MEDALS FOR WEST LANCASHIRE AT
THE INAUGURAL INTERNATIONAL SHOOT
The first ever International shoot organised by the National Association of Masonic Clay Shooting Societies was held at the Doveridge Shooting Ground at Doveridge, Ashbourne, Derbyshire on Saturday 7th September.
120 entries from 17 Provinces representing 6 Countries came together to enjoy a superb competition at a marvellous venue with good weather.The six countries represented were England, Scotland, Wales, Jersey, Ireland and delegates from India.
Dave and Kath (left) & Joe Dodds (right)
The 100 bird shoot over 12 stands went off with barely a hitch and the beautiful ground, with Turkeys, Peacocks and Guinea fowl walking around made a pleasant day out although looking at the scores some of our members must have been distracted. A buffet meal was served in the clubhouse and was ready for when the competitors finished shooting. West Lancashire was represented by 14 people and we did well to get amongst the medals.
Young Joe Dodds, grandson of Mick Woods Cuerdon Lodge No 6018, won the Juniors Gold medal with a magnificent score of 60. This was his first major competition.
Then Kath Wright, wife of John Wright Red Rose of Lancashire Lodge No 9640 a Lady Mason in Meridian Lodge No 22, Won the Lady Freemason Gold medal with a score of 49.
We can’t miss out our shoot captain who also managed to go home with a gold medal as the top scorer for Ireland with 67. Please don’t ask how many entries there were from that country!
The Star of the show was Dave Smith, Emblem Lodge No 6727. He won the Gold medal as the winner of the Veteran Freemason Class. His Score of 92 was good enough to get him another Gold in the 4 man International Team Competition and a third medal silver for 2nd place in the English entries in the competition.
It was nice to see some provinces represented who have never shot with us before, Derbyshire, Cheshire and Lincolnshire. And everyone enjoyed the company of the large contingent who came down from Scotland
The England Team
The Committee of NAMCSS were praised for the initiative in starting the event and the excellent shoot.
Thanks must go to Roger Wilkes of East Kent for his unfailing hard work in putting it all together and Brian Saidman who as Chairman presented the prizes in his own inimitable way.
The Treasurer Nick Jenkins always has an eye on the finances and appeared a happy man. Personally, I was just proud, but relieved, that it was the success everyone said it was.
Last but not least thanks to Clive ad Sue Bramley and the staff of Doveridge Clay Sports Club and all those who travelled to support the event
The Lancashire Scores were
|86||David Smith||England||Veteran Freemason||92|
|87||Robert Dunn||England||Male Guest||83|
|88||Ian Newton||England||Male Guest||83|
|85||John Wright||England||Veteran Freemason||70|
|121||Kathleen Wright||England||Lady Freemason||49|
A complete list of scores can be found here