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Sad to see that parklodge is up for sale it's my local clay ground and I have been going since the start. Be interesting to see what new owner does with the place.

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Wow, didn't know that. 

I was a regular in 19 and early 20 before the first lockdown if anyone can remember that far back.

The owners seemed nice people and were working towards zero no birds with new technology. 

They'd almost achieved it. Plus some cracking stands and the high towers.

I haven't been since they introduced the take your empties home rule. I don't mind picking up, but as far as I'm concerned my 32p per clay pays for disposal also.

I wonder if they'll keep the spa open? I've been promising my wife a spa day while I shoot😀

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13 hours ago, matone said:

Its a place that anecdotally seems to have alienated a lot of regular clayshooters one way or another.Great facility though !

Yes and that's now two that's up for sale up here. The other being The Boar.

Maybe they know something we don't about clay shooting grounds.

If I had enough pocket change I'd buy either 🤔🤣🤣

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Its 35p per clay which puts it far more expensive than other grounds around.

I used to be a member there but I also lost interest like many other shooters who have been,seen and no longer bother.

Finally if I had a spare £3m there is no way I would buy that place. I would sooner get some land and build something myself.

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Agree it was expensive and have to say that my last visit some months pre covid was disappointing.Both Compacts at either bottom corner had been reduced to A/B birds and everything else were pretty mediocre targets,even the towers having a limited selection.Not worth a good drive plus top ££££.

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Yes I have been a couple of times between the various lockdowns and all the compacts had traps not working. Other stuff had non functioning traps. Ground seemed to be getting run down. I also had a few no birds, told reception and they said next time you come we will knock them off, but never been back

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45 minutes ago, TRINITY said:

Yes I have been a couple of times between the various lockdowns and all the compacts had traps not working. Other stuff had non functioning traps. Ground seemed to be getting run down. I also had a few no birds, told reception and they said next time you come we will knock them off, but never been back

About the same reception we got there 

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No matter where I go, I only ever offer to pay for the cartridges I fired. If I happen to fire two at one clay, my loss. At Park Lodge my son and I fired 1 slab then went for a coffee and sandwich. We were asked to zero the card before going out again.  The card read at 270 odd and they said it wasn't possible for so many no birds. I invited the owner out to see. He obliged and I showed him several no birds on his personal card. We went back inside and I paid for 250. After lunch he took me and my son around on his card and we shot around 25 - 30 before he took his card out and said "Sorry for the inconvenience" At the time I considered it good service - still do. Never been questioned after that. I just state politely, I'll pay for 250 only.

At .35p a clay (wow) and take your empties home I'll not be going again.

Such  shame it was a great ground.

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24 minutes ago, Centrepin said:

 

Such  shame it was a great ground.

It still is a great ground. It just needs better management ,better customer relations and a more realistic pricing structure.

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5 hours ago, TRINITY said:

It still is a great ground. It just needs better management ,better customer relations and a more realistic pricing structure.

 

5 hours ago, TRINITY said:

It still is a great ground. It just needs better management ,better customer relations and a more realistic pricing structure.

It’s not really. Last time I went trap houses looked shabby, targets were a long way from regulation and peg slabs were a mess with weeds everywhere. I get the impression they’re more interested in providing a fine dining experience than quality clay shooting.

Ironically, it’s no more than a few miles from me yet I wouldn’t ever consider visiting.

I hope it’s bought by someone that will improve the shooting and reintroduce registered events. I doubt it’ll happen though.

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On 16/05/2021 at 08:13, Centrepin said:

Yes and that's now two that's up for sale up here. The other being The Boar.

Maybe they know something we don't about clay shooting grounds.

If I had enough pocket change I'd buy either 🤔🤣🤣

Make that three. One of my locals, Yorkgate in Otley nr. Leeds has just been put up for sale.

https://uk.businessesforsale.com/uk/clay-pigeon-shooting-and-gun-club-for-sale.aspx

Phil, who has been doing a sterling job there in his tenure, has decided to call it a day and seems a little upset about it. There has been noise complaints from new residents to the area, he has had to cut the number of sessions down, and apparently an issue with high lead content from a recent soil sample on the land. 

I fear that it could be the end for the club, which has a large membership and a healthy rotation of 'regular guests'. 

