The clay shooting section of the East Kent Provincial Sports Association continues to move from strength-to-strength in competition and membership. We now have two lady shooters among our number but we still need one or two more to build a ladies team. The programme of shoots still fills our calendar and during 2015 we travelled to Yorkshire for the National Masonic Championships coming away with third place, our highest position to date.
As well as our monthly shoots our first excursion was to High Lodge Shooting Ground, Suffolk, to compete in the David Morfoot Memorial Shoot. Shortly after this we hosted our annual shoot against Essex at Dartford Shooting Ground where again we carried away the trophy. In May we hosted our “Annual Shooting Challenge” where we were just pipped for Highest Scoring Team by our colleagues from West Kent. Through the shoot we were able to donate £1000.00 to the Leybourne Grange Riding Centre for the Disabled and a group of us visited to present the cheque. As July went by we travelled to Yorkshire for the National Masonic Championships where, as mentioned above, we were beaten into third place; so this particular trophy still eludes us.
In July we held our AGM where we were very sad to see Ray Suddick stand down as Chairman. Ray had held this position since we began this journey in 2008 and had put so much time and effort to building the club into the success that it is. We also have a new look to the committee, three extra members sharing the load of organisation, fund raising etc. With our new Chairman, Nick Jenkins, taking over this very important role, we look forward to a very bright future. Our annual Bar-B-Q was held at Gillingham Masonic Centre in September where we were very pleased to present Ray Suddick and his wife Julia with vouchers for a day’s visit to the Bombay Sapphire distillery in Hampshire.
Added to these events our annual “Come and Try It Day”, was this year held at Dartford shooting ground. Fifty-three Freemasons along with their families and friends took part, making it the most successful one so far. We also entered the annual Kent Police Charity shoot and the RNLI charity shoot. Unfortunately we were unplaced in the former but our Secretary, Roger Wilkes, came third in the RNLI shoot.
New members, clay shooters joining the Craft and with 2016 upon us, we have a programme already laid out. Many of the shoots are annual events and the 2016 National Masonic Championships are being hosted by the Province of Warwickshire so a journey for us all. We have also been instrumental in the formation of the National Association of Masonic Clay Shooting Societies; this association was formed in February 2015 at a meeting at Great Queen Street with our Secretary, Roger Wilkes, being elected as its Secretary. Our Chairman, Nick Jenkins, was elected as Treasurer. The President of the association is the Deputy Grand Master, Jonathan Spence, and the Vice President is the Second Grand Principal, Russell John Race.
We are always looking for new members so if there are Brethren in East Kent, or ladies, that already have an interest in clay shooting or there are those that would like to see what the sport entails, then please contact us, you will be made very welcome.
Our contact telephone number is: 01634-725003, and our website: www.eastkentclayshooters.co.uk
You can email us using the contact form below.
Roger Wilkes, Secretary