following the lambing closure, what a fantastic day; the weather was surprisingly good and perhaps perfect conditions.

Stand 1 – Pair of Driven Osprey’s
A great stand which saw a pair of birds driven in and flighted across the stand close in, a clean sheet was very much on the cards if you could hold your concentration.

Stand 2 – Left-Right Rabbit followed on-report by a Slow Away Bird off the right shoulder.
The rabbit was a tricky target which you had to get to quite quickly to stand a chance (it doesn’t count if it breaks on the wall!) the bird was a nice easy target that floated away on the right hand side, another chance for a good score.

Stand 3 – Right-Left Quartering followed on report by a Left-Right Quartering Bird
The first bird a much faster bird clibing fast and quartering away, this bird needed more lead that you may have first thought. The 2nd bird a more sedate offering sailing left to right whilst gently climbing. This was probably the most difficult stand of the day.

Stand 4 – Right-Left Looper followed on report by a Straight Away Bird
I love Loopers, huge target area close in, what could possible go wrong? The Away Bird nicely presented fell fairly simply if you got on them quickly.

Stand 5 – Away Bird off the left shoulder followed on report by a fast climbing Away Bird from in front of the stand
This bird off the left shoulder seems to be a staple on this stand (time for a change methinks), fairly easy but could pick up some speed when the wind changed and got behind it.

Top gun today was Tom Oliver with a fantastic 47/50.

Overall a fairly easy shoot, it was setup this way as we had a small corporate shoot coming in at 13.00, a good number of you turned in personal bests:

Michael Betts 79/100
Andy Hay 30/50
Michael Kane 85/100
Alec Kerrigan 40/50
Andy Lees 44/50
Andy Longton 42/50
Jordan Moore 43/50
Simon Moran 32/50
Paul Moreland 46/50
Tom Oliver 47/50
Brian Polwin 42/50
Andy Rhodes 40/50
Lisa Robinson 22/50

Tom, just for you I''m putting the Fauxdegla pictures on the website as well as Facebook.


Added: 11/05/2017

Shoot Re-Opens 14th May

Hi All

Just to confirm with you all that we will be open as usual on the 14th May.

The forecast is good so it would be great to see a good turnout at this first shoot after lambing.j



Added: 03/04/2017

Shoot Summary

It was good to see so many of you yesterday, the milder spring weather no doubt playing a part in that. Let’s hope that this is the start of the nice weather for the 2017 season.

Stand 1 – Simultaneous pair of fast incoming birds.

Probably the easiest stand at the shoot on Sunday, taking the first bird early was the key to success here. Targets of increasing opportunity saw many turn in 10’s. 

Stand 2 – Simultaneous pair off the right shoulder.

A bogey stand for many (including me), these targets were presented side on making them a big a target as possible, don’t know why they were as difficult as they were but they were……. 

Stand 3 – Fast low looper followed by high looper on report.

An interesting stand, we ran the rabbit trap up a ramp to produce a low looping target, you had to be quick as the target opportunity was only a short window; the shooters who just got on with it shot well while those who convinced themselves it was hard didn’t. The second bird was a fantastically presented high looper which provided an easy shot. 

Stand 4 – Fast away bird followed on report by high springing teal.

A contender for the easiest stand was stand 4, the first bird flying straight away at pace fell to quick acquisition. The springing teal on report was again a target of increasing opportunity which sat high in the air just begging to be broken. 

Stand 5 – Fast right-left quartering bird followed on report by an away bird in front of stand.

The right-left bird appeared over the right shoulder moving at pace, limited time to shoot it before it vanished over the lip of the gully, it shot easier than it looked. The 2nd bird on report was a startled bird from your feet in front of the stand, another straight forward bird which proved a card filler for a few of you.

Top gun on the day was James Crowther with an impressive 48/50, well done James.

Club Trip

As the shoot is closed for lambing on 30th April 2017 we have once more arranged an away day, this year we intend to visit:

Fauxdegla Shooting Ground

www.fauxdeglashootingground.co.uk

11 sporting traps

2 compact stands (5 traps each), DTL, Skeet etc.                              

Mini bus will depart Uppermill Square at 09.00 on Saturday 29th April, returning approx 16.30.

Costs:

Coach: £16.25

£25 per 100 Clays

Shells £4.50 Box (25)

Note there will be limited spaces available, if you''re interested you can either let Catherine know at the next shoot tomorrow (16th April 2017) or me by email (paulm@rhcpc.co.uk). Strictly first come, first served. Open to non-members also.

Only 8 spaces left!



Added: 02/04/2017

Shoot News

Shooting as usual tomorrow, weather forcast is looking OK so looking forward to seeing you all.

Club Trip

As the shoot is closed for lambing on 30th April 2017 we have once more arranged an away day, this year we intend to visit:

Fauxdegla Shooting Ground
www.fauxdeglashootingground.co.uk
11 sporting traps
2 compact stands (5 traps each), DTL, Skeet etc.
                                       
Mini bus will depart Uppermill Square at 09.00 on Saturday 29th April, returning approx 16.30.

Costs:
Coach: £16.25 (TBC)
£25 per 100 Clays
Shells £4.50 Box (25)

Note there will be limited spaces available, if you''''re interested you can either let Catherine know at the shoot tomorrow (2nd April 2017) or me by email (paulm@rhcpc.co.uk). Strictly first come, first served. Open to non-members also.


Added: 05/03/2017

2017 Membership Deadline

Firstly thanks to all those who have renewed already, you guys can ignore this message.

Everyone else, tomorrow is the last date for 2017 renewals if you do not do so then you will be asked to shoot at non-member rates. If you then choose to renew after this date it will be treated like a new membership and subject to the normal £10 joining fee.

If you are not at tomorrow''s shoot then I''m happy to take renewals by post if that is more convenient. If you are unable to renew by post please email me to confirm when you will be renewing.

Please don''t put us in any awkward situations, we feel that 2 months is already a generous grace period.


Added: 12/02/2017

AGM Reminder

AGM Date

The Cross Keys, Uppermill

Friday 17th February at 7.30 PM (room available for us from 7pm)

Sandwiches and chips at 9.00PM

Just to remind you that whilst the existing commitee are happy to continue in their roles, nominations are invited for the executive offices: Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary. If you would like to nominate someone just let Paul Moreland know before the AGM date.

2017 Membership is now due; we have again decided that there is no justification increasing costs this year, the shoot prices remain the same and membership renewals are £25. we would appreciate you renewing in a timely manner.



Added: 22/01/2017

Shoot Summary

22/01/2017 - Shoot Summary

Thanks to all of you who turned out at this week’s shoot, I think it was one of the nicest setups, just the right level of difficulty.

Stand 1 – Pair of left-right quartering birds

Really nice presentation, quartering quite close in they were relatively straight forward, unless you''d had a skin full at the Beaters Meal the night before!

Stand 2 - Rabbit straight down the wall followed on report by a left-right looper

The jumpiest rabbit in the world, totally random hops and skips what a joy! The looper as always a fantastic sight picture a magnificent arc into the perfect kill position. A great stand to shoot unless you''d had a skin full at the Beaters Meal the night before!

Stand 3 – Pair of right-left crossing birds

A bit of a change on 3 today with a nice forced pair crossing from the right, they were tricky little beggars though. All instincts said shoot them early but the reality was you didn''t have much chance to do so. Surprisingly easy to take way over to the left unless you''d had a skin full at the Beaters Meal the night before!

Stand 4 – Right-left climbing crosser followed on report by a left-right climbing crosser.

Another nice stand, usually found on stand 3 these targets were bang on, they looked much harder than they actually were unless you''d had a skin full at the Beaters Meal the night before!

Stand 5 – Away Bird (off left shoulder) followed on report by an away bird from in front of the stand.

The first bird appearing over your left shoulder was fairly straight forward fallig fairly easily, the 2nd bird startled from under your feet had a real game feel to it, falling fairly easy to all those who hadn''t had a skin full at the Beaters Meal the night before!

Top gun this week was Andy Moore with a 46/50, well done Andy.

AGM Date Confirmed

The Cross Keys, Uppermill

Friday 17th February at 7.30 PM (room available for us from 7pm)

Sandwiches and chips at 9.00PM

2017 Membership is now due; we have again decided that there is no justification increasing costs this year, the shoot prices remain the same and membership renewals are £25. we would appreciate you renewing in a timely manner.

The only exception to this is we are going to start charging for the hire of guns, historically we have loaned guns FOC, moving forward we will now be charging £5 per person/per 50 bird round.



Added: 08/01/2017

Shoot Summary

Thanks to all of you who turned out at this week’s shoot it was one of the busiest shoots for quite some time. It was touch and go as to is we were going to cancel the shoot due to the poor visibility, really pleased we didn’t as it turned out to be a great shoot.

Stand 1 – Pair of Rising Away Birds

Perhaps the most difficult stand with the 2nd bird disappearing into the mist if you weren’t quick off the mark.

Stand 2 – Left-Right Quartering Rabbit followed on report by Right-Left Looper

The rabbit was difficult to see in the gloomy conditions but that didn’t seem to stop most shooters bagging them, the looper was a very clear standing out against the grey sky providing a full sid profile quite close in.

Stand 3 – Pair of incoming Left-Right Quartering Birds

On the surface of things these should have been a nightmare but as they were driven in they didn’t disappear and could be shot close in, may cleared this stand which is always satisfying.

Stand 4 – Right-Left Climbing Crosser followed on report by Left-Right Crossing Bird

Another misleading stand which was easier than they would have suggested at first glance, the 1st bird the more difficult I would say but still many people cleared it.

Stand 5 – Away Bird (off left shoulder) followed on report by Away Bird (off right shoulder)

The first bird appearing over your left shoulder was fairly straight forward fallig fairly easily, the 2nd bird however proved tricky to read for many to read, others however were on them and had little difficulty in again shooting the stand well.

Considering the conditions, I think we got the setup bang-on as many put in personal bests. Top gun this week was Andy Hobson with a spectacular 47/50, a couple of 44/50’s were also turned in.

2017 Membership is now due; we have again decided that there is no justification increasing costs this year, the shoot prices remain the same and membership renewals are £25. we would appreciate you renewing in a timely manner.

The only exception to this is we are going to start charging for the hire of guns, historically we have loaned guns FOC, moving forward we will now be charging £5 per person/per 50 bird round.



Added: 11/12/2016

Shoot Summary

Thanks to everyone who turned out for the shoot today, it was a wild one but still DRY!

It was a nice setup today that in calmer conditions would have been an easy shoot. The wind however had some different ideas!

Stand 1 - Right-Left Quartering Rabbit followed on report by an away bird.

The rabbit a bit tricky as the window of opportunity was quite small but no too testing as it was still quite close in. The away bird should have been straight forward but the wind was playing all sorts of games with it.

Stand 2 - A pair of Osprey''s throwing a simulated pair (Left-Right) of "High Pheasant".

Probably the hardest stand of the day, a fantastically presented pair high and fast (thanks to the wind), if you were on them you were on them, if not a very disappointing stand.

Stand 3 - Left-Right Quartering bird followed on report by a Right-Left Quartering bird.

These birds setup in a semi-standard location had a twist this time, as the birds cleared the wall they were "flattened" by the wind which caused them to drop rapidly.

Stand 4 - Away bird followed on report by a Right-Left Looper.

The away bird was fast and again jigged in the high wind, this made them much more difficult that they ought to have been. The Looper was beautifully presented providing a great sight picture, you had to be quick though as the wind was helping it on its way!

Stand 5 - Away bird appearing over left shoulder followed or report by Teal (almost) rising straight away.

The away bird appeared over your left shoulder assisted by the wind, this wasn’t that difficult of a bird. The 2nd bird on report was like a startled gamebird rising rapidly and slightly away.

So as this was the last shoot of 2016 all it leaves me to do now is wish everyone of you a very Happy Christmas, stay safe and we''ll see you on the 8th January 2017.



Added: 25/05/2016

Shoot News

Hi all, just to let you know the shoot will be open again as usual on the 29th May. We look forward to seeing you all again after our short break.


Added: 10/05/2016

Club Trip - 15/05/2016

We have again arranged a trip to another shooting ground while we are closed for lambing. However, the response have been somewhat underwhelming as we have only filled 9 of the 16 seats as it stands this trip will cost the the club £115. It would be great if you were able to support this event and come and enjoy an away day with us.

This year our annual trip will be to:

Park Lodge Shooting School, Goole.

Date: 15th May

Pickup: Uppermill Square at 8AM

Returning: 2PM approx.

Transport: approx. £16.50pp

Clays are charged at .31p each and shells will be available at our normal rates.

The are already only 9 places left, remaining places will be allocated on a first come basis, if you would like a place please let me know ASAP.


Added: 17/04/2016

Shoot Summary

Thanks to all of you who turned out for the shoot today, despite the worrying weather forcast we were able to shoot over fantastic "blue bird" skys.

Stand 1 - Left/Right Looper followed by a Left/Right Rabbit on Report

A tricky stand, the looper flying high and fast caused a few problems, the rabbit had a fair bit of pace ti it (Andy did say I''d wound it up too far!) but it fell to a consistant approach every time.

Stand 2 - Pair of Osprey''s

Appearing over the wall and flying straight across the stand at close quarters these birds were much harder than they looked.

Stand 3 - Driven Away followed by an Straight In Bird on Report

This was the easiest stand of the day providing you got on the away bird quickly, my novice guest scored a 9!

Stand 4 - Pair of Right/Left Crossers

Another forced pair, this time much harder, very fast you needed to be on your "A" game to take high numbers of these.

Stand 5 - Right/Left Crossing Bird (High) and a Straight Away Bird (Low) on Report

The work of an evil genius! A truly awful offering courtesy of Peter Cooper. The crosser from the top of the gully didn''t provide you with much time before disappearing below the skyline the away bird no easier flying below the blue sky background becoming lost in the dark gully. You had to be quick to hit it before the clay hit the waterfall (that doesnt count as a kill).

Just to remind you all, we will be closed for the next 2 shoots to allow lambing to take place undisturbed.

1st May 2016
15th May 2016

As usual we will be running a club trip on 15th May, once we''ve ironed the details out I''ll pass it on via here/facebook and email. Remember firstn come, first served as places are limited.



Added: 05/03/2016

Shoot News

Pete and myself have been up to the shoot this morning, the roads are all pretty good upto the bottom of the lane, the lane itself is passable with care (4x4). However once up there the conditions are much worse, there''s approaching 12" of snow so there would be no parking available up there. Probably more importantly whilst we could get the traps out of the container we wouldn''t be able to move them to their positions.

So taking all things into account we''ve taken the decision to close the shoot tomorrow, sorry for any disappointment this causes, we will extend the deadline for renewals for another shoot.


Added: 21/02/2016

Shoot Summary & AGM Notice

Another windy day making shooting difficult, the number of scorecards that ended up in the bin backing this up! Those that were submitted were much lower than normal.

Top guns today were:

James Crowther - 38/50 & 35/50
Alan Wood - 32/50
Brian Polwin - 31/50

Stand 1 - A driven pair rising steeply away under power, the windy conditions making these easy looking birds testing to say the least!

Stand 2 - Left-Right Looper followed by a Rabbit running down the wall. Again the wind certainly got behind the Looper earlier shooters had to deal with a much faster target than those who shot a little later after the wind had dropped a little. moving at Mach 2 this was a very challenging target. The Rabbit was running well, the odd jump made for interesting shooting as the cross-wind caught it and it jumped over the wall.

Stand 3 - Forced Pair of Osprey (left to right), the wind causing these birds to drop quite suddenly which meant you had to be on them sharpish. Very difficult I felt despite them looking fairly straight forward.

Stand 4 - Right-Left Crossing Bird followed by a Springing Teal from behind the board. The crossing bird flew smoothly (assisted with a tail-wind) and fell to the gun fairly easily. The Springing Teal was fantastic, climbing to appogee without too much interference from the wind before stalling and sitting in the air briefly for you. All in all probably the easiest stand of the day.

Stand 5 - Right-Left Quartering Away Bird followed by a Driven Away Bird. The Right-Left bird appearing over your right shoulder giving plenty of opportunity to break. The Driven Away Bird appeared over your left shoulder and skirted the lip of the left hand side of the gulley top before falling quickly out of sight.

The single red snap-cap we found last week still hasn''t been claimed if its yours ask at the counter at the next shoot, we''ve kept it safe for you.

The date for the AGM is Thursday 25th Feb at The Cross Keys, Uppermill From 19.00. Pie, Chips ''n Stuff will be served around 21.00. It would be wonderful to see as many of you as possible in order for you to have a say in the way your club is run.



Added: 07/02/2016

Shoot Summary

First a gentle reminder that membership for the 2016 Season is now due, there is no increase again this year so the renewal fee is £25, we would appreciate you doing so ASAP. Can I just remind you that the March cut-off shouldn''t be regarded as the "due date"$$ this is a discresionary window, January is the "due date"!

So having spent the last 3 hours entering the outstanding score cards into the database I''m pleased to say its now all up-to-date. I''m also pleased to announce that I have made a New Years Resolution NOT to leave them so bloody long again.......

OK as you will be aware it was a tad breezy today (I''m chuckling to myself as I type this) which made the shoot "testing" to say the least and this was reflected in the scores (a large number not turned in). Top gun today was Paul Hulme 31/50 followed by Paul Moreland 30/50 and Michael Kane 29/50.

Stand 1 - Right-Left Quartering Rabbit with a Fast Climbing Away Bird on report. Great stand today with the wind making the rabbit hard to read, the away bird with lenty of power was largly unaffected by the wind and gave  great target presentation.

Stand 2 - Left-Right Looper followed Right-Left Quartering Away Bird. Well the wind certainly got behind the Looper moving at Mach 2 this was a very challenging target. The wind was in your favour however for the 2nd bird which appeared over your righ shoulder and stalled at about 20yds; one of the easier targets today I think.

Stand 3 - Forced Pair of Osprey (left to right), the wind causing these birds to drop quite suddenly which meant you had to be on them sharpish. Very difficult I felt.

Stand 4 - Forced Pair of Osprey (right to left), the wind didn''t affect these birds as much as the previous stand, not as difficult as first impressions with them falling to a nice smooth consistant approach.

Stand 5 - Away bird skirting the lip of the left hand side of the gulley followed by a great away bird that was startled from your feet. The left hand bird appeared over your left shoulder and flew nicely being more or less unaffected by the wind. The 2nd bird had a real game-bird feel as though startled on a walk-up. Fairly straight forward to shoot and a contender for one of the easier targets of the day.

We''re trying to sort out the AGM, it''s likely to be the end of February on a Thursday, as soon as we finalise the details we''ll let you know. We would appreciate as many of you as possible attend in order to have you say in the way your club is run.

We found a single red snap-cap today, if its yours ask at the counter at the next shoot, we''ve kept it safe for you.


Added: 09/01/2016

2016 Membership Due

Dear Member

Happy New Year

On behalf of the committee I thank you for your support throughout 2015.

2016 membership is now due, the committee have decided that once again there will be no price increase.

The renewal price for 2016 is £25, could we ask that you renew at your earliest convenience please.

We are finalising the date for the AGM, once agreed we will of course communicate that out to you.


Added: 26/12/2015

2016 Stanley Hague Memorial Shoot Update

Just to let you know that  The Stanley Hague Memorial Shoot tomorrow starts at 12 noon, it expected to be a very busy shoot (if the weather doesn''t put people off) as the top field is likely to be very wet there will be no parking available on it.


It would be helpful if as many vehicles as possible could be parked at The Cross Keys with car sharing to the shoot.


We will open the gate at the bottom of the lane for those who want to leave their vehicles at the bottom, please be aware that this field is likely to be very soft also and that any vehicles are parked at their own risk.


Parking will also be available on the lane above the shoot (but be aware that you may get blocked in and have to wait until those vehicles are moved in order to get out) and the area around the container. Hoping for better weather, see you tomorrow.



Added: 29/11/2015

Shoot News

Hi Guys, firstly thanks to those hardy few who turned out for the las shoot. It was a wild day to be sure. Despite the high winds the top gun on the day was James Crowther with an impressive 44/50.

27th December - Farmers Shoot

27th December 2015
The Stanley Hague Memorial Shoot
AKA The farmers Shoot.

PLEASE NOTE LATER START TIME

The shoot will start at 12 Noon with a Meat & Potato Pie, Chips and Peas reception at The Cross Keys from 5PM.

The format will be a normal 50 Bird Sporting and everybody will shoot at members rates. The Cross Keys have given us permission to bring Port and Stilton so it promises to be a good do.

Please put this date in your calendars and factor it into your Christmas celebrations. Please support the event if at all possible.



Added: 15/11/2015

Shoot Closed Due to High Winds Expected

Hi All, as you can see the weather is appalling and according to the Met Office we are expecting winds gusting up to 50mph.


As a result The Committee have taken the decision to close the shoot this morning. Sorry to you die hard shooters who would have turned up (but you''re crazy anyway), but we believe it''s not only unpleasant but it''s dangerous too.



Added: 08/11/2015

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 the guns of Europe fell silent. After four years of the most bitter and devastating fighting, The Great War was finally over. The Armistice was signed at 5am in a railway carriage in the Forest of Compiegne, France on November 11, 1918. Six hours later, at 11am, the war ended.

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.
Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.
They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England`s foam.
But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;
As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.


Added: 05/08/2015

Important Club News

As you may be aware we are having some building work done to the hut, the entrance door wall has been bowing for a long time now and was in urgent need of attention. Similarly after several break-ins the roof was badly in need of repair also as it was leaking like a sieve....

Due to the bad weather and uncovering some structural issues with the roof this work will not be completed in time for the next shoot on the 9th. So, unfortunately the shoot will not be open on the 9th August, we are confident however be up and running again for the 23rd August.

I wanted to let you all know in plenty of time so you can potentially plan an away day to another shoot.
 
We''re sorry for any disappointment this may cause but hope you can see the bigger picture.

I would like to thank Tim the builder who is doing a sterling job, Rob Godfrey and Benchmark Building Supplies for their generous donation of the materials for the job. Also thanks to James Crowther for getting together the stone tiles for us and his help in doing the work. If you see these guys in the pub, buy them a pint for all their generosity and hard work.

See you all on the 23rd August guys ''n gals



Added: 13/06/2015

Shoot News

Shoot will be open as usual tomorrow 14th June, look forward to seeing you all there. Let''s hope the weather forcast isn''t right!


Added: 02/05/2015

Shoot News

Hi all, just to let you know I''ve updated the online scores, I had a pile of cards going back to February.....

Good response to the club trip, there is only 1 space left on the coach if you would like it please let me know ASAP.

This year we are visiting:

Fauxdegla Shooting Ground
www.fauxdeglashootingground.co.uk

11 sporting traps
2 compact stands (5 traps each), DTL, Skeet etc.

Mini bus will depart Uppermill Square at 09.00 on 17th May, returning approx 16.30.

Costs:

Coach: £16.25

£25 per 100 Clays

Shells £4.50 Box (25)


Added: 18/04/2015

Club Trip

As the shoot is closed for lambing on 3rd & 17th May we have once more arranged an away day, this year we intend to visit:

Fauxdegla Shooting Ground
www.fauxdeglashootingground.co.uk
11 sporting traps
2 compact stands (5 traps each), DTL, Skeet etc.
                                       
Mini bus will depart Uppermill Square at 09.00 on 17th May, returning approx 16.30.

Costs:
Coach: £16.25
£25 per 100 Clays
Shells £4.50 Box (25)

Note there will be limited spaces available, if you''re interested you can either let Catherine know at the shoot tomorrow (19th April 2015) or me by email (paulm@rhcpc.co.uk). Strictly first come, first served. Open to non-members also. 


Added: 21/02/2015

Shoot News

Hi All

Just to let you know we are open as usual tomorrow and look forward to seeing you all at the shoot.

It''s going to be a cold one so make sure you wrap up warm.....


Added: 25/01/2015

25th January - Shoot Closed

Sorry to announce that the shoot will not be open on Sunday 25th January (next Sunday).

We were expecting a delivery of clays and cartridges and it looks unlikely that It would be able to get up and down the lane safely.

We continue to monitor the situation but wanted to give people as much notice as possible.

If anything changes I will of course let you know.



Added: 11/01/2015

Shoot Summary

Thanks to all of you who turned out on such a wild and windy day. The shoot was very definatley much harder than usual with many of you putting in much lower than average scores.

Top Gun this week was Alan Wood with an impressive 41/50, well done Alan.

I''ve uploaded a few shots taken by Andrew Longton at the Stanley Hague Memorial Shoot 2014, you can check them out by clicking here.

AGM Date

The Cross Keys
5th February
8PM Start

All members are urged to attend in order to have a say in how the club is managed. Butties and chips will be provided following the meeting. If you are able to attend could you drop me an email so we can be sure there will be enough food to go round.



Added: 29/12/2014

2014 Stanley Haigh Memorial Shoot Results

Thanks to all of you who turned out to shoot The 2014 Stanley haigh memorial Shoot, the conditions were fantastic for shooting (not so for driving though). Blue-Bird skies over clean white snow with no wind whatsoever, doesn''t get much better than that for the vista!

Stand 1 - On Report Left-Right quartering birds

Seemingly the easiest stand on the shoot with many of you clearing it, would have been better as a forced pair, we''ll see if we can put that right for you next time.

Stand 2 - Left-Right Std Quartering Away Rabbit/Left-Right Quartering Away Bird

The Rabbit looked fantastic running down the snow covered field, a real "Marmite" Bird, you either love them or hate them (James Crowther hates them!) like, The second bird was more problematic as it very fast! This bird fell to a smooth instinctive action, one of the harder birds today I think.

Stand 3 - Right-Left Std Quartering/ Left-Right Std Quartering

A fairly straight forward set of birds on 3, concentration was the key. Both birds falling to a smooth relaxed action. Again a number of shooters clearing this stand also.

Stand 4 - Left-Right Std Quartering/ Right-Left Std Steeply Climbing Crosser

The Left-Right bird by far the more difficult target on 4, acutly quartering and fast meant this had to be taken quite far out where judging the lead was difficult. However that said if you managed to get on them they were a satisfying target to break. The 2nd bird fell much easier, presenting itself in optimal position in the Blue-Bird sky.

Stand 5 – Left-Right Std (kind of driven) / Right-Left Std (kind of driven)

Both birds similar in presentation though differing heights and speeds were designed to deceive you, Again great presentation in the clear skies pretty much in front of you, all in all a nice steady stand.

Fantastic event for the club, one we are very pleased to be able to put on for you guy''s ''n gals, thanks to the Crowther Family for rallying the farmers team, it was a fantastic turnout and a hugely successful day for the club.

This is always a closly fought battle and this year was no different; the result decided over a mere 9 points. The 2014 Stanley Haigh Memorial Shoot winners are:

The Farmers (395)
The Club (386)

Well done you guys. James Crowther collecting the shield on behalf of The Farmers, presented by our special guest Denise Allonby (nee Haigh) who is the daughter of Stanley Haigh.



Top Gun on the day winning a lovely bottle of port was Justin Henthorn with a fantastic 46/50, well done Justin.

Gareth Roberts won the raffle and a fine bottle of Single Malt, well done sugar tits.....

A number of you put in personal bests today, so well done to the following people:

Michael Banks - 36/50
John Bennett - 39/50
Alan Dronsfield - 37/50
Howard Lee - 35/50
Andy Lees - 38/50

Full run-down of scores (sorry for any mis-spellings)

Farmers   RHCPC  
Justin Henthorn 46 Alan Nadin 41
Jerry Slater 41 Mick Goodier 40
James Crowther 41 John Bennett 39
Robert Howard 40 Dean Moore 39
Mark Warrender 40 Ian Whiston 39
Andy Hobson 40 Paul Moreland 39
Alan Waterhouse 39 David Beard 38
Alan Waterhouse 38 Andy Lees 38
Dave Moorhouse 35 Alan Dronsfield 37
Clive Jackson 35 Andy Moore 37
Jake Haigh 33 Peter Cooper 36
Will Peace 32 John Stevenson 36
Paddy 32 Michael Banks 36
Justin Henthorn 32 Mick Goodier 36
Richard Peace 30 Steve Butler 35
Gareth Roberts 29 Howard lee 35
Niall Howard 28 Jeff Nathaniel 34
Paul Howarth 28 Craig Spencer-Smith 34
Andy Moorhouse 27 Andy Longton 33
S Ashworth 26 Andy Rhodes 33
Richard Townard 26 Colin Fogg 32
Hannah 26 Colin Fogg 32
Chris Crowther Snr. 24 Stephen Lees 32
Malcolm Ratcliffe 24 Mel Hewitt 31
Harry Slater 24 John Stevenson 31
Catherine Puller 23 Mel Hewitt 30
B Hall 22 Michael Kane 29
Claire Crowther 21 Barry Slater 28
Michael Buckley 16 Pete Russell 24
B Doherty 12 Pete Russell 23
    Alan Wood 21
    Josh Whiston 19
    Toby Kane 19
    David Dredge 18
    Sam Beard 17
    Paul Hulme 16
    Catherine Longton 13

Nothing else to say but we hope you all have a fantastic New Year and that 2015 brings you every success.


