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CPSA Pull Magazine - February/March 2020

Cheshire Top Shots. Congratulations to all those Cheshire shooters that feature in the list of Top Shots, from the last edition of Pull magazine. Cheshire has been well represented, with a total of fourteen shooters covering eight disciplines. They are, for Down The Line, Eleanor Hardy, Toby Hurstfield, and Tom Roberts. For English Skeet, Christian Bethell, Ian Cunliffe, and Hazel Denney. In English Sporting, Kerry Oakley and Fred Whitehurst. In Compak Sporting, Carl Vickers and Andrew Jones. For Automatic Ball Trap, Michael Faux. For Olympic Skeet,  Alexander Wilkinson. In Olympic Trap, Fred Thornley.  In F.I.T.A.S.C. Thomas Woodcock. A great achievement.

All Cheshire Shooters.  A reminder to all Cheshire shooters with aspirations to shoot for your County. Please check our web site, and the “Forthcoming dates” paragraph of Pull magazine, for the dates of Team Selection Shoots. These will be published as soon as possible after our A.G.M. 

North Wales Shooting School 28/12/2019. A small but dedicated group of English Skeet shooters opened the new season of the 50 bird skeet league. The weather was good for the time of year, and high scoring was expected. Alas nobody managed a 50 straight. But three shooters tied for first place with 49s. They were Colin Babcock, Jack Hope, and Dave Tavernor, who all took home 100 cartridges. The next leg is on 25th January.

Mickley Hall Shooting School Development Programme. This development programme is a must for anyone looking to improve their shooting. There are seven thousand Eley cartridges available at cost price. Free instruction once a fortnight. Free clays whilst being instructed. Twelve months Mickley Hall membership included. Full details will be available soon.

New Committee Members. Paul Ellis is taking a break and stepping down from his duties as English Sporting, team captain. Tom Lowe and Andy Gate have volunteered to take on the role. We wish them well.

Ladies Clay Shooting League. Well the weather stayed fine for the Ladies Clay Shooting League Christmas event which this year was held at Manchester Clay Shooting Club, where we were made very welcome.  The Course was tricky in parts and a high tower target needed  to be hit in order to win your chocolate Santa, I’m glad to say that most got a Santa but not all, rules are rules!!  It was a great day and great fun along with some competitive scores. On The Peg Clothing provided their fantastic support, which they have all year, thank you to them, prizes were also provided by A1 shot and Louise Aldford from Yorkshire Fillies, these were collected by the Ladies who straighted the most stands. High gun was a joint affair by Victoria Gallimore and Julia Payne who both finished on a great 58/75, well done to you both.    Thanks also to Mike Sargeson, Paul Ellis, Miles Machin and last but not least Robert Eckersley for their support, hints and tips around the course. Thanks again to MCSC for a great day and we hope you all had a Merry Christmas.

Cheshire Down The Line team selection shoots. There are six selection shoots, with the best four scores to be used. Selection shoot at; Fauxdegla on 19th April. Holmes Chapel 14th June. Cheshire County Championship at Holmes Chapel 26th July. Please note that the Inter counties is only one week away, so be ready for a call from the Team Captain to go. Nottingham and District date to be confirmed. Plus any two registered scores submitted to David Hurstfield. The DTL West Midlands Inter Counties is at Nottingham and District on 2nd August, and the National Inter Counties is at North of England on the 27th September. Let’s have a great summer of shooting, there’s some great things this year so let’s get Cheshire shooters there!

Cheshire English Skeet team selection shoots. Please note, these dates are provisional and subject to confirmation. Keep checking the website, and the “Forthcoming dates” paragraph in Pull magazine, as the dates will be confirmed as soon as possible. Doveridge 15thMarch. Doveridge 5th April. Doveridge 31st May. North Wales Shooting School 6th June. North Wales Shooting  School 11th July .

CPSA Pull Magazine - January / February 2020

Cheshire County CPSA Annual General Meeting.  Attention all Cheshire shooters, the date for our AGM is Wednesday 5th February, at Catton Hall Shooting Ground, starting at 7.30pm. This is your chance to have your say. Everybody is welcome.

28th Sept West Midlands Individual Sportrap, Garlands SG.  Congratulations go to Tony Dean for shooting a magnificent 97, and coming second overall, and first in AA class. Also scoring well on the day were Brett Davies 88, Ian Cunliffe 86, Paul Ellis 85, and Miles Machin 81. Well done to you all.

