Whitgift Veterans Rifle Club
By: Alan Hunter
The Whitgift Veterans Rifle Club (founded 1896) is an active and sociable Home Office Approved shooting club, focussing primarily on Small Bore and Full Bore target rifle shooting disciplines.
Applications for membership are welcomed from current and past Whitgiftians, full or part time current and past members of staff, the school’s Combined Cadet Force, the Whitgiftian Association, or any family member thereof.
The ‘Veterans’ compete in Winter and Summer Small Bore League competitions in both team and individual categories, weekly on Tuesday evenings at the school range.
In the summer months, we enter six Full Bore competitions at Bisley with a further couple of practice shoots at the start and finish of the season.
After the final competition event in mid July, namely the NRA Schools Veterans Match, an informal dinner is held at the Artists Rifles clubhouse at Bisley.
Over the past two to three years, the WVRC has lent its support to the formation of an independent Whitgift School Rifle Club under the earlier leadership of Andy Seal and subsequently Peter Morrison (PJ), both members of staff, without whose dedication and perseverance this would not have come about. The new club has now gained Met. Police and Home Office approval.
Thus current and future generations of boys at Whitgift will have greater accessibility to the sport of target shooting, and hopefully in due course Full Bore shooting will follow their current Small Bore experience.
We extend our sincere thanks to PJ and trust that the boys, now and in the future will support him and the new club to the full.
All of which can only assist an influx of boys on leaving Whitgift to join the WVRC, following their enjoyment of shooting experiences gained at school.
In conclusion, to those of you interested in a chance to dust-off old shooting abilities – or indeed try it for the first time – and join in our various activities, please contact Simon Lacey at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07813 309550.
All equipment and plentiful advice is available – give it a shot!