The Shooting Section of the Paviors was formed in 2001 following the entry of a team in the Inter-Livery Clay-Pigeon Shoot for a number of years, and to meet the demand within the Livery for this activity.
Many of the members of the Livery are keen on this sport, and the Shooting Section tries to give the opportunity to the keen shots for a practice shoot at the appropriate time in the season. The Section also gives complete novices the chance of trying out the sport in the company of their fellow Paviors. The events are carefully considered to enable all levels of ability to take part and to learn the sport.
The Section usually holds three or four events each year, currently at one of the premier shooting grounds in the country, Holland and Holland in Northwood Middlesex. The events start at around mid-day (to allow even the busiest to clear up the work!), with a welcome coffee and safety induction. Participants then split into groups of four or five for a 60-bird practice session, with full help and tuition given by the very best instructors in the country. After a short break, the competition commences, adjusted for ability, and is rounded off with a ‘flurry’ of 60 or 70 birds shot as a team. After the exertions of the day, a three-course meal is laid on for the participants in the Lodge House, during which time the Shoot Captain attempts (by way of fines and any other means) to relieve the diners of as much money as possible on behalf of the Master’s chosen charity for the year.
During May each year, the Paviors enter two or three teams of four in the Inter-Livery Shoot, also held at Holland and Holland. The day usually raises over £6,000 for charity.
Liverymen can contact the Shooting Section via the Members’ Area of the website. Others seeking more information on the Shooting Section should contact the Clerk (details below).