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Park Lodge Charity shoot cheque lrPark Lodge Shooting School’s 2015 Charity Shoot has raised £1945 to be donated to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution. The shoot, which was held in the summer, saw 19 teams of four shooting five flushes each, consisting of 100 clay targets, in a friendly but competitive event.

In addition to the flushes, one of the highlights of the day was the chance for competitors to shoot at the famous GNAT, a remote controlled plane which passes shooters at speeds in excess of 60 mph and is frequently seen at Country Fairs and corporate hospitality events around the UK and overseas.

Tom Bayston, proprietor, Park Lodge Shooting School said: “Park Lodge has close associations with both these amazing charities and we would like to thank all the teams who entered for coming along and supporting us. We had great fun on the day and are delighted that we have raised this substantial amount that can now go to help the invaluable work done by YAA and RABI.”

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance is an independent charity providing a life-saving rapid response emergency service to 5 million people across Yorkshire. They fly seven days a week, 365 days a year, covering a vast landscape that not only includes major cities and motorways, but also rural and isolated locations.

Bob Smailes, Regional Fundraising Manager of Yorkshire Air Ambulance commented: “We would like to thank Park Lodge Shooting School and everyone who entered the Charity Shoot for their very generous support. Its costs £12,000 per day to keep both of Yorkshire’s Air Ambulances maintained and in the air, and so donations such as this are very welcome in keeping this vital life- saving service flying.”

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution is farming’s national charity and was founded in 1860 by John Joseph Mechi. It provides support for members of the farming community who are in need throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland, is a member of Farming Help and works closely with other support agencies. In 2001 R.A.B.I. was nominated as one of five charities for HM The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Year.

It was a great day for the next generation of shooters at Park Lodge last Friday with entries up three fold from last year. Thanks to our main sponsors Marcus Iddon of Lyalvale Express Cartridges & Geri Buckley of Basc Northern . Prizes were also supported by Croots & Rob Hall, The Gun Room.

The day saw 50 targets shot over six stands, including driven from the 90′ Tower with exceptional shooting from Pocklington School’s Edward Wraith to take overall High Gun shooting 43.  The Ladies High Gun was Charlotte Goalbourne from Kings High School, Warwick on 34.

The Girls team event was won by Kings High School,Warwick with 130/250 and the boys shared with Warwick & Pocklington on 182/250, with Ampleforth A only 10 targets behind.

Thanks must also go to the schools’ teachers, coaches and helpers in their support for the individuals and teams. It was great to see the majority of these people shoot the course,with Warwick’s Piers Helps leading shooting on a 44/50. Plus very well done to those entrants who shot their first competition today.

Next year’s date has been set for the last Sunday in September – 25th September 2016.

Please click on the link below to view todays scores.

Yorkshire Schools Challenge 2015 scores

Park Lodge corporate shoot 2015Corporate event organisers from a wide range of organisations continue to set their sights on Park Lodge Shooting School to host their events for customers and colleagues. One of the latest such events was a competitive shoot for agricultural machinery suppliers Peacock and Binnington and the Lincoln and York office of property company Savills, who enjoyed a very successful joint event at the venue recently.

Ten teams of four were invited to take part in the event, which began with a safety briefing and running order from Tom Bayston, Proprietor of Park Lodge. Fully qualified shooting instructors were then on hand at each stand to provide guidance and ensure scoring was unbiased as the Teams shot from the shooting schools’ wide range of trap and sporting layouts. Everyone was also able to try and shoot the clay targets presented from the ground’s two high towers, standing at 90 foot and 140 foot respectively, which are designed to simulate live game birds such as pheasants, partridges, duck and grouse.

There was also a vermin stand where the competitors were seated, which took a number of the experienced shooters out of their comfort zone. This provided interesting shooting and balanced the Team scores out well. The duck flush proved extremely popular as everyone tried to shoot each other’s targets as the adrenaline kicked in.

The teams then began an eight clay shoot off with each team member shooting a pair from the centre on the Skeet layout. Andrew Wraith’s team from Savills eventually won the competition and was presented with a magnum of Champagne. The lowest scoring team was presented with a large quantity of carrots to aid there eye sight for next time and a collection on behalf of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution raised £350.

