Southdown Gun Club News
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.
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!!
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 www.clay-shooting.com.
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.
CLOSING DATE IS 31st December SO GET YOUR REGULARS VOTING!!
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.
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
Written on October 28, 2013 at 15:33, by admin
Thank you very much for donating a prize for our Help for Heroes day at Thames Ditton & Esher Golf Club.
Our charity events always prove very successful and last year we raised £2,165.00 and this year we’ve raised an impressive £3,857.00, your donation is very much appreciated.
Written on October 24, 2013 at 12:30, by admin
Southdown Gun Club in Sussex hosted and sponsored a Richard Faulds coaching day on the 19th October in Aid of the brain cancer charity brainstrust. Olympic Gold medallist and current world sporting Champion Richard Faulds, who is a patron of brainstrust was contacted by the 5 Bells Gun Club, West Chiltington, after they lost one of their founder members to a brain tumour last year and another member has been diagnosed this year.
5 Bells chairman Steve Wormull explained “We are delighted that Richard has been able to run this event for our members in aid of brainstrust. The charity provided amazing support last year and continue to do so this year, we really can’t thank them enough, so to be able to raise funds in this way is a great activity to raise awareness. We would like to thank Southdown Gun Club for hosting us and providing the clays for the day, it is a wonderful facility and their professionalism and hospitality has truly made it a day to remember”. Southdown’s manager Helen Drury is pictured with Richard Faulds and members of the 5 Bells gun club. The day raised £1,200.
Contact www.brainstrust.org.uk for further details or support.
Written on October 7, 2013 at 09:53, by admin
100 Reg. FSP
Guaranteed prize £100 1st in class (A,B,C,D)
Pe-book / Pay on day
Series prize fund £200 H/G; £100 1st in class
To be in with chance to win series prize shoot 4 out of 5 comps (March compulsory
Written on October 7, 2013 at 09:52, by admin
CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR OPENING
1ST DECEMBER Last Entries 14:30
8TH DECEMBER Entries: 9:30-14:30
100 Reg. ESP, 100 Reg. STR
14th-15TH DECEMBER Entries: Pre-book
100 Reg. FSP, 2nd in Winter Series*, 10 stand sporting practice
22ND DECEMBER Entries: 9:30-14:30
100 Reg. ESP, 100 Reg. STR
23rd & 24th DECEMBER Last Entries 14:30
25th-26th DECEMBER CLOSED
27TH DECEMBER Entries: 9:30-14:30
Christmas Spectacular 100 Reg. ESP £250 H/G, 100 Reg. STR
28th, 29TH 30th & 31st DECEMBER Practice Last Entries 14:30
1st JANUARY Entries: 9:30-14:30
30th Year Anniversary New Years Day Shoot
120 Reg. ESP £250 H/G, 100 Reg. STR
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th JANUARY Last Entries 15:30
*To be in with a chance to win series prize you must shoot 4 out of 5, with last (March) compulsory
Written on September 16, 2013 at 08:29, by admin
This quarters winner: Mark Gander
Thanks for your feedback/comments Mark