Essex Freemasons win National Masonic Clay Championships

Sunday, 26 September 2021

An eagle-eyed Essex Masonic Clay Shooting Team has won the National Masonic Clay Championships with a score of 252 to finish two ahead of the runners-up, a team from the Province of Surrey, in an exciting finish to a tough contest

Teams from 21 Masonic Provinces and five non-Masonic teams travelled from all over England and Wales to take part in the National Championships held at Barbury, near Swindon, on Saturday 18th September 2021. The final Provincial Team results included West Lancs in third place with 242 and the Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London team with 241. Wiltshire, the host team, came fifth with 237.

Team scores were decided by taking the top three shooters’ scores from each team. Neil March of Saint Cedd Lodge was awarded ‘High Gun’ as ‘Top Shot’ for the Competition with a score of 90 and fellow Lodge member Mark Lambkin totalled 82. David Purches, who came second in the Super Veteran Class, shared the same score of 80 as Clive Fry, both from Thames Estuary Lodge.

Team members representing the Province also included Mark Woollard, Siebert Lodge; Terry Attewell, Canon Stafford Morris Lodge; Gary Jones, Comrades Lodge and Essex Masonic Clay Shooting Association Chairman, Rob Hollier of Eureka Lodge. Formed 21 years ago, Rob is very proud of the team’s current success but they are already focussing on the next event in October 2021 which is the International in Falkirk, Scotland, with teams travelling from as far as India and the rest of the world.

A delighted Provincial Grand Master (PGM), Paul Tarrant, conveyed his personal congratulations and those on behalf of all Essex Freemasons to the Team on their success in representing the Province. Paul also wished the Team Captain, Mark Inns of Benfleet Lodge, a speedy recovery as he was booked to shoot but was unable to attend due to illness.

On learning of the achievement, the PGM added: 'Freemasonry helps its members develop their self-confidence and this is reflected not only in their eagerness for charitable giving and helping the community but in a number of sporting activities as well. Making friends with different people and all pulling together as a team go hand in hand with the timeless traditions which we all value as Freemasons.'

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