The Inter Livery Clay Shoot 17th May 2017 at Holland & Holland Shooting Ground.
The annual Inter Livery Clay Shoot has now been running for 20 years and has become an important event in the Livery Calendar. The day always generates strong but friendly rivalry between the different Companies and is held at Holland and Holland’s magnificent shooting ground near Northwood, Middlesex, where clays are launched from numerous different traps around the estate, intended to replicate a ‘game’ shoot.
This is a charitable occasion that raises funds for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, with all participants also enjoying a fun inter-livery event.
Following a hearty breakfast, the shooting commenced at 8.00am. The day started damp and we had intermittent rain until a deluge, which hit us at 11.45am and continued until the shooting ended at 12.30pm. Typically the sun then broke through, just in time for an enjoyable and well-earned lunch
This year the Turners’ Company team comprised Liverymen Fred Bain (Captain) and Michael Todd, Freeman Shaun Stacey and guest, John Smith. Out of a total of 108 4-man teams, the Turners came in at a very creditable 14th place. Considering we were shooting against expert competitors from the Gunmakers’ Company and other more experienced Livery teams, it was a very good achievement.
The star of Turners’ Team was without doubt, Freeman Shaun Stacy who, in difficult conditions shot a magnificent 75 out of 80 clays to take 2nd place on the ‘High Gun’ stand against 432 individual competitors. This special high-set trap is about 180 ft high and launches a clay at approximately 50mph over the shooters head!
We look forward to next year shoot and would encourage any members of the Company who shoots Clays to consider entering. (Captain’s note: Can I say Shaun’s guidance and coaching throughout the day definitely helped increase my score with a target set for next year)
The Inter Livery Rifle & Pistol Shoot at Bisley 2nd June 2017
This event, organised by the Baker’s Company is another excellent days shooting over several disciplines which included: 900 yard Rifle -– Black-powder Pistol and Gallery Rifle – Sniper and Rapid fire rifle.
Fifteen different Companies took part, each putting up a team of three. Turners’ team which comprised the Deputy Master Nic Somers; Liverymen Fred Bain (Team captain) and John Khan enjoyed excellent weather and competitive shooting. The Deputy Master achieved a very creditable score taking 2nd place overall in the combined disciplines.
The day ended with an excellent afternoon tea having raised funds for the Lord Mayor’s Charities and the RAF Benevolent Fund.
(Captain’s note: I encourage other Company members who enjoy shooting with a rifle to consider entering next years’ competition as I know you will thoroughly enjoy the occasion).
Please make a note for your diaries.
E.J Churchill Shooting Ground 9th September 2017
The Company’s Shooting Section is organising a half day clay pigeon shoot at the award winning E.J.Churchill Shooting Ground on Saturday 9th September 2017.
All Clay Shooting takes place under the supervision of their first class instructors. We want you to have safe fun; Churchill do not pretend to be able to teach someone everything about shooting on their first visit but they will ensure that everyone hits plenty of targets and, with their extensive shooting layouts, they can challenge the expert as well as flatter the novice. Low recoil cartridges specially loaded for E.J.Churchill are used for all novices to ensure that only memories (not bruises) remain! Refreshments (non -alcoholic) will be proved on arrival and lunch will be provide after the shooting. This promises to be an excellent day for all standards from novices to experts.
Report by Fred Bain, Turners’ Company Shooting Captain