Graham Main, managing director, Peacock & Binnington commented: “We had a fantastic time again at Park Lodge and would highly recommend it for a corporate event with a difference. The staff and instructors are extremely welcoming and really looked after us. We had great fun, great food, a bit of light hearted competition in a superb environment and it’s an excellent way to spend some quality time getting close to our customers whilst motivating our staff too.”

Andrew Wraith, Director and Head of Agribusiness, Savills UK said: “This will be our fourth year with Park Lodge and our guests are happy to return as they continue to challenge and entertain us in different formats. We had a great event and some quite memorable competition between the teams.”

Since opening the doors on its new facilities in 2012, Park Lodge has seen a significant increase in enquiries from businesses looking for a good value, high quality venue to host clients or staff for a different kind of corporate event.

Tom Bayston, proprietor of Park Lodge Shooting School commented: “We’ve been delighted with the interest shown for corporate events at Park Lodge and were pleased to welcome Savills and Peacock & Binnington once again. They always have a great time and are a pleasure to host. As corporate hospitality continues to prove a cost effective way of winning and retaining clients we are confident that this area of our business will continue to grow.”

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Yorkshire Schools Clay Shooting Challenge will take place on Friday 18 Y Schools 2014 challenge entrantsSeptember 2015. The Challenge is open to both individuals and teams of novice and semi experienced shooters from schools around the region, who will compete for a range of prizes and a trophy.

The competition, which is being sponsored by shotgun cartridge manufacturer Lyalvale Express, will be for pupils from Year 9 upwards. The teams will comprise a maximum of five girls and boys, who will shoot a range of different sporting layouts around Park Lodge’s ground.

At the inaugural event in 2014, 18 entries from schools around the region competed for the trophy, which was won by Chris Holt from Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield. Chris, who was named ‘high gun’ with a score of 48 out of 50, was presented with the Winner’s prize of a cartridge bag and 250 cartridges from event sponsor Lyalvale Express.

Tom Bayston, proprietor, Park Lodge Shooting School said: “Last year’s event was very well supported and all the entrants had a very enjoyable day. There are some very popular schools competitions in other parts of the country and now Yorkshire can join that list! We already have a range of schools and colleges that bring students here, plus many individual juniors who visit us, so we are looking forward to another successful event this year and meeting the next generation of shooting champions.”

Marcus Iddon, UK Sales Manager, Lyalvale Express, commented: “We are delighted to be sponsoring this event once again and hope lots of budding shooters will take part. It is great to see Park Lodge making the future happen, by getting youngsters involved in shooting. Who knows, one of the young shots at this event could be Olympic, World or European Champion in ten or twelve years’ time! With Tom and Sharon Bayston’s foresight and investment in the future, a whole new era for shooting in Great Britain is evolving.”

The Yorkshire Schools Clay Shooting Challenge is now open for entries by contacting Jo at Park Lodge reception on info@parklodgeshootingschool.co.uk or tel: 01405 764500. The fee to enter is £25 per person. Entrants can be individual or a team, with a maximum of 5 in a team. Timings will be confirmed but are likely to be 10am, 1pm and 4pm starts.

Photo shows last year’s Yorkshire School’s Clay Shooting Challenge 2014 entrants with (L to R) :Tom Bayston, Proprietor, Park Lodge Shooting School, Commonwealth Games Bronze medallist Caroline Povey and Marcus Iddon, UK Sales Manager, Lyalvale Express outside Park Lodge Shooting School

 

For detailed results please click on the link below.

England & Nort of England Selection Shoot ESP Report-2015-Jun-21-2

England & Nort of England Selection Shoot ESP Report-2015-Jun-21-2

clay_and_game_shootersPark Lodge Shooting School is staging its second Agricultural Industry Charity Shoot on Wednesday 24 June 2015. The event, which was launched last year, is organised to raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution. Last year twenty teams of four took part in the event and raised almost £3000 for the two charities.

Once again, the shoot will comprise teams of four people shooting five flushes each consisting of 100 clay targets. In addition to the flushes, one of the highlights of the day will be the chance for competitors to shoot at the famous GNAT, a remote controlled plane which passes shooters at speeds in excess of 60 mph and is frequently seen at country fairs and corporate hospitality events around the UK and overseas.

Tom Bayston, proprietor, Park Lodge Shooting School said: “Last years’ inaugural event was a fantastic success and we have already had lots of interest from people in the agricultural and related industries who would like to enter this year. It’s a brilliant day with lots going on and we hope that people will come along to support the shooters and help us raise money for these two charities.

