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Archived from December 30th

December 30th.

Firstly, can the writer wish all the Dodgers and everyone associated with our happy band, a great 2021 and a new year full of personal best scores on whatever sport that takes your fancy.

We had a cold morning but great shooting last week. Bob Warder put in the best score. His 60 ex 75 beat Ian Edwards by just one point. It was good to see Ian back on form.

Top of the Handicap again was Steve Honnor who beat his 2020 average by 10 points. Stuart Ganley's excellent 56 took the handicap runner up slot.

Once again, we couldn't raise a squad for a South Worcester. With Trevor and John Griffiths both recovering from surgery, Len needing to attend to weather related maintenance in Bristol, and Tony on Hunt duties, we missed our last opportunity of 2020 to wish the crew at Upton a happy New Year.

With another Covid lockdown being announced on our shoot day, much of Birmingham and the industrial West Midlands has been (elevated?) to tier 4. This affects several shooters as the Butlers ground remains in Tier 3.

This means that only Dodgers living in the same Tier as the Club can shoot as before. Those of us living in Tier 4 cannot travel into a Tier 3 location. It seems however that us exiles can continue to shoot but only at a Tier 4 ground.

These must conform to similar legal constraints, be in similar isolated locations, have similar assembly areas, and similar facilities, and impose similar Covid restrictions, identical except for geographical location and a further restricted squad size.

It is not for us to question out leader's logic, we must simply follow them, but the similarities are quite thought provoking do you think?

As a better aside, I can report that 'The Keeper of the Rabbit', Trevor G, continues to recover from his surgery. He has once again asked me to pass on his best wishes to all of his shooting compatriots. The last time I saw him he had a good supply of Newcastle Brown and only wished he could share them with his mates. He still has much treatment to endure and will be glad when it's over. Have a great New Year.


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