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        Provincial Grand Stewards’ Shoot 2018

                                                              he  annual  novice  &  experienced  clay  pigeon  shoot,  hosted  by  the
                                                           TProvincial  Stewards  of  the  Year  on  8th  September  2018,  was  once
                                                           again well supported by Essex brethren and their friends, families and
                                                           guests,  with  56  attending  on  the  day.  As  usual  it  started  with  a  full
                                                           English breakfast at the Black Bull public house in Fyfield (run by W.Bro
                                                           Tony Walker of Ongar Lodge No. 4785 and his wife Nicky) before the 30
                                                           novice and 26 experienced shooters set off to the nearby Essex Shooting
                                                           Ground and made their way out to the stands.
                                                           The weather was kind but, for some of us, the clays where defiant but even
                                                           that couldn’t dampen the great atmosphere and spirit of rivalry between
                                                           those taking part; with everyone hoping to win the coveted High Gun
                                                           award in their category.
                                    After a great shoot everyone returned to the Black Bull for a very pleasant lunch and a presentation for the
                                    day’s top shooters.
                                    Congratulations are due to:
                      High Gun      •   Ladies High Gun: Denise Forsdyke
                      Ladies Winner  •   Novice High Gun: W.Bro Steve Gwatkin of Ronaldshay Lodge No. 3376 (London)
                                    •   Experienced High Gun: W.Bro Rob Hollier of Eureka Lodge No. 8761 (Essex)
                                    A raffle followed lunch and the generosity of those present raised £426 which, when added to a generous
                                    contribution from Olly Searl (owner of the Essex Shooting Ground) and other small profits, made a total of
                                    £1,285.70 raised towards Essex Festival 2022.
                       High Gun

       High Gun                                 The event was supported by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master and the Essex Masonic
       Novice Winner                            Clay Shooting Association  ( and  the Provincial Grand Stewards of
                                                2018 would like to thank them and everyone who attended and contributed to making it a
                                                really enjoyable and successful day.

         Monkhams Lodge 4161
         Third Time Lucky for 3 Masons

           t  the  last  Installation  meeting  of  Monkhams  Lodge  No.  4161  on  the  10th
       AJanuary 2019, a unique occasion was witnessed by all.
       W.Bro. Paul Thomason was again installed into the chair for a third time, however on this
       occasion the Installing Master was his father, W.Bro. Eric Thomason.

       Thereafter, W.Bro. Paul invested his son Bro. Ben as his Senior Warden and his father as
       Lodge Organist.  It was certainly enjoyed by all present, this being a fairly unusual installation
       meeting on three levels, the first member of Monkhams to be installed for a third time, three
       members of his family involved in the ceremony, representing three generations.  Now that’s
       certainly an occasion to remember!
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