Added: 28/12/2014

28th December - Farmers Shoot

28th December 2014
The Stanley Hague Memorial Shoot
AKA The farmers Shoot.

PLEASE NOTE LATER START TIME

The shoot will start at 12 Noon with a Meat & Potato Pie, Chips and Peas reception at The Cross Keys from 5PM.

The format will be a normal 50 Bird Sporting and everybody will shoot at members rates. The Cross Keys have given us permission to bring Port and Stilton so it promises to be a good do.

Please put this date in your calendars and factor it into your Christmas celebrations. Please support the event if at all possible.



Added: 16/11/2014

Shoot Summary

Thanks to all of you who turned out to support us today. The day started very misty but soon cleared to give a nice bright day even if it was a little chilly. Before we get into todays detail a mention from 2nd November shoot, John Bennett put in a personal best 29/50 so well done to him.

Stand 1 - Pair Std Driven-In climbing

Some good scores today, these birds beautifully presented were straight forward enough, to clear the stand however you had to remain focussed throughout. The number of 9/10 where the last bird was dropped showed this, unlucky guys.

Stand 2 - Right-Left Std Quartering Away/Right-Left Std Looper

The 1st bird wasn’t really that tricky in its own right, what made this bird problematic was the tail-wind which made it very fast! This bird fell to a smooth instinctive action. The Looper is a Marmite bird, you either love them or hate them, again the tail-wind super-charging it, one of the harder birds today I think.

Stand 3 - Pair Std Teal (ish)

Hesitant to call these Teal, this pair of birds were driven in at a very steep angle, beautifully presented high in front of the stand. Fairly easy birds that put a smile on many a shooters face this morning.

Stand 4 - Left-Right Std Climbing/ Right-Left Rabbit

This left-right bird wasn’t as difficult as I was expecting, having seen so many people struggle I was dreading it, but not so a smooth relaxed action saw them break with ease. Another Marmite target the Rabbit, whilst not presented in a difficult fashion still caught many of you out.

Stand 5 – Left-Right Std (driven over crest of gulley)/Right-Left Quartering Away Std

1st Bird floated along the top of the gully to the left, feathered by the wind this bird hovered asking to be shot, I love these birds that appear from over the shoulder from behind. 2nd Bird was much faster though eminently hittable, again a smooth calm approach paid dividends.

Top gun today was Andy Hobson with a great 46/50 and was a personal best also.

A number of other shooters also managed personal bests:

Hannah 35/50
John Bennett (2nd shoot running) 30/50
Andy Hobson 46/50
Howard Lee 31/50
Alan Nadin 38/50
Richard Perrins 34/50
Dave Robson 41/50
Ian Whiston 39/50
Barrie Wood 36/50

Well done you guys.

Special thanks to Jack Cooper, Howard Lee and Michael Banks for their help in running the corporate this afternoon which went very well, the guys who I spoke to really enjoyed the experience and passed on their thanks to the members for allowing them to use the facilities.


Added: 11/11/2014

Remembrance Day

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 the guns of Europe fell silent. After four years of the most bitter and devastating fighting, The Great War was finally over. The Armistice was signed at 5am in a railway carriage in the Forest of Compiegne, France on November 11, 1918. Six hours later, at 11am, the war ended.

 
With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.
Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.
They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England`s foam.
But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;
As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.


Added: 19/10/2014

Shoot Summary

It''s been a while since I’ve had the opportunity to update the site; real life has been a bit hectic unfortunately. Anyway I have updated the score cards so you can check on progress or otherwise.

Thanks to all of you who turned out on this blustery day. Last year we installed a suggestion box which to date hasn''t been used, if you have any suggestions on how the shoot is run you should make use of it. We''ve heard rumours that people have stopped coming because we make it too difficult, rumours are a ridiculous way of communicating with us. If you have something to say, each and every member of YOUR committee are approachable and happy to take on board any queries etc.

Stand 1 - right-Left Quartering Rabbit with a Fast rising Away Bird

A tricky Rabbit that you soon lost if you weren''t quick off the mark caught a number of you out today; fortunately the away bird was more straight forward.

Stand 2 - A pair of Driven In Osprey''s

I love the Osprey''s driven in from the bottom of the field, targets of increasing opportunity should be straight forward enough but not for everyone judging by the pile of pick-ups next to the stand!

Stand 3 - Fast Right-Left Crossing Bird with a Slow rising Away Bird

I thought the Crosser would be mega difficult but fell easier than expected to a smooth and methodical approach and was a fantastically presented target (notwithstanding the wind). The Away bird on report climbed slowly but seemed to drop prematurely as the wind flattened the trajectory. Overall a fairly easy bird though.

Stand 4 - A pair of Teal

A pair of Osprey''s from behind the board (well almost Teal, the wind making these more tricky than expected) presented a nice target picture high overhead, against the grey sky there remained well defined.

Stand 5 - A Low Away (offset left) Bird followed by a left-right quartering Looper

The Harrier on the container roof throwing a low away bird off to the left that appeared just over the gulley top, this not as difficult as first impressions suggested, though you had to be reasonably quick in order to break this consistently. The Looper on report was by far the more challenging bird due to its edge-on presentation.

So a mixed bag of birds again that tested the shooter, a couple of guns today rose to that challenge and turned in personal bests.

Steve Chick 29/50
Andy Lees 35/50

Look forward to seeing you at the next shoot on the 2nd November.


Added: 02/08/2014

Shoot Closed - 10th August

Unfortunately at the next shoot none of the committee are available due to holidays and other events so we have no option but to close the shoot.

The clubs insurance is dependant upon named persons and safety officers being in attendance so we are unable to call in help from members.

Sorry for the inconvenience but it can''t be avoided.

Could you please spread the word to any member who may not have email or internet access.

Regards

Paul Moreland
On behalf of the Committee.



Added: 17/06/2014

Shoot Closed - 29th June 2014

Unfortunately at the next shoot we have a "perfect storm" where none of the committee are available, so we have no option but to close the shoot.

The clubs insurance is dependant upon named persons and safety officers being in attendance so we are unable to call in help from members.

Sorry for the inconvenience but it can''t be avoided.

Could you please spread the word to any member who may not have email or internet access.

Regards

Paul Moreland
On behalf of the Committee.


Added: 18/05/2014

Welcome Back

Thanks to those who attended the first shoot back after the lambing break, wasn''t as busy as I expected given how great the weather was.

Stand 1 - A left-right Rabbit, quite close in and running well (the occasional jump excepted) followed with a slightly quartering bird that rose quickly and steeply.

Stand 2 - My favorites, a pair (forced) of Osprey''s driven in to the stand which curled out to the right at the end of the flight.

Stand 3 - a really fast right-left crosser that if you hesitated left you looking for a dot on the horizon. Followed on report by a Springing Teal that presented itself immediately in front of the stand.

Stand 4 - I think this was most peoples bogey stand, a fast left-right quartering bird that rose steeply out into the distance before coming back closer on the direction of the wind, a very tricky target. Followed on report by a right-left looper that was turbo charged by the wind behind it.

Stand 5 - A pair (forced) driven overhead, these were great sport but you had to be on them, any hesitation saw them fly clean over your head unbroken.

Top shot this week was Andy Moore 42/50.

We look forward to seeing you all at the next shoot, let''s hope the weather is as kind.


Added: 15/05/2014

Shoot Update

Shoot Re-Opens 18/05/2014



Added: 20/04/2014

Coniston Trip

Coniston Trip 20th April

As in previous years we are arranging a club outing to Coniston.

Date: 20th April

Pickup: Uppermill Square at 8AM

Returning: 2PM approx.

Transport: approx. £14 pp (assuming all seats are filled)

Coniston have agreed to let us shoot at members rates and we will be selling shells (approx. £4.25/25 TBC)

I need you to let me know as space is limited and it is on a first come first served basis, a £10 deposit secures your booking.

You can email me/drop deposits at my house during the week or at the counter at the next shoot on 6th 

Once the coach is full additional shooters will have to make alternative travel plans.

Last push, if you can donate please do.

Oldham MRT 50th Anniversary Abseil Challenge 13th April 2014

I''m abseiling 180ft down the side of Oldham Civic Centre for Oldham Mountain Rescue Team as part of their 50th Anniversa...
ry fund raising efforts.

I would really appreciate your support, please donate any amount no matter how small by clicking on the following link:

http://www.justgiving.com/Rhcpc/Donate



Added: 09/03/2014

Shoot Summary

What a fantastic day, beautiful “Bluebird Skies” and uncharacteristically warm for the time of the year. Thanks to all of you who turned out to support us we hope you enjoyed the shoot.

Stand 1 – A right-left quartering rabbit followed by a fast away bird from behind the hut. A challenging rabbit this week that was prone to jumping was the first of this pair. The second bird was far simpler even though it was quick.

Stand 2 – A pair of driven birds in from the bottom of the field curling out right to safety. These were trickier than usual with the pair travelling at very different speeds, the trailing bird overtaking the lead threw your eye out and confused many shooters today. Interestingly if taken at the “sweet spot” it was possible to take both with a single shot.

Stand 3 – The DTL was again on this stand, unfortunately the powered base packed in which left us with a single fast climbing driven away bird.

Stand 4 – A change on here today a fast low left-right quartering bird followed by a springing teal from behind the board. The quartering bird looked really nasty; and for some of you it was. If you managed to get on them they weren’t as bad as they looked. The teal was fantastic; everybody has their own way of shooting these; on the rise, at apogee on the fall etc. However you take them they are awesome, the clear blue skies making it really well defined and clear.

Stand 5 – A looper appeared over your head before dropping like a stone on the lip of the gully, to stand any chance of these you needed to pick them up early high above your head otherwise they hit the floor before you could get a shot off. The second fired off the container roof was a deceptive driven bird which hugged the top of the gully to the left, this was quite a slow bird and a  straight forward target if approached correctly.

Top shot today Paul Moreland with a respectable 40/50.

Well done to Peter Child who put in a personal best today with 28/50.

We will be closing on 20th April and 4th May to allow lambing to take place uninterrupted. As in previous years we will be arranging an away day to either Doveridge or Coniston on the 20th, places on the coach will be limited to 16 so it will be first-come-first-served,  £10 deposit will secure your place. You are of course welcome to make your own way and meet up at the venue. Keep an eye open for the details on the website, Facebook and email.



Added: 28/01/2014

Oldham MRT 50th Anniversary Abseil Challenge

Oldham MRT 50th Anniversary Abseil Challenge 13th April 2014

I''m abseiling 180ft down the side of Oldham Civic Centre for Oldham Mountain Rescue Team as part of their 50th Anniversary fund raising efforts.

I would really appreciate your support, please donate any amount no matter how small by clicking on the following link:

http://www.justgiving.com/Rhcpc/Donate


Added: 26/01/2014

Shoot Notice

Upon arriving at the shoot this morning 26th Jan 2014 the wind was gusting and changing direction every couple of minutes. With this in mind we feel fit would be dangerous to open and therefore took the decision to clost the shoot today.

We stayed around for a couple of hours to dish out brews and get some charge into the batteries. We really do appreciate the support you guys give us, there were about 10 of you who turned out this morning which was nice to see, we hope you weren''t too disappointed.

I had intended to hand out the 2014 cards this morning but obviously that can''t happen now, I will hold on to them until Feb 9th after which I will post them out.

Anyway for those of you who were unable to attend the AGM we have had to increase the cost of the shoot. The club has been subsidising the shoot for the last 3 years, we have not raised prices despite our running costs increasing unfortunately we are not able to continue to do this and still remain viable. We have tried to keep the increase for members to a minimum and have weighted the bulk of the increase to visitors/non-members.

From Feb 9th the prices will be as follow:
 
 
 MemberGuestJunior
50 Bird (clays only)£13.00£20.00£3.00
50 Bird (inc shells)12G20G12G20G12G20G
 £18.00£19.00£25.00£26.00£8.50£9.50
 
 Please note the double round deal for members is now £32.00

As the shoot was closed today we have extended the membership deadline to Feb 9th, please ensure you renew your 2014 membership by then. Thanks.




Added: 12/01/2014

Shoot Summary

Thanks to all of you who tuned out for the shoot today, today was the first really cold day. The sun was shining but the wind was bitter.

Stand 1 - A sprightly right-left quartering rabbit that had a tendency to jump about a bit. Followed by a low left-right quartering bird that was travelling at a fair rate of knots.

Stand 2 - The DTL placed by the gate into field 3 was throwing a great variety of targets, from a beautiful low bird that followed the line of the wall to a close right-left crosser that caught you by surprise.

Stand 3 - A pair of Rangers left and right of the stand, the left hand bird seemingly the hardest travelling much lower and faster than the right, set as more of an away bird this caught many of you out. The right hand bird quartered much more slowly and close in making for an easier target.

Stand 4 - Really enjoyed this stand today a pair of Osprey''s located way up the field throwing a pair of really high driven teal (if there is such a thing) turning out to the left at the last minute, fantastic.

Stand 5 - A real change on 5 today, the looper off the right hand banking high above the gulley throwing 70 ft + birds! these looked much more difficult that they were! as close to a high tower we''ll get at RHCPC. The 2nd bird a beautiful driven bird that appeared over the horizon and caught you out if you were napping, for those that were prepared were rewarded with dust time after time.

Despite the cold I think the setup this time was fantastic, thoroughly enjoyed shooting the course today and hope you all enjoyed it as much. It''s that time of the year where we should make the most of each shoot we get in, before you know it the snow will be upon us!

By now you all should have received your renewal invitations, thanks to those of you who have renewed already. We would appreciate your timely renewal, this year we require that the 2014 memberships are renewed in January. This can be done by post as detailed in the renewal notice or at the AGM at The Hanging Gate, Diggle on Friday 17th January 2014. Your last chance to renew will be the shoot on 26th January.

Regarding the AGM the present Executive Committee are happy to continue in their roles for the next year, however in line with the constitution nominations are sought for the roles of Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary if anyone would like to take on the roles, you should make yourselves known prior to the AGM. All members are encouraged to attend in order to have a say in the way the shoot is managed.



Added: 07/01/2014

Club Notice

Thanks to all of yo who tuned out for the Stanley Hague Memorial Shoot (Farmers Shoot) on the 29th, it was a massive success with everybody seeming to enjoy it. The weather was as good as we could wish for at this time of the year.

Looking at the scores the shoot was a little harder than usual, this surprised us a little as we felt the setup was straight forward enough. When we shot it became apparent that the targets were misleading, to shoot well you needed to concentrate and read each target properly.

Stand 1 - A pair of birds from behind the hut slightly quartering away were well presented and were satisfyingly challenging.

Stand 2 - A low left-right crossing bird that flew low and fast over the wall to the right, followed by an away bird that appeared over your right shoulder. Both targets were great fun though the crosser caught a few of you out.

Stand 3 - The DTL positioned just right of the stand was throwing some challenging targets, these varied between away birds to long right-left crossing targets that always catch me out.

Stand 4 - Loved this stand this time, a nice right-left Rabbit followed by a fantastic left-right high Looper that was shot in clear blue skies.

Stand 5 - These birds were originally setup as a matched pair flying from over the right shoulder parallel to each other with about 10ft between them. The wind changed causing the 2nd bird to drop like a stone, you needed to be on the ball to nail this one consistently.

The reception was held at a new venue for us The Hanging Gate in Diggle, most people agreed that they enjoyed the reception and the copious amounts of Port and Stilton that were on offer.

The result was a close call in the end with the club winning by 353 to 339 so a great result in all. Andy Moore was top gun for the club with a very respectable 41 and James Crowther for the farmers with 40 so well done you guys. Andy winning a bottle of fine Port for his achievement.

We also ran a raffle on behalf of Eddie Clarke to benefit a charity he is involved with Tameside Animal Shelter. The raffle raised £125 and a fine bottle of single malt was won by Mick Goodier. Well done Mick, hope to see that in a flask at a shoot soon!

I posted the renewal invitations out yesterday (06/01/14) we would appreciate your timely renewal, this year we require that the 2014 memberships are renewed in January. This can be done by post as detailed in the renewal notice or over the counter at either of the 2 shoots scheduled for January.

Renewals can also be made at the AGM which is to be held at The Hanging Gate, Diggle on Friday 17th January 2014 at 19.30 with butties and chips being served afterwards. The present Executive Committee are happy to continue in their roles for the next year, however in line with the constitution nominations are sought for the roles of Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary if anyone would like to take on the roles. All members are encouraged to attend in order to have a say in the way the shoot is managed.


Added: 23/12/2013

Club News

Dear Member

Farmers Shoot

29th December 2013 - Starts 12 noon
(NOTE LATER START)
The Stanley Hague Memorial Shoot
AKA The farmers Shoot.


The shoot will start at 12 Noon with a hog roast reception at The Hanging Gate from 3PM.

The format will be a normal 50 Bird Sporting and everybody will shoot at members rates. The hanging Gate have given us permission to bring Port and Stilton so it promises to be a good do.

Please put this date in your calendars and factor it into your Christmas celebrations. Please support the event if at all possible
.

AGM Date

Friday 17th January 2014
Hanging Gate Diggle
7.30 Start with Butties and Chips served afterwards.

As usual all members are invited to attend.

Membership

As you will no doubt be aware 2014 Membership is due, look out for envelopes dropping through the door early in the New Year. Once again we have not increased the cost, renewals remain £25.

In the past we have allowed renewals up until March, unfortunately this was abused by some and we were still processing them beyond June. This year your renewal must be made in January (unless by prior agreement). We would appreciate your cooperation and timely renewal.

Regards

The Committee


Added: 15/12/2013

Shoot Summary

Well in complete contrast to the last shoot the weather was against us. There was a distinct nip in the air made colder by the high gusting winds.

The high winds making for tough shooting with lower than average scores the norm.

Top scorer today was Dean Moore with 35/50, any of you reading this that were present will know what a good round this was on the day, well done Dean.

Stand 1 – A fantastic pair of Osprey’s driven in towards the stand, one high and one low made a lovely contrasting pair. This stand was undoubtedly the easiest with many scoring highly. I suspect this stand was the difference between a mediocre round and a total disaster.

Stand 2 – A low left-right crosser followed by a fast Rabbit down the wall set the scene on this stand. Both targets picking up speed assisted by the wind.

Stand 3 – The DTL trap this week was here on 3, situated off to the right  it was throwing a problematic bird varying between a fast right-left crosser to along left-right quartering bird. Very difficult in the conditions.
 
Stand 4 – This week comprising of a right-left Looper and a high Springing Teal from behind the board. A real bogey stand for most, this exposed stand was most affected by the wind and was extremely difficult.

Stand 5 – A pair from over the right shoulder slightly quartering over the head of the gully. This stand was a welcome relief to many, its sheltered aspect a welcome respite from the biting wind. 2 very similar birds though one high and one low making for an interesting pair.

You can now follow us on Facebook.



The next shoot scheduled for the 29th December will be a special shoot, it will be:

The Stanley Hague Memorial Shoot
AKA The farmers Shoot.


29th December 2013 - Starts 12 noon

The shoot will start at 12 Noon with a hog roast reception at The Hanging Gate from 3PM.

The format will be a normal 50 Bird Sporting and everybody will shoot at members rates. The hanging Gate have given us permission to bring Port and Stilton so it promises to be a good do.

Please put this date in your calendars and factor it into your Christmas celebrations. Please support the event if at all possible the more the merrier.



Added: 02/12/2013

Shoot Summary

After missing the last 2 shoots due to family and work commitments it was really nice to get back. Thanks to all of you who turned out and continue to support us.

The only downside in having some time off is the mountain of scorecards that are left behind. These have all been entered and the score sheets are up-to-date.

There were a few personal bests:

17/11/2013 – Tom Heap 33/50
01/12/2013 – Tom Heap 34/50
01/12/2013 – Michael Kane 39/50

Once again we were blessed with good weather, “Bluebird” skies and virtually no wind, don’t know how long it will be before the inevitable snow arrives.

Stand 1 – A fantastic Springing Teal (with a little bit of a twist) followed by a nice Left-Right Quartering Bird on report. Great target presentation even if they weren’t the hardest of birds to hit.

Stand 2 – This week we threw a fast Right-Left Looper from over the wall to the right with a great Left-Right Quartering Rabbit on report. The Looper is a bogey bird for some but I think it’s a great target and usually do quite well on them. The Rabbit wasn’t as hard as it looked (thank goodness) but still caught a good few shooters out.

Stand 3 – A bit of a move about this week, a fast Right-Left Crossing Bird followed by a much slower Left-Right Quartering Bird on report. The contrasting speed and flight of these birds was designed to catch you out, many of you shot this stand well and I thought they were great value.

Stand 4 – The DTL trap this week was here on 4, situated off to the left it was throwing nice clear birds which proved to be great sport.

Stand 5 – The Harrier on the roof of the container provided the first of this pair, rising just above the quarry top this Driven Bird appeared over your left shoulder giving a great sight picture all the way to the end of the gully. This was followed on report by another driven; this time off the right shoulder flying in clear sky with plenty of time available.

The shoot scheduled for the 29th December will be a special shoot, it will be:

The Stanley Hague Memorial Shoot
AKA The farmers Shoot.


29th December 2013 - Starts 12 noon

The shoot will start at 12 Noon with a hog roast reception at The Hanging Gate from 3PM.

The format will be a normal 50 Bird Sporting and everybody will shoot at members rates. The hanging Gate have given us permission to bring Port and Stilton so it promises to be a good do.

Please put this date in your calendars and factor it into your Christmas celebrations.

Also, I still have a quality 3 gun cabinet for sale, its in excellent condition, £100 no offers.



Added: 24/11/2013

Upcoming Event - 29th December 2013

The shoot scheduled for the 29th December will be a special shoot, it will be:

The Stanley Hague Memorial Shoot
AKA The farmers Shoot.


29th December 2013 - Starts 12 noon

The shoot will start at 12 Noon with a hog roast reception at The Hanging Gate from 3PM.

The format will be a normal 50 Bird Sporting and everybody will shoot at members rates. The hanging Gate have given us permission to bring Port and Stilton so it promises to be a good do.

Please put this date in your calendars and factor it into your Christmas celebrations.

Also, I have a quality 3 gun cabinet for sale, its in excellent condition, £100 no offers.



Added: 20/10/2013

Shoot Update

Thanks to everyone who turned out to support us today, we were very lucky with the weather and mainly stayed dry which for this time of the year is fantastic.

Stand 1 this week was made up of a deceiving away bird which confused quite a few, the 2nd bird a quartering teal (ish) bird that was fairly straight forward.

Stand 2 saw the return of the pair of Osprey''s driven in but curling away over the wall to safety, great birds I really like these.

Stand 3 was the DTL, whilst it may seem a little unimaginative it provides challenges in that you can''t really settle in to the target as each is different. I always have problems when the bird is thrown at the left hand extremity.

Stand 4 was a nice pair, the right-left looper wasn''t too testing, it was a nice combo with the pickup point of the left-right Rabbit flowing nicely from the finish of the looper. That Rabbit didn''t half run, it was a quality presentation well done Pete.

Stand 5, a lovely overhead bird that caught out those who thought they could take it for granted, the 2nd bird a slightly left-right quartering bird complemented the first.

Top shots today were James Crowther and Paul Moreland both turning in 42/50.

4 Personal bests today:
Steve Chick 27/50 
 Iain Dredge 29/50
 Paul Moreland 42/50
 Ian Whiston 38/50

Thanks to Howard Lee in helping run the corporate this afternoon, the group I was with had a fantastic time and asked me to pass on their thanks to the members for allowing them to use their facilities.

We look forward to seeing you all at the next shoot, lets hope the weather is kind.


Added: 14/10/2013

Shoot Summary

Sorry for the lack of updates, I''ve been very busy with work and family stuff. I''ve just taken the hit and entered the mother-load of all score cards. I didn''t realise it had been so long since I did the last lot.

As I entered the cards there were a number of shooters who shot personal bests:

 25/08/2013Peter Child 25/50 
  James Crowther 47/50

 22/09/2013Ben Doran  34/50
  Ian Kenyon 33/50
  Andy Korolczuk 29/50
  Mark Shuttleworth 44/50

06/10/2013 Dave Beard  35/50
  Tom Heap 30/50

We ran a corporate on Sunday 6th October, this was a group of friends celebrating the birthday of one of their friends who lost his battle with cancer. This group came to the shoot 18 months ago when they were celebrating his stag do and so it was fitting that they return to celebrate what would have been his birthday. Thanks to Michael Kane, Howard Lee and Mick Goodier for helping us run it. The group all thanked the club for allowing them to use the clubs facilities and enjoyed the shoot very much


Added: 12/08/2013

Shoot Summary

Good to see so many of you at yesterday’s shoot; I think it was a good setup with a variety of differing targets. As the shoot progressed the wind increased which made the later rounds a little more difficult.

The pair of away birds on Stand 1 were deceiving, those lucky enough to get on them straight away had a good stand, others struggled to find the sweet spot.

I love the pair of driven Ospreys on Stand 2, I can usually clean the stand but I know there are a number of otherwise great shots who find these bogey birds.

The DTL trap on Stand 3 is a bit of a staple at the moment as we had 2 traps out of commission on Sunday (we fixed 1). Nonetheless the variety of targets this trap provides is great.

Stand 4 saw the return of the Right-Left Quartering rabbit and the Teal from behind the board. Both targets ran as intended and provided good sport. The rabbit seemed to suffer a few no-birds which was unusual as on the whole the number of no-birds have dramatically reduced over the last few shoots.

The Gulley was a tricky stand, the high Left-Right crosser was going faster than most expected and caught a few people out. The overhead bird on-report was an interesting prospect in the wind, sometimes flying true and sometimes quartering across the stand.

We have a somewhat unusual situation in that there are no committee members available for the shoot on the 8th September. As this is the case we cannot open as any deputies we could muster would not satisfy the insurance requirements and as such the liability would remain ours which is unacceptable to us. We are sorry for any disappointment this causes.

Sunday 8th September the shoot will be closed.

Can we also take this opportunity to advise members that our shoot is only licensed and issued an 11-6 by GMP based upon exclusion zone distances calculated on 28g No.7.5 shells. At the last shoot somebody was shooting 32g No. 6’s, not only is a load like this ridiculous for shooting clays it jeopardises the clubs legal requirements and presents a risk to people using public areas adjacent to the shoot.



Added: 07/08/2013

Notice

Hi all, sorry for the lack of updates again real life duties need to take priority. Anyway looking forward to the shoot on the 11th August, the weather forecast is looking good.


Added: 27/06/2013

Club Update

Sorry about the delay in updating, pressures from my real job I''m afraid.

Anyway looking back at the clean-up on the 9th June a massive thanks to those who turned out to help. It was a thankless task made easier by good company and good weather. We managed to make a dent in the debris but there is still quite a bit remaining, we may look at doing the same again later in the year.

Obviously this isn''t aimed at those who did turn out but we got about a dozen volunteers from a membership of approx.. 90 which isn''t a great turn out. This is a members club; it belongs to you and as such we would ask you to consider helping out next time in order to safeguard the clubs future.

The forecast for Sunday looks good and so we are looking forward to another nice shoot, we will be having a delivery of clays and shells at about 9.15 any members able to get up a bit earlier to help would be much appreciated.


Added: 19/05/2013

Shoot Summary

Thanks to all of you who turned out for this, the first shoot after our extended closure. After the snow and then lambing it was nice to setup again and enjoy the shoot.

The weather forcast was poor and yet on the day it was surprisingly nice, I think the sun does indeed shine on the rightous.

there were a number of good scores this time, however Dean Moore''s 44/50 was top shot this time as well as being a personal best.

A couple of other members also managed to put in personal bests:

Iaun Dredge 27/50
Catherine Longton 32/50

Well done to you guys ''n gals.

Chris Crowther has asked that we do a general clean-up of the ground and reduce the amount of clay debris littering the shoot. This is the first time in our tenure we have been asked to do this.

With this in mind we intend to form a working party on Sunday 9th June 2013 starting at 10am. We would like volunteers to help with this, we will provide food and drinks for those who turn up. If you would like to help would you please let me know so we know how many we should cater for.
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If you would like to bring friends or family that would be great. If you have a wire grass rake and or buckets then please bring one with you, we will of course be purchasing some for the day but it is better to have too many rather than not enough.

I know this isn''t most peoples first choice of things to do on a Sunday, but you aren''t asked to do much towards the upkeep of the club you are members of, and this really needs doing. Please help if at all possible.


Added: 18/05/2013

Shoot Reopens

Hi All

I have had confirmation that we can return to shooting. The shoot will re-open on Sunday 19th May (tomorrow) at the normal times.

It''s been a poor start to the year with the cold weather which ran straight into the lambing closure lets hope this half of the year is better.

We look forward to seeing you at the shoot.


Added: 11/04/2013

Coniston Trip 5th May

As in previous years we are arranging a club outing to Coniston.

Date: 5th May

Pickup: Uppermill Square at 8AM

Returning: 2PM approx.

