News 2013

November

2013 Supreme Champions Announced

Regional Supreme Champion Chris Morris

Senior Supreme Champion Andy Brown & Lee Clements (Joint)

Ladies Supreme Champion Sarah Christensen, Alison Dupree, Joy Hirons, Leanne Powell & Rachel Willcock (Joint)

Veterans Champion John Stanton

Junior Champion Henry Collins & Taylor Hedgecock (Joint)

A 5-way tie occurred between the ladies and ties occurred elsewhere too. For an explanation behind the decision to share the Championships please see here.

Shotgun Form Changes - Michele Conway

There are some changes occurring before the end of this year with firearms and shotgun licence forms and a document is below which explains both set of changes - as I know that some of our members hold both firearms and shotguns. I have asked Ralph Barker, Firearms and Explosives Licensing Manager for Cambridgeshire Constabulary, to come and talk about the changes at our AGM on January 20th and to answer any questions about this, or any other aspect of Licensing, and he has kindly agreed.

Firearms Licensing – Shotgun and Firearm certificates and application forms.
With effect from 1st December 2013 new application forms for shotgun or firearm certificates come into being.
The new application form (form 201) is a combined form for the grant or renewal of firearm and shotgun certificates, where only the relevant parts need to be completed depending upon which certificate is being applied for.  There is also a separate application form for the variation of a firearm certificate (form 202). (Separate referee forms for applicants are no longer required as these have been incorporated into the application form.)
The application forms are available to be downloaded from the force web site http://www.cambs-police.co.uk/firearms/forms.asp There are also guidance notes on the completion of the forms (form 201A).
For the renewal of certificates, renewal notifications will still be sent out however the applicant will need to download their own application form. These forms have been adapted to be interactive in that they can be typed and then printed off for forwarding by post. No forms will be held in stock at police stations.
For members of firearms clubs renewing a firearms licence, there is no longer a requirement for a club official to be one of the referees, so both referees must have known the applicant for a minimum of 2 years. For shotgun certificates, the ‘countersignatory’ has been replaced with a referee. The referees now need only sign & date the photograph, there is no need for the caption which was formerly used. Also, even if applying for coterminous certificates, only 4 photographs will be required.
Also from 1st December the design of shotgun and firearm certificates also changes with an increase in the font size of all of the text. Also the ammunition for firearm certificates will only be one figure, that being the maximum amount allowed to be possessed.
In October this year the Home Office released on their web site the document ‘Guide on Firearms Licensing Law’, which replaces the guidance document issued in 2002. There are a number of changes in the document and I would recommend that you read the chapters relating to your individual interests.

Ralph Barker

October

EM Inter Counties ABT Nottingham & District GC 29th October 2013

An extremely blustery day met the east midlands shooters at Nottingham & District GC for the final Inter Counties competition. Indeed, fair reader, some of us got blown off our feet and had to ask the ref for extra time to allow for trying to shoot between gusts. This is where Nottingham & District's policy of providing refs for ABT really came into its own, the shooters shot straight through so there was no reffing in order for people to get very cold and very wet. Many thanks to the refs who endured the extremely exposed reffing positions on top of the cabins. In spite of our best efforts, sadly Cambs failed to make the grade in any of the categories. Cambs Ladies put in a sterling performance, but were pipped to the post by only two clays. Cambs seniors and vets gave it their all, but it was not to be. Thanks to Carl and his team for putting on a seamless shoot and providing well trained, eagle eyed refs and warming food. Shame you couldn't have put a word in with the weather Gods, Carl!

National Inter Counties Skeet Nottingham & District GC 19/20th October 2013

Stars of the day were the ladies' team who took second place, thanks to Lauren Hodson hitting top form with a new personal best and not one, but two straights of 25 and Michele Conway missing top lady shot by just one. Liz Cook made her first team appearance and put in a fantastic effort. For somebody who has only recently taken up shooting, she put in some incredible rounds in what was, for her, a very unfamiliar environment. Josh Pearson made an especially good showing with 95, making him the third junior overall. Peter Cook was Cambridgeshire's highest scorer with 97. Malcolm Collins was the best performing veteran with 95. The wind was strong, the birds were fast and there was the odd stop to allow traps to be fixed, but it was a great competition and thanks must go to Carl and his team at Nottingham and District Gun Club for making everyone so welcome.

