Broomhills to reopen as Atkin Grant & Lang

Francis Lovel, landowner of the shooting ground at Markyate formerly known as Broomhills, has announced it will reopen in March under the name Atkin Grant & Lang.

Not only will the ground be open for shooting again, it will undergo complete redevelopment with significant expansion and an on-site shop, said Matthew Hunt.

Mr Hunt went on to say: “We will be selling all major brands of guns, rifles cartridges, clothing and accessories, as well as our full range of new, rebuilt and classic Best London Guns from the Atkin, Grant & Lang.

“This new venture will reflect our professional, knowledgeable, relaxed and above all friendly and welcoming atmosphere.”

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14 comments on “Broomhills to reopen as Atkin Grant & Lang
  1. Phil Brown says:

    Below is an extract from an email received by me from a Club Member of The Shooting Grounds @ Broomhills.
    I believe is shows the bad feeling created by Francis Lovel & Co., and their involvement with Ken Duglan and Atkin Grant & Lang. They finally got their own way by a campaign of bullish behaviour. Their continuous barrage of solicitors letters and court action forced the previous occupiers to give up.

    “Dear Shooting Grounds owners and members of staff,

    I heard that the shooting grounds have closed down recently. I am an airgun member of the grounds and I really enjoyed coming there every week to shoot on the range. I have not been there probably last couple of months due to the weather and some other personal reasons. But now,when the weather permitting, there is no where to go shooting with airgun… I do not know any other open shooting ranges around.

    First of all I would like to condole you with this unpleasant situation and condemn the actions of the new landowners as well as other parties related to them. It is definitely not the way to carry on business and they should definitely be ashamed. But this should remain on their conscience. I am absolutely sure that all (or at least, absolute majority) of your customers will stay with you. I just hope, that you will find a new place really soon and will be able to relocate.

    Thank you very much for your fine service before and I hope to meet all of you again very-very soon. …………..(a club member)”

    There are always two sides to a story. It was their confirmation in court that they were heavily involved with Ken Duglan that was the final straw. After all it is Ken Duglan who has a conviction for assault that assault being on the previous occupiers daughter!

    Thank you for your time.

  2. Phil Brown says:

    Below is an extract from an email received by me from a Club Member of The Shooting Grounds @ Broomhills.
    I believe is shows the bad feeling created by Francis Lovel & Co., and their involvement with Ken Duglan and Atkin Grant & Lang. They finally got their own way by a campaign of bullish behaviour. Their continuous barrage of solicitors letters and court action forced the previous occupiers to give up.

    “Dear Shooting Grounds owners and members of staff,

    I heard that the shooting grounds have closed down recently. I am an airgun member of the grounds and I really enjoyed coming there every week to shoot on the range. I have not been there probably last couple of months due to the weather and some other personal reasons. But now,when the weather permitting, there is no where to go shooting with airgun… I do not know any other open shooting ranges around.

    First of all I would like to condole you with this unpleasant situation and condemn the actions of the new landowners as well as other parties related to them. It is definitely not the way to carry on business and they should definitely be ashamed. But this should remain on their conscience. I am absolutely sure that all (or at least, absolute majority) of your customers will stay with you. I just hope, that you will find a new place really soon and will be able to relocate.

    Thank you very much for your fine service before and I hope to meet all of you again very-very soon. …………..(a club member)”

    There are always two sides to a story. It was their confirmation in court that they were heavily involved with Ken Duglan that was the final straw. After all it is Ken Duglan who has a conviction for assault that assault being on the previous occupiers daughter!

    Thank you for your time.

  3. Dennis flitton says:

    Glad to see that the old shooting ground is opening again, will the same staff be in attendance

    Dennis Flitton

  4. Dennis flitton says:

    Glad to see that the old shooting ground is opening again, will the same staff be in attendance

    Dennis Flitton

  5. Nick Chandler says:

    Maybe rather than telling everyone what a terrible time you have had of it, you should pick up your phone and sort out the return of your ex members property.
    My cartridge bag and cleaning kit for example, I have attempted to phone you continually for the last three weeks and am sick of excuses, give me back my property please. No more stories and excuses.
    Nick Chandler.

    • Phil Brown says:

      Nick is a bad mouthed bully! He has severe anger issues to the extent he does not have a shotgun licence! I would suggest he never gets a licence – if he did no one would be safe.

  6. Nick Chandler says:

    Maybe rather than telling everyone what a terrible time you have had of it, you should pick up your phone and sort out the return of your ex members property.
    My cartridge bag and cleaning kit for example, I have attempted to phone you continually for the last three weeks and am sick of excuses, give me back my property please. No more stories and excuses.
    Nick Chandler.

    • Phil Brown says:

      Nick is a bad mouthed bully! He has severe anger issues to the extent he does not have a shotgun licence! I would suggest he never gets a licence – if he did no one would be safe.

  7. michael says:

    is the club open again

  8. michael says:

    is the club open again

  9. Andy Elliott says:

    Agree with Nick’s comments above and indeed there are two sides to every story.

    Have been trying to get hold of the former owners for months now. They might keep more of their ex-members if they answered the phone, responded to letters and stopped hiding behind a PO Box address which conveniently is the only portal address they’ve listed on the old website.

    I certainly wont be returning if they do ever reopen somewhere else, hopefully people will see them for the unorganised and rude people that they are and wont touch them again

  10. Andy Elliott says:

    Agree with Nick’s comments above and indeed there are two sides to every story.

    Have been trying to get hold of the former owners for months now. They might keep more of their ex-members if they answered the phone, responded to letters and stopped hiding behind a PO Box address which conveniently is the only portal address they’ve listed on the old website.

    I certainly wont be returning if they do ever reopen somewhere else, hopefully people will see them for the unorganised and rude people that they are and wont touch them again

  11. Chris sword says:

    Hi I was a member at broomhills and have been out of the country for a while, i put a gun in to be looked at by the gunsmiths there and have come home to a shut club and no way to get in contact with anyone I have tried sending emails and ringing any numbers I can find to do with the former broomhills but have had no success. As I’m sure you all understand having a gun on my licence but not in my possession is not good so does anyone know how to contact anyone who can help me

  12. Chris sword says:

    Hi I was a member at broomhills and have been out of the country for a while, i put a gun in to be looked at by the gunsmiths there and have come home to a shut club and no way to get in contact with anyone I have tried sending emails and ringing any numbers I can find to do with the former broomhills but have had no success. As I’m sure you all understand having a gun on my licence but not in my possession is not good so does anyone know how to contact anyone who can help me

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