World Championship competitor takes over Lakenheath clay range

A competitor in the World Championships held at the shooting ground in 2008
A competitor in the World Championships held at the shooting ground in 2008
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Shots will be fired again at an internationally known shooting range after it was announced that it will reopen this month.

Eriswell Lodge, formerly known as Lakenheath Clay Target Centre, is to start up again on April 25.

Stuart Smith and his father Nigel, the new directors of the site, were looking for another project after running family businesses for more than 10 years.

Stuart, who was a regular and competed in two World Championships and British Opens there, said: “When the ground closed in January 2014 it was a big blow, we got the opportunity to take it on and jumped at the chance.”

News of the site’s return has gone across the globe, including contact from the curator of the Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame in Texas, who helped build the clubhouse in 1978.

Stuart said: “We have been completed staggered by the response from people, it has been incredible.

“We have some of the top shots in the country around us and to have a facility like this again can help us locally, regionally and indeed nationally on the world stage.”

The new owners have created new traps and a temporary clubhouse.

Other plans include making the ground accessible to wheelchairs, which is important to Stuart, who also hopes to build one of the country’s best clubhouses in the next few years.

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