21st May 2019
The forecast was rain but, as it turned out, the only sound on the leaves was the gentle patter of shot, accompanied by the barrage of gunfire and the infrequent sound of a breaking clay, and by the late afternoon the sun had shown its face.
Fortified by a plethora of bacon and sausage baps, sandwiches and cake, the usual suspects, together with some budding newcomers, blasted their way around the eight stands at the Annual SPA Clay shoot at Compton Manor, Kings Somborne, on a Friday afternoon in May, an event, as always, so ably organised by Peter Cliffe-Roberts, in conjunction with Des Sturgess and his team from Acorn Shooting.
Afterwards, there was wine and beer to slake the thirst of shooters, their throats parched raw by gun-smoke, badinage and laughter.
The SPA David Olds Memorial Trophy for the highest team score went to Norfolk & Good (Foreman Homes), Quantuma Boom or Bust were Runners-Up and, also, winners of the Team Flush, and Richard Hand of Ridge & Partners was awarded the Top Gun Vase for the highest individual score of the day.
The Chairman’s Prize, awarded this year for the team who had the most fun went to Rund’s Super Sharp Shooters, and their team member, Nicola Jane, of Bovis won the Most Scope for Improvement Award.
SPA Secretary, Chris Clark, presented the Awards and accompanying bottles, which were kindly donated by Dutton Gregory, E3 Consulting, Cliffe-Roberts and Warwick Martell.The event was supported by SPA.