2011 Clay Shoot at Charmouth
Sunday 7th August 2011 at 11am
The Tunnel, A35 West of Charmouth was the venue for an OH reunion of “crack shots” from the old days amongst whom was the celebrated Alec Crawford of 1960s Bisley days.
Richard Clist, the owner of the tunnel, having bought it from the Department of Transport a few years ago, has converted it to an indoor shooting academy providing 25 and 50 metre ranges, an armory, cafeteria and bar, all I’m sure, at great expense. Richard laid on the venue which was greatly enjoyed by OHs and friends using various rifles.
OHs present were Andrew Poe Baker 1969/74. Martin Johnstone, Middlemist 1968/73, Alec Crawford (Secretary) Venning/Stanton 1955/60, Roddy Long (President) Venning/Baker 1958/63, Timothy Salter, Middlemist 1985/88, our host Richard Clist Stanton 1985/89, Cansh Pope Stanton 1983/88 and last but not least James Rowe Middlemist 1966/71 the organizer, who reluctantly proved he was still a “dead eyed dick” by winning the competition!
There will be a repeat, so those interested must email me for further information.
J H F Rowe
The 'Tory Shield' or 'Hembury Trophy' originally to be shot Sunday 31st July was postponed and re arranged Sunday 9th October. Milton Abbey put forward 5 old boys.
Allhallows was represented by just myself due to late apologies but regretfully Millfield had no one turn up for them. So we had coffees and then went clay shooting with the results as follows.
Jamie MC - 26, Piers Closier - 24, Henry Peacock - 12, Matthew Clover - 15 and Marcus Williams - 14. Average 18.2
Jim Rowe - 22. Average 22
Next year this match will happen again provisionally Sunday 10th October 2012 at 10am, coffee and cooked breakfast and shooting at 11am till lunch time and drinks.
Clay Shoot at Larkhill
The annual OH Clay Shoot in aid of ABF The Soldiers' Charity took place this year on Saturday 22nd October 2011 at Larkhill,, near Amesbury in Wiltshire. It was organised by David Shaw who was, until September last year, the Director of Fundraising for the charity.
It is an informal day that starts with coffee on arrival at 10 am. Wherever such an event may take place it will not suit everyone and this one, in the heart of Salisbury Plain, is only practical for those who live within about a 40 mile radius but it is a morning of good shooting and an opportunity to get together with others who have Allhallows in common. Lunch is taken afterwards in a local pub and people are welcome to return to the clay range in the afternoon to shoot another 100 clays if they wish.
Larkhill lays on a ten stand course at which each participant shoots ten cartridges, so 100 in all. The course is about as varied and interesting as anyone could want or need and this year the weather was mild and fine and conditions good. For a £30 entry fee it was good value too.
Three OHs in addition to David turned up - Roger Caudrelier, John Pinhorn and Patrick Towle. John brought a friend so two teams took part. We did not keep final score but between us we fired some 400 cartridges and had a lot of fun doing so. John Pinhorn, was the outright winner - if we were looking for one - and we are not until or unless we find a trophy to compete for and more competitors to make it worthwhile to do it that way. David's view is that informality is the key and that this re-union should be just that with a bit of fun thrown in.
For now it remains an informal get together which would be even better if more people attended. David will organise it again next year if the Club wants him to but anyone who is interested please send him a contact email address to email@example.com and he will be in touch in good time when the dates for next year have been decided.