Transport: approx. £14 pp (assuming all seats are filled)

Clays: .22p per clay (special rate for our group)

Shells: £4.25 box (need to confirm that but it''s around that)

I need you to let me know as space is limited and it is on a first come first served basis. Once the coach is full additional shooters will have to make alternative travel plans.

Please reply to me and I''ll add your names to the list.


Added: 06/04/2013

Shoot Closed 07/04/2013

We have been up to the shoot this morning and reports that the lane is still blocked with 3ft snowdrifts and the container is still under around 6ft of snow.

As such the shoot scheduled for tomorrow will be cancelled (again). The shoot will now be closed for lambing and will reopen on the 19th May.

We can only apologise for the closures this year but I''m sure you recognise this was due to reasons beyond our control.

We are trying to sort out a trip to Coniston Shooting Centre again more than likely on 21st April or 5th May. There will be limited places available so first come first served on the coach though any that miss out on a coach seat are welcome to travel down independently.

Keep an eye out on the website and your email for more details, the last 2 club trips have been great fun and well worth attending.



Added: 02/04/2013

Update

There is still significant snow at the shoot, the container is still all but buried and the lane is blocked by 6ft snowdrifts. We are monitoring the situation but without a thaw the shoot is unlikely to be open on the 7th April. Please check back here regularly and I will update accordingly.

If we are shut on the 7th April then that would be the last shoot until 19th May as the shoot will be closed for lambing 21st April and 5th May.

We are trying to sort out a trip to Coniston Shooting Centre again more than likely on 21st April or 5th May. There will be limited places available so first come first served on the coach though any that miss out on a coach seat are welcome to travel down independently.

Keep an eye out on the website and your email for more details, the last 2 club trips have been great fun and well worth attending.



Added: 23/03/2013

Shoot Closed 24/03/2013

For those of you who live close to the shoot it will come as no surprise that we are unlikely to open tomorrow morning, due to drifting snow caused by high winds.

The forecast is unlikely to change but please keep an eye on the website where any change to this will be posted.

Sorry for any inconvenience.


Added: 10/03/2013

Commitee Message

Sorry for the closure of the last shoot, we were as surprised as you as to the conditions on the hill. If it were just the snow without the high winds we may have well opened but as it was it was not deemed safe to do so.

We hung around to let people know and provide hot drinks for those who turned up, I''m sure those people understood the reasons having seen the conditions for themselves. Nonetheless we apologise for the inconvenience and look forward to our next shoot on the 24th March.


Added: 16/02/2013

2013 AGM

The date for the Running Hill Clay Pigeon Club 2013 AGM is as follows:

Thursday 28th February 2013
The Church Inn, Uppermill at 19.30
Chips and Butties served at 21.00


The existing committee is happy to continue in their current roles but in line with our constitution we are happy to take nominations from any member wishing to take up a committee position. if you would like to be considered please let me know so I can add it to the agenda.

If you have any additional items you would like to discuss please let me know so I can add them under AOB.

We would encourage as many of you to attend in order to have a say in the running of your club.



Added: 04/02/2013

IMPORTANT NOTICE

It has been brought to my attention that there have been a number of firearms applications received by GMP where the applicant has stated they have permission to shoot on the land occupied by the shoot.

Membership of Running Hill Clay Pigeon Club entitles you to shoot Section 2 Shotguns on opening dates ONLY. Any person who is claiming rights to support an application for a firearms license on the back of Running Hill Clay Pigeon Club is doing so under false pretences. If approached by GMP we will advise them accordingly.

Shooting rights outside of the above are controlled and approved by the landowner ONLY.


Added: 26/01/2013

Shoot Closed due to snow.

Pete and Andy have been up to the club this morning and were unable to get up the lane by Land Rover.

If it were just a case of us walking up it wouldn''t be a problem but carting 3000 shells, 6 guns and a water carrier this isn''t feasible.

It may be that things have thawed out by tomorrow but we need to make a call in order to give as many of you notice so that you are not inconvenienced.

Please pass this message on to those who may not have access to the Internet.


Added: 18/11/2012

Shoot Summary

As promised back on track, sometimes my real life has to take precedence. Gotta say I really enjoyed the shoot this time. Did the round with my SBS having got it back from the menders.

The weather stayed fine and bright and the temperature managed a little warmer than of late but shooters beware the cold is coming, hope we can get the next shoot in before the snow arrives. For the last 2 years the later shoots of the year had been snowed off.

It was a mixed bag, the left-right crossing pair at mid distance were a nice pair that provided good sport. I think we will be concentrating on targets taken to the right of this stand moving forward after concerns were reported of shot falling on the road below the crossroads.

Stand 2 saw the return of the incoming pair or Osprey’s curling to the right and over the wall. I usually love these birds but after hitting the first 2 pairs then managed to blank on the remaining birds. Funny how things go sometimes.

The left and right on report birds on Stand 3 always provide sport, that stand is made for this configuration. Many of you put in good scores on this one.

Stand 4 was setup in a right-left Rabbit (moving pretty fast) and a Springing Teal (not quite) from behind the board. Surprisingly the fast Rabbit wasn’t as difficult as you imagined it would be when you first saw it.

A straight forward away pair off the double chucker on Stand 5 completed the round, I really enjoy shooting in the gully, the basin exaggerates the report adding to the atmosphere.

There were a mixed bag of scores this time, a few of you failed to turn in our cards, the whole idea of the online scoring is to map averages not just high scores. So if you shoot a round submit your card to keep the comparisons fair.

A couple of shooters managed to turn in personal bests:

Colin Fogg 39/50
Andy Hobson 81/100

Well done you guys, hope to see you all at our next shoot on the 2nd December.



Added: 04/11/2012

Shoot Summary

Just catching up on the scorecards and stuff, sorry for the lack of updates but as I mentioned I''ve been very busy with my real life.

Back on track now, so we''re looking forward to seeing you all at the next shoot, lets hope its not quite as cold this week.


Added: 20/10/2012

Update

Sorry for the lack of updates, been busy with my real life just lately. Normal service will be resumed soon.


Added: 15/09/2012

Tom Butler Memorial Shoot

2012 Tom Butler Memorial Shoot Results

Thanks to those who turned up to support this event, it must be said that the numbers were disappointing. Those who did shoot I think enjoyed themselves which is compensation in-part. We really would like your feedback as to why it was so pooly attended. You can either let Catherine know at the desk or email me at paulm@rhcpc.co.uk.

All that said here are the results

1st Place - The Poachers 154/250
Eddie Clarke
James Ackland
Fred Bone
Steve Dickinson
Steve Lees

2nd Place - The Bald Hobson Crew 146/250
James Crowther
Justin Henthorn
Alan Stott
Andy Hobson
Danny Wilcox

3rd Place - The Happy Feltchers 142/250
Andy Moore
Dean Moore
Jeff Nathaniel
Bill Thornaby
Barry Slater

The gully shoot was quite popular, the results were:

1st Place - Alan Stott 23/25
Prize 250 Shells

2nd Place - Justin Henthorn/Andy Hobson 21/25
Prize Free Shoot

3rd Place - Andy Moore/Stephen Lees/Jeff Nathaniel 19/25
Prize Pewter Pin Badge


Added: 09/09/2012

Shoot Summary

Thanks to all of you who turned up for todays shoot, we were rewarded in the weather, there haven''t been many days like today this year.

It was a mixed bag today with a mix of hard and easy birds, the pair on Stand 5 proved to be very difficult especially earlier on when the sun made picking them up hard. This stand shot progressively easier as the sun moved on.

Stand 3 seemed to cause many of you some problems though I must say I didn''t find them overly difficult.

The driven pair on Stand 2 were nice, coming along way from the bottom of the field they seemed to hang in the air over the wall.

We had a visit from Lynn James today, Lynn has shot competitively at County level and has been a long time friend of Running Hill. It comes as no surprise that she shot an impressive 45/50. Well done Lynn it was nice to see you again.

No ersonal bests this time, the top gun is shared between two shooters:

James Ackland, a new member announced his arrival with an impressive 40/50 a score shared by that man again Andy Moore.

We had a surprise inspection last shoot from GMP regarding our 11-6 Certificate, we are pleased to announce that we passed with flying colours. Having implemented everything that was required in a consistent manner. I would like to thank my fellow committee members for their continued hard work.

15th September - Tom Butler Memorial Flush
Sponsored by: Steve Butler

Booking in will start at 11.30am with the shoot beginning at 12-30-13.00.


The format will be 5 person teams. If you cannot make up a team of 5 don’t worry many people will be in the same position so we will team people up accordingly.

Prices

1st Round - £25.00* any subsequent rounds £20.00

We will also be running a side competition in the practice gully for a bit of extra fun.

1st Prize** 250 Cartridges

2nd Prize** Free Shoot

3rd Prize** Pewter Shotgun Pin

Charges for the Gully Shoot will be:


25 Clays & Cartridges £7.00

Entry to the Side-Comp (optional) £3.00

*This includes 50 cartridges and a potato pie reception at Greenfield Conservative Club from 17.00. I would ask you to please support this event by coming to the social event afterwards if you can.

Also if you could please give us some sort of indication of whether you will be attending by email to me paulm@rhcpc.co.uk.

**A person may enter more than once but may only take 1 prize; any person taking 1st Prize must present a current valid shotgun certificate in order to claim prize.

Members and non-members welcome, all enquires to paulm@rhcpc.co.uk.



Added: 26/08/2012

Shoot Summary

We hope you enjoyed the shoot today, as usual we tried to mix it up a bit and make it a bit easier than the Olympic Shoot last time. Not sure what was going on on stand 2 today, the Ospreys curling away to the right are usually pretty simple but not so for many today. I usually get between 8 and 10 but only managed 2 today! I know I wasn''t the only one who had problems there today.

The sun shone for the most part making it a pleasant place to be, it was only later on when the rain hit and by then most of you had finished.

The low pair driven into Stand 1 were popular again, many of you smokin'' the pair with a single shot again. I thing we will split them up a little bit next time.

There were no personal bests today (Brian you have scored 35 before on a couple of occasions and in fact your personal best is actually 36, do short-change yourself fella).

Top shot was again Justin Henthorn with an impressive 41/50 well done Justin.

As I briefly mentioned before the Olympic Shoot was a bit*h of a shoot if my sources are right, its good sometimes to move the shoot beyond peoples comfort zone. It tends to focus you and will in the end make you a better shooter. The low scores will not be added to the averages so your standings won''t be affected.

It seems many of you like the leader boards and are quite protective over your scores, today only 2 people handed in 2 cards despite there being many more than that who shot double rounds!..... LOL you guys are funny.

The results of the Olympic Shoot were as follow:

Bronze - Justin Henthorn 9/10
Silver - Andy Moore 4/10 (that must have been some stand!)
Gold - James Crowther 4/10 (OMG, how hard was this shoot?)

Bronze and Silver winning a bottle of Red each with the Gold winner taking home a bottle of Port. Well done you guys. Just to add Mel Hewitt also sot 4/10 on the Gold stand but was pipped to the medal by James who had the gtreater overall score, nonetheless a great effort there Mel.

Just to get the date in your minds the Tom Butler Memorial Flush will be held on 15th September, a number of people said they didn''t know about the last flush, can we start talking to one another now please so as many of you are aware and attend this event. The turnout at the last one was very low so we would appreciate you making this one a success.

15th September - Tom Butler Memorial Flush
Sponsored by: Steve Butler

Booking in will start at 11.30am with the shoot beginning at 12-30-13.00.


The format will be 5 person teams. If you cannot make up a team of 5 don’t worry many people will be in the same position so we will team people up accordingly.

Prices

1st Round - £25.00* any subsequent rounds £20.00

We will also be running a side competition in the practice gully for a bit of extra fun.

1st Prize** 250 Cartridges

2nd Prize** Free Shoot

3rd Prize** Pewter Shotgun Pin

Charges for the Gully Shoot will be:


25 Clays & Cartridges £7.00

Entry to the Side-Comp (optional) £3.00

*This includes 50 cartridges and a potato pie reception at Greenfield Conservative Club from 17.00. I would ask you to please support this event by coming to the social event afterwards if you can. Also if you could please give us some sort of indication of whether you will be attending either by email to me paulm@rhcpc.co.uk or to Cath at the counter.

**A person may enter more than once but may only take 1 prize; any person taking 1st Prize must present a current valid shotgun certificate in order to claim prize.

Members and non-members welcome, all enquires to paulm@rhcpc.co.uk.



Added: 29/07/2012

Shoot Summary

It was good to see you all this time, we hope you all enjoyed the shoot. This week we again tried to mix things up and keep you on your toes. The weather was a mixed bag, one minute sunny the next raining I really wish it would make its mind up!

The away pair of Stand 1 made for some satisfying shooting with many of you managing both birds with a single shot (always nice).

Stand 2 saw the Rabbit running down the wall and a deceptive low left-right crosser that just cleared the wall, getting onto this early was the key to success.

A new configuration on Stand 3 with a slightly quartering/crosser going fast right to left and a left-right diagonal quartering/driven bird on report. A nice setup on 3 we think.

On Stand 4 we had a pair of Ospreys throwing a high pair of birds that swung away to the left, these high birds proving great sport.

Stand 5 saw a low right-left quartering/driven bird that was moving fast and just clearing the top of the waterfall with a blind left-right quartering/driven bird going much slower and higher on report. I''ve go to say I do like Stand 5.

There were no personal bests this time but top shot this time was Paul Moreland 41/50 (yay to me).

At the next shoot to celebrate the Olympics we will be running a friendly challenge shoot, this will take the form of a normal shoot with 3 stands being designated Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each of the nominated stands will vary in difficulty according to the medal.

The top score on each of the stands will be awarded a prize. In order for this to be fair please ensure you score each stand in the correct number.

Anyway see you all soon. Our next shoot is the 12th August, please note there will be no visiting novices (unless guests of members who will be chaperoning them themselves) as we will be too short handed to cater for them.



Added: 18/07/2012

Help us find those responsible

On the 8th July a group of youths were seen walking back down towards Diggle wearing Yellow Hi-Vis jackets, these jackets were amongst a number of items stolen in a break-in at Running Hill Clay Pigeon Club.

Other items that were also stolen include: Ear Defenders, Blue Foam Earplugs, Halfords Battery Charger, Adjustable Spanner and Red Rubberised Gloves. The club runs to benefit local and national charities and whilst the actual value of the items is pretty much insignificant the damage caused to the roof is considerable.

It is local people who give up their time to run this club and we are saddened by the actions of those involved. Somebody will know who is responsible, did your child or someone you know turn up with any of these items? Any information will be treated in the strictest of confidence.


Added: 01/07/2012

Shoot Summary

blank_page It was good to see so many of you tun out this time.

We always try to make the shoot a little different and this week was no different. A low pair of driven "Grouse" driven towards the shooter on Stand 1 was the topic of many shooter. The number of people who were convinced they were going to be hellish were soon to be proved wrong as they were relativly straight forward. Taken as pairs (as they were designed to be) they were a great pair of birds.


The looper on Stand 2 caused us a bit of a problem when it decided to go into automatic mode, this is because the trap got a thouough soaking the day before on the Benchmark Corporate. I hope this has dried out by the time the next shoot comes around.

On the subject of the Benchmark Corporate I would like to thank those members who gave up their time in order to assist in the running of this event.

From a personal perspective I felt the shoot was setup very well with a mix of easy and hard birds. I think many of you found that it was a little easier than normal and this was reflected in the number of personal bests this time.

Dave Beard 30/50
David Dredge 32/50
Iain Dredge 23/50
Stephen Lees 40/50
Richard Perrins 55/100
Gareth Roberts 75/100
John Stevenson 70/100

A couple of one of note here, firstly congratulations to Stephen Lees in hitting that magical 40, breaking that is your next target and one that isn''t easy to achieve.

Gareth''s 75/100 is another fantastic score made evn more impressive as he used a 20 Bore he had never shot before to net a second round score of 44/50.

Anyway its been a busy June and I think we''re looking forward to a bit of a let up in the number of shoots this month. We thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you all at the next shoot on 15th July.



Added: 23/06/2012

2012 Timberyard Flush Results

Thanks to those who turned up to support this event, it must be said that the numbers were disappointing. Those who did shoot I think enjoyed themselves which is compensation in-part. We really would like your feedback as to why it was so pooly attended. You can either let Catherine know at the desk or email me at paulm@rhcpc.co.uk.

All that said here are the results

1st Place - The Commitee 166/250
Peter Cooper
Paul Moreland
Jeff Nathaniel
Andy Moore
Steve Curran

2nd Place - The Hitmen and Her 147/250
Sue Butler
Steve Butler
Dylan Chick
Steve Curran
Paul Moreland

3rd Place - The Trappers 142/250
Andy
Adam
Matty
Justin Henthorn
Jill

4th Place - Give it some load 140/250
Jerry Slater
James Crowther
Paddy
Andy Hobson
Nobby

5th Place - Pick and Mix 139/250
Andy Bowden
Brian Polwin
Sephen Lees
Steve Chick
Fred Bone

6th Place - The Dribblers 99/250
Dave Moorhouse
Colin Fogg
Ryan Townrod
Paul Howarth
Michael Buckley

Well done, some surprises there but the orange birds really do make a difference, its no good hitting everthing you see as each orange costs you 5 points!

The gully shoot was quite popular, the results were:

1st Place - Andy Moore 23/25
Prize 250 Shells

2nd Place - James Crowther 21/25
Prize Free Shoot

3rd Place - Justin Henthorn/Jeff Nathaniel 17/25
Prize Pewter Pin Badge

Anyway, we''ve a busy weekend coming up with the Benchmark Corporate on Saturday and the normal shoot on Sunday. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.


Added: 10/06/2012

2012 Timberyard Flush

23rd June - The Timberyard Flush 2012

Sponsored by: Alan Waterhouse 

Booking in will start at 11.30am with the shoot beginning at 12-30-13.00. 

The format will be 5 person teams. If you cannot make up a team of 5 don’t worry many people will be in the same position so we will team people up accordingly.

Prices

1st Round - £25.00* any subsequent rounds £20.00  

We will also be running a side competition in the practice gully for a bit of extra fun. 

1st Prize** 250 Cartridges
2nd Prize** Free Shoot 
3rd Prize** Pewter Shotgun Pin

Charges for the Gully Shoot will be: 

25 Clays & Cartridges £7.00
Entry to the Side-Comp (optional) £3.00

*This includes 50 cartridges and a potato pie reception at Greenfield Conservative Club from 17.00. The change of venue has come about as The Church no longer seem that keen on hosting our events due to past difficulties that I''m not about to go into but I''m sure you are all aware of. The Keys whilst still an option (though certain people aren''t welcome there) is too small to cope with a well attended event. I would ask you to please support this event by coming to the social event afterwards if you can. 

Could you please give us some sort of indicaton of whether you will be attending either by email to me paulm@rhcpc.co.uk or to Cath at the counter.

**A person may enter more than once but may only take 1 prize; any person taking 1st Prize must present a current valid shotgun certificate in order to claim prize.

Members and non-members welcome.


Added: 09/06/2012

Holroyd's Corporate

Thanks to Rob and Liam for helping us run the Holroyd''s Corporate for 16 people. The weather was absolutely foul with low lying mist and torrential rain so the gratitude is especially sincere.

The group seemed to enjoy their shoot despite the conditions and indeed there were some decent scores for novice shooters, 2 shooters put in 21 which in these conditions equates to potentially low 30''s.

Let''s hope the next shoot enjoys better weather than today ( though it''s hard to see how it could be worse).


Added: 03/06/2012

Shoot Update

After the recent good weather as per the norm the weather closed in as the Bank Holiday approaches. Despite this a good number of you braved the elements and turned out to the wettest and possibly coldest shoots of the year.

The conditions were awful with driving rain and strong winds gusting making target aquesition quite difficult for most. Not so for Andy Moore who''s 37/50 was top score of the day. A couple of others put in personal bests:

Rob Godfrey 33/50
Michael Goodwin 19/50

Well done to you guys. It''s going to be a busy month for the club with 2 corporates and a flush on top of the normal shoot dates. I will confirm the details of the flush very soon but it will be held on the 23rd June. If you haven''t been to one of our flushes before make this a date not to miss.

We look forward to seeing you at our next shoot on 17th June.


Added: 23/05/2012

Shoot Update

It was great to see soo many of you now that lambing has finished and for once the weather was great. Sorry for the delay with the update but things have been a bit hectic in my real life.

Graham Baxter was Top Gun this week with 41/50. 

A number of shooters put in personal bests:

Sue Butler 33/50
Eddie Clarke 39/50
Ben Doran 56/100
Iain Dredge 22/50
Alan Waterhouse 65/100

Well done to you all, especially Sue who''s shoulder seems well on the mend.

We are hoping that the weather holds so that our next shoot on the 3rd June takes place under blue skies to set us up for the extended Bank Holiday.


Added: 17/05/2012

Shoot re-opens 20th May

We are pleased to announce that the shoot will re-open on the 20th May (next Sunday). We hope to see a good turnout after the lay-off for lambing.


Added: 25/04/2012

Update

Just to let you ll know the Coniston Trip is now fully booked up, the 16 members who got their deposits to me have been notified. If anybody else would like to come along you are welcome to do so but you will now need to make alternative transport plans.

I have received the pictures the photographer took last month and have uploaded them to the website (Click Here). Please note these are low-res versions, anybody wanting a hi-res copy should email me and I''ll send you a copy.

Looking forward to seeing some of you on the 5th May and the rest of you on the 20th when the shoot reopens, all being well.


Added: 06/04/2012

SHOOT CLOSED SUNDAY 8TH APRIL

I''ve been up to the shoot today and it is snowed in arctic style. This means that we have no option but to close the shoot on the 8th April.

Some photos are available here.

I will be emailing members letting them know but could you please spread the word.

So that''s it till the 20th May when lambing is finished. Just let me know if you fancy the trip to Coniston as per the details below.

During the Lambing Closure we will be organising a club trip to Coniston Shooting Ground on the 5th May. As we have done previously we will have a coach pickup from Uppermill in the morning and make our way to the shoot. Transport costs haven’t been finalised yet as they depend upon the number of you who are interested (and so the size of the coach); I would estimate them to be around £12-£15.

I have negotiated a discounted price on clays and that is .25p/clay. We will be selling shells on the day at the usual rates. Spaces will be limited so it would be advisable to get in early, a £10 non-refundable deposit will secure your place. Please let me know if you would like to be included, you can contact me by email at paulm@rhcpc.co.uk.



Added: 25/03/2012

Shoot Summary

Again we were lucky that we were able to take advantage of the unexpected good weather. Another great turnout, which again shows the club, is in good form.
 
The deadline for renewals has now passed, anyone who has not yet renewed will have to re-register and pay the £10 joining fee or shoot at guest rates.
 
I would like to thank all of you who turned out today; you were rewarded with fantastic weather and a variety of different targets. Stands 1 & 2 were the easier targets for most with a good number of you clearing one or both. The long left/right pair on Stand 3 caught many out (including myself). Stand 4 was a little deceiving; a right to left rabbit and a straight away bird should have been simple but again no so for a few shooters. Stand 5 was the "Marmite" stand, a pair of mini''s driven overhead caused much merriment.

Two members managed to put in personal bests this week and they were:

 Martin Hatton 47/100
 Craig Spencer-Smith 39/50


Top shots today were Graham Baxter, Justin Henthorn and Andy Moore with 40/50, good shooting there guys.

We are just finalising the dates for this years events, as discussed at the AGM we intend to put on a full compliment of events this year with an additional new "Walk-Up" shoot in November. As soon as we have finalised these dates I will let you all know in the usual manner.

Just to let you know that lambing will soon be upon us, the dates I have currently that we will be closed are:

22nd April
6th May

This means that our next shoot on Easter Sunday will be the last until we re-open on the 20th May. These dates are subject to change, if they do I will let you all know as a matter of course.

During the Lambing Closure we will be organising a club trip to Coniston Shooting Ground on the 5th May. As we have done previously we will have a coach pickup from Uppermill in the morning and make our way to the shoot. Transport costs haven’t been finalised yet as they depend upon the number of you who are interested (and so the size of the coach); I would estimate them to be around £12-£15.

I have negotiated a discounted price on clays and that is .25p/clay. We will be selling shells on the day at the usual rates. Spaces will be limited so it would be advisable to get in early, a £10 non-refundable deposit will secure your place. Please let me know if you would like to be included, you can contact me by email at paulm@rhcpc.co.uk or see me at the counter on the 8th April.

We look forward to seeing you all at the next shoot on the 8th April.



Added: 20/03/2012

Lambing Closure Dates

Just to let you know that lambing will soon be upon us, the dates I have currently that we will be closed are:

22nd April
6th May

These dates are subject to change, if they do I will let you all know as a matter of course.

I will be putting together an away day on either 21st April or 5th May at a venue to be confirmed. I will get back to you very soon with the details. places will be limited so it would be good if you could give me some sort of idea of numbers.

See you on Sunday.


Added: 11/03/2012

Shoot Summary

A surprise break in the weather saw the biggest turnout of the year, around 60 rounds were shot. This shows the club is in good form and puts us on track for a great 2012.

There is always a balance to be had and I think on the whole it is about right, sometimes however I do feel it is a bit too busy as queues form at stands. I think this is something that could potentially become a problem in the future and so we will be monitoring it closely; we don''t want to become a victim of our own success.

At this point I need to remind those members who have not yet renewed their membership for 2012, if you intend to renew you have until the next shoot on the 25th March to do so. Anyone not having done so (or made arrangements with the secretary) will be required to pay the new members joining fee or shoot at guest rates from the 8th April.

I would like to thank all of you who turned out today, you were rewarded with fantastic weather and a variety of different targets. I must confess, I thought the shoot was going to be an easy one but soon found out it wasn''t as easy as I anticipated. Average scores were mid 30''s which is a little lower than normal. A few managed to put in some respectable scores with Mel Hewitt''s 45/50 being the highest on the day.

We are just finalising the dates for this years events, as discussed at the AGM we intend to put on a full compliment of events this year with an additional new "Walk-Up" shoot in November. As soon as we have finalised these dates I will let you all know in the usual manner.

Three members managed to put in personal bests this week and they were:

Sue Butler 32/50 64%
David Dredge 30/50 60%
Mel Hewitt 45/50 90%


Well done to you three, its great to see people improving all the time.

We look forward to seeing you all at the next shoot on the 25th March.



Added: 26/02/2012

Shoot Summary

It was good to see so many of you at the shoot, another well attended despite the damp conditions. The targets were well presented and proved tricky despite looking easy.

The average scores were low to mid 30''s (with a couple of exceptions) which is lower than normal. We hope you enjoyed the challenge.


Only four shooters managed personal bests:

Andy Bradshaw 31/50 62%
James Crowther 45/50 90%
Neville Longbone 23/50 46%
Simon Shaw 26/50 52%


Top score this week was James Crowther with 45/50 just piping Alan Waterhouse’s 39/50 to the top spot.

We look forward to seeing you at the next shoot on the 11th March.



Added: 12/02/2012

Shoot Summary

It was good to see so many of you at this shoot despite the weather (although not as cold as you might have expected).

It was a mixed bag of birds this week with I think it is fair to say lower than usual scores being turned in.

Only two shooters managed personal bests:

Paul Moreland 41/50 82%
Richard Perrins 57/100 57%


Top score this week was Paul Moreland with 41/50 just piping Alan Waterhouse’s 39/50 to the top spot.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Andy Moore for the Hi-Vis gear he kindly donated and to Rod Bamforth for the seemingly endless supply of logs he keeps appearing with.

A reminder about the AGM:

Thursday 23rd February 2012
The Church Inn (downstairs in the conservatory)
Start 7PM

If any member has anything they would like to discuss could you please contact me in advance so we can put it on the agenda.

We would encourage as many members as possible to attend in order to have a say in the running of their club. We will be putting on a supper of chips and butties to help soak up the ale.

We look forward to seeing you at the next shoot on the 26th February if not at the AGM.



Added: 29/01/2012

Shoot Summary

The wintery weather didn''t put you off as was evident by another fantastic turnout (51 cards were submitted with a few we know didn''t get handed in) almost as busy as the last one, it has come as a bit of a surprise but it is a welcome boost for the coffers so early on in the year. it sets us up well for the coming shooting year.

Thanks to my fellow commitee members who helped run the corporate event on the Saturday, opening both days on a weekend is tiring but worthwhile financially.

It is of course a double edged sword, yes it brings in much needed revenue but a side effect is the amount of time it takes to get round.

We pride ourselves on keeping the costs low for members and without the visitors who pay a premium this would be a difficult thing to achive. Of course we continue to monitor the situation and will endeavor to make sure this doesn''t get out of control.

 The cold weather didn''t put many of you off with a number of shooters putting in personal bests.
Eddie Clarke 38/50 76%
Justin Henthorn 45/50 90%
Ron Henthorn 39/50 78%
Grant Hilton 34/50 68%
Neville Longbone 21/50 42%
Alan Waterhouse 80/100 80%

Well done you guys, with Justins top score of 45 this shoot building upon the last shoots 44 is going to make this an interesting year. Well done you guys keep it up.

