September 13th saw a huge number of both Field Target and Hunter Field Target shooters from all over the country come together at Meon Valley Air Gun Club near East Meon in Hampshire to take part in the Alex Boddy Memorial Charity Shoot.
Meon Valley Club member Alex had lost his battle with a brain tumour last year at a tragically young age, and it was decided to hold a commemorative shoot to not only to honour his memory, but also to raise money for The Rosemary Foundation, an often over-looked charity that did so much for Alex and his wife Judit, enabling them to spend those last few precious weeks together at home rather than Alex being cared for in hospital.
In total, 82 shooters attended the event, making it one of the largest shoots that the Club had ever hosted, and a staggering £1,660 was raised for The Rosemary Foundation charity. Not only did shooters turn out in force, but some very generous lots were donated for both the raffle and auction (with Gary Chillingworth stepping up to the rostrum and wield the auctioneer’s gavel in his own inimitable style!) by Air Arms, Solware, Steve Edmondson of Pellet Clam fame, The World Hunter Field Target Association, McLaren of Woking, and many others.
Alex was a highly talented automotive designer, who had been head-hunted by McLaren, prompting his move down to Hampshire a few years ago, and the company provided 2 absolutely stunning scale models of the cars that Alex had been involved with during the course of his work there, one of which achieved £300 in the auction!
Jeremy Mitchell from The Rosemary Foundation was on hand to congratulate the class winners and hand over their well-deserved trophies, and the results were:
Field Target class:
1st place – Glen Newman (North Oxon Field Target Club)
2nd place – Barry Warren (Meon Valley Airgun Club)
3rd place – Dave Croucher (Kent Woodsman Field Target Club)
Hunter Field Target class:
1st place – Vince Blackman (Meon Valley Airgun Club)
2nd place – Charles Peal (Mile Oak Shooting Club)
3rd place – Phil Jacobs (Horsham Hawks HFT Club)
Prior to the event, there had been some debate as to whether running a shoot that combined the two very different disciplines of both Field Target and Hunter Field Target shooting work be viable – suffice to say that many of those who attended enjoyed the day so much that they enquired whether a similar event could staged next year!

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