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Justine PhilipponJuly 12, 2017
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Don’t worry.. the key word here is ‘simulated’ so to the uunitiated amongst us. Don’t start raising your eye brow…until you reach the end. So, it was a quiet day at our London offices when we received a call to shoot simulated game at Englefield Estate.

As the setting for the award-winning Netflix series The Crown and Pippa Middleton’s recent wedding, the spectacular Berkshire estate is one of eight venues The Really Wild Clay Company (RWCC) use for their high-octane simulated days, which run from March until end of September. Perfect! What is it all about?

“Shooting simulated game is a fantastic way to pull the trigger throughout the summer months,” explained RWCC’s Robert Cross, who masterminds the drives and runs the days as well as working as a full-time shooting instructor for The Royal Berkshire Shooting Group, the parent company of RWCC. He added: “Plus simulated game shooting is extremely cost effective. For just £285, Guns are presented with around 1,000 birds over five drives as well as breakfast upon arrival and lunch at the end of the day. An equivalent day’s shooting pheasants would cost around £2,000 per Gun.”

The day commenced with a buffet-style shoot breakfast, hosted by Zoe Benyon, wife of Richard Benyon MP, the Conservative politician whose family have owned Englefield since the 18th century. Prepared and cooked by a pop-up version of nearby The Yew Tree Inn, the 12 Guns were treated to bacon butties and pastries. Once the guns had finished breakfast, Zoe held court in the opulent drawing room relaying stories of how the family’s five sons (three are from Richard’s first marriage) all live in the house together. The boys’ ages range from 10 to 27 so it can be “pretty chaotic.” She said: “A house of this size needs to be lived in. There will be crisp packets and lost trainers under the sofas. If you let a house like this become unlived in it will feel different, smell different.” Englefield is not open to the public with the usual gift shops and museums but the state rooms are available for corporate and private events, and Richard will always try to make an appearance.

After a full safety briefing, each of the Guns were kitted out with a Really Wild baseball hat, safety glasses and foam ear plugs before being loaded up into brand new Land Rover Discovery 5 SUVs, courtesy of Stratstone of Mayfair. The first drive on the 15,000-acre estate, known as Culham Shaw, was reached by driving past the pin-neat polo lawn in front of the imposing Elizabethan house where riders were playing chukkas on immaculately turned-out ponies.

Unlike on a real day’s game shooting, the temperature today was in the mid-twenties making it warm enough to shoot in short-sleeves. To keep it authentic, the Guns and their instructors/loaders lined out on numbered pegs. “Some simulated game shooting companies have been criticized in the past for spacing Guns too closely together,” revealed Robert, adding: “We always leave at least 25 yards between each peg.”

The RWCC’s attention to detail is second to none, with the ‘head gamekeeper’ Paul Bassett and his team providing all of the elements of realism that one would enjoy from a beating line including unruly dogs being admonished to flag men out on the flank. The team operates a minimum of five manual traps to ensure the targets are presented in as realistic way as possible. “Most Guns are surprised when they find out we use manual traps,” said Paul. “Unlike automatic traps, we can vary speed, direction, distance and curve very easily which all helps to create targets that fly like real gamebirds.”

Drive one saw the Guns presented with curving, crossing birds. Gun Eleanor Doughty wielded her Purdey Game Gun with expertise and powdered almost every clay that tried to pass her. “My family and I have watched The Crown since the first series, we are huge fans of the programme. It feels quite surreal to be shooting at the estate where it was filmed.”

On the neighbouring peg, Teresa Fitzherbert was not letting any clays pass her as she continually mounted her Purdey 12-bore. Clays poured over the line, giving Guns plenty of challenging sport. “One of the great advantages of shooting simulated game is that it cannot be spoilt by the weather. Even if it is pouring with rain, the birds will still fly high and fast,” commented Gun Anna Tyzack before slipping a pair of new felt-wad cartridges into her broken Purdey Sporter.