We look forward to seeing you all at our next shoot on the 12th February, here''s hoping for good weather.


Added: 15/01/2012

Shoot Summary

As promised the weather was fantastic, the first shoot of 2012 got off to a truly magnificent start. I can’t remember the last time the shoot was that well attended.

The long break for Christmas didn’t seem to have put many of you off with a higher than number personal bests:
 
Rodney Bamforth 38/50 76%
Graham Baxter 44/40 88%
Steve Butler 44/50 88%
Paddy Crowther 39/50 78%
Rob Hatton 36/50 72%
Ron Henthorn 39/50 78%
Stephen Lees 37/50 74%
Craig Spencer-Smith 38/50 76%

Well done you guys, with a top score of 44 on the first shoot of the year we could be in for an interesting year.

As you can see I have setup the online scoring for 2012, at the last shoot there were quite a few members who bought double rounds and yet only one actually submitted two cards (thank you Alan Waterhouse). The online scoring is not meant to be a competition, it is meant to help you track progress. So from now on if you buy two rounds you will be expected to submit both cards if you fail to do this then the missing card will be counted as 50 misses. C''mon guys lets keep it real!

It will be your last chance to show your appreciation to the trappers at our next shoot on 29th January, I know its a bit late to still have the tips jar out for them but with missing the last shoot and the way the dates have fallen this year there really hasn''t been many opportunities to have it out. Thanks to all of you who have already done so.

I received a thank you letter from Oldham Mountain Rescue for the £750 donation made in memory of Alison Crowther who sadly passed away just before Christmas. This and the donation to The British Heart Foundation of £750 in memory of Ken Henthorn who died in November last year makes a fantastic total for the year of £1500 awarded to charity, thanks on behalf of the charities to all of you who without these donations wouldn''t have been possible.

Membership Renewals for 2012 are now due, look out for your renewal notices, could we ask that you renew (if you intend to do so) in a timely manner, this is important to maintain our cash flow. As usual you will have until the end of March to renew anyone not renewing before this date will be required to pay the £10 joining fee.


Added: 14/01/2012

Happy New Year

Looking forward to the first shoot of 2012, all indications are that the weather will be glorious; lets hope so.

As we were closed for the last shoot of 2011 the trappers xmas tip box will be out this shoot, please show your appreciation of the work they do by leaving a tip no matter how small.

At the last commitee meeting we recognised that we have failed to run the normal number of club events which we are mindful of.

The Stanley Hague Shoot didn''t go ahead due to reasons I won''t go into here and the Timberyard Flush didn''t run as we seemed to run out of time.

Time seems to be the main issue, with each of us having busy work/home schedules so we feel that we could mitigate this if we recruit an events co-ordinator.

The events co-ordinator will be a non-executive position and will work closely with the main body to deal with the booking or venues and/or catering and other associated tasks for both Club and Corporate events.

It isn''t expected to take up a significant amount of time. The successful volunteer will NOT be expected to come to every commitee meeting or setup the shoot.

Anybody who is interested in becoming more involved should make themselves known to any commitee member of by email to me.

I would just like to add that there isn''t anyone of you who we wouldn''t want to take this role on but there is only one position, when deciding upon the person to take the role on the commitee will take into consideration many things. If you do put yourself forward and and are not chosen please don''t be offended, your willingness to step up and help is still appreciated.

We are currently trying to sort out the AGM, when we have more information regarding this we will let you know, we would encourage as many of you as possible to attend so as to have a say as well as making it a bit of a social event. We will be putting on light refreshments to help facilitate this.

Membership Renewals for 2012 are now due, look out for your renewal notices, could we ask that you renew (if you intend to do so) in a timely manner, this is important to maintain our cash flow. As usual you will have until the end of March to renew anyone not renewing before this date will be required to pay the £10 joining fee.



Added: 06/01/2012

Alison Crowther

As many of you will be aware Alison Crowther the wife of our President passed away suddenly on Christmas Eve. The family have asked that I pass on the details of the funeral for those who may wish to attend.

The service will be held at Saddleworth Church on Sunday 8th January 2012 at 13.15. This will be followed by the burial at Upperwood Farm, Greenfield. The wake will be held at The Ford Inn.

The family have requested only family flowers with others who wish to do so making donations to Oldham Mountain Rescue.

Running Hill Clay Pigeon Club will be donating £750 in memory of Alison who will be sorely missed by her family and indeed anyone who knew her.

I know that you will join us in sending our deepest condolences to the Crowther family at this difficult time.


Added: 31/12/2011

Happy New Year

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our members and guests a Happy New Year. We hope that 2012 will bring health, wealth and happiness to you all.

We have finalised the 2012 Shooting Calendar, you can download a copy from our downloads page or by clicking here.


Added: 18/12/2011

5 Inches of snow in as many hours....

Apologies for any inconvenience but after much deliberation we decided to close the shoot for safety reasons. The lane was treacherous and we felt that it would have been dangerous for both people on foot and vehicles.

As the next shoot day fell on New Years Day we will also be closed then, this means the next shoot will be 15th January 2012.

We will be putting the trappers Xmas tip jar out then and whilst it is a little late we hope you will show your appreciation of the good work they do.

All that remains is to say thank you for your support throughout 2011 we hope to see you all in 2012.

Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to you all.


Added: 04/12/2011

Shoot Summary

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who turned out this morning. It was bleak to say the least. We were expecting a really poor turnout when in fact it was pretty well attended. It makes the effort setting up in the hail and wind that bit more worthwhile.

Well done to Eddie Clarke who today shot his 1000 clay at Running Hill Clay Pigeon Club for 2011 and joins the 8 other members who have shot this milestone number of clays this year.

This was the first day where we saw a hint of winter conditions; a sign that the cold and snow will soon be upon us. Hopefully this year we won''t be as badly affected by snow as we have been over the last couple of years.

As I previously announced regarding the passing of Ken Henthorn, the funeral is being held at Saddleworth Church on Monday 5th December at 12 noon. The family have asked that whilst flowers would be appreciated they would prefer donations to The British Heart Foundation. With this in mind we will be donating £750 to The British Heart Foundation in memory of Ken.

The other half (£750) of the 2011 Charity Fund will go to Oldham Mountain Rescue in recognition of the fine work they do in the area.

We are in the process of finalising the shooting calendar for 2012, when this is complete I will post copies on the downloads page, update the homepage and get some printed out for you at the hut.

Another date we are working on is the AGM we encourage you to attend if possible in order to have your say and show your support for the club we are very proud of. Once this date is confirmed due notice will be given.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the next shoot which will be our last of 2011. We will be serving Mulled Wine and Mince Pies to fuel the furnaces. I would also add a christmas tip box for the trappers will be available foe those who would like to reward them for their hard work throughout the year.



Added: 01/12/2011

Ken Henthorn

It is with great sadness I tell you of the passing of Ken Henthorn, Ken had been a member of the club for longer than most and regularly attended.

His passing comes a shock to us all as he was only at the last shoot on the 20th November where he was a large as life. Two days later he suffered massive heart failure and sadly died.

His brother Ron and his son Justin are both members of the club and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

I have spoken with Justin and he has said that anyone wishing to attend the funeral is welcome to do so. It is being held at Saddleworth Church on Monday 5th December at 12noon. The family have asked that whilst flowers would be appreciated they would prefer donations to The British Heart Foundation.


Added: 11/11/2011

Remembrance Day

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 the guns of Europe fell silent. After four years of the most bitter and devastating fighting, The Great War was finally over. The Armistice was signed at 5am in a railway carriage in the Forest of Compiegne, France on November 11, 1918. Six hours later, at 11am, the war ended.

 
With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.
Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.
They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England`s foam.
But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;
As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.


Added: 06/11/2011

Shoot Summary

Well indeed we were blessed, the sun shone and the wind was much lighter than usual. The shoot was held over "Blue Bird" skies. Shoots like this make you appreciate what a fantastic venue we have.

It was a well attended day with a lot of visitors making the most of the surprising weather. The shoot this week was a mixed bag of easier and testing birds.

A fast left-right crosser at distance on Stand 1 caught many people out, but for those who managed to get their eye in early tit was a very satisfying target presentation.

The Teal off Stand 4 proved testing for many with many of the top shooters choosing to take them on the fall. Despite this a good many of you managed to turn in decent enough scores on this stand.

The pair in the gully were very unpredictable, once the birds cleared the lip of the quarry they were affected by the wind, each pair were different which serverd to focus the shooter. Those who managed to maintain their focus were rewarded with decent scores.

Only 1 personal best this week, James Garlick turning in a respectable 36. Well done James.

We look forward to seeing you at the next shoot on the 20th November, lets hope we have as good a day.


Added: 23/10/2011

Shoot Summary

Thanks to all of you who turned out for the shoot. The mild weather and fairly still conditions made for an easier shoot than we are used to.

This was evident by the scores that were submitted with many of you putting in personal bests.

Andy Bowden 39/50 
 James Garlick 31/50
 Stephen Lees 73/100
 Sam Reid 34/50
 John Williams 42/50

Well done to you all. Andy Ripley again put in a respectable 46/50, as he approached his last stan (no.4) he had only dropped a single shot. Anyone who knows Andy will know he doesn''t like rabbits and sure enough the curse of the rabbit struck much to Andy and everones amusement. Unlucky Andy, but we can''t have you clearing it again now can we?

It was nice to see Sue Butler returning to the shoot, Sue had been suffering from a shoulder injury and has been unable to shoot for quite some time. Lets hope this sees her on the mend and on the road to a regular shooting shedule once again.

We continue to receive a great deal of interest with new members coming on board which is refreshing to see. The club has a good reputation within the shooting community. The professional manner it is conducted is something GMP have highlighted and advise new shoots to look at how we do it. This is a true accolade.

We sell ourselves as the friendly club in Saddleworth and indeed we are, you, the members are some of the nicest people I have had the privalage to meet and are the life blood of our club. It is this welcome that encourages new shooters to join Running Hill Clay Pigeon Club so thank you to all of you.

As we approach winter our mind is on how badly (if at all) we will be affected this year, we have a couple of corporates during november which should give us a few more sheckles in the pot to mitigate any disruption.

We look forward to seeing you all at the next shoot on the 6th November, lets hope the weather is kind to us.


Added: 09/10/2011

Shoot Summary

It was great to see so many of you turn out today, we managed to miss most of the bad weather but those shooting later on may have got a little damp.

Early doors there was quite a bit of low mist that was more spectacular than problematic and a wind that continued throughout, making some of the targets interesting. Despite this were some pretty respectable scores submitted. Andy Ripley''s 46 the highest with Andy Deane''s score of 45 closely following.

Just a note on the plastic wad issue, if Catherine asks to inspect your shells we don''t expect you to object or indeed come up with any smart comments. We need to ensure that they aren''t being used on our shoot and so anyone wishing to shoot "Clays Only" should expect to be asked to show the shells they intend using. The gentleman today who seemed to think that showing his shells was a inconvenience needed only to look at the pile of plastic wads on the counter in front of him to see that despite there being plenty of notices saying no plastic someone has been using them.

I speak for the whole committee when I say our intention isn''t to offend anyone but to ensure the continuity of the shoot. Anyone not wishing to subject to our terms and conditions should consider shooting elsewhere. We will not tolerate those who seek to alarm or intimidate any of our volunteers.

We don''t want to spoil the feel of the shoot by going on about stuff like this so please work with us on this. We look forward to seeing you all at the next shoot. Lets hope the weather is kind to us.


Added: 25/09/2011

Shoot Summary

Back on track again with the updates now. It was nice to see such a good turnout despite the wind and rain. As you will no doubt have noticed we have new stands and a level lane up through the field. Thanks to Rob Godfrey and Andy Hobson who did the jobs at very reasonable rates.

It was a very windy day, on the whole we managed to deal with it from a target presentation point of view. One noticable exception was Stand 4, the second bird proving too testing for most. Sometimes it is difficult to get that balance between sporting and impossible in such conditions.

There is one issue that we need to bring up. Andy and Dean Moore picked up 30 or so plastic wads in a couple of minutes, also I found an empty 20 bore cartridge box that had contained plastic wadded shells.

We operate a FIBRE WAD ONLY policy, this is clearly signed and is non-negotiable. Today more than one person deliberatley ignored this. Obviously we can''t say if the culprits were visitors or members; we would hope that it wasn''t members.

We will be keeping a close eye on the situation from now on with all shooters being subject to spot checks, any visitors caught using plastic wads will be asked to leave the ground immediatley with no refunds given. Any member caught doing the same will likewise be asked to leave the ground immediatley and forfeit their membership.

The presence of plastic wads is something that Chris Crowther is keen to avoid due to the risk to livestock they present. The use of plastic wads threatens the future of our club.

We would ask all members to be sure not to flout this rule and be vigilant towards others that may see fit to use plastic wads. If any member feels uncomfortable challenging a shooter they believe to be using plastic wads they should bring it to the attention of one of the commitee.

On a brighter note I read a report that suggested we are expecting a better than average October with tempretures up to 27 degrees. I''ll believe it when I see it but we live in hope.

We look forward to seeing you at our next shoot on the 9th October,



Added: 24/09/2011

Apologies for Lack of updates.

Sorry about the lack of updates I have had a very busy month. I still have the score cards so rest assured I will catch up very soon.

In the meantime we look forward to seeing you all at the shoot tomorrow.


Added: 06/08/2011

2011 Tom Butler Memorial Flush

Before I get to the results just a few words of thanks to my fellow commitee members without who it wouldn''t be possible to pull the event together. Special thanks again to Steve Curran for his assistance once again.


Thanks must also go to Steve Butler and his family for sponsoring the event with prizes and the magnificent Tom Butler Memorial Cup in memory of his farther.


Another group worthy of mention is the often unappreciated trappers who work hard to make the shoot work for the members. Thanks guys we really appreciate your efforts.


It was a very well attended shoot, it is always nice to see the support of the members, their appreciation makes the long day worthwhile.


Ok, now to the results:
 

1

The Commitee
185/250
Steve Curran, Peter Cooper, Andy Longton, Paul Moreland & Andy Hobson
 

2

Out on Bail
155/250
James Crowther, Andy Hobson, Jearry Slater, Paddy & Nobby
 

3

Brooky''s Blasters148/250
Andy Ripley, Neil Brooks, Peter Russell, Andy Moore & Craig Spencer-Smith
 

4

Unnamed Team
137/250
Steve Butler, Ian Hatton, Andy Ripley, Neil Brooks & Jeff Nathanial
 

5

Team Big Bollocks
129/250
Jeff Nathanial, Dean Moore, Andy Moore, Iain Ferguson & Pete Russell
 

6

Parkside FC121/250
James Garlick, Brian Polwin, Alan Wood, Ian Chrisham & Stephen Lees
 

7

Unnamed Team121/250
Dave Aldgate, Ryan Skeldon, Matt Lomas, Mark Shuttleworth & Craig Spencer-Smith
 

8

The Trappers
114/250
Ben, Adam, Matty, Ben''s Mate & Andy Moore
 

9

Dirty Dogs
111/250
Ron Henthorn, Justin Henthorn, Ken Henthorn, Gillian Ward & Steve Brown
 

10

The Poachers
105/250
Rob Godfrey, Gareth Roberts, Fred Bone, John Stevenson & Liam Swift
 

11

30% Downie89/250
Ryan Townrod, Michael Buckley, Paul Howarth, Colin Fogg & David Moorhouse

The gully shoot again proved popular, the competition was even closer this year but with one clear winner. 2nd & 3rd winners were drawn randomly from 6 cards each with the same score.
1st - AndyMoore  24/25
2nd - James Crowther 21/25
3rd - Andy Ripley 21/25

Bad luck to the following shooters who missed out on the prizes not through lack of shooting ability but simply the luck of the draw.

Justin Henthorn 21/25
Brian Polwin 21/25
Stephen Butlet 21/25
Fred Bone 21/25

Not a great deal more to say other than thanks again we look forward to next years competition.

We have a second Flush competition for the Timberyard Sheild, we have not yet agreed a date with the sponsor Alan Waterhouse but will keep you all informed as usual.


Added: 17/07/2011

Shoot Summary

First of all a big thank you to those of you who turned out on what was a horrible day, your support is very much appreciated.

Despite the wind and rain a number of you managed to turn in personal bests.

Mark Dewhurst 25/50
Mark Shuttleworth 38/50
John Williams 38/50

Well done to you guys, Andy Moore and Jeff Nathaniel top shots on the day with 42/50.

Now apologies to those of you who had genuine reasons why you couldn’t make it today this is obviously not aimed at you.

Today was not a great day from a financial point of view with approx. 20 shooters we barely broke even. From a morale point of view it was even worse, we spent over an hour in the pouring rain ensuring that your shoot was open as usual. Imagine how that feels when only 20 or so out of a membership of about 100 bothered to turn out! Remember we are volunteers don’t take us for granted as believe me dedicated, committed and reliable volunteers are very hard to find.

Now I get that when you look out the window on Sundays like today and you see the weather it doesn’t motivate you but I’ve got to say the turnout today was diabolical. The committee turn out in all weather to open the shoot for you to enjoy or in some cases endure; and yes sometimes it is that but that’s what our club is about.

I would ask that if you can make it that you do so and don’t use the weather as an excuse not to because you can bet your arse we will be there getting soaked to the skin to ensure that we are open for you.

Right rant over now Tom Butler Memorial Flush is to be run on the 6th August, in order to book your place (and save money) you will need to register and pay a £5 deposit you only have the next shoot on the 31st July in order to do this. I will send this out by email just to remind you all of this.

6th August 2011 - The Tom Butler Memorial Flush

Sponsored by: Steve Butler

Booking in will start at 11.30am with the shoot beginning at 12-30-13.00.

A hot food reception will be held at The Cross Keys from 5PM, of course the bar will be open long before then.

The format will be 5 person teams. If you cannot make up a team of 5 don’t worry many people will be in the same position so we will team people up accordingly.

Another thing to note that the event is open to all regardless of ability, if you have not been to one of our flushes before you should consider doing so they are great fun!

As you are aware the biggest difficulty in organising these events is catering for the right number, last year we asked that anyone wishing to attend register and pay a £10 deposit (non refundable) we would again ask you to do the same.

You can register at the counter at any of the upcoming shoots, we would appreciate your adherence to this so we can ensure that the clubs money is not wasted on excess catering.

1st Round* - £25.00/£30.00 (depending upon if you booked your place)
any subsequent rounds £20.00

We will also be running a side competition in the practice gully for a bit of extra fun.

1st Prize** 250 Cartridges
2nd Prize** Free Shoot
3rd Prize** Pewter Shotgun Pin

Charges for the Gully Shoot will be:

25 Clays & Cartridges £7.00
25 Clays Only £3.00
Entry to the Side-Comp (optional) £3.00

*This includes 50 cartridges and a potato pie reception at The Cross Keys, Uppermill from 17.00.

**A person may enter more than once but may only take 1 prize; any person
taking 1st Prize must present a current valid shotgun certificate in
order to claim prize.


Added: 09/07/2011

Thanks

I would like to thank Andy Moore, Dean Moore and Craig Spencer-Smith for their assistance in running the corporate shoots today.

It was a busy day with 2 stag groups enjoying our facilities in the sun, trhe first group of 28 shooting from 1pm and a second group from 3pm so as you can imagine it was a long day for us.

Feedback was good with everyone saying how much they had enjoyed the shoot and expressed an interest in coming again.

Just a reminder now about the confirmed new date for The Tom Butler Memorial Shoot:

6th August 2011 - The Tom Butler Memorial Flush

Sponsored by: Steve Butler

Booking in will start at 11.30am with the shoot beginning at 12-30-13.00.

A hot food reception will be held at The Cross Keys from 5PM, of course the bar will be open long before then.

The format will be 5 person teams. If you cannot make up a team of 5 don’t worry many people will be in the same position so we will team people up accordingly.

Another thing to note that the event is open to all regardless of ability, if you have not been to one of our flushes before you should consider doing so they are great fun!

As you are aware the biggest difficulty in organising these events is catering for the right number, last year we asked that anyone wishing to attend register and pay a £10 deposit (non refundable) we would again ask you to do the same.

You can register at the counter at any of the upcoming shoots, we would appreciate your adherence to this so we can ensure that the clubs money is not wasted on excess catering.

1st Round* - £25.00/£30.00 (depending upon if you booked your place)
any subsequent rounds £20.00

We will also be running a side competition in the practice gully for a bit of extra fun.

1st Prize** 250 Cartridges
2nd Prize** Free Shoot
3rd Prize** Pewter Shotgun Pin

Charges for the Gully Shoot will be:

25 Clays & Cartridges £7.00
25 Clays Only £3.00
Entry to the Side-Comp (optional) £3.00

*This includes 50 cartridges and a potato pie reception at The Church Inn, Uppermill from 17.00.

**A person may enter more than once but may only take 1 prize; any person
taking 1st Prize must present a current valid shotgun certificate in
order to claim prize.


Added: 03/07/2011

Shoot Summary

Great to see you all, it was the best weather of the year that we have been open for. The still conditions allowed us to set a nice balanced course to interest and test you all.

There were some good scores, the following all put in personal bests:

Peter Cooper     37/50
Bill Francis        31/50
Andy Moore       46/50
Barry Slater       28/50

Well done to you all.

The date of The Tom Butler Memorial Flush is now confirmed as being 6th August, see details below:

6th August 2011 - The Tom Butler Memorial Flush

Sponsored by: Steve Butler

Booking in will start at 11.30am with the shoot beginning at 12-30-13.00.

A hot food reception will be held at The Cross Keys from 5PM, of course the bar will be open long before then.

The format will be 5 person teams. If you cannot make up a team of 5 don’t worry many people will be in the same position so we will team people up accordingly.

Another thing to note that the event is open to all regardless of ability, if you have not been to one of our flushes before you should consider doing so they are great fun!

As you are aware the biggest difficulty in organising these events is catering for the right number, last year we asked that anyone wishing to attend register and pay a £10 deposit (non refundable) we would again ask you to do the same.

You can register at the counter at any of the upcoming shoots, we would appreciate your adherence to this so we can ensure that the clubs money is not wasted on excess catering.

1st Round* - £25.00/£30.00 (depending upon if you booked your place)
any subsequent rounds £20.00

We will also be running a side competition in the practice gully for a bit of extra fun.

1st Prize** 250 Cartridges
2nd Prize** Free Shoot
3rd Prize** Pewter Shotgun Pin

Charges for the Gully Shoot will be:

25 Clays & Cartridges £7.00
25 Clays Only £3.00
Entry to the Side-Comp (optional) £3.00

*This includes 50 cartridges and a potato pie reception at The Church Inn, Uppermill from 17.00.

**A person may enter more than once but may only take 1 prize; any person
taking 1st Prize must present a current valid shotgun certificate in
order to claim prize.


Added: 19/06/2011

Shoot Summary

Sorry for the delay but once again my real life has been hectic and I''m afraid that must take preference.

I have been asked by Steve & Sue Butler (the sponsors of The Tom Butler Memorial Shoot) to rearrange the date for this event. Steve and Sue offer there sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may cause but they cannot help the situation.

The new date is likely to be Saturday 6th August (subject to confirmation from The Church Inn the date is available)

6th August 2011 - The Tom Butler Memorial Flush

Sponsored by: Steve Butler

Booking in will start at 11.30am with the shoot beginning at 12-30-13.00.

The format will be 5 person teams. If you cannot make up a team of 5 don’t worry many people will be in the same position so we will team people up accordingly.

Another thing to note that the event is open to all regardless of ability, if you have not been to one of our flushes before you should consider doing so they are great fun!

As you are aware the biggest difficulty in organising these events is catering for the right number, last year we asked that anyone wishing to attend register and pay a £10 deposit (non refundable) we would again ask you to do the same.

You can register at the counter at any of the upcoming shoots, we would appreciate your adherence to this so we can ensure that the clubs money is not wasted on excess catering.

1st Round* - £25.00/£30.00 (depending upon if you booked your place)
any subsequent rounds £20.00

We will also be running a side competition in the practice gully for a bit of extra fun.

1st Prize** 250 Cartridges
2nd Prize** Free Shoot
3rd Prize** Pewter Shotgun Pin

Charges for the Gully Shoot will be:

25 Clays & Cartridges £7.00
25 Clays Only £3.00
Entry to the Side-Comp (optional) £3.00

*This includes 50 cartridges and a potato pie reception at The Church Inn, Uppermill from 17.00.

**A person may enter more than once but may only take 1 prize; any person
taking 1st Prize must present a current valid shotgun certificate in
order to claim prize.


Added: 11/06/2011

Benchmark Building Supplies

Today we ran a corporate 250 Bird Flush for Benchmark Building Supplies. Thanks to Rob Godfrey for the contact it was an excellent event that proved to be a real success. 6 teams shot our flush setup, everybody seemed to enjoy it and indeed the feedback was that they are likely to book again for 2012.

The results were as follow (please excuse the spelling of names, the writing on both the team sheets and 11-6 declarations isn''t that clear):

1st Place
Romiley Squirrels - 97
/250
  • Darren Leahy
  • John Briggs
  • Lewis Briggs
  • John Hallisey
  • Grant Hilton
2nd Place
365 - 69/250

  • Phil Brown
  • Kevin Atkinson
  • Gary Spillard
  • Zack Clarkson
  • Rob Godfrey
3rd Place
The Doggy Stylers - 66/250

  • Clive Walker
  • Paul Walters
  • Paul Walker
  • Mick Swift
  • Andy Barrass
No competition is complete without the Wooden Spoon:

The Wooden Spoon
One-Stop- 36/250

  • Stuart Wilkinson
  • Pete Burns
  • Mick...............
  • Gary Hazeldine
  • Ian Pollock


Thanks to all those who helped run the event:
  • Steve Curran
  • David Curran
  • Fred Bone
  • Grant Hilton
  • Liam Swift
and not forgetting our ever reliable trappers:
  • Ben
  • Matty
  • Adam
A reminder for our next flush:

23rd July 2011 - The Tom Butler Memorial Flush

Sponsored by: Steve Butler

Booking in will start at 11.30am with the shoot beginning at 12-30-13.00.

The format will be 5 person teams. If you cannot make up a team of 5 don’t worry many people will be in the same position so we will team people up accordingly.

Another thing to note that the event is open to all regardless of ability, if you have not been to one of our flushes before you should consider doing so they are great fun!

As you are aware the biggest difficulty in organising these events is catering for the right number, last year we asked that anyone wishing to attend register and pay a £10 deposit (non refundable) we would again ask you to do the same.

You can register at the counter at any of the upcoming shoots, we would appreciate your adherence to this so we can ensure that the clubs money is not wasted on excess catering.

1st Round* - £25.00/£30.00 (depending upon if you booked your place)
any subsequent rounds £20.00

We will also be running a side competition in the practice gully for a bit of extra fun.

1st Prize** 250 Cartridges
2nd Prize** Free Shoot
3rd Prize** Pewter Shotgun Pin

Charges for the Gully Shoot will be:

25 Clays & Cartridges £7.00
25 Clays Only £3.00
Entry to the Side-Comp (optional) £3.00

*This includes 50 cartridges and a potato pie reception at The Church Inn, Uppermill from 17.00.

**A person may enter more than once but may only take 1 prize; any person
taking 1st Prize must present a current valid shotgun certificate in
order to claim prize.


Added: 05/06/2011

Shoot Summary

So as the week moved on the weather got better and better, all indications were that we were on for a scorcher; and I for one was looking forward to it!

Alas it was not to be! What the hell happened?

Thanks to all of you who turned out, as you know the wind made for some interesting and varied targets (to say the least). Many found it hard to turn in their normal scores whilst others turned in personal bests!

Surely summer can''t be far away now!

A reminder about the next upcoming event:

23rd July 2011 - The Tom Butler Memorial Flush

Sponsored by: Steve Butler

Booking in will start at 11.30am with the shoot beginning at 12-30-13.00.

The format will be 5 person teams. If you cannot make up a team of 5 don’t worry many people will be in the same position so we will team people up accordingly.

Another thing to note that the event is open to all regardless of ability, if you have not been to one of our flushes before you should consider doing so they are great fun!

As you are aware the biggest difficulty in organising these events is catering for the right number, last year we asked that anyone wishing to attend register and pay a £10 deposit (non refundable) we would again ask you to do the same.

You can register at the counter at any of the upcoming shoots, we would appreciate your adherence to this so we can ensure that the clubs money is not wasted on excess catering.

1st Round* - £25.00/£30.00 (depending upon if you booked your place)
any subsequent rounds £20.00

We will also be running a side competition in the practice gully for a bit of extra fun.

1st Prize** 250 Cartridges
2nd Prize** Free Shoot
3rd Prize** Pewter Shotgun Pin

Charges for the Gully Shoot will be:

25 Clays & Cartridges £7.00
25 Clays Only £3.00
Entry to the Side-Comp (optional) £3.00

*This includes 50 cartridges and a potato pie reception at The Church Inn, Uppermill from 17.00.

