The WLCPSS have had a very busy time since March.
There have been quite a number of friendly shoots throughout the summer months, and more brethren seem to be wishing to try their hand at this terrific sport. Anyone who would like to take part in any of our friendly shoots, please get in touch with the Group’s Representative, Evan T Walsh who would be only too pleased to give them the required information,
The society has a number of qualified Instructors willing to give their time to teaching safety and shooting techniques.
The first of our competitions since March was the War of the Roses, which took place at Coniston Hall Shooting Ground, Skipton, on Sunday, the 3rd April. There were rain showers throughout the shoot but the event was well organized by the staff at Coniston. This has now become an annual event, and both Lancashire and Yorkshire always put out their best teams to try to win this Competition. After losing out last year with just a few clays, the Lancashire team was on fire this year, and took the winner’s Trophy and “bragging rights” until next year.
The next shoot was the Provincial shoot, and was held on the 7th May at Ribble Bank Fieldsports, Hesketh. As always Sam and Lisa at Hesketh, were the perfect hosts, looking after everyone throughout the day, we only had one of our top guns there on the day, and so it was an easy win for Jason Rhodes, who entered a really fantastic score of 48 out of 50. Our Chairman, Philip Gunning, was in attendance and presented the trophies at the close of the day.
Our next big shoot of the year was the main event, the 12th National Masonic Clay Shooting
Championship which, this year, was hosted by the Province of Warwickshire, at Wedgnock Shooting Ground, Warwick. The event was a really challenging layout, and special thanks should be given to the staff at Wedgnock, and also the brethren at Warwick for putting on a very enjoyable shoot.
We have always been up amongst the winners in this Competition but this year everything that could go wrong for us, went wrong, we only had one shooter in form, the rest of the Team fell behind a little, which left us out of contention this year. Next Year’s National Competition will be in London so we look forward to a better outcome there.
We have also had a Charity shoot which has just taken place at Ribble Bank Fieldsports, Hesketh Bank, once again the shoot was a success. Sam and Lisa, who run Ribble Bank, opened the club specially for the Society and, as well as the shoot, organised food and drinks, and also donated to the Charities. The shoot was a superb layout of sporting clays, some 40 shooters attended, and at the end of the day the charity raised £200 from the day.
The Group’s representative to the Society would like to thank all the Lodges and Chapters for their continued support , is means so much to the Society to have your help, as it enables them to give help and support to many worthwhile causes throughout the province.