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East Kent Masonic Clay Shooting Club

The club began from an idea by the current Secretary, Roger Wilkes, after he entered the Home Counties Inter-Provincial competition in 2008 with no other East Kent Masons taking part.  He wrote a short article in the Provincial Magazine which attracted five fellow shooters and as time has passed these five have grown in number to 26.  Taking part in inter-provincial competitions meant that members met many other clay shooting masons in a variety of venues from Lancashire to Cornwall and Norfolk to Bristol. These meetings led to the province being encouraged to host the 2013 National Masonic Competition where 11 provinces met in Canterbury attracting 110 shooters including guests, ladies and juniors. The club has been represented at every major masonic clay shoot since its formation and in 2015 was one of the founding provinces to form the National Association of Masonic Clay Shooting Societies.

The club has begun many shooting opportunities within the province primarily our annual “Come and Try It Day’s” where East Kent lodges are contacted and members, their families and friends are invited to attend one of the provinces shooting grounds to experience clay shooting and this has helped the membership to grow significantly. It has also hosted several competitions, the Home Counties annual shoot as well as beginning the “East Kent Challenge” where provinces are invited to compete for the East Kent Challenge Shield.  We also visit several adjacent provinces in friendly competition as well as the annual Kent Police Shoot where we always enter at least one team, all of this enhancing the sport and offering the membership varied shooting opportunities.  All of this of course in addition to our monthly club shoots which usually cover most weekends especially Sunday’s, “you can’t have too much shooting”

The committee is also active within shooting and socially, meeting for meals and social events when circumstances permit. The current committee is; Chairman; Bernie Connolly, Treasurer; Martin Lane, Secretary; Roger Wilkes, Social Secretary; Tony Playford and committee members; Brian Warren & Ian Rowan.  Contact details for the club are; eastkentclays@gmail.com. or Roger on 07768 123449

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NAMCSS  Donates further funds to the Disabled Shooters Group

Saturday 17th. October 2020 Brian Saidman, our Chairman, Nick Jenkins and Roger Wilkes, our Treasurer and Secretary respectively were invited to visit Sporting Targets at Riseley in Bedfordshire where the Disabled Shooters Group of the CPSA were to hold their AGM along with a 100 clay shoot.  On a clear, dry but overcast morning we met up with the group and Sam Nunn their Secretary with whom the arrangements had been made.  At 10:00am we set off in our groups to enjoy the wonderful shooting ground that is Sporting Targets although as I write this wonderful as the ground is my shooting was not.  The choice of stands at this ground is vast with a number of high towers which would make the best shooters take a second look, there is such a variation in the type of targets you could shoot here for several days and not cover the same clays twice.

After a great couple of hours shooting we all converged on the club house for a meal, socially distanced of course, and it was after this that we began the presentation to the group.

The funds had come from the International held last year but as the decision for the allocation of these has to be made at an AGM we had to wait until our meeting in March to agree where these were to go.

This was further delayed by the pandemic so our invitation in October was the first opportunity,  Brian Saidman explained to the members gathered where the funds had come from and how the AGM had no doubt where they wished the donation to go, Nick Jenkins our Treasurer had produced a very large cheque and it was with great pleasure that this was presented to the group with the wish that it assisted them to continue  to support all of the members and their successes in all that they do for the sport.

After a number of best wishes and thanks the three of us bid the group good bye to make our way home after a great day with an awe inspiring group of people that it is always a pleasure to spend time with.

 Roger Wilkes

October 2020

BACK WITH A BANG.

Buckinghamshire Masonic activities came to a very sudden and abrupt halt, when the coronavirus pandemic hit the UK shutting down the golf and clay shooting as well as other organised event’s at the drop of a hat, Covid-19 certainly put a kink in charity fund raising event’s in Bucks at that time, but now we are back and with a bang, the clay shooting section is up and running again, firstly we had two five shooter teams entered in a Hertfordshire Province Charity shoot on 25th August 2020 in which the “A” team came third overall missing out by two clay’s for second place with a score off 452/500.

The “B” team shoot well but only managed a score off 361/500, well done to both teams, but Bucks did have a shooter in the prize’s, Phil Goddard shot a very good 96/100 putting him in second place, well done to both teams and congratulations to Phil.

All the members that shot on the day enjoyed the event, and are looking forward to more of the same, so if you would like to join us you would be most welcome, for more info. Contact Roger Gills on rjg@bodger51.plus.com

Team “A” :-    Dave Hollis, Luo Amey, Phil Goddard, Micheal Blackwell and John Hopcroft.

Team “B” :-   Roger Gills, Wyn Beckett, Neil Odedra, Steve Cheshire and Dave Woodham.

Team A

The day started wet and windy which made some of the higher targets tricky, as the wind was moving them about quit a lot, but as the shoot went on the rain stopped but the wind did not ease until later in the day after both teams had finished shooting the rounds but that’s the luck of the draw.

The shoot was also extended from one to two days as there were over 120 shooters taking part, (originally it was a one day event with 60 shooters ), Hertfordshire managed to raise £465.00 for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice (Barnet).

