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ALL Suffolk 2020 Fixtures Cancelled Until Further Notice
Due to the uncertain times we are currently facing in the UK, we have made the decision to cancel all of our Suffolk CPSA County Fixtures for this year.
This is in order to ensure we are following the Government Guidelines, CPSA guidance and this is sadly a move many counties are also taking. Once we have been given clearance by the Government and the CPSA, and when it is safe and appropriate to do so we will look at rescheduling our county shoots - dependent on how much of the year is left.
We hope we have our county shooters support with this, and we hope everyone remains safe and well during this time.
We hope to see you all at a shoot some time soon.
ALL Suffolk 2020 Fixtures Cancelled Until Further Notice
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Welcome to the Suffolk CPSA website, here you can find out about all things Suffolk including our upcoming fixtures!
Suffolk has a rich history of clay shooting, and we are always looking for team members to join us and shoot for the county on a regional and national basis. We select teams in four categories; Seniors, Ladies, Juniors and Veterans. In order to shoot for the Suffolk teams please ensure you have entered the championship in that discipline, as these are used as our selection shoots, but if you are still not sure or would like some guidance please contact us. We enter teams in six disciplines; Sporting, English Skeet, FITASC, All Round, DTL and ABT.
In 2018 Suffolk became triumphant regionally and won the ‘East Midlands Directors Trophy’ which they have now won 6 out of the 9 years it has been awarded. An incredible feat, which we hope to continue in the coming years. Our senior team also became the 2018 National All-Round Champions!
SUFFOLK SUPREME CHAMPION 2019
This year we added a further 4 county supreme champion titles, which cover the categories of; Veterans, Juniors, Ladies and Colts. During the year we saw 123 different shooters shoot at least one of the super-six championships which count towards this title, which was great to see. This year’s winners were;
Overall Supreme Champion – Stuart Smith
Veteran Supreme Champion – Adrian Cook
Ladies Supreme Champion – Melissa Smith
Junior Supreme Champion – Tom McGregor
Colt Supreme Champion – Henry Lungley
We would also like to congratulate this year’s runners up which were; Overall – Peter Mayhew, Veteran – Robbie Manning, Ladies – Charlotte Patten, Junior – Henry Bevan and Colt – Jasper Pearce.
It was great to see competition within the categories and it would be great to see as many people as possible turn out to compete for these titles in the future. If you have any questions about how this works please feel free to get in contact.
Supreme Champion - Stuart Smith
Veteran Supreme Champion - Adrian Cook
Ladies Supreme Champion - Melissa Smith
Colt Supreme Champion - Henry Lungley
Members of Richard ‘Dick’ Hails family receiving the Presidents Cup on his behalf.
At this years AGM we announced the addition of the Presidents Cup, which will be awarded over the coming years for special contributions to Suffolk.
This year we thought it was only right that it be awarded to Richard ‘Dick’ Hails, our previous chairman who we sadly lost in 2019. He was a dedicated official of the county for over 30 years, and his passion for shooting and our county was a huge part of his life and he is incredibly missed.
2020 Raffle Winners
Every year we put all the names who have competed in the super-six shoots into a hat we pick 6 raffle winners who each win 1 free entry into the next years Super Six shoots.
So for every one you enter you get you name popped in once, with a total chance of winning 6 prizes. This years lucky winners were; Barry Lock, Jasper Pearce, Spencer Basham (X2), Peter Mayhew and Alex Smith. You will all receive your raffle voucher soon!
Suffolk well represented at 2020 CPSA Annual Awards
Huge congratulations our Suffolk members nominated and shortlisted as finalists in this years CPSA Annual Awards. The winners will be announced at the Annual Awards Dinner on the 1st February 2020.
The finalists from our county are:
Fulton (Tosh) McIntosh: Coach of the year
Being nominated for Coach of the Year in 2019 was, to say the least, astonishing, but there are no suitable adjectives that easily come to mind to describe the honour of being nominated yet again this year.