20th Oct National Inter Counties ESK Dartford SG. After the disappointment of missing out on a Gold medal in the West Midlands Inter Counties, due to a miss calculation of the scores, we rallied round and formed a team to shoot the Nationals. The shooting got underway at just after 8.30 in the morning, the team performed well, with a combined score of 473 x 500. Chris Bethell scored a fantastic 98, followed by Jack Hope on 96, Colin Babcock 95, Jim Wagstaff 93, and Jacqui Slater 91. Thank you to all the team for travelling to Dartford and competing so well. We look forward to next year where we hope to be competing for Gold in all categories.  

20th Oct West Midlands Area Inter Counties ABT at Rugby.  An eventful day at the West Midlands Inter Counties ABT team competition. Weather was good with light cloud, little wind, temperature around 10 degrees. Six teams competed over the three layouts at Rugby and District Gun Club, who maintain their policy of free shooting for the under 19s. Corsivia clays give a good contrast and scores were high, though the day was long as often happens with these inter county shoots. It might well be better to compete over 75 targets in these team events. Cheshire maintained a good position throughout, with shooters Thornley, Culverwell, Faux, Gowrie, O’Donnell, and Whitehurst giving their best. Cheshire won the Silver Medal, out of six teams, with Paul Gowrie high gun for the team with 95. Our reporter understands that this is the third time of medalling in the fast trap teams this year. Well done to you all.    

Cheshire’s Year of DTL. With six selection shoots at the early part of the year, and very well attended the teams needed to be in place for the West Midlands Inter Counties event at Fauxdegla Shooting Ground on 25th July. It was a great start to the season, even with the weather early in the day against them the Seniors took silver, the Vets silver, Juniors silver after a shoot off for gold, and a fantastic gold for the Ladies team of Nicola Booth, Jane Hitchmough and Emma Percival.                                              

Some got wet while others stayed dry at the DTL weekend at Bywell, but all shot well.

Our Cheshire shooters were doing well and at the end of the first day of the Eley Sponsored DTL we had Eleanor Hardy winning the Ladies title and also 3rd in the Juniors. In Colts we had Toby Hurstfield at twelve years old in 3rd place as well.

On the second day the weather had not changed much for the Dougall Memorial when our guys were on the podium again. We had Toby Hurstfield winning C Class and 2nd in Colts, with Tom Roberts winning Juniors and Eleanor Hardy coming 3rd in the Ladies.

And so to the English Open, well I know, it gets better, 1st in A Class Jezz Frith and in Colts, Toby Hurstfield was 3rd.

Well shot to all the Cheshire Shooters and what a fabulous weekend we ha d!!! Congratulations to Tom Roberts who achieved a place on the England Junior team at the Home International .

Then onto the National Inter Counties at Northampton Shooting Ground on 16th October. Were the Senior team was placed 3rd, and the Junior team of Eleanor Hardy, Tom Roberts and Toby Hurstfield took the runners up medal.

In July it was the European DTL Championship at Bywell Shooting Ground. It attracted entrants from all of our home nations and France, 253 in all. So competition was fierce. Congratulations go to John Barnett from Mickley Hall, for shooting a fantastic 197/588 and being third in Veterans class.

So overall a great DTL season for Cheshire at all levels, and the numbers in all categories looking good too, well done to all who took part.  


Jez Frith - A Class winner at the English Open DTL


Tom Roberts - 3rd in the Juniors at the English Open DTL


T Hurstfield - 2nd in Colts at the Enlgish Open DTL


DTL National Inter Counties Team 2019



CPSA Pull Magazine - October 2019

28th July,  West Midlands Inter Counties DTL at Fauxdegla.   Five squads were booked in, Seniors gold, Seniors Red, Vets, Ladies and Juniors. New Caps shooting this year were N Booth, E Percival, T Warburton, J Tennison, E Hardy, and C M Harris. Congratulations to you all. The results after some tricky targets on a somewhat wet and windy day: The Juniors had to shoot off with Hereford and Worcester after tying on 569 points, unfortunately we were runners up by one point. Good shooting!!! Seniors were runners up to H and W. Ladies won, great result with two new caps!! Veterans were also runners up. This was a fantastic result for all of you, many thanks to you all for making the effort and time to go. The Nationals are next, so be ready.

