The annual Inter Livery Clay Shoot is one of the highlights of the City of London charity events, which is traditionally held in second week of May. Since its inception in 1993 it has been hugely successful in raising funds for charities nominated by the winning teams, it also includes a donations to the Lord Mayors charity.
It is attended by in excess of 450 guns each year with teams of four representing over 55 Livery Companies. Each member of the team shoots 80 birds sporting over 10 stands. The team then shoot together for the 80 bird flush.
The venue is traditionally held at the Holland & Holland Shooting Grounds, a beautifully laid out professional course set out in the countryside on the edge of London. These grounds have traditionally been the home for all forms of shooting for many generations.
The Inter Livery Charity Clay Shoot was originally started by Dr John Garnam ( Basketmaker) in the 80’s and was held at the Holland & Holland shooting grounds. It was a very low key affair with thirty to forty guns who were mainly friends through City fraternities. Both Alan Ritson and Chris Parr (Environmental Cleaners) were fortunate to be invited to several of these events and when Dr Garnam relinquished organising the event due to poor health they decided to put a team together to continue the event.
The team consisted of Past master John Howard, Court Assistant Alan Ritson, Court Assistant Chris Parr and Liveryman Sandra Parr, finally getting the event off the ground in the summer of 1993. One hundred guns attended and two thousand pounds was raised for charity
2019 – is the Events 25th Anniversary in terms of the number years it has taken place. We now have in excess of 450 people shooting from as many as fifty five plus Livery Company’s.
Chris Parr is still on the Organising Team and it’s a huge credit to him that we are all enjoying the sport at Holland & Holland all these years later. Chris has now been joined by Richard Ferrand (Fishmonger) who comes with a wealth of experience in the events world and will support the team in taking the event to the next stage.