Save beaters from an ‘odious nephew’
With regard to the ‘odious nephew’ in Uncle Giles’s Elevenses column last month, why put him in the beating line? Having a creature like this contained in the beating line can be disruptive, and which beater do you single out to care take him? If the beater got round him, the uncle might take offence. It is also unfair on other Guns, who may be trying to escape their own offspring for a day, to have to chastise another person’s child. I suppose the uncle could be asked to join the beating line with him, or help with the game cart on the premise the child be shown different aspects of the day.
There will be those who say youngsters need to be encouraged to the sport, to which I agree, but badly supervised, ill-behaved children are a pain. If you take a child to a shoot, you should be responsible for the child. The only way of dealing with this is to have a straightforward conversation with the uncle. These subjects can never be tackled by suggestion.
Tracey Ball, by email