**A person may enter more than once but may only take 1 prize; any person
taking 1st Prize must present a current valid shotgun certificate in
order to claim prize.


Added: 22/05/2011

Shoot Summary

Welcome back, shooting resumed after our annual closure for lambing, James reports that he thinks lambing has gone well this year after a couple of poor ones over the last couple of years.

I only wish I could say we shot in idillic conditions but as you are well aware I can''t! High winds, rain and at times hailstone was all that greeted the faithful today, your support and sacrifice is much appreciated.

Justin Henthorn was top shot this week with a fantastic 39, in todays conditions that was an excellent effort. Andy Moore and James Crowther next best with 36. More score news worthy of mention is Catherine Longton managed to kick her husband Andy''s butt with an excellent personal performance of 20 versus Andy''s 16. Well done Catherine.

Sorry for the lack of a club outing during the lambing, I had intended to sort one out again but as many of you are aware I spent 3 weeks in Tameside Hospital with Pnumonia and a suspected Heart Attack and this prevented me from doing so.

I do however have a date for your diaries:

23rd July 2011 - The Tom Butler Memorial Flush

Sponsored by: Steve Butler

Booking in will start at 11.30am with the shoot beginning at 12-30-13.00.

The format will be 5 person teams. If you cannot make up a team of 5 don’t worry many people will be in the same position so we will team people up accordingly.

Another thing to note that the event is open to all regardless of ability, if you have not been to one of our flushes before you should consider doing so they are great fun!

As you are aware the biggest difficulty in organising these events is catering for the right number, last year we asked that anyone wishing to attend register and pay a £10 deposit (non refundable) we would again ask you to do the same.

You can register at the counter at any of the upcoming shoots, we would appreciate your adherence to this so we can ensure that the clubs money is not wasted on excess catering.

1st Round* - £25.00/£30.00 (depending upon if you booked your place)
any subsequent rounds £20.00

We will also be running a side competition in the practice gully for a bit of extra fun.

1st Prize** 250 Cartridges
2nd Prize** Free Shoot
3rd Prize** Pewter Shotgun Pin

Charges for the Gully Shoot will be:

25 Clays & Cartridges £7.00
25 Clays Only £3.00
Entry to the Side-Comp (optional) £3.00

*This includes 50 cartridges and a potato pie reception at The Church Inn, Uppermill from 17.00.

**A person may enter more than once but may only take 1 prize; any person
taking 1st Prize must present a current valid shotgun certificate in
order to claim prize.


Added: 16/05/2011

Announcement

Just to let you all know:

The shoot will re-open this Sunday 22nd May 2011.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible after our short break.


Added: 10/04/2011

Lambing Closures

Please be advised that the shoot will be closed to allow lambing to take place undisturbed on:

24th April and 8th May

and possibly:

22nd May

I will keep you posted as to these dates as and when they become known.


Added: 27/03/2011

Shoot Summary

Sorry for the lack of a summary for the last shoot, but life has been hectic recently. So this week I thought I would take the bull by the horns and do it straight away.

Firstly, I have great pleasure in sharing some great news, Andy and Leanne are now the proud parents of a new baby boy. Sonny was born 14th March 2011 weighing 8lbs, mother and child both doing well. I''m sure you will all join me in congratulating them. I hope this happy event marks a turning point for them and brings them great joy after the great saddness of Harvey.

Back to the shoot now, it was a fantastic day weather wise with very little wind to cause too many presentation difficulties. The Rabbit returned to stand 2 and what a target! Whilst being fast it remained hittable and so proved to be good sport.

The bogey stand for most was stand 4, a rising and curling pair from behind the board proved to be very testing for many (myself included).

The low-wind conditions allowed us to throw a driven pair off the top of the gully, they were testing for those who took too much time thinking about them. The secret was take them quickly and shoot instinctivly, those that adopted this approach were rewarded with high numbers.

That all said we look forward to seeing you at the next shoot on the 10th April, this will be the last shoot before the shoot closes for the lambing season. We will likely miss the shoots on the 24th April and the 8th May before hopefully reopening in time for our 1st Flush of the year The Tom Butler Memorial Trophy on 21st May.

I need to double confirm this date with Chris Crowther so watch this space.


Added: 27/02/2011

Shoot Summary

Another great shoot and despite the bad weather a surprising number of you turned out. Thanks to you all for you continued support.

There were a mixed bag of scores today with Dean Moore the top shot with 39, got to feel for you Dean that goal of 40 seems to be eluding you...... Next best scores were James Crowther and Andy Hobson (Happy new teeth!) with 37.

Just to remind you The AGM will be the 4th March at The Church Inn from 7PM, this year we will be putting on some food to encourage as many of you to attend, it is important you do so if possible in order that you can have your say in the running of your club.

If we don''t see you on Friday then we look forward to seeing you at our next shoot on 13th March 2011.


Added: 13/02/2011

Shoot Summary

Great to see so many of you at the shoot despite the weather. Parking was an issue with the ground being so slippery but we got by.

We tried to use the high winds to our advantage and set some very nice birds (even though we say so ourselves) which proved a real test to most. The average score was mid 30''s so Andy Moores score of 39 was an excellent effort.

The AGM will be the 4th March at The Church Inn from 7PM
, this year we will be putting on some food to encourage as many of you to attend, it is important you do so if possible in order that you can have your say in the running of your club. I will be getting notices out in the next week.

May I also remind those of you who haven''t yet renewed your membership that time is running out, you have until the end of March to do so.

We look forward to seeing you all at the next shoot on the 27th February.


Added: 30/01/2011

Shoot Summary

Turnout was good for this shoot, the weather managed to behave itself and stay dry and calm for the most.

Overall the target presentation was excellent with a slight bias towards easier targets. One exception to this was Stand 5 a.k.a "The Gully" making use of the available ground features we were able throw a high pair which caught many people out. I think Dean Moore was top shooter on this stand with a respectable 6.

Dean was well on his way to breaking his target of 40 when the difficult target and some slight technical problems saw him fall short and finish with 38, never mind there''s always next time.

We''re in the process of arranging the AGM, a little later than usual it will be one Friday in March. We would like to encourage members to attend and will be providing some hospitality for you this time, once I have the date I will get notification out to you all.

We will shortly be announcing the dates for the flushes and "The Farmers Shoot" again once known I will get the information out to you so you can mark them in your diaries.

Thats all for now folks, hope to see you at our next shoot on 13th February 2011.


Added: 16/01/2011

Shoot Summary

Thanks to all of you who turned out, it was a horrendous day weather wise, early on the wind made setting the course challenging but we feel we did quite well. Towards the middle of the shoot the rain set in (well we say rain it was more of a deluge driven into you by the high wind).

As a result many people abandoned their shoot and sought refuge in the hut.

Despite this there were some good scores turned in, Mick Goodier managed a personal best with an impressive 40, well done Mick.

Andy Deane was top scorer on the day with a 43 which was exceptional in the conditions. Well done Andy.

Lets hope the weather proves more favourable at our next shoot on the 30th January.


Added: 02/01/2011

Shoot Summary

Happy New Year to all our members, it was great to see so many of you turn out for our first shoot of 2011.

Indeed it was a bumper day for the club (as you will no doubt have noticed) and a much better start to this year than last. It is a double edged sword unfortunately; large turnouts do lead to some delays and queuing but at the same time allow us to invest in new equipment and develop the shoot.

Membership for 2011 is now due, look out for your renewal notices, could we ask that you renew (if you intend to do so) in a timely manner, this is important to maintain our cash flow. As usual you will have until the end of March to renew anyone not renewing before this date will be required to pay the £10 joining fee.

The next event will be the AGM, please look out for your information pack by email/post as is appropriate, members are encouraged to make the effort and attend in order to support the committee and have their say in the running of their club. We intend to make it a bit more of a social do this time round we really do hope that you can make it. Dates will be available soon.

Nothing more to say now other than we hope you can all join us at our next scheduled shoot on 16th January 2011.


Added: 25/12/2010

Merry Xmas

The committee would like o take this opportunity to thank you one and all for your continued support. It is much appreciated, after a poor start to the year we have managed to turn it around and in the end have had an excellent year.

We look forward to seeing you at our first shoot of 2011 on the 2nd Jan.

Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year.


Added: 19/12/2010

Shoot Open

Just to let you all know we intend opening this shoot. Conditions are as follow:

Church Road and approach to club lane passable for all with care.

Club lane itself is passable only to capable 4 x 4 vehicles, if you are not confident or driving a non 4 x 4 you should not attempt to come up the lane.

Parking at the shoot will be limited, the top field is unlikely to be accessible so park with some thought for others.

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO PARK IN THE FIELD TO THE LEFT OF THE HUT!

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT YOU BRING YOUR VEHICLES UP TO THE SHOOT AT YOUR OWN RISK, WE MAKE NO PROMISE OR GUARANTEE THAT SOMEONE WILL TOW YOU OUT IF YOU GET STUCK.


Added: 19/12/2010

Shoot Summary

Happy New Year to all our members, it was great to see so many of you turn out for our first shoot of 2011.

Indeed it was a bumper day for the club (as you will no doubt have noticed) and a much better start to this year than last. It is a double edged sword unfortunately; large turnouts do lead to some delays and queuing but at the same time allow us to invest in new equipment and develop the shoot.

Membership for 2011 is now due, look out for your renewal notices, could we ask that you renew (if you intend to do so) in a timely manner, this is important to maintain our cash flow. As usual you will have until the end of March to renew anyone not renewing before this date will be required to pay the £10 joining fee.

The next event will be the AGM, please look out for your information pack by email/post as is appropriate, members are encouraged to make the effort and attend in order to support the committee and have their say in the running of their club. We intend to make it a bit more of a social do this time round we really do hope that you can make it. Dates will be available soon.

Nothing more to say now other than we hope you can all join us at our next scheduled shoot on 16th January 2011.


Added: 04/12/2010

Shoot Closure

Following up on yesterdays post, after careful consideration the shoot on the 5th December 2010 will be cancelled due to snowfall. The approach to the club is blocked to vehicles and the road at the bottom is narrowed making parking impossible.

Members may well be able to get to the shoot on foot but we would be unable to operate the shoot from a logistics point of view.

Looking at the approach I would suggest that access to the storage container would also be blocked.

Sunday 5th December 2010 - Shoot Closed

Sorry for any inconvenience caused. Please check the website regularly to receive the latest updates.


Added: 03/12/2010

Weather Update

I have just had a drive up to the shoot and the main roads are clear, the bottom part of Church Road is passible. Beyond the Church the road is solid packed base but passible for the confident and 4X4''s.

The lane however is a different world alltogether. The lane is blocked to all vehicles, with little sign of this changing it it likely the shoot will be closed on Sunday.

We are having a meeting tonight where we will discuss it. I will post the decision on here and email members when I have more information.


Added: 21/11/2010

Shoot Summary

It must be said we weren''t the slickest of operations today, but in fairness we were plagued by a number of technical problems.

We suffered a total electrical failure at the last shoot, despite the generator being sent for testing it seems that the problem lay elsewhere, this meant that we were unable to maintain the charging schedule.

We were late setting up as the lane was obstructed with some sheep pens which unfortunately can sometimes happen.

On top of all this we had Oldham Mountain Rescue turning up for their 2010 Charity Award (Click here for photo''s) and if this wasn''t enough we had one of the busiest shoots of the year (Click here for a few pictures of the day).

Now despite all these problems we hope you found the shoot interesting and challenging, the weather whilst cold was pretty good, we tried to use the wind to our advantage in order to make the targets interesting and I think we achieved that.

It was good to see some old faces, Andy Rhodes, Andy Lees, Dave Beard, Phil Gibbon and South African Rob to name a few. Really good to see you guys again it''s been too long. For those of you who don''t know the two Andy''s, Dave and Paul (Wright) were our predecessors who re-established the club after an extended closure and ran it successfully for several years.

Thanks to Don (I got my van stuck in the mud) McGetrick for the fine warming soup, this providing great respite from the biting cold.

I think today was the first day in a long while where the visitors I was escorting seriously questioned what on earth they were doing there! LOL.

Anyway enough for now, we hope to see you at our next shoot on the 5th December.


Added: 11/11/2010

Remembrance Day

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 the guns of Europe fell silent. After four years of the most bitter and devastating fighting, The Great War was finally over. The Armistice was signed at 5am in a railway carriage in the Forest of Compiegne, France on November 11, 1918. Six hours later, at 11am, the war ended.
 
 
With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.
Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.
They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England`s foam.
But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;
As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.


Added: 07/11/2010

Shoot Summary

As I sit here writing this report listening to the news saying The Cat and Fiddle road is closed due to snow and with torrential rain streaming down the window the conditions of yesterday seem a world away. How fantastic were the conditions this week?

Blue-bird skies and virtually no wind made the shoot a very pleasant place to be, the sharp cold doing little to spoil it.

There were some good scores put in this week (too many personal bests to mention) with the highest a 42 submitted by Jeff Nathaniel, well done Jeff. There is seemingly no justice, the prodigal son; Danny Bradshaw returned having not shot for months (too much time on the nest) to turn in a 40. Well-done Danny lets not leave it so long next time.

Good to see so many of you enjoying the shoot, it is especially good to see the return of Pete “Two smokin’ barrels” Russell who turned in a respectable 33.

Thanks to Rod Bamforth for the logs, much needed this time of the year to keep the home fires burning. Any firewood donation are always welcome.

Anyway, enough said for now we look forward to seeing you all on the 21st November at our next shoot; lets hope the weather smiles on us again.


Added: 24/10/2010

Shoot Summary

What a fantastic day, although a little chilled the shoot took place in near perfect conditions. Stunning views accross a blue-bird sky.

The course was equally as good this week with a mix of easy/hard targets to test the shooters skill.

I think the most difficult stand overall was the pair of away birds off stand 1, again seemingly easy enough but in reality very hard.

The driven bird on stand 2 looked an easy bird and it was for many but for others it proved to be a real bogie bird.

The Rabbit moved up to stand 4 and I''ve got to say I think it is my favorite spot for it, the land allowing an excellent right/left quartering target.

Top score today was 42 by Andy Deane.

Sam Reid continues to make good recovery, I received an email from him thanking us for our well wishes and his card. We hope this continues and that we see him at the shoot soon.

Again we had a number of visitors, some old and some new who came and enjoyed the shoot. Thank you all again for making them all feel so welcome.

That all said we look forward to seeing you all on the 7th November. Take care.


Added: 10/10/2010

Shoot Summary

Thanks to all of you who turned out to the shoot yesterday, it was a fantastic blue-sky day blighted somewhat by strong winds. Those of you who shoot regularly here will know what that means.... Challenging to say the least.

Sorry I didn''t get a chance to speak with many of you what with setting up and escorting guests before I knew it it was early afternoon.

It was a very busy day with a higher than normal number of visitors, thank you all for your patience with the inevitable queues. We need to remember that a guest today can turn into a new member/friend tomorrow, this new blood is essential for the future of the club.

Having missed the last shoot I haven''t managed to put the scores up (Pete still has them, I will get them off him ASAP and update the scoring accordingly).

I know you will all join me in wishing Sam Reid all the best and a speedy recovery, Sam is a smashing fella who will be missed at the shoot. I really do hope he is able to return when he feels better.

That all said we look forward to seeing you all at the next shoot 24th October 2010.



Added: 12/09/2010

Shoot Summary

Thanks to all of you who turned out, those that did managed to enjoy the shoot in pretty favourable conditions (though those shooting towards the end may have got a little damp).

The targets were a good spread of difficulty but scores were generally down a little by normal standards, but despite being short-handed the shoot went well and on time.

We had a number of guests this week, some old and some new and they expressed their gratitude at the warm welcome they received.

Special thanks to Ian Whiston for the kind donation of window security bars, these will help us increase the building security which is essential in these testing times.

We look forward to seeing you at the next shoot on the 26th September.

Now I''m looking for an answer to the question "How the hell can I get 2 pallets of clays from Hazel Grove, Stockport to the Club?"

Ideally I need someone with a covered vehicle (flat bed with tarp will do) capable of holding 2 x Euro pallets to collect late afternoon Friday 24th (loaded by fork-lift) and delivered to the shoot on Sunday 26th. If you can help please call me on 07710 188478 so we can discuss the details.


Added: 29/08/2010

Shoot Summary

A little slow in getting this posted up due to the bank holiday etc. It was again good to see you all on Sunday. Despite the poor weather early doors the shoot eventually enjoyed some welcome sunshine even though it remained windy.

The targets looked much easier than they actually were, the effect of the wind making them very difficult. The highest card an unusually low 32 for Andy Moore. The actual number of scorecards handed in was very low, you are only kidding yourselves. You should hand them in every time regardless to be able to use the historical data to guage improvement.

Chris has expressed his wish to support the Oldham Mountain Rescue this year, this is particularly poignant this year after the sad passing of Chairman John Edwards earlier this year.

It is proposed that we give £1000 dedicated to John towards their new vehicle appeal.

The remaining £500 will be split into 2 portions. £200 will be converted to gift vouchers and distributed amongst some smaller local charities for them to auction at their fund raising events. This allows them to raise much more than they would receive as a cash donation. The other £300 will be divided between approx. 3 more charities nominated by the members. If you have a charity you are involved with or would like to just nominate one you should email me. The nominations so far are:

  • Macmillan Nusing
  • NW Air Ambulance
  • Tameside Special Care Baby Unit
  • Tameside Animal Shelter
As said we are looking for your input here.

Enough said for now, see you all at the next shoot on the 12th September 2010.


Added: 15/08/2010

Shoot Summary

A lucky break in the weather allowed us to shoot in deceptively sunny conditions, I say deceptively because the wind whilst warm was quite strong making the targets more challenging than they looked.

We converted our Chondel to fire Rabbits as an experiment, they were presented well though more difficult than usual.

Turn out was as would be expected during the holiday period but it was good to see you all today nevertheless.

We look forward to seeing you all in a fortnight.


Added: 07/08/2010

2010 Tom Butler Memorial Flush Results

Before I get to the results just a few words of thanks to my fellow commitee members without who it wouldn''t be possible to pull the event together. Special thanks again to Steve Curran for his stirling work in running the gully shoot.

The competition was tight this year with a mere 6 points separating 3rd and 6th places, well done everyone.
 
Thanks must also go to Steve Butler and his family for sponsoring the event with prizes and the magnificent Tom Butler Memorial Cup in memory of his farther.

Another group worthy of mention is the often unappreciated trappers who work hard to make the shoot work for the members. Thanks guys we really appreciate your efforts.

It was a very well attended shoot, it was the busiest (during our tenure) flush we had arranged. It is nice to see the support of the members, their appreciation makes the long day worthwhile. The commitee have worked exceptionally hard this year to make up for the very poor start, indications are that this year will be one of the most successful years Running Hill CPC have had. We are looking to invest in some new equipment which will move the club forward once again.

There were 2 teams from Volunteer Lodge who made it for the day, Voluteer Lodge hold their annual competition with us. A few of them have expressed an interest in joining.

Some photo''s of the event can be seen here, more to follow. I think Alan Wood has some video also, I will put that up when I get it.

 
Ok, now to the results:
 
 

1

The Navara Boyz
173/250
Andy Moore, Dean Moore, Barry Slater, Ian Ferguson & Jeff Nathaniel
 

2

It''s not the speed it''s the style
164/250
James Crowther, Andy Hobson, Paddy, Nobby & Ashley
 

3

Commitee 134/250
Paul Moreland, Catherine Longton, Andrew Longton, Peter Cooper & Steve Curran
 

4

Puckersley Hotshots
132/250
Steve Butler, Sue Butler, Alan Stott, Ian Hatton & Brian Abbot
 

5

How''s Your Mum?
129/250
Ryan Townrod, Dave Moorehouse, Ben Beeswax, Thomas Mullaney & Michael Buckley
 

6

Mark''s Marauders
128/250
Mark Shuttleworth, Steve Dickinson, Eddir Clarke, John Williams & Alan Wood
 

7

Hit & Miss
118/250
Rodney Bamforth, Ian Chrisham, Brian Polwin, Stephen Lees & Eric Sharples
 

8

The Poachers
116/250
Bill Francis, Stuart Crowley, Rob Godfrey, Fred Bone & Mark Shuttleworth
 

9

Penii Patrol
115/250
Ron Henthorn, Justin Henthorn, Ken Henthorn, Gill Ward & Bob Hatton
 

10

On the Pull
89/250
Simon Shaw, Helen Shaw, Gary Crowder, Aaron Huntley & John Ashton
 

10

Voluteers - 2
85/250
Sam Devlin, Barry Knowles, John Hudson, Don McGetrick & Craig Dinsdale
 

11

Voluteers - 1
82/250
John Harrison, Mark Joell, Terry Bailey, Craig Spencer-Smith & Craig Dinsdale
 
The gully shoot again proved popular with a shoot off between 1st & 2nd, Dean eventually taking it in a sudden death finale.
 
1st - Dean Moore  18/25
2nd - Andy Moore 18/25
3rd - Eddie Clarke & Alan Stott 16/25
 
Not a great deal more to say other than thanks again we look forward to next years competition.
 
We have a second Flush competition for the Timberyard Sheild, we have not yet agreed a date with the sponsor Alan Waterhouse but will keep you all informed as usual.


Added: 01/08/2010

Shoot Summary

Thanks to all of you who turned out today, numbers are always down at this time of the year due to holiday commitments and stuff so it is really important that those who can come and shoot do so.

It was a funny old course yesterday, none of the targets looked on the surface of things that difficult and yet the score cards tell a different tale!

Anyway, preparations are under way for the Tom Butler Memorial Flush next Saturday, thanks to the 34 people who registered and paid their deposits as this makes our job in arranging things much easier. Hopefully there will be some people who turn up on the day in order to make this the event the success it deserves to be.

Just to reiterate the cost on the day will paid be £30 if you haven''t registered and paid a £10 deposit or £15 if you have!

Organising these events takes a great deal of time and effort, it is essential that we have the support and attendance of the members. If the members don''t support the events then the commitee will have to consider if these events are worth running in the future.

Additional rounds will be £20pp, please note there is NO CLAYS ONLY prices.

NEXT SATURDAY (7th August 2010) - The Tom Butler Memorial Flush

Sponsored by: Steve Butler

Booking in will start at 11.30am with the shoot beginning at 12-30-13.00.

The format will be 5 person teams. If you cannot make up a team of 5 don’t worry many people will be in the same position so we will team people up accordingly.

1st Round* - £25.00/£30.00 (depending upon if you booked your place)
any subsequent rounds £20.00

We will also be running a side competition in the practice gully for a bit of extra fun.

1st Prize** 250 Cartridges
2nd Prize** Free Shoot
3rd Prize** Pewter Shotgun Pin

Charges for the Gully Shoot will be:

25 Clays & Cartridges £7.00
25 Clays Only £3.00
Entry to the Side-Comp (optional) £3.00

*This includes 50 cartridges and a potato pie reception at The Church Inn, Uppermill from 17.00.

**A person may enter more than once but may only take 1 prize; any person
taking 1st Prize must present a current valid shotgun certificate in
order to claim prize.


Added: 18/07/2010

Shoot Summary

What happened to the weather, after what seemed an age of nice weather the wind and rain returned. Still nice to see all of you who turned out though overall numbers were down.

The windy conditions make for some interesting targets for sure, but hey that''s the name of the game "Sporting" LOL.

Anyway, got to do the scoring now so just a reminder about the Tom Butler Flush. We would really appreciate you supporting this event, for details see below:

REMINDER - 7th August 2010 - The Tom Butler Memorial Flush

Sponsored by: Steve Butler

Booking in will start at 11.30am with the shoot beginning at 12-30-13.00.

The format will be 5 person teams. If you cannot make up a team of 5 don’t worry many people will be in the same position so we will team people up accordingly.

As per the previous news item, email and letter you need to book your place at this event by paying a £10 deposit in advance with a further £15 being due on the day.

Anyone who doesn''t pay a deposit to book his or her place will pay £30 on the day.

1st Round* - £25.00/£30.00 (depending upon if you booked your place)
any subsequent rounds £20.00

We will also be running a side competition in the practice gully for a bit of extra fun.

1st Prize** 250 Cartridges
2nd Prize** Free Shoot
3rd Prize** Pewter Shotgun Pin

Charges for the Gully Shoot will be:

25 Clays & Cartridges £7.00
Entry to the Side-Comp (optional) £3.00

*This includes 50 cartridges and a potato pie reception at The Church Inn, Uppermill from 17.00.

**A person may enter more than once but may only take 1 prize; any person taking 1st Prize must present a current valid shotgun certificate in order to claim prize.

Members and non-members welcome. If you would like to take part please download and complete our Flush Booking Form and return it by post or hand it in to the counter no later than 1st August.

Please send to:

RHCPC
C/O Paul Moreland
38 King Street
Mossley
Ashton-under-Lyne
OL5 9HX

We would appreciate your understanding and cooperation and ask that you do not put us in an uncomfortable position.


Added: 04/07/2010

Shoot Summary

How windy was it?

Despite this there was a great turnout, it really is good to see so many of you supporting the club like you do.

We had a few guests this time who all expressed their gratitude and said that they had a great time.

As I said, it was very windy making the shoot more difficult than normal (if that''s possible). Trap 2 and 3 were most affected with the wind really getting behind the birds making them travel much faster and futher.

Still thats the way it goes and despite this there were still some respectable scores.


REMINDER - 7th August 2010 - The Tom Butler Memorial Flush

Sponsored by: Steve Butler

Booking in will start at 11.30am with the shoot beginning at 12-30-13.00.

The format will be 5 person teams. If you cannot make up a team of 5 don’t worry many people will be in the same position so we will team people up accordingly.

As per the previous news item, email and letter you need to book your place at this event by paying a £10 deposit in advance with a further £15 being due on the day.

Anyone who doesn''t pay a deposit to book his or her place will pay £30 on the day.

1st Round* - £25.00/£30.00 (depending upon if you booked your place)
any subsequent rounds £20.00

We will also be running a side competition in the practice gully for a bit of extra fun.

1st Prize** 250 Cartridges
2nd Prize** Free Shoot
3rd Prize** Pewter Shotgun Pin

Charges for the Gully Shoot will be:

25 Clays & Cartridges £7.00
Entry to the Side-Comp (optional) £3.00

*This includes 50 cartridges and a potato pie reception at The Church Inn, Uppermill from 17.00.

**A person may enter more than once but may only take 1 prize; any person taking 1st Prize must present a current valid shotgun certificate in order to claim prize.

Members and non-members welcome. If you would like to take part please download and complete our Flush Booking Form and return it by post or hand it in to the counter no later than 1st August.

Please send to:

RHCPC
C/O Paul Moreland
38 King Street
Mossley
Ashton-under-Lyne
OL5 9HX

We would appreciate your understanding and cooperation and ask that you do not put us in an uncomfortable position.


Added: 20/06/2010

Shoot Summary

Thanks to all of you who turned out on a bright summer Sunday morning to support the club. I thought it had been a bit quiet but having gone through the scorecards there were a quoite a few people I hadn''t seen. I am sorry I missed you but I had a party of guests that took up my time. They all expressed their gratitude and said they had a good time. Thank you all for making them feel welcome.

I would also like to thank Mick Goodier and Mel Hewitt for helping unload the clay delivery, thanks guys many hands make light work. You assistance really is appreciated.

There were some good scores put in today, many of you shooting your personal bests, well done to you all lets hope you continue to progress and put in great scores.

REMINDER - 7th August 2010 - The Tom Butler Memorial Flush

Sponsored by: Steve Butler

Booking in will start at 11.30am with the shoot beginning at 12-30-13.00.

The format will be 5 person teams. If you cannot make up a team of 5 don’t worry many people will be in the same position so we will team people up accordingly.

As per the previous news item, email and letter you need to book your place at this event by paying a £10 deposit in advance with a further £15 being due on the day.

Anyone who doesn''t pay a deposit to book his or her place will pay £30 on the day.

1st Round* - £25.00/£30.00 (depending upon if you booked your place)
any subsequent rounds £20.00

We will also be running a side competition in the practice gully for a bit of extra fun.

1st Prize** 250 Cartridges
2nd Prize** Free Shoot
3rd Prize** Pewter Shotgun Pin

Charges for the Gully Shoot will be:

25 Clays & Cartridges £7.00
Entry to the Side-Comp (optional) £3.00

*This includes 50 cartridges and a potato pie reception at The Church Inn, Uppermill from 17.00.

**A person may enter more than once but may only take 1 prize; any person taking 1st Prize must present a current valid shotgun certificate in order to claim prize.

Members and non-members welcome. If you would like to take part please download and complete our Flush Booking Form and return it by post or hand it in to the counter no later than 1st August.

Please send to:

RHCPC
C/O Paul Moreland
38 King Street
Mossley
Ashton-under-Lyne
OL5 9HX

We would appreciate your understanding and cooperation and ask that you do not put us in an uncomfortable position.


Added: 09/06/2010

2010 Tom Butler Memorial Trophy (Flush)

7th August 2010 - The Tom Butler Memorial Flush

Sponsored by: Steve Butler

Booking in will start at 11.30am with the shoot beginning at 12-30-13.00.

