This year we are delighted to be holding the 34th annual Shooting Times Woodcock Club Dinner at Crowcombe Court in Somerset on 22nd April 2017.

The magnificent house at Crowcombe Court was built in the 1730s in the English regional baroque style by Thomas Parker and the interior features plasterwork by Grinling Gibbons. It was described by Sir Nikolas Pevsner as: “The finest house of its date in Somerset south of the Bath area”.

The house has recently benefited from a major restoration project by owners David and Kate Kenyon. David retired from the Army in 2001 and has since worked for the British Association for Shooting and Conservation and more recently as the Director for England and Wales for the British Deer Society. Together they have put the countryside at the heart of their Crowcombe Court home.

Put the date in your diary

Crowcombe Court is used as a shoot lodge throughout the shooting season. When the Woodcock Club team visited in early November, there were pheasants along the driveway and wild deer rutting in the hills surrounding the house. The house, together with the kind hospitality of David and Kate, provides intimate Edwardian luxury in a wonderful West Country setting and it is the perfect location for the 34th annual dinner.

Unfortunately after many years Glenfarclas are no longer supporting this event through sponsorship and it is only through David and Kate’s generosity that the dinner is going ahead in 2017.

Crowcombe Court

At the time of writing we have two sponsors in place for the dinner at Crowcombe Court. Pommery Champagne will be providing the reception with their fine Reims made champagne. The Pembrokeshire Brewery, based on part of Sir Edward Dashwood’s estate, will be providing every attendee with a bottle of their renowned woodcock ale. The label was designed by famed wildlife and woodcock artist Owen Williams. Negotiations for a third whisky sponsor are almost completed. More news will follow.

If you are keen to attend the dinner, please book soon, as space is strictly limited. Tickets are priced at £85 per head for a three-course black-tie event with wine and champagne. To secure your tickets for what promises to be a superb evening, telephone 01252 555123 or fill in the ticket application form enclosed with your newsletter.

Members of the Woodcock Club will receive their winter newsletter in the coming days giving an update on woodcock research from the GWCT and detailing the 2017 dinner at Crowcombe Court.

If you do not receive your Woodcock Club newsletter, please email the club secretary Leeanne Wright (leeanne.wright@timeinc.com) or call 01252 555213.

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