The Blackdown Shoots began in December 1986 when Ted Rogers and Richard Watson made a difference for the children of Lurgashall by raising monies to take them out to a Christmas pantomime and a day out during the Summer. These shoots were located on land on nearby Blackdown, hence the name.
In 1991 the shoot moved to Piper’s Farm, Didling at which a mere 6 people attended the first shoot! These shoots became a regular event with pits eventually being dug near the barn to allow for a variety of different sporting targets.
The right to shoot over the land at School House Farm, Northchapel was acquired in 2001.
Evening summer shoots were held before running monthly Sunday shoots throughout the year.
The original entrance was on the A283 next to the Schoolhouse Farm buildings. In 2008 the entrance was moved to the south end of Spring Copse allowing better car parking facilities as well as offering a different course layout.
In November 2013 after a long period of speculation, Piper’s Farm was finally sold and our permission to shoot on the land was lost.
We donate to the Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of Ted Rogers who passed away in 2001.
He was one of the founders of the Blackdown Shoot.
The Snowdrop Trust receives our support to remember Ben Power, one of our Trappers who tragically died in a motorbike accident in 2004.