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Clay pigeon club founded by “Gentleman” Jack Sears to go out with a bang at final shoot on his estate

Motor Racing legend Jack Sears. Here pictured on his farm at Ashill.
 PHOTO: IAN BURT
 EDP pics © 2008
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Motor Racing legend Jack Sears. Here pictured on his farm at Ashill. PHOTO: IAN BURT EDP pics © 2008 (01603)772434

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More than half a century of sports gatherings on the late “Gentleman” Jack Sears’ estate will end on a high next month.

The Ashill Clay Pigeon Club was founded by the motor racing champion, and for the past 53 years its members have held biweekly shoots on his family’s farm in the Breckland village.

Following his death in August last year, Sears’ family have decided to develop the area of the estate on which the shoots have been held.

Despite now needing to find a new home, the club is not downbeat – and plans to go out with a bang during its final shoot on Sunday. February 19.

Club member Paul Chubbock said: “Jack was what made it so special. He let us shoot there and he came out with us, though not so much in his older days.

“It was a good atmosphere at the club. I would say that the shoots are more of a social occasion.

“It is disappointing. We had hoped that somewhere could be found on the farm for us, but we are quite understanding of the land needing to be developed.”

Over the years the Ashill club has played host to many British clay pigeon shooting championships, with some of its members claiming national and international titles. One of its members even won the British open in the 1980s.

But Mr Chubbock said it was Sears’ intention to make the club as inclusive as possible.

“Although a true sportsman, he would never like to see targets too difficult and said he wished to cater for all abilities at all times, in order to encourage younger shooters to better themselves.

“We have regular competitions at the club, but you tend to help the younger members.”

In this spirit the final shoot will be open to anyone, with all participants asked to make a donation to a cancer charity of the family’s choice. The club hopes to welcome clay pigeon shooters and friends of “Gentleman” Jack alike.

The shoot will start at 9.30am, with last entries accepted at 12.30pm.

For more information, or if you have or may know of a suitable new venue for the Ashill Clay Pigeon Club, please call Mr Chubbock on 01362 820416.

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