How to Join
You may visit up to four times on Guest mornings, after that you will need to join. If you feel you like us, like shooting, and want to join the club, the next step is to arrange for an interview.
The interview is with member(s) of the Committee. This is quite informal and is mainly to ensure that you are aware of club rules and you are able to ask any questions. We will also need to take some personal details. As part of the process we will ask you to fill in a short form to give us some basic information about yourself. This is sent off to our vetting agents/police and other parties. The time it takes for this to be completed depends on the workload of the agencies concerned, they do not charge for their help. This process is important and cannot be fast tracked. In fact, it can take up to three months.
Joining a shooting club is subject to some safeguards by law. Considering the potential dangers this is not surprising. We pride ourselves on the checks we perform before we are able to let people near firearms. We also need to comply with the firearms act of 1968. Please note that only the club is able to contact the vetting agencies. Once the vetting is complete, we will send you a Membership form to your home address. Again, this is a legal requirement. Please complete the membership form and bring it back personally to the Club (DO NOT POST IT!) with the probationary fee and four Passport photographs. The membership secretary will check the form, fill out a attendance card, issue you with a membership ID card and you will become a Probationary Member for three months. Please wear your membership ID card at all times at the club.
During your three months probation the hire of guns and bows is free, with the exception of black powder pistols. All you need to pay for are targets and ammunition. At the beginning, you will always be accompanied/supervised by an experienced member when you shoot. You will need to be supervised for a minimum of six visits before you can be observed for safety and reasonable accuracy. This has to be done for each firearm you wish to be ‘signed off’ for – that is to shoot unsupervised. If you are deemed ‘not ready’ you will continue under supervision until you are. Your supervisor will instruct you in range safety, protocols, and will teach you how to shoot. Your supervisor will be responsible for your behaviour and safety, and will look after the gun or bow and be responsible for transporting it between the office and the range. You may carry your targets but your supervisor will have to carry your firearm and ammunition until you are signed off.
You will need to attend and shoot at least 12 times during the three month probationary period, but you may come more often, and in fact you are welcome to attend whenever the club is open. Make sure your probationary attendance card is signed by the Duty Officer and you sign the probationers registration book (by the duty office) at each shooting visit (your proof of visit, the Committee will check). If you are having difficulty attending because of work or personal commitments then please see the hon. secretary (ask at the office) who will try to advise you.
After the three months and minimum 12 visits are complete, you can apply to the Committee to become a full member. The membership fee will be pro rata for the year, so someone who becomes a full member in August will pay 5/12ths of the full years membership for the remainder of the calendar year.
|Visitors (Guest Days)||£20 per visit|
|Day||Times and Details|
|Monday||OPEN to members. CLOSED to non-members. Members Shooting 19:30 - 21:30. Probationers Priority Night.|
|Tuesday||OPEN to Members. CLOSED to non-members. Members shooting 19:30 - 21:30|
|Wednesday||CLOSED to non-members|
|Thursday||CLOSED to non-members|
|Friday||OPEN to members. CLOSED to non-members. Members shooting 19:30 - 21:30|
|Saturday||CLOSED to non-members. Prone Rifle Shooting 2.30pm until 6pm|
|Sunday||OPEN to members. CLOSED to non-members. Members shooting 09:30 - 12:30|
|Guest Sunday||First Sunday of the Month 09:30 - 13:00|