16 May was the the IPC Media Shooting Industry Awards and I am
pleased to announce that we won "Best Shooting Ground/Club 2013".
Thank you to all our customers who support us throughout the year
and as we said in our pitch “Customers are our investors ,
with recommendation being our success".
, with recommendation being our success".
The Shotgun and Chelsea Bun Club
What a great morning we have had with the Shotgun and Chelsea Bun Club - Victoria was the perfect hostess - she should be very proud of what she is achieving in encouraging ladies into shooting - the rain held off (as promised) and we had nothing but smiling faces. The cakes were plentiful and got high praise from the instructors (and Michael loved the coffee and walnut). We had 29 ladies, 22 of whom had never shot before FANTASTIC. The morning was such a success that we are hosting another event for them on Friday 7 June - it is great fun, a great group of ladies and the tea and cake a perfect ending - so book now and tell all your friends ..... http://shotgunandchelseabunclub.co.uk/
See what fun they had on our Photo Album on Facebook click here......
Its been a cold start to April - lets hope we will be sitting in our T-shirts by the end of it.
If we can get to do some work on the ground - we are planning another area to shoot in - giving us 12 shooting areas and over 40 shooting positions using our claymate system - with so much variety do we dare put out the other five claymate boxes we have recently purchased from Mid Wales SS - watch this space.
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Michael adds to his Museum
Customers our neighbour has put a large speed ramp near to our drive entrance - please drive carefully.
End of Season Shotgun Clean & Servicing
In association with Tim Greenwood we are offering an "End of Season Shotgun clean and Servicing" - click here for more ......
30% off Lessons
Remember February we are offering 30% off all Lessons
Recent photo's of the 8 trap tower:
All you Valentines - don't forget our sweetheart offers 11th - 15th February. more......
Can we please remind customers that the maximum shot load allowed at West Kent Shooting School is 28g and no Steel Shot.
Our Glassball Thrower has now been restored by Tim Greenwood and on display in the Cluhouse.
Update on Ray Wing Tower - Two more traps arrived today (Monday 14 January) to be put on the Raywing Tower. We hope to have these fully operational by the end of the week. Our regulars will be happy to know that this will include the return of the "B" Right to Left High Crosser on "Gilly's Stand".
We will then be concentrating on new stands and shooting positions to get the full potential of the tower - so as always please bare with us.
The Raywing Tower is providing some very testing targets which many shooters are trying to perfect. However can all shooters please appreciate that the Tower is part of our normal sporting layout and usual etiquette should be adhered to - it is there for everyone to share (with exception of booked lessons).
Ray Wing Tower - The platforms are now operating! We now have five traps operating from our normal stands. In the new year we will start to create new shooting areas and stands and fit more traps to the tower to create a wider range of new and exciting targets. Thank you for your patiences.
Please note that the weeks commencing 3rd December there will be limited driven targets avaialble for practice.
The new Ray Wing Tower was finally erected on Monday. We now need time to set it up - fix traps and release systems etc - hopefully we are looking at about a two week window. Therefore there are no driven targets or tower crossing targets on Gilly's or the skeet layout available for general practice until this is completed. We have made alternative arrangements for Game Lessons and can still provide a good selection of targets for these sessions. Thank you for your patients.
National Shooting Week Award
Tower under construction
Many of you are calling regarding the new Tower - please be
patient this takes time to put together. However, please
note that once the tower is up, at first, it will not be much
different to what we already have in place with the tower and crane
format. You will appreciate that we need to
relandscape and redesign shooting positions to achieve the full use
of the traps. More traps are on order. We
are aiming to a completion time around March 2013.
Clay Shooting Magazine Nation's Favourite Shooting Ground
A big thanks to all of you who voted for us and as you will see from this month's magazine you voted us 3rd in the UK - THANK YOU
RNLI Charity Shoot
It was great to see some old and new faces on this very dry morning. The atmosphere was relaxed and jolly and the shooters were happy that this year we had got rid of the "Rabbit". It is hoped that we have raised over £2,500 for the Brenchley and Matfield RNLI Branch, but I will let you know the final amount. Thank you to all that supported the event and full results can be found by clicking the logo. See you all next year!
The new Raywing Tower has been approved by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council. This will replace the current High Tower and the Crane and will be 100ft high with five traps that can be set at any height upto 100ft. Subject to weather we are looking at a 6/8 week window to get it up and running. So watch this space and thanks for your patience.
Last year you will recall that the Clay Shooting Magazine run a competition to find the Countries favourite shooting ground. You voted for us and we achieved number 1 status in the South East and 4th in the whole country. THANK YOU.
Clay Shooting magazine’s search to find the Nation’s favourite Shooting Grounds is on again for 2012. If you wish to vote for us click the icon. Thank you.
Planning permission has now been submitted for the introduction of a new five trap ray wing tower.
As always this week was a great success for us at West Kent - not only did we have a record number of lessons booked in during our three day period
To launch National Shooting Week 2012, which runs throughout this week, the Countryside Alliance brought some schoolchildren from London to West Kent Shooting School to try their hand at shooting some clays.
The day was a complete success, and everyone who participated went home with a smile on their face and a shooting goodie bag. The event was covered by the Independent on Sunday, which can be seen here.
Tonbridge School - National Cadet Clay Target Shooting Champions 2012
Congratulations to Tonbridges School - full report click here
Bad news!!! Unfortunately the crane has malfunction again and we have now taken the decision to progress no further with it. The traps are still on order and we are looking at an alternative permanent tower. We are very disappointed we as we know those who were looking forward to the return on the high tower and the new traps. There is no time scale at present as to the installation of a new tower.
Good News - the new jib has now been
fitted. We now have a platform at 80ft and a new one to be built at
110ft. Traps on order - hopefully all up and running by the end of
Congratulations to Tonbridge School at the GB Schools Clay Target Shooting ChampionshipsThey achieved a 3rd in the Senior Teams – Intermediate Course and in the individual's - Intermediate Course T. Dodds came 2nd and O.Thurlow came 3rd
Congratulations also to Vicky Vizard, who entered for Kent College Pembury and came joint 9th out of 115 entries (male and female) and only one shot behind Amber Hill - in the Individual Blue Circuit
Great Ormond Street Hospital
SPI Matrix/Assured Inspection Services held their annual corporate shoot with us last Friday 23 March - before they shot their High Pheasant Flush the representative from the Canadian Office made an offer to pay £10 for every clay shot with the proceeds going to the Children's Charity of the hosts choice. 291 clays were shot - this was rounded up to 300 - with £3,000 being offered to Great Ormond Street Hospital - this figure was then matched by the UK Office. On behalf of Great Ormond Street a thank you to SPI Matrix/Assured Inspection Services for the generous donation of £6,000