Work Day 12th April 2012
In the first 3 weeks of the season 22 man-days of work have been done. As well as the usual mantlet clearing and re-establishment of the sanitary facilities the collaspsing butt-stop barrier has been reinforced, the 1000yd firing point quagmire has been drained and a good start has been made on topping up the aggregate in the butt-stop depressions. Many thanks to those who turned out, especially to those who helped with the last three tasks, saving “The Club” -in other words the members - about £3000. As John Potter has subtly hinted below, most of those doing the work are past their prime and the injury tally is impressive. It would be good to see more of the younger and fitter shooting membership helping with the work. The alternative is that we pay contractors and put up subscriptions and range hire charges accordingly.
Photo on left shows the result of Iain Connacher's appeal for help. Iain turned up towards the end and did a bit of rope pulling, not bad considering he has been undergoing chemotherapy.
James Bell designed and built the hoist utilising pully block technology and a WW2 fire bucket modified by the addition of wheels. Seems his great grandpaw was a Roman Engineer who came over with Antonine to build a wall or something. Anyhow, it worked and we filled in 3.5 holes in the back stop. One less person and no work would have been possible.
I estimate the aggregate age of the work force to be at least 190, these younger types just can't handle hard work, only fit for shooting. (Take that how you like)
No doubt, same as last Sunday, the range will be crowded with "shooters" tomorrow, mostly looking the other way when the gazebos need moved.
In cynical mode