7 Rugeley shooters in winning County Team

Congratulations to the seven Rugeley members who helped Staffordshire to victory in Division 5 of the 2019/20 Inter-County Reserves League.

Although scores have been very slow to emerge as most of the NSRA’s Competitions Team were furloughed through lockdown, we now know that Staffordshire went undefeated with nine wins and one draw across the ten rounds.

Congratulations go to Graham Delaney; Vic Tyne; Jimmy Hibbert; Lee Featherstone; James Tyne; Shane Adams and John Kemp.

Also on the team were Richard Tilstone of Market Drayton RPC; Jeff Hickson of Crewe RPC and Gordon Abbotts of City of Stoke RPC.

Full results are on the NSRA website.

Notice of AGM

The AGM will be held on Thursday 10th September at 7pm via Zoom.
This year we will need to do it slightly differently due to Covid-19.

The committee will be re-elected en-bloc and continue as-is unless we get enough nominations to hold a vote. If you have a nomination for committee agreed by the nominee, email or phone the Secretary Lee Featherstone by Wednesday 26th August.

From the 27th August we will email out the Minutes of last AGM, reports from committee and any nominations or motions.

Your votes on motions etc must be returned by 9th September.

The zoom meeting will then be held on 10th September at 7pm for results of voting, motions and any final questions etc.

Reopening with COVID-19

25th September 2020

Following continuation of restrictions, the committee can confirm the Club will remain open for pre-booked shooting following the guidance in the latest NSRA briefing.

  1. We will not be accepting new members just yet. We will continue to take details from interested newcomers and, when possible, will implement a newcomer booking system.
  2. Probationary members have been contacted and their end dates extended to reflect the time lost due to the shutdown. They may now book a shooting slot.
  3. Members are reminded to follow government guidelines regarding shielding. Members who wish to shoot are required to pre-book a slot in advance. Places are limited and may have a few weeks lead time. They are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. If we are unable to open for any session, we will endeavour to contact the booker of each slot.
  4. If you (or any member of your household) feel unwell you must not attend. If you are showing any of the symptoms of Covid-19 you must stay away for at least 21 days from first showing symptoms and a minimum of 7 days after symptoms have stopped or until you test negative with a government-issued test.
  5. If you come into contact with somebody who has Covid-19 or Covid-19 symptoms, or you are contacted by the government Track-and-Trace, you must stay away for 21 days even if you don’t show symptoms unless you later test negative with a government-issued test.
  6. If you suspect you have Covid-19 or have been in contact with somebody who has Covid-19, and you have since attended the club in the last 21 days, you must inform the club secretary. Any future bookings you have will be cancelled in line with the above points.
  7. If you live in an area that goes into local lockdown you must stay away until the local restrictions are lifted. If you work (or have spent a significant amount of time) in an area that goes into local lockdown but you are not personally locked down due to living outside the lockdown area, you must stay away from the club for 21 days from the last time you were in the high risk area. If you travel outside of the UK, then you must stay away for 21 days from returning to the UK. If Rugeley goes into local lockdown, or England goes back into full lockdown, all bookings are cancelled without notice.
  8. Wearing face coverings is strongly recommended in all club areas except when shooting. Any member who does not wish to wear a face covering due to breathing difficulties or anxiety should consider wearing a full-face visor. You are responsible for providing your own clean PPE. Please do not dispose of used PPE in the range bins. Remember this virus can be deadly and wearing a face covering helps to protect your fellow members.
  9. Until further notice, members must not bring family friends and guests etc. Where a parent or guardian needs to chaperone a junior, provision will be made. Otherwise we ask that non-shooters await outside the club in their car etc.
  10. Members must leave the building before the end of their slot time once they have finished shooting and have cleaned down in order to avoid overcrowding the clubroom.
  11. There will no socialising in the clubroom until further notice.
  12. Numbers will be limited to 4 on the 25m range, 3 on the 100yd range, 2 on the 10m electronic air range and 2 in the 10/50 range (either using 6yd/10m air or 50m .22 range). You may only use the range you have been allocated for the evening. Please note the 10m Electronic target range is only available to airgun shooters who have attained a level of competence to be able to hit the target area every time. This is to protect the target mechanisms.
  13. To avoid overcrowding in the clubroom, up to 3 members may use the designated tables to make up/take down their guns before and after shooting. Members using the 100yd range should use the tables provided outside. Members using the Air ranges should prepare in those ranges.
  14. You must provide your own ear defenders and eye protection. The club may have a small quantity for sale, but this is not guaranteed.
  15. We are running an “If you touch it, you clean it” policy. This means if use the toilet, you clean it after use. You must clean your allocated firing point before and after use with the provided disinfectant sprays and blue tissue roll.
  16. Only the RCO will be allowed to access the armoury to retrieve Club firearms and to wipe down before and after use. Particular attention will be made to the areas where face and hands touch. More established regular attending members will have a club gun allocated and marked for their sole use. Please take care with cleaning the spotting scopes.
  17. We ask all prone shooters to provide their own mats, shooting jackets and gloves where possible. For those who require the use of club mats they will be cleaned before your use and you must clean down after use.
  18. If you require a club glove, then you must wear a clean nitrile / vinyl glove underneath.
  19. You may be allocated your own club jacket if the numbers allow it and which you can take home after each session. Other jackets are to be placed in a polythene jacket bag and written on with your name and date of use.
  20. If you would like to purchase any of these items through the club, please speak to a committee member and we will investigate it.
  21. Members must take all their equipment home at the end of each evening (except those with firearms in hired lockers).
  22. Members must not wear work clothes, or any other items that they have worn to work.
  23. The door to the 25yd indoor range must be kept closed during shooting to ensure adequate air flow over firers heads.
  24. Doors to the air ranges must be kept open when shooting and the extractor fans switched on to maintain a healthy air flow down the range.
  25. The buddy-buddy system for shooting outside the official sessions may only be used if the ‘RCO Buddy’ has been briefed by the secretary on the duties required to adhere to the risk assessments. You must still book your session with the secretary to avoid double bookings.