EM Inter Counties Results

Seniors Ladies Vets Juniors
AR SUFF 510 (484)  CAMBS 146 SUFF 177 (154) NOTTS 160 (NO TEAM)
ESK NRTHANTS 577 (568) CAMBS 186 NOTTS 187 (181) CAMBS 194
DTL NOTTS 1731 (1680) SUFF 553 (529) LEICS  562 (NO TEAM) NOTTS  581 (527)
ESP BEDS 507 (491) SUFF  145 (120) BEDS 161 (159) CAMBS 168
FSP LEICS 353 (NO TEAM) SUFF 148 (NO TEAM) LEICS 181 (174) LINCS 167 (NO TEAM)
ABT NOTTS 353 (322) LINCS 151 (149) NOTTS 163 (130) NOTTS 176 (NO TEAM)

Supreme Champion

Well the final scores on the doors have come in from the last in the Supreme Champion Series: Skeet Doubles. If you can't wait and want to have a sneak preview of who has scored what, look here (but please keep the result to yourself) if not, then wait to the AGM for the winner to be announced.

Skeet Doubles

Colin Fordham won the vets' title and high gun on 95. The senior men's title went to Leroy Buckland with a 92 and Lauren Hodson won the Ladies' and the Juniors' Trophies on 85. Full report here.

Committee News

I am sorry to have to announce the following resignations from the Committee: Su and Graham Field who have decided to reduce their involvement in shooting, Daniel Twinn who no longer works in shooting, and Graham Carter for personal reasons. I would like to thank them all for their hard work and for giving up their time to be on the County Committee. We are not co-opting more committee members to replace them as it is late in the year and a new committee will be elected at the AGM in January.

The 2014 Cambridgeshire CPSA AGM will be held on Monday, January 20th at the Quy Mill Hotel, Stow-Cum-Quy, CB25 9AF at 8pm.The hotel has a bar and both a restaurant and snack bar. If you are likely to want to eat in either the restaurant or snack bar before the meeting please could you let me know (Michele@cambridgeshirecpsa.co.uk) as the Hotel needs to know if there are likely to be a large number of extra diners.

If you do have items for the AGM agenda please could you send or email them to the County Secretary (Hazel@cambridgeshirecpsa.co.uk) before the end of December.

Your committee does need good Team Managers and if you would like to manage one of the six County teams please do consider standing for the Committee. There are only four, short, evening meetings each year and you would be expected to attend the County Championship in your chosen discipline and then contact potential team members to ask them to attend the inter-counties events.

Finally I would like to apologise to our County Shooters for failing to announce on the website that the rules for the Supreme Champion competition had reverted to their original version with all shoots to count and not just those which are shot on a Sunday.

Michele Conway

 

September

Cambs Sportrap 15th September

A good turnout for Cambs sportrap at Cambridge Gun Club in spite of unavoidable clashes with Inter Counties DTL in Nottingham, although some brave souls toughed out both the appalling weather and the long drive between shoots. Champion was Jamie Harding on 84, Vet's was Andy Brignell on 82 with Josh Pearson taking the Juniors' on 76. Sadly, there were no Ladies or Colts.

East Midlands All Round 8th September

A blustery autumnal day met our shooters at the EM Individual All Round competition at Northampton SG. Our very own Josh Pearson took the EM All Round Juniors' title with a fantastic effort of 88. Sarah Christensen claimed the EM All Round Ladies' title with 74. Well done Josh and Sarah! Chris Morris matched Josh's score and came second in the seniors'. Taylor Hedgecock was close behind Josh on 85 and took second place in the Juniors'. Full results.

Cambs Double Trap 1st September

High Gun winner was Paul Ashley on 96, the Ladiesí went to Hazel Whiten on 72, followed by Tim Jones taking the Veteransí on 73. Full report here

August

Cambs Single Barrel 18th August

Congratulations to R Peacock who took the High Gun and Veterans on the day with an impressive 93, Sarah Christensen took the Ladies with 70 Josh Pearson won Juniors with 82 The Colts trophy was won by J Badcock. Our thanks must go to Karen & Mick and all of their staff for putting on a good shoot and for looking after us so well. Full report here.

 

Directors' Cup

Many congratulations to our County teams for their performances in the East Midlands Intercounties events. As you can see from the table we are top of the Directors' Cup leader board at the halfway stage thanks to wins by the Ladies' Teams at Skeet and All Round and our Juniors at Sporting and Skeet.

  ESK ESP AR ABT FIT DTL TOTAL
CAMBS 7 5 5               17
NORTHANTS 8 6 0         14
SUFFOLK 2 4 8         14
NORFOLK 6 7 0           13
LINCS 4 3 6        13
NOTTS 5 1 7              13
BEDS 3 8 0           11
LEICS 1 2 4        7

 

Cambs ZZ Helice 17th August

30 shooters turned out, including seven from Cambridgeshire, despite a weather forecast of heavy rain after midday - which, fortunately, did not materialise! Scores were close but the eventual winner was Graham Carter with 15 ex 20. Well done Graham. Rod Gifford was Veteran winner on 14 and Michele Conway was the highest scoring Lady with 13. Full report here.

