The sun shone in Yorkshire …………………… but it shone on Lancashire
The annual War of the Roses took place at Coniston Hall Shooting Ground Skipton on Sunday 2nd April. 36 people enjoyed the spring sunshine but not all enjoyed the targets as the scores reflect.Eight Stands were available for the 50 bird sporting with targets to test the best.
Nigel Hirst from Yorkshire presents the trophy to Richard Dennison Lancashire Shoot Captain
Nigel Hirst shooting for Yorkshire put in a Magnificent 47 to take the Yorkshire High Gun – again but he was the only one in the 40’s On the other hand Evan Walsh’s score of 45 was backed up by Jason Rhodes & Howard Whittaker with 44, Wayne Parrington 43 and Trevor Thomas on 40. Our shoot captain Richard Dennison scraped into the team with 37. This made Evan our High Gun – is he back to his old form?
Evan Walsh receives his trophy from Richard Dennison Shoot Captain
This meant that Lancashire with a combined total of 253 for the top six guns easily beat Yorkshire’s total of 228. This year Bright red caps had been embroidered for the event and were presented by Richard Dennison Shoot Captain for Lancashire
It was nice to see some members back shooting with us, the Parrington Brothers and Gordon Downing and some new ones Mike Caddock and Andrew McClaments and Andrew’s friends from Yorkshire Les Wilson & John Wright (I can’t believe we are recruiting members for Yorkshire)
We took a long time leaving the ground as the road was blocked with an accident and on arriving at the pub there was no food. There was a problem in the kitchen apparently. Some of us went into Gargrave to the Masons Arms for well need food and drink. Not only was it a successful days shooting but £155 was made for Charity with the raffle and £265 was made on the shoot before expenses. Thanks go to Peter and all his staff at Coniston Hall for all their help and to Joyce Brereton, Dawn Broughton and June Casey for ‘manning’ the office.
All the scores are below.
‘B’ Team does well
As most of the ‘top guns’ were unable to attend the Interprovincial shoot, hosted by North Yorkshire, Lancashire was represented by the ‘old‘ stalwarts – but still managed to come second to the hosts who were the winners.The shoot was held at the Jolly Sailor Inn near Guiseborough, North Yorkshire. The landlord opened up to serve bacon butties at 9.30 and the shoot got underway at 10.00.
The ground is an old layby off the A171 and the 5 stands provided some very testing targets for the 64 shooters taking part. Lancashire had 12 people shooting.
Richard Dennison (Pictured) was our high gun with 30 and he took home the ‘Les Jennings Hoole Trophy’. He was closely followed with 29 by Jim Wynn and Graham Brereton who share the ‘Donna Heyes Memorial Trust Trophy’. Our final Trophy the ‘Graham Brereton Trophy’ for novices was won by Chris Bruffell with 21. The top score from West Lancashire was one of our guests Mervyn Moylan with 33 only 1 behind the top scores for the day.
After the shoot an excellent lunch was served in the Jolly Sailor with the prize giving straight after.
The Watson Eden Trophy was won by the Province of North & East Yorkshire with 169 and was present to their team by their own Assistant Provincial Grand Master W Bro Malcolm Dabbs who presented all the trophies. West Lancashire came second on 163 and Cumberland & Westmorland third on 159. In last place West Yorkshire with 124.
It was pleasing that we were joined by members from the Province of Durham We hope that they continue to join in with us at future events
North of England All Round Championships
It was a grand sunny day for the first North of England All Round championships at Coniston Hall Shooting Ground on 6th September. 22 people from the Provinces of North & East Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and West Lancashire tried their skill at 25 Skeet, 25 Down the Line and 25 Compak/ Sport trap. 6 Others were taken on the training traps behind the clubhouse.
Most coped well with the Skeet and DTL but the Sporting layout really tested their skill over some long targets.
In the end it was an easy win for Jason Rhodes who really did not have any competition. He took the title with 60. Fred Smith from North & East Yorkshire came next with 55 followed by Mick Buck of West Yorkshire with 52. The best guest was Mervyn Moylan with 58.
This was a great start to a new completion. Well done to the winners and thanks to all who took part
We took the opportunity to hold the Lancashire Skeet Championship in conjunction with this shoot. Jason with 24 was the winner 2nd place was shared by John Wright & David Smith on 22 with Lee Jackson 4th on 18.