My dream team
Manager and instructor at Lady’s Wood Shooting School.
W e would have to shoot at perrystone in Herefordshire, the estate that I grew up on and where my father is still headkeeper today after 34 seasons at the helm. We’d start at Jacobs Ladder, move onto Lawns and bennets 2. For lunch would have to be Henrietta’s famous partridge tagliatelle and we would finish with the bracken bank (I would be on peg No.2). the team would have to be made up of family and friends and first on the list is Adrian Hanks, not only is he my dad and an excellent headkeeper but he is also one of my best friends. I have learnt a lot from him and to top it off he’s not a bad shot either.
Tim Hanks, my younger brother, is a butcher by trade and good with a rifle. I had to square up his shotgun shooting a few seasons ago on the tower at Lady’s Wood and he hasn’t looked back since. Next is
Mike Eldridge, we have been best friends for nearly 20 years, best man at each other’s wedding and a fatal lamping buddy whilst he was keepering. Bert Hanks, my grandfather, who gave me my first shotgun, is sadly no longer with us, and it would be a dream to share a day in the field with him again.
Ernie Hemmings, the proprietor at Lady’s Wood, and owner of the syndicate that I have keepered for 10 years now. He is not just a good boss he is a very good friend as well. A real high bird fan and can knock down archangels with his 34” perazzi all day long.
Robert Everitt tells a great tale, shoots well and can hopefully bring some ‘samples’ of Hull Cartridge’s finest for us all to use.
Robert Chipperfield, a long-time family friend who has been so generous to me in the past. He is a deadly shot at partridge with a side-by-side in his native east Anglia. As it’s a dream team it would be amazing if I could shoot with my wife Laurie and daughter Maisie (she’s only four). I’m not sure Laurie will ever pick up a gun but maisie is already keen and I have my eye on a .410 for her when she is old enough.