Southdown Gun Club News

Newsletter January/February 2015

Written on January 16, 2015 at 14:43, by admin



Newsletter – November/December 2014

Written on October 20, 2014 at 12:01, by Dale


Newsletter Summer 2014

Written on June 19, 2014 at 09:43, by admin




SE of England Inter-Counties Sporting Championship – Report from John Green

Written on April 11, 2014 at 15:30, by Dale

Just to say thanks for a great shoot over the weekend. Ronnie loved it as much as I did watching him. Great to watch and see all the big names there and also see a few of them scratching their heads on the sim pairs.

Ronnie shot well again, he dropped a few on stand 2 but then built his score well as he worked up the lane and ended on 81 so 3rd place colts and a good B class score. He smashed the driven stand!

Shot 79 on the STR.  That last layout 4 done him. Couldn’t find the long R-L crosser over the bank and changing his timing for it cost him another of the sim pair so dropped 12 in total.  I thought he was on for an 86 or 87, but stand 4 was a good “AA” class layout, definitely for the very experienced or lucky!


Best wishes and thanks again,


John (and Ron)


Newsletter April/May 2014

Written on April 4, 2014 at 10:06, by admin




Press Release February 2014

Written on March 3, 2014 at 11:40, by admin

Since Greg and I took over Southdown we’ve continually reinvested in the business, with a view to making the ground one of the best places to shoot in the country.

More recently following Shaun Peckham’s unexpected departure, we’ve been looking to recruit/partner with an experienced target setter, but as I’m sure many of you will agree, it takes time to find good skills.

So here’s two bits of good news……..

Firstly we’ve managed to recruit the services of the internationally renowned Graham Brown who has agreed to set the targets for not only the FITASC GB Selection Shoot (29-30th March) but also the CPSA English Open (23rd-25th May). As many of you will know Graham has been building courses since the early 90’s in both this country and abroad.

We are also delighted to announce that the FSP GB Selection Shoot will consist of a total of 6 independent layouts that will be shot over the two days, using the best that can be offered of the Lane and Valley. Transport will be available to the Valley layouts kindly supplied by our transport sponsor Gatwick Mitsubishi.

For those of you staying over in the area for the weekend why not come along to the party in the evening relax and listen to the band.

The second bit of good news is that we are pleased to be able to announce that Bob Clarke, who is well known and respected in the shooting industry and famous for the Beretta World Sporting Championship targets, will be setting courses for us throughout the year at all our other important championships and events. Bob will start by setting the course for the last of the Southdown Winter Series FITASC (15th-16th March).

We are committed to getting it right and hope to see you again soon.

Shaun Miller

New Targets at Southdown

Written on January 17, 2014 at 13:03, by admin

After many years at Southdown, Shaun Peckham has resigned his position to pursue a new career away from shooting. Southdown Director Shaun Miller said, “It was with surprise that I accepted his resignation especially at the start of our 30th Anniversary year and with some very exciting high profile shoots on the calendar, but I understand and respect his need to change his work life balance”.

Shaun Miller has been working with Shaun Peckham over the past three years and has been actively involved in setting targets at Southdown, so will continue to introduce variety with new stands and further investment. Interestingly there has been a lot of interest from outside course setters who may work with the club as guest course designers on the bigger competitions, Shaun said “I am looking forward to the 2014 anniversary season, setting some interesting targets and working with new course setters who will no doubt bring further interest and challenging targets to Southdown”


Written on January 2, 2014 at 09:14, by admin

Probably one of the few grounds in the country that can boast our doors have been open for 30 years!!  We’ve weathered the storm of two recessions and following significant investment in the last 3.5 years we’re here to stay!!

During the last three decades we’ve hosted many major competitions including the World Sporting Championship in 2005, the Classic in 2009, and The English Open in 2011 and of course our annual Masters, as well as numerous CPSA regional and National Inter-County events.

Specialising in sporting targets, Southdown can host, English Sporting events on up to two 100+ bird layouts simultaneously, Sportrap on the permanent 100 bird layout, FITASC new system up to 200 birds or 100 Bird FITASC and 100 Bird Compak.

The run up to Southdown’s 30th Birthday Anniversary couldn’t have been marked in a better way than by winning the prestigious Clay Pigeon Shooting Association Ground of the Year Award 2013, given to the ground that has made the most significant contribution to the shooting experience of CPSA members.  This award, voted for by shooters, confirmed overwhelmingly that Southdown really is the ground to shoot at!!

Under the new ownership the ground has gone from strength to strength, the ground has seen significant improvements.  Too many to list here with new and upgraded shooting positions, traps and automatic release systems, reliability on the ground is improved. We have attempted to improve disabled access as we renovate areas and have now managed to refurbish the clubhouse, kitchen and meeting rooms. As well as installing a permanent marquee hospitality area including, licensed bar and seating for over 100 people. This is all complemented by the new shop that we opened in partnership with Raker, stocking a large selection of new and used guns, cartridges and clothing.

Renowned as the home of clay shooting in the South of England, we’ve earned the reputation as the ground to be at for first class sporting targets however we also have most of the popular disciplines including Skeet, ABT, DTL, Compak, FITASC and Sportrap.  At the end of 2013 we added a dedicated Game Target Area with 5 Simulated Game stands including High Driven, High Crow, Grouse, Teal, 2 man Flush.

2014 Festival of Shooting …….

To celebrate this milestone as well as hosting many County Championships we’re planning an Special 30th Anniversary celebration of shooting over the August Bank Holiday weekend to include FITASC, Sporting and Sportrap Championships.  The weekend will be commemorated with an anniversary party to mark this historic milestone, it’s sure to be an event to remember including live music, professional firework display and much more.  We hope you’ll come join in the celebrations!!

The Nation’s Favourite clay ground 2013

Written on November 13, 2013 at 14:15, by admin

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Clay Shooting magazine’s search to find the Nation’s favourite Shooting Grounds is on again. In the next edition (December) on sale next week we have asked readers to vote for their favourite clay shooting facilities by filling out the form on page 21 or going to our online survey on

Our initial promotion, via the Clay Shooting Facebook page and Twitter, include updates on each ground, and will give details of how readers can vote.

The voting will be by region: South West, South East, East Midlands, West Midlands, North West, North East, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland; and there will be a winner from each area announced in our February edition. We will list the top 50 grounds in the UK, as nominated by Clay Shooting magazine readers, and a commemorate certificate will be awarded to each winning ground.


 Forward this e-mail onto your members and regulars and each reader who sends their nomination will be entered into a prize draw with the possibility to win a two hour 100-clay lesson with George Digweed!

The survey last year raised the profile of many grounds, resulting in reports of new visitors to the winning clubs and grounds as a direct result of the publicity surrounding the survey.

There will be editorial and advertising opportunities in Clay Shooting magazine over the course of the survey and promotion – contact me for details on 01926 339808.

Kind regards

Lucy Wilson

Autumn Newsletter

Written on October 31, 2013 at 14:29, by admin

Lots of interesting things happening at the Gun Club this Autumn – click here for the Autumn Newsletter

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