We have had to implement a new way of accessing the site. Previously, the gate was opened 15 minutes prior to, and closed 15 minutes after, each session start time. From Saturday morning, the 26th September, the new system will come into operation:
Members arriving on that session, and all subsequent sessions, will see a new lock fitted to the gate. This will have been fitted by the duty marshal when he arrived at the site. Members will have the code for this lock – it is the same one you got when you renewed your membership, or obtained full membership this year for our newer members. Look on your membership card or receipt if you can’t remember, and failing that, ring John Bennett, Rod Hornett or Paul Smart for a reminder. In other words, during a session, the entry/exit method will be identical to pre-covid days, which means you let yourself in and CLOSE THE GATE behind you, every time. So, you can arrive and leave at any time during a session without needing a marshal to let you in/out.
HOWEVER, please bear in mind you will still need to book. Turning up and letting yourself in without booking will result in you being asked to leave. Failure to comply will result in a suspension or ban from the club. Naturally, you will still need to check in with the marshal(s) as you do now.
Hopefully, this will make things a little easier for you all, giving you the flexibility to arrive and depart as you please.
As from Saturday 5th September the Woodland course will revert back to stringed targets. Please be aware that you can only pull the strings with a GLOVED hand or preferably with a hook. Failure to do so not only adds risk for those following you, but will result in a temporary suspension from the club. Hooks can be homemade very easily from stout wire, or from a modified coat hangar.
Thanks to Rod Hornett and his hard working team for making this possible.
As we promised to add more openings as and when we could, we’re happy to announce an additional session. Starting now you can book a WEDNESDAY session, from 10:00 to 13:00, the first Wednesday booking being the 29th July.
Tuesday 7th July is a bit of a history maker for us at PARC. Being the first day opening after the covid-19 lockdown back in late March. Although the turnout was much smaller than expected, and we were blighted with rain, those who did come enjoyed their first club shoot in a long time! I hope David Firth doesn’t mind me quoting from our FB page:
“Got to say a massive well done to all who have been involved with opening the range back up. Been down this afternoon proper hive of activity, but more importantly the layout has been really well thought out so nobody comes across anybody by accident, everything is marked up and signed so you know where you can & can’t go. Anybody who isn’t sure go see for yourselves it really is as safe as could possibly be under the circumstances. Brilliant effort by all involved and thank you.”
And, on behalf of the committee, thank you too David!
The government has announced its new lockdown easing measures, effective from the 4th July.
The maximum number of people allowed in any gathering is 30. As we had already stipulated a 30 to 40 maximum attendance per session, this is now amended to 30 maximum.
As our plinking ranges are technically classed as indoor (more than 50% enclosed), we can not use them as they are, even with 2m bench spacing. Therefore we will have to move the benches forward, meaning they will no longer be classed as indoor, ie if it rains, you will get wet.
Before anyone complains please bear this in mind – the committee have sole responsibility for determining when and where our members can shoot. If we are complicit in allowing members to break the law, we are responsible for any legal action that may result as a consequence. In other words, you may not agree to the 70mph speed limit on the motorway, but that is the law, and there are consequences if you are caught.
We cannot put any committee member in the position where they may face consequences for giving permission for others to break the law.
This situation is frustrating. None of us want it. Unfortunately, we have to work with it until things return to normal. Your forbearance as members is needed to enable us all to get through this difficult time as smoothly as possible.