UK poultry sector out in force for Cobb Europe charity shoot at High Lodge, Darsham

The annual The Cobb Europe Charity Shoot at High Lodge, Darsham. From left, Mike Woods, Spencer Reev

The annual The Cobb Europe Charity Shoot at High Lodge, Darsham. From left, Mike Woods, Spencer Reeves, John Bidwell of High Lodge, Eric Chapman and Jonathan Chapman - Credit: Archant

The UK poultry sector turned out in force for Cobb Europe’s annual charity shoot in aid of Papworth Hospital in Cambridge. which is now in its seventh year.

The annual The Cobb Europe Charity Shoot at High Lodge, Darsham. John Bidwell of High Lodge, present

The annual The Cobb Europe Charity Shoot at High Lodge, Darsham. John Bidwell of High Lodge, presenting the award to Richard Newstead. - Credit: Graham Down

Organisers reported a record turnout of 27 teams and 108 individuals for the event, which took place at John Bidwell’s shooting grounds at High Lodge, Darsham, near Yoxford.

“Each year, we have managed to increase attendance,” said John Vincent, Cobb Europe director of quality assurance.

“There was no lack of healthy competition and friendly rivalry between the teams and it was again a most enjoyable day - thanks to the hard work of many at Cobb and High Lodge who helped with the organisation. It has now become a well recognised industry event and the opportunities to network are there for everyone’s benefit.”

The winning team for the fourth year in a row was Chapmans Shavings with 324/400.

The annual The Cobb Europe Charity Shoot at High Lodge, Darsham. Steve Graham of the Steve Graham Te

The annual The Cobb Europe Charity Shoot at High Lodge, Darsham. Steve Graham of the Steve Graham Team. - Credit: Graham Down

John Bidwell said: “It was wonderful to host yet another successful Cobb charity shoot at High Lodge. I’m proud my team is able to help with these events and pleased to see the standard being raised every year.”

P D Hook was second with 327/400 and ABN Bury St Edmunds third with 324/400. The winning individual, with 55/60 was Richard Newstead from ABN Walsingham, and with 51/60 Eric Chapman was runner-up.

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Claire Beavis, of PD Hook, said: “The Cobb clay shoot was a thoroughly enjoyable day, with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. There was an excellent variety of clay traps and we were well fed and watered.

“It was a great opportunity to network with people throughout the industry and a great fund-raiser for charity. A very well organised day by all at Cobb.”

If you would like to express an interest in getting involved next year, please contact the Cobb Europe UK & Ireland account manager Tom Procter at tom.procter@cobb-europe.com.