July

Cambs Double Rise 28th July

Congratulations to Phil Barnard on winning the County title. Josh Pearson shot a commendable 71 to win the Junior title and Michele Conway won the Ladies' and Veterans' on 60. John Barnard also shot 60 but was not present for a shoot off. Congratulations to all winners and many thanks to our County shooters for supporting this event and to all at Sywell for hosting the shoot. Full report and scores here. Supreme Champ so far here.

Cambs Olympic Skeet 20th July

The Cambridgeshire Olympic Skeet was held at Tythe Farm on 20th July. The weather conditions were perfect, warm and sunny, and the targets were good. Many thanks to Ivor Seabrook for agreeing to host the County Championship and for looking after us so well. High Gun went to Graham Carter with a score of 65  Veteran Champion was Paul Hodson with a score of  60 Junior Champion was Dan Mawby with 55. Full report and scores here.

June

Cambs AR 30th June

Tim Jones took the County Champion Trophy with an excellent 90, Michele Conway the Ladies on 77, Brian Dunbavin took Vets on an 87, the Junior Trophy was won by Josh Pearson on 83 and the Colts by Taylor Hedgecock with a 78.

AA Class was won by Dave Hewitt-Hulin with 81, A Class with an 87 by Brian Dunbavin, B Class by R. Twinn on an 81 and C Class by B cook with 84.

It was an excellent turnout with an entry of 43 Cambridgeshire shooters, so well done to all. Full report here.

May

Cambs ESP 26th May

The excitement kept going right to the last minute with not one, but 2 shootoffs to decide the Champion and Ladiesí winner. A tie-breaker on the dreaded crow stand was the deciding factor. Steve Grant pipped Justin Bladen to the post with a great score of 8 ex 10 making Steve Grant the overall Champion on 94 + 8 with Justin taking Senior Mensí. Not to be outdone over in the Ladiesí corner, Jeanne Watson and Sarah Christensen tied on 75 a piece. Sarah Christensen put in an incredible effort and shot 7 ex 10 so winning her the Ladiesí title. Veterans' winner was Brian Dunbavin with 93, Junior winner was Dan Mawby on 84 and Colts' winner was Taylor Hedgecock on 80. In the classes Phil Gray was first in AAA, Andy Brignell was first in A class, Dave Shipman won B class and Dan Mawby won C class on an impressive 84. Congratulations to all winners! Full report here

And another DATE CHANGE - Cambs Skeet Doubles and Cambs Double Trap

SKD is now on 13th October - a change from 20th October, Cambs Double Trap is now 1st September

DATE CHANGE FOR Cambs OSK And Cambs ZZ

Cambs OSK is now 20 July 2013 and Cambs ZZ is 17th August 2013 (whereas before these were on the same day/venue as East Midlands; only the Cambs dates have changed)

April

Supreme Champion

Supreme Champion Leaderboard now updated with ABT results here

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Cambs ABT

Seventeen of our Cambs shooters took part, and Chris Morris shone through with a good score of 89 winning the High Gun, followed by Kevin Flitton on 87 taking the Seniors' trophy. The Juniors' winner was George Waller on 80. The Ladies' Trophy went to Sarah Christensen on 72 and the Vets' was won by Colin Fordham on 67. Full report here.

Team Managers

Team Managers
Skeet - Rod Gifford
DTL -Su Field
ABT - Graham Carter
Sporting -Phil Gray & Dan Twinn
All Round - Malcolm Collins & Janet Maguire
FITASC - Phil Gray & Dan Twinn
contact details

Cambs DTL

Following the successful DTL Cambs Championship over the weekend of 6th and 7th April, the following shooters were successful in qualifying for our team for the Intercounties DTL taking place on Sunday 15th September at Nottingham Gun Club.

Please can those listed in the tables below contact Su either by email (su@cambridgeshirecpsa.co.uk) or by phone on 07977 355623, if you havenít already done so, to let her know whether you are available to shoot. Squad lists will be forwarded to Nottingham as soon as everyone has confirmed.

Seniors – 8 members with 6 scores to count
T Jones CPSA Number 29151
P J Barnard CPSA Number 34389
P R Wright CPSA Number 48500
D Mclean CPSA Number 124811
K Flitton CPSA Number 99095
G R Carter CPSA Number 118210
D Christensen CPSA Number 106106
G M Field CPSA Number 56482
Juniors – 4 members with 2 scores to count
J Pearson CPSA Number 107227
M Haynes CPSA Number 123646
Veterans – 4 members with 2 scores to count
R W Peacock CPSA Number 5074
M D Collins CPSA Number 111404
P T Rollings CPSA Number 16886
J B Stevenson CPSA Number 55064
Ladies – 4 members with 2 scores to count
H Whiten CPSA Number 111933
S Christensen CPSA Number 106394
S Field CPSA Number 124124
E Green CPSA Number 110402

Please spread the word too if you think someone listed wonít see this. Report for DTL

There have been some changes to the calendar: please check the dates of any fixtures you are interested in here.

