So how did there do?
Norfolk were the hosts for 2022 National Masonic Competition, so twelve members of the East Kent Provincial Clay Shooting Club found themselves in East Anglia during the weekend of 10th to the 12th June for this prestigious event.
The shoot was staged at the Mid Norfolk Clay Shooting Ground which is just outside of Norwich in the area of Taverham, the ground is a wooded area with a large amount of stands each depicting various game targets and the layout of the area offered hilly ground as well as valleys where the clays were presented below each shooter making for a very interesting if not difficult shot.
Over 150 shooters took part including a team from the Disabled Shooting Group a body that the National Masonic Clay Shooting Association has supported for several years and I have to admit that they put some able-bodied shooters to shame.
The day started with registration at 9 O’clock with the obligatory bacon rolls with shooting commencing at 10:00am. the squads went out starting on all stands depending on the squad number and there were many smiling faces although one or two sad one’s too.
Clay shooting is exceptionally popular among freemasons and the national association has over thirty provinces now in membership, also the competition is hosted by a different province every year which eases travel throughout the country.
Fourteen provinces took part and a little after 2 o’clock all scores had been collated and the trophies were ready for presentation by the Deputy PGM for Norfolk.
East Kent had shot well so we were hoping for a reasonable result and as the positions were read out it was Essex in first place, East Kent and West Lancashire in joint Second with the Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London third.
A very good result for us as this was the first time we had been in the medals at a national competition and here’s hoping that we can improve on this in the years to come as next year we travel to West Lancashire to compete in the 2023 national masonic clay shooting championship and also we look forward to the Masonic International which is to be hosted by Wales.
You are very welcome to try the sport as we welcome family and friends into the provincial club and in all masonic competitions there are trophies for non-masons, ladies and juniors too. Contact Roger Wilkes on 07768 123449 or [email protected]
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