Team B

B.M.C.P.S.A. would like to welcome both Neil Odedra and Steve Cheshire to shooting with us and look forward to seeing you both at are up and coming charity shoot’s,

COME ON BUCKS THERE MUST BE MORE SHOOTERS OUT THERE THAT COULD JOIN US AND HELP RAISE MORE CHARITY MONEY.

B.M.C.P.S.A. had four charity shoot’s book by the end 2019 for 2020 season, the first at Oxford Gun Co. at the end of March the second at Drayton Parslow ( Lou’s S.G.) in July, both had to be cancelled due to Covid-19 along with the Masonic National Championships at Preston, the Home Counties Championships in Sussex and the second Masonic International in Scotland, so when the lockdown was eased we contacted Tittershall lodge (were we had booked our third shoot) to see if we could have the shoot safely on the  date we had booked Mike Redman the manager assured us there would be no problem.

THAMES VALLEY CHALLENGE TROPHY.

On 5th September 2020,  37 shooters from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire turned up to shoot (although 42 had booked) there were 3 non-shooters which included A.P.G.M. Tony Robinson. This shoot was for the THAMES VALLEY CHALLENGE TROPHY for teams from BERKS, BUCKS and OXFORD, (to be shot for once a year hosted by the previous winning team).

On a gloriously sunny Saturday morning with the course set and all the shooters raring to go the first two squad’s move of to the starting stand’s and at 10.00 am the gun’s broke the silence, Bucks Masonic C.P.S.A. first shoot of the year was underway,36 gun’s completed the testing course with scores from 89 to 25, all enjoyed them self’s even the lower scorer’s.

The team event ( THAMES VALLEY CHALLENGE ) was won by BUCKINGHAMSHIRE with a score 220/300  OXFORDSHIRE came second with 205/300 and BERKSHIRE third with 170,

Winning team :- Bucks  Lou Amey   75,  Dave Hollis 74,

 Phil Goddard 71.    Roger Gills presents the trophy.

Second place :- Oxford  John Hopcroft  77,  Phil McDonald 65,  Paul Baker  63.

Third :- Berks   Bob Stratford  72,  Jim Dance  66, Malcolm West  32.

The Masonic High Gun prize was won by Chris Lynch from Herts the only mason to get a score in to the 80’s.

Masonic High Gun :-  Chris Lynch         86/100  Herts.

Masonic Run/up     :-  John Hopcroft   77/100   Oxford.

The Non-Masonic High Gun was won by Micheal Blackwell with the highest score of the day with a very good 89 well done.

Non-Masonic High Gun :-  Micheal Blackwell  89/100

Non-Masonic Run/up    :-  David Swallow        78/100              (on count back)

There were only three lady shooters and the ladie’s High Gun went to Emily Damment with Lea McDonald second and Ully Kohl Third.

Ladies High Gun :-     Emily Damment           45/100

Ladies Run/up    :-      Lea McDonald              41/100

Third                     :-      Ully Kohl                       32/100

The day was finished off with everybody enjoying Gammon Egg and Chip’s and a drink from the bar, then the raffle and prize giving, made by A.P.G.M. Tony Robinson, Roger Gills then presented Phil Goddard with his trophy from the Hertford Shoot, and Phil McDonald (Oxford) presented

Fatme Redzhepova with a prize to mark her first attempt at shooting.

Dave Hollis thanked Mike Redman and his team for a good well organised shoot and the caterers for the excellent meal and for looking after us so well, he then announced the shoot had raised over £700.00 for Buckinghamshire Mind, well done everyone.

By 3.00 pm everybody had left, heading for home.

Emily Damment Shooting.

THE NEXT CHARITY SHOOT WILL BE AT COMMON LEYS S.G. ON SAT. 5th DECEMBER 2020.  “CHRISTMAS SHOOT”

            CHRISTMAS CHARITY CLAY PIGEON SHOOT.

                           Saturday 5th December 2020 at Common leys S.G.

                            Menmarsh Road, Waterperry Common, HP18 9UP.

                  IN AID OF MARLOW OPPORTUNITY PLAYGROUP.

   Bacon roll and coffee/tea on arrival, plus a hot meal, trophy presentation,

   and raffle after a 100 clay English sporting shoot all for £58.00.

   Open to all Freemason’s from Buckinghamshire and other provinces also

   Family and friends are welcome, trophies will be presented to :-

                                             Masonic High Gun.

                                         Non-Masonic High Gun.

                                               Ladies High Gun.

               First prize in the Raffle will be a Christmas Turkey

                            Reg:- 9:00   Shoot start:- 10:00   Lunch:- 12:30 – 13:00

                   NO GAME CARTRIDGES, FIBRE WADS ONLY.

          TO BOOK CONTACT DAVE HOLLIS ON:-  sales@jeffarkeng.co.uk

          OR ROGER GILLS ON :-  rjg@bodger51.plus.com

WWW.marlowopportunityplaygroup.org

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