Grampian Air Rifle Club
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                                     The GARC Committee 2019-20


Chairman: Mike Simmonds

Vice chairman: Nick Rankin

Secretary: Steve Ludlow

Treasurer: Dale Harris

Safety Officer: Chris Ward

Waulkmill Liaison Officer: Paul Bates

Competition Co-ordinater:  Chris Ward   

Webmaster: Bri Munro



Dear Members,


The current COVID-19 restrictions mean it is not possible for the AGM to be held in the normal manner.  This was discussed during the recent Committee meeting.  A number of options were considered that might have offered a way to hold a 'virtual' AGM but no option was free of impediment.


The proposal is the AGM be delayed until such time as COVID-19 restrictions allow the membership to meet as a group.  In the interim, reports from the Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Safety Officer would be sent to members to keep them abreast of GARC business.


To enable this course of action, the Committee is looking for a majority support from the members.  You are only required to reply to this email if you do not support the delaying of the AGM.  No reply will be taken as acceptance of the proposal.  Deadline for a reply is 24th October 2020.




GARC Secretary.


24/9/20.  The nights are drawing in but GARC members continue to  shoot under the watchful eye of Master of Ceremonies, Black Tony.

10/9/20.  Reports have come in that last night's shooting was a very pleasant affair with all involved enjoying their much needed Trigger Time.  

PPE and cleaning procedures are being adhered to for the benefit and protection of all.

And a thumbs up to Nick R for the setting up, dismantling and running of the range.

5/9/20  GARC Members,


Thanks to the efforts of various Committee members, the outdoor 50m range is now available to us every Wednesday evening.  Previously, the 2nd Wednesday of every month was an "off" night for GARC while another Club used the indoor range.  We're limited to the 50m range only on these days but it's more shooting time so well done Sec. Steve and Co.

Bookings for Denwood shooting slots are now being taken so log on to the GARC Forum, find the relevant thread* and get your name down - be quick or lose out!  


And don’t forget that you also need to read and abide by the rules laid out in the Denwood Operations Doc. below - you must take along your PPE and cleaning kit.


And don't even think about turning up on the day without having booked in advance.


You'll also need to complete the COVID19 Opt-in Declaration and send it to the GARC Secretary.  If it is not received we’ll cancel your booking.


*Sorry, links are not working.


Denwood Operations Doc Phase 3 rev 1.pdf
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Denwood Waulkmill Opt in Doc[136].pdf
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GARC Booking Arrangements for Denwood
Rev 0 (20/7/2020)



This document complements the GARC COVID-19 Rules for Denwood.


The Denwood Committee are applying the STS Guidelines to our shooting at the 50m range.  Due to this (and although there is room for ten shooting points while maintaining social distancing >2m,) we are limited to 5 households maximum at one time.  Worst case, this means only 5 shooters – with the Key Holder/Range Officer being one of those five.  To enable more people to shoot, the Wednesday evening is split into two ‘sittings’ – 18:00 to 19:15 and 19:30 to 20:45.  You should not enter the 50m range before the start time and you must leave the 50m range before the end time.

To avoid undue workload on what would be a volunteer to coordinate the bookings, a forum-based booking system where all members take on an element of responsibility has been defined.  To enable this, you will have to register on the GARC forum.  To protect your identity from potential “anti’s” and comply with the GDPR requirements, you should register on the forum with a pseudonym.

The Rules of booking:

Bookings are on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
If you book a slot, then you’ll have to pay the range fee, whether you turn up or not.

If someone posts a booking while you are typing then sorry, try again.


Steps to book a shooting slot at Denwood:
A thread will be started up on the GARC Forum (titled “Denwood Booking [date]”) on the Thursday morning for the following Wednesday.  There will be four available ‘slots’ (A, B, C and D) to book per ‘sitting’ (18:00 or 19:30).

Members should look at previous posts on the thread and choose from the remaining available ‘slots’.  Then post his/her selected ‘slot’ and ‘sitting’, noting membership number and if a single shooter or a Household (eg, slot B, sitting 18:00, Mem. No. 90, single.)

Couldn’t be simpler.

In addition, you'll also have to sign a Covid Opt In Declaration Form which follows STS guidelines - it's straightforward, common sense stuff aimed at protecting us all from the spread of this horrible virus but no signee, no shootee.

Denwood Waulkmill Opt in Doc[136].pdf
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Waulkmill is now open.  There's some new rules for those attending and Chris W has put together a guide on the Waulkmill page.  Read it, memorise it and adhere to it at all times please.

Our 2019 AGM saw some changes to the Committee.  Bill and Chris N have stepped down and we thank them for their service.  Filling the vacant Range Safety Officer position is Chris W and Tony has taken over as Keyholder.  Support them as best you can.


Steve L also expressed a wish to withdraw from the Committee but is hanging on until we find a replacement.  Any takers?

The Minutes of the 2019 AGM can be viewed here -

GARC AGM MoM 20-11-19.pdf
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Police Scotland have sent out a letter to all Scottish AirGun Clubs regarding some issues at Competition Shoots.  Please read and always act responsibly.


Police Scotland 10-10.pdf
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With Core94 not being in a position to offer Air Bottle refills, PCP shooters are feeling a little out of puff.  As many know, GARC have a compressor but we're unable to run it at Denwood.  Dale, The Guardian Of The Blessed Compressor, has agreed to a dedicated thread in the Forum to help communication/ coordination with those requiring refills.

We now have a GARC Online Forum.  The idea behind it is to aid contact and communication between Club members.


It's easy to use - just click on the link in the GARC Forum page, register by creating an ID and password and away you go. 


Forums thrive or wither depending on the participation of users and only time will tell if it becomes a useful feature so let's see what the uptake is like and take it from there.

Thanks to the efforts of our illustrious Field Marshal Paul Bates, every Sunday is now a Waulkmill Sunday.  It's also half price so you can go twice as often!


And, not only but also, Paul will be doing bespoke guided tours of Waulkmill - see the New Members Info page.


Competition and Sales Days

As raised at the AGM, The first Wednesday Denwood session of every month is going to be Sales Day - bring along any kit you have for sale, stick it on the gunrack and see what happens.


And the last Wednesday of the month will be Competition Time as Chris Ward will be cajoling us all into some interesting shooting challenges - money, prizes and perhaps trophies will be up for grabs so keep an eye on the Competitons and Events page.

Chris Ward has been voted onto the Committee at the recent AGM to organise competitions.  His title hasn't been agreed yet but, because my suggestion of Concert Party Commissioner a la It Ain't 'Alf Hot Mum was ignored, we're going with Competiton Co-ordinator in the meantime.  Give him your support and feel free to bombard him with ideas for future events.

The Minutes of the 2018 AGM can be viewed here -

2 GARC AGM MoM 21-11-18.pdf
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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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