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1946 - 2016
Whilst travelling to work on the morning of 5th April, John had a stroke and died later the same day at Sandwell hospital, Birmingham, with his son and daughter at his side.
He had not been shooting in recent years, but was a prolific skeet shooter in the late 80’s and 90’s. He represented Warwickshire on numerous occasions and also shot for the England English Skeet Team on two occasions, helping England to victory at the Home International on both occasions.
He will be well remembered as a real character and was known to many people the length and breadth of the country. He had a rare natural shooting ability and could shoot 25 straight from the hip! People have very fond memories of him and he will be sadly missed.
Tony Manning was an amazing natural shot, a CPSA member for over 80 years and was still shooting at the age of 95 – with a little help from his friends Rod and Lesley Gifford, who regularly went round the Sporting course at Cambridge Gun Club with him on many occasions, including his 95th birthday.
He learnt to shoot with a hammer shotgun, which had been his grandfathers, and shot his first clay target in 1931 - a Down the Line target from a manually operated Eley Plus trap. His shotgun licence was first bought from the local Post Office for ten shillings and the cartridges were £5 per thousand. In 1932 he bought himself a hammerless, auto-ejector model for £20/10/0, the first of many guns including a Browning A1 bought just after the war for £85. His keen interest in all things shooting was obvious from his memory of these details.
During World War 2 all recreational shooting was suspended and Tony was in the RAF flying missions as a WOPAG – Wireless Operator and Air Gunner. He said that Clay Shooting was used in initial training for potential air gunners to explain deflection shooting. Tony’s decorations include the Burma Star.
He joined the CPSA very soon after its formation and received the first ever ‘long service award’ from CPSA which was announced at the Cambridgeshire AGM in January 2014. He held his original number of 156 until his death on New Year’s Day 2016.
He will be sadly missed.
Reg ‘Smoker’ Toms
1935 – 2015
On the way to Doveridge Clay Sports Club on the 28th of August for the English OSK Grand Prix as co-pilot to Pete ‘Dulux’ Flower, we received the sad news that our old mate and Dorset ISU skeet legend had passed away on 25th August 2015 after a relatively short but severe illness.
Although not shooting much in recent years, Reg was a well-known and well liked figure on the Dorset shooting scene as well as on the national ISU circuit for a period spanning some 40 years and he’ll be well remembered and missed by many. Along with my early acquaintances with Tony & Geoff Wiltshire, John Newton and family, Reg was the first ISU shooter to befriend me at The Blandford & Dorchester Gun Club when I moved to Dorset some 33 years ago and it is because of our friendship I subsequently became the third member of the ‘team’ consisting of Reg, Dulux and me (The Three Amigos); many fond memories. Reg was one of (if not the only at that time) Dorset shooters to sit and pass the ISSF referee course for ISU/Olympic skeet and we clearly remember the day he refereed a final at East Yorkshire Gun Club in which none other than current GB shotgun coach, Joe Neville was one of the finalists. Unlucky for Joe he got a bad low house target on station six which he smashed to bits only to have Reg call ‘No Bird’ which Joe had to take again and unfortunately missed, needless to say, he didn’t appear to be very happy but Reg, as was his way, stuck to his guns and his decision stood. When we talked about it later, Reg’s comment was ‘if he was any good, he’d have hit it the second time around anyway’!
Along with Reg’s ‘singing’ voice (made famous in his rendition of ‘I was born under a wandering star’) and his telling my two young sons that they were eating Badger Pie when we went to Reg and Audrey’s for dinner one time (something they remember to this day at 37 & 33 years old!), there are too many memories and stories to recall and include in this brief obituary but those that have them will remember them and Reg fondly.
Our condolences go out to his wife Audrey, son Russel and all family members,
Dan Maidment CPSA No. 4511
PS: In recent years, Ernie - Chippington Hitchmouth has been Reg’s substitute in ‘The Amigos’, a post he’ll need to maintain full time now, let’s hope he can do it justice and manage it well along with his milk round duties!
On 30th May 2015 , Bill Hartman sadly passed away.
The funeral was held on 22nd June at East Hampstead Crematorium where a guard of honour was organised to allow everyone to respectfully say goodbye to him. This was headed by David Dale and Allen Warren.
Bill was a founder member of the Camberley Gun Club back in 1983. He became Secretary then Chairman for many years before running the clay pigeon shooting division at Pennyhill Park hotel for the last 20 years. He was also a an active member of the Berkshire region of CPSA.
He will be sorely missed by his family and many friends in the shooting fraternity.
Richard "Dingo" Holloway
I am sorry to report that renowned Wiltshire shooter Dingo Holloway has Passed Away aged 67 years.
Dingo was a truly gifted shot, he did not worry what gun he used ( an old Shadow O/U, the bead held on with masking tape ) or what chokes, he did not care who had what and had no time for the latest shooting fads, trends or attitudes but he could certainly kill targets, he made shooting look so easy.
He won countless competitions and championships over many, many years but he never bragged about his prowess, there are endless stories about this fascinating character, here is just one example:
When Cadley ( Savernake Forest ) held their first ever Sporting shoot Dingo was High Gun, when Cadley held their final Sporting shoot 34 years later Dingo was High Gun that day too !
In any sport, at any level that is an incredible statistic.
The word Legend is used very loosely in our modern world, throughout Wiltshire and the South West Dingo was in his own lifetime exactly that, he was a unique human being who did not suffer fools, had a very witty sense of humour, was always good interesting company and he will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.
Dingo leaves his son Mark & partner Julie, son Jason his wife Becky and only grandson Harvey, our thoughts and most sincere condolences go out to them and all his associates and friends.
6/9/1943 - 13/10/2016
It is with great sadness I am writing to inform you of the passing of Colin Ross.
Colin’s whole life revolved around his family and clay shooting.
Colin was shooting at the Essex Shooting Ground, Fyfield, on the 13th October 2016 when he passed away suddenly.
Colin was passionate about shooting and was a lifetime member of the Metropolitan Police Clay Target Club. He also shot regularly for the Greater London County team.
His great love was English Skeet and he was very proficient at English Sporting.
Colin coached to a high standard and could be found all over the South East, shooting and coaching novices and experienced shooters alike, all who benefitted from his knowledge and advice.
Colin represented the Metropolitan Police at the Police Sport UK championships every year in Beverley, Humberside. He won numerous Skeet and Sporting medals, both individually and as part of the Met team.
His charity raffle was legendary at the Met Police annual shoot. Colin raised thousands of pounds for his favourite charity, The Guide Dogs for the Blind. Anyone wishing to donate to them, in Colin’s memory can do so at www.justgiving.com and search for ‘Colin Ross’.
It is hoped to raise enough money to train and name a guide dog in his honour.
Colin leaves Barbara, his wife of 49 years, his children Heath and Jemima and his grandchildren Ruby and Darcy.
Everyone will miss Colin, especially his humour and dedication to the sport of clay shooting.
Very much missed, Colin will never be forgotten.
Met Police Clay Target Club
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