Essex Provincial Grand Stewards in Charity Clay Shoot

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On Saturday 25th September 2021, twenty-four novices and thirty-six experienced shooters convened at the Essex Shooting Ground in Fyfield for a morning of clay shooting. Gary Soars, a Provincial Grand Steward, helped make the event enjoyable for everyone who took part.

After an informative and interesting safety briefing, the novices quickly began to down the clays with increasing ease whilst the more experienced shooters headed into nearby woodland and began their eighty-clay shoot competition.

Gary said “A fantastic time was had by all involved with many of the novices commenting that they would be looking to purchase their own gun in the near future so that they could participate in the sport going forward."  Those who took part also had a large cooked breakfast and tasty lunch provided by Nicola and the other staff at the Blackbull Inn in Fyfield.

The novice category was won by Darren Ridgewell with Daniel Smith finishing second whilst Dave Wilder won in the experienced shooter category with Mark Woollard as runner up. Mrs Marie Brown was the winner in the Ladies section.

The event raised a further £1,450.50 by this year’s Provincial Grand Stewards towards the Essex 2022 Festival target.

Gary added “Special thanks are due to Paul Bates and Rob Hollier, Essex Masonic Clay Association Chairman, and the staff at the Essex Shooting Ground for everything they did to make the event a success."

Pictured: Peter Hollingsworth, APGM, presenting  the top experienced shooter prize to Dave Wilder.

Tony Hales

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