The first Inter-Livery Rifle Shooting Competition was held at Bisley Friday 13th June 2014
On a lovely warm and sunny morning about 36 Liverymen from 13 companies met on Friday 13th June 2014 (an auspicious date for shooting?) at the RAF Target Rifle Club (RAF TRC) pavilion at Bisley. Without doubt, Bisley is the world’s most prestigious rifle shooting venue.
The purpose of the first Inter Livery Rifle Shooting Competition, sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Bakers, was to come together in a friendly competition to broaden the livery fraternity, and to donate any surplus to the RAF Benevolent Fund.
Events opened with Chris Hockley, of the RAF TRC, giving an excellent briefing while liverymen listened (actually they were tucking into bacon rolls, Danish pastries and coffee!).
The day consisted of five disciplines - a 900 yard target rifle range, a 300 yard McQueen sniper rifle competition, a 50 yard gallery rifle, antique pistol and a 50 yard .22 competition. Only pausing for an excellent two course lunch back at the clubhouse, the day continued apace around the stances with much shooting and great enjoyment.
Key to the success was all liverymen having a coach at each event, mostly from the RAF TRC, who ensured that even the novices were worthy competitors..
Weapons down at 4.30pm, and while scores were computed and prizes decided upon, most visited the Museum at Bisley which highlighted many of the great occasions and the weapons used during its 150 plus years of operation. Many people do not realise that in the late 1900s, the Imperial meeting at Bisley attracted far larger crowds than Wimbledon or Wembley attract today, and a visit was part of the summer social scene.
However, after a nod at history, it was into the clubhouse for tea, an open bar and (above all) prize giving.
The overall winning livery team were the Gunmakers, closely followed by Clothworkers who fielded the winning individual.
More importantly, the day was voted a huge success being thoroughly enjoyable, hospitable while challenging and by unanimous acclaim certainly one to be repeated next year.
And finally … the overall donation to the RAF Benevolent Fund was in excess of £5,000.
Past Master Colin Sach at the 50 yard .22 gallery rifle range
A member of the Bakers team in action on the black powder pistol range
Colin Sach awarding the WCB inter livery rifle shooting cup to the Gunmakers Company for winning overall first place
The Art Scholars holding the prize for the class they won