 

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Went last week and thought it was a bit run down stands for holding guns broke we shot 190 cartridges count was 217 birds on cards that was our first visit but i would go again .they said pick up and take home but there was empty cartridges every where 

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10 hours ago, LeedsZeppelin said:

Make that three. One of my locals, Yorkgate in Otley nr. Leeds has just been put up for sale.

https://uk.businessesforsale.com/uk/clay-pigeon-shooting-and-gun-club-for-sale.aspx

Phil, who has been doing a sterling job there in his tenure, has decided to call it a day and seems a little upset about it. There has been noise complaints from new residents to the area, he has had to cut the number of sessions down, and apparently an issue with high lead content from a recent soil sample on the land. 

I fear that it could be the end for the club, which has a large membership and a healthy rotation of 'regular guests'. 

 

Unfortunately it's the same everywhere, people buy property near local businesses then complain about them. Reminds me of the couple who bought a house near a church then complained about the bells.

 

1 hour ago, terence said:

Went last week and thought it was a bit run down stands for holding guns broke we shot 190 cartridges count was 217 birds on cards that was our first visit but i would go again .they said pick up and take home but there was empty cartridges every where 

It's the only ground I have never seen a spent cartridge case on the floor. There standards must have slipped considerably and it's in line with everything that people are saying about it.

Such a shame, the sport needs quality grounds, or more grounds, not less.

But I suppose this is what happens when you get too big for your boots and loose the support of the user.

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Been talking to someone who knows the history of park lodge. Tells me the farmer who owns it, had a big area of land that was poor quality , water logged and very low yielding. He got a massive grant from defra to build the clay  ground on what was basically useless land. Seems the whole set up has hardly cost him a thing and he is now looking at making a massive profit. Seems like clay shooting has just been seen as a way to make someone a lot of money. That's the commercial world we live in.

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10 hours ago, Centrepin said:

Unfortunately it's the same everywhere, people buy property near local businesses then complain about them. Reminds me of the couple who bought a house near a church then complained about the bells.

 

It's the only ground I have never seen a spent cartridge case on the floor. There standards must have slipped considerably and it's in line with everything that people are saying about it.

Such a shame, the sport needs quality grounds, or more grounds, not less.

But I suppose this is what happens when you get too big for your boots and loose the support of the user.

the only bin we saw was we you can sit outside to have a brew

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On 18/05/2021 at 22:42, LeedsZeppelin said:

Make that three. One of my locals, Yorkgate in Otley nr. Leeds has just been put up for sale.

https://uk.businessesforsale.com/uk/clay-pigeon-shooting-and-gun-club-for-sale.aspx

Phil, who has been doing a sterling job there in his tenure, has decided to call it a day and seems a little upset about it. There has been noise complaints from new residents to the area, he has had to cut the number of sessions down, and apparently an issue with high lead content from a recent soil sample on the land. 

I fear that it could be the end for the club, which has a large membership and a healthy rotation of 'regular guests'. 

 

Emley moor is shutting down its shoot too so it’s four now that are in jeopardy. 

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I've just visited this weekend as my son wanted to have a go a clays.  So we booked an instructor for him and he had a lesson which he enjoyed, I personally like the place but it was very quiet and as has been said its littered with cartridges. They told me this was due to COVID that the bins had been removed, but not sure how that works out. 

One advantage to it being quiet, was my lad didn't feel pressured by people watching and he could take his time as no one chasing him off the stands.

Prices are now 36p a clay and 25p for members but membership is currently closed.

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On 28/05/2021 at 14:07, matone said:

Really don`t understand the empty case nonsense there,nowhere else seems to have any issues with disposing of them !

Accute idleness on behalf of all concerned. What's wrong with putting bins out?  & Shooters could put them in a pile rather than just eject them willy nilly.

 

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On 30/05/2021 at 08:56, Centrepin said:

Accute idleness on behalf of all concerned. What's wrong with putting bins out?  & Shooters could put them in a pile rather than just eject them willy nilly.

 

It's more likely that some bean counter has seized the opportunity to blame COVID for an issue that isn't there but can save them a couple of quid on disposal fees.

Having had a prior issue with my local refuse collectors taking offense to empty cartridge cases in my bin, I want to leave them at the shooting ground. As this is the norm, I would expect any ground to budget the disposal of cartridges in their expenses and subsequent price structure.

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3 hours ago, LeedsZeppelin said:

I would expect any ground to budget the disposal of cartridges in their expenses and subsequent price structure.

I was under the impression that there was a company out there that specialised in used cartridge cases. They liked full loads to collect but this would not be a problem to bag them up in tote bags till sufficient accumulated. After all, the grade of plastic and the metal heads make for two valuable commodoties, if a recycling process can split them.

Looking at park lodge pricing structure ,I would say they have quite a good margin in there in order to collect empties. But knowing how that ground operates they may put the price up to 40p and justify this rise in their policy of having to supply bins on the stands.

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