Clay Pigeon Shoot & Black Tie Dinner on Friday 16th May 2014

May 16 2014


Once again the annual Nelson Trust Clay Pigeon Shoot was a tremendous success raising a grand total of £21,500, our best ever yet. 

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This year the event was held in the Berkeley’s Deer Park and it is first event of this kind to be held for over 100 years - sincere thanks go to Mr Charles Berkeley for generously hosting.  Mr Harry Marshall from Icon Films kindly allowed us to make use of The Folly in the middle of Deer Park and also donated a two night stay as an auction prize. The shoot was followed by a Black Tie Dinner in the Castle’s magical Great Hall. The day started at lunchtime with a home-grown venison BBQ. The evening reception also included an optional tour of the castle.

Berkeley Castle has been chosen as the main set for the BBC adaptation of Wolf Hall, based on the first of Hilary Mantel's Booker Prize-winning novels. The six-part mini-series, to be broadcast in 2015, was being filmed throughout the Clay Shoot.  Many of the guests were arriving and asked where they should go for the ‘shoot’ and were mistakenly sent into the middle of the film set. Although slightly disruptive to the smooth running of the event it turned the whole day into a rather unique occasion.   

The charity auction again was hosted by Philip Allwood from Moore, Allen & Innocent and with 14 lots including 5 very popular separate days shooting, a week stay in a villa in Portugal and exclusive Rugby International tickets which included a chauffer for the day and gourmet picnic.  The auction raised £15,000.

Bristol Street Motors kindly offered to chauffeur the guns up and down the steep hill to the shoot in spectacular air conditioned vehicles while promoting the Nelson Trust with magnetic labels. The David Thomas Charitable Trust sponsored the dinner. 

Special thanks to all our sponsors who made this event such a tremendous success.

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