As Boris Johnson’s road map out of lockdown continued, the rule off 6 being in place and not being able to eat in side, did not stop the determined group of clay shooters that turned up to shoot the Buckinghamshire Masonic C.P.S.A. Spring Charity Clay Shoot at Common Lays shooting ground (Oxfordshire), in aid of MARLOW OPPORTUNITY PLAYGROUP, on 15th May 2021 although it did not feel much like Spring as it was overcast and looked very much like rain, which arrived half way through proceedings but this did not damped spirits, of those hardy bunch, and our A.P.G.M. Tony Robinson (our official photographer) who was out there taking photo’s regardless.
With a good turn out of 53 shooters for Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Kent, Essex, Hertfordshire, Lancashire (West), MetGL and Oxfordshire, taking part the competition was high, and the course being tough the scores were lower than expected, with the top score being 76, shot by Micheal Blackwell a.k.a. Tank, one of our non-masonic guest shooters, the top masonic shooter with 74 was John Perrin MetGL with Dave Brown also from MetGL runner up with a score of 71 the only other shooter in the 70’s was John Hopcroft from Oxford, there were two lady shooters Louise Jennings Hoole top score of 50 and Emily Damment with 45.
There was also a pool shoot over 10 clays, with two shooters both managing 10/10, so Marc Price MetGL and Bernie Connoly East Kent shared the prize having a bottle of bubbly each.
The day started as normal with bacon rolls and coffee, followed by a short talk from Roger Gills, before the 11 groups of five shooters headed out on to the course, on finishing the shoot, all headed to the Common Leys Farm House Pub/hotel bar for a drink and meal (eaten outside under cover) of baked potatoes and chilli and/or drunken pig cooked by pub land lady Ally (thanks Ally that was great).
The raffle prizes were drawn by Emily Damment (editor Clay Shooter Magazine) all the prizes were the normal masonic raffle prizes off Wine ect.
V.W.Bro Brian Saidman MetGL addressed the group explaining the addition of an extra trophy that was to be shoot for between Buckinghamshire Province and MetGL each year, Roger Gills then announced the result that Met GL had won with a score of 278/400 to Bucks score of 233/400 the winning team received the new trophy, Then the main prizes were presented to the winners by A.P.G.M. Tony Robinson who finished by thanking everyone for attended and those who organised and set up the shoot.
Masonic High Gun :- John Perrin MetGL. 74.
Masonic Runner up :- Dave Brown MetGL. 71.
Guest High Gun :- Micheal Blackwell. 76.
Guest Runner up :- Paul Wisbey. 69.
Lady High Gun :- Louise Jennings Hoole. 50.
Lady Runner up :- Emily Damment. 45.
Pool Shoot:- Marc Price MetGL 10/10
Bernie Connoly East Kent 10/10
Dave Hollis thanked all who attended and wished them all a safe journey home.
The raffle raised:- £150.00
The pool shoot raised:- £415.00
The Shoot raised:- £335.00
We are sure MARLOW OPPORTUNITY PLAYGROUP will make good use off this, WELL DONE EVERYBODY.
Roger Gills announced all the up and coming Masonic Shoot’s (listed below) pointing out that they are all team event’s.
Home Counties Championship. 14th August 2021
Teams from Home County Provinces, Ladies, Guests ect.
Northall Clay Shooting Club. SUSSEX.
Thames Valley Trophy. 21st August 2021.
Teams from Berks, Bucks and Oxford. All guest’s welcome.
Oxford Gun Comp. Buckinghamshire.
NATIONAL MASONIC CLAY SHOOTING CHAMPIONSHIP
All Mason’s and Provincial team’s Ladies, junior’s Veteran’s Guest’s ect.
18th September 2021 at Barbury Shooting School. Swindon Wilts.
2nd International Masonic Clay Shooting Championship
16th October 2021 at The National Shooting Centre Falkirk, SCOTLAND.