Supreme Champion

DTL has now been added to the Supreme Champion Leaderboard here

March

Supreme Champion

Results so far: Graham Carter is just a little bit out in front with some strong shooters chasing him closely. Full Results here.

Cambs Skeet, 23/24th March 2013, Cambridge Gun Club

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Winners ESK 2013
We received a warm welcome from Mick & Karen Hodson at Cambridge Gun Club on the 23/24th March. This is the first County Skeet Championship held at the Club and it ran like clockwork. Despite the appalling weather the targets were excellent and virtually ran on rails. 34 competitors battled it out in sub zero temperatures, high winds and driving snow over the two days. Chris Morris posted a blinding score of 96 on the first day to take the title, Chris also won The Bev Waller Trophy. Lauren Hodson won the ladies with an unbeatable score of 86. There was a tie for the veterans, Malcolm Collins and Rod Gifford with a 91. Malcolm gave me a good thrashing in the shoot off with a 25 straight (I'll get him next time!) The junior title went to Max Haynes on 87. Colts winner was Taylor Hedgecock with a 89. [Thanks to Rod Gifford for the report]

Cambs Olympic Trap, 15th March 2013, Nuthampstead

The Olympic Trap Championship was held on St Patrick’s Day in a bitterly cold wind and intermittent torrential downpours. In contrast we received a warm welcome from Nicky, Martin and staff and thanks to them for a well-run day with 8 squads shooting. There was a good turnout of Cambridgeshire shooters including a surprise appearance by skeet shooter Colin Fordham! Derek McLean won the Cambridgeshire High Gun with 77, one bird ahead of Pete Waller who was the top scoring veteran. Belinda York took the Ladies title with 66 with Sarah Christensen as runner-up. Many thanks to all the shooters who turned out in the cold, wind and rain to support this County event.

Cambs FITASC 9th & 10th March, Barrow Heath Shooting Ground

Well what a lovely weekend to be shooting; rain all through Saturday and snow with minus degrees on Sunday. But none of that stopped Brian Dunbavin posting an awesome 91 on the Saturday, including a 25 straight on the railway layout; a score you would be overly happy with on a gorgeous sunny July day. That score was enough to win him the veteransí and overall county champion. The closest rivals being Phil Gray and Harry Seal on the Sunday, both shooting 86. Phil then beat Harry with a 25 straight in the shoot-off to take the Mensí Senior trophy. Unfortunately, no juniors entered the event. But nice to see that the Ladiesí champion was Sarah Christensen, a none FITASC shot, but a committed Cambridgeshire shooter. All in all a good weekend and a team to rival any other county in the inter- counties later on this year.

[Thanks to Phil Gray for the report]

Cambs UT 3rd March, Nuthampstead Shooting Ground

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Cambridgeshire UT 2013

Cambridgeshire (East Midlands) had their Universal Trench Championship today (3rd March). High Gun (Champion) was Phil Barnard with a score of 78, Veteran was Andy York with a score of 71, Lady was Belinda York with a score of 75 and the winner of our new Senior Trophy was Graham Carter with a score of 73. The championship was held at Nuthampstead Gun Club and there was a good turnout of 16 Cambridgeshire shooters (the day was shared with Essex who also held their UT Championship at the same time) despite the biting cold wind!

[Thanks to Su Field for the report]

February

Fixtures Calendar Updated

Individual fixtures here; team fixtures here; and overall calendar here

BICTSF Levies (from the CPSA website)

The BICTSF Board has made the following decision regarding licence fees for grounds and levies for shooters taking part in FITASC discipline competitions in 2013.

  1. FITASC Ground Licence: Due to the increased licence fees paid to FITASC, it has become necessary to raise additional funds to cover this extra expense to the BICTSF.  As from 1st January 2013 the BICTSF will be charging all grounds wishing to hold registered FITASC shoots (Sporting, Compak, UT and Helice) a licence fee of £50.00 per annum which covers all four disciplines.
  1. FITASC Shooter Levy: As from 1st January 2013 the BICTSF will be placing a levy on all  shooters wishing to shoot in a registered FITASC shoot (Sporting, Compak, UT and Helice) of £1.00 per entry per shoot.

January

Committee

The new committee was voted in at the AGM. Good to see some new faces who have never stood before, together with some "regulars" - this should make for a winning combination!

Chair Michele Conway
Vice Chair TBA
Hon. Treasurer Janet Maguire
Hon. Secretary Hazel Whiten
Other members

Graham Carter
Malcolm Collins
Graham Field
Su Field
Rod Gifford
Phil Gray
Daniel Twinn