West Lancashire Wins the Watson Eden Trophy and
the War of the Roses in West Yorkshire
It was 9 months without a shoot for the West Lancashire team who were pleased to be back in a competition.
The Province of West Yorkshire hosted the combined competitions of the Inter Provincial Shoot, for the Watson Eden Trophy, and the War of the Roses at Knaresborough Gun Club, Hazel Bank Shooting Ground at Knaresborough on 4th October.
Our entry was depleted through local lockdown restrictions, and doses of flu, but 17 people travelled to Knaresborough for the event. We all shot in squads of no more than 6, including a scorer for some and all CPSA Covid-19 advice was followed.
West Yorkshire fielded 16 guns and Yorkshire North & East Riding 4. Unfortunately, the Province of Cumberland & Westmorland, who started the Inter Provincial shoot for the Watson Eden Trophy way back in 1984 were unable to form a team and did not shoot this year.
After the torrential rain experienced on the Saturday, Sunday was fine with the sun breaking through. The quick shower at lunchtime did not dampen our spirits as we tackled the 5 stands.
The first stand caught out a lot of shooters, but our team pulled the score back over the other 4 stands. As well as our established team members it was nice to see three new members and their guests joining us. We hope their experience will encourage them to join us on other occasions.
The Scores were as follows
The Inter Provincial Shoot for the Watson Eden Trophy
|1st West Lancashire with 135||2nd West Yorkshire with 126||3rd Yorkshire North & East Riding with 107|
|Jason Rhodes - 47||Richard Loukota – 45||J Wilde – 37|
|Andy McClements - 45||William Watson – 41||Mike Parker – 35|
|Mick Woods – 44||David Marlow – 40||Kevin Steven – 35|
The War of the Roses
Winners Lancashire with 260
Runners up Yorkshire with 241
The event raised £300 for Masonic Charities.
Thanks go to William Watson of West Yorkshire who hosted it and Mark from Hazel Bank Shooting Ground who organised it, not forgetting the ladies who served the bacon & sausage butties and coffees, they were most welcome.
Large Presentation to the 2021 Festival
On 25th June, and on the 34th anniversary of the formation of the West Lancashire Masonic Clay Pigeon Shooting Society, the chairman and members of the Society presented W Bro Tony Harrison the Rt W Provincial Grand Master with one of the largest single donations to the 2021 festival
The Cheque of £10,000 was a combination of the hard work of the society members and some Patronage from Lodges & Chapters, for which we are always thankful.
We were hoping that it would have been much more but unfortunately, we had to cancel the 16th National Championships, scheduled for the 20th June, because of social distancing restrictions.
This together with the £750 to two non-masonic charities, distributed at our AGM, brings our total donations over the 34 years to over £134,000.
Our forefathers put in the Constitutions as one of the aims of the Society ‘To maintain our support of Masonic and non-Masonic charities’ I don’t think they envisioned how well those aims would be achieved.
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
15th Nationonships 2019
al Masonic ChampiThe 2019 Championships were held at High Lodge Shooting Ground near Lowestoft.
This was the largest Masonic event ever held with 201 Entries, It has certainly grown since West Lancashire first hosted the competition in 2002.
A large party travelled to Suffolk for the event, 16 competitors and 5 Spectators. While most stayed in Diss others were spread over the County and if was good to see some new members of the team, veterans Derek Carr, John Wright and Bob Smith. I am sure they enjoyed their experience.
Running the largest event can have problems and Suffolk certainly had some – most of which could have been avoided. First some entries were refused because they thought the ground couldn’t cope with the numbers but the committee kindly reversed the decision to allow the masonic competitors to join in.
We were squadded in squads on 14 – yes 14 – and sent round with a ‘mentor’ usually a Provincial Grand Steward resplendent is his red collar. Then it got complicated. When the first 7 had shot they moved on to the next stand and the other 7 joined them when they had shot effectively making squads of 7.
We arrived at the first stand to find the Mentors had score cards but no names on them so valuable time was lost writing them out.
The shoot itself was interesting with a variety of targets on 15 stands. A ‘Professional referee’ on each stand should have helped but most of them were not referees and needed some guidance from the shooters. They had been provided by the ground at a considerable expense to the Province of Suffolk. The members of the West Lancashire squad, resplendent in team shirts and shooting jackets, at least most did, had mixed fortunes with some exceptional scores put in and some scores that people really wanted to forget. With such a large entry it was bound to take a long time and the organisers did a great job at keeping squads moving and everyone happy. By the time we had finished, some 4 hours after we started, we were ready for something to eat
The meal was in the well-appointed clubhouse and we were asked to sit on the table with our Squad Number on. Unfortunately, the table was for 10 people and there were 14 in the original squad. Add the fact that people wanted to sit with friends and it was just short of chaos. However, the meal at least was very nice, and very welcome, and filled in time whilst the scores were collated.
After speeches by the Provincial Grand Master Rt W Bro Ian J Yeldham and members of the Suffolk Masonic Clay Shooting Society we got round to the prize giving.
First up was Louise Jennings Hoole, Second in the Ladies Class. As only First and Second place prizes were given out Jason Rhodes missed out as he came third in the Masonic Individual Category.