3rd Aug, Ladies Clay Shooting League.    We were back at Mickley Hall Shooting School for the 6th event in the LCSL. At our usual early briefing we had talks from Steve Randles on the SP, an eye dominance tool, and Scott Barnett on different types of cartridges with the pros and cons and what to look for when buying cartridges. The 75 bird course set by Scott Barnett had a great mix of targets to suit everyone from all classes, and what great scores we had on the day. A great turnout saw six squads take on the course. Coaching for the day was Paul Ellis, Miles Machin and Steve Randles gave up his time to not only coach a stand but to also demo the SP after the event. We would like to thank all the coaches for their time. Mandy Berrisford as usual did a fantastic job behind the scenes with her organisation and the day ran well and smoothly. The first scores started to roll in, with a great number in the 50’s but Julia Payne was first to hit the 60’s with a great 63. Only to be overtaken by Victoria Galimore on 65, then Chiara King shot a superb 69 to take the high gun and the top prize of a Mitsubishi to use over a weekend, kindly donated by Grenson Motor Company, a big thank you to them. Chiara also picks up a voucher from our main sponsor On The Peg Clothing, well done to her. It is fair to say that the Ladies are all improving as the year goes on, with some making their county teams and doing well in CPSA registered events across the country, and we are very proud of how all the ladies are doing and the spirit with which the events take place and the comradery that has evolved.

11th Aug, West Midlands Inter Counties Olympic Trap.  Cheshire won the WMIC OT at Fauxdegla today. With an amazing score of 416 x 500, beating Hereford and Worcester on 414, Shropshire on 396, Cheshire ”B” with 374 and Derbyshire on 347.  Cheshire “B” consisted of two Vets (Chris Bushell and Kevin O’Reilly) two Ladies (Hazel Denney and Jeanette Bushell) and two Juniors (Fred Whitehurst and Tom Watson). Cheshire was once again the only County to enter teams in these categories and once again there were no medals provided – a shame. Cheshire Senior team consisted of Dave O’Donnell (team high gun with 87 x 100), Andy Pownall  (86), Paul Gowrie (84), Mike Faux (80), Fred Thornley (79), and Bob Gallagher (78). In the Area Open Championship, Cheshire shooters featured in the medals, Tom Watson took Junior Silver, Hazel Denney took Ladies Silver, Andy Pownall took Veterans Silver, Paul Gowrie took Veterans Bronze. It is good to hear that Fred Thornley has not only qualified for the England OT team, but is this year’s Captain.

8th Sept West Midlands Inter Counties English Skeet. Congratulations to Cheshire Seniors team on coming second. Cheshire Ladies came fourth, and Cheshire Veterans came fourth. Well done to you all.

21st Sept Cheshire County ESK Championship. It was a high scoring day at North Wales Shooting School with many scores in the high nineties. Two shooters finished on 99, Christian Bethell and Hazel Denney. Christian won the shoot off to be Cheshire County Skeet Champion, and Hazel was Ladies Champion. Ian Cunliffe was Seniors Champion with 97, Kevin O’Reilly was Vets Champion with 96. Congratulations to you all.




22nd Sept West Midlands Inter Counties  ESP. Cheshire shooters made their way to Garlands SG. The event was both run and set up by Steve Lovatt of the Clay Shooting Company. The course was over thirteen stands and the targets were well thought out, offering the competitor a varied mixture of both colours and types with varying speeds and angles. All the targets were fair and hittable. The early starters benefited the most from the dry conditions, but those that chose to start later suffered with the poor visibility caused by the rain clouds and darkened sky, let alone the torrential downpours. Let us not though detract from an extremely competitive event which saw some amazing scores from members of all the Counties in attendance with over 300 entries on the day. Cheshire fielded 2 teams of each category and were duly rewarded for their efforts having some new caps amongst the Teams. Cheshire overall high gun was Brett Davies on a fantastic score of 93. The junior team comprising of Fred Whitehurst (88) Eddie Morris (75) James Barnett (74) took the gold medal. The seniors took the bronze medal , and our 2 Vets teams took bronze and silver, with the Red Team piping the Gold Team by 2 clays. Our Ladies Team was 4th overall which was no mean feat particularly as two of the Team, Amy Bratt and Barbara Eckersley were new caps this year, well done Ladies. Continued good shooting to all. 




CPSA Pull Magazine - September 2019

Skeet League at North Wales Shooting School. Saturday 27th July saw the tenth and last heat of the monthly ESK league. It was a great day for Cheshire skeet shooters. Colin Babcock won the heat with 50 straight, great shooting considering the terrible weather. Then for the grand final four Cheshire skeet shooters made up the top six. The final was a normal round of 25, then a round of 25 using low velocity ammunition supplied by NWSS. Some shooters coped with the different ammunition better than others. The final result was, 1st Jim Wagstaff, 2nd Colin Babcock, 4th Ian Cunliffe (after shoot off), 6th Maurice Cunningham. All six finalists received a package of prizes kindly provided by Eley Hawk. Our thanks go to the staff and helpers at North Wales Shooting School for putting on such a fun competition. We are looking forward to the next league starting in December.