The format will be 5 person teams. If you cannot make up a team of 5 don’t worry many people will be in the same position so we will team people up accordingly.

In the past the club has managed to struggle through from a cash-flow point of view, since we came on board we have managed to stabilise this and continue to raise charity contributions as well as continue investment into the club. Certainly over the last 12 to 18 months the price increases we have experienced and the disastrous start to the year make this a difficult task.

We need to make these things a little more efficient in order that our efforts aren''t wasted. We discussed at the AGM about people booking their places at future flushes. So, this year (in light of the poor attendance at the last one) we intend to take a £10 deposit in advance with a further £15 being due on the day.

Anyone who doesn''t pay a deposit to book his or her place will pay £30 on the day.

1st Round* - £25.00/£30.00 (depending upon if you booked your place)
any subsequent rounds £20.00

We will also be running a side competition in the practice gully for a bit of extra fun.

1st Prize** 250 Cartridges
2nd Prize** Free Shoot
3rd Prize** Pewter Shotgun Pin

Charges for the Gully Shoot will be:

25 Clays & Cartridges £7.00
Entry to the Side-Comp (optional) £3.00

*This includes 50 cartridges and a potato pie reception at The Church Inn, Uppermill from 17.00.

**A person may enter more than once but may only take 1 prize; any person taking 1st Prize must present a current valid shotgun certificate in order to claim prize.

Members and non-members welcome. If you would like to take part please download and complete our Flush Booking Form and return it by post or hand it in to the counter no later than 1st August.

Please send to:

RHCPC
C/O Paul Moreland
38 King Street
Mossley
Ashton-under-Lyne
OL5 9HX

We would appreciate your understanding and cooperation and ask that you do not put us in an uncomfortable position.


Added: 08/06/2010

Website Update

Just let you all know I have added a members forum to the website, you can get to it from the "Information Centre" menu item.



In order to use it you will need to register first, don''t worry this is a simple automated process. Click here to register now.

If you need any help using the forum you should first look at the Help System, if that doesn''t help then you can always contact me.

This should provide the members with a way of providing feedback to the commitee about various aspects of the shoot.

It should also provide an easy way of communicating openly and privately (all registered users have their own private mailbox) with other members.

Use the For Sale and Wanted sections to advertise your items for sale and find what you are looking for.

The forum makes it possible to publish polls on current issues to do with the club. The latest poll is asking if you think the shoot is too hard or not.

Please take the time to register and vote.


Added: 06/06/2010

Shoot Summary

Well after the recent run of good weather it was bound to happen.

Sods law states:

"if it''s a shoot day, it will pi$$ it down"

Thanks to those of you who turned out on this wet shoot day, numbers were well down this time due partly to the weather and it being holiday season.

Stand 5 proved challenging for may though those that got their eye in early did well enough. Our shoot is well known for being a "hard shoot" and I think it is all the better for it, it shouldn''t be a formality that you hit the targets or what would be the point?

There have been a few grumblings about it being too hard, I would welcome feedback from members as to the quality of the target presentation. Whilst I personally like it being so it is not just my club, if members want to make the shoot easier as a whole then that is what we will do. We can''t react to members wishes if aren''t told.

So, do you want us to make the shoot less challenging overall? You can tell us your opinion by voting in our poll.


Added: 03/06/2010

Alan Johnson, the shadow home secretary calls for reform on UK gun law

Britain''s gun laws should be reviewed after Derrick Bird''s Cumbria shooting massacre, Alan Johnson, the shadow home secretary, has said.

Read full story.
 


Added: 02/06/2010

Cumbrian Shootings

As news reports come in of this incident it is looking likely that at least one of the weapons used was a shotgun.

As decent human beings we can only sympathise with the victims and their families, but, if the past is anything to go by we may as Clay Pigeon Shooters find ourselves under attack from the anti-gun lobby once again.

I would suggest that together we are stronger and would urge you all to consider joining the CPSA.

When doing so please ensure that you put Running Hill Clay Pigeon Club as the referrer (the club receives a small commission) for referring members.


Added: 23/05/2010

Shoot Summary

The first shoot after lambing went head in fantastic conditions, I don''t want to temp fate but is this the start of the elusive British summer?

We look forward to more weather like this and to seeing you at the shoot throughout the year.

It is with some sadness that I have to announce that Harold Crowther (Chris''s father) passed away last week following an accident that occured at the farm he loved and lived. During the last week he had seemed to make some progress but unfortunatley suffered a setback and lost his fight.

Our thoughts are with the Crowther family at this difficult time and hope that their closness and strength will help them to deal with their sadness.

R.I.P Harold Crowther


Added: 17/05/2010

Shoot Re-opens

I have today had word from Chris that lambing has completed and that the club is able to re-open.

The next scheduled date is the 23rd May 2010, this date is confirmed the club will be OPEN!

Could we ask that you spread the word to those who don''t have web or email access.

See you all on Sunday!


Added: 10/05/2010

Club trip to Doveridge

Thanks to all those who turned out for the trip Doveridge (click here for photo''s):

Rodney Bamforth
Ian Chrisham
Steve Dickinson
Don McGetrick
Stephen Lees
Andrew Longton
Catherine Longton
Paul Moreland
Brian Polwin
Samuel Reid
Ian Whiston

I enjoyed your company and the shooting. I apologise for the slight increase in travelling costs this was due to a much lower take up than I anticipated. I hope it didn''t spoil the day for any of you.

I would consider running other similar trips if people enjoyed it.


Added: 09/05/2010

Club Outing to Doveridge

I have looked at the costs for the transport:

Collect from Uppermill 09.00 on the 9th May 2010, returning from Doveridge 16.00

16 Seater - £225/£14pp
25 Seater - £275/£16-11 depending upon numbers
49 Seater - £375/£14-£7.60

Doveridge have agreed to do clays at members rates (.20p per clay). Shells can be purchased either from the On-site shop at Doveridge or from us on the day.

To make this happen I need to know how many of you are interested and a deposit of £15 ASAP. Please could you let me know quickly by email or call me on 07710 188478 and get deposits to me by 30th April at the latest. If possible consolidate deposit cheques made payable to Paul Moreland (or drop cash at my address below).

Paul Moreland
38 King Street
Mossley
Ashton-under-Lyne
OL5 9HX

Having been to the CPSA  Academy at Doveridge I can confirm it is an excellent ground offering:

Automatic Ball Trap and Olympic Trap
(http://www.doveridgeclaysports.co.uk/facilities_abt_ot.aspx)

Down the Line and Compak Sporting
(http://www.doveridgeclaysports.co.uk/facilities_dtl_cs.aspx)

English Sporting and High Tower
(http://www.doveridgeclaysports.co.uk/facilities_es_ht.aspx)

English and Olympic Skeet
(http://www.doveridgeclaysports.co.uk/facilities_es_os.aspx)


I do not intend to send out postal notifications so if you could spread the word that would be great. Non members are also welcome.

23rd April - St Georges Day - Click to vote for St George''s Day to become a public holiday.


Added: 11/04/2010

Shoot Summary

Another great turnout which is hardly surprising given the fantastic weather. A challenging course today saw some lower than average scores but also some exceptional ones too. Justin Henthorn''s score of 42 was a great achievement.

25 April 2010 (closed)
09 May 2010 (closed)
23 May 2010 (to be confirmed)

A number of people have responded favourably to the suggestion of a club outing to a large shooting ground. The idea is that we get a coach to do a pickup in Uppermill and go en masse to either Doveridge or North Wales Shooting Ground. The suggested date is the 9th May but I will confirm this with you all.

If you fancy it could you let me know by text, email or phone so I know how big a bus we need and how much of a group discount I can negotiate. This will be an open invite so feel free to invite guests. I will come back to you with approx. costs ASAP.


Added: 04/04/2010

Lambing Dates

The landowner has announced the dates of the lambing closures.

11 April 2010 (open as usual)
25 April 2010 (closed)
09 May 2010 (closed)
23 May 2010 (to be confirmed)

Please check back regularly as things can change very quickly.



Added: 28/03/2010

Shoot Summary

Well another busy day at Running Hill, it really is appreciated that you continue to support us in our running of the club. I would like to remind you that we operate an open book policy, if any member has any comments/concerns we are always happy to hear them; good or bad.

The targets today were mmmm how can I put it? Varied! Yes I think that just about covers it, LOL. The wind was up and as all you regulars will know that makes for an interesting shoot.

We had our 11-6 Police inspection today which went very well, our renewal has been successful which is good news. We have been working towards making this club a safe one and to satisfy all of our legal requirements, we are pretty much there we believe. I would like to offer my congratulations to Andy and Catherine Longton who passed their CPSA Safety Officer qualification last week at Doveridge.

We are almost at that time of the year when dates for closure for the lambing season are announced. I am waiting for confirmation off the landowner as to the exact dates. It is hoped that we can shoot on the 11th April 2010 but this is NOT confirmed yet and this day may mark the start of the lambing closures, we are pretty certain to miss 2 shoots beyond this at least.

As soon as I know more I will post here and by email, if you know people who don''t have Internet/Email access could you please help spread the word.

I will be looking at organising a club away day during our closed season, depending upon numbers I was thinking about a minibus/coach and a shoot at one of the big venues. What do you think, please email me at paul@rhcpc.co.uk or call me on 07710 188478 if you would be interested. I will try to obtain a group discount depending upon numbers.


Added: 21/03/2010

2010 Stanley Hague Memorial Trophy

Thanks to all of who turned out despite the attrocious conditions and made the 2010 Stanley Hague Memorial Trophy a success.

The reception afterwards was attended where copious amounts of Port and a huge wheel of Stilton (donated by John Buckley) was consumed.

Now for the results as it is a competition after all, the top 12 cards from each side are selected and the individual totals give the overall team score.

Running Hill CPC
The Farmers
Justin Henthorn
44
James Crowther
40
Pete Russell 38 Joe Jackson 39
Ron Henthorn 38 Andy Hobson 39
Alan Waterhouse 36 Ryan Townrod
39
Dean Moore 35 Dave Booth
39
Andy Moore 34 Paddy 38
Pete Cooper
33
John Buckley 37
Paul Moreland
33
Dan Wilcox 37
Danny Bradshaw
32
Nobby 36
Craig Pemberton
32
Jerry Slater
36
Alan Wood
31
Ivan Pullar
35
Craig Spencer-Smith
32
Colin Fogg 34
Total
418

449

Therfore The Farmers win 449 to 418, and to be fair they deserved the win with their consistancy, The Club should not feel too bad, the deficit was only a mere 31 which by anyones standards is close.

James Crowther with his score of 40 for took the prize for The Farmers highgun.

Justing Hentorn with his score of 44 took the prize for The Club highgun.

Both shooters winning a fine bottle of Scotch.

Some pictures are available here.


Added: 19/03/2010

*****Stanley Hague Memorial Shoot*****

We really need your support tomorrow, if you can make it please do, we can''t run these events without your support! Feel free to bring any guests if you wish.

Stanley Hague Memorial Shoot (Farmers Shoot)


Saturday 20th March 2010 (that''s right thats tomorrow!)

The 2010 Stanley Hague Memorial Shoot will be held tomorrow at Running Hill CPC.

So far the history of this competition:

2005 - Farmers
2006 - Running Hill CPC
2007 - Farmers
2008 - Farmers
2008 - Running Hill CPC

A good turn out will be essential if we are to turn around the past trends.

Booking-in from 11.30 start shooting 11.30 (ish). The event will be followed by a complimentary buffet at the Church Inn from 16.00, this promises to be a great event mark it in your diary so as not to miss it.

Special thanks to Julian and Chris Taylor at The Church for waiving both room charges and corkage on the port.

If you are reading this and are in touch with members who you know don''t have internet access would you please spread the word. Similarly if you have any guests you would like to bring feel free to do so and remember everybody shoots at Members rates....


Added: 14/03/2010

Shoot Summary

Another great turnout for the club that is much needed after the poor start to the year. Unfortunately with a good turnout comes a bit of queuing; sometimes this is unavoidable if we are to continue the development of the shoot on a whole. We appreciate your patience and continued support.

Just to keep things fresh in your minds:

Stanley Hague Memorial Shoot (Farmers Shoot)

Saturday 20th March 2010 (that''s right thats next Saturday!)

The 2010 Stanley Hague Memorial Shoot will be held on Saturday 20th March 2010 at Running Hill CPC.

So far the history of this competition:

2005 - Farmers
2006 - Running Hill CPC
2007 - Farmers
2008 - Farmers
2008 - Running Hill CPC

A good turn out will be essential if we are to turn around the past trends.

Booking-in from 11.30 start shooting 12.30-13.00. The event will be followed by a complimentary buffet at the Church Inn from 14.00, this promises to be a great event mark it in your diary so as not to miss it.

Special thanks to Julian and Chris Taylor at The Church for waiving both room charges and corkage on the port.

If you are reading this and are in touch with members who you know don''t have internet access would you please spread the word. Similarly if you have any guests you would like to bring feel free to do so and remember everybody shoots at Members rates....


Added: 28/02/2010

Shoot Summary

It was a great turnout from the members on what was a cold (ish) but dry day. Nice to see so many of you and thanks to all those who renewed their memberships.

Just to remind you all, you have a grace period until 28th March 2010 to renew. Anybody not having renewed by this time will be required to pay the joining fee in order to renew their membership. Please do not put us in this awkward position.

Moving things around a bit made a challenging shoot for most although there were a few good scores put in.

Just to keep things fresh in your minds:

Stanley Hague Memorial Shoot (Farmers Shoot)

Saturday 20th March 2010

The 2010 Stanley Hague Memorial Shoot will be held on Saturday 20th March 2010 at Running Hill CPC.

So far the history of this competition:

2005 - Farmers
2006 - Running Hill CPC
2007 - Farmers
2008 - Farmers
2008 - Running Hill CPC

A good turn out will be essential if we are to turn around the past trends.

Booking-in from 11.30 start shooting 12.30-13.00. The event will be followed by a complimentary buffet at the Church Inn from 14.00, this promises to be a great event mark it in your diary so as not to miss it.

Special thanks to Julian and Chris Taylor at The Church for waiving both room charges and corkage on the port.


Added: 24/02/2010

Stanley Hague Memorial Shoot (Farmers Shoot)

Saturday 20th March 2010

The 2010 Stanley Hague Memorial Shoot will be held on Saturday 20th March 2010 at Running Hill CPC.

So far the history of this competition:

2005 - Farmers
2006 - Running Hill CPC
2007 - Farmers
2008 - Farmers
2008 - Running Hill CPC

A good turn out will be essential if we are to turn around the past trends.

Booking-in from 11.30 start shooting 12.30-13.00. The event will be followed by a complimentary buffet at the Church Inn from 14.00, this promises to be a great event mark it in your diary so as not to miss it.

Special thanks to Julian and Chris Taylor at The Church for waiving both room charges and corkage on the port.


Added: 20/02/2010

2010 AGM Summary

Thanks to all of you who turned out to support us at the 2010 AGM. For those of you who couldn''t make it here is a brief summary.

  • No increase in the cost of membership.
  • Clays only price increase .50p/50 members and guests and .25p/50 juniors
  • Members full shoot price to increase by 50p both 12g and 20g
  • Junior full shoot price to increase by 50p both 12g and 20g
  • Non-Members shoot price to increase by £1 both 12g and 20g
  • £1500 charity contribution agreed
  • Existing Executive commitee to continue unchanged
  • James Bradshaw stepping down from Non-Executive commitee with Andy Longton coming on board. Peter Cooper continuing in his current role
  • Andy Moore awarded The Crowther Cup for services to the club
A copy of the 2010 AGM Report is available here.


Added: 14/02/2010

Shoot Summary - 14/02/2010

Thanks to all of you who turned out for our first shoot of the year! It was a fantastic morning with "Bluebird Skies" and much warmer than of late.

The new online scoring is now live, click here to view it.

Just to remind you, the 2010 AGM will be on 19th February 2010 at The Church Inn, Uppermill from 7.30pm, we would encourage and welcome members to attend.

Also, the 2010 membership is now due; you will again have a grace period until 28th March 2010 to renew. Anybody not having renewed by this time will be required to pay the joining fee in order to renew their membership. Please do not put us in this awkward position. Thanks to those who have already done so.

We are looking for nominations for the Crowther Cup, it is awarded to a member who has made a significant contribution to the club in any sort of way. To send your nomination click here use our suggestion form or email me.


Added: 03/02/2010

Update

The club should reopen on 14th February 2010. The loss of 4 shoots has had an impact on the clubs financial situation but not to any critical level.

One of the things these closures illustrated to me was the difficulty in communicating with you all, many of the details on file were out of date, when you get your Membership Details form could I ask you to fill it in and return it ASAP

Your first point of call for up to the minute club information should be the website, this is by far the most effective way of getting important news out to you all. I understand that not everyone has Internet access so communication between you is also very important.

The 2010 AGM will be on 19th February 2010 at The Church Inn, Uppermill from 7.30pm, we would encourage and welcome members to attend.

Also, the 2010 membership is now due; you will again have a grace period until 28th March 2010 to renew. Anybody not having renewed by this time will be required to pay the joining fee in order to renew their membership. Please do not put us in this awkward position.

You will all shortly be receiving your Renewal Reminder, AGM notification and Membership Details Update form.

The website has also had a facelift, not so much in looks but more in functionality. The gallery has been improved, it is now simpler to manage and easier to use through the "Lightbox" viewer.

I am also pleased to announce that it has been migrated across to a commercial host that is able to provide greater resilience and reliability.

Now the site is on a more stable platform I have rebuilt the online scoring feature, obviously the only data in there at the moment is test data, when we get shooting again this will all start working.


Added: 28/01/2010

31st Jan 2010 - Shoot Closed

Shoot Closed 31st Jan 2010

We have again visited the shoot to find that it is highly unlikely we will be able open on the 31st Jan 2010. The lane is still going to be impassible for all but tractors with tracks still approaching 2ft deep.

Even if people were prepared to walk up the lane we would have problems with parking as the road is seriously reduced in width and we would be causing an obstruction.











If that wasn`t bad enough even if we were to open it would be difficult to get the equipment out of the container as this is still almost completely buried under 7ft of snow!





We were hoping that the milder weather would have melted the majority of it but alas as you can see it hasn`t. The forcast is for another cold snap which won`t help the situation.

A decision as to is we will pay someone to clear the lane will be made the middle of next week, if any of you have access to the means to do this please let me know. If not it will cost the club an estimated £50-£100.


Added: 16/01/2010

Shoot Closure - 17th Jan 2010

Andy had a drive up yesterday afternoon and reports Church lane is blocked up to the shoot. The lane itself has 2-3 ft drifts and would be impassable even with 4 X 4.

The shoot at this stage will not be going ahead, please check back for the latest status.

Sorry for the disappointment, I`m pretty sure the next one will be OK.

16/01/2010 - 09.48am - Shoot Closed

The 2010 Calendar has been worked out, you can download a copy here.


Added: 02/01/2010

Sunday 3rd Jan Shoot Closed

I have just had a drive up to the shoot and it wasn`t pretty. Church lane is barely passable up until The Church Inn then very bad beyond and to the shoot. The lane itself has 2-3 ft drifts and would be impassable even with 4 X 4.

The shoot at this stage will not be going ahead, please check back for the latest status.

02/01/2010 - 11.09am - Shoot Closed

The 2010 Calendar has been worked out, you can download a copy here.


Added: 20/12/2009

20/12/2009 - Shoot Summary

As many of you know the shoot was abandoned due to the bad snow conditions. We did manage to pull a few traps out for people who managed to get there to have a bit of a play but there were only 3 or 4.

Anyway, the Commitee  would like to thank you all for your support in 2009 and wish you all a Merry Xmas and a prosperous New Year.

The next scheduled shoot is now 3rd January 2010, we look forward to seeing you then.

The 2010 Calendar has been worked out, you can download a copy here.


Added: 23/11/2009

23/11/2009 - Shoot Summary


Thanks again all of you who turned out on another cold day, on the whole we were lucky in that we didn`t get drenched as is the norm for this time of the year.

I would like to add that numbers are down and whilst it may not be the best of experiences we could really do with your support even when the weather is poor. We setup the shoot in all weathers so that you the members can enjoy the shoot, just wrap up warm and come and show that our efforts are appreciated.

The club continues to grow and improve, our last goal as far as our risk assessment goes was met this week with the purchase of full Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for our trappers. This will make their job much more bearable during the coming winter months.

We are looking for some of those plastic door strips (those used in factory loading bays that keep the heat in but allow fork-lifts etc to come and go) if anyone can lay there hands on enough to cover the door to the hut we would be most appreciative.

Anyway, time to go for now, thanks for your continued support we look forward to seeing you at our next shoot on the 6th December 2009.


Added: 09/11/2009

08/11/2009 - Shoot Summary

To quote Admiral Husband Kimmel "there was a nasty nip in the air today" and indeed there was, it was one of the coldest days of the year so far.

It looks like winter is upon us so be prepared, warm clothing, hats and gloves should form a part of your kit for the remainder of the years shoots.

It was a quiet day, again perhaps due to the cold and/or it being Remembrance Sunday, we would like to thank you all for the respectful way you took part in our 2 minute silence.

We look forward to seeing you all at our next shoot on the 22nd November 2009, remember to wrap up well.

On a separate note, did anyone find a Shotgun Certificate in a green wallet at the ground on Sunday, if so please email me or call 07710 188478 so I can put the members mind at rest.


Added: 05/11/2009

8th November 2009 - Remembrance Sunday

As you will no doubt be aware 8th November is Remembrance Sunday:

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 the guns of Europe fell silent. After four years of the most bitter and devastating fighting, The Great War was finally over. The Armistice was signed at 5am in a railway carriage in the Forest of Compiegne, France on November 11, 1918. Six hours later, at 11am, the war ended.
 
At 11am we will be holding a two minute silence in memory of all the people who have given their lives in defence of our country in conflicts both past and present.
 
We will also allow a futher 10 minutes for the service at Pot`s and Pan`s to complete.
 
With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.
Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.
They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England`s foam.
But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;
As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.


Added: 13/10/2009

11/10/2009 - Shoot Summary

Another day when the weather couln`t make its mind up. Those shooting early on got drenched whilst those shooting later at least got some sunshine and respite from the fog.

It was nice to see so many familiar faces and indeed some new ones too, a couple of visitors with gift vouchers enjoyed their shoot (despite the cold wet conditions) and it looks like at least one of them could be joining in January.

Thanks agin to the members who turned out for the 2009 Charity Presentation, for those of you who are interested you can see the photos here.


Added: 05/10/2009

Tom Butler Memorial Cup

Thanks to those of you who turned out for the 2009 Tom Butler Memorial Cup. The numbers were well down on what we normally expect at this event which I believe was due to the weather. I would appreciate some feed back from those who didn`t attend as to the reasons so we can avoid any pitfalls for future events.

Thanks to all of you who turned out to support this event and in particular to those who helped run the event. Thanks must also go to Steve Butler and his family for sponsoring the event with prizes and the magnificent Tom Butler Memorial Cup in memory of his farther.
 
So for the results:
 
Team Name Relentless
1 Iain Ferguson
2 Barry Slater
3 Andy Moore
4 Dean Moore
5 Mike Wallerd
Score 156/250
                     
                     
Team Name Hit `n Miss
1 Craig Pemberton
2 Phil Strudwick
3 Alan Wood
4 Stephen Lees
5 Eric Sharples
Score 138/250
                     
                     
Team Name The Committee
1 Danny Bradshaw
2 Paul Moreland
3 Andy Longton
4 Andy Moore
5 ICatherine Longton
Score 121/250
                     
                     
Team Name Puckersley Pirates
1 Steve Butler
2 Sue Butler
3 Ian Hatton
4 Ian Chrisham
5 Andy Longton
Score 118/250
                     
Team Name The Trappers
1 Shane
2 Clarkie
3 John
4 Ben
5 Dean Moore
Score 93/250
                     
                     
Team Name The Archers
1 Michael Shaw
2 Ian Bell
3 Gary Gooder
4 Simon Shaw
5 Helen Shaw
Score 74/250

Another great result for the trappers, well done guys.

Gully Shoot

1st - Danny Bradshaw  21/25
2nd - Andy Moore 19/25
3rd - Rob Godfrey 17/25





Added: 22/09/2009

2009 Charity Presentation

In previous years the charity presentation has passed off as a relatively low key affair, this has been commented upon by numerous members who would like to play a part in it all. With this in mind the 2009 charity presentation is on the 30th September 2009 downstairs at The Church Inn, Uppermill from approx. 7.30. Could you please be prompt as the press tend to get a bit tetchy over time.

This year The British Heart Foundation, Tameside Special Care Baby Unit and Macmillan Cancer Support all have received awards from our charity pot.

I aim to get as many of the local press to attend to raise the profile of not only the club but the charities represented.

If you can attend please do, not everyone has email so if you could help spread the word that would be great.


Added: 14/09/2009

14/09/2009 - Shoot Summary

Thanks to those who turned out on Sunday, it was a great shoot even though attendance was down a little.

Thanks for your patience as you were probably aware there were only 2 of us there to run it this time due to holidays and prior commitments of the others.

The Womans Institute who visited in the afternoon enjoyed their shoot, several made enquiries about returning in the future and one intends to join along with her husband. Thanks to Steve Dickinson and Bill Francis for their assistance in running the event.

We are in the process of organising the 2009 charity presentation, last year a number of members expressed an interest in being involved. We are hoping to arrange this for the 30th September at The Church Inn approx. 8pm. Please note this is not finalised, you should check back here frequently and/or enquire at the desk at the next shoot on the 27th September.

OK, now just to let you know about our next event.

3rd October 2009
The Tom Butler Memorial Flush
 
Sponsored by:
 
Trophies & Prizes - Steve Butler

Anybody interested in sponsoring the catering should contact Paul on 07710 188478 or paulm@rhcpc.co.uk to discuss futher.
 
Booking in will start at 11.30am with the shoot beginning at 12-30-13.00.

The format will be 5 person teams, the cost per person will be:

1st Round - £25.00*
any subsquent rounds £20.00

We have changed the way we charge for this event in that people shooting more than once enjoy a discount on their subsequent entries.

*this includes 50 cartridges and a potato pie reception at The Church Inn, Uppermill from 17.00.

If you cannot make up a team of 5 don’t worry may people will be in the same position so we will team people up accordingly.

We will also be running a side competition in the practice gully for a bit of extra fun.

1st Prize    250 Cartridges
2nd Prize    Free Shoot
3rd Prize    Pewter Shotgun Pin

A person may enter more than once but may only take 1 prize; any person taking 1st Prize must present a current valid shotgun certificate in order to claim prize.

Charges for the Gully Shoot will be:

25 Clays & Cartridges    £7.00
Entry to the Side-Comp (optional)  £3.00

Members and non-members welcome. If you are likely to be attending could you contact Paul on 07710 188478 or email paulm@rhcpc.co.uk to let us know so we can make the appropriate catering arrangements.


Added: 05/09/2009

Credit where credits due

The club has been looking for a 20G club gun for some time now, this need becoming more pressing with the Women’s Institute visiting on the 13th September. I had tried to source one locally but all were either too expensive or never bothered getting back to me as was the case of one gunroom whom will remain nameless.

Anyway, I managed to find several reasonably priced guns using gun trader but they all seemed too far away. The lure of a bargain was too much and despite the distance I took a punt at:

R Bamford Guns
207 The Green
Eccleston
Nr Chorley
PR7 5SX
01257 451274
http://www.rbamfordguns.co.uk

My experience if typical is worth informing you about. The shop whilst maybe a little small has a surprising amount of stock available to suit all budgets. They offer a range of general shooting clothing and accessories as well as a good range of new and used Airguns and Shotguns.

The 20G we purchased is in incredible condition for a sub £300 Rizzini, E and certainly constitutes a bargain even taking into consideration the drive out there.

The service was efficient and friendly as well as generous. The one thing that really stood out for me was their willingness to accept a club cheque as payment even though I did offer the cash as an alternative (i don`t doubt they did some checking but still without a guarantee card this was a gesture of goodwill).

Here`s an idea why not take the missus over to Botany Bay and while you’re in the area drop in and see them. Tell them your from RHCPC and you never know they may offer you a nice deal.


Added: 19/07/2009

19/07/2009 - Shoot Summary

Thanks again for your support, despite the day looking nasty early on a good number of you turned out to shoot. This was vindicated as the weather cleared a little with as few patches of rain thrown in.

After the disater with the lightning/database server I can ow regrettably confirm that all scoring data entered since October 2008 has been lost. With this huge gap in the scoring I propose to start over.

Before I do I intend to migrate the site accross to a commercial host that can offer greater reliability, I intend to introduce some new functionality at the same time.

So all things being equal we hope to see you all at the next shoot on the 2nd August 2009, this shoot is the 2nd Leg (home) of the 2009 Saddleworth Cup. Booking in will start around 09.45 at the clubhouse. This event will be followed by the presentation of the Saddleworth Cup at the Church Inn, Uppermill followed by refreshments and a complimentary buffet, more details to follow.

