Conisbrough & Denaby Main
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                                                                                    Conisbrough & Denaby Main Heritage Newsletter


                                                                                            WELFARE AND INSTITUTE RIFLE CLUB

In December 1928 the trustees of the Welfare and institute had a rifle range installed in the Baths Hall for the winter.
A silver cup was presented by Major Leslie, a director of the Denaby and Cadeby Colliery Company, as a prize for a shooting competition.

The rifle range was used for the first time on 7th December 1928 when the first match was shot between two one-armed ex servicemen, Harry Urens and Jack Williams.

In January 1929 a team from the Welfare and Institute Rifle Club shot in competition against a team from Doncaster. The score was – Denaby 699 points, Doncaster 567 points.

A supper was held in the Welfare Institute the following Thursday to celebrate the occasion as this was the club’s first competitive match and victory.

On 8th March 1929, two expert riflemen, J McFarlane and T C Swinbourne competed in the final for the Major Leslie Cup at the Baths Hall. J McFarlane won the cup.

On 14th March 1930 the Welfare Institute, it was reported, was once again organising a competition for the Major Leslie Cup and that gold medals would also be awarded.  Entry forms could be obtained from the Secretary Mr W Banks and practice would be allowed at the range in the Baths Hall.



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According to Council Records plans, a new rifle pavilion on Northcliffe Hills ( The Crags) were passed in June 1907


Mexborough & Swinton Times
9th November 1900


The Annual 5th November Pigeon Shoot and Dinner took place at the Castle Inn Conisbrough on Monday.  The sportsmen hailed from Doncaster, Mexborough, Hill Top and Conisbrough.  Sides having been chosen for the Shoot the party then adjourned to a field near to the Castle Inn.  The shooting was good.  On returning to the Castle Inn a splendid dinner was served by the hosts Mr G Taylor and Mrs Woodcock to which ample justice was done.  The menu included Yorkshire Pudding, boiled Leg of Mutton, Roast Beef, vegetables in season, boiled fowls, sauce, Pigeon Pie, Roast Hare, jelly, Cheese (gorgonsolla), Celery, etc.  On the tablecloth being removed Mr H Wilson was elected Chairman and Mr T Booth Vice Chairman.  The usual toasts, songs etcetera were given and a very joyable evening spent.  Messrs Marshall violin and the Wilsons Piano and Cornet gave several selections which called forth rounds of applause


Mexborough & Swinton Times
9th November 1900


The Annual 5th November Pigeon Shoot and Dinner took place at the    Castle Inn Conisbrough on Monday.  The sportsmen hailed from Doncaster, Mexborough, Hill Top and Conisbrough.  Sides having been chosen for the Shoot the party then adjourned to a field near to the Castle Inn. The shooting was good.  On returning to the Castle Inn a splendid dinner was served by the hosts Mr G Taylor and Mrs Woodcock to which ample justice was done.  The menu included Yorkshire Pudding, boiled Leg of Mutton, Roast Beef, vegetables in season, boiled fowls, sauce, Pigeon Pie, Roast Hare, jelly, Cheese (gorgonsolla), Celery, etc.  On the tablecloth being removed Mr H Wilson was elected Chairman and Mr T Booth Vice Chairman.  The usual toasts, songs etcetera were given and a very joyable evening spent.  Messrs Marshall violin and the Wilsons Piano and Cornet gave several selections which called forth rounds of applause.