Olympic skeet. Well done to all Cheshire shooters that took part in the West Midlands Area Olympic Skeet Championships, held at Gloucester SG on 21st July. The Cheshire team finished in third place, whilst Alex Wilkinson was third in the Juniors, and third in the Area Individual event. Well done everybody.   

European DTL Championship The weekend of the 20th and 21st July saw Bywell Shooting Ground host this annual event. It attracted entrants from all of our home nations and France 253 in all. So competition was fierce. Congratulations go to John Barnett from Mickley Hall for shooting a fantastic 197/588 and being 3rd in Veterans class.  

Ladies Clay Shooting League The 6th July saw the league descend onto North Wales Shooting School for a fantastic day of skeet. We broke the day into morning and afternoon squads, with a great turnout for both. We were very lucky indeed with the coaching to not only have Paul Ellis and Miles Machin but also a legend in his own lifetime Ian Cunliffe. Who took control of things for both sessions and started to get the dark art of skeet shooting over to the ladies judging by the improvement in the scores through the day. Jo Knapper took up the early running with Victoria Gallimore and Julia Payne then taking over the lead when Mandy Berrisford and Janine Dixon got their act together only to be pipped at the post by Lucy Earl. It was definitely fair to say the day was an overwhelming success with everyone taking plenty away for food for thought.

Universal Trench Sunday 4th August saw the West Midlands Intercounties Championships at Rugby. Cheshire shooters did very well. Paul Gowrie scored 95 for 2nd Veteran, Andy Pownall 93, Dave O’Donnell and Bob Gallagher both on 89, Paul Culverwell 88, and Mark Wright 77. Team score with best 5 to count was 454. Team results were; Warwickshire 463, Gloucester  459, Cheshire tied with Hereford and Worcester on 454, we had a great final round, so took team bronze after count back. Congratulations to you all. Great shooting.

English Sporting Selection It was the 5th selection shoot being hosted by Mickley Hall Shooting School on the 13th July, and the numbers were outstanding with 77 entries all told. The day was squaded with a number of squads starting at 10.30am and the next batch at 12.30pm, and with the weather staying fine and only a slight breeze it looked good for some great scores. The course was set by Scott Barnett, and had pretty much everything for everyone with some tricky stands to catch out the unwary. Nick Beavis, Eddie Morris (junior) and Guy Robinson took the early lead with 85, 86, and 87 respectively. Nigel  Lane through a spanner in the works with a great 88 only to be knocked off the top spot by a fantastic score of 95 by Steve (SP) Randles. With things hotting up for both the Inter County teams and the Clubman event there is still all to play for, at the last but not least 6th and final selection shoot, and of course the Cheshire Championship at Catton Hall on 28th July.



CPSA Pull Magazine - May 2019

Great news from the Cheshire Shield, held at West Midlands Shooting Ground on 3rd March. Champion was Scott Barnett, with a score of 96, and Cheshire Shield team champions were Mickley Hall. Well done to you all. Staying at Mickley Hall, Diana Barnett won the first Welsh DTL selection shoot for the ladies, congratulations Diana.

On Saturday 30th March Cheshire Skeet shooters were out in force at North Wales Shooting School (NWSS) 50 bird Skeet League completion. In near perfect weather conditions, Christian Bethell scored 50 straight to win 250 Eley cartridges and a trophy. Congratulations Christian. The Skeet League runs from October to June, with the top 6 shooters invited to shoot in the final. NWSS also hosts registered ESK once a month, on a Saturday.

Cheshire FITASC shooter Steve Randles has launched a new eye dominance product.  More information is available at

Congratulations go to Ellie Harding, who has now been officially sponsored by Gamebore.

Due to a timetable clash, the WMIC ABT event scheduled for May has been postponed, date TBA.

Mike Faux has moved back into Cheshire, and so is eligible to compete for County Championships, and for Cheshire team selection.

The Cheshire ABT championship was won by Mike Faux (90+24) after a very close shoot off with Dave O’Donnell (90+23). Dave took the men’s trophy again, and Andy Pownall won the vets. Regrettably there was a low entry from Cheshire shooters, and no entries in Ladies or Juniors categories.



The FITASC  Africa Sporting and Compac Championships were held in March, at Valley Gun Club, situated north of Cape Town, between Paarl and Durbanville. As a Beretta World Cup event it attracted competitors from more than 21 countries. In FITASC Sporting George Digweed took high gun, and Tony Dean put in a strong performance to take top place, and gold medal in Seniors scoring 180x200. In FITASC Compac Tony Dean scored 192x200 to take silver medal in Seniors, just 3 targets behind the high gun. It delivered a 1,2,3, for Great Britain, with Martin Papworth and Phil Smith also on the podium.  Congratulations Tony.

