Taken from the book Ryde Isle of Wight – Its Sports and Attractions:
The charming shooting ground of this Club is situated close to Ashey Station, on the IW Central Railway, and is less than two miles from the Royal Victoria Yacht Club. The Club was founded in 1897 for the purpose of encouraging the sport of clay pigeon shooting, and has been a decided success from the first, so much so that extra accommodation for the comfort of members has been added each year. There are two pavilions on the ground, one for the shooting members and the other for the ladies, who turn out in large numbers on Club days, for afternoon tea, and thoroughly enter into the enjoyment of the sport.
Prizes to the value of between £150 and £200 are annually competed for. At present there are about 130 members. The prosperity of the Club is due to its exclusiveness. Members are selected by the Committee, by ballot, one black ball excluding a candidate. Sir R E Webster, Bart., QC, MP, is the President, Colonel F J Smith, late RE. Hon Treasurer, and Captain R M Alexander, Strathallan, Ryde, Hon Sec. Any information concerning the Club can be obtained from the last named gentleman.
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