For the next drive, RWCC put on a lighthearted competition to incite a bit of playful rivalry between the Guns. This drive was designed to simulate a duck flight with the Guns stood around a large lake in amongst the reeds. They were divided into four teams before clays not only skimmed across the water, but also dropped in from a great height. Robert even blew on a duck call for added authenticity. The beaming Guns each shot around 75 cartridges before switching places. The elevated view from the lake looked back towards the south side of the house, giving views of the elegant deer park and its resident fallow herd.

Gun David Godwin used to compete at clay shooting for his university and now occasionally shoots driven game with his father. “Simulated game shooting during the close season gives me the opportunity to practice and keep me shooting straight,” he commented before dusting a left-and-right. “I do not understand Guns who lock away their shotguns all summer, do not practice and then ruin their expensive day’s grouse shooting in August because they cannot hit anything! To stay on top of your game, you need to keep shooting year-round.”

Elevenses were again provided by The Yew Tree Inn team. Chef Sam May treated Guns to barbequed rabbit and chorizo kebabs, pigeon pie and wild boar sausage rolls. “We do not serve any alcohol during this pit-stop as Guns still have one further drive to shoot,” explained Sam. “We take health and safety extremely seriously and save drinking alcohol for the late lunch when all shooting has finished.”

For Gun Liam Jeffries it was his first ever time shooting. “I have tried most sports but never shooting. I have been bitten by the bug, however! Simulated game shooting is fast-paced and action-packed, which is how I like my sport,” he shouted between shots with his Purdey on the final drive, known as Battlefield.

The day was rounded off with a Champagne reception and three-course lunch provided by The Yew Tree Inn in back in the Long Gallery at Englefield House. After the main course of roast venison (fallow harvested from the estate), Robert announced the winners of the competition. Team Four, which consisted of Alberto Arnaud, Benedicte Bukasa and Justine Philippon were crowned the overall champions, taking home limited edition Really Wild baseball caps as a prize.

So, if you fancy a day’s shooting with all the trimmings of a full-blown driven pheasant day on a top drawer estate, simulated game shooting is an affordable alternative and is just great fun!

Join the adventure. Find more information below;

Really Wild Clay Company

Simulated game shooting costs £285+VAT per Gun, which includes everything other than felt-wad cartridges and gun hire.

www.rbss.co.uk/really-wild-clay-days.

Englefield House

Gardens are open to the public all year round on particular weekdays and the house by appointment only for large groups.

www.englefieldestate.co.uk

James Purdey & Sons

Fine shotguns

www.purdey.com

The Yew Tree Inn

www.theyewtree.co.uk

The Epicurean Collective

www.epicurean.club

Stratstone of Mayfair

Land Rover Discovery 5

From £43,995

www.stratstone.mayfair.landrover.co.uk


Jordan KensingtonSeptember 1, 2016
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Lupita Nyong’o, Estelle, fashion models Shaun Ross and Ashley Graham as well as DJ Hannah Bronfman were among those raising a glass to Belvedere’s 5-year anniversary with (RED), at one of the world’s most famous cultural landmarks, where countless musical legends began their road to stardom.
The evening featured an exclusive performance by (BELVEDERE)RED new ambassador John Legend, who debuted his song “Love Me Now” from his upcoming album. The anthem theme encourages people to love now and give now due to the uncertainty of tomorrow.
Belvedere revealed the new (PRODUCT)RED limited edition bottle, featuring the vibrant and powerful artwork of celebrated Ndebele artist Esther Mahlangu, alongside John Legend’s signature. Available from September at select retailers around the world.

“I always wanted to give back but [being a father] just gives you,even more reason to want the world to be a better place because you want the world to be better for your kids than it was for you. I think it’s been great for me but if we can make it even better for Luna that’d be great.”

“Being a father… you feel just so much love, you feel that connection with your wife and with your daughter, and I think it’s a powerful thing to start building a family, and I love that feeling.”

