Mind­less van­dals

Air Gunner - - Your Letters -

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.

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