National Masonic Clay Shooting Championships 2018
Hosted by the Province of Surrey
The Province of Surrey are delighted to be chosen as the hosts for the 14th National Masonic Championships, which will take place at the home of UK shooting, Bisley Surrey.
We will be shooting at the rarely available Cottesloe Heath clay ground which nestles alongside the 1200 yard Stickledown rifle range (which fortunately will not be in use during our event!).
The Bisley team recognise this wonderful masonic charitable effort and are supporting us through their special arrangements and pricing.
- The total arrangement cost of the event is £70.00 per person, which includes:
- Tea/coffee and bacon roll on arrival
- 100 target ESP course over 15 refereed stands
- Lunch (please advise in advance of any dietary requirements)
There are pay bars on site and if you do not wish to stay for lunch the entry fee is reduced to £60.00. For all your shooting, clothing, service & repairs there are a number of shops on-site. All raffle and auction proceeds are toward the 2019 Festival in favour of The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution. We thank you in advance for your generous support. In particular, our thanks go to Williams Evans who have kindly donated a number of prizes for the Raffle.
Administration Please collate the entries for your respective teams using the form below and submit to Derek Speller 4 Foxwood, Kingsfold, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 3ST before 30th June 2018. However, an early indication of likely numbers will be appreciated. All inquiries and requests for further information should be directed by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
On the day, registration will start from 08:00hrs at the Sit Perpetuum Masonic Temple inside Bisley Camp, with shooting commencing from 09:00hrs. This event will be squadded so you can turn up, have breakfast and start shooting as soon as your team is ready. Last entries are at 12:00hrs but the later start times are intended for those who have some distance to travel and who prefer not to have to stay overnight the day before.
Non-Shooters There is no charge for non-shooters to accompany you and enjoy the facilities at Bisley Camp; if they would wish to join you for lunch, the cost is just £10.00 per head pre booked. Shoot Details The competition is open to all Freemasons who are a subscribing or honorary member of a Lodge or Chapter and their friends and family. The team scores will be based on the three highest scores in each team. Non-masonic guest teams must confirm at registration who the members are in their team. A pool shoot will also be available for an additional small fee.
Safety & Rules
The shoot will be run to CPSA / NAMCSS rules.
Any challenges will be dealt with by the Bisley Shoot Panel on the day. Their decision is final.
Hearing & Eye protection must be worn by everyone (including non-shooters) on the shooting ground.
- Maximum 28g (1oz) load, no larger than size 6. No home loads.
- Only FIBRE cartridges are allowed at the ground.
- Cartridges will be available at a competitive price and Bisley has a very well stocked shop on site for all your shooting needs
Classes of Entry (one per person only)
- Mason – Must be a subscribing or honorary member of a Lodge or Chapter
- Guest – Open
- Lady – Open
- Junior – Open, but must be under 21 on the day of the competition
- Veteran – Must be a subscribing or honorary member of a Lodge or Chapter and aged 65 or older on the day of the competition
Prize Categories include:
- Top Masonic Team
- Masonic Team Runners-up
- Top Guest Team
- Guest Team Runners-up
- Top Ladies Team
- Ladies Team Runners-up
- Guest High Gun
- Guest High Gun Runner-up
- Ladies High Gun
- Ladies High Gun Runner-up
- Junior High Gun
- Veteran High Gun
- Masonic High Gun
- Masonic High Gun Runner-up
Tied scores will be decided by count back on pre-selected stands.
All prizes subject to adequate numbers of competitors per category
Travel Bisley is easily reached by car being located just 5m from the M3 junction 3. Sat Nav use GU24 0NY Brookwood rail station is just 1.5m from Bisley Camp served by trains from London Waterloo and Basingstoke/Alton. The station has a taxi rank.
A number of the clubs on Bisley Camp have B&B accommodation, these & camping options can be found at nra.org.uk/nra-bisley/bisley-clubs Alternatively search www.bookings.com or www.trivago.co.uk where there are a number of hotels within 5-10 miles of the shooting ground with prices ranging from £55.
Bisley – a brief History
The quintessentially English Victorian Clubhouse was originally built in 1865 on Wimbledon Common, where Earl Spencer and the Duke of Cambridge had manorial rights. The Clubhouse acted as the headquarters for advisors to the government on the future of shooting. Queen Victoria opened the ranges with the first shot and coincidentally one of the attending councillors was the great grandfather of Bisley Shooting Group’s owner.
As the urbanisation of Wimbledon grew steps were taken to move the shooting grounds to an alternate location, a railway line was built from London straight into Bisley where a carriage of that era is still on site. This process was catalysed by an event in which one of the councillors was strolling round the grounds in his top hat and tails, and a stray musket bullet went through his top hat! This is the reason that the Bisley Shooting Group logo features a top hat with a hole through it. Taken down in 1895 and moved to a beautiful 3,000 acre estate in Bisley, the clubhouse has remained there ever since and offers an elegant and comfortable place to relax and dine. Also on the estate is the National Rifle Association (NRA), the governing body of full-bore rifle and centre-fire pistol shooting in Great Britain. The NRA was granted Royal Charter in 1894 for the “promotion of marksmanship in the interests of the Defence of Realm and permanence of the Volunteer Forces, Navy military and Air”. The present Prince of Wales has held the office of President since 1977 and has shot for the House of Lords in the Vizianagram Match, held annually against the House of Commons.