The Affiliation and Entry forms for next season have been sent to representatives of all affiliated club by the Association Secretary.
These documents are also available in the secure area of the site (click on ‘Forms & Minutes’ in the Information menu on the right).
If any currently un-affiliated club wishes to access these forms with a view to entering any of our competitions this coming season, please use the ‘Contact us’ link above to ask the Secretary to send them.
I’ve just been informed that John Buchanan, our Vice Chairman, passed away last week. I have no information on the circumstances, but he was some years over his three-score and ten and not in perfect health.
His funeral will be held on Monday 30th July in the Pentland Chapel at Mortonhall Crematorium at 1.30.
John was a member of the Masonic (Edin) Rifle Club for most of his shooting career (if not all of it) and was its leading organiser for many years although he had to retire from active shooting some time ago. He was a good shooter in his day and gained one full Scotland cap, at the Bisley meeting in 1994, of which he was very proud. He was a member of the LBTSA Executive Committee (latterly the Management Committee) for many years, serving as Vice Chairman since 1992 and was also the Association’s long-term NSRA Representative. He also ran the Postal League in two separate stints. He was regularly elected as a member of the SSRA Council over a long period. He was an accredited ISSF Judge and served on one of the Juries at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2000.
His club and the County will miss him.
There was a notice in The Scotsman this morning. It says John died ‘suddenly’ on Wednesday 18th July, and that all are welcome to attend the funeral (details above).
(If anyone has anything substantive to add to this, please write in.)
Stevie at RWS is hoping that Clubs in the Edinburgh and Lothian area could get together for one evening, one club to host members from all the other clubs, to let ALL members attending try RWS ammo FREE.
Anyone interested in participating, attending or hosting can either contact Kavan Neil of Prestonpans Rifle Club at PrestonpansRifleClub or RWS directly via James Fowler (key account manager, RUAG Ammotek UK Ltd) on 07949 935399.
The ‘Scottish’ finished last Friday after a dry, sunny and warm week of shooting. Conditions were very difficult on some days not only due to the fickle winds, but also because of the heat haze rising from the grass which, combined with the bright sunlight, made spotting shots very challenging if not impossible, especially at 100 yards.
One significant improvement was that the firing point had been covered in Astroturf, thus eliminating the dust and dirt issues that have plagued this range for a couple of years. Thanks have to be given to Ian Thomson for facilitating this, and to him and the local crew for laying it at fairly short notice.
After the pleas for more entries to the meeting, it’s good to see that the net entry jumped from 180 last year to 203 this year. This momentum has to be maintained if the meeting is to have a future as it is still making a loss, but the NSRA have announced that it will be held again next year (at Lauder). 2019 will see the 100th Scottish Meeting, so it’s an important milestone. If it does continue beyond 2019, it looks like the meeting might now have a permanent home at Lauder due to the cost involved in transporting the range equipment (target frames & supports, stop plates, firing point scaffolding and roof etc) to alternative venues. This has been quoted as £15,000. If it does ever move to another location, then it will likely remain there for a few years.
Lothian was represented at the meeting by members of four clubs, one of which had two entrants and another only one. Watsonians and George Watson’s College combined had over 30 shooters competing, about 15% of the total. It’s not too much of a stretch to say that these two clubs are keeping this meeting in existence. Trophies were won by Susan Jackson (3), Roderick Bryce-Stafford and Euan(sp?) Stanley of Watsonians, Rhys Olley of Edinburgh University (5), Isabel Stark, Magnus Carswell (4), James Topley, Sam Coates, Neasa O’Connell (2) and Lucy Brechin, all of George Watson’s. There were also many 2nds and 3rds, too numerous to list here. In addition, the GWC team won the Junior Team competition and Bill Hamilton won the Benchrest Aggregate. Susan Jackson made a valiant attempt at repeating her wins in the Earl Haig Scottish Championship of 2005 and 2015, but came a very creditable 3rd in difficult conditions. Robin Thomson came 6th. Congratulations to all. (E&OE: please advise any errors or omissions.)
James Brown (Watsonians) was selected to shoot for Scotland in the International match but was unfortunately unable to take up the place. Scotland was narrowly beaten by only 5 points by England, who also won the Ladies’ match fairly convincingly.
The Lothian team in the County Sextette repeated their 6th placing of last season. Will we ever win this again?
