‘We few, we happy few, we band of Brothers’ – One of the well-known lines from the St. Crispin’s Day Speech of Shakespeare’s Henry V.

This photographic Essay is comprised of all the elements that make this the most enjoyable of shoots, namely my fellow guns, our families and friends, children, and dogs, who come and beat, and our ambitious Keeper, and his supportive wife and friends, and the team of pickers-up, and the incomparable countryside in which we are fortunate enough to enjoy our sport.
Shooting images

Above all, the Shoot Captain, whom I fondly refer to as Il Capitano, because his impeccable English manners disguise an Italian passion for life, and good company.

I must also thank Jackie Cooper and Juliette Condie for having taken these wonderful photographs, and for allowing us to reproduce them here, as a series of montages skilfully and tastefully created by my wife, Chrissy.

Robert Jarman

Below are the last two verses of ‘The South Country’ by Hilaire Beloc, which reminds me of the corner of Sussex where we take our sport, and our lovely pub!

If I ever become a rich man,
Or if ever I grow to be old,
I will build a house with deep thatch
To shelter me from the cold,
And there shall the Sussex songs be sung
And the story of Sussex told.

I will hold my house in the high wood,
Within a walk of the sea,
And the men that were boys when I was a boy
Shall sit and drink with me

Now a homage to the people, dogs and countryside that make this family shoot so special:-

Individual Guns on Pegs

Guns on PegsEast Dean Shoot Beaters

Beaters at work to earn their lunch at the Pub

East Dean Dogs

The Enthusiastic Dogs who just love their work

East Dean Shoot Stunning Countryside

The wonderful countryside which adds to the sheer pleasure of shooting in this stunning location

Between Drives

‘Naafi Time’ and the chance to sample homemade Sloe Gin, hot sausages and soup and an ever expanding selection of goodies to keep us sustained until lunch.

Robert Jarman Malcolm Gill Chris Tompson and the late Sam Salt

Some of the Guns, Past and Present

Young Generation

And finally the Next Generation in which we place all our hopes and dreams

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013