3 Lakes Shooting is the natural business expansion of Three Lakes Gun Club, a small but very popular clay shooting club at Tanworth in Arden, on the Warwickshire/Worcestershire border just South of Birmingham. The club only operates 28 days a year on this site and in order to make cost effective use of expensive equipment we have in recent years expanded into running offsite events and offering a whole range of additional shooting services.
Three Lakes Gun club originally began life as the recreational shooting wing of Reynolds Tubing Sports and Social Club, created in 1926 in Tyseley, Birmingham.
Reynolds tubes were used in the construction of many aircraft, notably the Spitfire and also some of the best cycles and motorcycles, with the likes of TT legends Geoff Duke and John Surtees riding machines built around the unique blend of strength and lightness for which Reynolds tubes were famed.
Successive development of land in and around Birmingham saw the club move several times and in the early 1980’s it was relocated to Earlswood where, with dwindling numbers of Reynolds employees in the membership, it changed its name to ‘Three Lakes Gun Club’ after the picturesque Lakes in the village centre.
Since then it has moved twice more, but for over 30 years it has been running from a small spinney behind Forde Hall Farm, Forde Hall Lane, Tanworth in Arden by kind permission of the ever philanthropic Smith family.
The club is currently run by retired Warwickshire Police Inspector John Timmis, once the local village bobby for the area and latterly team manager of the GB Police Clay Shooting Team. For four years post retirement from the Police Service, John was also an instructor at the prestigious West London Shooting School.