The statistics and major competition winners reports under the ‘Miscellaneous’ link on the right have been updated.
Scottish full-bore legend and Edinburgh resident Colin McEachran was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, announced today, for services to Target Shooting and Commmonwealth Games Scotland. This comes after being given STS’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.
Colin has a long history of involvement in the administration of shooting at the highest levels in Scotland for many years, and represented Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Christchurch in 1974, winning a silver medal in the Pairs, and also in Edmonton in 1978.
The Annual General Meeting will be held at Balerno & Currie’s range on Thursday 31st May at 7.45pm.
The Agenda can be seen here. Last year’s draft Minutes can be viewed from the Information Area to the right.
A prize presentation may or may not take place after the meeting, but see the Prize List here anyway.
Any club or individual who currently holds an Association trophy is cordially invited to return it either at the meeting or arrange to deliver it to the Secretary beforehand.
Ian Burton, the Local Organiser for the Scottish Meeting at Lauder, has issued an appeal for volunteers to help set up the range prior to the meeting.
For the past few years all of the pre-meeting preparation has been carried out by a small team of volunteers from what was formerly Selkirk Rifle Club (now mostly with Hawick). This time, they need extra help from other local shooters in order to complete this task so please give serious consideration to spending some time with the work party, even if you can only manage a couple of hours or so.
The range will be set up on the weekend of 16th & 17th June, giving the weekend of 23rd & 24th as reserve. Activities required are:
- Post repairs and installation
- Put up the steel plates
- Install the target frames
Nobody’s back is going to be broken as mechanical aids will be available to do the heavy lifting. If you can wield a hammer then you are qualified to help.
Please contact Ian directly at this address if you are interested in helping out for as much or as little time as you can, so he knows who will be coming and when. Footwear for rough ground would be advisable.
The results of the Final of the CYOH team knock-out are now available. Balerno & Currie have won the Tom Hastie Shield for the first time since 2004, beating Watsonians in a nail-biting final by a single point.
Take the link in the Competitions menu above to see full details.
Apologies for the delay in posting this – one has been away on holiday.
Scottish Target Shooting (STS) has issued GDPR guidelines and templates for its affiliated clubs and members to use. There appears to be no copyright notice on them, so you might like to check out these documents:
- STS club briefing note
- STS club data processing agreement – template
- STS club data processing clause – template
- STS club privacy notice for members – template
They may or may not differ from the NSRA’s equivalents! Your correspondent has not looked into that (and has no intention of doing so). Take your pick.
The NSRA have issued new guidelines along with processes and a template that clubs can amend to their own requirements. Check out the NSRA’s web page here.
The results of round 1 of the CYOH team knock-out have been issued. Take the link in the Competitions menu above to see full details.
The final will be shot postally this year, to be done by 7th May.
Club representatives have today been advised by the County Secretary that the AGM of the Association will be held at Balerno & Currie’s range on Thursday 31st May, commencing 7.45pm. All members of all affiliated clubs are welcome to attend.
The agenda will be circulated later, but there is advance notice that the currently vacant posts of Chairman, County Captain, Awards Convenor and one position on the Management Committee all need to be filled. Nominations for these posts and any further items of business for the agenda should be sent to the Secretary as soon as possible using the ‘Contact Us’ link above.
Entry forms for the NSRA’s Scottish meeting are now available to download from the NSRA website. Entries close on Wednesday 23rd May so there is plenty of time to get organised. The two downloads on that page give full information on all the competitions being run.
The meeting will be held in the grounds of Thirlestane Castle in Lauder from Saturday 30th June to Friday 6th July.
The future of the Scottish Meeting remains in serious doubt due to falling attendances in recent years. Numbers are still historically very low and if this meeting is not better-attended by some margin over recent years, the NSRA will pull the plug on it (as declared by the NSRA’s CEO in a recent On Target magazine) and this will be the last-ever meeting. This meeting has been in existence since 1909 and I for one would be extremely disappointed to see its demise on my watch and shy of its 110th birthday.
Therefore, please, please, please support this meeting so that it has a chance of continuing into the future. If even half of the regular attenders brought a club colleague then the entry would be significantly boosted. You do not have to be an individual member of the NSRA to take part.
Being held so close by, there is really no excuse for shooters in Edinburgh and Lothian not to attend. Depending on how much you want to shoot, you can go for just one or both days of the weekend, or from the Saturday to the Friday or just days in between so local accommodation need not be a requirement: Lauder is not a long trip from Edinburgh.