It was busy year for me at Eriswell Lodge, seeing an increase in coaching across the board for shooters at all levels. Instilling confidence is, and always will be, my priority as a coach. There is no better feeling than when you take someone who has never shot before and may have heard horror stories regards recoil through that first tentative shot, or when the more experienced shot who has ‘lost form’, pick up on points that they had never realised were contributing factors to their success/failure. They all just need to be reassured that everything will be fine. Surprisingly to some the world does not come to an end if you miss the occasional target.
We cannot progress without making mistakes, and being in a position where I can interpret these mistakes and turn them into successes is to me what coaching is all about. To keep me busy in my down time from coaching, I re-designed and took over the running of the Suffolk CPSA website, and continued to ‘dabble’ with English Skeet. Although ‘my name is on the tin’ this is not a solo effort and a huge thanks goes to Stuart and the team at Eriswell Lodge for keeping me on the straight and narrow.
Sam Nunn: Disabled Shooter of the Year
This is really unexpected and firstly want to congratulate young Reuben Welch & Paul Bailey on their nominations also. I have had really mixed year in shooting with some really big high’s including Bronze at the BO ESP at High Lodge & Silver at the EO ESP at Hodnet and the highlights being BO ESK at Dartford winning my sixth consecutive GOLD at that event which has not been done in any disabled discipline or category that I am aware of. In addition to my CPSA gongs this year I was runner up in the Sporting and DTL title’s & have won the DSG Skeet title. The DSG events are so rewarding and it has been great to be able to see some new faces a go at our events and also at the major CPSA competitions.
Thank you to everyone who nominated me in the last round of voting and would really appreciate your continued support if you feel I deserve it.
High Lodge Leisure: Club / Ground of the Year
A Family Business since 1982, owner John Bidwell and his daughters/Directors Helen & Jane and her husband Andrew are delighted to see High Lodge as a finalist for this award.
It's been a busy year and we have thoroughly enjoyed and are very proud to have hosted one of the annual prestigious events in the shooting calendar, The CPSA British Open English Sporting & Sportrap Championships was a highlight for us and provided us with the opportunity to showcase the facilities, design a varied course on a new area of the ground and we welcomed & thank the 1400 shooters who came to our venue. In addition, we hosted an international event 'The British Grand Prix Compak' that utilised the all automated a voice activated layouts and saw several international visitors taking part.
We have strong values of always aspiring to provide the best facilitates for our customers continuing to re-invest in the sport with new equipment and infrastructure that has provided Clay Shooters with state of the art layouts for 'Compak Sporting', undercover shooting stands, modern clubhouse, accommodation and very soon to update all of our sporting counter system to the modern card systems.
Recently being awarded 'Business of the Year award for 2019' in Suffolk & Waveney, winning this award would mean so much to the family and the whole team who work hard to provide an attentive service going the extra mile for our customers, making sure you all enjoy the experience and your Leisure time that you spend with us. Thank you and we value your vote.
John Bidwell and Andy Coppen: Recognition Award for Course Setters
As Father-in-law & Son-in-law, we are delighted and would like to thank you for being nominated for this Award.
John's experience of setting targets for well over 50 years for many English and British Opens, FITASC Selection Shoots, CLA Game Fairs, and the FITASC European Championship in 1990 compliment Andrew's love the sport built over the past 15 + years and over the past 4 years joining the family business on a full-time basis, shooting internationally gaining fresh ideas & skills required to put on enjoyable shoots.
Together and independently we have set course targets on regular events at High Lodge making sure our experiences are brought to the ground and particularly the new Compak & Sportrap competitions & host to the 'UK GP Compak Championships' which Andrew has built a reputation amongst shooters for putting on excellent shoots.
The highlight of our work together for 2019 was setting The CPSA British Open Sporting and Sportrap Championships, coming up with the right combinations of targets for everyone to enjoy. Resulting in one of the best British Opens ever according to what participants told us as the feedback we received. The main ingredient for building a great sporting course in our view is speed and angle with the majority of targets thrown within a shooters "comfort zone".
Thanks goes to all our customers that support our events and all competitors who enjoyed the major Championships we hosted this year, thanks for your vote. Being the first family duo to be nominated for this award, it would be a great honour and privilege to receive this recognition.
