#NLSD17: A Quintessential British Afternoon

Posted on 12th Jun 2017 Categories: Shooting

As our country reels in the aftermath of the recent attacks in Manchester and London it’s heart-warming to hear stories of bravery and defiance from Britons who refuse to give in to fear and despondency. It is important we try to carry on as normally as possible and live life to the full because as we’ve seen too many times in recent months, life is precious and often far too short.

Understandably, for the past few weeks my Twitter and Facebook news feeds have been filled with sadness, anger and sorrow as the nation tries to come to terms with what’s happened. Saturday however was in complete contrast! Social media was filled with positivity, smiles and a lot of cake. No, Mary Berry hasn’t made a shock return to Bake Off (sob!) but it was just as exciting… It was The Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club’s National Ladies Shooting Day.

Spearheaded by the fabulous Victoria Knowles-Lacks, National Ladies Shooting Day is a firm fixture on the ladies’ shooting calendar. Ladies from different backgrounds with varied abilities (including Sky Sports presenter Alex Hammond) flocked to beautiful venues around the UK to participate in the ‘seriously fun and social’ clay shoot.

Whether you fancy yourself as a contender for Tokyo 2020 or you’ve never shot a gun, you’re welcomed with open arms at a S&CBC event. They describe their club as a perfect introduction to shooting with the bonus of meeting new and likeminded friends. Plus, there’s cake! What’s not to love? If you’re familiar with the club and Victoria you’ll be aware of the legendary prize pile she organises each year. This years was better than ever! Ok, I might be slightly biased as we were involved for the first time but seriously, who else would offer Dubarry boots, Pol Roger Champagne and a shooting lesson with Commonwealth Gold Medalist Anita North, to name but a few. It’s no surprise the ladies were all smiles!

Judging by the number of pictures and posts on social media, the day was a roaring success. There were nearly 900 uses of #NLSD2017 on Instagram which speaks for itself. Everyone seemed to have so much fun shooting clays, drinking tea (and the odd glass of champagne, I suspect) and indulging in a tonne of cake. A quintessential British afternoon in the countryside!

So, thank you Victoria and your fellow Bun Clubbers for highlighting what makes Britain great. We have the ability to come together in hard times, smile through sadness and remain extremely positive and upbeat.

Roll on #NLSD18 – I might even make my debut!

Ashley x