Kent Police Charity Shoot 2023

East Kent Clays Masonic Shooting Team


Picture of Richard Dixy, a visiting volunteer standing next to the MCF banner

Notably, the East Kent provincial flag proudly waved once more at a non-masonic event,

stunning grounds akin to a top-quality golf club,

the "Annual Shooting Challenge," scheduled for September 30th at the Kent County Showground.

On Thursday, July 20th, the annual Kent Police Charity Shoot took place at the picturesque West Kent Shooting School in Paddock Wood. The venue, known for its stunning grounds akin to a top-quality golf club, hosted twenty teams comprising both police and civilian participants. Among them was the sole masonic team, proudly displaying the East Kent Provincial Logo as their club badge. This led to several brethren expressing interest in joining and shooting with the team, whenever time and duties permitted.


photo of members of the team waiting to take their turn shooting.
Impressively, nine police teams travelled from as far as Devon & Cornwall and South Yorkshire to participate, accompanied by eleven civilian teams. The competition format followed an English Sporting event, with 100 targets distributed across 12 stands, each representing game shots such as birds or rabbits.

The East Kent Team showcased their shooting prowess, with Steve Ball, Martin Lane, Paul Barber, Rob Styles, and Mick Daly emerging as the top five scorers, achieving a commendable score of 330. This performance secured them the 4th place out of 11 civilian teams and an overall 9th position out of the 20 teams present.

Waiting to shoot, lining up at a stand.
As the day drew to a close, participants gathered for a delightful Bar-B-Q, allowing time for scores to be collated and winners to be congratulated and presented with their well-deserved honours. The weather had been in their favour, remaining bright throughout the day, with intermittent patches of clouds.

Notably, the East Kent Provincial Flag proudly waved once more at a non-masonic event, sparking interest among Kent Police Officers who were already freemasons but expressed the possibility of joining the team in future events. It was indeed a successful day of clay shooting, fostering camaraderie and building friendships.

One of the shooters firing at one of the Stands

Looking ahead, the team eagerly anticipates their next significant event, the “Annual Shooting Challenge,” scheduled for September 30th at the Kent County Showground.

This prestigious event is expected to draw various provincial clay shooting teams, all vying for the coveted ‘Shooting Challenge Shield.’ All shooting enthusiasts and spectators are welcome to join in on what promises to be another thrilling day of competitive and skilful shooting. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

Article by Roger Wilkes

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