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PGPC Chairman’s 2020 Letter

Dear Fellow Guns


Greeting from the Chairman


2020 is going to be a significant year for the Club in many ways.


Firstly I would like to let you know that after some 34 years as both a Club member

and serving on the committee I have decided to step down as Chairman and hand the

reins over to someone who is younger, very enthusiastic and keen to secure the Club’s

future life. Chris Warman is that man and he has already had an impact on our

operation with his negotiating skills in booking events and encouraging new blood

into the membership. Please welcome him into his new role and continue with your

support of all our future activities. I will continue on as a committee member but in

the style of the now sadly departed John Ratcliff who was the self styled “El

President” of the Manchester PGPC.


I’d also like to thank Fergus Campbell, who is stepping down from the committee, for

all his years of hard work in organising shoots and managing the Club’s database.

Best wishes Fergus in your new role and if anyone knows a tech savvy property bod

who would be willing to replace Fergus on the committee please let the Chairman

know.


On a positive note, we are proud to launch our new Club website and Social Media accounts. Establishing a strong online presence will become a true asset of the Club; our website allows members to keep up to date with the club at leisure, and will facilitate the growth of our community. We are ready to welcome the Club into the 21st century, and with the website featuring Club events, news of past events, a photo gallery, online booking facilities, Club membership and more, we look forward to a promising future for PGPC.


Perhaps the most significant new feature of the Club will be the soon to launch Club

website. We are putting the final touches to a long overdue facility that will drag the

Club into the 21st century with features such as details of Club events, news of past

events, a photo gallery, booking facilities, Club membership and more. We will let

you know as soon as we are live. In the meantime you’ll have to rely on this old

fashioned e-mail method of communication.


Last years events were somewhat of a Curate’s Egg in nature. We had a very

enjoyable but damp Club game shoot in November and a successful Autumn shoot at

H&H. Earlier events however, while resulting in the Club successfully regaining the

Inter Region Trophy and The Four Musket Ears triumphing at the Annual Shoot, were

marred by unacceptable organisational performances that led to excessive queuing,

poor directions and over difficult targets. The Committee can only apologise for this

and assure you that in 2020 things will be different!


Now on to the 2020 calendar and while this may not be the definitive list of events I

do hope that you will put them into your diaries/schedules and make every effort to

attend them and shoot with other guns from the property world.


2020 Shooting Events


Thursday 30th April – Club Inter Region Competition - Catton Hall, Frodsham,

Cheshire


We start the year with the most difficult challenge to get get more than two of you to

join me and venture north to the annual inter club shoot, this year hosted by

Manchester PGPC. Yes it’s in Cheshire and yes it does involve a long journey north of

Watford but you get to defend our holding of the trophy and meet some really nice

northerners all for the princely sum of £55. The price includes 100 bird sporting and a

post shoot meal but you provide your own “bullets”. Willing and able guns please

contact me on roger.tuck1@ntlworld.com or 07712558066


Friday 19th June –The Annual Competition – Holland & Holland, Northwood


The Club and Property Industry’s annual clay pigeon team competition to be held

back at the prestigious grounds of Holland & Holland. Once again Secure Site UK

are supporting our annual bash that will attract teams from all areas of the property

world. The competition will be an 80 bird sporting shoot coupled with an 80 bird

team flush together with two and one man cash flurries in support of our chosen

charity. The entry fee for 2020 is inclusive of cartridges and clays and also includes

breakfast on arrival, “elevenses” out on the ground, post shoot buffet lunch and of

course many trophies and prizes for the successful guns. The all inclusive 2020 entry

fee is £150 for paid up members and £175 for guests. Call Tim Harvey 02074330669

for further details chrisPGPC@warmanproperties.com


Friday 7th August – Simulated Grouse Shoot – Holland & Holland


Enjoy an early start to a long weekend and get to Northwood by 9.30am to enjoy a

light breakfast before the fast and furious action of a simulated grouse shoot. Get your

eye in for the coming game season at the lower entry fee of £95 for members and

£105 for guests inclusive of clays and cartridges. The two-man team competition is

always popular so get your entry in as soon as possible to Bruce Clark 02076476942

bruce@lawsonandpartners.com


Thursday 17th September - Mini Inter Region Ian Coley Sporting,

Gloucestershire GL54 4LS


What started off as a one off challenge has now become a regular feature in our

calendar and once again is being held at the delightful but challenging ground of Ian

Coley Sporting near Cheltenham. Join us together with Club colleagues from

Manchester and Birmingham in a 100 bird sporting challenge against the Royal

Marine clay bashers. Full details to follow but please register your interest with Tim

McCarthy tmccarthy@tiscali.co.uk 07825215335


Wednesday 7th October – Autumn Shoot - Holland & Holland


Our final clay shoot of the year sees us returning to H&H where we will enjoy a

challenging but fun 100 bird sporting shoot with liquid prizes awarded to the Top

Guns. Entry fee is £100 inclusive of cartridges and clays and a light breakfast on

arrival. Full details from Chris Warman chrisPGPC@warmanproperties.com 07815.608232


November - Club Game Shoot - Saturday 21st November - Shaddoxhurst, Kent


Following on from the success of the 2019 Club Game Shoot when 10 happy guns enjoyed an excellent pheasant day in deepest Kent, we have re-booked the day for 2020. If you are interested in attending then please let Chris know. Chris Warman chrisPGPC@warmanproperties.com 07815608232


In addition to these confirmed events there may be other shooting days organised and

we will let you know as and when they are arranged. We are always happy to receive

advance notice of your intention to attend any of the Club’s events so please contact

the relevant organisers as detailed above or use the new website facilities once up and

running..


I hope that you can join us at all or some of our shoots this year and I look forward to

meeting you there.


Yours faithfully

Roger

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