GBIM was delighted to be lead sponsor at a charity event in the wonderful setting of Wellington Barn near Calne, Wiltshire.   Through this biennial event, we were pleased to support Ataxia UK as well as continue our support for more local charities like Julia’s House, Dorothy House and Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

These great charities recognise the value of personal care and attention which they deliver to individuals and families where chronic illness challenges daily life.  Over the last eighteen months, we have all been reminded of the importance of care for those suffering from illness and the value of support for those that deliver the care.

The organising committee of the Bishops Cannings CC Charity Clay Pigeon Shoot and their band of volunteers have worked tirelessly for over 20 years to ensure that this day of clay pigeon shooting not only runs smoothly and is great fun for the 200-plus participants, but that it also raises meaningful amounts of money for the charities; this year’s figure should be over £75,000.  The 2020 event was postponed due to Covid, and the committee showed enormous flexibility in rescheduling it as soon as possible when Covid restrictions permitted; they recognised that raising money for these charities was all the more important after the various lockdowns.  The committee was always conscious of the Government’s regulations for events during the pandemic and amended procedures during the day to reflect the rules.

We were blessed with glorious weather on the day, as the photographs show, with sun lotion an important addition to the usual ear and eye protection.  The sunshine enhanced the breath-taking location of Wellington Barn and cemented its reputation as a venue to remember.  The teams of five guns were guided and corralled around the ten stands by teams of charming volunteers with great efficiency and the upmost care for safety.  The expertise of the participants’ shotgun skills was tested at the traditional shooting stands of the High Pheasant, Partridge, and Flighted Duck amongst others, while other different and entertaining stands challenged one’s ability at axe-throwing, archery, and pistol-shooting.  An early supper restored everyone’s strength after an afternoon’s activity in the sun followed by an enthusiastic auction of generously donated lots.

James Rapson from the organising committee said:

‘The pandemic has delivered challenges to us all and none less so than the charitable sector.  This meant that it was even more important for us to reschedule the 2020 BCCC Clay Pigeon Shoot as soon as possible. However, due to a last-minute extension of “Lockdown” restrictions just 10 days before the event, we had to completely reconfigure the hospitality arrangements and it was only thanks to the hard work & generosity of Keri at Wellington Barn and Jeremy at Covered Occasions that we were able to all sit down together and enjoy a sumptuous meal after enjoying a lovely day in the sun.  We would like to thank our army of volunteers for their efforts in the run-up to the event and on the day itself.  Their generosity in freely giving of their time and the generosity of the participants creates the opportunity to raise this money for these worthy causes.  We also send our thanks to our sponsors, especially our new Lead Sponsor in Gore Browne Investment Management, for their support and generosity’.

We too send thanks to James and his fellow committee members, Ed Davies and David Sheppard for their direction and efforts in producing a great day and for creating the opportunity to raise so much money for the charities.

Please contact Oliver Findlay ( or James Crarer ( if you would like high-resolution copies of the photographs.  There is no cost to these hi-res copies, or any copies taken from the attached photographs.  Instead, we would ask that donations to the charities are considered.

Below is a gallery of photos taken from the day – please click the following link to view all of the Team Photos.

To view all the photos, please click on the following link: Bishops Cannings CC Charity Clay Pigeon Shoot

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Article written by
Oliver Findlay