When good people get together – wonderful things happen
On the 1st of September, the first day of autumn, members of Airgunforum, of Nomads HFT, and our friends from the HFT community assembled at Nomads’ beautiful Worcestershire grounds for a day of fun and fund raising in aid of the Acorns Children’s Hospice.
The weather could not have been kinder, with pleasant sunshine and a light although variable wind. The first of the many highlights of the day was an HFT shoot, over the same course that Nomads had put on for their first round of the UKAHFT Nationals two weeks earlier, a course which earned praise from, and proved a real challenge for, the cream of the HFT community, including current and former World and national HFT champions. Many of the AGF members had never shot an HFT course before, so this one was a real baptism of fire, but the important thing is that everyone thoroughly enjoyed the event.
Organiser Mick Boswell went to great lengths to pair novices with experienced HFT shooters, who were able to offer help and encouragement throughout the shoot, and add new recruits to the sport. Certainly, at least two of today’s HFT clubs owe their very existence to their founders trying HFT at previous Airgunforum events, and enjoying it enough to start their own clubs.
After lunch, there was a range of keenly contested side shoots. The long-range shoot is always popular, and often proves a bit of an eye-opener when people a) fail to hit the target and b) realise they grossly overestimated the range. The long-range event was followed by an open-sight shoot, in which everyone used an old BSA Meteor, which was the prize for the winner. Finally, all-round good guy Owen Stimpson set up a bell target and provided his own Feinwerkbau 300S, which proved highly popular and will gain recruits to bell target shooting.
As is traditional at Airgunforum events, the prizegiving was followed by a raffle for a huge range of prizes donated by companies and individuals, including two new air rifles. Sales of raffle tickets alone raised £615, so the generosity of the prize donators was matched by that of the participants.
These events do not organise themselves, and the Airgunforum meet simply would not have happened without Mick Boswell and Pete Straddon going to extraordinary lengths to ensure their success, and Carl Clayton who organised the raffle prizes. We’re delighted to announce that this wonderful even raised a grand total of £1,100 for Acorns Children’s Hospice. Well done everyone!
Open sight winner Dave Hemmings receives his BSA Meteor from Pete Steddon.
The HFT course was extremely tough.
The raffle prizes get better every year.