National Association to donate £4000 to Charities
The Lifelites charity will benefit from the Jonathon Spence Challenge with a £2000 donation.Through the magic of technology, Lifelites gives life-limited and disabled children in hospices opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have.
Nick Jenkins treasurer, Sam Davies ( Lifelites), Brian Saidman chairman, Roger Wilkes secretary, Mike Casey vice chair
Lifelites provides specialist entertainment and educational technology packages for these young people to learn, play, be creative, control something for themselves and communicate – for as long as it is possible. They do this for 10,000 children at every baby and children’s hospices across the British Isles. So wherever you are, there will be a Lifelites project for children near you. A further £2000 will go to assist a Disabled British Shooting Team details to be announced later
National Championships 2018
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.
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.
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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.
The 2016 National Championships
The 2016 National Championships hosted by the Province of Warwickshire was the biggest yet. Whether it was the low entry fee, a move in the right direct, or the central location does not matter because 165 entries from 18 Provinces made this the most successful competition held. We welcome the Provinces of Oxford and Leicester & Rutland, both new to our championships.
The Wedgnock shooting ground increased the layout to 15 stands to cope with the larger entry and considering it is the first major event they have hosted all went exceedingly well. The 15 stands provided some very testing targets. Some said too hard but it is after all a National Championship.
A cloudy but dry day greeted the shooters competing in the 12th Masonic National Clay Pigeon shoot. The organisers were delighted as the flash flooding earlier in the week was causing considerable worry. A National fishing contest was looking more likely on Wednesday.
The Chairman of the hosting Province W Bro Howard Smith welcomed all to Warwickshire and thanked the organising team, W Bro’s Ian Townley Secretary, Paul Mason Treasurer, Paul Regan who arranged the catering, Nigel Tongue and Roger Wilkes from the National shooting association.
Whilst waiting for the presentation Brian Saidman Chairman of the National Society announced that the 2018 Championships would be held a Bisley hosted by the Province of Surrey VW Bro Michael Morris Dep PGM for Warwickshire presented the winners with their trophies, after the competitors had a picnic lunch whilst the scores were collated. The Province of Surrey took the team trophy with a combined score of 244 The high Masonic gun was 84 by W Bro Kevin Scarlet.
The Warwickshire committee were delighted to announce that the proceeds from the shoot and raffle amounted to £2000.00. This was divided between, M Fest 300 £1250.00. The celebration of 300 years of Freemasonry in Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire to be held at Weston Park, July 2017 and Warwickshire’s PGM’s Famous 5 charity.
V W Bro Michael Morris again thanked everyone for attending, wished them a safe journey home and gave best wishes to the Province of Essex who will host the 2017 shoot.
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