A reminder to all Cheshire shooters with ambition to shoot for your county. The selection shoots have already started, please see the Cheshire CPSA website for more details. Or contact the relevant team manager, details are on the Cheshire CPSA website.

The first Cheshire selection shoot of 2019, for ESP was held at Doveridge SG on 31st March. There were 195 entries in total, and 46 of these were from Cheshire. An excellent turnout from Cheshire CPSA members, with Seniors, Vets, Ladies and Juniors all taking part. Weather was good with a little breeze. The course was over 12 stands and incorporated a variety of targets with battues, 70mm crossers, rapid distant teal and an overhead. Some appeared to have struggled on stand 9, a fast away teal, then on raport, a fast dropping overhead midi. Concentration was required, particularly on two stands throwing five pairs high into the sky. Well done John Shreeve, the only one to straight it. High gun was Carl Vickers 90, Miles Machin 87, James Savage 87, Kerry Oakley 82, E Morris 84. I would like to thank all the competitors, and staff at Doveridge for a great day.    Paul Ellis.

The sun was shining on the second league event which saw 34 shooters including 2 new members, tackle a technical course set by Scott Barnett. Miles Machin, Stu Ashton and Stella Harvey pointed us in the right direction on the testing stands giving guidance to those who needed that extra bit of confidence. High Gun Victoria Gallimore matched her personal best with an impressive 65 out of 75 winning a Gift Voucher kindly sponsored by On The Peg Clothing.


Forthcoming dates

9th June DTL Selection shoot , Holmes Chapel SG

23rd June DTL Selection shoot, Holmes Chapel SG

8th June ESK Selection shoot, North Wales SS

29th or 30th June ESK Selection shoot, Fauxdegla

15th June Cheshire OT Championship

16th June ESP Selection shoot, Orston SG

13th July ESP Selection shoot, Mickley Hall SS



CPSA Pull Magazine - April 2019

Well the season is upon us and the first of the Inter Counties events has taken place at Garlands in the form of FITASC, this was also the Cheshire championship and what a great turnout from all counties to what was to be a number of tricky layouts set by Steve Lovatt (we expect nothing less). After the two days of competition the Cheshire team of Scott Barnett, Niel Waterman, Guy Robinson, Steve Randals, Carl Vickers and Brett Davies found themselves in a very credible bronze position, a great result for the team, well done. The Cheshire championship was a close affair with Scott Barnett taking the honours by one clay from Steve Randals who takes Men’s and Niel Waterman taking Vet’s. 




The introduction of the new Inter Counties Clubman event is underway for A, B and C class shooters   which is looking like being a great addition to the year’s competitions for all level of shooters we hope it gets the following it deserves as do all the counties. Any information about the event can be found on the Cheshire CPSA website.

Early in March saw the start of the Ladies Clay Shooting League and what a day it was with 41 competitors taking part on a bright and rather chilly day. Catton Hall Shooting Ground hosted the event setting great targets for the day and with the coaching from Linda Grayson and Paul Ellis great scores were turned in from all levels. It was great to see the faces from last year and new faces from this year with a fabulous atmosphere throughout the day. Our sponsor was there” On the Peg Clothing” with a scintillating array of goodies for our perusal and donating a pair of MacWet gloves for our top shot of the day Lucy Earl on her debut event with a 65 ex 75 followed closely by Victoria Gallimore and Barbara Eckersley on 64 and Sarah Oldham on 63. The team event went to Mickley Hall with all other teams hot on their heels, it looks like being a closely fought season for both individual and teams.

Our team managers have been working hard in the off season to get all selection shoots sorted out for the year and these can be found on the Cheshire CPSA website along with any news items and selection shoot scores as we progress through the season.

Tony Dean has had a great start to the international FITASC season with a 7th overall at the Grand Prix of South Africa, good luck for the rest of the season.

Good luck to all Cheshire shooters who are invited to the England and GB selection shoots and good luck to all Cheshire shooters for the season.



CPSA Pull Magazine - January / February 2019


Cheshire's AGM will be held on Wed  23rd January at Catton Hall Shooting Ground, Bradley Lane , Frodsham, WA6 7EU. Meet at 7 with a prompt 7.30 start. I hope as many of as possible can make it , it’s always a great night with the presentation on at the same time.

Cheshire had some superb results in the National Inter county events, starting with the National Sporting event held at Orston Shooting Ground on the 8th October taking first place in the Veterans category was Mike Holland and John Shreeve, many congratulations to them.




Onto the National Inter-Counties DTL at Nottingham and District Gun Club on the 16th October where our young shooters showed us the way taking runners up position in the juniors was Eleanor Hardy, Tom Roberts and Toby Hurstfield, the future is looking bright.

