Rifle club on target for shooting range

Sir Edward Leigh during his summer visit to market rasen's Small Rifle Club
Sir Edward Leigh during his summer visit to market rasen's Small Rifle Club

The replacement of wartime era shooting facilities in Market Rasen have moved a step closer thanks to a £76,000 Sport England grant.

The Market Rasen & District Small Bore Rifle Club received the money this week as part of a £250,000 fundraising campaign to replace the leaky 1946 Anderson shelter it currently uses.

The club’s Dave Carter said he is “over the moon” and “extremely grateful” to receive the grant as it should help the club replace its decaying clubhouse and shooting range.

“It’s probably only got a few years life left in it,” he said.

Dave said he is “in negotiation with somebody” for the balance of the funds.

“We can see the light at the end of the tunnel,” he said.

He praised the support of Gainsborough MP Sir Edward Leigh, who visited the club this summer, plus that of local councillors.

“Their support was essential. If they get behind it, people realise it’s a serious project,” he said.

Such support also raises awareness of the club and help it attract new members.

Earlier this month, the club took Olympic pistol shooter Georgina (Gorgs) Geilkie to Caistor Yarborough Academy and Market Rasen’s De Aston School to help raise awareness of pistol shooting, events which also delivered it a few more members.

Dave added the club will be launching a new crossbow section next year, with coaches already trained, in addition to its current target shooting classes on Tuesday and Thursdays.