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FLINT COUNTY RIFLE ASSOCIATION.

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FLINT COUNTY RIFLE ASSOCIATION. The first meeting of this newly-formed Flintshire association was held at Rbyl on Saturday under most favourable auspices. Notwithstanding that notice of the division of the old Rifle Association was only given on the 12th of August, a substantial sum of money was raised for prizes, and so far as the change of venue is concerned the consensus of opinion among the marksmen on Saturday was that the Rhyl range was superior to that at Conway. There was a strong wind blowing, which rendered marksmanship rather difficult, so much so that only 25 out of the 80 who fired at the initial range qualified to shoot in the final stage for the association prize. For this reaaon the shooting was rather below the average. The principal item was the association prize, value JE22, consisting of three county badges and the medal of the N.R.A. The competition was open to the staff (exclusive of sergeant- instructors) and ten per cent. of the effective members of each company returned October 31st, 18%. Ranges 200, 500, and 600 yards. There were 80 competitors, and the following are the vrize-winners 1st Prize—the N.R.A. Bronze Medal, Comity Badge, and L5, Lance-Cpl. M'Cann, Rbyl 83 2nd Prize-L4 and County Badge, Cpl. P. Lewis, Caergwrle 80 3rd Prize— £ 3 and County Badge, Private S. Bailey, Hawarden 76 4th, X2 10s., Armour-Sergt. Cooper, Caergwrle. 71 5th, R2, Private Boyes, Holywell. 70 6th, £ 1 10s.,Cpl. D. Davies, Hawarden 70 7th, Xl, Cpl. D. Roberts, Rhyl 76 8th, £ 1, Sergt. H. Jones, Hawarden 69 9th, 10s., Lieut. H. Hall, Rbyl 69 10th, 10s., Lance-Cpl. T. Roberts, Colwyn Bay.. 67 11th, 10s., Cpl. H. Catharall, Hawarden 66 12th, 10s., Private T. Reynolds, Hawarden 66 I The three successful teams in the volley- firing competition for teams of ten men from ea-th company of the battalion, the conditions being five volleys at 400 yards, were:—1st prize, £10, Flint, 112 points; 2nd, X3, Rhyl, 103 points; and 3rd, 92, Caergwrle, 98, after having nine points deducted for defective volley- firing. The extended order practice prize, value X8, competed for by ten men from each company, commanded by section commander, seven shots at unknown distances, resulted as follows :—1st prize, X2, Hawarden, 53 points 2nd, Flint, 52 points; 3rd and JE1, Rhyl and Caergwrle a tie, 50 points each. The other scores were :-Mold, 39; Holywell, 39; and Abergele, 36. Sergeaut-Instructors' prize, value £ 3 10s. seven shots at 500 yards:—1st prize, £ 2 Sergeant-Major Holden, Hawarden, 26; 2nd, £1, Sergeant-Instructor George Pitt, Abergele, 21; 3rd, 10s., Sergeant-Instructor Bradley, Holywell, 15. Recruits' prize, value X6 10s., seven shots at 200 yards :-lst, 92, and recruits' bronze medal of the N.R.A., J. Benion, Hawarden, 28; 2nd, Xi 10s., T. Davies, Hawarden, 27; 3rd, M. Jones, Colwyn Bay, 24; 4th, Shepherd Rhyl, 22; 5th^ Bullock, Colwyn Bay, 21; 6th, J. Howellsl Hawarden, 19; 7th, Fraser, Abergele, 18; and 8th, Donnelley, Flint, 18. The competitors had nothing but praise for the arrangements made by the honorary secretaries, Captain Stubbs and Captain Keene, and in fact personally complimented the latter on the success of the meeting. Colonel B. G. Davies- Cooke, V.D., A.D.C., was present with his daughter, Miss Gwendoline Cooke, during the greater portion of the day, and shewed that although he has resigned the command, he still retains an active and deep interest in his old battalion. Other officers present were- Lieut.-Colonel Sheriff Roberts, Major J. H. Sparrow, Major Dyson, Major Hurlbutt, Capt. F. W. Stubbs, Capt. T. M. Keene (Isle of Man), Capt. Fielding, Captain and Adjutant Gough and Mr. Gough, Lieut. Leask, Lieut. Hall, Quartermaster W. W. Millington, and Dr. Jones. The competitions concluded about six o'clock, and the members assembled in front of the officers tent. Here Lieut.-Colonel Roberts addressed the company. As brother Volunteers he congratulated them on the excellent day they had had. He really must compliment the secretaries upon the excellent way they had carried out all the arrangements, and he was quite sure that ever since he had belonged to the battalion there had been nothing like it before. (Cheers.) When he told them that the whole programme had been made out since the 12th of August, before which date they ZZ6 f°5 a™fe that the counties would be effoS ,they T 00111(1 appreciate the to tL vai ntr?ducin^ Miss Cooke ^Un^erf' be said that young tfy ■ had kmdly come to present the prizes and he was quite sure that they were narnf nf f]? t ^aDy 7 bearing the honoured name of the late commanding officer should be the P"zes at the first meet- irw VFlintn Counfcy Association. dn^TS )fJ^y,a11 knew what Col. Cooke had done for the olunteers, and he hoped they in Carnarvon would remember it too, for the colonel had been the father and creator of both battalions. (Loud cheerinl-)-The names of the prize-winners were called out by Major rrow> and Miss Cooke had a charming smile r ffr remark for the winners. nvaHn'n v! M'Ca,nn came in for quite an M^nr ^r reC61Ved the Association prize. vTrrSpr°,W Pf°P°sed a vote of thanks to W f, dlsfcributing the prizes, and hoped this would not be the last time on which bne would grace the occasion with her presence. (Cheers.)-Col. B. G. Davies-Cooke, addressing his old friends and comrades,' was received with much enthusiasm. He thanked them heartily for their kind reception of his daughter. It was a great pleasure to her to assist m start- mg the Flintshire Association. She hoped it would prosper, and eventually not be behind ny other association, wherever it might be. Although only now their honorary colonel, he should always take a deep interest in their welfare, and help them to the best of is ability with his presence and sup- port. (Cheers.) Ringing cheers were also given for Lieut.-ColoneIR-oberts, the secretaries, and adjutant. The executive committee con- sists of Major Sparrow, Captain Stubbs, Captain Keene, and Lieutenant Hall. There is every reason to believe that the prize list will be much increased next year, and a project is, we believe, on foot among the Flintshire county magistrates for the gift of a handsome silver challenge cup to the association for competition. The officerE are determined to leave no stone unturned to make the association a success, and confidently appeal to the county for support of such a laudable object.

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