Earlier this month an inter-livery rifle shooting competition was held to raise money for our work. Colin Sach from the Worshipful Company of Bakers took part in the event and tells us more about it.
On a lovely warm and sunny morning 36 liverymen from 13 companies, met at the RAF Target Rifle Club pavilion at Bisley. Without a 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 the surplus to the RAF Benevolent Fund.
Chris Hockley, from the RAF rifle club gave an excellent briefing while the liverymen tucked into bacon rolls, Danish pastries and coffee.
We were to shoot 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.
The day was paused for an excellent two course lunch back at the clubhouse, and soon we were back in action on the ranges for the afternoon.
We ceased shooting 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 its 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.
Finally it was back to the clubhouse for tea, an open bar and prize giving.
The overall winning livery team were the Gunmakers, closely followed by Clothworkers who fielded the winning individual.
The day was a great success and the overall donation to the RAF Benevolent Fund was £5,000.
By Colin Sach