1st August 2020

Following the latest easing of restrictions, the committee can confirm the Club will open for pre-booked shooting from Wednesday 5th August 2020, including the 25yd indoor range and 10m air range.

Members can download the risk assessment and booking sheets, which were also distributed by email.

At this time we are not accepting new members due to the difficulties of instructing whilst social-distancing and risks associated with shared equipment. Existing Probationary Members should have been contacted individually regarding visiting the club and use of club equipment.

Rugeley teams Runners-Up in Air Pistol League

Final scores for competition 280 – the National 10m Air Pistol League – have arrived, with two Rugeley teams placing second in their respective divisions.

Rugeley A (P Voitiukevicius; K Voitiukevicius & J Craft) placed 4th in Division 1.

Rugeley B (M Buttery; R Hawkins & Ms J Smith) placed 2nd in Division 4, close behind Kilgetty .177 TSC.

Rugeley C (S Evans; D Glover & R Lloyd) placed 5th in Division 6.

Rugeley D (J Bradbury; P Evans & B Wiggett) tied in first place in Division 7 behind Burnham TSC with 18 points each, but were ranking second on aggregate (4,779 vs. 4,765).

The club’s Air Pistol section has come a long way in the past three years. In 2018 only two teams could be fielded, though the A-Team won Division 8. With four teams, our top athletes are now competing in the top domestic divisions.

Bamsey wins Scottish Championship

Congratulations to Rugeley member Mike Bamsey who won the STS Men’s 10m Air Rifle Championship at Napier University this weekend.

After qualifying with a six point lead, Mike led for much of the final. He briefly ceded the lead with a poor 11th shot, before stringing together a strong second half and climbing back past eventual runner up and Scottish Confined Champion James Paterson. Tom Diggle finished third.

New Defibrillator Unveiled

Parliamentary Candidate Amanda Milling unveiled a new public access defibrillator today at Rugeley Rifle Club, alongside representatives from Rugeley and District Community First Responders.

Club members have fundraised over a thousand pounds in the past twelve months. The First Responders have adopted it and will take over maintenance, with the club providing power to keep the batteries charged. The unit has been mounted on the exterior of the main building where it is available to the local community as well as the club.

Amanda Milling unveiling of an Automatic Defibrillator with members of Rugeley Rifle Club and Rugeley First Responders.
PPC and Club Honorary Vice-President Amanda Milling unveils the AED with Club Chairman Martyn Buttery, Vice-Chair Graham Kershaw and members of Rugeley & District Community First Responders

Gold for Zoe in Cardiff

Rugeley’s Zoe Perkin found gold on day one of the Welsh Airgun Association Championships, held at the Sport Wales National Centre in Cardiff.

Qualifying third, Zoe led the final from the start with two outstanding strings. Holding her nerve as Braunton’s Emily Bale drew level with her in the middle section, Zoe delivered a strong series of inner tens to finish, winning by a clear two points. Zoe also qualified for both her other finals, narrowly missing out on a medal with a fourth place finish in her Day 3 match.

Also from Rugeley, Megan Bamsey qualified for two finals from her three matches. Her brother Mike Bamsey won his day three match, becoming the confined Welsh Men’s 10m Air Rifle Champion.

The Welsh Airgun Championships are held as a series of three open matches – one per day – from Friday to Sunday, each independent and with its own final. One match is nominated as the confined “Welsh Championship”.

Club Success at County Championships

Rugeley members standing behind a table of silverware at the 2019 Staffordshire County Championship
Rugeley members win a table of silverware at the 2019 Staffordshire County Championship

Rugeley members carried away a table full of silverware at the County Championships on Sunday 4th August, winning all four divisions.

Richard Hemingway was the top Staffordshire scorer in Class A, winning the Association Cup and becoming County Long Range Champion as well as taking the 50Metre Trophy for County 50M Champion. Along the way he also claimed the Miniature Rifle Club (Class A Winner), Michelin Cup (Best 100yds, Class A) and Greatrex Cup (Best County Badge Holder). Rugeley Chairman Martyn Buttery picked up the Bronze Medal in A Class and the two of them won the Pairs Competition.

Paul Baron won the Swynnerton Cup for Class B, with Phil Knight as Runner Up. Phil also won the K. Madeley Rose Bowl for Champion Veteran. Paul Watkiss won the Moat Cup for Class C, and also the NSRA County Silver Medal (Highest Scorer who hasn’t previously won one).

Brian Parker won Class D with Graham Delaney picking up Bronze.

On the Open Teams, Rugeley’s Team-of-4 placed second behind a strong team from Appleton.