As part of the tercentenary celebrations the National Association of Masonic Clay Shooting Societies organised the largest masonic clay shooting competition ever held in England and Wales, over 200 people attended the event in the presence of the association Patron, the Deputy Grand Master RW Brother Jonathan Spence who also took part in the shoot. The event was a resounding success with over 170 shooters taking part and, without any intention, a large sum of money was raised through entry fees and the obligatory raffle which took place in a very splendid marquee after a sumptuous luncheon. Many speeches followed with thanks from our Deputy Grand Master to the national committee for such a well organised and supported event and these were followed by the presentations.
It now offered the committee a problem which was settled at the 2018 AGM held in Bristol’s beautiful masonic centre, what to do with the excess money raised. After some deliberation the provincial representatives agreed to divide the available funds between two organisations. The first to benefit was LifeLites who are based in Great Queen Street, Lifelites donates and maintains packages of specialist technologies for the 10,000 terminally ill and disabled children using every baby and children’s hospice service in the British Isles. This cheque was handed over at a presentation attended by VW. Bro. Brian Saidman (MetGL) Chairman of the national association, W.Bro. Mike Casey (W. Lanc’s) Vice Chairman, W.Bro. Nick Jenkins (West Kent) Treasurer and W.Bro. Roger Wilkes (East Kent) Secretary and with them was Mike Baker the Director of Communications for UGLE who had been instrumental when the event was first considered.
The second recipient was the Disabled Shooting Group of the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association, this group funds disabled shooters to attend events all over the world and is singularly funded by contributions from organisations such as ours. These include the Paraplegic Games within Olympic and Commonwealth events and they are soon to be attending events in Australasia. After contact with the DSG, and at their invitation, we were invited to raise a team to attend a friendly competition after which the presentation would take place. We met at a shoot in Surrey and were firmly put in our places by a very friendly but experienced group of confident and able shooters who took their shooting very seriously indeed, their enthusiasm for the sport was infectious and we had a wonderful morning with them before handing over yet another cheque to these dedicated and competent sportsmen. Our team this time was made up of Provincial Representatives from Monmouthshire, Bristol, Buck’s, Middlesex, Essex, Met.GL, East and West Kent. We made a fairly good account of ourselves and had a most enjoyable shoot with the friendliest group of shooters, we have been invited back and I know that we will gladly accept that heartfelt invitation.
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