Dear Member,

NLRC news email number 30 – 22.2.18

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.

F-Class Training Weekend

The F-class section held a very successful training weekend on the weekend of 27 and 28 January.

We had 16 attendees of varied skills ably assisted by 4 NLRC coaches.

The course content covered rules, equipment, firing point protocol, wind reading and plotting.

We had an excellent range walk of Stickledown range on Saturday PM after shooting.

All of this was all put to the practical application test on a brisk and very windy 1000 yards Sunday morning.

Many attendees had their equipment tested and dissected. The chilly wind ran from the left from 9 to 15 moa.

Sunday afternoon was a practical demo of key F-class reloading tools and kit.

The attendees thoroughly appreciated the ability to handle and feel the equipment and see the impact.

Very positive feedback from all attendees include:

"The time and trouble you, Tim, Gordon & James put in was incredible and the info imparted was so useful to me as someone who was in the “zone” until 4 years ago."

and another

"I want to say a very big THANK YOU for the incredible course you ran so well. I thought it would be good - but not that good!"

I would like to thank Tim Stewart, Gordon Neil, James McCosh and Asad Wahid for generously donating their time and energy.

Gordon bore the brunt and bulk of the prep and admin for the weekend and was instrumental in its success.


2018 shooting programmes

All shooting discipline (TR, MR, F Class and GR/McQueen) programmes for 2018 are now available on the website at


Upcoming events

First NLRC McQueen shoot at 300x is on 25th March. Suitable club rifles and ammunition will be available. We have one target only and numbers will be limited – first come, first served. I will email the details to members of the Gallery Rifle section. If you aren’t on my list but would like more information, please say (contact details at top of email). See the website Competitions – Other Fixtures for Vince Bottomley’s article on the origins of the McQueen and Alan Wey’s shooters guide to McQueen



The piano in the Ladies Lounge was presented to the club by a group of members’ wives many years ago: there is a plaque above the keyboard. It was professionally tuned last year for the first time in a while. Sadly, it stayed in tune for only a few weeks. Several notes have become worn and no longer hold true. It would be costly to repair them. I am told the piano dates back to about 1900 and the mechanism is not up to modern standards. The instrument overall has little or no monetary value.

The Committee would be interested in what members think we should do, if anything.



I fully understand that many members will not be volunteering for working parties. Wielding a paintbrush is not for everyone. Some people live many miles from Bisley. Some peoples’ lives are just too busy. If that’s you, please don’t beat yourself up about it. If, however, you would like to contribute financially to the work, that would be very helpful. Contributions from members have so far covered all the costs of the materials and equipment used by the working parties to date except the shower room work, but there is more to do.

The next members’ working party day will be on 24th and 25th February. Weather permitting, as well as internal jobs, we hope to include some work on the grounds to tidy them for the new season. So, if you are more of a gardener than a painter, please join us!

The club would provide sustenance for working party members as usual.

Gents’ showers - this project has cost the club just less than £3,000, all for materials. If it had been carried out by a contractor, the total cost would probably have exceeded £10,000. The club is deeply indebted to Guy Larcombe and his team of volunteers for all their work.



If you weren’t able to clear your Club tab by the end of 2017, please do so as soon as possible. Because of technical limitations with the till system’s memory, details of charges against your 2017 tab may not be available after the end of February respectively, but you will still be expected to pay the bill!


Clubhouse opening

Until 17th March, clubhouse services are reduced. Bar service and food are available only if booked in advance. Members can get access into the clubhouse by using their key fob to open the Ladies Lounge external door. 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. The Reloading Room is open at any time to those with their key fob access enabled in the system. The lavatories and drying room in the same building are also open at any time. The door code is 45123. Accommodation is available as usual by prior arrangement.

If you use clubhouse facilities in the quiet season, when you leave please remember to switch off any heating, tea urn or lights that you have used. Our power bills are over £8,000 a year.

You are very welcome to book the clubhouse for your events, again by prior arrangement.

Full service resumes on 17th March after the winter and from that weekend the clubhouse will be open each weekend. 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 1200-1400. When the club is not booked in the evenings for dinner functions we will be offering reasonably priced bar meals on Saturday nights. Please contact the Steward to book in advance to avoid disappointment.


Steward’s availability

Until 17th March, the Steward will work Monday to Friday 0900 to 1700. He will be available at weekends by prior arrangement only. From 17th March, 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: Note that the email address specifically for catering matters is being retired 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.





Christopher Leighton

NLRC Chairman



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