The 2nd “Stephen Mitchell Memorial Shoot was held on Sat 28th July 2012 at Stotley Grange, Middleton-in-Teesdale. The weather was not as good as last year, but it was mostly dry with a rather cool wind which did effect the flight of the clays, this year we must say a big thank you to the NGO for their help and attendance on the day.

Also once again a big thank you to our stand sponsors who are:-

  1. Lord Strathmore
  2. H & M Construction Ltd
  3. McFarlane Family Butchers
  4. Middleton Forge Ltd
  5. Middleton Care
  6. Alston Road Garage
  7. ME & CE Bell Cronkley

This year we had 126 guns shoot the course which was a little bit harder than last year, mainly due to the wind. We again had a good team of trappers and markers most of which had been with us last year. Bouncemania once again supplied the marquee and bouncey castles, McFarlanes family butchers provided the catering, and a big thank you to all the ladies who made all the cakes for the refreshments tent, Rebecca Tiplady provide us with the bar. Once again we had a raffle with more than forty prizes, all donated  we thank you all. A lot of people who could not make the shoot sent us a donation to help our fund raising once again we would like to thank you all.

This year we also decided to hold a silent auction and had 11 items in the auction. For those of you who don’t know how a silent auction works, all the items are no display with a sheet of paper describing what you are bidding for, and if you wish to bid you place your name and bid on the paper, the last name on the paper at the end of the auction with the highest bid wins the auction. Items in the auction this year where:-

PrizeDonated by
Signed Sunderland shirt by squad 2011 – 2012A Mitchell
Cricket Training Top signed and worn by Paul CollingwoodCaroline Colling
32″ Sharp LCD Flat screen TVJ Raine & Son
Newcastle Hero’s PicturePicture This
One gun in Pheasant Day approx 40 headAndrew Lofthouse
Full Car ValetNC & AC Mitchell
Days Grouse Shooting on small family shootNC & GM Mitchell
Taxi Ride for 4 people up to 30 mile radiusAlan Green
Hand Carved walking StickF.E. Wilkinson
Framed Shooting PictureK Mitchell & N Kearton
Photo ShootMitchell Photography

The clay shoot was once again a closely fought contest with the following people taking the prizes:-


  1. Philip Thompson          52/60
  2. Dave Renton                  51/60
  3. Johnny Maughan          51/60


  1. Lynn Cuthbertson        32/60
  2. Amanda Pinkney          30/60
  3. Bev Ridley                      30/60

Undere 16’s

  1. Adam Holmes             26/60
  2. David Mitchell            23/60
  3. Dominic Rudge          17/60


  1. John Scott                   40/60
  2. Pete Walsh                   39/60
  3. Eugene Tulley             39/60


  1. Peter Henderson      44/60
  2. Richard Pinkney      38/60
  3. James Swinbank      37/60


  1. Dave Renton           51/60
  2. Johnny Maughan   51/60
  3. Nick Wormsley       50/60


This year are able to donate £2500 to local organizations, we hope to buy a automatic defibrillator which will be placed in a central location in the village and be available to the public as required. As well as the purchase of the defibrillator the fund will also pay for the ongoing maintenance of the machine. We also donated £500 to Teesdale Gun Club and £200 to the NGO, and £200 to The Messy Church Youth Group this is run by Middleton Methodist Church.


Once again a big thank you from the Mitchell family to all who helped make it another successful day, and for all who came to take part in the shoot.

Next years shoot will be Sat 27th July 2013 mark it in your dairy !!!!!