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The West Lancashire Masonic Clay Pigeon Shooting Society dates back to 1984 when Rt W Bro Rev William E A Pugh the PGM for Cumberland & Westmorland challenged Rt W Bro Alan Fletcher Ferris to a Clay Shooting Competition. West Lancashire won.

The West Lancashire Masonic Clay Pigeon Shooting Society was inaugurated on 25th June 1986 under the Chairmanship of W. Bro. Frank Cowburn, Assistant Provincial Grand Master.

17 members of the Provincial Grand Lodge of West Lancashire met, by invitation of Tom Blackburn, for an informal shoot on land adjacent to the home of Peter Wilson at Lathom Park Ormskirk, after which the shooters retired to Briars hall for refreshment.

Tom Blackburn introduced Frank Cowburn as the APGM and invited him to Chair the meeting.

This meeting set out and agreed the objectives of the Association as being

  1. to bring together Brothers throughout the Province who shoot either game or clays,
  2. to enjoy their chosen sport with other brethren
  3. to raise funds for charity,
  4. to promote inter Provincial Masonic friendship by virtue of the annual shoot for the Watson Eden Trophy.

Since those days the Society has grown to 85 Paid up members. More than that number shoot with us on a regular basis but have not paid a subscription..

We promote Clay shooting within freemasonry by organising sessions for Lodges and masonic groups and to the public at large by inviting then to join us at our shoots.

As well as taking part in Regional competitions we support the National Association of Masonic Clay Shooting Societies and compete at National Competitions. We are proud that we held the first ever National competition in 2002 and were instrumental in founding the National Association in 2015.

All shooters, masonic and non masonic, are invited to join with us when we shoot. Please see the fixtures and forthcoming events. If it is your first time make yourself known to us – if you are returning we will be pleased to see you.

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