On the 20/21st October at Nottingham and District Gun Club was the National Inter-Counties Skeet where the top three teams were separated by just two clays. After a very tense shoot off Cheshire were victorious over Yorkshire to take the runners up medal, many congratulations to them. Veterans Paul Ellis, Jack Hope and John Shreeve(again) took the gold medal, fantastic day for all.



On the 4th November saw a fantastic turnout for the Cheshire single barrel championship at Holmes  Chapel Shooting Ground. Although a little breezey the weather stayed fair and saw some fantastic scores. Cheshire Single Barrel Champion went to Chris Bushel, who took the title by one clay. Mens title was a three way shoot off with Peter Relph, Ed Firber and  R Simson, the eventual winner was Peter Relph, Ladies was Jeannette Bushell, Vets was John Shreeve( and there he is again) and the Junior title went to Toby Hurstfield, what a great day.

At Catton Hall Shooting Ground on the 20th October saw the final event of the Ladies Clay Shooting League and what a great day it turned out to be with all places up for grabs in both the individual and team positions. Eleanor Hardy came through taking top spot for the year in the individual chased all the way by Victoria Galimore, Kirsty Fenwick and Barbara Eckersley.The team event was taken by team Mickley followed closely by team Catton and team Cloudside.

The whole day was a fantastic success with a great shoot as always by Catton Hall, bubbly and cakes courtesy of the ladies themselves, a fashion show from Mickley Hall, with our very own models,  a big thank you to everyone involved. We would also like to thank the many volunteers who came along to help with the scoring and of course our coaches Becky McKenzie and Linda Grayson. Thanks to Catton Hall for the use of the room and help through the year and to all the grounds who helped with the coaching and prizes and setting some great targets. So a big thank you to Fauxdegla Shooting Ground, Mickley Hall Shooting Ground, Cloudside Shooting Ground, North Wales Shooting School, Holmes Chapel Shooting Ground . This has been a resounding success this year and we can only see it getting better and better as we move forward.We are running some coachiong sessions through the off season and looking forward to next year and if we can keep the shooting improving at the same rate as it has this year there will be some great shooters for many counties.



CPSA Pull Magazine - November 2018


Cheshire’s FITASC Championship took place on the 11th August at Mickley Hall Shooting School, Ladies title went to Janet Gornal , Vets Mike Holland, Juniors James Barnet, Men's Kev Barnet and the champion was Steve Randles.

The 26th and 27th August at Kegworth saw the inaugural Promatic Shield event take place ending with a tie between Scott Barnet and Steve Randles both on 107/120 with Scott taking the title.













WMIC OT took place at Fauxdegla with Cheshire entering two teams with one squad made up of a Junior, Ladies and Vets team even though these are not recognised we hope in the future that they will be. Fred Whitehurst took Junior Gold and overall Bronze.

Saturday 15th saw the start of what we hope will become an annual event across the whole of the WM region, the WMIC Clubman. This year it kicked off with four counties taking part from Staffordshire, Shropshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire. Teams consisted of 12 with four from A, B and C class respectively, competitors shot as a team, in class and individually. Staffs took the overall team with Cheshire taking both B and C class as a team and individually with Nigel Lane taking B and Tom Lowe taking C. The event took place at Mickley Hall Shooting School and was shot over a 75 bird ESP layout and was a complete success with all. A big thank you to all who gave up their time to help and ref a stand, thank you.

On the same day 15th was the Cheshire Sportrap Championship which was a very close affair indeed and a tricky course set by Scott Barnet which befuddled many a competitor. Vets was won by last year’s winner Mark Davenport, Ladies by Hazel Denney, Men’s Steve Randles and HG was Guy Robinson by just one clay.


WMIC Skeet took place on Sunday 16th which was a very well attended event and though the weather was a little up and down through the day generally it stayed fair if not a little breezy. Cheshire fared well taking Senior Team Gold.


Fauxdegla had the privilege of the Ladies Clay Shooting League on the 1st September to shoot a very testing 75 bird ESP with some really devilish targets at the end. With a fantastic turnout once again and with the weather being extremely kind to us the fun started in earnest and lasted all day. Eleanor Hardy took HG with Hillary Hankin, Rebecca Ball and Kirsty Fenwick hot on her heels. Team Mickley triumphed once again followed closely by Catton and Cloudside. Thank you to Mike and Debbie and the team at FD for helping to make it a great day. 

Tony Dean and Andy Jones represented Great Britain in the 15th FITASC World Championships Compak Sporting held San Martino SG in Rio Salso, Italy shot over eight purpose-built layouts with testing targets all round, Andy Jones came away with a Vets silver and Tony Dean a senior gold making that two golds for the year.

