The "Beast From the East" had returned, the snow was falling as the Buckinghamshire Masonic C.P.S.A. members and friends were arriving to start the first charity shoot of 2018.
At The West London Shooting School, Northolt, they received a warm welcome in the Bar/Restaurant from Dave Hollis and Roger Gills from B.M.C.P.S.A. They all had bacon rolls and coffee before a short health and safety talk by one of the W.L.S.S. instructor/referee. At 10.00 am, the 33 brave (or maybe a little mad) shooters, which included six shooters from Middlesex, who had all wrapped up well, headed out to take on the 100 clay course The wind made it feel much colder, but that did not prevent everybody enjoying the challenge.
With just about every type of clay being thrown or rolled the only thing that made any of them change was the strong wind. So with a high gun score of 91 by Michael Blackwell (Non Mason) which made him overall High Gun, being the only shooter above 90. The next shooter to get close to that score was Phil McDonald with 89, (Masonic High Gun), and there followed 9 shooters in the 80’s (33%) showing the standard on the day to be a good one. There was also one novice shooter who, with the help of the instructor and the encouragement of the members of his group, Graham Dearing (APGM) managed to hit a score of 44. Well done to Graham and his instructor!
By 12.30 all were back in the warmth of lodge bar / restaurant, where the buzz of chatter was almost deafening as the shooters exchanged stories of missed clays or fantastic shots they had made over a drink from the bar. A meal of Bangers and Mash followed by Treacle Pudding went down well, followed by the all-important prize giving. But first, the raffle was made, which made £255.00 towards the final total.
The trophies were presented by Graham Dearing APGM of Buckinghamshire.
Masonic High Gun :- Phil McDonald 89 BUCKS.
Masonic Runner up:- Jason Nandall 87 MIDDLESEX.
GUEST High Gun :- Michael Blackwell 91 OVERALL HIGH GUN.
GUEST Runner up :- Chris Stibbs 87
B.M.C.P.S.A. H.G. :- John Hopcroft 82
B.M.C.P.S.A. R.U. :- Dave Hollis 78
B.M.C.P.S.A. Vets HG:- Phil Goddard 77
Ladies High Gun :- Louise Jennings Hoole 64 LANCS.
Ladies Runner up :- Jessica Campbell 61 MIDDLESEX.
POOL SHOOT :- Peter Allen 5 out of 10 BUCKS.
Graham, Dave and Roger thanked everyone for attending and contributing so generously to charity and a special thanks went to John Hunter who was unable to shoot due to a hand operation, but still turned up and helped out.
Dave then announced that the total amount raised came to £500.00 which is being donated to The Alpha-1 UK Support Group Charity, Anti-Trypsin Deficiency. This is a condition where the protein that protects the lining of the lung is not made correctly in the liver, causing severe debilitating lung disease. This genetic condition is a killer and is based in Milton Keynes in North Bucks.
B.M.C.P.S.A. have four shoots a year one in March, two in the summer and one in December (Christmas Shoot) The next shoot will be at The Oxford Gun Comp. on 30thJune 2018 all are welcome, for more information contact:-
Roger Gills Sec. B.M.C.P.S.A.
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