The meeting is run in five classes with Junior and Veteran competitions as well as club teams so shooters of all skill levels and ages can join in. Discounting Watsonians/George Watson’s, who have provided about 10% of the total entry in recent years, there are usually more competitors from Sussex than from the other Lothian clubs – why should that be? It’s on your doorstep – get out there and join in! Everyone who thinks they have an excuse for not going should really take a hard look at it. ‘Can’t be bothered’ just doesn’t cut it. ‘Never shot outdoors before’ doesn’t really either – there are plenty of people around to give advice (start with me if you need to) and everyone has to start somewhere so go on, take the plunge.
Being one of the local Counties it behoves Lothian to enter a strong County Sextette team. If this is to be the last ‘Scottish’ let’s try to go out in a blaze of glory as the best County there. So, all you local top shots (you know who you are), get your entries in: shooting an unsquadded Dewar on a weekend afternoon 20-odd miles down the road is not going to interfere with your life to any significant extent.
Once again, for those interested, the meeting offers unsquadded and unclassified competitions in both Benchrest and prone Lightweight Sporting Rifle (LSR) as well as all the traditional prone competitions. One extra LSR shooter with a .22 bunny-gun just going for the day who might not even have thought about going before is one more entrant to tick up the numbers: they all count.
The phrase use it or lose it could not be more appropriate. Please pass the word to all your club colleagues.
(Sorry, maybe a bit OTT, but the message has to be put out there in unmistakeable terms. The NSRA sure ain’t doing it so someone has to.)
Teams representing Lothian attended the above event in Aberdeen last Sunday and were runners-up in both the indoor and outdoor matches.
See stand-in Captain Robin Thomson’s full report on the matches and how Lothian shooters fared in the Individual competitions run at the same time.
The final monthly results of this season’s Individual League have been issued. Take the link in the drop-down under Competitions above to see the details.
The League Secretary has produced this end-of-season report.
The Final stage of the Individual Championship took place last Saturday at Balerno & Currie’s range and in the final, Alasdair Horne of the home club overcame his club colleague Niall Geogeson to win the Whitton Cup for the tenth time.
Of the finalists who qualified and those from the reserves list, only ten could attend on Easter Saturday evening for what is supposed to be a 16-shooter straight knock-out. It was decided that all ten would shoot a preliminary round of two cards each, with the bottom two scorers dropping out. Adam Dove (Watsonians) led the way with a fine 199.
In Round 2 (the first KO round), the pick of the scorers was Alasdair Horne with 199, which was a little too good for young Isabel Stark from George Watson’s College. Next best was Alan Anderson from Hawick with 198, beating Robin Thomson (Watsonians). The other winners were Niall Georgeson and Adam Dove , whose form deserted him with a 194 which was just suffient to beat Tomn Diggle of Edinburgh University on a regauge.
In the Semis, Georgeson narrowly beat Anderson 198 to 197, but Alasdair Horne had the best score of the day with 200 to send Adam Dove home earlier than he probably wanted, as he went further backwards with a 188.
Both finalists coldn’t keep their earlier form going either, but Alasdair Horne took the trophy with 195 against Niall’s 191.
After the last match of the programme was shot on 29th March, Watsonians emerged winners of the league to take the Younger Shield once again, holding off Hawick (who had a better shooting average) by only two points. Hawick got their revenge by winning the Matchplay trophy though. Watsonians also won the Handicap league, with Hawick again the runners-up.
Bill Vaughan of Hawick wins the Hayhoe Cup for having the best average in the league (98.36).
The (non-existent) prize for winning most Matchplay points goes to Alan Anderson of Hawick, who lost only one of his 12 matches.
The stickers for the Choose-Your-Own-Handicap Team Knock-out competition have been issued to the four participating clubs. The first round is due to be shot by 16th April.
Take the CYOH link in the Competitions menu above to see the draw for which team shoots against which.
The NSRA Council meeting on Saturday discussed the above topic and the documents linked-to below have been made available to your site administrator.
Club secretaries and committees should be aware of this and take appropriate action. Doing nothing is not an option.
The STS All ranges and Inter-Regional competitions are being held at Denwood Ranges, Aberdeen on Sunday 8th April. The online entry forms are available on the STS Website (http://www.scottishtargetshooting.co.uk/sbr-events/).