Both myself and my wife Sharon have had personal experience of the amazing work both the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution do, and we hope that we can raise a substantial amount at this event to support both causes.”

The Charity Shoot is open to all and the fee to enter a team of four is £280. As well as entering teams, there is also the opportunity for organisations to sponsor sections of the shoot and areas around the shooting ground are available for stands / exhibits. Refreshments will be available in the Clubhouse for both competitors and spectators on the day and parking at the venue is free.

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution is farming’s national charity and was founded in 1860 by John Joseph Mechi. It provides support for members of the farming community who are in need throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland, is a member of Farming Help and works closely with other support agencies. In 2001 R.A.B.I. was nominated as one of five charities for HM The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Year.

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance is an independent charity providing a life-saving rapid response emergency service to 5 million people across Yorkshire. They fly seven days a week, 365 days a year, covering a vast landscape that not only includes major cities and motor ways, but also rural and isolated locations. To keep providing this life saving service the charity needs to raise £9990 per day to keep both of Yorkshire’s Air Ambulances maintained and in the air.

For further information about entering the Park Lodge Agricultural Charity Shoot or sponsorship opportunities on the day email info@parklodgeshootingschool.co.uk or ring 01405 764500. Deadline for entries is Friday 19 June. Registration is from 9am and shooting commences at 10am.

New appointments at Park LodgePark Lodge Shooting School has recently recruited two new members of staff to join their team as the business continues to grow.

Patrick McNeil has joined as Chef in Park Lodge’s coffee shop/bistro, where he will work alongside Consultant Chef Mario Mariani to develop the existing menu. Patrick trained at Selby College and has worked at both the award-winning Farmer Copleys, near Pontefract and The Percy Arms, Airmyn. As well as assisting in the preparation of buffets and barbeques as the corporate hospitality season kicks off, Patrick also plans to introduce a range of locally sourced steak to the menu. This will be in addition to the hearty breakfasts, Sunday lunches, homemade soups, sandwiches, cakes and pastries for which the coffee shop/bistro has become renowned.

Simon Wierslaw has joined as a Groundsman and is responsible for the maintenance of the shooting ground to ensure it is kept in first class order for visiting shooters. In addition to the two highest shooting towers in the North of England, standing at 30 metres and 42 metres, Park Lodge also has 12 fully automated sporting stands, four Automatic Ball Traps, Down the Line and skeet layouts, plus simulated partridge stands and an air rifle range.

Simon takes over from John Chandler who has taken semi-retirement and is assisting in reception and organising group bookings. The new recruits will take the total number of employees at Park Lodge to four full time plus 12 part time shooting instructors.

Tom Bayston, proprietor of Park Lodge said: “Business is growing year on year at Park Lodge, from both individual clay and game shooters and from organisations looking for somewhere different to hold corporate hospitality events and competitions. Our challenge is to meet this growing demand by ensuring we provide an excellent customer experience, from the moment visitors arrive to when they leave. Our two new staff members will play a key role in helping us to do this and we welcome them to the Park Lodge Team.” 

Park Lodge has won numerous awards, including being named as Visitor Attraction Finalist in the Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards 2013 and the Winner of the New Business of the Year 2014 in the Goole and Howdenshire Business Excellence Awards. At the end of 2014, Tom Bayston was named Business Person of the Year by Doncaster Chamber and Park Lodge was named runner up in the Success through Innovation and Diversification Award.

 

Park Lodge Shooting School is celebrating a double success inDoncaster Business Awards 2014 the Doncaster Business Awards 2014, as its proprietor Tom Bayston was named Business Person of the Year (36 and over), and the School was named runner up in the Success Through Innovation and Diversification Award.

The Awards were presented at a prestigious ceremony held at Doncaster Racecourse recently, which was attended by over 850 guests from the local and regional business community.

Commenting on the success, Tom said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won the Awards and I am particularly proud to have been named Business Person of the Year.  I work with a brilliant team of people at Park Lodge and both Awards reflect the hard work and commitment we all strive to put in to make the Shooting School the best it can be.  It’s a great end to the year and gives us a brilliant base to start 2015 from, which I am sure will see us go from strength to strength.”

Pictured L to R: (Centre) Tom Bayston receiving his award from Kevin Kerley, Chair of The Academy of Chief Executives and host for the evening and TV presenter Louise Minchin.