If anyone would like to sponsor this event they can contact Paul on 07710 188478 or email paul@rhcpc.co.uk.

Take care, see you all soon.




Added: 23/06/2009

21/06/2009 - Shoot Summary

Yay, finally up to date again.

2009 - Timberyard Flush Results

Thanks to all of you who turned out, the weather again held off which made the shoot even more enjoyable.

We try to change the shoot each week to keep it testing, this has obviously been good in improving peoples scores.

This week 3 shooters managed to put in personal bests, and they are:
Ben Francis
27/50
54%
Chris Brown
23/50
46%
Mick Goodier
34/50
68%

Anyway we look forward to seeing you on the 5th July, take care.


Added: 22/06/2009

2009 Timberyard Flush - Results

Sorry about the delay in getting the results up, I`ve been a bit busy with work.

Thanks for all of you who turned out to make the event a success. The lucky break in the weather made the day even more enjoyable.

The results:
Team Name
The Commitee
1.
Peter Cooper
2.
Mark Shuttleworth
3.
Andy Longton
4.
Steve Curran
5.
Paul Moreland
Score
183/250
Team Name
Rip Raps
1.
Andy Ripley
2.
Neil Brookes
3.
John Buckley
4.
Lol Smith
5.
Pete Russell
Score
160/250
 
Team Name
Andy`s Empty Sack
1.
Andy Moore
2.
Jeff Nathanial
3.
Mark Shuttleworth
4.
Iain Ferguson
5.
Pete Russell
Score
156/250
 
Team Name
Klay Klub Klan
1.
Paddy
2.
Daniel Wilcox
3.
James Crowther
4.
Andy Hobson
5.
Nobby
Score
143/250
 
Team Name
Hit `n Miss
1.
Craig Pemberton
2.
Phil Strudwick
3.
Grant Hilton
4.
Rodney Bamforth
5.
Andy Longton
Score
140/250
 
Team Name
SS Assasins
1.
Craig Spencer-Smith
2.
Phil Gibbon
3.
Mark Shuttleworth
4.
Pete Russell
5.
John Buckley
Score
133/250
 
Team Name
Off the Nest
1.
Bill Francis
2.
Stuart Crowley
3.
Ryan Townrod
4.
Justin Henthorn
5.
Rob James
Score
124/250
 
Team Name
Steve`s Tornados
1.
Steve Butler
2.
Lee Clarke
3.
Graham Baxter
4.
Ken Henthorn
5.
Justin Henthorn
Score
124/250
 
Team Name
The Trappers
1.
Shane
2.
Matty
3.
Ben
4.
John
5.
Pete
Score
117/250
 
Team Name
Give Us a Break
1.
Ian Chrisham
2.
Eric Sharples
3.
Brian Polwin
4.
Alan Wood
5.
Stephen Lees
Score
115/250

On behalf of the commitee I would like to thank all the members who`s offered their hearty congratulations, it is this friendliness and sportsmanship that makes this club. You should all be very proud of yourselves.

More importantly big congratulations to the trappers who for the first time in the events history managed to finish above bottom spot (shame on you team Give us a Break, lol). Great shooting lads, long may it continue.

The usual contenders fought for the top scores on the gully, James Crowther taking top spot with an impressive 23/25. Andy Hobson took 2nd place from John Buckley on the toss of a coin with 19/25 each.

Now some thanks:

Alan Waterhouse for kindly sponsoring the prizes.

Graham Baxter, Ken & Justin Henthorn and Iain Ferguson for their help running the traps.

Steve Curran (stirling job on the gully fella).

Special thanks also to John Buckley of Site Welding Services for the new door, for those of you unaware the old one was wrecked by the latest break-in a few weeks back.

The trappers also deserve a thank you for their continued good work.

Finally to my fellow committee members and to you the members thanks for making it all work so well.


Added: 26/05/2009

24/05/2009 - Shoot Summary

Thanks to all of you who turned out on Sunday, the fantastic weather made the shoot one of the nicest dates this year.

The turnout was quite low considering, this was no doubt due to it being a bank holiday; with many getting away for a short break.

Our new trap made its first public appearance, the double chucker allows us to safely (unless you are Darren Hartley of course) throw a driven pair from the top of the gully.

On a serious note Darren was hit by a shard of broken clay and suffered a minor but unacceptable cut to his head. With this in mind when the driven pair are set there will be an exclusion zone taped off in the fall out area. Members waiting to shoot are advised to:
  1. Keep into the side of the quarry whist waiting to shoot.
  2. Observe the exclusion zone AT ALL TIMES.
  3. Wear appropriate protective equipment (headwear and eyewear as a minimum).
  4. Remain vigilant AT ALL TIMES.
There were no personal bests this time round.

A date for your diaries Saturday 13th June 2009 - Sponsor TBC.

The first of our 2 annual flushes, please note this event is open to members and non-members.

Pre booking is not required but a courtesy email/text to give me an idea of numbers would be useful.

Booking in will start at 11.30am with the shoot beginning at 12-30-13.00.

The format will be 5 person teams, the cost per person will be £25.00, and this includes 50 cartridges and a potato pie reception at The Church Inn, Uppermill from 17.00. If you cannot make up a team of 5 don’t worry may people will be in the same position so we will team people up accordingly.

The gully shoot has proven to be successful and so will again be run for a bit of extra fun.

1st Prize 250 Cartridges
2nd Prize Free Shoot
3rd Prize Pewter Shotgun Pin

A person may enter more than once but may only take 1 prize; any person taking 1st Prize must present a current valid shotgun certificate in order to claim prize.

Charges for the Gully Shoot will be: 25 Clays & Cartridges £7.50 Entry to the Side-Comp (optional) £3.00

Please check the website regularly as we will be announcing some more important dates very soon.


Added: 11/05/2009

10/05/2009 - Shoot Summary

Good to see so many of you after the break for lambing, it was also nice to hear peoples comments as to the work done whilst we were closed. The improvments make the club more functional and provides more room for shelter from the weather.

The course was a little harder than normal though some people turned in respectable scores; Graham Baxters 39 the higest on the day.
The tough course only saw 2 personal bests:
Drian Dunbavin a.k.a killer
34/50
68%
John Williams
34/50
68%
 
One member equalled their personal best:
 
Mick Goodier
31/50
62%

Well done to you guys `n gals see you on the 24th May 2009


Added: 05/05/2009

Shoot Re-opens Sun 10th May

After what seems like an age we have been given the green light to re-open on the 10th May 2009 after the lambing closure.

During the closure we were able to get some much needed maintenance done to the facilities. Thanks to all of you who offered your help even though we didn`t call upon it.

Thanks also to my fellow committeemen, it was a long day but you all put a great deal of effort in and it shows.

A couple of mentions though:

Ian Whiston for supplying the Plexiglas for the skylights.
Rob Godfrey for supplying Bricks and Mortar.
Steve Dickinson for his work lime-washing the walls.

We look forward to seeing you all again on the 10th May 2009.


Added: 05/04/2009

2009 Saddleworth Cup 1st Round

Firstly thanks to Andy Ripley at Highmore CPC for hosting the 1st Round and to the staff of The Red Lion, Austerlands for the warm welcome and fantastic hot beef butties.

As usual the top 12 scorecards from each club makes up the events team score. The top 12 scorers were:
Running Hill CPC
Highmoor CPC
Jeff Nathaniel
44
P Turner
49
Rob James
40
T L Tod
46
Pete Russell
39
M Turner
43
Graham Baxter
38
A Procter
42
Paul Moreland
36
John Buckley
41
Justin Henthorn
35
C Lyons
39
Andy Moore
35
D Salt
39
Iain Ferguson
34
Russ
39
Peter Bamforth
34
A Pilling
39
Peter Cooper
34
A Waterhouse
38
Craig Pembertonl
33
Mel Hewitt
38
Daniel Bradshaw
32
Steve Butler
38
Total
434

491

Ken Henthorn also putting in a 32 missing out on a top 12 spot on alphabetic terms.

Thanks to all of you who turned out, even those members who have dual nationality (look down the Highmoor team list, you will see a few familiar names).

The Highmoor team shot exceptionally well with 5 shooting 40`s and a 49. We trail the competition by 57 points which is quite a deficit, we will have to be on our best form if we are to turn it around at the return leg. We will announce the date & time as it becomes available.

*********IMPORTANT NOTICE*********

2009 LAMBING CLOSURES CONFIRMED DATES


12th April 2009 - Closed
26th April 2009 - Closed

10th May 2009 - Back to normal opening.


Added: 29/03/2009

29/03/2009 - Shoot Summary

What a glorious morning, todays shoot managed to take place in a break in the recent wet weather. Whilst it was a bit chilly at times the "Bluebird Sky"was fantastic.
The conditions brought out the best in many of you who managed to put in personal bests:
Andy Bradshaw
23/50
46%
Danny Bradshaw
36/50
72%
Neil Brooks
42/50
84%
Craig Pemberton
21/50
42%
Mark Shuttleworth
33/50
66%
Lol Smith
32/50
64%
Ian Whiston
33/50
66%
 
A couple of members equalled their personal bests:
 
Gary German
34/50
68%
Mick Goodier
31/50
62%

Well done to you guys.

Some pictures of the 2009 Stanley Hague Memorial Shoot are available in our gallery, click here.

Now details of the next club event:

Sunday 5th April 2009

The away leg of the 2009 Saddleworth Cup will be a 50 bird sporting shoot and will be held at Highmoor CPC on the Sunday 5th April 2009 at 10.30am. Refreshments and food will be available after the shoot at a location to be announced shortly.

This is a great inter-club competition, all members are invited to attend as usual the top 12 scores from each side will make up the team score. It is a nice friendly shoot run by non other than Andy Ripley.

IMPORTANT NOTICE - 2009 LAMBING CLOSURES

Yes folks it`s that time of the year again, seems to come round quicker and quicker the older I get......

The exact dates will be confirmed very soon as it stands the shoot scheduled for 12th April is still going ahead, though I must stress that this is to be confirmed.

The shoot scheduled for 26th April is confirmed as being cancelled.

We anticipate a return to shooting on the 10th May.


Added: 22/03/2009

21/03/2009 - Stanley Hague Memorial Trophy

Thanks to all of you who turned out to make the 2009 Stanley Hague Memorial Trophy a massive success.

Special thanks to Peter Russel of Russel Kenyon Painting and Decorating Contractors for again sponsoring the catering.



Also to John Buckley of Site Welding Services for providing 2 wheels of Stilton. Once again John it was indeed very nice Stilton and went very well with the copious amounts Port that flowed.

I myself am writing this now nursing a fairly severe hangover, LOL.

The 2nd wheel was auctioned off with the winning bidder choosing a charity for the money to go to.

Thanks to Cath and Rachel for their generous bid of £56.50 their chosen charity will be The Cats Protection League.

Whilst this is a memorial event it enjoys some very real rivalry between the Farmers and the club, the event history shows the Farmers well on top.

2005 - Farmers
2006 - Running Hill CPC
2007 - Farmers
2008 - Farmers

This year we managed to turnaround the trend and take the 2009 event 413 to 405.
Running Hill CPC
The Farmers
Peter Cooper
33
John Buckley
46
Mick Goodier
32
Chris Crowther Snr
38
Justin Henthorn
40
Chris Crowther Jnr
32
Ken Henthorn
33
James Crowther
31
Karl Highton
33
Sam Ellis
27
Ian Hughes
33
Peter Furness
36
Andy Longton
32
Andy Hobson
24
Andy Moore
34
Joe Jackson
37
Dean Moore
34
Dave Jones
35
Paul Moreland
32
Ray Hostrell
33
Jeff Nathaniel
35
Ivan Pullar
29
Alan Waterhouse
42
Jerry Slater
37
Total
413

405

* highest scoring 12 cards from each side decide overall score

Individual top gun prizes went to:

Running Hill CPC - Alan Waterhouse 42/50 (84%)
The Farmers - John Buckley 46/50 (92%)

Well done to you both, you take away a fine bottle of Port and a pewter shotgun pin badge.

The newly introduced Crowther Cup this year is awarded to Bill Francis, many of you may not know but Bill (and his son Ben) put a great deal of time and effort collecting clays, disposing of rubbish etc. It is often the the unseen hero`s who go un rewarded and this award hopes to change that.

Anyway, as I said I`m nursing a hangover and I think I`ve mentioned everything I need to (still got to do the scoring, groan...). We look forward to seeing you all next Sunday.


Added: 15/03/2009

15/03/2009 - Shoot Summary

Thanks again for all of you who turned out today, it was a good day fitting of the nice weather.

The mini`s on Stand 1 caused a bit of interest but judging by the scores entered no too many problems. We try to make each shoot interesting and varied, keep an eye out for Mini`s, Midi`s and Batteu in upcoming shoots.

Well done to the following shooters who put in personal bests:
Danny Bradshw
33/50
66%
Ian Ferguson
37/50
74%
Jeanette Ferguson
11/50
22%
Gary German
34/50
68%
Karl Highton
34/50
68%
Craig Pemberton
15/50
30%
Ian Whiston
31/50
62%
 
A number of shooters equalled their personal bests:
 
Neil Brooks
36/50
72%
Sue Butler
31/50
62%
Andy Longton
32/50
64%
Mel Hewitt
39/50
78%

Just a reminder about the upcoming event.

Saturday 21st March 2009

The 2009 Stanley Hague Memorial Shoot will be held on Saturday 21st March 2009 at Running Hill CPC.
 
So far the history of this competition:

2005 - Farmers
2006 - Running Hill CPC
2007 - Farmers
2008 - Farmers

A good turn out will be essential if we are to turn around the past trends.
 
Booking-in from 11.30 start shooting 12.30-13.00. The event will be followed by a complimentary buffet at the Church Inn, this promises to be a great event mark it in your diary so as not to miss it.
 
Special thanks to Peter Russel of Russel Kenyon Painting and Decorating Contractors for again sponsoring the event.



Also to John Buckley of Site Welding Services for providing another fantastic wheel of Stilton.

Members are advised of the importance of this shoot for the club and are encouraged to leave the car at home and make the most of the free port and food on offer. It really is a good do.


Added: 01/03/2009

01/03/2009 - Shoot Summary

After the cancellation of the last shoot it was nice to see such a good turnout, we managed to shoot approx. 55 rounds today which is a record for the club I believe.

It was nice to see the weather being a bit kinder and this no doubt contributed to the good turnout.

A good number of people renewed their membership, we would like to remind you that the deadline for doing so is the 29th March anyone not having done so will forfeit their place in favour of new members on the waiting list. There will be NO exceptions to this rule.

After initially getting better tthe issue of litter and shells being left where they fall is again becoming an issue, long after the members have left the trappers and committee are still running around in the rain packing the shoot away. This packing up job can take about an hour at the best of times, this is made worse when we have to spend time picking up spent shells and other litter. There really is no excuse for this as we provide bins for the purpose.
 
The official line is that: "Anyone who persistently leaves their empty shells on the floor and/or fails to ensure their litter is placed in the bins provided will be deemed to be deliberately contaminating the land we shoot on and asked to leave the ground".
 
As members we owe a duty of care to Chris Crowther and the land he allows us to shoot on, any members should challenge other members who deliberately ignore their responsibilities. Any grievances should be directed to a member of the committee.
 
Well done to the following shooters who put in personal bests:
 
Dave Clarke
30/50
60%
Darren Hartley
32/50
64%
Karl Highton
31/50
62%
Stephen Lees
32/50
64%
S Reid
27/50
54%
 
A number of shooters equalled their personal bests:
 
Daniel Wilcox
29/50
58%
Craig Spencer-Smith
37/50
74%
Garry German
30/50
60%
Mel Hewitt
39/50
78%
 
Well done to you all, we look forward to seeing you at the next shoot on the 15th March.

A couple of dates for your calendar:

Saturday 21st March 2009

The 2009 Stanley Hague Memorial Shoot will be held on Saturday 21st March 2009 at Running Hill CPC.
 
So far the history of this competition:

2005 - Farmers
2006 - Running Hill CPC
2007 - Farmers
2008 - Farmers

A good turn out will be essential if we are to turn around the past trends.
 
Booking-in from 11.30 start shooting 12.30-13.00. The event will be followed by a complimentary buffet at the Church Inn, this promises to be a great event mark it in your diary so as not to miss it.
 
Special thanks to Peter Russel of Russel Kenyon Painting and Decorating Contractors for again sponsoring the event.



Also to John Buckley of Site Welding Services for providing another fantastic wheel of Stilton.

Members are advised of the importance of this shoot for the club and are encouraged to leave the car at home and make the most of the free port and food on offer. It really is a good do.

Sunday 5th April 2009

The first leg of the 2009 Saddleworth Cup will be a 50 bird sporting shoot and will be held at Highmoor CPC on the Sunday 5th April 2009 at 10.30am. Refreshments and food will be available after the shoot at a location to be announced shortly.


Added: 17/02/2009

2009 AGM Summary - Update

A copy of the 2009 AGM Summary is now available.

2009 AGM Summary - Click Here
 
In the meantime we look forward to seeing you all at the next shoot on the 15th February 2009.
 
Take Care


Added: 15/02/2009

15/02/2009 - Shoot Abandoned

Sorry to those of you I wasn`t able to contact and turned up at the shoot today.
We arrived to find the lane blocked to all but the most capable of 4x4`s and a low lying fog covering the ground.
 
The fog was so bad that visability was down to around 20m, after waiting to see if it would clear it became apparent that it wasn`t going to do so.
 
As CPSA Safety Officers we not only have a duty of care to the members but also a legal responsibility too.
 
It was decided that it would be unsafe to run the shoot in such conditions andso we were forced to cancel the shoot.
 
Sorry for any inconvienience but safety must come first.
 
From the hut to stands 2 & 3
 
 
From the hut to stand 4
 
 
From the hut to stand 5
 


Added: 07/02/2009

AGM Summary

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the members who turned out last night, and despite the weather there were quite a few of you.
It shouldn`t suprise us anymore as the level of support we get from our members is pretty fantastic; long may it continue.
 
I will post a downloadable AGM summary on Monday but in the meantime in brief:
 
We will introduce:
 
The Crowther Cup, this will be awarded to any members who in the eyes of the other members has achieved something notable/done something above and beyond to benefut the club.
 
There will be 4 Quarterly competitions, each will be split into 3 classes of shooter. There will be a trophy for 1st place in each class. John Buckley has kindly offered to sponsor the trophies for the 1st Year. Thank you John.
 
Membership has increased to £25 from £20.
 
We have reached our maximum number of members and so new memberships are now not being taken, anyone wishing to become a member will have to pay a non-refundable £10 joining fee and join a waiting list. As memberships become available they will be offered on a first come first served basis.
 
Cath Longton was duly elected as Treasurer.
 
There have been several offers of sponsorship for events throughout the year which is excellent and again goes to show the level of support we have from the members.
 
Chris the landowner is happy with the way we continue to respect his land and welcomes our initiatives to prevent undue wear and littering. We thank you for your continued support in this.
 
A charitable donation of £1500 has been agreed, this is likely to go to an Arthritis charity as a way of putting something back into resarch that has helped Chris`s father Harold who like approx. 9M other people in the UK suffer from one form or another. There are also approx. 12,000 children who suffer from juvinile forms making this a problem for all ages and a worthwhile cause to support. When we have more information we will pass it on in due course.
 
Thanks to Chris and Julian for the use of their facilities last night, we appreciate it.
 
We look forward to seeing you all at the next shoot on the 15th February 2009.


Added: 02/02/2009

01/02/2009 - Shoot Summary

It was a quieter day than some recent shoots, no doubt the cold kept some of you at home. It wasn`t actually that cold, the dusting of snow made the hill look fantastic and a pleaseure to be out in them.
The conditions cannot have been that bad with a number of you putting in personal bests:
 
Sue Butler
31/50
62%
David Clarke
26/50
52%
Gary German
30/50
60%
Karl Highton
27/50
54%
Andy Longton
64/100
64%
Daniel Wilcox
29/50
58%
 
One member equalled their personal best:
 
Jeanette Ferguson
10/50
20%
 
Anyway it was nice to see you all see you at the next shoot on the 15th February.
 
The 2009 AGM will be held on 6th February 2009 at The Church Inn, Uppermill. Downstairs in the conservatory 7.30pm kick-off. We hope that you can make it.


Added: 18/01/2009

18/01/2009 - Shoot Summary

Another cold but otherwise fantastic day, we continue to appreciate the support of the members. Another great turnout from the members and a number of new faces.

It`s a difficult balance with so many new faces, sometimes we expierience slight delays at the stands. We should be mindful that we were all beginners at some point and be patient. These people are the shooters of tomorrow and will ensure the long term survival of the club.
 
It was nice to Andy Lees again, for those of you who don`t know Andy he was one of the founding members of the club who put a massive amount of time and effort into getting the club going.
 
It has come to our attention that there are rumours circulating that Phil Gibbon was asked to leave as Treasurer and I would like to clarify this once and for all. Phil put a great deal of time and effort into making this club the success that it is, Phil took the decision to step down for personal reasons that really are his own business. There is NO truth whatsoever in the rumour he was asked to leave, his parting left a massive gap in the commitee and will be missed as Treasurer. Fortunatley Catherine Longton has agreed to take on the role.
 
Scoring 4th January
 
Well done to the following shooters who put in personal bests:
 
Ben Francis
25/50
50%
Andy Lees
33/50
66%
Alan Wood
33/50
66%
 
Scoring 18th January
 
Well done to the following shooters who put in personal bests:
 
Steve Dickinson
35/50
70%
Stephen Lees
27/50
54%
Andy Longton
31/50
62%
 
Also well done to the following shooters who equalled their personal bests:
 
Grant Hilton
25/50
50%
Philip Jump
36/50
72%
Craig Spencer-Smith
37/50
74%
 
Membership for 2009 is now due, like last year we would ask that you renew no later than the end of March. Anyone not having renewed by this time will be asked to pay non-member rates. Please do not put us in this awkward situation.
 
The 2009 AGM is provisionaly being arranged for the 6th Febuary, please check back here reguarly for updates. I will of course be sending you out notices by snail mail too.
 
Also making an appearance again was Big Red, Andy`s pride and joy; sporting a nice new shiney winch. This will no doubt be put to good use pulling you guys and gals out of the field when you get stuck.
 
I must congratulate you all on the responsible approach to the spent cartridge issue, today the number of shells left lying around was minimal and was much appreciated. Please continue in this mindset and all will be well.
 
In order that we can maintain the low cost of a shoot we have taken a decision to increase membership to £25, this is the first rise in membership costs for over 3 years and still represents good value for money.
 
Special thanks to Ian Whiston for the plexiglass to repair the skylights and Andy Moore for the logs to keep the home fires burning.
 
The shooting schedule for 2009 is now available, click here to download as PDF.


Added: 16/01/2009

2009 Shoot Dates

The shooting schedule for 2009 is now available, click here to download as PDF.


Added: 22/12/2008

21/12/2008 - Shoot Summary

Thanks to all of you who turned up for the last shoot of 2008. The club continues to grow from strength to strength largely due to the level of support we get from the members.

A special thank you to Chris Crowther. We thank you for the use of the land and wish you and yours the very best for Xmas.

We continue to urge members to respect the land and do not let your actions jeopardise this relationship.

I would like to thank my fellow committee members for all their hard work and sacrifice over the past 12 months; it has at times been hard but in retrospect well worth the effort.

Thanks also to the current trappers who work in all weather in order that we may bring the shoot to you. They thank you for their Xmas tips which totaled £75.

On behalf of the committee I would like to wish all of our members and guests a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

NOTICE
If the field is closed off to vehicles please take care where you park. There is space for several vehicles on the approach to the gully (No.5) all other areas should be considered risky and avoided. These spaces are provided on a first come first served basis.

We cannot guarantee that any vehicle that becomes stranded will be recovered, nor can we provide any guarantees that a vehicle being recovered will not suffer damage. You bring your vehicle to the shoot at your own risk.

If there is no room then you should park at the junction with the road at the bottom of the lane and walk up the track.

Under NO circumstances should the lane be used as a parking zone, farm and emergency vehicles need un-restricted access to the lane at all times.


Added: 19/12/2008

Appointment of InterimTreasurer

Following the resignation of Phil Gibbon we have been scouting for a replacement. The position is one of the most important ones within the club and so finding a suitable person has been difficult.

Catherine Longton was approached and accepted our invite to take on the role on an interim basis until the members at the AGM can ratify the appointment in January (date to be announced).

Catherine has been an active and enthusiastic member over the last 2 years; she comes from a banking background and so is ideally suited to this position. The commitee feel that they can work with Catherine in this position and continue to refine and grow the club.
 
Finally I would like to pass on the clubs appreciation for the work put in by Phil over the past couple of years, his role as part of the overall team has enabled this club to grow from strength to strength. We wish him every success in his future endeavors.

Next Sunday 21st December is our last shoot of 2008, it would be nice to see a good turnout from the members at what is essentially our Xmas shoot. 
 
Complimentary mince pies will be served. 
 
A little Xmas cheer (2.2MB)


Added: 07/12/2008

07/12/2008 - Shoot Summary

What a fantastic shoot, the weather whilst being cold was excellent giving great visability and an awsome panarama.

We enjoyed a higher than average turnout which is always nice to see. The support the club has from its members is one of its greatest assets.
 
One of the other main principles we try to maintain is the freindly manner in which we welcome new faces to the shoot, the 3 guys I escorted round on Sunday have all expressed an interest in becoming members as a result.
 
Well done to the following shooters who put in personal bests:
 
Darren Etchells
31/50
62%
Michaela Etchells
10/50
20%
Ian Whiston
29/50
58%
Alan Wood
29/50
58%
 
Thanks to those who chipped in towards the trappers Xmas tips, there will be a final opportunity to do so if you wish at our next shoot on the 21st December.


Added: 23/11/2008

23/11/2008 - Shoot Summary

Well what to say? How bloody cold was it! It was good to see so many of you turn out on a cold wet winter morning. Despite being men down and plagued with technical problems the shoot seemed to go well.

My fellow committee members have asked me to pass on our sincere thanks to the members who are getting involved and helping us set up the shoot, this help is even more appreciated during the bad weather.
 
Not wanting to repeat myself but the issue of litter and shells being left where they fall is becoming an issue, long after the members have left the trappers and committee are still running around in the rain packing the shoot away. This packing up job can take about an hour at the best of times, this is made worse when we have to spend time picking up spent shells and other litter. There really is no excuse for this as we provide bins for the purpose.
 
The official line is that: "Anyone who persistently leaves their empty shells on the floor and/or fails to ensure their litter is placed in the bins provided will be deemed to be deliberately contaminating the land we shoot on and asked to leave the ground".
 
As members we owe a duty of care to Chris Crowther and the land he allows us to shoot on, any members should challenge other members who deliberately ignore their responsibilities. Any grievances should be directed to a member of the committee.
 
The weather didn`t seem to dampen the spirits of you, many of you again turned in good scores.
 
Well done to the following shooters who put in personal bests despite the awful weather:
 
Darren Hartley
31/50
62%
Andy Longton
29/50
58%
Jeff Nathaniel
41/50
82%
 
A number of shooters equalled their personal bests:
 
Grant Hilton
25/50
50%
Andy Moore
44/50
88%
Mark Shuttleworth
32/50
64%
 
Well done to you all, we look forward to seeing you at the next shoot on the 7th December.
 
We are still looking for 1, maybe 2 young people (aged 16+) who would be interested in a job as a trapper. If you are interested or know someone who might be give me a shout on 07710 188478 or mail me paulm@rhcpc.co.uk
 
Also, as winter is upon us we would be grateful for any bags of firewood members may have access to.


Added: 10/11/2008

10/11/2008 - Shoot Summary

Thanks to all of you who turned up on what turned out to be a nasty wet and windy day.
 
The wind howled making the targets particularly testing and yet the scores that were turned in were not as low as you might expect.
 
What was noticable was the number of cards we found in bins, I had no idea you were all so competitive. Come on guys `n gals its only a bit of fun, no more cards in bins please.
 
Well done to the following shooters who put in personal bests despite the awful weather:
 
Tony Johnson
30/50
60%
Phil Jump
36/50
72%
Peter "two-smokin` barrels" Russell
33/50
66%
 
One member equalled their personal best:
 
Mick Goodier
30/50
60%
 
Well done to you all, this is a real achievement in those conditions.
 
We look forward to seeing you all again at our next shoot on the 23rd November 2008, lets hope the weather is better.
 
We are still looking for 1, maybe 2 young people (aged 16+) who would be interested in a job as a trapper. If you are interested or know someone who might be give me a shout on 07710 188478 or mail me paulm@rhcpc.co.uk
 
Also, as winter is upon us we would be grateful for any bags of firewood members may have access to.


Added: 04/11/2008

Remembrance Sunday

As you will no doubt be aware 9th November is Remembrance Sunday:

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 the guns of Europe fell silent. After four years of the most bitter and devastating fighting, The Great War was finally over. The Armistice was signed at 5am in a railway carriage in the Forest of Compiegne, France on November 11, 1918. Six hours later, at 11am, the war ended.
 
