Results from 2012

On the 11th May the clouds parted, the sun came out, the Valley was alive to the sound of ‘12 Bores’ and the 4th Test Valley Charity Clay Pigeon Shoot was under way. Thirty teams,one hundred and twenty shooters had entered from as far away as Ashford in Kent to the East and Westbury in Wilts to the West, not to mention thirty from The Sombornes, Ashley and Houghton.

Following 24 hours of almost continuous rain it was a ‘little’ soggy underfoot but this was no deterrent as there was a gentle breeze and the sun was shining making ideal conditions for spotting the ‘clays’ as soon as they left the traps. Some teams were more successful than others as the final team scores ranged from 394 to 147 after shooting 100 clays from eight stands and then two very exciting flushes.

The Ladies Top Gun was Kate Bevan from Ickenham scoring 76

and the Mens Top Gun was Mike Mullett from Sherfield English with a score of 84

The winning ladies Team scored 381 points

and the Mens team 394

The Novice Pool Shoot winner was Duncan Morrison

This year there was a special prize for a side by side gun which was won by local man Phillip Parker with a score of 75

The Pool Shoot, was won by another local, John Perry, with a score of 8 out of a possible 10

 

The Ladies Top Gun has been won for the last two years by a remarkable young lady, Amber Hill, who was unable to be with us this year as she was competing in the Olympic trials for the Skeet shooting event and a message of good luck from all at the shoot was sent to her.

We raised £13500 to be distributed between the two charities which is very similar to last year which is a little disappointing as we had four extra teams. We did not raise as much at the auction as last year and there is no doubt that our costs have increased!  We did have a wonderful selection of auction lots and prizes all donated by our various sponsors to whom we are very grateful for their support and generosity.

This event takes an amazing amount of arranging and it could not have happened without so many volunteers from the village. There were people from the Church, the W.I. ,the Somborne Needleworkers, the Somborne Society and the wives of committee members. The delicious lunch was arranged by the Winchester Branch of Cancer Research U K of which three members are from the King’s Somborne. I would like to thank two members of our Fund Raising sub- committee in particular – Colin Reeve who made the original suggestion of holding a Clay Pigeon shoot for fund raising and without whose technical knowledge the shoot could not have taken place and also Tony Brooke Webb who was responsible for all the printing and much more and must be particularly glad that he can relax a little now and spend some time on his boat. It was a very successful day and I am of course very grateful to everyone whether committee members or volunteers for your support.

If you may be interested in helping to organise next years shoot to be held on 10th May 2013 please contact me.

John Vanderpump

Chairman - Organising Committee

   

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