I am writing to you with a heavy heart after arriving at my airgun club, Richings Park, only to see one of our shooting sheds burned to the ground. It is the work of vandals – they had also set other things alight on previous days. They also burned a lake clubhouse nearby to us. There would not be an airgun club if it were not for Gary Brooks. He built the shooting sheds and very nice they are too – like a home from home. He never stops working to improve the club and works on teaching newcomers how to shoot. His efforts are relentless and all for the love of airgun shooting. You can shoot all day for £ 6 and won’t meet a nicer bunch of people. We have people from South Africa, Australia, Poland and Russia, and from all over Britain, who come to shoot on our ranges and HFT course. I am hoping that you could print this because the same damage from mindless vandals could happen to any one of our airgun clubs. I can only hope that Richings Park Airgun Club gets the support it deserves. There is a link on the Benefit Boys Airgun Group if anyone would like to give a donation, or just a kind word of support. I can only hope that Gary can find the energy to carry on – he does work hard in the name of our beautiful sport. RICHARD ISAACS
Hello Richard My sister lives just across the way from the club and told me about this just after it happened. I feel so sorry for all those involved in trying to build something people could enjoy, that others feel the need to destroy. Like you, I hope the club can rise from the ashes and carry on welcoming people to enjoy their sport. I wish them all the best. Ed.