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2023 Programme

Happy New Year to all. We are still waiting for the Home Office renewal to come through so no shooting just yet. Given the current weather we are cancelling the Hero shoot on 8th January and the next one on 22/1/23 will be a work party where we will be doing some work on the Butts area and getting it ready for the season.

So you can sort out your diaries for the coming year we have prepared the program for 2023. Clearly the shoots will be delayed if the HO approval is not forthcoming but we will update you as the dates arrive.

The relevant pages of this web site have been updated as needed and the current membership items are still to be sent to Chris but we will start handing over membership things to Steve once the renewals are out of the way.

The forms for download are available on the Programme 2023 page in Word and PDF as needed.

Keep an eye on the web site for updates and don’t over do it with the new year celebrations

Home Office Approval

I can advise that the Home Office Renewal is progressing and we have had the meeting with the FEO regarding this. They have to do their report to the Licencing department and then this goes on the the Home Office. We don’t know how long this will take and its unwise to speculate but we hope to be back in business early next year.

In the mean time I will sort out next years schedule and we can undertake some maintenance in January weather permitting.

Its disappointing but unavoidable so the best thing is to be patient and use the time to undertake some repairs etc.

In other news the renewals have been sent so please remember to complete the forms and get these back to Chris. Chris is retiring from the post of Membership Secretary after this renewal cycle and we thank him for his 10 years of service to the club. Steve Glasspool has kindly offered to take over and we will need to break him in gently.

The various forms will be updated on the web site over Christmas when I get a minute.

So Merry Christmas to you all and we will see you at the range soon.

Home Office Approval – Shooting Suspended

It is with regret that I have to advise our Home Office approval expires on 27 November. We applied for renewal in August and after the usual delay they advised us there is a new procedure and we have to re apply again. This we have obviously done but we have not received the renewal at the time of writing.

Without this we are unable to legally shoot so we have to suspend the shooting program until we receive the updated approval. There were only two shoots left in this years calendar but its very annoying to have to do this all the same.

We have applied and will re commence activities as soon as we can and will advise users via the site when we have some news.

The Boar Hill Trophy Sunday 13 November – Update


Busy day and a good turn out. We raised £150 for the Legion and there was some excellent shooting. The TR comp was won by Horsham with 380.36 followed by Wandsworth with 379.34 (very close). Third was Dorking with 370.23 so not too shabby either. The top score was Ryan with 100.12 (Dorking member of course) and the top Scoped shooter was Neil B with 100.16.

Full Scores on the Results page

The weather was ok but there was lots of fog and that made the target very difficult to see at times so that wasn’t easy. If you were lucky the wind blew the fog away, taking the round with it!

We managed to get through a large supply of sausage rolls, mince pies and chocolate and I have to thank all those who lent a hand to make the event happen. I have to include a mention to Sue who volunteered (I asked nicely and provided a bottle of Baileys) who came along and not only heated up all the food but declared the toilets a heath hazard and cleaned them all along with the kitchen so keep them clean in future!

A final bit of news is that we have after an absence of over 10 years managed to get returned to us the Boar Hill Trophy and Josie’s pot so those of you have been a member for a while will recall these and I’m delighted to advise these have been returned for future use.

See you at the next one

The Boar Hill (as its correctly called) is our annual shoot on behalf of the Royal British Legion where the proceeds go to charity. Its 2 x10 at 300 and 600 into teams of 4 if we have enough. Scoped Rifles can form teams as well to add to the fun.

We charge all members £5 per head to attend the shoot and this goes to the RBL. We will provide the some sausage rolls and perhaps a mince pie and if I can prevail on the my better half these may even be warmed up. We have about 4 to 6 shooters from other clubs committed so far so it will be a busy day.

I expect all of you have attended this before so the more support we get then the more we raise for charity so come along and support the club etc.

See you then

Sunday 30th Arthur White/Garrick Cup – Update

Update Tricky looking weather today so we decided to start at 600 in case the weather turned truly awful or cleared up. As it happened it cleared up and we had an enjoyable and busier than expected shoot. The event was strongly contested with Ryan winning the TR with 148.18 ( 2×15 shoot) and the Scoped being won by Dick with 150.27 pipping Neil B by 1 V bull (that’s how it goes sometimes). We didn’t in the end get wet so it proves that whatever the weather app shows its worth coming a long as you never know how it will turn out.

The next shoot is the Boar Hill Commemorative shoot on Remembrance Sunday (13 November) where we raise funds for the Royal British Legion. Come long to that and support the veterans and we may even throw in a sausage roll or two.

Sundays shoot is the Arthur White/Garrick Cup. This is a 2 x 15 at 300 and 500 yards. Its for scoped Rifles and TR so there is something for everyone. We have the Boar Hill annual charity shoot coming up on the 13th November so it may be time to brush up on the TR skills!

The weather may be changeable so we will see how it goes on the day.

See you on Sunday

PS – Don’t forget the clocks go back on Saturday Night

McQueens 2 Sunday 2 October

Sundays Shoot is the McQueens at 300 yards. I expect most of you will have shot this before so it needs no introduction.

It does take quite a bit of organisation so please be ready for your detail and do your turns in the butts or we cant get everyone through.

We may try the McQueens pairs if there is enough people to interested and enough to manage the butt crew.

So see you Sunday

Sunday 4th Gravett Cup and Sussex Autumn – Update


Scores on the results page. A select band attended the shoot including shooters from Sussex County RA. We managed a team shoot and being short on numbers we had Rob B in both teams (he is a member of both clubs) to make up the numbers. Dorking got 570.39 and Sussex 483.17 Well shot all.

The Scoped rifle was strongly contended with three scores of 150 and Neil B winning with 150.24.

Overall and excellent shoot with three distances shot and no wet weather. Lets hope it remains dry for the next shoot being a Gallery Rifle at 100.

Sundays shoot is 2 x 10 at 300 / 500 and 600 and is primarily a TR shoot with 5 guests from Sussex County RA coming along to shoot along side. So Dorking will need to put up a team if we can and see how we do. My TR shooting is not up to much these days so I could do with a hand!

As usual with these things the TR shooters will be on the first detail and then the others following on. It looks like the weather will be ok so we will get a good three distances in.

Dont forget no one is excluded and just because we are shooting TR all are welcome.

See you on Sunday