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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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