And last but not least the fantastic story of Eleanor Hardy;

Day 1

I was quite excited & nervous about shooting here, it was my second major 200 bird shoot in this discipline. I started shooting DTL in July 2018 after shooting sporting for 3½ years. Thanks to John Barnett and the Ladies clay shooting league. I turned up on the first day of the two-day event, the weather was perfect. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and shot my personal best of 98/287 which I was very pleased about.


Day 2

I turned up on Sunday it was raining and windy, but that wasn't going to stop me!! I was still overwhelmed about shooting my personal best on Saturday. I had set myself a challenge to beat my personal best today, and boy what a day it was, beating my personal best with a score of 98/289, giving me a total score of 196/576. I was so pleased with myself and my scores.

And the day didn't end there!

I went on to win C class-£200.00 and 500 cartridges, which then put me in the final shoot off with the other classification winners. And I won with a score of 25/75. Achieving High gun. I was ecstatic!!!!!

I was now in the grand final against Saturday’s high gun Ian Roper. I also came joint 3rd in the ladies which I forfeited (energy needed). I also came 3rd in junior - winning my first medal in DTL. I found myself to be calm and collected in the grand final shoot off. Unfortunately, Ian beat me, but that didn't seem to matter to me, I was full of excitement, very happy on what I’d achieved over an excellent weekend of DTL. One I won’t forget in a long time.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my coach John Barnett for all his hard work; mid wales shooting school for hosting a great event and Gamebore for the generous prices. Also, a huge congratulations to Ian Roper on winning Gamebore grand prix 2018.

See you next year!!!!



CPSA Pull Magazine - October 2018


It was a fantastic turn out this year for the Cheshire DTL Championship at Holmes Chapel, especially on the ladies front, with 10 ladies taking part. Great scores with Chris Bushel taking high gun and became the County Champion followed by Peter Relph taking senior , vets was Andy Pownall, ladies Jane Hitchmough and finally juniors was Tom Roberts.
















On the same day over at Doveridge the West Midlands Area SKD was taking place and what a day for Cheshire’s Jack Hope took high gun and Area Champion followed by overall silver Maurice Cunningham, overall bronze medal Kevin O’Reilly, vets gold Jack Hope , vets silver Maurice Cunningham and last but not least vets Bronze Kevin O’Reilly.

Cheshire Champion at SKD was Jack Hope, senior Champion Colin Babcock and vets Champion Maurice Cunningham.

On the 7th July at Mickley Hall Shooting School the Cheshire Championship in Double Rise took place and the title went to Ian Cunliffe.

The Cheshire Championship in OTR took place at Fauxdegla Shooting Ground  with David O’Donnel becoming County Champion, senior Champion Steve Dutton, vets Champion Andy Pownall and Ladies Champion was Hazel Denney.

The Ladies  Clay Shooting League were at Cloudside in July for a great day not only weather wise but also target wise and with the help of Linda Grayson coaching there were great scores in all classes the final high gun was Victoria Gallimore followed very closely by Eleanor Hardy.

In August the Ladies Clay Shooting League were back at Mickley Hall Shooting School for another glorious day and more fantastic scores which seem to improve month by month. High gun was a tense affair with a shoot off between Victoria Gallimore and Eleanor Hardy, this took place on a pair of rabbits, cruel!, both ladies took on the challenge and Eleanor Hardy finished on 7 from 10 to put the pressure on Victoria Gallimore who came out victorious with 9 from 10 and won the Mitsubishi Pick Up truck for the weekend kindly put up by Grenson Motor Company.

Our very own Scott Barnett had a fantastic day at the Perazzi Sporting Grand Prix at Mid Wales Shooting Centre. The competition is set over two 75 bird layouts, the red and green course, both courses had their own degree of difficulty, with many competitors falling by the wayside, George Digweed finished on a great 140 but was pipped by W Baughan at 141but Scott had two equally fine rounds to finish on an incredible 144 from a possible 150 three clays clear of the field, to take high gun and win the Perazzi High Tech gun, well shot Scott.

Scott also received some great news in the form qualifying for the England FITASC team, great result!


Congratulations to Alex Wilkinson who competed at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Germany, he was selected to be part of the Great Britain Junior Olympic Skeet Team. Further to this, Alex had one of his best competitions to date at the Olympic Skeet Home International in Scotland. Alex shot extremely well to finish as the Overall England Team High gun and as Overall Runner up, only one clay behind the Commonwealth Bronze Medallist, Gaz McAuley on 95/100. The weekend was topped off as he was part of the winning England Senior team, a great result for them all!