Fulton Mcintosh - Nominated - Coach of the Year
Sam Nunn - Finalist - Disabled Shooter of the Year
High Lodge Leisure - Nominated - Club / Ground of the Year
Andy Coppen and John Bidwell - Nominated - Recognition Award for Course Setters
REMEMBER - your vote counts - to register you votes go to... https://www.cpsa.co.uk/awards-voting
Suffolk Win Directors Trophy Again!
A huge congratulations to all of our Suffolk shooters this year, as we have held onto the East Midlands Directors Trophy for another year!
Finishing on a total of 42 points, ten points clear of second place Lincolnshire, we also gained full points in 4 of the 6 shoots and were only 6 points of the maximum possible!
This is the seventh year out of the ten years this award has been running that it has been won by Suffolk.
Thank you to everyone who has supported the county this year.
Date for your Diary - 2020 Suffolk AGM - Date for your Diary
Our county AGM will be held on January 21st 2020 at 7.30pm at Eriswell Lodge.
A buffet will be available for attendees from 7pm, and it would be wonderful to see as many of you there as possible. At this meeting the Supreme titles will be handed out for 2019, team patches and championship patches from the super-six will also be given out. It would be wonderful to see as many of you there as possible.
Suffolk Seniors Retain National Title!
On September 22nd our senior team headed up to Northampton Shooting Ground for the National Inter Counties All Round Championship.
After winning this title last year, they would have to wait until the last minute of competition to see if their score has successfully retained it. Luckily second place team Northamptonshire came in 7 points light, giving Suffolk the titles once again! Congratulations to team members: Peter Mayhew, Daren Parsons, Andy Stephenson, Spencer Reeve, Stuart Smith and Francis Alexander. Thank you also goes to Dennis for organising the team for this event!
Suffolk Seniors runners-up in East Midlands Inter-County Sporting!
We would like to send a congratulations to our Senior Sporting Team who came runners-up at the East Midlands Inter-County Sporting at Sporting Targets on the 7th & 8th September 2019.
This team comprised of; Stuart Smith 90, Michael Hermitage 84, Chris Willis 86, Josh Nunn 88, Andy Stephenson 87, Daren Parsons 84, Chris ‘Puff’ Baker 94 and Adrian Cook 84. Also a huge congratulations to Henry Bevan who claimed the Individual Junior High Gun award after scoring an amazing 93! Suffolk would also like to send our thanks to Sporting Targets for hosting this shoot.
Suffolk Juniors Retain FITASC Title!
On the weekend of the 14th & 15th September 2019, the East Midlands Inter-County FITASC was held at Highwaymans Shooting Ground.
At this shoot our Junior team retained their title from last year, winning their category again. This team comprised of; Henry Lungley and Henry Bevan – Henry Bevan also took home the Junior High Gun Trophy again! Our Senior team also came runners-up in their category at this shoot with a team comprising of; Stuart Smith, Lee Phillips, Iain Gunn, Eric Chapman, Neil Bedingfield and Colin Saich so congratulations to those shooters also! Thank you to Highwaymans for holding this shoot.
Our last East Midlands Inter-County shoot for 2019
will be the ABT at Nottingham Gun Club on October 27th
Suffolk Seniors Set New All Round Record!
On a beautifully sunny Sunday in August (25th), the East Midlands Inter County All Round was held at Eriswell Lodge.
Our home teams shot first and set an incredible score for the other 6 counties to try and chase, which they couldn’t match which gave Suffolk an incredible 24 point lead from the 2nd place team Cambridgeshire. This is the biggest lead that the East Midlands have seen in this shoot since records began!
Our senior team comprised of; Chris Baker 89, Andy Gibbs 88, Andy Stephenson 92, Peter Mayhew 94, Stuart Smith 98, Alex Smith 82, Tony Roger 95 and Daren Parsons 91. With their combined score from the top 6 being 559/600.
In Juniors our team also took the win with a brilliant combined score of 176/200. This team was made up of; Henry Bevan 91. Henry Lungley 85 and Jasper Pearce 67! With Henry Bevan also taking away the Junior High Gun title. This was another successful day for our county!
Team Members pictured (L-R); Stuart Smith, Daren Parsons, Henry Bevan, Henry Lungley, Jasper Pearce and Tony Rogers. Well done to all!