 Check out a few pictures from the event below:


Kristina FosterJune 25, 2014
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As usual, people were spectating the hats just as much as the horses at the thankfully warm and sunny Royal Ascot event this year. Smart Experiences sought to introduce a different Ascot experience in the Royal Ascot Village, a small complex opposite the grand stand made up of dining rooms, marquees and a stylish bar which had an established sporting legacy as it was used at many of the 2012 London Olympics events. It was a relaxed atmosphere, with people lounging in the sun in between races and listening to a fun guitar, saxophone and singing trio who lightly tinkled out old and new favourites.

Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 10.51.53 Lunch was served in a large dining room of the Village. The guests enjoyed a three course meal with a beef carpaccio starter, a wonderfully light poached salmon main and a dessert buffet with a host of summery, delicate deserts such as lemon posset and chocolate cherry cakes. Later on, after a few heavy bets and losses, spirits were lifted as afternoon tea was served, offering raspberry smoothies, miniature scones, cupcakes and good old-fashioned, English finger sandwiches. Being a guest in the Royal Ascot Village definitely affords you one of the best views in the arena. A small walkway brings you right to the edge of the track where you can feel the ground vibrate as the horses plummet by you. Behind this is the dramatic backdrop of the famous grandstand which teems with people. This of course means you have the best seat for the Royal procession, definitely upping your chances of getting a wave from Her Majesty.

Bets can be placed in the comfort of the Village or from the bookies just next to the track. First-timers were definitely feeling a bit uneasy about trying they’re hand at betting, but with renowned jockeys giving some great tips for every race at lunch, you’ll always know which horse to put your money on Getting the full experience of Ascot could not be better at the Royal Ascot Village. A great place to hold functions, or even if you would just like some amazing beverage and food along with your betting, this will definitely be the most strategic position of the day.

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Emilien PerrotJune 24, 2014
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Coldplay have announced six international dates to mark the release of their new album, Ghost Stories. The band will perform in Cologne, New York, Los Angeles, Paris and Tokyo, before ending the tour with this special concert at the iconic Royal Albert Hall.

Ghost Stories is Coldplay’s sixth album. It has been released worldwide on Monday 19 May.

Concert dates : Tuesday 1 July-Wednesday 2 July 2014 (Royal Albert Hall)


Emilien PerrotJune 23, 2014
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Flying monkeys, ruby red slippers and a tornado-topping house all make appearances in the spellbinding musical Wicked, but the show does far more than recycle the clichés that we are familiar with from the original book and Technicolor film. Adapted from Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel, Wicked is a dizzying theatrical spectacle that subverts the well-worn story of Oz and provides a shocking backstory to explain how the Witches of Oz earned their reputations as Glinda the Good and The Wicked Witch of the West long before Dorothy arrived on the scene.

Creative Team

The music and lyrics in Wicked are by Stephen Schwartz, the musical theatre legend behind Godspell, Pippin, and The Baker’s Wife. He is also known for his long career writing music for films, including the Academy Award-winning song “When You Believe” from The Prince of Egypt. The book is written by Winnie Holzman, and the production is directed by Joe Mantello, who also helmed Broadway productions of Take Me Out and Assassins.

Show Lengths and Times

Performances of Wicked take place at the Apollo Victoria Theatre every evening from Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm. There is an additional matinee performance on both Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm. There are no performances on Sundays. The musical lasts for approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes. Evening performances end at approximately 10:15pm, and you can expect to leave the theatre by around 10:30pm, while matinees finish at approximately 5:15pm, and you can expect to leave the venue by 5:30pm.

Now playing until April 2015


Kristina FosterJune 16, 2014
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Models, actors, comedians and rock-stars graced the pitches of the Hurtwood Polo Club on Saturday,  June the 14th as they rallied together at the Rock ‘N’ Horsepower event in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.

