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A new Record for Suffolk

For the first time the National Masonic Championships attracted over 200 entries from 16 Provinces at High Lodge Shooting Ground at Hinton near Lowestoft. Good weather favoured the competitors and an excellent meal followed in the magnificent clubhouse. Scores were high making the competition fierce, but at the end of the day the main winners were:

Three Man Masonic Team – West Lancashire 270, (Jason Rhodes 89, Carl Prince 90, Andy Clements 89)

Runners up – Middlesex 264, (Ed Dexter 89, Steve Larkins 88, Phil Seastream 87)

Masonic High Gun – Dan Bishop 93/100, Hamps & Isle of Wight

Runner up – Alex Cobb 92/100, Surrey 

Veteran High Gun – Paul Reeve 91/100, Leicester & Rutland

Runner up – Chris Lynch 89/100, Hertfordshire

Ladies High Gun – Lisa Brereton 70/100, Suffolk

Runner up – Louise Jennings-Hoole 68/100, West Lancashire 

Guest High Gun – Darren Stamford – 96/100, Suffolk

Runner up – Joe Clarke 95/100, Suffolk

Ladies Team – Suffolk 185, (Lisa Brereton 70, Kirsten Noble 60, Samantha Packer 55) 

Three Man Guest Team – Suffolk 283, (Darren Stamford 96, Joe Clarke 95, Stuart Clarke 92)

Runners up – Met Grand Lodge 264 (Craig Coulton 91, Richard Baker 88, John Cutmore 85)

Three Man Masonic Team – West Lancashire 270, (Jason Rhodes 89, Carl Prince 90, Andy Clements 89)

Runners up – Middlesex 264, (Ed Dexter 89, Steve Larkins 88, Phil Seastream 87)

Masonic High Gun – Dan Bishop 93/100, Hamps & Isle of Wight

Runner up – Alex Cobb 92/100, Surrey

Ladies High Gun – Lisa Brereton 70/100, Suffolk

Runner up – Louise Jennings-Hoole 68/100, West Lancashire

Ladies Team – Suffolk 185, (Lisa Brereton 70, Kirsten Noble 60, Samantha Packer 55)

Three Man Guest Team – Suffolk 283, (Darren Stamford 96, Joe Clarke 95, Stuart Clarke 92)

Runners up – Met Grand Lodge 264 (Craig Coulton 91, Richard Baker 88, John Cutmore 85)

The National Association of Masonic Clay Shooting Societies thanks the Province of Suffolk for the magnificent job they did in hosting these championships – they have certainly raised the bar and set a new benchmark for Provinces hoping to host these prestigious championships.

The committee members of the Suffolk Masonic Clay Shooting Society (SMaCSS) are delighted to have been awarded the privilege of hosting the 2019 Nationals.

SMaCSS was formed out of R&R Promotions which had been successfully raising charitable funds since 2008 mainly through the Annual Charity Shoot. The first big SMaCSS event was the 10th Anniversary Annual Charity Shoot held at High Lodge Shooting Ground (https://highlodge.co.uk/) in July 2017 and this very successful event was, once again, well supported by many members and their friends.

Now that the four stalwarts of the SMaCSS Committee have been joined by four additional new members the whole team is buckling down and working hard to deliver the Nationals in June 2019. We aim to deliver a safe, well organised and pleasurable day to those attending and we will use all the facilities available to us to do so.

We have chosen High Lodge as our venue. Created over 30 years ago by 10 times FITASC Sporting World, European and British Champion, John Bidwell, High Lodge nestles amongst 120 acres of tranquil woodland on the Suffolk coast and is home to an array of first class facilities including luxury lodges with personal hot tubs, world class shooting, golf, fishing, an inviting restaurant and clubhouse and state of the art function suite to name a few. The ground has been used by SMaCSS as the venue for their annual Charity Clay Shoot for the last ten years, raising over £23,000 for East Anglian Children’s Hospices and other Masonic charities in that time. We have developed an excellent working relationship with the team at High Lodge and they have been very supportive of us.

There is an extensive clubhouse which can seat around 250 people on circular tables and catering facilities to feed that number for a post shoot lunch/dinner. There is accommodation for up to 90 people on site in 19 holiday lodges comprising 2, 4 or 6 beds plus ample B&B or Hotel accommodation within 15 minutes’ drive and a campsite for tents, caravans and motor homes within 5 minutes’ drive.The message we wish to send to our supporters who intend to enter is that “you will find the site at High Lodge (IP17 3QT) to be situated in a very pleasant part of Suffolk. The shooting will be challenging but fair and we look forward to seeing you there for the 2019 National Championships on June 22nd.” Please send us your entry form and payments now to allow us to spread our workload, thank you.

