It is with regret that we report that our Patron, George Costain, passed away on Wednesday 10th January. In honour of George competitors at the range on Sunday 14th January fired a mass gun salute.
A celebration of George's life took place in Arbory Parish Church, Ballabeg at 12:00 on Friday 26th January, donations in memory of George can be made to either IOMCPSC or the Southern 100 Racing Club.
Whilst this is a moment for sad reflection it should also be a time to celebrate happy times spent in George’s company and all the things that George has done to help our Club thrive and create the wonderful facilities we enjoy today. George was one of our founding members, when the Douglas Gun Club and The Southern Game Preservation Society amalgamated in the early 1970’s. As Chairman, President and Patron George was a driving force in the promotion and establishment of both our club and clay shooting on the Island. George was the founding Chairman of the MCPSA and shot for the Island many times including at the first CSFED Games that the Isle of Man competed in and at Home Countries Skeet Internationals. He was Shooting Manager for the Commonwealth Games Team in New Zealand in 1990 and the Commonwealth Shooting Federation Games in India in 1995.
Many of us will have memories of game shooting with George both on and off the Island where his Manx ‘skeet’ made a three hour journey seem to pass in half an hour! At the drinks and lunch breaks George would take photographs and often produce from his pocket, along with a bag of sweets, old photographs to remind all of previous happy days spent together. George was an excellent game shot being an early member of the exclusive Bols Snippen Club for getting a left and right Woodcock and such feats as bringing down a duck that everyone else had thought out of range (shame it was white and carried a penalty of £25!).
Initially our club shot at Broogh Fort, Santon and many will remember enjoying bacon baps in our port-a-cabin whilst outside the clays often disappeared into the cold mist! When we lost the use of Broogh Fort George was instrumental in holding the club together and, after several years in the wilderness using temporary ranges, eventually charmed and persuaded politicians and civil servants to grant us a lease on Meary Veg. George helped to get planning permission (becoming an expert on the Manx Chough and managing to get a cup of tea out of the planning appeal committee in the process!) and finally assisting with encouragement, shovel, saw, hammer, brush, pork pies and tea as our new home emerged.
George was small in stature but full of energy and a larger than life character in his own polite, understated, gentlemanly but mischievous way. Clay, game and rifle shooting were just a small part of his life. A skilled motorcyclist ‘Sparrow’ Costain won the 1954 Senior MGP in an epic race in atrocious weather a report on the race is well worth a read at: https://www.iomtt.com/TT-Database/Competitors.aspx?ride_id=1704&filter=C George was also an instrumental member of The Southern Motorcycle Club helping them to establish racing at the Billown Circuit in the 1950’s.
There are many more stories to be told of George’s sporting achievements and his working life as a butcher and farmer. Our sympathies go to George’s family, of whom he was so proud. Like us we are sure that they have many happy proud memories and stories to tell of a Manx gentleman it has been a privilege for us all to have loved and call a friend.
Welcome to IOM Clay Pigeon Shooting Club
The Isle of Man Clay Pigeon Shooting Club (formerly known as the Isle of Man Clay Pigeon Association) was officially opened by HE The Lieutenant Governor Air Marshal Ian MacFadyen on the 13th August 2005 and provides excellent facilities for it's club members. Visiting shooters from other clubs are also welcome to join in our competitions, details of which can be found on the Fixtures page.
Gift vouchers are available for purchase from the club that can be redeemed for the following:
A trial round of 25 targets, including the use of a club gun supervised by a member of the committee with complimentary tea or coffee
Club membership, clothing or cartridges (the latter only available to holders of a Regulated Weapons Certificate)
Please contact the club by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to order your vouchers.
The Club is located at Meary Veg in the Isle of Man approximately 5 miles from Douglas and 3 miles from the airport. Turn off the A25 Old Castletown Road opposite the small cottages onto the single track road and follow the blue route shown on the map below.
Please drive slowly and carefully and after crossing the railway bridge turn right onto a new concrete road that leads to the sewerage treatment plant. At the plant entrance turn right and follow the track to the shooting range which is situated on the left as you come to the end of the track.
At the 2017 AGM held at the clubhouse on Sunday 10th December, revisions to the Club's Constitution were passed by members present.
The revised constitution can be viewed or downloaded from the link below:
Club Membership Renewals
Annual subscriptions are due on the 1st January 2018 and should be paid promptly to ensure that you are eligible for competition points and prizes.
Please remember to keep the club informed of your details, including your Regulated Weapon Certificate number and validity.
Thank you for your assistance in keeping our records updated.
Hospice Fund Raisers
So far the club has raised over £15,000 for Hospice from its annual competitions. Many thanks to all those who have donated so generously to help this worthy cause.
The 2017 event was held over the weekend of the 15/16 July, with over 40 entrants taking part in excellent weather.
Reports of the events are available from the links below.