Grampian Air Rifle Club
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Bob Benson



A GARC stalwart and member of many years, Bob was a regular at Denwood and Waulkmill where he would muck in with tasks for the benefit of all.



A cheery soul, always chatty, welcoming, much liked and upbeat although he could frequently be heard bemoaning his shooting prowess with his Weihrauchs - I'm sure we all have fond memories of him saying "Ah cannae hit a bloody thing tonight!"







Seen here entering into the sprirt of things during our Home Guard shoot, Bob was a great guy and will be missed by all who knew him.

                                     The GARC Committee 2017-18


Chairman: Mike Simmonds

Vice chairman: Nick Rankin

Secretary: Steve Ludlow

Treasurer: Dale Harris

Safety Officer: Chris Noble

Committee Member: Bill Howie

Waulkmill Liaison Officer: Paul Bates   

Webmaster: Bri Munro



Our Annual General Meeting will be held at Denwood on Wed. 21/11/18 at 7pm.  Please make an effort to be there and vote on the decisions that will affect your club.  The Committee would also like you to raise any suggestions or issues that you may have in advance so they can be addressed quicker and more effectively - contact Club Sec. Steve in person or by email.


We're also introducing a new membership form which must be filled in by both new and existing members at renewal time to keep our records up to date. 


Please note that, for some reason, the membership form will not show up if you're looking at this on a mobile phone - use a pc/mac to print/download.


The membership renewal date is currently under review/discussion but will be finalised shortly.

Dale "Barney" Barnfather has stepped down as a committee member due to a new posting in Lincolnshire.  We wish him all the best in his future endeavours.

A new Committee position has been created - Waulkmill Liaison Officer.


Field Marshal Paul Bates has selflessly (been) volunteered to be the main point of contact between GARC and George at the Waulkmill shooting range.

Treasurer, gunsmith and HFT'er Dale Harris has been recognised by AirGun Gurus for his commitment to GARC and Airgunning with a Certificate of Commendation.

Nominated by Bill Howie, Dale is 2018's first recipient of this honour - well done, Sir!

See the AirGun Gurus page here


Update - the previously excellent Airgun Gurus website has suffered a catastrophic "improvement" and the link doesn't work now but, take our word for it, Dale was in there.


       Letter to all GARC Members from the GARC Committee.


At the GARC 2017 AGM, held on 22nd November, it was agreed a letter explaining some of the discussions (and including the minutes) would be sent to all members.


In accord with the GARC Air Weapon Certificate, the Club is limited to a membership of 120.  We are approaching that limit and envisage the possibility of a waiting list for membership.  Looking at the attendance record sheets for the Denwood and Waulkmill shooting venues, it appears some members joined GARC as a convenience for their Air Weapon Certificate application. 


As a responsible club wanting an active membership, and facing the prospect of a waiting list, a minimum attendance requirement has been set:

12 shooting evenings/days (Denwood and/or Waulkmill) per year INCLUDING
6 shooting evenings/days (Denwood and/or Waulkmill) in any 6 month period.
In exceptional circumstances the GARC Committee has the authority to waive all or part of the attendance requirement.

Achievement of this minimum attendance requirement will be considered at the time of receiving membership renewal application.
Membership renewal and payment of membership fees is due during December 2017.


To aid access to current (and time dependant) Club information, Bri Munro has volunteered to be the Webmaster for the GARC website (  For Information, the GARC facebook page is @GrampianAirRifleClub.

If they so wish, any member can provide their email address to for inclusion in a distribution list of GARC communications.  The list will include only current members.


And finally - Land acquisition.  If you are aware, or become aware, of any potential land that could be suitable for GARC usage, criteria being:

Minimum 6 acres, preferably 8
Has Shooting Rights
Free of covenants that are restrictive
Suitable for all GARC activities, not just HFT

then please contact a committee member or email


Thank you and safe shooting.

GARC Secretary.

As of January 1st 2017, everyone that goes to Denwood or Waulkmill MUST sign in and out WHETHER THEY ARE SHOOTING OR NOT.   The Registers, in the case of Denwood, will be on the counter directly in front of the door and, at Waulkmill, in the filing cabinet top drawer.


This is a stipulation of our Club Approval Status from Police Scotland and must be taken seriously.


Failure to sign will result in a warning.  Two warnings gets you a suspension.  Three warnings and you're banned so just sign the book as no-one needs the hassle. 




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