A cen­tury of tra­di­tion

Sporting Shooter - - Letters -

At the start of the year I was in­vited to shoot with the Moorhall syn­di­cate at Nin­field in East Sus­sex. Noth­ing un­usual about that ex­cept that it was 100 years al­most to the day that my grand­fa­ther (whose par­ents owned the es­tate at the time) made the first en­try in his game book, aged 13. That shoot was also at Moorhall so I was lit­er­ally tread­ing in grand­fa­ther’s foot­steps a hun­dred years later. The bag on 9 Jan­uary 1917 was two grey par­tridges and a rab­bit, and on 7 Jan­uary 2017 we man­aged 19 pheas­ants, two wood­cock, one mal­lard, a pi­geon and a rab­bit.

The present-day syn­di­cate, keep­ered by Tim Scott Ford Smith, made me ex­tremely wel­come and were most in­ter­ested in the old photographs and his­tory that I had man­aged to un­earth. Per­haps in an­other 100 years’ time my grand­son will shoot the same ground?

The photographs show the shoot­ing party on the es­tate [top pic­ture], in­clud­ing my grand­fa­ther, stand­ing third from the right; and the present-day syn­di­cate [bot­tom pic­ture] with my­self in the cen­tre of the group.

Richard Thomas, via email

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