Target club could be forced to close
Property needs £10,000 for repairs to its roof
A 109–year old gun club in Callander is in danger of folding if it can’t find £10,000 to carry out repairs to its clubhouse.
Callander Target Sports Club could be forced to close if it can’t source vital funds to fix a leaking roof before the winter.
Problems with the roof of its clubhouse has led to water seeping into the building, causing dampness and damage to equipment and furnishings.
The group has managed to save up £5,000 in recent years towards the cost of repairs, but needs an additional £5,000 by September or it could be forced to close its doors for good.
Club secretary Robert Farquhar said: “The roof was put on about 20 years ago and it was second hand metal sheeting at the time and we have patched it up a few times over the years.
“But it has got to the point where patching it up isn’t an option. The water is seeping in and we have internal plaster that is being damaged, there’s dampness and some of the equipment is rusting.”
The clubhouse is used five days a week by members and is also rented out to other groups, including Scotland’s Commonwealth shooting team as well as Police Scotland.
The group has around 60 members, aged between nine and 79, but Mr Farquhar said they could be left with nowhere to practice their sport.
“I would say we need to raise the money by September to carry out the repairs before the winter bites,” he added
“If we can’t, there’s a fear that we could be forced to close.”
Membership fees go towards the running of the club but would not be enough to cover the latest repair bill.
The club, located in Camp Place, near Roman Camp, has two multi–function ranges, with wheelchair access and can cater for handicapped shooters for pistol and rifle shooting plus air weapons.
The main range measures 25 metres and is used for .22 rim fire disciplines although it is officially approved for larger calibre weapons including black powder. The range is also utilised for .22 air rifle shooting and gallery shooting. There is also a small group who use it for knife throwing.
The second range is a 10 metre air discipline range with electrically operated targets and is used by less experienced shooters.
Firearms legislation prescribes two categories of membership, probationer and full.
Probation members can only handle weapons and live ammunition under the direct supervision of a full member. Full membership is only available to those who have completed the statutory three-month probationer period.
The club was founded in 1909, during the aftermath of the Boer War in South Africa. Field Marshal Lord Roberts, who commanded British Forces in South Africa, complained that the Boers were better shots than soldiers of the British Army, and his remarks prompted the formation of shooting clubs such as the one at Callander.
Callander Target Sports Club is affiliated to the National Smallbore Rifle Association (NSRA), the Scottish Small Bore Rifle Association (SSRA) and the Scottish Pistol Association (SPA).
The club has adopted a number of safety measures at its range. For example, the breech of a rifle must be kept open at all times other than when the rifle is being fired and weapons must not be handled while anyone else is forward of the firing point.
A rifle or air weapon must not be loaded until everyone else in the range is clear.
Anyone who wishes to support the club is asked to contact Mr Farquhar, by calling 07721 744229 or emailing robertfarquhar@aol. com.
Under threat Callander Target Sports Club (above)
Problem Urgent work (left) required to tackle problem of water leaking through clubhouse roof
Appeal The clubhouse includes a shooting range