NLRC news email number 35 – 25.6.18


If you have any points you would like to make about this (or the club more generally), please send me an email to chairman@nlrc.org or a text or call on 07475 080896. I would love to hear from you.


NRA TR Skills Development course 8-9 September (run by NLRC)


If you are interested or want more information, please contact Guy Larcombe on training@nlrc.org.

 

Imperial


Please see the noticeboard in the clubhouse for the dinner menus and prices for the Meeting. Andy has tried to find something for everyone, both as regards the food and the price. Remember to book as far in advance as possible, especially for dinners that are likely to prove very popular. We cater for all special dietary requirements given a bit of notice. Hope to see you at Saturday 28th’s dinner to greet and congratulate the new Queen’s Prize winner – will he/she be a member of the North as so often in the past?


New firearms legislation


First reading of the Offensive Weapons Bill happened in Parliament recently. The second reading is this Wednesday. Members may wish to write to their MPs expressing support for the NRA’s letter about the legislation Here. Remember to make clear you are a constituent and give your postcode!


The section relating to firearms states:


“The Bill seeks to extend the prohibitions on possession of firearms to;


  • “any rifle from which a shot, bullet, or other missile, with kinetic energy of more than 13,600 joules at the muzzle of the weapon, can be discharged” (this is 10,000ft/lbs)
  • “any rifle with a chamber from which empty cartridge cases are extracted using
    • i) energy from propellant gas, or
    • ii) energy imparted to a spring or other energy storage device by propellant gas,


Other than a rifle which is chambered for .22 rim-fire cartridges”


  • “any device (commonly known as a bump stock) which is designed or adapted so that –
    • i) it is capable of forming part of or being added to a self-loading lethal barrelled weapon (as defined in section 5791b) and (2A)), and
    • ii) if it forms part of or is added to such a weapon, it increases the rate of fire of the weapon by using the recoil from the weapon to generate repeated pressure on the trigger…”


The Bill will therefore ban MARS rifles such as the VZ58, lever release rifles such as Southern Gun AR15 thumb release and high powered large calibre rifles such as .50 cal.


More background is available on the NRA’s website. The NRA and many others commented during the consultation phase, including pointing out that there is no evidence of harm in the UK and also the MARS ban would discriminate against disabled shooters for some of whom such assistance is the only way they can shoot. No rational reply was forthcoming.

 

NRA Bisley General Meeting (aka Umbrella Tent Meeting)


This meeting will take place at 2100 on Wednesday 25th July in the NRA Pavilion. All NRA members are eligible to attend and take part. I expect that a motion on electronic voting will be considered – that topic was contentious a year ago and hopefully the new proposal will take account of concerns expressed. Whatever your views on the NRA’s management, this meeting is an important opportunity to get them heard by the NRA trustees – worth foregoing an hour on the verandah!


Electricity and other charges from our landlord


The club’s committee has suspected for well over a year that the NRA has been over-charging us (and other clubs) for the units of electricity supplied by them. We suspect there's a discrepancy, we want to pay the right amount, but at the moment, we can't check from the information provided. The sum involved for the club could be in the tens of thousands of pounds. Faced with the NRA’s failure to engage in meaningful dialogue, the club has refused to pay recent electricity bills from the NRA until justification of the charges has been provided. The NRA has now provided some information on these charges which seems to confirm that over-charging has occurred for at least 18 years. (Incidentally, you may remember that right at the end of the lease legal proceedings the NRA tried to include in the settlement the dropping of all outstanding claims under the old lease!) The club’s committee intends to take whatever action is necessary to secure repayment of any over-charged electricity demands. It is preferable that that is done by discussion and agreement. However, there appear to be strong legal remedies available if appropriate.


The NRA has reviewed the recovery of its costs for providing the electricity distribution system on Camp, which it owns. This review suggests that the NRA may seek in future to increase the standing charges to tenants.


The NRA has recently raised the matter of service charges which it levies on tenants for the Camp roads, refuse collection and the like. Richard Bailie, an NRA Trustee, last reviewed the NRA service charges in 2011. The outcome was generally welcomed at that time with some serious anomalies being removed. The NRA now says it has reviewed these charges and may increase them. The club’s new lease, which can be viewed on the members’ only Facebook page, specifies the basis for service charges the NRA can levy on the club. The club awaits more information from the NRA on its proposals.


The NRA has invoiced the club for legal costs it says it has incurred in the lease renewal process. The committee is resisting these demands on the grounds that both sides agreed to pay their own costs as part of the settlement of the lease dispute, and in any case much of the costs claimed are inadmissible.


It is possible that the service charges and legal costs issues have been raised by the NRA in an attempt to ward off substantial claims from the club and other tenants for repayment of over-charged electricity demands.


Upcoming events


We will be running a club Guest Day on Saturday 25th August – fun for family and friends including Gallery Rifle and open range shoots and a barbeque in the late afternoon. More details and entry form attached.


Coffee at the North


The urn in the bar has been replaced/supplemented by a Nespresso machine. Reasonably priced capsules can be bought over the bar (or brought from home). Fresh milk is in the fridge that now lives under the table supporting the coffee machine.


Maintenance


The next members’ working party day will be on Saturday/Sunday 30th June / 1st July. Contact Guy Larcombe on house.member@nlrc.org if you can come or want to know more.


Volunteers working at least one session each day will be entitled to free overnight accommodation (space permitting). The club will provide the usual sustenance for volunteers.


If you can’t make it, please consider sponsoring a painter: £120 to cover what it would cost the club to pay a painter for the day.


NLRC Sportswear with Club Logo


The Webshop for club sportswear with the NLRC logo has changed to:


http://www.tylershorseandcountry.co.uk/Catalogue/ClubTeam-Webshops/SCHOOTING-CLUBS/North-London-Rifle-Club


Clubhouse opening


The clubhouse will be open each weekend in the season. It will be unlocked at 0700 and locked again at 2300 Saturdays and 1900 Sundays. Saturday and Sunday breakfast is available from 0700 to 0830 and lunch will be available from the bar from 1200 to 1400. When the club is not booked in the evenings for dinner functions, we will be offering reasonably priced bar meals on Saturday nights.


For formal dinners, please contact the Steward to book in advance to avoid disappointment.


If you are planning a birthday party or similar or your business wants a corporate day, please consider the North – the Steward will be delighted to hear from you.


Gunroom access


The Gunroom is available to members with fob access from 0700 to 1900 every day, including Mondays and Tuesdays. However, on request, it may be possible to reset the fob system to allow someone access after 1900 if there is a particular reason on a particular day. Please contact the Steward in the first instance, giving at least 3 days clear notice.


Steward’s availability


The Steward will normally be available between Wednesday and Friday from 0900 to 1700 and Saturday and Sunday 0800 to 2000. His contact details are: steward@nlrc.org. The club ‘phone number remains 01483 473117.


The Steward aims to respond to an email within one normal working day. The club ‘phone is in the Committee Room. The Steward may not get to it in time, but it has an answerphone capability. If you leave a message, please be sure you say enough to identify yourself clearly “It’s Paul, ring me” probably won’t work! The Steward aims to respond to messages left on the answer machine within one normal working day.


Tabs


Please remember to clear your club tab at the very least any time the tab goes above £250.


 

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