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4 January 2012

The Christmas rush is over and as thoughts turn to new year's resolutions, it seems like a good time to highlight a few website updates and to look forward to 2012.

2011 closed with an enjoyable get together and celebration of the year's achievements at the County dinner at the end of November, with John and Sheila Menard as guests of honour (news and pics here). The same weekend saw a sold out Surrey air gun and pistol open, also held at Bisley, at the Lord Roberts Centre, with wins for some Surrey shooters (news here). Last but not least, Surrey prone rifle teams won both the County Cup and Women's long range championship, so congratulations to the teams. Details and scores can be found here.

Looking back, it was a busy and eventful year in the County, including the return of the LSR Open (which we hope to build on this year as we have a new trophy to award), entries were up at the prone open, we won the Queen Alex at Bisley in August, a new website was launched and all the hard work continued behind the scenes by the organisers and scorers in the various leagues and competitions.

The new website continues to be updated with scores for all the winter postal competitions and other news and information, including the latest short range postal championship results (register here for access and news updates). A calendar of shooting related events is here, although at the time of writing we’re not sure what is or isn’t happening about tickets for the ISSF World Cup at Woolwich in April.

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You can now get updates of news and when new scores have been posted from our Twitter account.

Contributions please

On the subjects of the website, news and diaries, if anyone has anything to contribute on club or other small-bore shooting relating news, information or articles (including any interesting web links), please get in touch via the enquiry form. For example, I’ve just spotted a link on the ISSF website to a library of ISSF News magazine general, rifle and pistol coaching articles:

Help needed

We are still looking for helpers to get involved with gathering and preparing information for the website and co-ordinating coaching opportunities for shooters in all disciplines. These roles are not intended to be too onerous; the communication role is about encouraging and sub-editing news and other contributions for publication and the coaching role does not need a qualified coach, but someone who is committed to identifying and encouraging development opportunities at all levels, as an adjunct to the invaluable work that goes on, week in week out, at clubs. If you or anyone you know might be interested in either of these committee roles, please do get in touch to discuss.


In addition to the LSR Club Instructor course in January, there is a possibility of another Mike Babb (indoor) coaching weekend, at this stage probably during March, if there is interest, so please do email if you would like to know more. I should stress that this is intended and useful for prone shooters at all levels and sessions can be tailored to meet individual requirements. There is a short article about the October outdoor coaching weekend that explains things a bit more here.


This year sees the pinnacle of achievement in some small-bore shooting disciplines on home soil, at both the ISSF World Cup in April and the Olympic Games in the summer, so fingers crossed for successful events and some decent coverage… and good luck to all involved. In the meantime, if you want to see some shooting on TV, if you get it, you could do worse than having a look at the live coverage on Eurosport of the IBU Biathlon World Cup, which restarts at round 4 in Oberhof 4 – 8 January ( and continues until mid March (it’s worth recording the full length live versions).

On behalf of the Committee I wish you all the best for 2012 and good shooting!

Kind regards


Peter Jones