End of an era for gun club

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

End of an era for gun club thumbnailBallyvea Gun Club’s chairman Davy Megaw and secretary Sandy McConnell lock the gate at the club’s ground at the Head Road for the final time on Saturday, 25 March

BALLYVEA Gun Club held its final shoot in the history of the club on Saturday, 25 March. The club began in 2001 and were shooting regularly at the Head Road since August 2003.

The club has been looking other suitable ground for the past two years but nothing suitable has come to the fore.

As a result, the committee was left with no other viable option but to fold the club and so on Saturday, 25 March the last lines were shot.

The shoot was for the members only and 20 turned up to shoot the 100 Bird competition. The unclassified section was won by Matthew McBride with 92/276.

Second place was taken by Norris Main who shot 93/272, while third place went to Jonathan Warburton.

The classified section was won by Hugh Forsythe on 99/296, second place went to David McBride on 99/295 and Ronald Sloan was third with 99/295.

The Busby Trophy was a competition for the top five scores excluding the 100 bird winner and this was won by Alan Charleton. All-in-all, it was a good day 's shooting.

The dinner and awards presentation was once again held in the Royal British Legion, Kilkeel with Top Nosh taking care of the catering. As usual, Diane and her team didn't disappoint with the dinner as a great meal was provided.

After the meal was finished, David Megaw, club chairman welcomed all to the evening's events and welcomed the club 's guests, Ryan and Karen Farquhar.

David gave a brief history of the club from its formation under the control of late chairman, Kenny Irvine to the present day.

David thanked all the sponsors who have supported the club in this time, in particular Sam Graham and Edward Stevenson, not forgetting the club members who annually donated prizes for the charity shoot held each year.

Since the charity shoot commenced in 2009, the club has handed over cheques for almost £15,000 for local charities in Northern Ireland.

The club thanked RJ Cousins for leasing his land to them for the past 15 years. David then asked Ryan to present the winners with their trophies.

Presentations were also made to the club 's photographer, Bertie Irvine, who received a wrist watch and Andrea Irvine, who has taken care of much the promotional and administration work.

The committee then presented club chairman Davy and club secretary Sandy with engraved wrist watches for all their hard work and dedication since the formation of the club.

Sandy McConnell then presented Ryan Farquhar with a cheque for £1,000 towards the NI Air Ambulance Fund.

Ryan has been active in raising funds for this vital service since his accident at the North West 200 in May last year.

David Megaw then asked Ethel Mc- Connell to present a bouquet of flowers to Karen Farquhar.

Karen thanked the club for the flowers and for the warm welcome that her and Ryan received and especially for the donation towards the Air Ambulance.

David brought this part of the evening to a close by wishing everyone a good time in the future and that Rathfriland, Banbridge and Burren clubs would welcome anyone who would like to continue shooting.


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