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Many clay shooting clubs are run virtually on a shoe string.  Rixton  & Aslley Shooting Club is no exception.

We shoot on a fortnightly basis; on the none shooting Sunday we usually run a work party manned by a small group of willing volunteers.

A few of them commented today that prior to getting involved with the work parties they had no idea just how much work it took to keep a ground and equipment in decent order and set up a shoot; then put it all away.

Today Bill has been planting hundreds of Boxwood bushes that I propagated; Tony assisted by his wife has been flagging; Tommo and Bob have been sheeting the canopy; whilst I finished off the timber structure and wasted my time going to Screwfix for self drilling screws.  Sadly but for the screw up phase A of the canopy would have been finished today.

It won't be long before the mowers are being serviced ready for the almost endless task of grass cutting, and not forgetting to battle with Himalayan Balsam and other weeds where required.

Shooters rarely appreciate the effort expended, but thankfully some do, and their kind comments are appreciated and shared.

webber

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40 minutes ago, webber said:

Many clay shooting clubs are run virtually on a shoe string.  Rixton  & Aslley Shooting Club is no exception.

We shoot on a fortnightly basis; on the none shooting Sunday we usually run a work party manned by a small group of willing volunteers.

A few of them commented today that prior to getting involved with the work parties they had no idea just how much work it took to keep a ground and equipment in decent order and set up a shoot; then put it all away.

Today Bill has been planting hundreds of Boxwood bushes that I propagated; Tony assisted by his wife has been flagging; Tommo and Bob have been sheeting the canopy; whilst I finished off the timber structure and wasted my time going to Screwfix for self drilling screws.  Sadly but for the screw up phase A of the canopy would have been finished today.

It won't be long before the mowers are being serviced ready for the almost endless task of grass cutting, and not forgetting to battle with Himalayan Balsam and other weeds where required.

Shooters rarely appreciate the effort expended, but thankfully some do, and their kind comments are appreciated and shared.

webber

17 years of that, but we shot every week  !   Thankfully the ground maintenance was taken care of by the Landlords, although we had to have a clean up of wads every so often. I heard just about every excuse for missing targets,  that has ever been invented, including one person who reckoned that he could not hit the Compak targets because we used numbers and NOT letters. Apparently another ground that used letters and not numbers (but easier targets) he always shot well at   ??  The only reason we used numbered  traps was because we had access to large stencil numbers  !

I do not envy you John, but for the sake of your membership, keep up the good work.

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same for GYWA......(wildfowlers association')..........alot of the shooting was on RSPB land.....working parties were often the name of the day ....digging ...clearing...lock making ..repairing.....to keep the water levels right for all birds....reed cutting...etc........all the folk involved were GYWA members 'cept one ...who was the RSPB manager....the RSPB members looked upon us with distain and continually made excuses why they were unable to help....

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The last time I was in a DIY syndicate, in the ‘80’s, there were ten members. Over the four years I was a member the organiser returned my subscription every year because, as he said, “you are basically the only one who has done anything.”
Strangely, all the others could always make it on a shoot day.

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21 hours ago, webber said:

Many clay shooting clubs are run virtually on a shoe string.  Rixton  & Aslley Shooting Club is no exception.

We shoot on a fortnightly basis; on the none shooting Sunday we usually run a work party manned by a small group of willing volunteers.

A few of them commented today that prior to getting involved with the work parties they had no idea just how much work it took to keep a ground and equipment in decent order and set up a shoot; then put it all away.

Today Bill has been planting hundreds of Boxwood bushes that I propagated; Tony assisted by his wife has been flagging; Tommo and Bob have been sheeting the canopy; whilst I finished off the timber structure and wasted my time going to Screwfix for self drilling screws.  Sadly but for the screw up phase A of the canopy would have been finished today.

It won't be long before the mowers are being serviced ready for the almost endless task of grass cutting, and not forgetting to battle with Himalayan Balsam and other weeds where required.

Shooters rarely appreciate the effort expended, but thankfully some do, and their kind comments are appreciated and shared.

webber

I couldn't agree more with you Webber, I've been running a club in North Yorkshire now for many years and we started off with a couple of manual traps and have now built it up to nearly 50 Automatic Traps and before Coronavirus Restrictions, we were getting up to 150 guns through on our fortnightly Sunday Sporting Shoots.

I would not have been unable to achieve this without a dedicated few who help with maintaining the equipment and assisting setting up and clearing up after the shoot. Most of the people who turn up to shoot think that it all just happens without any graft going on behind the scenes.

Sometimes you scratch your head in disbelieve at the attitude of some shooters when they complain because you ask them not to take extra clays or to pick up their empty cases after them. On the other hand though, you feel its all worthwhile when people thank you for the day and compliment the shoot on the standard of targets on offer or a thankyou letter off a charity the members have raised money to support.

We do it because we are passionate about our sport.   

Northern Gunner

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On 22/02/2021 at 17:47, Northern Gunner said:

I couldn't agree more with you Webber, I've been running a club in North Yorkshire now for many years and we started off with a couple of manual traps and have now built it up to nearly 50 Automatic Traps and before Coronavirus Restrictions, we were getting up to 150 guns through on our fortnightly Sunday Sporting Shoots.

I would not have been unable to achieve this without a dedicated few who help with maintaining the equipment and assisting setting up and clearing up after the shoot. Most of the people who turn up to shoot think that it all just happens without any graft going on behind the scenes.

Sometimes you scratch your head in disbelieve at the attitude of some shooters when they complain because you ask them not to take extra clays or to pick up their empty cases after them. On the other hand though, you feel its all worthwhile when people thank you for the day and compliment the shoot on the standard of targets on offer or a thankyou letter off a charity the members have raised money to support.

We do it because we are passionate about our sport.   

Northern Gunner

i have a friend who has just sold a good ground near me, when he put Claymate in after years of having just score cards, he got some real nasty abuse on social media. obviously from the bad counting members. luckily more good members than bad

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Unless you’ve done it you’ll never know.  I’ve  run/managed grounds from 10 traps up to a large commercial ground the work load is never ending and there are some people who just won’t help even with simple thing like put cartridges in a bin other will dig out blind for the group.  

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I'm very lucky in some respect as I have a very supportive son who always helps out and others who bring skills such as repairing equipment I break and dealing with mandate tasks which occur with every shoot.

Nobody can run a successful shoot without the backing of a good team behind them and although we have a few shooters come through who I could do without, we are very fortunate to have a great bunch who enjoy the banter of a good day out shooting different targets every time they come to the ground for a very fair price.

I always try to look after the shooters and i find they then look after the shoot.

  

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7 hours ago, Northern Gunner said:

I'm very lucky in some respect as I have a very supportive son who always helps out and others who bring skills such as repairing equipment I break and dealing with mandate tasks which occur with every shoot.

Nobody can run a successful shoot without the backing of a good team behind them and although we have a few shooters come through who I could do without, we are very fortunate to have a great bunch who enjoy the banter of a good day out shooting different targets every time they come to the ground for a very fair price.

I always try to look after the shooters and i find they then look after the shoot.

  

Absolutely spot on.

Without the help of my son and  dedicated band, the shoot simply couldn't happen.

Teamwork makes the dream work.

webber

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