Entry form available for download (PDF) – Here

 

National Masonic Clay Shooting Championships 2018

Hosted by the Province of Surrey
10th August 2018 – Bisley Surrey

Friday 10th August saw 200 plus masons, friends and family descend on Bisley Camp, recognised as the home of shooting in the United Kingdom, where 172 vied for the 14th National Masonic Clay Shooting Championships.

Superb representation was made from provinces far and wide;
Bedfordshire Bristol Buckinghamshire Devon
Dorset East Kent Essex Hertfordshire Hants & Isle of Wight
Metropolitan Grand Lodge Middlesex South Wales Suffolk Surrey
Sussex West Kent West Lancashire Wiltshire

Shooting 100 sporting clays at the “Clock Tower” on Cottesloe Heath, a rarely available set of stands due to its proximity to the Stickledown rifle range, ended with Metropolitan Grand Lodge being presented the trophy by the RW Brother Ian Chandler, Provincial Grand Master of Surrey, with their top 3 guns scoring 269 in an incredibly closely fought contest over runners up Surrey Province, just one point behind them, and 261 to West Lancashire for 3rd place. A Masonic High Gun of 95 went to Danny Bishop, of Hants & Isle of Wight.

  • Junior High Gun

The Results are below and a full list of scores can be found here – SCORES

Ladies, junior and non-masonic guests tussled for additional trophies in their various categories with a dazzling score of 92 securing Lady High Gun for Sue Osbourne and 69 for Junior High Gun Tom Hemmings again just one point more than junior runner up Coco over from France for the event. The weather proved rather challenging varying from bright sunshine to monsoon conditions but the layout was reported by one competitor from East Kent, as “one of the best, if not the very best layouts I’ve ever shot” The Surrey Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies W. Bro Kevin Stone, Provincial Stewards present, past and many others including W. Bro John Tofield gave their great support throughout the day and especially to our visitors.

R W Bro Eric Stuart-Bamford the Past Provincial Grand Master and an ex-Team GB shot, also provided ample assistance and help on the day. Ellie Vidler of Comfort Kitchen provided sustenance through some fine freshly cooked food and non-stop refreshments throughout the day. Incidentally, Ellie’s partner Will is soon to be initiated into Freemasonry, where he will be joining Ellie’s Father and Brother who are members of the Cherchefelle Lodge 6543. Prince David Lodge, the Surrey shotgun specialist lodge, report that clay shooting seems to be attracting a significant number of new candidates – good for the sport and good for Freemasonry. W Bro Steve Butwell undertook a keen and highly humorous approach to selling the raffle tickets for some really fantastic prizes including a 12g shotgun.

A year of great effort by the organising team and wonderful support from Provinces and guests ensured a decidedly successful and enjoyable event raising £5,500 for the 2019 Surrey Festival Appeal. We all now look forward to next year’s event which will be hosted by The Province of Suffolk.

National Masonic Clay Shooting Championships 2018

Hosted by the Province of Surrey

The Province of Surrey are delighted to be chosen as the hosts for the 14th National Masonic Championships, which will take place at the home of UK shooting, Bisley Surrey.

We will be shooting at the rarely available Cottesloe Heath clay ground which nestles alongside the 1200 yard Stickledown rifle range (which fortunately will not be in use during our event!).

The Bisley team recognise this wonderful masonic charitable effort and are supporting us through their special arrangements and pricing.

  • The total arrangement cost of the event is £70.00 per person, which includes:
  • Tea/coffee and bacon roll on arrival
  • 100 target ESP course over 15 refereed stands
  • Lunch (please advise in advance of any dietary requirements)
  • Prizes

There are pay bars on site and if you do not wish to stay for lunch the entry fee is reduced to £60.00. For all your shooting, clothing, service & repairs there are a number of shops on-site. All raffle and auction proceeds are toward the 2019 Festival in favour of The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution. We thank you in advance for your generous support. In particular, our thanks go to Williams Evans who have kindly donated a number of prizes for the Raffle.