This is an open shoot combining indoor (25yds) and outdoor (50m/100yds) shooting for individuals (in Classes), clubs and regional teams. Detailed information is given on the STS site. Lothian usually enters a regional team.
If you are planning to attend please let Robin Thomson know if you have his contact details, failing which get in touch with the Site Administrator who will pass on your message, so that he can look at team selection for the Inter-regional events,
The results of the first stage of the Individual Championship have been released, as well as the winners of the subsidiary Championships. The sixteen qualifiers for the Knock-Out Final of the Main Championship meet at Balerno & Currie’s range on Saturday 31st March, at 7pm sharp to compete for the Whitton Cup.
Finalists should be present by 6.45 at the latest for the draw or risk elimination! If any is unavailable, they should contact the organiser (Dougie Duff) as soon as possible (your club secretary will have contact details).
The qualifiers for the Final are:
|N Georgeson||Balerno & Currie||200||A Dove||Watsonians||195|
|A J Horne||Balerno & Currie||200||I Stark||Geo. Watson’s||194|
|W T Vaughan||Hawick||199||R Bryce-Stafford||Watsonians||194|
|A Brown||Watsonians||287||R Thomson||Watsonians||194|
|R Olley||Edin. University||196||N O’Connell||Geo. Watson’s||194|
|T Diggle||Edin. University||295||I Thomson||Watsonians||193|
|E Sutherland||Watsonians||195||A R Anderson||Hawick||193|
|J Barron||Watsonians||195||L Muttiah||Edin. University||193|
|R Chapman||Hawick||192||F Gifford||Balerno & Currie||185|
|F Taylor||Watsonians||191||I Burton||Hawick||194|
|S Coates||Geo. Watson’s||190||K Zhang||Edin. University||193|
|M Carsewell||Geo. Watson’s||189|
The other Champions are decided on the Postal stage. The wiinners are:
|Ladies||H Rees-Lay||Edin. University||195||(won on re-gauge from E Sutherland, Watsonians)|
|Veterans||W T Vaughan||Hawick||200|
|Junior||J Topley||Geo. Watson’s||195|
|Inexpert A||R Sarkar||Edin. University||183|
|Inexpert B||J Glen||Geo. Watson’s||177|
Congratulations to all these winners.
The scratch and handicap outdoor championships are shot for concurrently with the Unsquadded Aggregate at the NSRA Scottish Meeting the previous summer, this time at Lauder in 2017. It is confined to Lothian residents (students from here studying elsewhere qualify to shoot as they have dual residency).
The McLennan Medal was won by Miss H Rees-Lay (Edinburgh University)
The Ettrick & Lauderdale Handicap trophy was won by R Shand (George Watson’s)
The scores and results for February’s round are now available.
The Secretary of the Individual and Team postal leagues has given extensions due to the recent bad weather and any ongoing travelling or access problems.
Individual League: February’s cards may be shot up to and including Wednesday 7th March.
Team League: Round 9’s cards may be shot by Monday 12th March.
If any club or individual has trouble meeting these dates, please contact the League Secretary.
The results for January’s round of the Individual league have now been released. Take the dropdown link in the Competitions menu above.
If you still get the ‘report not available’ page then try doing a browser refresh. If that doesn’t work, try clearing your browser’s cache (Google it).
The Shoulder to Shoulder League Secretary regrets that due to computer problems the results of recent matches will not be available until next week.
Due to an extension given to one of the participating clubs, the January results will be delayed. The organiser will get them out as soon as he receives the cards.
Apologies to anyone who tried to access this site between about 11am and 4pm yesterday (31/12/17). There was an outage at the server preventing all access.
If any club is looking for somewhere to sell its empty brass cases or the lead excavated from the stop-butts, here is a useful contact. I know one club which has recently sold their brass and lead to the following for a reasonable price with no complications :
John A McDonald
Just make sure the brass is inert!!
Clubs are reminded that entries for the Individual Championships and the Individual League are due on 4th December. Don’t be late!
Clubs should already have the entry forms, but they are also available via the Forms & Minutes link in the sidebar.
