Sporting Gun visits Grimsthorpe Estate Shooting Ground.
Place: Grimsthorpe Estate Shooting Ground, Scottlethorpe Lane, Edenham, Bourne, Lincs PE10 OLN. Telephone 01778 591128.
“The high towers here are always a big draw and they’ll soon be joined by a 140ft giant”
Easy to find? Yes, it’s close to Edenham village on the A151 connecting the market town of Bourne with the A1 at Colsterworth. When you reach Edenham turn into Scottlethorpe Lane and follow the single tracked road for about one mile. 9
Disciplines: Sporting, Sporting and Sporting – English, FITASC and Sportrap. 9
Traps: There are 40 or more automatic traps, all Promatic (except for two Laporte rabbit launchers) servicing innumerable Sporting stands. There are no pay-per-clay counters in use here, so you will need a pal to button the targets. 7
Target quality/variety: Whahaaaa… brilliant! Grimsthorpe’s enviable reputation is built on showing Sporting birds par excellence, both for practice and competition. Expert, novice and beginner are all catered for here with target selection being changed regularly by owner, Mark Russell, and groundsman, Martin Novinscak. 10
Practice prices: Very reasonable considering target quality and the surroundings. Currently £30 per hundred. Entry fee to 100-bird Sporting competitions is £38 or £32 for birds only. FITASC 100-birders run on the old system cost
£65. They book up well in advance, so get your name on the list – you won’t be
disappointed. Failing that, you can often shoot practice birds for several days after a competition has been held, before the layouts are taken down. Telephone Mark or Sophie in the office for details. 9
Tuition: Mainly undertaken by highly experienced coach, Mark, but his son,
Rob, is now learning the ropes and helping out. A number of packages are offered for groups and corporate parties, but a one-hour session with Mark runs out in the region of £50. Telephone for details and possible discounts on series bookings. Loan guns are available. 9
Terrain: All stands are set in a beautiful mature woodland with dry, inter connecting, footpaths between each. There’s one or two gentle slopes to negotiate, but nothing strenuous. Good wheelchair access to stands closest to the clubhouse and Sportrap layout. 8
Friendly? Of course. The fact clay shooters and game shooters keep returning time after time says it all.
Mark and his family have created a welcoming atmosphere – nicely relaxed
but extremely professional. 9
What else? There’s a spacious car park as well as adequate clubhouse and toilet facilities. However, things are about to get a whole lot better… 5
Catering: Hot food, sandwiches, beverages and home baked cakes served on competition days and by prior arrangement. Again, this is all about to change! Read on. 5
Open All Hours? Open for practice and tuition during the week along with corporate days and group visits by appointment. It’s open every weekend for practice and competitions. Doubtless when the new shooting lodge is up and running the ground will be fully open week-through. More details soon. 8
Sporting The ground’s enviable reputation is built on showing Sporting birds
Terrain The stands are set in a beautiful mature woodland