Administration Please collate the entries for your respective teams using the form below and submit to Derek Speller 4 Foxwood, Kingsfold, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 3ST before 30th June 2018. However, an early indication of likely numbers will be appreciated. All inquiries and requests for further information should be directed by email to 2018@nationalmasonicshoot.org.uk

On the day, registration will start from 08:00hrs at the Sit Perpetuum Masonic Temple inside Bisley Camp, with shooting commencing from 09:00hrs. This event will be squadded so you can turn up, have breakfast and start shooting as soon as your team is ready. Last entries are at 12:00hrs but the later start times are intended for those who have some distance to travel and who prefer not to have to stay overnight the day before.

Non-Shooters There is no charge for non-shooters to accompany you and enjoy the facilities at Bisley Camp; if they would wish to join you for lunch, the cost is just £10.00 per head pre booked. Shoot Details The competition is open to all Freemasons who are a subscribing or honorary member of a Lodge or Chapter and their friends and family. The team scores will be based on the three highest scores in each team. Non-masonic guest teams must confirm at registration who the members are in their team. A pool shoot will also be available for an additional small fee.

Safety & Rules

The shoot will be run to CPSA / NAMCSS rules.

Any challenges will be dealt with by the Bisley Shoot Panel on the day. Their decision is final.

Hearing & Eye protection must be worn by everyone (including non-shooters) on the shooting ground.

Cartridges:

  • Maximum 28g (1oz) load, no larger than size 6. No home loads.
  • Only FIBRE cartridges are allowed at the ground.
  • Cartridges will be available at a competitive price and Bisley has a very well stocked shop on site for all your shooting needs

Classes of Entry (one per person only)

  • Mason – Must be a subscribing or honorary member of a Lodge or Chapter
  • Guest – Open
  • Lady – Open
  • Junior – Open, but must be under 21 on the day of the competition
  • Veteran – Must be a subscribing or honorary member of a Lodge or Chapter and aged 65 or older on the day of the competition

Prizes

Prize Categories include:

  • Top Masonic Team
  • Masonic Team Runners-up
  • Top Guest Team
  • Guest Team Runners-up
  • Top Ladies Team
  • Ladies Team Runners-up
  • Guest High Gun
  • Guest High Gun Runner-up
  • Ladies High Gun
  • Ladies High Gun Runner-up
  • Junior High Gun
  • Veteran High Gun
  • Masonic High Gun
  • Masonic High Gun Runner-up

Tied scores will be decided by count back on pre-selected stands.

All prizes subject to adequate numbers of competitors per category

Travel

Travel Bisley is easily reached by car being located just 5m from the M3 junction 3. Sat Nav use GU24 0NY Brookwood rail station is just 1.5m from Bisley Camp served by trains from London Waterloo and Basingstoke/Alton. The station has a taxi rank.

Accommodation

A number of the clubs on Bisley Camp have B&B accommodation, these & camping options can be found at nra.org.uk/nra-bisley/bisley-clubs Alternatively search www.bookings.com or www.trivago.co.uk where there are a number of hotels within 5-10 miles of the shooting ground with prices ranging from £55.

Bisley – a brief History

 

The quintessentially English Victorian Clubhouse was originally built in 1865 on Wimbledon Common, where Earl Spencer and the Duke of Cambridge had manorial rights. The Clubhouse acted as the headquarters for advisors to the government on the future of shooting. Queen Victoria opened the ranges with the first shot and coincidentally one of the attending councillors was the great grandfather of Bisley Shooting Group’s owner.

As the urbanisation of Wimbledon grew steps were taken to move the shooting grounds to an alternate location, a railway line was built from London straight into Bisley where a carriage of that era is still on site. This process was catalysed by an event in which one of the councillors was strolling round the grounds in his top hat and tails, and a stray musket bullet went through his top hat! This is the reason that the Bisley Shooting Group logo features a top hat with a hole through it. Taken down in 1895 and moved to a beautiful 3,000 acre estate in Bisley, the clubhouse has remained there ever since and offers an elegant and comfortable place to relax and dine. Also on the estate is the National Rifle Association (NRA), the governing body of full-bore rifle and centre-fire pistol shooting in Great Britain. The NRA was granted Royal Charter in 1894 for the “promotion of marksmanship in the interests of the Defence of Realm and permanence of the Volunteer Forces, Navy military and Air”. The present Prince of Wales has held the office of President since 1977 and has shot for the House of Lords in the Vizianagram Match, held annually against the House of Commons.

 

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.

The Ladies Team presentation.

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.

Dan Bishop – Masonic High Gun with the Gun donated by Entwistle Guns

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The West Lancashire team

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.