Dear Member,

NLRC news email number 52 – 14.9.19


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


Nick Jeffs

Nick Jeffs, anaesthetist, polymath, raconteur and fixture of the North London verandah died on the 5th August 2019. He took up shooting in his forties, initially with pistols, and after a chance meeting at Bisley was invited to the North London RC and promptly joined.

Although not the straightest of shooters (although he surprised us all with a 50.3 in the Conan Doyle) he found his role as coach incredibly rewarding, especially when faced with a challenge such as when he volunteered to coach a team of Japanese shooters who had rudimentary English and a combination of sights that moved in different directions. He was especially good at introducing young and inexperienced shooters to team matches and seemed to intuitively be able to fit the fattest of groups into the bull. He was most proud of his medals as coach of the Imperial College United Hospital team.

To Nick shooting was a social event, not to be taken too seriously. He toured Australia with John Killian’s Lions team and as a founder member of the Grippers took on and beat Germany at Sennelager. Annual trips to Barry in Scotland were normally started with a fierce curry and quite a few beers.

He was active in the shooting Uncles scheme and was a committee member of the North as well as being on NRA Council.

With increasing difficulty in walking to the ranges he latterly restricted himself to coaching and socialising. His vast fund of jokes (often very politically incorrect) included bilingual limericks and the most shaggy of shaggy dog stories.

He will be missed.

Nick’s funeral will be on Friday 6th September at 11:30 at Luton Crematorium (The Vale, Butterfield Green Rd, Luton LU2 8DD). There will be a gathering of his friends afterwards. The family have asked that people expecting to attend the funeral and the gathering or the funeral only should let me know so that they will know how many to expect.


For sale

The club has very kindly been given two tickets to the filming of an upcoming BBC “Top Gear” Show. Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey plays host to the Show. Guests are invited to attend the filming of an episode of the iconic Show in the Studio at Dunsfold Park.

Guests will be given a choice of Studio dates for the filming of the next series once notified. If for reasons beyond Dunsfold Park Ltd's control, Top Gear does not return to Dunsfold Park to film another series, the company reserves the right to offer an alternative prize of its choice. Guests are advised that no one under the age of 18 is permitted into the Top Gear Studio.

The first offer received of £400 for the two tickets will be successful. I understand that these tickets often go for four figure sums.

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A number of members forgot to clear their tabs after the Imperial meeting. Would they please call in or contact the steward on or by ‘phone and arrange to do this?


Imperial Meeting – free membership draw result

On Wednesday 24th July, after the auction, the draw took place for free membership of the club from new applications received during the Imperial. The lucky winners are Tobias Pantke and Tania Hissey.


Upcoming events

The Club Championship will be held on the weekend of 31st August/1st September, with the usual Q1/2/3 format. Entries can be made online at You may bring your own ammunition, or alternatively Rylands ammo will be available for issue at cost. This ammunition, with propellant kindly donated by Reload Swiss, has proved reliable and accurate in use by the NLRC TR teams. Please encourage all your shooting friends to come along - remember that this is now an Open meeting so anyone can enter. Further details can be found in the attached brochure.

The club’s Wappenshaw and Christmas lunch will be on 7th December. Details will follow later.


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.

The Reloading Room is open at any time to those with their key fob access enabled in the system. The lavatory and drying room in the same building are also open at any time. The door code is 45123.

Clubhouse accommodation is available as usual by prior arrangement.

If you are planning a birthday party or similar or your business wants a corporate day, please consider the North – the Stewards 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 Stewards in the first instance, giving at least 3 days clear notice.


Stewards’ availability

The Stewards will normally be available between Wednesday and Friday from 0900 to 1700 and Saturday and Sunday 0800 to 2000. Their contact details are: The club ‘phone number remains 01483 473117.

The club ‘phone is in the Committee Room but the Stewards have a wireless handset. In any case, there is 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 Stewards aim to respond to emails and to messages left on the answer machine within one normal working day.





Christopher Leighton

NLRC Chairman



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