Staff


Stuart Smith

Managing Director

“I started shooting as a teenager, but when I wasn’t instantly good at it I decided I didn’t like it – as most teenagers would! – but did came back to it again in my mid-twenties through a combination of factors and influences, with Dad being one of them!

Since my return to the sport I have enjoyed shooting at all levels of competition in several countries, and have even managed to achieve some successes along the way. I shoot multiple disciplines, but my favourites are by far and away the sporting ones. I enjoy game shooting as well as clay shooting, but would definitely say I’m a far better clay shot than game – that honour goes to Dad in the family!

Dad and I started Eriswell Lodge with the idea of providing a top class shooting facility with the shooters needs at the forefront of that, and hopefully with all of our development works you can see that we are working hard to deliver that. I enjoy being at Eriswell Lodge as I am surrounded by likeminded people that share my hobby and enthusiasm for the sport as a whole.”

Stuart shoots a Krieghoff K80 12 gauge, with Hull Cartridge’s Sovereign 28g 8’s, Pro Piston 28g 9’s, and Sovereign Parcour 28g 7’s as his chosen cartridges across all clay disciplines, and Driven Grouse 30g 6’s or High Pheasant Extreme 32g 5’s for game days.


Nigel Smith

Director

“My Son Stuart and I opened Eriswell Lodge in April 2015. I have been shooting for a very long time, but I only took up competitive clay shooting about 12 years ago. However, I rarely get time to shoot these days as I am heavily involved in the on-going developments at Eriswell, including our new purpose-built clubhouse!”

Nigel shoots a Krieghoff K80 12 gauge, and his cartridges of choice are the Hull Pro One 28g 8 shot for clay, and 28g 5 1/2 Driven Grouse for all game.


Jon

Assistant General Manager

Jon was bought up on his family farm, so has always had some knowledge of shooting. It is only since working at Eriswell he has taken up clay shooting as his hobby and now enjoys heading out with his Beretta on his days off to shoot registered sporting competitions and practice.

Jon shoots with a Beretta 686 White Onyx, and his cartridge of choice is the Hull Superfast 27g 7.5.


Melissa

Assistant General Manager

Growing up on a game shoot in rural Shropshire, Melissa first started shooting as soon as she was old enough to hold up the gun! At university she took up clay shooting, and since leaving has joined the Eriswell team and started to shoot competitively. She now proudly represents Suffolk in the county team. The shooting industry is her home, she loves the sport and the people.

Melissa shoots a Beretta DT10, and her cartridges of choice are the Hull Pro One 24g 7.5 & Pro Pistons 28g 9.


Chrissie

Reception

Chrissie joined the Eriswell Lodge team when we were still in development. Helping to clear the ground, clad the skeet fields and get everything painted! Upon opening she became our full-time receptionist. After her maternity break she came back to join us again part time and now assists in all departments.


Rebecca

Reception

Country girl by heart, Rebecca grew up in Hertfordshire working between horses and hospitality. Rebecca moved to London to teach horse riding before moving to Suffolk to study psychology and criminology and has now joined the reception team. In Rebecca’s spare she likes to work with her dad on his motorbike and has a keen interest in motorsports. Rebecca has not shot yet but is keen to get started.


Rowena

Reception

 


Karen S

Café

A gamekeeper’s wife, Karen has been surrounded by shooting for the last 30 years. It is only since working at Eriswell Lodge that she has decided to take up the sport herself, and you can now find her out with ‘Rosey’ the Caeser Guerini on her days off!

Karen shoots a Caeser Guirini Syren Tempio, and her cartridge of choice is the Eriswell Lodge custom Hull load the EL1 24g 8.


Millie

Café

Millie joined the team in September 2020 when we moved into our new clubhouse. She is currently studying business and marketing at the University of Suffolk and will be graduating in 2021. In her free time she enjoys travelling and exploring new places as well as singing with her local choir.


Jasmine

Café

After moving back to the UK from New Zealand, Jasmine came to join the Eriswell Lodge team in the cafe on weekends initially but since leaving college has joined the team full time. Jasmine tried clay shooting in 2019 on one of our ladies shooting events and thoroughly enjoyed it so is keen to try it again soon!


Courtney

Café

 

Courtney joined our team in the Café in October 2020, she loves food and has worked in the industry for some years. She is looking forward to working with the team on new offerings.


Richard

Grounds

Richard grew up a farmer, so shooting was always a part of his life regularly shooting on the farm with friends and family. Richard has been part of Team Eriswell since the development stage, and continues now as Ground Manager who along with his team ensures the outside facilities stay to the highest possible standard.

Richard shoots a Browning 725, and his cartridge of choice is the Hull Comp X 28g 7.5.


James

Grounds

James joined the team in 2018 to assist out on the ground with day to day needs. James has been involved in shooting for some time and enjoys shooting both clays and game on his days off. If you ever need help on the ground and you see James about, please feel free to stop and ask him any questions!

James shoots a Domino 12 gauge, and his cartridge of choice is the EL1 24g in 8 shot.


Callum

Grounds

Callum joined the grounds team in 2017, helping out on weekends around his college studies. Since leaving education he has now joined the team full time! He thoroughly enjoys playing football in his spare time. Callum has not yet had a go at clay shooting, but is looking to book a session soon to see what it is all about!


Liam

Grounds

 

Essex born, Liam moved to Suffolk in 2019 to join the team. Liam has always had an interest in shooting and often goes out with his air rifle, but would like to have a go at clay shooting. In his spare time, Liam has a keen interest in football and plays for a local team. Liam comes from a gardening background, he is putting his knowledge from working with his dad at his family run business into the grounds team here.

 


Ambassadors


Charlotte

Patten

“Being bought up as a farmer’s daughter I have been around country pursuits all my life, but I never really had much of an interest in shooting. In 2015 my husband, Karl, bought me a coaching session for my birthday. I have been completely hooked ever since! I have been shooting my Blaser F16 intuition since May 2018, and I find the mix with Hull Cartridge’s Sporting 100 28g 7.5 shot to work really well. There are a million things I love about shooting, but peoples kindness and generosity when out shooting and being able to share it with my husband have to be two of my favourite.”


Henry

Lungley

“My name is Henry and I’ve been shooting since I was 10 years old. I used to shoot a 20 Gauge, and in late 2018 on my 13th Birthday I moved to a 12 gauge. I have always been passionate about shooting and have done from an early age.

I used to concentrate on one discipline, but last year I shot many different disciplines. I feel very proud and privileged to shoot many disciplines in the Suffolk team. My proudest moment last year was when I helped to win the FITASC East Midlands Inter-Counties Junior title for Suffolk. I also won overall Junior High gun.

Since moving to a Beretta 692 12 Gauge, I have tried many cartridges but the one I like the most which I’m going to use this season is the Lyalvale Express Power Gold 24 grams.”


Josh

Nunn

‘Hi I am Josh and I have a passion for clay shooting. I’ve been shooting competitions from around the age of 16, but I had never taken it seriously until Eriswell Lodge sponsored me. My biggest achievement this far is the great people within the sport that I have met, of which I am sure will be lifelong friends. As well as getting to shoot with the rest of the amazing Eriswell Lodge team.

I have had immense support from the team at EL, who are always willing to help me develop.

I shoot my trusty Beretta DT11, which I find paired with the Power Gold cartridges to be the perfect match.’