It Would Be So Nice ….

On a Sunday morning, I go shooting.     At a club local to Northampton, called Sywell Range, which accommodates clay shooters, full-bore pistol and rifle indoor and outdoor shooters, and outdoor airgun shooters.  And it is the airgun rifle shooting that I participate in.  Not at anything live, I hasten to add.  At ‘tin-chickens’:  which are silhouettes of live game, but with a kill-zone within each profile, which if you hit, the target falls over.  It is a sport discipline called Field Target shooting, or FT for short.  It is very popular in the UK.
I am, admittedly, a very poor shot.  In fact I am probably the undisputed most crap shot in the whole of the airgun section of the Sywell Range.  But that means that I am under no pressure to perform to a particular standard.  Or indeed, to any standard at all.  I am free to just turn up; and enjoy myself amongst a bunch of like minded people, whose company I enjoy enormously.  And being out in the fresh air on a Sunday morning, whatever the weather, makes it all worthwhile.
In fact, according to Neil, the clubs possibly longest serving member, and Range Officer, and one of the hardest working amongst all of us, in terms of keeping the club operational, I am there for everyone else to ridicule, and delight in, at the appalling results of my shooting. (I generally reckon that if I hit half or more, of the forty targets, I have had a very good day.)
Which, you may consider as being a fairly harsh and unnecessary thing to say to anyone.
But I can assure you that it is not either said, nor intended, in a derisory manner.  (Well, not very derisory, anyway.  :-) )
Good, wholesome banter is an essential part of the clubs ethos.  Though admittedly not mentioned in its Articles of Constitution.   Most of the stick which I receive, I probably deserve:  and what I don’t deserve I receive anyway – because it is always so graciously provided.
Neil, Phil and a number of other notables within the club, are also incidentally, some of the people who have helped me most in terms of my transition from an utter novice with no idea, to the most crap shot in the club, with no idea.  So I have much to be grateful for, from Neil and his fellow proficient members, who have been so instrumental in my dismally appalling progress. :-)

I have related that because, this morning, I was talking to Phil, a good friend at the club, who told me that he had been reading some of my latest blogs.  And he stated how much he enjoyed reading them.

But he didn’t leave a comment.
And I do wish he had.         It Would Be So Nice ….  to hear his thoughts.
And the same is true for everyone who reads my blogs.
It really is very easy to post a comment  (please do ensure that it is reasonably civil and well mannered – you may never know who else will read your comment)

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Give it a try.  You may find that you enjoy it.
Your comments may be as honest as you wish, but please do respect the necessity to be well mannered.
Offensive &/or bad mannered posts will be removed, without exception.

More on the Scammer

I now have Denny Ebbett’s mobile number and his/her I.P. address.
Thank you, sincerely, to the kind recipient of one of Ebbett’s Emails, for providing me with that information.

And I have people, who know how to use the information I have provided them with, who are working now to trace this woebegone excuse for humanity.
Surprisingly,  his/her mobile is switched off, but I have sent him/her an advisory message.

Beware the Scammer

Today, Wednesday the 27th August 2014, I have received several enquiries from people who have received an Email, purporting to be from, stating that a sum of money has been, or will be, debited from their personal bank account, via debit or credit card.


I have not, nor would I ever, issue an Email concerning the direct payment of money.
I do, and will always, conduct this area of work via an invoice, specifying an order number or reference.  Furthermore it will also always be addressed to the recipient by name, and it will always be delivered via the normal postal facilities.
Usually Royal Mail

The scroat who is perpetrating this scam has named him/herself DENNY EBBETT.

Please ignore any correspondence which is couched in the format detailed above. And if you are, or have been the subject of this idiots version of ‘fun’, please accept my sincere apology for any inconvenience or distress that this moron has subjected you to.

I am doing everything possible at the moment to identify the IP address & IP host of this prankster.  And if I am successful and am able to locate him/her, he/she may regret their use of my website.

Kind regards,


The Environment Agency have  been true to their word.
This morning, Sunday 10 March, I noted that the moored nesting platform promised for the centre of the lake, on the corner of Billing Road East & Weston mill Lane, has been installed.

Thank you, the E A, for a programme of work successfully completed on time and to budget :-)

Earls Barton Church

Under the Photos drop-down Menu is included a photographic depiction of the All Saints church at Earls Barton in Northamptonshire.  Significant parts of it are Saxon in origin, and it is a fascinating church to visit and view, as is the village of Earls Barton itself.
The village is quite close to Brixworth, which is the home of the oldest Saxon church in the country – AD642 – so a visit to both is well worth a day out.

I will shortly be uploading a similar set of images of the Brixworth church.