Char­ity Shoot

No­mads HFT hosts the Air­gun Fo­rum (AGF) sum­mer shoot for char­ity

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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.

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