Suffolk Seniors Win East Midlands DTL Inter County Championship!
A huge congratulations to the Suffolk Senior DTL Team who took home the DTL East Midlands Championship title this year.
This was our first Inter County DTL without Dick Hails, and he was on everyone’s mind throughout the shoot so everyone will agree that this one is for you!
This team comprised of: Nick Havard 99/291, Barry Randall 700/297, Peter Mayhew 99/297, Stuart Smith 98/290, Frank Welham 100/297, Daren Parsons 97/289, Josh Nunn 98/287 and Michael Hermitage 97/282.
L/R Stuart Smith, Josh Nunn, Frank Welham, John Aldous (Veterans team member), Barry Randall,
Peter Mayhew, Michael Hermitage, Nick Havard, Daren Parsons, Alistair Whitehall (Veterans team member).
Suffolk Juniors take home East Midlands Junior Skeet Titles!
A massive congratulations to Henry Lungley and Jasper Pearce on claiming the East Midlands Skeet - Junior Team Title for 2019!
They both shot incredibly well, with this being Jaspers first ever Skeet competition he managed to shoot an incredible 90, which together with Henrys incredible score of 98 put them on the top of the pile. Henry also came home with the Junior Individual award! They are both showing great promise for what should be an exciting future in shooting! Also - thank you to Nottingham Gun Club for hosting the event.
Jasper's 90/100 combined with Henry's 98/100 comfortably secured the Juniors Team Title with Henry also taking the overall Top Junior title - Excellent shooting. (Left to right Jasper & Henry).
Dick Hails - very sad news...
It is with great sadness that on Friday June 7th 2019 we lost our president, chairman, committee member and friend Richard 'Dick' Hails.
Dick meant so much to so many within Suffolk, his passion for this sport was always paramount and it could easily be seen by all. He spent countless years representing and working for our sport within Suffolk and regionally within the East Midlands.
A true gentleman, who was so kind and warming to those he met. He found ways to instill a love for shooting in others, whether they already shot or were new to the sport he would take them under his wing. Our love and thoughts go to his family and friends at this very sad time.
EAST MIDLANDS AWARD SUFFOLK SHOOTER
Rest In Peace Dick.
The 'one and only' Adrian Last with his well deserved 'Service to the County' Award.
Congratulations to the lovely Adrian Last, who this year was honoured to receive a ‘Service to the Region’ award by the East Midlands Regional Committee for his ongoing service to shooting in the region. I am sure you will all know of Adrian as he is a regular face at many of our county fixtures and local shoots, so please join us in congratulating him on his achievements! He has previously won numerous other awards including ‘Suffolk Sports Personality of the Year’ at the Suffolk Sports Awards so this is another brilliant one for him to add to his collection!
SUFFOLK SUPREME CHAMPION 2018
This years supreme title has been retained for the second year on the bounce by Stuart Smith who scored a whopping 57 out of 60 possible points. In second place was Chris 'Puff' Baker on 33 and in third was Andy Gibbs on 25. ABOVE: 2018 Suffolk Supreme Champion, Stuart Smith being presented with the trophy by New Chairman Daren Parsons.
So how do I become Supreme Champion?
Every year the Suffolk CPSA award the highest scoring shooter from across six disciplines. In 2019 Supreme titles were also added alongside the Overall Supreme title for the Ladies, Junior, Colt and Veterans categories. Disciplines that count towards the title are;
Sporting • English Skeet • FITASC • ABT • DTL • All Round
10 points will be awarded to the 1st place shooter in each category at each shoot, 9 points to 2nd and so on until 1 point is reached which is awarded to all of those who shot the shoot. You must be a CPSA member in Suffolk County to qualify, and you can earn points across multiple categories (e.g. Colts and Ladies) however you will only be able to win one title.
Supreme Awards will be calculated and then handed out at the Suffolk AGM. There is also County Badges available across these disciplines for the High Gun in Overall, Ladies, Juniors and Veterans which will also be awarded at the AGM.
Fancy getting your hands on a trophy next year? See our fixtures list in the events diary for the all the dates of the qualifying shoots!