11th Annual Charity Clay Shoot

Suffolk Masonic Clay Shooting Society – In aid of the 2019 Suffolk Masonic Festival and other non -Masonic Charities

When Roger Nash and Ruffy Ruffles first planned a modest clay shoot the main objective was undoubtedly to raise monies for a new Hospice for EACH and other Masonic Charities. As time went on, and the PGM christened the two instigators as “R&R Promotions”, there could well have been a growing desire to have ‘raising the profile of Suffolk Masonry’ as another objective. Certainly during the eleven years that an Annual Charity Shoot has been held that objective has been given more prominence together with the always present need to raise charitable monies and distribute these to worthy causes.

Come right up to date and 2018 was no exception but the members of the growing committee team were conscious of the additional need to practice for 2019 when SMaCSS will be responsible for delivering the 2019 Masonic National Clay Shooting Championships. A lot of water has gone down the river and under the bridge and a lot of lead has been thrown at the clays since the start in 2008 as Masons and those who are not Masons come together on the Masonic Bridge of ‘being happy and spreading happiness’.

Phil Ramsey and Shane Brereton had joined the committee and many meetings and much hard work later by the team, which was now four, came up with a plan designed to meet all three of the objectives. Before the day a lot of work went on, innovative ideas were tested to be trialled on the day and Phil produced some excellent documents including a new styled signing in register, a map of the High Lodge site, the team sheets and a programme for the day which was displayed to give shooters all the information they required.

Gradually the tasks on the ‘score card’ of the action plan were ticked off, sponsorship was secured by Roger from cartridge manufacturers Hull, and the big day arrived. It was another day in a very long, hot dry summer spell which dawned bright and clear with a forecast of light winds. Light winds are important when clay shooting as they do not disturb the clays in flight, the clays do not wobble and the shooters do not wobble as they worry about them doing so.After a welcome by Ruffy, Roger delivered the all-important Safety Plan and the shooters left to find their first stands. Even that new development which involved teams starting at stands governed by their team number was considered to be a success with not too many people getting lost on the way. 77 entries had been received five days before the event. That number is lower than some we have had in the past. Interestingly 67.5% of those entries were from non-Masons, we welcomed five Lady Shooters and a certain number of usual past supporters were missing from the lists, a point to be considered carefully by the committee at the forthcoming debrief. Suffolk is in a Festival, there is much going on and there is a need to be mindful of this. However, there is no doubt that Masonic clay shooting in Suffolk is now on a safe, sound and solid footing. The Deputy PGM David Clark and his Grandson Jacob came and supported the event which was greatly appreciated. The DPGM presented the prizes and thanked all those involved after a good, smooth running morning’s shoot and the winners were non-Masons Sam Green and Tom Macgregor, both with an amazing score of 76. Amazing because we had never before had a tie and we had never before had a ‘Straight’ where every clay was shot and none were missed! Both Sam and Tom were suitably congratulated and applauded. The raffle was, once again, very well supported by shooters bringing prizes and nearly £500.00 was raised.

The handsome sum of £1555 was raised on the day bringing, when added to the earlier years’ sum of £22,000.00 odd, the total to £23,500. Equally satisfying is the fact that we were more than successful again in raising the profile of our organisation and the committee can now go to their debrief with confidence as they set about planning for 2019 and the National Masonic Championships.

Score Sheet available for download- here 

 

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE MASONIC C.P.S.A. Charity Clay Shoot Report.

Saturday 17th March 2018, West London Shooting School.

Graham Dearing APGM presenting the pool shoot prize to Peter Allen.

THE BEAST FROM THE EAST had returned, the snow was falling as the Buckinghamshire Masonic C.P.S.A. members and friends were arriving to started the first charity shoot of 2018 at The West London Shooting School, Northolt, were they received a warm welcomed in the Bar/Restaurant from Dave Hollis and Roger Gills from B.M.C.P.S.A. they all had bacon roll’s and coffee before a short health and safety talk by one of the W.L.S.S. instructor/referee, at 10.00 am with only two shooters having not turned up the 33 brave (or maybe a little mad) shooters which include six shooters from Middlesex, who had all wrapped up well, headed out to take on the 100 clay course, the wind made it feel much colder, but that did not prevent everybody enjoying the challenge.

Ladies High Gun Louise Jennings Hoole (Lanc’s).

With just about every type of clay being thrown or rolled the only thing that made any of them change was the strong wind ( well that’s what I said when I missed), so with a high gun score of 91 by Michael Blackwell (Non-Mason) which made him over all High Gun, being the only shooter above 90, the next shooter to get close to that score was Phil McDonald with 89, (Masonic High Gun), and there followed 9 shooters in the 80’s (33%) showing the standard on the day to be a good one, there was also one shooter that had not shot before, and with the help of the instructor and the encouragement of the members of his group, Graham Dearing (APGM) managed to hit a score of 44, well done to Graham and his instructor.

Overall High Gun Michael Blackwell

By 12.30 all where back in the warmth of lodge Bar/Restaurant, were the buzz of chatter was all most deafening as the shooters exchanged stories off missed clay’s or fantastic shots they had made over a drink from the bar, a meal of Bangers and Mash followed by treacle pudding went down well, followed by the all important prize giving, but first the raffle was made, which made £255.00 towards the final total.

The trophies were presented by Graham Dearing APGM of Buckinghamshire :-

Masonic High Gun :-    Phil McDonald     89       BUCKS.

Masonic Runner up:-   Jason Nandall       87       MIDDLESEX.

GUEST High Gun   :-     Michael Blackwell  91     OVER ALL HIGH GUN.

GUEST Runner up :-     Chris Stibbs            87

B.M.C.P.S.A.   H.G. :-    John Hopcroft       82

B.M.C.P.S.A.    R.U. :-    Dave Hollis            78

B.M.C.P.S.A. Vets HG:- Phil Goddard         77

Ladies    High Gun   :-    Louise Jennings Hoole   64      LANCS.

Ladies  Runner up   :-    Jessica Campbell     61         MIDDLESEX.

POOL SHOOT      :-         Peter Allen      5 out of 10     BUCKS.

Vet High Gun Phil Goddard

Graham, Dave and Roger thanked everyone for attending and contributing so generously to charity, and a special thanks went to John Hunter who was unable to shoot due to a hand operation, but still turned up and helped out. Dave then announced that the total amount raised came to £500.00 which is being donated to The Alpha-1 UK Support Group Charity, Anti-Trypsin Deficiency a condition where the protein that protects the lining of the lung is not made correctly in the liver, causing severe debilitating lung disease, this genetic condition is a killer, this charity is based in Milton Keynes in North Bucks. B.M.C.P.S.A. have four shoots a year one in March two in the summer and one December (Christmas Shoot) The next shoot will be  at The Oxford Gun Comp. on 30th June 2018 all are welcome.

 

WEST LONDON SHOOTING SCHOOL.

 

For more information contact:-Roger Gills Sec. B.M.C.P.S.A.

rjg@bodger51.plus.com

Charity :-  Alpha-1 uk support group.

www.alpha1.org.uk

West London Shooting School,

www.shootingschool.co.uk

020 8845 1377