Nomads HFT hosts the Airgun Forum (AGF) summer shoot for charity
On the 26th of August, Nomads HFT club was delighted to host the 2017 Airgun Forum (AGF) summer meet, to raise money for the very worthy cause of St. Richard’s Hospice, which serves the local Worcestershire area.
The organisers, Mick Boswell and Pete Staddon, kicked off the fundraising even before the event started by inviting those attending, members of the airgun trade and well-wishers to sponsor lanes in return for having a message of their choice displayed on the lane, which alone raised £350.
MAINLY FOR FUN
The main competition of the day was a full HFT course set, as are all Nomads courses, to UKAHFT rules. Although primarily a fun event, and despite many of the attendees being a long way from seasoned HFT shooters (and some never having shot HFT before), Nomads put on an extremely testing course, which may have depressed scores, but did nothing to dampen spirits, judging by the smiles of those coming off the course.
In addition, Airgun Forum’s Owen Stimpson laid on a bell target competition, which proved so popular that the prizegiving and raffle had to be delayed while the leading contenders battled it out, and Mick Boswell organised a testing long-range shoot.
Raffle prizes were supplied by AGF members, as well as Air Arms, BASC, Countryways Gunshop, Shooting Supplies of Bromsgrove, JSB, Sportsmatch and others, and ticket sales on the day raised an amazing £540. Noting that the total raised was tantalisingly close to £1,000, the Nomads committee unanimously agreed to top it up, and Mick Boswell was able to visit the Hospice to make a £1000 donation.
MORE IS MORE
The AGF meets are about so much more than fund raising, though. Primarily, they are social events in which members who know each other only online are able to put faces to user names, and this as well as previous meets (two of which were hosted at the Nomads ground) has proven the start of many real world and enduring friendships.
Equally important is what the event does for the sport; in addition to showing a side of the sport that rarely gets aired in the press, the meets provided the impetus for some of the attendees to go out and start clubs in their own areas. Both the Benefit Boys and Northern Monkeys shooting clubs are the products of previous AGF meets. I
“showing a side of the sport that rarely gets aired in the press”
Hats off to organisers Pete Staddon and Mick Boswell.
AGF meet organiser Mick Boswell with St. Richard’s Hospice fundraiser Alice Brunt, who supported the AGF team all the way with their efforts.
To no one’s surprise, Perry Broad won the Recoil class.