Finally, we got round to the Winning Team for the West Lancashire Trophy which we provided way back in 2002.
Middlesex were second with a combined score of 264. We eagerly awaited the news that West Lancashire had won, yes, we had already worked out our own team score , 270.
Our team of Jason Rhodes, Karl Prince and Andy McClements proudly received their trophies from the Provincial Grand Master. But horror where was the Trophy? Last years winners, London G Met., had not returned it, the first time in 15 competitions that the winners failed to return the trophy. So, we have no photographs with our winning team holding the cup. It is hoped that it will be presented at the NAMCSS International Shoot in September.
Inter Group Shoot 13th January 2019
It was a cold and wet, miserable day when members of the Society representing 5 Groups met up to contest the Adams & Co Trophy.
We could not persuade June to leave the car to take the entries but we managed quite well through the side window.
The targets, as usual, were a good standard and provided a testing layout for most of the entries. The scores reflect the difficulty.
A new name goes on the trophy this year as Lancaster Group won the event for the first time breaking the hold of North Fylde
There were no tables in the local hostelry for a meal but those who did try ended up with a basket of chips stood at the bar.
The trophy was presented to Andy McClements and he also received the individual commemorative mugs on behalf of himself, Scot Catlow and Grant Parkinson
The group results were:
And the individual results were:
Thanks to Roy Dransfield and his family for hosting the event and June for taking the entries – and all she got was a bowl of chips! It was a cold and wet, miserable day when members of the Society representing 5 Groups met up to contest the Adams & Co Trophy. We could not persuade June to leave the car to take the entries but we managed quite well through the side window.The targets, as usual, were a good standard and provided a testing layout for most of the entries. The scores reflect the difficulty. A new name goes on the trophy this year as Lancaster Group won the event for the first time breaking the hold of North Fylde There were no tables in the local hostelry for a meal but those who did try ended up with a basket of chips stood at the bar. The trophy was presented to Andy McClements and he also received the individual commemorative mugs on behalf of himself, Scot Catlow and Grant Parkinson
Nine Lancashire Masons flew to the Island of Jersey in order to support in the inaugural shoot for the newly formed Jersey Masonic Shooting Society at Lecq Shooting Ground.
We arrived on Thursday and met Louise Jennings-Hoole, who had travelled from Basingstoke, at our hotel. The weather was hot and sunny for the Practice on Friday and the views from the ground spectacular and after a slow start we managed to equip ourselves well. Some of the other masons who travelled from the mainland were also there hoping to see how West Lancashire were doing.
Getting back to the hotel we had to be ready to leave to attend the meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge of Jersey in the famous Jersey Temple. The eight who attended received a warm welcome, a reserved seat and an individual mention from RW Bro Kenneth Michael Rondel the Provincial Grand Master during his introductions. After the normal business of Provincial Lodge we received an interesting paper by W Bro Rupert Hague Holmes titled ‘The fallen twenty’ the story of the Jersey Brethren who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Great War.
With only 11 Lodges in the Province the Appointments and Promotions did not take long with 24 Brethren receiving an acting appointment only 14 of which were first appointments for the others it was ‘second time around’. One Past Rank appointment and 16 promotions completed the investiture of Officers.
On Saturday the sun of the previous two days was blown away and we faced rain, followed by rain, followed by rain. After a hearty breakfast we boarded the same taxi for a trip to the opposite end of the island back to Lecq shooting ground for the competition.
A slow start necessitated by faulty traps meant we started late and found that we were all split up in different squads. Had the weather been fine we could have enjoyed the spectacular views from the new stands in use for the competition, instead we could not even see the sea from the cliff edge.
We had no idea how we were doing until we reached the clubhouse wet, cold and hungry, to compare notes and stories of clays hit and missed.26 entries from 5 Provinces completed the entry with West Lancs having the largest contingent with 8 shooting.
The top scorer was John Perin from Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London with 82. Our own Jason Rhodes was second with 80 and Sam King from GMet third on 78. The Deputy PGM Graham Leonard Spence, one of the competitors, congratulated the winners and a sum of money was given to the charity of their choice in lieu of prizes. London won the Team Competition with 301, West Lancashire 2nd with 279 and Jersey third with 239.
The top 4 West Lancashire shooters making up the team were:
|Jason Rhodes 80|
|Andrew McClements 70|
|Richard Dennison 67|
|Mike Casey 62|
As you can guess a late night out followed the competition and we all learned a new game from Richard. He must not have understood his own rules properly as he lost every round.
Of course the weather changed on the Sunday and the heat was cracking the pavement. Some of our party took a tour of the island and either got the wrong bus or miss timed the trip whichever it was they had to be rescued and brought back in time for the taxi to the airport.
As this was the first time the Jersey Masonic Clay Shooting Society had held an event West Lancashire were proud to support this initiative and hope the see Jersey competing at future National Championships.
Thanks must go to RW Bro Kenneth Michael Rondel the Provincial Grand Master for his welcome; W Bro Jerry Courvain for his assistance with permits; Jack and Cathy Hanby on the ground: Andy McClement our official photographer and last but not least all those who travelled to represent the Province of West Lancashire.