At 11am we will be holding a two minute silence in memory of all the people who have given their lives in defence of our country in conflicts both past and present.
 
We will also allow a futher 10 minutes for the service at Pot`s and Pan`s to complete.
 
With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.
Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.
They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England`s foam.
But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;
As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.


Added: 26/10/2008

26/10/2008 - Shoot Summary

Thanks to all of you who turned out yesterday, it was a cold windy day and yet we had a high turnout and a great shoot.
 
Despite the wind and cold a number of shooters put in personal bests.
 
Personal Bests
 
Chris Brown 16/50 32%
Steve Dickinson 31/50 62%
Tony Johnson 29/50 58%
Brian Kinder 34/50 52%
Alan Wood 24/50 48%
 
As you were no doubt aware we had some staffing issues this shoot, it is safe to say that were it not for the willingness of the members to get involved and help us set the shoot up the shoot may well have been abandoned.
 
We are experiencing reliability issues with regard to a number of trappers, we have 1 maybe 2 vacancies for trappers. The applicant must be 16 or over (to satisfy youth employment law) of good character and reliable.
 
No previous experience is required as full training will be given.
 
The pay is £15 (pay review pending) for the Sunday shoot (approx 9am - 1pm), on top of this we try to give the trappers a shoot as and when we can.
 
If you are/know someone who is interested please contact Paul on 07710 188478 or by email paulm@rhcpc.co.uk.
 
Appeal: We are looking for good clean car batteries, if you have any you no longer need we would be grateful of them.
 
OK, well thanks again we look forward to seeing you at our next shoot on 9th November 2008.


Added: 21/10/2008

Timberyard Flush Results

Thanks to all of you who turned out to support this event and in particular to those who helped run the event.
 
Special thanks to Unique Surveillance Systems (www.uniquesurveillancesystems.com) for sponsoring the buffet and to Alan Waterhouse for providing the Timberyard Shield and the winners medals.
 
So for the results:
 
Team Name Smoke This
1 Jerry Slater
2 Andy Hobson
3 James Crowther
4 Chris Crowther
5 Nobby
Score 172/250
                     
                     
Team Name The Defenders
1 Ron Henthorn
2 Graham Baxter
3 Ken Henthorn
4 Justin Henthorn
5 Steve Butler
Score 152/250
                     
                     
Team Name Solid Balls
1 Andy Moore
2 J Nathaniel
3 L Nathaniel
4 Dean Moore
5 Ian Ferguson
Score 134/250
                     
                     
Team Name Andy`s Army
1 John Buckley
2 Andy Ripley
3 Lol Smith
4 Phil Fogg
5 Neil Brooks
Score 131/250
                     
Team Name North Face
1 Daniel Wilcox
2 P Furness
3 Rob Godfrey
4 Andy Hobson
5 D Womersley
Score 128/250
                     
                     
Team Name Failsworth Fusilliers
1 Craig Spencer-Smith
2 Peter Russell
3 Steve Curran
4 David Curran
5 Tony Johnson
Score 126/250
                     
                     
Team Name Her & Them
1 Steve Butler
2 Sue Butler
3 Brian Abbot
4 Lee Clarke
5 Graham Baxter
Score 126/250
                     
                     
Team Name Clay Crackers
1 Ian Chrisham
2 Brian Polwin
3 Chris Brown
4 Stephen Lees
5 Eric Sharples
Score 117/250
                     
                     
Team Name No Hopers
1 Andy Longton
2 Grant Hilton
3 Bryn Hilton
4 John Buckley
5 Ian Hughes
Score 115/250
                     
                     
Team Name Failsworth Fusiliers
1 Steve Curran
2 David Curran
3 Tony Johnson
4 Mark Shuttleworth
5 Philip Jump
Score 99/250
                     
                     
Team Name The Committee
1 Pete Cooper
2 Andy Bradshaw
3 Danny Bradshaw
4 James Bradshaw
5 Paul Moreland
Score 86/250
 
Oh the shame of it, The Committee in last place. Anyway hope to see you all at our next shoot on the 26th October 2008.


Added: 12/10/2008

12/10/2008 - Shoot Summary

Another busy day ar RHCPC, thank again for your support it makes all the hard work worthwhile. It has to be said that when the sun shines our venue takes some beating, the views accross the valley are awsome. A big thanks to Chris Crowther and his family for allowing us to use their land it is as always much appreciated.
 
The good weather brought out the best in a number of shooters who put in personal bests:
 
Eric Sharples 35/50 70%
John Williams 32/50 64%
 
A few members equalled their personal best:
 
James Garlick 30/50 60%
Darren Hartley 28/50 56%
Pete Russell 36/50 72%
 
A reminder about next Sat (18/10/2008) The Timberyard Flush.
 
Sponsored by:
 
Alan Waterhouse
Unique Surveillance Systems (Andy Bradshaw)
www.uniquesurveillancesystems.com
 
Booking in will start at 11.30am with the shoot beginning at 12-30-13.00.

The format will be 5 person teams, the cost per person will be £25.00, and this includes 50 cartridges and a potato pie reception at The Church Inn, Uppermill from 17.00. If you cannot make up a team of 5 don’t worry may people will be in the same position so we will team people up accordingly.

We will also be running a side competition in the practice gully for a bit of extra fun.

1st Prize    250 Cartridges

2nd Prize    Free Shoot 
3rd Prize    Pewter Shotgun Pin

A person may enter more than once but may only take 1 prize; any person taking 1st Prize must present a current valid shotgun certificate in order to claim prize.

Charges for the Gully Shoot will be: 25 Clays & Cartridges    £7.00 Entry to the Side-Comp (optional)  £3.00

Members and non-members welcome. If you are likely to be attending could you contact Paul on 07710 188478 or email paulm@rhcpc.co.uk to let us know so we can make the appropriate catering arrangements.
 
As usual we`re on the scrounge....
 
Mouse poison stations & poison
7mm (ish) clear of frosted polycarbonate sheet (2 x 2`x3` pieces) suitable for repairing skylights.


Added: 03/10/2008

18th October 2008 - Timberyard Flush

Event sponsored by:
 
Alan Waterhouse
Unique Surveillance Systems (http://www.uniquesurveillancesystems.com)
 
Booking in will start at 11.30am with the shoot beginning at 12-30-13.00.

The format will be 5 person teams, the cost per person will be £25.00, and this includes 50 cartridges and a potato pie reception at The Church Inn, Uppermill from 17.00. If you cannot make up a team of 5 don’t worry may people will be in the same position so we will team people up accordingly.

We will also be running a side competition in the practice gully for a bit of extra fun.

1st Prize    250 Cartridges

2nd Prize    Free Shoot 
3rd Prize    Pewter Shotgun Pin

A person may enter more than once but may only take 1 prize; any person taking 1st Prize must present a current valid shotgun certificate in order to claim prize.

Charges for the Gully Shoot will be: 25 Clays & Cartridges    £7.00 Entry to the Side-Comp (optional)  £3.00



Added: 28/09/2008

28/09/2008 - Shoot Summary

Thanks to all of you who turned out today, despite the early mist it turned out to be a classic sunny day that makes for ideal shooting conditions. The good conditions no doubt played a part in making it one of the busiest shoots of the year.
 
Our new trap made it debut, the new Ranger Chondel adds not on capacity to our setup but versitility, today the looper being thrown off stand 1 added a new challenge to our setup. 
 
The good weather brought out the best in a number of shooters who put in personal bests:
 
Ben Francis 24/50 48%
James Garlick 30/50 60%
Mick Goodier 30/50 60%
Alex Hilton 25/50 50%
Stephen Lees 26/50 52%
Eric Sharples 29/50 58%
Alan Waterhouse 39/50 78%
 
A couple of members equalled their personal best:
 
Steve Butler 43/50 86%
Pete Russell 32/50 64%
 
Well done to you all it`s good to see people continuing to develop. We look forward to seeing you on the 12th October.
 
Just a reminder about a future event, The Timberyard Flush will be held on the 18th October, check out the website for more details. I will be getting emails/letters out this coming week. We hope you will be able to join us.


Added: 14/09/2008

14/09/2008 - Shoot Summary

Firstly thanks to all the members who helped tidy up this morning, sorry for the delay in getting started.
 
Sometine during the last week we the hut was broken into and whilst nothing of note was stolen the intruders had taken much glee in making a right mess. It will take ages to get rid of the ketchup etc that was thrown around all over the equipment.
 
They had also thrown a big rock through one of the skylights resulting in slight water damage; the damage bill will run into hundreds of pounds this in effect writes off the profits from four shoots (or so).
 
Just a note to those that did it should they get to read this:
 
"We are a small members club who operate on a not for profit basis, our profits go directly to local charities, the damage you caused and the resulting money needed to repair it ultimately has come straight out of the pockets of the charities we support.
 
On behalf of these charities I would ask that you do not target our hut again, we run it as volunteers and it saddens us that on a whim people like you can just walk in and cause such mindless damage.
 
As I said we operate to benefit charity and maintain prices low enough to allow ordinary people to get involved in the sport of clay pigeon shooting."
 
Any body with any information regarding this should contact Paul on 07710 188478 all information will be treated in the utmost confidence.
 
Thanks to Darren Hartley and Craig Spencer-Smith for the donating 2 fire extinguishers this will help us ensure our health & safety responsibilities are met.
 
A few members put in personal bests:
 
Ben Francis 20/50 40%
Bill Francis 28/50 56%
Alan Irish 23/50 46%
Brian Polwin 34/50 68%
Ian Whiston 24/50 48%
Jack Wilson 30/50 60%
 
One member equalled their personal best:
 
Darren Hartley 28/50 56%


Added: 31/08/2008

31/08/2008 - Shoot Summary

Hi and thank you all once again for turning out to support our club.
 
We managed a good shoot in a break in the wet weather which was nice although the mist made the high bird on Stand 4 interesting to say the least.
 
For those of you who are CPSA members our recent charity presentation made it into the news section of this months Pull magazine (page 5).
 
A few members put in personal bests:
 
Peter Bamforth 28/50 56%
Danny Bradshaw 30/50 60% (at last the magical 30)
Steve Dickinson 60/100

60% (Happy New Gun)

Paul Garforth 19/50

38%

Alex Hilton 24/50

48%

Alan Irish 18/50

36%

Ian Whiston 18/50

36% (Thanks for the safety wear)

 
Anyway well done to you all, thanks for your support, see you all on the 14th September.
 
Wanted
 
We are also looking for a Fire Extinguisher 2KG CO2 ideally, if anyone has one they would donate to the club it would be much appreciated.


Added: 17/08/2008

17/08/2008 - Shoot Summary

A quieter day today with fewer shooters than normal turning our, not surprising really as we are well and truly in holiday season. The forcasted bad weather no doubt also playing a part.
 
It`s a shame really as the course today was excellent, some new layouts making it much more interesting.
 
The Battue off stand 2 were a great challenge and provided some good sport.
 
A few personal bests:
 
Danny Bradshaw 29/50 58% (shame about th 30 dude)
Peter Bamforth 18/50 36%
Alexander Hilton 23/50 46%
 
Equalled personal best:  
Brian Polwin 29/50 58%
Anyway, thanks again for turning out, we look forward to seeing you all on the 31st August


Added: 03/08/2008

03/08/2008 - Shoot Summary

Another excellent turnout from the members on this lucky break in the weather, we thank you all for your continued support.

 

A couple of other things worthy of note, it was good to see a lot of new faces, talking to a number of them after the shoot gives us confidence that we are doing things right. They all seem to have a great time. Special thanks to the members who take them under their wings to supervise them.

 

It was nice to see some of the past members who haven’t been up for a while like Samuel and Jane Howarth, we hope to see them again soon.

 

Another notable guest was Lynne James who was involved in setting the club up so many years ago, her comment "it’s hard to believe this is the same hut I helped shovel sheep sh*t out of all that time ago" gives you some idea of how long ago Lynne was involved with the club. Also she is no slouch when it comes to shooting, turning in a respectable 35/50.
 
Only one personal best this time:
 
 
John Buckley 43/50 86%
 
Anyway thanks again for turning up, see you all 17th August.


Added: 20/07/2008

20/07/2008 - Shoot Summary

Thanks again to you all for turning up, coming into the weekend I was dreading dragging my sorry ass up to the club to set-up in the cold and wet again..... However, as it turned out I needn`t have worried as we hit a lucky break in the weather and the conditions were good.
 
Today was the last day for one of our longest serving trappers, Lee (Egghead) has moved on to different things. He has been on the whole a hard working and semi-reliable trapper for us for around 4 years, I`m sure you will join us in wishing him all the best for the future. We will hopefully see him at the shoot in the future.
 
The nice weather allowed some members to put in personal bests.
 
Personal Bests
 
Eddie Clarke 43/50 86%
Brian Dunbavin aka Killer 31/50 62%
James Garlick 53/100 53%
Mel Hewitt 39/50 78%
Brian Kinder 33/50 66%
Dean Moore 38/50 76%
Dave Sweeting 35/50 70%
Alan Wood 47/100 47%
 
Well done to you all, it`s nice to see members continuing to better themselves. Anyway we look forward to seeing you at our next shoot on the 3rd August 2008.


Added: 07/07/2008

06/07/2008 - Perfect 50 for Andy Ripley

It had to happen eventually, for the first time in the clubs history we have seen a "perfect" round.
 
In challenging conditions Andy Ripley shot a perfect 50/50 100% this is a major achievement at Running Hill Clay Pigeon Club given the variation we experience clay to clay in our exposed aspect.
 
I`m sure all members will join me in congratulating Andy on this tremendous round.
 
The shoot was also for one of the prestigious Andy Moore Challenge Trophies, the results are: 
 
1. Andy Ripley 50/50 100%
2. Graham Baxter 40/50 80%
3. Andy Hobson 39/50 78%
 
You can collect your trophies at the counter at the next shoot on 20th July, well done to you all.
 
There were a number of shooters who again put in personal bests: 
 
Personal Bests
 
Andy Ripley 50/50 100%
Craig Spencer-Smith 37/50 74%
Steve Curran 36/50 72%
Brian Kinder 31/50 62%
Steve Dickinson 27/50 54%
Ian Chrisham 23/50 46%
Jeanette Ferguson 10/50 20%
 
The following shooters equalled their previous personal bests:
 
Stephen Lees 25/50 50%
 
Thanks to you all for turning up on yet another cold and wet day, see you all at the next shoot on the 20th July.


Added: 01/07/2008

6th July - Andy Moore Challenge Trophies

Members are reminded that the notified price increase applies from the next shoot. See our prices page for more information.
 
Also on the 6th July, competition will be fierce for one of the prestigious Andy Moore Challenge Trophies.
Trophies will be awarded to the highest three shooters on the day.

To be in with a chance of winning you must be a member of the club and shoot on the 16th March 2008.

Big thanks to Andy for supplying the trophies.



Added: 29/06/2008

Results - Tom Butler Memorial Cup

Before I get to the results just a few words of thanks to all the members who turned out to shoot, particularly those who turned up early to help us set the event up.
 
Thanks must also go to Steve Butler and his family for sponsoring the event with prizes and the magnificent Tom Butler Memorial Cup in memory of his farther.
 
I would also like to thank the members of the old committee who initially put the shoot together; the system they implemented works as well today as it did back then.

Another group worthy of mention is the often unappreciated trappers who work hard to make the shoot work for the members. Thanks guys we really appreciate your efforts.
 
Ok, now to the results:
 
 

1

Klay Klub Klan (KKK) 209/250
Chris Crowther (jnr), James Crowther, Andy Hobson, Joe jackson & Nobby
 

2

Highmoor Magic 198/250
Andy Ripley, Neil Brooks, LOL Smith, Phil Foggerty & Brian ?
 

3

Steve`s Vagabonds 175/250
Graham Baxter, Steve Butler, Sue Butler, Ian Hatton & Alan Stott
 

4

Solid Balls 172/250
J Nathanial, L Nathanial, Andy Moore, Dean Moore & Iain Ferguson
 

5

Tequilla Sunrise 155/250
Steve Curran, David Curran, Paul Garforth, Pete Russell & Craig Spencer-Smith
 

6

Myth Busters 154/250
Andy Longton, Wayne Smith, Paul Wood, Rob Baxendale (Big Rob) & Phil Gibbon
 

7

The Commitee 152/250
Andy Bradshaw, Paul Moreland, Phil Gibbon, Graham Baxter & Peter Cooper
 

8

Tequilla Sunrise (2nd round) 138/250
Steve Curran, David Curran, Paul Garforth, Pete Russell & Craig Spencer-Smith
 

9

Hit `n Miss 111/250
Andy Whitehead, Dave Gotts, Brian Polwin, Darren Hartley & Stephen Lees
 

10

Tea Boys 105/250
Bill Francis, Ben Francis, Stuart Crowley, Wayne Smith & Rob Baxendale (Big Rob)
 

10

The Trappers 105/250
Danny Bradshaw, James Bradshaw, Darren, Egghead & Shane
 
The gully shoot again proved popular with a shoot off between 1st & 2nd.
 
1st - Joe Jackson  24/25 winning the shoot-off 5-4
2nd - Andy Hobson 24/25 narrowly beaten in the shoot-off
3rd - Andy Moore 23/25
 
Not a great deal more to say other than thanks again we look forward to next years competition.
 
We have a second Flush competition for the Timberyard Sheild, we have not yet agreed a date with the sponsor Alan Waterhouse but will keep you all informed as usual.


Added: 27/06/2008

2008 Charity Presentation

Firstly, thanks to all the members who turned up to be a part of the 2008 Charity Presentation. In a change to recent years this was not just a club event, the presentation party was made up of Running Hill Clay Pigeon Club members as well as a number of Andy & Leanne`s friends and family.
 
Chris Crowther (President) sent his apologies as he was unable to attend due to events beyond his control.
 
James Crowther (vice-president) presented two awards on behalf of the Members & Friends of Running Hill Clay Pigeon Club:


1. John Edwards (Chairman) and Ceri Thomas (Team Member) of Oldham Mountain Rescue received £300 in recognition of the fine work they do within the area.

2. Marian Pass (Neonatal Nursing Sister) and DR. Srabani Samanta (Neonatal Consultant) of St Mary`s Children`s Hospital received £700. This presentation was a thank you for the care they provided to Harvey David Bradshaw and the support they provided through the Bereavement Support Team to Andy, Leanne, Emily, Danny and the extended family throughout their very difficult time.

A number of other presentations were made to St Mary`s Children`s Hospital by Andy & Leanne`s friends and family who attended in order to present their own awards.
 
Running Hill Clay Pigeon Club would also like to thank Julian & Chris Taylor at The Church Inn, Uppermill for their generous donation and their continued support for the club; long may it continue.
 
Both recipients asked me to pass on their gratitude for the awards and stated that these donations really do make a difference.
 
Well done everyone, some pictures of the presentation are available here.



Added: 26/06/2008

New Safety Officers

To ensure we always have at least one safety officer on-site (a requirement for our insurance) the following people attended the CPSA Training Academy at Doveridge CPC on 25th June 2008.
 
Andy Bradshaw, Peter Cooper and Paul Moreland all passed the course with ease and are now fully qualified CPSA Safety Officers. They join Phil Gibbon; our existing Safety Officer to ensure we maintain our exemplary safety record.
 
If you do not know who your safety officers are you should ask at the counter and they will be pointed out.
 
The role of the club Safety Officer is to ensure the shoot operates in a safe manner and in accordance with current legislation. They are delegated their responsibilities by the Shoot Operator (in our case the committee) whom with ultimate responsibility lies.
 
You should feel free to approach any of the Committee or Safety Officers if you have any concerns over safety at the shoot.
 
You should also take notice of instructions from them at ALL times.



Added: 22/06/2008

22/06/2008 - Shoot Summary

What can I say? Just as we announce the windiest day ever along comes another to take the title. But, such is the strength of the club we had another great turnout. 

The wind made the targets "challenging" to say the least, it comes as no surprise therefore that there were no personal bests put in today. 

Andy Ripley was always going to have his work cut out to beat Steve Butlers 46/50 92% in the shootout for the Saddleworth Cup 2008 Highmoor Top Gun Trophy. Andy`s 34/50 68% whilst a good score in the conditions was no match in the end. Well-done guys.  

OK, now a couple of important dates for you:

2008 Charity Presentation
Date: Thursday 26th June 2008
Time: 8:00PM
Venue: The Church Inn, Uppermill

All members welcome. It is hoped that members can make this presentation and make it a special event. There will be representation from St Mary’s Nursing Team, Oldham Mountain Rescue and hopefully several news organisations. 

2008 Steve Butler Flush
Date: Saturday 28th June 2008
Time: 10:00AM
Venue: Running Hill Clay Pigeon Club

The first of our 2 Annual Flushes. £25 entry inc all clays and first 50 shells. Price includes a complementary buffet at The Church Inn.

 The format will be 5 person teams, the cost per person will be £25.00, and this includes 50 cartridges and a buffet reception at Church Inn, Uppermill from 17.00. If you cannot make up a team of 5 don’t worry many people will be in the same position so we will team people up accordingly.

The gully shoot has proven to be successful and so will again be run for a bit of extra fun.

1st Prize 250 Cartridges
2nd Prize Free Shoot
3rd Prize Pewter Shotgun Pin

A person may enter more than once but may only take 1 prize; any person taking 1st Prize must present a current valid shotgun certificate in order to claim prize.

Charges for the Gully Shoot will be: 25 Clays & Cartridges £7.50 Entry to the Side-Comp (optional) £3.00 

Pre booking is not required but a courtesy email/text to give me an idea of numbers would be useful.



Added: 14/06/2008

26/07/2008 - 2008 Charity Presentation

Date: 26th June 2008
Time: 8.00pm
Venue: The Church Inn

As previously announced In view of the tragic circumstances earlier in the year the charity monies pledged for donation this year will go to St Mary’s Children’s Hospital Appeal by a way of a gesture of thanks for the fantastic way in which Harvey was cared for, and the support the Hospital has provided Andy, Leanne and the kids throughout their ordeal.

An award will also go to the Oldham Mountain Rescue in line with our continued support for this local worthwhile organisation.

It is hoped that members can make this presentation and make it a special event. There will be representation from St Mary’s nursing team, Oldham Mountain Rescue and hopefully several news organisations.



Added: 09/06/2008

08/06/2008 - Shoot Summary

Again thanks to all of you who come out and help support the club. Running Hill CPC was at its best this week; very little wind and glorious sunshine it doesn`t get much better.
 
The shoot off for the Highmoor Top Gun trophy (see Saddleworth Cup) between Steve Butler and Andy Ripley got started with Steve setting a target of 46/50 86% for Andy to aim for.
 
To to keep people informed the annual Steve Butler Flush will be held on 28th July 2008 at Running Hill.
 
The format will be 5 person teams, the cost per person will be £25.00, and this includes 50 cartridges and a buffet reception at Church Inn, Uppermill from 17.00. If you cannot make up a team of 5 don’t worry many people will be in the same position so we will team people up accordingly.

The gully shoot has proven to be successful and so will again be run for a bit of extra fun.

1st Prize 250 Cartridges
2nd Prize Free Shoot
3rd Prize Pewter Shotgun Pin

A person may enter more than once but may only take 1 prize; any person taking 1st Prize must present a current valid shotgun certificate in order to claim prize.

Charges for the Gully Shoot will be: 25 Clays & Cartridges £7.50 Entry to the Side-Comp (optional) £3.00
 
Booking-in from 10.00am though if anyone wishes to get involved in helping set up the event you are most welcome from 8-30 - 9.00am.

If you are likely to be attending please let us know at the counter or by telephone 07710 188478 or by email at paulm@rhcpc.co.uk in good time please.
 
Now the sunshine brought the best out of a number of members with the following putting in personal bests. 
 
Personal Bests
 
Chris Backhouse 23/50 46%
Stephen Brown 32/50 64%
Steve Butler 43/50 86%
Ian Chrisham 21/50 42%
David Curran 31/50 62%
Ben Francis 16/50 32%
Philip Gibbon 44/50 88%
Darren Hartley 28/50 56%
Brian Polwin 29/50 58%
Stefan Sherman 36/50 72%
Craig Spencer-Smith 30/50 60%
 
The following shooters equaled their previous personal bests:
 
Stuart Crowley 19/50 38%


Added: 02/06/2008

Club Thank You

It was a busy weekend for the club with 2 large corporate events. 30 people from Dew Piling from Oldham shot in fantastic conditions on Saturday and 25 people competed in The Annual Masons Shoot in typical wet and cold conditions.

Both groups enjoyed the experience and asked me to pass on their thanks and gratitude for the club in provisioning the events and the individuals who helped run the actual shoots.

These corporate events are important for the club, they bring in much needed revenue. This weekend in particular we owe a huge thank you to a number of members who offered their help in running these two events. 

Thank you to the following people:

David Curran
Steve Curran
Stephen Lees
Andy Moore
Craig Spencer-Smith



Added: 29/05/2008

Just for giggles...................

Someone sent me this link so I thought I would share it with you...
 
http://www.richsalter.btinternet.co.uk/cks2/index.html
 
Good luck!


Added: 25/05/2008

2008 Saddleworth Cup Results

Thanks to all of you who turned out for the 2nd Leg of the 2008 Saddleworth Cup.
 
Running Hill came into this leg with a 31 point deficit and so needed a to put in a good showing. Despite our best efforts the Highmoor shooters put in an impressive performance to take the 2nd leg 405 to 400.
 
The totals over both rounds are:
 
Highmoor Clay Pigeon Club 811
Running Hill Clay Pigeon Club 768
 
The 2008 Saddleworth Cup was taken by a slim margin of 43 points by Highmoor Clay Pigeon Club.
 
The top scorer triophies for the highest scores over 2 rounds went to the following:
 
Running Hill Clay Pigeon Club
Alan Stott 38/35 73, well done Alan you can collect your trophy at the next shoot.
 
Highmoor Clay Pigeon Club
Steve Butler 37/38 75
Andy Ripley 35/40 75
 
The tie for the Highmoor Top Gun trophy will be decided on the next scorecard turned in by each shooter at Running Hill Clay Pigeon Club.
 
We look forward to next years competition and a chance to win the trophy, in the meantime congratulations to Highmoor on their victory.
 
Despite the testing conditions the following shooters managed to turn in a personal best:
 
Steve Brown                       30/50 60%
Craig Spencer-Smith             45/100 45%
 
Well done!
 


Added: 19/05/2008

25/05/2008 - 2nd Leg Saddleworth Cup

Date: Sunday 25th May 2008 Booking In: From 09.45
Venue: Running Hill Clay Pigeon Club
The second leg of the 2008 Saddleworth Cup will be held at Running Hill Clay Pigeon Club on 25th May 2008 starting at 10.30am, this will be a 50 bird sporting shoot. Booking in will start around 09.45 at the clubhouse. This event will be followed by the presentation of the Saddleworth Cup at the Church Inn, Uppermill followed by refreshments and a complimentary buffet


Added: 11/05/2008

11/05/2008 - Shoot Summary

Thanks to all of you who turned out on this first shoot after our break for lambing.
 
The sun shone and reminded us of what a great location we have for our shoot, the good weather brought out the best in people with a good number of shooters putting in personal bests.
 
Personal Bests
 
Ian Chrisham 15/50 30%
Steve Curran 66/100 66%
Ian Ferguson 36/50 72%
Tony Johnson 52/100 52%
Stephen Lees 25/50 50%
Paul Moreland 40/50 80%
Brian Polwin 26/50 52%
Andy Ripley 46/50 92%
Peter Russell 64/100 64%
Tony Sherman 25/50 50%
 
The following shooters equaled their previous personal bests:
 
John Buckley 82/100 82%
Andy Deane 43/50 86%
Darren Hartley 26/50 52%

Anyway agreat day was had by all, we look forward to seeing you at the next shoot
on the 25th May 2008 which is also the 2008 Saddleworth Cup - 2nd Leg, this shoot will be followed by the presentation of the Saddleworth Cup and a complimentary buffet at The Church Inn afterwards.


Added: 04/05/2008

Shooting starts again 11th May 2008

We are pleased to announce that shooting will commence on the 11th May 2008 (next Sunday).

The next event on the calendar is:
 
2008 Saddleworth Cup - 2nd Leg
Date: Sunday 25th May 2008 Booking In: From 09.45
Venue: Running Hill Clay Pigeon Club
The second leg of the 2008 Saddleworth Cup will be held at Running Hill Clay Pigeon Club on 25th May 2008 starting at 10.30am, this will be a 50 bird sporting shoot. Booking in will start around 09.45 at the clubhouse. This event will be followed by the presentation of the Saddleworth Cup at the Church Inn, Uppermill followed by refreshments and a complimentary buffet.

If you are likely to be attending please let us know at the counter or by telephone 07739 465030 or by email at paulm@rhcpc.co.uk in good time please.

We are seeking sponsorships for this event, if you are able to commit to sponsoring the event you should contact the Secretary on 07739 465030 or by email
paulm@rhcpc.co.uk


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