A team from the Paviors Company competed in the Inter-Livery Clay Pigeon Shoot held on 18 May. This event is organized by the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners at the grounds of Holland and Holland in Northwood, and raises money for charity. This year the Paviors fielded three teams of liverymen and one team of guests. The Paviors have participated in this event for the past 12 years, but the weather this year proved to be the dampest that any of the members could remember.​

Teams assembled at 7.30 in the morning to fortify themselves with a breakfast of bacon and sausages in rolls, before heading off for the official start at 8.30am. The way the day works is for teams to process around and shoot at each of ten different stands. Each stand provides four pairs of different tricky clay ‘birds’ for liverymen to shoot at and try and ‘down’. Each person shoots individually, and with a friendly Holland and Holland official efficiently managing the process, issuing cartridges, and noting scores. The final activity is the ‘flush’ or ‘flurry’, where the team all shoot together and try to hit waves of four or five clays which are sent overhead. This is great fun and has the adrenaline flowing to keep up with the demanding pace of loading and firing as a total of 80 clays fly overhead.

When the shooting was over, participants joined the queue in a huge marquee for a buffet lunch served, which as is now traditional at the inter-livery shoot, with the inclusion of two cooked whole pigs. Unfortunately, the Paviors’ shooting was not quite good enough to allow any trophies to be brought back but, despite the rain, everyone had a good day.