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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Download Score Sheet (PDF) – Here