Whitgift Veteran Rifles Club Report

Our WVRC year commenced very sadly with the death of Alan Hunter OW (1952-59) on 17th January, after a long battle with cancer. His resilience and humour never left him, nor did his excellent contributions to the WA Newsletters. His service and support for WVRC over so many years was extreme – exemplified by the number of members who communicated their sorrow at his departure. To Hazel and all the family go our most sincere condolences. Quite apart from his support in both small & full bore shooting, he was Treasurer for 14/15 years, and the Secretaries in post during his tenure all testify to his excellence. The words “true gentleman” have been regularly used in condolence messages, one including “Alan was a true gent, with a wit dryer than the Gobi desert” – so true. Hazel kindly asked us if we could say a few words at the funeral, and the eulogy that his fellow school friend, Graham Clark OW (1952-59) presented on our behalf, was excellent.

Shooting wise, regrettably we were only able to raise one team for the Surrey League small bore competition this winter, together with a smaller number of entries for the Individual League.

However, the good news is that we have increased our membership during the last 3 months with both adults and juniors, and there are some more juniors in the pipeline. One of our adult new members, Duncan Samuel, shot a 99 ex 100 recently – setting a fine example!

The Bisley full bore season approaches and we welcome, as ever, those who are interested in both small/full bore target shooting to join us on a Tuesday evening at the school range, or contact our Hon.Sec. Mark Collins, markdcollins@outlook.com or Jack Furtado riflemanfurtado68@gmail.com.