Dear Fellow Member

The winter season is more than half way through and the teams are doing well thanks to the relevant captain’s efforts. Not all the teams can be top of their divisions but they all play a part in keeping the sport vibrant.

As well as the regular team competitions there are individual competitions and also competitions at other ranges. It is always good to try shooting on different ranges as you will pick up a lot of experience and can meet fellow shooters from the other clubs. It stops us being insular.

There have been a few little changes following the January committee meeting:

The keys to the new building are now in a key safe in the old armoury.

We now have a card machine to make it easier to make payments. We are still happy to take cash and cheques too.

If you are shooting air then we are asking that you contribute 50p when you refill from our bottles. It’s not a lot, but filling and testing these bottles does become expensive and this will help offset some of the costs. We also have a compressor which a member has generously loaned us to see if it would be a better way of topping up our weapons.

Duty Officers now have an assigned “Buddy” and any member just out of probationary membership is required to do two buddy sessions before becoming eligible to do the full Duty Officer. Also you are very welcome and indeed encouraged to “shadow” a Duty Officer on any night you wish. That way you can see what goes on and ask questions without any pressure. I would also like to remind you that Andrew has drawn up a duty officers guide which is part of the very helpful Purple Folder. If you have not had a copy ask Andrew for one.

In the lead up to the committee meeting a discussion was had regarding our First Aid requirements and the desirability of having a defibrillator on the premises. All were in agreement that this was such an essential bit of kit for the well being of our members that a number of committee members said they were happy to contribute towards the cost there and then. The required funds were therefore raised within a couple of hours and you will see that it now sits on the wall by the Duty Officers desk. I am sure all members will join me in thanking the committee for such a spontaneous display of generosity.

A couple of events are taking place this week

The skittles evening, quiz and social gathering, which is open to all, will be this Friday evening (18th Feb from 7pm). You will have seen the notices and no doubt have had reminders that this is happening. Please let Claire know you are coming so she can gauge the catering requirements.

On this Sunday 20th Feb, Chris and Andrew are running a scorer’s course. This gives you a recognised NSRA qualification to officially score cards for competitions. I think the course is full now but if you feel you would like to do this then see Chris or Andrew and if they cannot fit you on this one, they can put your name down for the next time.

As you will have gathered Langaton Lane has been closed from the Tithebarn Way direction and so we have to wriggle through the houses and under the railway bridge and motorway to get to our gate. But once there what a difference, we now have a large non muddy car park which is capable of parking all the cars, even on a Wednesday evening.

The link building work will start in the week beginning 7th March and once completed will make the whole complex flow much better.

As the Covid restrictions are generally being eased I would ask you once again to be very mindful that it has not gone away and that we can all spread it without knowing we are doing so. We do have a number of vulnerable and very vulnerable members and I would hope you will still take all precautions.

Enjoy your shooting and your club

Best wishes

Mike