Sponsored by Opera Jet, Kenney Jones hosted the event to raise awareness for prostate cancer after being diagnosed in Summer 2013. Celebrities such as Jane Seymour, Paul Young, Penny Smith and Ruby Wax all added to the dazzling display of the day. It was a glamorous affair entailing a champagne reception, lunch and a riveting polo match. But horsepower was revved up here in more ways than one. As well as some word-class polo there was also a chocolate box of super cars on display, ranging from a 275 GTB Spider to a 360 Modena.

After a day of sport and sports cars, the guests were treated to an amazing live concert with Kenney Jones’ rock-star friends rallying to the cause. Huge acts such as The Who, Mick Hucknal (Simply Red), Procul Harum and of course Kenney Jones himself finished the energy-filled day with a bang. ‘Shooting Stars’ Vic Reeves and Angelous Epithemou hosted the show and kept a steady pulse of comedy going through out the evening whilst also underlining the more serious message of cancer awareness.

Overall, the day was an exhilarating celebration of sport, music and fast cars, all great components to attract a lively and A-list crowd. Added to that, a charity auction took place and raised an astounding 10,000 pounds for Prostate Cancer UK.


Caitlin OsbornJune 25, 2012
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Wimbledon Afternoon Tea

A selection of freshly made sandwiches,

Smoked Scottish salmon and chive cream on beetroot loaf

Free range egg and mayonnaise with mustard cress on granary loaf

Freshly sliced cured ham and figs jam on white loaf

Cucumber carpaccio and creme cheese on basil loaf

Warm homemade strawberry scones served with homemade preserve and Devonshire clotted cream

Green tea and lime opera tennis court

Pimm’s jelly

Lemon and mint macaroon

Mini Wimbledon cupcakes

Strawberries and cream

Tennis ball pop cakes

Tea or infusions

£20.50

 

 

Wimbledon Centre Court Experience

Watch your favourite players in style in the comfort of one of our private event rooms.

The room is yours for up to three hours and includes our

Wimbledon Afternoon Tea as well as unlimited Pimm’s for £45 per person.

 

 

For more information or to book, contact Reservations on

reservations@pelhamhotel.co.uk or call 02075898288

 

 


Niki ArestiOctober 13, 2011

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Pukka PR presents – Boudoir of Beasts

Night falls as Vampires call you to Party and Celebrate Halloween…

Friday 28 October 2011 at 8.00pm

At the Persian Lounge, King’s Club 107 King’s Road,

Chelsea SW3 4PA

King’s Club is a new private members club in fashionable Chelsea, its Persian lounge beautifully decorated in luxurious red and gold drapes with Persian carpets and private ‘Sultan booths’ & ‘Princess Beds’ leading out to a heated romantic Roof Terrace with cushions and an ‘exotic feel.’ Food, drinks and Shisha available for purchase.

Boudoir of Beasts’featuring Kiss Me Deadly – A decadent Lingerie Show modelled by seductive Femme Fatale beastly beauties.

Britain’s Next Top Model Jessica-Louise Abidde shall make a special guest appearance modelling for Kiss Me Deadly and other guests models tbc.

Get you tickets at:

http://pukkaprboudoirofbeasts.eventbrite.com

 

 

Music by DJ James Park– James the master has played at some of London’s top night spots inc Chinawhite, Roof Gardens, Mahiki and Amika.

Sweetness & Light providingspecial handmade Halloween Cupcakes for purchase.

Halloween horror chills and party treats and thrills await.

Dress Code: dramatic Halloween Vamp or Smart/Glam.

Surprise gift for the best dressed Vamp or Vixen.

 

Email: info@pukkapr.comWeb: www.pukkapr.com

 

Pukka PR

The event is hosted by Pukka PR,  a well established cutting-edge social media brand covering and promoting world class events. Having recently launched a dynamic new website  they have covered Super Car & Vintage Car events, prestigious Polo events, several Fashion Shows, Award ceremonies, Cultural festivals, Launches, Concerts and Charity events plus much more.

 



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