Dear Member,

NLRC news email number 28 – 1.1.18

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.

Lease update

Our President wrote recently to you about the settlement of the lease dispute.

Club’s Wappenshaw and Christmas lunch

We needed 7 targets on the morning of 2nd December to accommodate all the members and guests who wanted to take part in this traditional 600x shoot. Everything from a Winchester .405” through No.4s and target rifles to new F Class rifles was in use, including the club’s scoped and bipod .308” rifles. Seven “Under 14” members shot .223” rifles alongside the adults. Many of these youngsters are becoming capable and enthusiastic shooters.

Over 70 members and guests sat down to a festive Christmas lunch at the club, after which we had prizes from the shoots and gifts for the children and staff. I apologise to those who wanted to come but had to be turned away – we fitted in as many people as we could at the dining room and were at the limit of what the kitchens could handle.

Book sale

The sale of Tony Fraser’s shooting books collection to support the clubhouse repair fund was largely completed at the Christmas lunch when Tony kindly brought his books for members and their guests to browse. Over £100 was raised at the lunch, bringing the total realised to £630.

The Club is greatly indebted to Tony for his kindness in donating his books as well as the time he has spent helping people understand the large range of books that he had on offer.

Upcoming events

The first shoot of 2018 will be on Sunday morning 14th January. It is a Gallery Rifle / Muzzle Loaded Pistol event on Melville Range. Let me know if you are coming along – a chance to blow away the holiday period cobwebs!

Working party dates

The next members’ working party day will be on Saturday 27th January 2018. The club would provide sustenance for working party members as usual. It is doubly important that we press on with the “dilapidations”. The agreement on the lease requires us to have completed the work by October 2018. If we look likely to fall short, precious club funds will have to be spent on contractors. Please let me know if you plan to join us on the 27th.

The members’ working party day on 3rd December resulted in the clearing of the worst affected area of damp in the Gunroom and painting with a proprietary coating, further painting of windows, sills and brickwork, replacement of the Steward’s accommodation front door, and progress on building a new Club PC. Led by our House Member, Guy Larcombe, several members and our Steward carried out further work in the fortnight leading up to Christmas. This included upgrading the Steward’s accommodation, beer cellar, main store and the area above the mezzanine ceiling in the store off the kitchen.

Going forward, we will hold one working party day a month through the winter, concentrating on internal jobs.


The Secretary has sent out individual renewal notices to members. If you want to take advantage of the reduction in cubicle fees, please let Adam know – if demand exceeds supply we will hold a ballot.


If you have not already done so, please clear your Club tab. Be aware that, 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 2018, but you will still be expected to pay the bill!

Clubhouse opening

For the winter, 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.

Steward’s availability

The Steward is normally available to answer your questions by email or ‘phone 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.


Happy New Year!


Christopher Leighton

NLRC Chairman