Alex followed that fantastic result with a great weekend at the Olympic Skeet British Grand Prix at Doveridge. He was delighted to have shot consistently over the two days to score 184/200.  Alex was the Junior High Gun and was placed 3rd overall. He's now looking forward to the British Shooting Grand Final which takes place in September at Fauxdegla.

All eyes are now on the teams for the Inter County Sporting events and getting ready for the Nationals in October, good luck to all who make the teams.




CPSA Pull Magazine - July 2018


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The selection shoots are in full swing, in fact the DTL selection shoots are over and the teams selected for the West Midlands Team Championships at Fauxdegla, thank you to everyone who took part.

On the 22ndApril the Cheshire ABT took place at Fauxdegla with Andy Pownal taking high gun on 91 Dave o’Donnell taking mens on 89 and Vets was taken by Paul Culverwell on 85.

The West Midlands Area and Team Championships  ABT event on the 8th April didn’t go to well for the team but there were some great individual scores non more so than Dave O’Donnell who shot a 98 took the Cheshire high gun and after a tense three way shoot off took West Midlands Area silver medal, very well done Dave.

Onto the Cheshire UT  event on a fine bank holiday Monday the Cheshire UT championship was contested at Fauxdegla. There was a good turnout and at the halfway stage it was neck and neck between Andy Pownall, Fred Whitehurst and David Thornley. As they cantered over the line the finishing order was David Thornley, Whitehurst [Juniors], Chris Bushell with Jeanette Bushell [Ladies] and Bob Gallagher [Veterans], well done to everyone.

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There is still all to play for on the Sporting and Skeet selection front so keep an eye on the next events. Don’t forget that after the West Midlands Inter County and Cheshire events following those are of course the National events so keep on shooting and stay on form.

On the 2ndof June the Ladies Clay Shooting League arrived at Holmes Chapel Shooting Ground to tackle the DTL and what a day we had with the help of Dave and all the coaches, a special thanks to all, we used the first round as a coaching session and then the competition started in earnest over the next 50 with some fabulous shooting from Eleanor Hardy who shot a great 49 to take high gun, followed by Becky Wilkinson 46 who took second with Emma Percival on 46 taking third and its fair to say that the day was a great success and enjoyed by all. 

Fantastic success at the England selection shoot over the weekend at Doveridge for Kevin O’Reilly and Chris Bethel  who once again qualified to shoot for England and we almost had a third in Colin Babcock who missed out by just one clay, well done to all.

Peter Relph well what a weekend for you at the English Open and the Dougall Memorial shoot after shooting an incredible 100/300 Peter went into a three way shoot off and took the much coveted  Dougall Memorial trophy, huge congratulation on winning this historical trophys, and a great day for Toby Hurstfield who took silver in the colts over the same weekend at Bywell, keep it up Toby.

At the West  Midlands DTL Championship at Fauxdegla it was a great event for Cheshire CPSA taking Bronze in the Ladies, Silver in the Juniors and Gold in the mens, many congratulations to all who took part and qualified for the teams. 

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CPSA Pull Magazine - March 2018


The new season is upon us and many of the winter series are coming to a conclusion, with some still all to play for. Good luck.

All our local grounds have had a great winter with quite an increase in numbers, especially over the Christmas period, hopefully this bodes well for clay shooting in Cheshire and the future of our sport.

Cheshire CPSA held it’s AGM on the 24th of January at Catton Hall Shooting Ground with a very good turn out. The awards went very smoothly and we even got Mr Paul Ellis in front of a camera, a very rare event indeed. With the two National trophies for Skeet and DTL taking centre stage.

Deborah Millican from NWAA, our chosen charity, received a cheque for over two and a half thousand pounds something we are all very proud of.


Left to right, Miles Machin, Deborah Millican, Karen Howarth.


Our Ladies Clay Shooting League is up and running with our first event on March 3rd at Catton Hall Shooting Ground with the other seven at Fauxdegla, NWSS, Cloudside Shooting Ground, Mickley Hall Shooting Ground and Holmes Chapel Shooting Ground. This is mainly sporting with an introduction to ESK and DTL.

The results will be shown on the Cheshire CPSA website for both individual and teams.

Our Cheshire Ladies On The Pull events, great days indeed, running through the year under the organisation of Jaqui Slater, keep an eye out for the dates.

It won’t be long before the start of the selection shoots for your chosen discipline, and of course getting ready for the West Midland Events, lets see if we can improve on last years results which will not be easy as it was a great year for Cheshire.

The annual Cheshire Shield run by the Cheshire Police Clay Pigeon Section is on Thursday 29th March at the fabulous Hodnet ground, telephone entries to Ian Heywood 01606 365727 teams or individual.