Provincial Shoot 7th May 2017

The weather couldn’t have been nicer for the Provincial Shoot at Blackpool Sporting clays. The sun shone and the horseflies were out in force. As usual at Blackpool the targets were not the easiest but the 6 Stands tested the best and worst of us. 33 people entered for the Provincial Championships and Assistant Provincial Grand Master Harry Cox came to support ‘the lads’

Jason Rhodes with a magnificent score of 43 & Guest winner Grant Parkinson on 28

The Champion was once again Jason Rhodes with a magnificent score of 43. Ian Turner excelled himself to come second with 39 and Andy McClements was third on 34. The Guest winner was Grant Parkinson on 28 with young Joe Dodds taking the Novice. A good score of 40 Gave Dave Smith the Veteran Trophy we really need him in the Provincial team

Joe Dodds taking the Novice & A good score of 40 Gave Dave Smith the Veteran Trophy

Two Ladies took Part Joe’s mother Helen and Chris Ridgeway. Chris’s experience was telling as she came out the winner with a score of 21. Trevor Hunt actually won an award for most improved but with the score he put in he must have been very bad to start with. Thanks to a very successful raffle, I have never seen so many prizes, and by acquiring some new members we took £365 on the day Thanks go to Sue and Lawrence Alston for running the shoot and Blackpool Sporting Clays for hosting it at short notice

If you want your score here it is:

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.

East Lancs.ThomaTrevor40BarlowDavid35
East Lancs.SaylePeter35PearceRoger25