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Birthday bash goes with a bang for club

By David Porter

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It has been a year like no other and an uncertain and ever changing future lies ahead for everyone but through it all Glad Rags and Cartridge Bags ladies shooting club has been able to adapt.

Barbara Marshall, Lois Moyes and Lynette Ross
Barbara Marshall, Lois Moyes and Lynette Ross

Things came to a grinding halt in March but the week before lock-down their family event saw record numbers attending Barra Castle.

Being an outdoor sport and following all their governing bodies guidelines they were able to start up again in June with their experienced ladies, in September it was business as usual with all abilities of ladies’ welcome.

Mhairi Morriss founder of Glad Rags and Cartridge Bags said: “Our first event back after lockdown was a very emotional day for everyone, guests, and staff alike, especially for those living and working on their own”.

Autumn has been extremely busy with their events back on track.

Early October saw the rescheduled-on tour to Gleneagles event, with 25 ladies attending 14 of those new to Glad Rags travelling from all over Scotland to attend. Mhairi said: “New enquires continued to come in all through lock-down and have never stopped”.

Unlike other shooting events or groups apart from Gleneagles Glad Rags events take place not at traditional shooting grounds but at stunning, unique and unusual locations.

Ladies who have never held a gun to the more experience shot are all welcome.

The emphasis is always on safety while learning how to shoot properly in a supportive and relaxed atmosphere.

There is no joining fee and ladies dip in and out going along to the events they can manage.

For Mhairi her proudest moment in her event management career took place on October 25.

By gracious personal permission of her Majesty the Queen Glad Rags and Tiaras took place at the Queen’s private estate Delnadamph.

A charity event raising much needed funds for Children 1st.

Fiona McPherson
Fiona McPherson

Sheadmitted: “The email from Balmoral Estates saying Her Majesty gave her personal permission has been printed out and framed taking pride of place on my office wall”

On November 22 Glad Rags and Cartridge Bags celebrated their sixth birthday with what they do best a clay pigeon shoot at Mid Clova.

The sound of laugher, cheers and applause could be heard echoing around the fields. It was also the final of the Country Ways challenge.

The more competitive ladies entered their three best scores from the events they attended in 2020.

In the experienced category Barbara Marshall came out on top with Lois Moyes runner up and Lynette Ross third, in the improvers section Tricia Schooling stormed to first at the birthday event, Alison McElrea runner up and Oliva Roberts third.

In the beginner’s section Joanne Philip kept her lead, Kerry Doran runner up and Hazel Stead third.

The lucky winners took away fantastic prizes donated by Glad Rags sponsors Country Ways, Shepherd and Wedderburn, MHA Henderson Loggie and Weatherby’s Private Banking.

Lucy Crow, tax manager at MHA Henderson Loggie said: “It has been a joy to be involved with the superb events that each and every Gladrags day is.

"Especially this year it has been wonderful to meet all the women who are so passionate about the sport and supportive of each other to learn and improve.

At MHA Henderson Loggie we are proud to have been a sponsor for 2020”

Mhairi continued: “I am absolutely amazed and delighted how Glad Rags has fared throughout this turbulent year.

"The events have been a real lifeline for many and the encouragement from glad raggers and sponsors alike has been unwavering”.

So, the question must be asked what exciting plans are in place for 2021?

Mhairi added:“What else do you do in a global pandemic but expand!

"The daily news focuses on what we cannot do, but at Glad Rags we are highlighting what we can do all within the guidelines of course.

"Glad Rags and Cartridge Bags blasts into 2021 with a friends and family event on January 31.

"Ladies, gents and children from 10 years, everyone welcome to come along. "Working in partnership with The Working Puppy Company Glad Rags and Dog Leads will now be regular events.

"Glad Rags and Floral Creations, Glad Rags and Cake Creations and Glad Rags and Cocktails are also being added to the fabulous diary of events.

"I am really looking forward to collaborating closely with our brilliant sponsors, suppliers and new venues to offer a calendar of fun and exciting events while supporting Children 1st our chosen charity for the year."

For more information www.gladragsandcartridgebags.com or call 07841 393 155.

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