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; firstname.lastname@example.org. or Roger on 07768 123449
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:- email@example.com
OR ROGER GILLS ON :- firstname.lastname@example.org
Large Presentation to the 2021 Festival
On 25th June, and on the 34th anniversary of the formation of the West Lancashire Masonic Clay Pigeon Shooting Society, the chairman and members of the Society presented W Bro Tony Harrison the Rt W Provincial Grand Master with one of the largest single donations to the 2021 festival
The Cheque of £10,000 was a combination of the hard work of the society members and some Patronage from Lodges & Chapters, for which we are always thankful.
We were hoping that it would have been much more but unfortunately, we had to cancel the 16th National Championships, scheduled for the 20th June, because of social distancing restrictions.
This together with the £750 to two non-masonic charities, distributed at our AGM, brings our total donations over the 34 years to over £134,000.
Our forefathers put in the Constitutions as one of the aims of the Society ‘To maintain our support of Masonic and non-Masonic charities’ I don’t think they envisioned how well those aims would be achieved.
The presentation took place at the Provincial Office in Leyland and facemasks were worn, not to protect the innocent but to be socially aware and set an example. On receiving the Cheque W Bro Harrison said “ I am absolutely delighted that such a generous donation of £10,000 to the 2021 Festival has been received from the West Lancashire masonic Clay Pigeon Shooting Society and it is most appropriate that today marks the 34th Anniversary since its formation. My sincere thanks to those members of the Society, both past and present, for their continued support”.
International Championships hailed a great success
The first ever International shoot organised by the National Association of Masonic Clay Shooting Societies was held at the Doveridge Shooting Ground at Doveridge, Ashbourne, Derbyshire on Saturday 7th September.
123 entries from 17 Provinces representing 6 Countries came together to enjoy a superb competition at a marvellous venue with good weather.The six countries represented were England, Scotland, Wales, Jersey, Ireland and delegates from India.
The England Team
Breakfast rolls with tea/coffee began the day at registration and by 9:30am. everyone was assembled on the patio for a welcome address by the Chairman, Brian Saidman, photo’s having been taken of the assembled group a short safety talk delivered by the Secretary Roger Wilkes and everyone went of their respective stands for the “Shotgun Start”. The 100 bird shoot over 12 stands was held in the beautiful grounds, with Turkeys, Peacocks and Guinea fowl walking around making a pleasant day.
The Madras Team
Doveridge staff must be congratulated here as the whole day went off without a hitch, no technical problems and everyone was back in the club house by 1:45pm. Score cards were checked and verified and for this we must thank Doveridge’s excellent computer scoring system which checked and double checked our arithmetic, some excellent scores were recorded with the first five cards showing 95, 91, 91, 90 and 89. However there were also some in the mid thirties with most between 45 and 75.
The Wales Team
The international competition was won by England with a collective score of 369 second was Scotland with 324 and in third place Wales with 310. High Gun for England was Dan Bishop (Hants/I of W) on 95 High Gun for India was Unnikrishnan Kodoth 73, High Gun for Ireland Richard Dennison 67, High Gun Jersey Jack Handby 77, High Gun Scotland Tom Galasham 84 and High Gun Wales Scott Morgan 90. The Guest Junior Score was Joe Dodds (West Lanc’s) 60, Guest Ladies Score Sadie Center (Scotland) 79 and Male Guest Richard Baker (Met GL) 92. Lady Freemason High Gun Kath Wright (West Lanc’s) 49 Veteran Freemason Dave Smith (West Lanc’s) 92 and Masonic High Gun Dan Bishop (Hant’s/I of W) 95. A buffet meal was served in the clubhouse and was ready for when the competitors finished shooting
The Scotland Team
It was nice to see some provinces represented who have never shot with us before, Derbyshire, Cheshire and Lincolnshire. And everyone enjoyed the company of the large contingent who came down from Scotland. They enjoyed the competition so much that they agreed to host it next year at the Natio0nal Shooting Centre at Falkirk on 15th August 2020. This date has yet to be confirmed.
The top three Guest Ladies
The Committee of NAMCSS were praised for the initiative in starting the event and the excellent shoot.
Thanks must go to Roger Wilkes of East Kent for his unfailing hard work in putting it all together and Brian Saidman who as Chairman presented the prizes in his own inimitable way. The Treasurer Nick Jenkins always has an eye on the finances and appeared a happy man.
Joe Dodds (right)
Last but not least thanks to Clive and Sue Bramley and the staff of Doveridge Clay Sports Club and all those who travelled to support the event
A complete list of scores can be found here