The previous version of the LBTSA website was introduced in 2005 and still seems to be working ok. You may think that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, but it’s well past time it had makeover, mostly because the framework used to construct it (Microsoft’s ‘FrontPage 2003’ product) is considerably out of date and beyond any official support (there’s a clue in the name). It won’t even run under some installations of Windows 10 (although it does on yours truly’s for some reason but might not in the future). Also, the HTML code that FrontPage produces is not up to modern standards and is considered to be flawed compared to that produced by more-up-to-date website-building systems.
So, here we are with a brand spanking new site built using something called WordPress, which has future-proofed it for many years. I’ve pretty-much replicated the old site but the way in which information is accessed is different. All the content you have come to know and love over the years is still available, though – somewhere. There’s very little that’s actually new but this Home/News page is one of them as it now set up as a ‘blog’-type page.
This is the third incarnation of an LBTSA website I have produced so you might think I was getting the hang of it, but if you have suggestions for improvements or changes, if you find a missing or bad link, if you think there might be something I have failed to transfer from the old site or even if there’s just anything you don’t like about it then please get in touch with the Site Administrator and he will see what can be done.
You’ll have noticed there’s a picture at the top of the page. Each page shows a photo selected at random from a collection of pictures of notable landmarks, places and other points of interest in and around Lothian and Edinburgh to represent our area of the country. If you have a suggestion for an additional icon of the region, please get in touch. Take the “Banner Pictures” link in the side menu for further details.
The Watsonian Rifle Club have announced details of their forthcoming Open Meeting. It will be held on 2nd and 3rd December at their range at George Watson’s College, Colinton Road, Edinburgh.
The competition consists of 60 shots at 25 yards shot in six 10-minute timed details (not necessarily consecutive). There are 5 classes A-E with additional prizes for Under 21, Under 18 and Under 15’s, and there are also Veterans, Ladies and Team competitions. Catering is provided both days. Further information and entry forms can be requested here.
Entries can be made on the day subject to range space.
Well glory be! The Commonwealth Cities match result has just come through and Edinburgh won again. Quite comfortably over Auckland. Take the County Teams link in the top menu to see the scores.
Massive congratulations to all who shot in these three winning teams (see posts below).
The only thing left is to win the Women’s equivalent match in the BSA Cup format. We haven’t entered this one for a few years but I’m sure we have five ladies who would do us justice. Many readers might not know that Watsonians’ team of three have in recent years been regular winners of the National Women’s League Division 1 so a core of the required talent is here.
Lothian have won the BSA Cup for the first time in its history (as far as anyone knows). We have been runners-up several times in the last few years but this time we take the top step on the podium. Congratulations to the team.
Take the Indoor teams>NSRA Annual matches dropdown from the County Teams menu item above and the BSA Cup button there to see the scores.
Having won the Cities & Boroughs (see below) we await the result of the Commonwealth Cities match which should be out soon to see if Edinburgh/Lothian have won all three of the major annual competitions we enter. That would definitely be a first.
Edinburgh finished one place better than last year and once again won the Cities & Boroughs match, winning the C&B Trophy and also the Wyllie, Barr & Ross subsidiary trophy for the best Scottish team (we were the only Scottish team, but we don’t need to mention that!).
Congratulations to Susan Jackson and Ollie Barron of Watsonians on having the joint top score of 299. Susan also top-scored the winning team, again with 299, as long ago as 1998 (but we might not need to mention that either).
Take the County Teams/Indoor teams dropdown above then the C&B button on that page to see the Edinburgh team scores.
Balerno & Currie Rifle Club will be holding their popular Open Meeting on Saturday & Sunday 11th & 12th November.
The course of fire is two 30-shot competitions plus an aggregate in four classes, with a concurrent Junior competition along with Pairs and club teams of three. There is a trophy for each Class winner plus unique BCRC medals to be won. The first detail each day is at 10am. Catering will be provided and ammunition will be on sale if required. The use of breech flags is mandatory.
To request an entry form, please email this contact. Entries will be accepted on the day subject to available range space.
The Fixtures Meeting for the Shoulder-to-Shoulder league will be held at Prestonpans range on Thursday 28th September commencing at 7.30.
Unfortunately the League Secretary will not be there himself. He will be on a holiday delayed at the last minute thanks to Hurricane Irma and his absence was not planned. Yours truly has volunteered to try to keep order in his place.
The closing date for entries to both the Shoulder-to-Shoulder and Team Postal leagues is next Monday (11th). Please get them in in time.
The date and venue for the Fixtures Meeting will be announced as soon as possible.