Clay Pigeon Shooting
The Province of East Kent Clay Pigeon Shooting Club had its genesis following a home counties inter-provincial competition in the summer of 2008 when W.Bro. Roger Wilkes approached the editor of “The Provincial” to include a small article enquiring if there were any other Freemasons in the Province with an interest in clay pigeon shooting. This, almost immediately, brought a response from 7 fellow shooters and the first meeting of these took place at Hawley Shooting Ground, near Dartford, at the beginning of November 2008.
Since this date several more East Kent members have joined the band of shooters, some occasionally, but most for each outing. The club meets every month at one of the shooting grounds in Kent which makes it fair with travelling as those taking part come from all across the province. We have contact with many other provincial shooting associations and have been instrumental in the formation of the National Association of Masonic Clay Shooting Societies with our former Chairman and Secretary, Nick Jenkins and Roger Wilkes being the National Treasurer and Secretary respectively. Celebrating our 14th. Anniversary we hosted an Inter-Provincial Competition where 9 Provinces joined us to enjoy the occasion.
The Provincial Clay Shooting Club has been running for just over 14 years and boasts members from all across the province who meet for a ‘monthly shoot’ at one of the counties shooting grounds. This is to make the venue fair as far a travel etc. is concerned.
During the club’s history, we have hosted the National Masonic Annual Clay Shooting Championship which was held at Canterbury as well as hosting several other regional inter-provincial competitions and we have entered a team in every national championship since our formation travelling to Yorkshire, Cornwall, Suffolk, and Gloucestershire, in fact, all four corners of the country.
The club has a committee comprising of a chairman, treasurer, secretary, and three committee members The club is very charity orientated and has donated substantial amounts of money to national and Kent-based charities (almost £19,000 in total) a recent donation was to a youth club in Wouldham, near Rochester where the club gave them some audio equipment and a placement for young people with behaviour difficulties where horticulture is used to help, we supplied several pieces of equipment. The club also has four qualified Safety Officers, a necessity with this particular sport and regular competitions are entered when invitations from other provinces are received.
The Provincial club was also instrumental in the formation of the National Masonic Clay Shooting Society in 2015 with our Past Chairman Nick Jenkins filling the roll of Treasurer and our current Secretary Roger Wilkes also being the National Secretary.
The club enjoys social events with our wives and partners as well as our shooting days with Bar-B-Q’s and restaurant visits, as well as members visits to other shooting colleagues’ lodges where possible.
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