Sharpshooters of the merchant sector

Sharpshooters of the merchant sector

The inaugural Bob Beaver Memorial Clay Pigeon Shoot took place under some fabulous weather conditions at the Royal Berkshire Shooting School on Wednesday 15th July.

Over 70 guests from builders’ merchants and suppliers joined forces to take on the challenge of becoming the industry’s ‘Top Gun’ while also raising money for the Rainy Day Trust, one of the charities that supports those who work or have worked in the sector.

The event sponsors – AkzoNobel, Crystal, Dickies, IKO, Knauf Insulation, Makita, NMBS and Toolbank – and their guests enjoyed a fabulous day out of the office in the beautiful Berkshire countryside. Neil Carter from Long Water Supplies took the Top Gun award and is the proud custodian of the Bob Beaver Trophy for the next 12 months. Runner-up, just one clay behind him, was Malcolm Partridge of Frank Key Group with Kate Tinsley of Buildbase taking the women’s award.

The shoot also caters for those who haven’t shot previously and, under the guidance and care of the UK’s most experienced and leading instructors, Michael Graham from AkzoNobel took top rookie with runner up Steve Halford from Crystal a very close contender.

In total, the day raised just over £7,000 for the Rainy Day Trust and the event – named in honour of the much-missed proprietor of Shropshire Building Supplies – not only provides a great platform for shooting but is also a terrific place to catch up with what is happening in the industry, while relaxing and networking with some of the leaders and personalities of the merchant sector.

An exclusive day not to be missed – Thursday 14th July 2016 has now been announced as your chance to take on the industry at the second Bob Beaver Memorial Clay Shoot. For further information drop an email to Michael Dark, trustee at the Rainy Day Trust, via

The picture shows Shropshire Building Supplies’ Christine Beaver presenting the trophy to ‘Top Gun’ Neil Carter (Long Water Supplies) alongside IKO MD and RDT Trustee Andy Williamson.

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