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The Jonathan Spence Tercentenary Challenge –

A resounding success

167 entries and a superb ground made this event, organised by the National Association, the biggest masonic shooting event ever held.We had fine weather for the start of this shoot at Eriswell Lodge in Suffolk and after a breakfast of bacon sandwiches the 167 shooters, including The Rt W Deputy Grand Master Jonathan Spence set off to try to win the Shotgun first prize kindly sponsored by Entwistle Guns of Preston. All the 19 Provinces plus Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London represented had their eye on the Jonathan Spence Trophy for the top Masonic team of 3.

The Ladies Team presentation.

As befitted a major competition the targets were demanding but most were hittable by most people a few were left for a few who were more capable.Jonathan Spence went out with the rest of the guns in the hope of taking the top prize. We found out later that he did not succeed. That honour went to Dan Baker (Hampshire & Isle of Wight) with a magnificent score of 97. The atmosphere on the ground was fantastic with so many new and old friends present. This event bodes well for the future and in particular the National Masonic Championships.

 

 

Dan Bishop – Masonic High Gun with the Gun donated by Entwistle Guns

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The West Lancashire team

An excellent buffet lunch was provided in the marquee at 1.30 during which Brian Saidman the Chairman of NAMCSS presented Jonathan Spence with an engraved wine glass and flowers for his wife. The Deputy Grand Master expressed his considerable thanks to the National Association for the gifts and confirmed that he had thoroughly enjoyed himself.  Having spoken with many of those present he apologised that he had to make an early departure along with the Deputy Metropolitan Grand Master, Rt.WBro Simon Duckworth, to fulfil further commitments that afternoon. A raffle was held with tickets being sold by Provincial Stewards from the Province of Suffolk and over £1000 was received to be given to a charity of choice by Jonathan Spence

In the absence of the DGM, the Prizes were presented by V.W Bro Brian Saidman ably assisted by V W Bro Paul Reeves the Deputy Provincial Grand Master for Essex.