It seems ages ago since we had our annual charity clay shoot at the farm.  Turns out it was 2 weeks ago, and I’m a tad behind writing it up so no wonder it feels like ages ago.

It’s now become an annual event as we’ve been doing it for a while.  It’s a great social event as well as everyone getting chance to show their prowess (or not), a lot of chatting and some lovely food.  Oh and not forgetting raising money for charity.  We always split the fees between 2 local charities, always Katharine House Hospice (which is where my mum was incidentally), and the other varies between air ambulance or local hospital wards.

As with every event it takes some organising.  I don’t tend to get very involved due to working, but the men spend time clearing the barns out, topping and rolling the field out back for car parking, putting up new fences and just generally making the farm look tidy. 

The OH tends to get a bit stressed about it.  If he asked me to get involved earlier then I could do him an amazing spreadsheet list with everything that needed doing, and then there wouldn’t be a last minute panic the day before asking me to go and get clipboards and pencils (on this occasion the pound shops failed as did Tescos, so I ended up having to panic buy in the only place I could get to at a ridiculous cost of £23 from Staples!).  I’m sure he’s got a couple of my old clipboards floating around the office at the farm from previous years, so next year, I shall be getting him pinned down on what is needed so I can buy in advance online.

Usually we get around 70 people, this year we had 90 people shooting, while another 15 just came for food.  My job is always to take the entry fees, and hand out the results cards, and tot up the scores at the end.  There’s always lots of banter and winding each other up; some of the guys who come have known each other for years.  It was nice this year to see more women shooting, mostly late teens/early 20s, as usually there might only be 1.

clay shoot

Needless to say I don’t have a go.  For starters I had to vaguely keep an eye on N, and also the one time I had a go at clay shooting years ago, I had no idea where I was aiming for (should I be tracking the clay or just waiting for it to come into view?!!) so I didn’t hit a thing.

The food spread is put on by most of the family – cold meats, game pie, potatoes, salads, various cakes and drinks.  It always goes down well, although because we had a lot more people than previously, I did worry that we’d not have enough food.  There was nothing to worry about in the end, more kept appearing, and we even had a few leftovers the next day.

eating yet more food

N had an absolute blast.  All his cousins were over – the older ones had a go at shooting, but mostly they spent the time charging around the farm and playing.  N loved having all the people around – some he sees quite often, while others haven’t met him, so there’s always people saying hello and asking about him.  It doesn’t seem to both him, he’s happy just having random people talk to him, mostly because he just runs off or carries on what he’s doing.

cousins hanging out

The children had their food earlier so had plenty of play time, but N was a dustbin that evening.  He’d had a piece of cake early on, then kept coming back for more.  I caught him stealing a second piece of his Granny’s fruit cake, and then after his main meal, came back for chocolate brownie.

stealing cake again

N was out and about until past 9pm, and didn’t want to go in to bed. He was having way too much fun.

The prizes were awarded for top scorers, and while we headed back to our house, the others stayed out chatting for a few hours longer.

We raised a few thousand for charity, so as well as being fun, it was a great success.  It’s so nice that it’s an annual event and that we get to catch up with so many friends…well, the male half anyway.

Do you get involved with local charities?  Have you ever tried clay shooting?

16 Comments

  1. Jo @ 3 Kids and a Gluestick

    Sounds like a great, fun way to raise money and well done on raising so much! I’ve never done any shooting so not sure I’d be any good at Clay Pigeon shooting!

    • Some people take to it really easily, but the one time I did it, I had no idea. Maybe I should have a proper lesson and give it a go.

  2. Looks like everyone had great fun, you had a tidy farm (for a brief moment!) and lots of money raised.

  3. Well done for raising so much money – sounds like a fun day. I did try clay pigeon shooting once – I was rubbish! I guess the only fund raising I really get involved in is for the PTA at school but that gets quite busy!

    • Oh yes, PTA’s can get frantic. I’ve only done a bit for the nursery school but even that was mad.

  4. Looks like a fun event and when we do attend events I let my son stay awake a wee bit longer too. The only charity event that I did before was with Clic Sargeant but I stopped and would want to do another in the future =) #countrykids

    • Hope you get the chance to get back to charity stuff. It’s so nice to be able to support in some way

  5. Brilliant effort raising all that money, and it looks like everyone had a good day too. Bet you’re exhausted from the organising though! Hope you can put your feet up and enjoy this sunshine for a while 🙂

    • I can’t say I’m the one tired, as I didn’t do that much compared to the others, but it definitely takes it out of you

  6. I’ve never done clay pigeon shooting but would love to give it a go and to raise money for charity even better. Great going and it sounds like lots of fun #countrykids

  7. Wow I bet that takes some organising. Looks like a brilliant day. I would love to have a go at it myself, I went to a rifle range in America but a moving target must be much more difficult. Well done on what you raised for charity too!

    • I know what you mean. I did some target shooting with a rifle as a guide way back, and was ok at that. But moving target – I think there’s a knack. Would like a go at the laser stuff as that’s probably easier.

  8. Looks like a great day and what a lot of money you raised. Big well done, I love all the vilage life events like this, we have a local clay shoot one too. Mich x

    • Unusual to hear about other village clay shoots. Nice to see there are a few around. I’m a big fan of village events too, although rarely hear about those in our own nearest village.

  9. What a result. raising so much money, happy children playing and fun for the adults too. This is what I call a satisfying day all round. Thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.

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