With summer fast approaching we have opened registration for this year’s charity clay target event in aid of Hospice IOM. Once again we’re holding the event on a single day, with a number of start times set aside exclusively for novices.
All Systems Go for Saturday 26 June 2021
Although it’s a team event we encourage single entrants as well as groups, and will be holding a draw on the day to make sure everyone belongs a team. This year’s entry charity donation is £35 and as always includes 50 targets, a full buffet, plus a limited edition commemorative polo shirt.
Places are starting to fill up already so head on over to iomclays.com/hospice and get yourselves registered!
As of tomorrow, Monday 19th April 2021, lockdown restrictions will have been lifted sufficiently to allow us to use the range again. Our fixtures list has therefore been reworked to offer the full complement of rounds for each discipline, we’ve confirmed dates for all MCTSA and charity events, and a handful of hardy souls spent most of this weekend digging holes and planting poles, kicking off a series of planned enhancements this year.
Big shout out to Brian and Will for servicing the traps, Stan for getting the IT up to scratch, Peter and Stevie for conducting the earth movers, Nicky for picking up clays and sprucing up the clubhouse, John as senior banks-man, and yours truly for mostly getting in the way.
Once again we had another lock down but fortunately it was only for 3 weeks. The committee has decided reduce the winter leagues from 4 to 3 with the best 2 to count. A revised fixture list is on the reverse of the newsletter. All the prizes for all leagues will be given out at the Winter All Round on February 20th so please turn up to pick any prizes you may have won.
All membership Fees and entry fees are staying the same at present as long as prices for clays and cartridges stay the same Membership fees can now be paid at the club house or by BACS.
IOM Clay Pigeon Club SORT 559100 ACC 13191756 REF MEMBERSHIP
Please tex Stan to let him know you have paid by BACS
N.B. If you have not paid your membership you will be charged Non Members rates if you come to shoot and if in competition your scores will not be counted and you will not be eligible for any prizes also if you have not paid by the end of February you will have to reapply to join the club as per the constitution so please pay your membership.
Both Christmas shoots were well attended with a record 62 entries for the main shoot as well we had 75 sitting down for a splendid meal at the Crosby Hotel afterwards, many thanks to Top Spec Fencing for sponsoring the event once again.
The range reopened on Wednesday 3rd February at 12-30 then on Saturday 6th February at 10am. The rotas for Wednesdays and Saturdays will just continue as per lists. Anyone that can help with range duty rotas please see Peter.
Fixtures for 2021
The fixtures have now been finalized and can be downloaded from the web or collected from the clubhouse. We are glad to say that all are main sponsors are once again on board with one or two additions. We have also being allocated the IOM Sporting Championship, a first for the club.
The web site is at present being upgraded by Mark Barnett we additional tabs for news, history, photos etc, if you have any old pictures of shooting in the past please can you let Mark have them and he will sort through them and put the best on the web.
Steven Rand has been busy in lock down making gun stands for us, many thanks Steven.
We are also in the process of putting together a wish list for upgrades on the range with the hope we can get some financial help from the sports council. Once we get some better weather we will be having work parties to do some of the work, so keep yourselves handy to help with the work
We’re continuing the popular Wednesday afternoon practice slot for the forseeable future, which means that the range will be available for practice shooting of English Skeet, DTL or Pro Sporting between 13:00 and 15:30 only, subject to Range Officer availability.
It is with regret that we report that our Patron, George Costain, passed away on Wednesday 10th January.
Whilst this is a moment for sad reflection it should also be a time to celebrate happy times spent in George’s company and all the things that George has done to help our Club thrive and create the wonderful facilities we enjoy today.
George was one of our founding members, when the Douglas Gun Club and The Southern Game Preservation Society amalgamated in the early 1970’s. As Chairman, President and Patron George was a driving force in the promotion and establishment of both our club and clay shooting on the Island. George was the founding Chairman of the MCPSA and shot for the Island many times including at the first CSFED Games that the Isle of Man competed in and at Home Countries Skeet Internationals. He was Shooting Manager for the Commonwealth Games Team in New Zealand in 1990 and the Commonwealth Shooting Federation Games in India in 1995.
Many of us will have memories of game shooting with George both on and off the Island where his Manx ‘skeet’ made a three hour journey seem to pass in half an hour! At the drinks and lunch breaks George would take photographs and often produce from his pocket, along with a bag of sweets, old photographs to remind all of previous happy days spent together. George was an excellent game shot being an early member of the exclusive Bols Snippen Club for getting a left and right Woodcock and such feats as bringing down a duck that everyone else had thought out of range (shame it was white and carried a penalty of £25!).
Initially our club shot at Broogh Fort, Santon and many will remember enjoying bacon baps in our port-a-cabin whilst outside the clays often disappeared into the cold mist! When we lost the use of Broogh Fort George was instrumental in holding the club together and, after several years in the wilderness using temporary ranges, eventually charmed and persuaded politicians and civil servants to grant us a lease on Meary Veg. George helped to get planning permission (becoming an expert on the Manx Chough and managing to get a cup of tea out of the planning appeal committee in the process!) and finally assisting with encouragement, shovel, saw, hammer, brush, pork pies and tea as our new home emerged.
George was small in stature but full of energy and a larger than life character in his own polite, understated, gentlemanly but mischievous way. Clay, game and rifle shooting were just a small part of his life. A skilled motorcyclist ‘Sparrow’ Costain won the 1954 Senior MGP in an epic race in atrocious weather – a report on the race is well worth a read.
George was also an instrumental member of The Southern Motorcycle Club helping them to establish racing at the Billown Circuit in the 1950’s.
There are many more stories to be told of George’s sporting achievements and his working life as a butcher and farmer. Our sympathies go to George’s family, of whom he was so proud. Like us we are sure that they have many happy proud memories and stories to tell of a Manx gentleman it has been a privilege for us all to have loved and call a friend.