Government support young ELEY shooters

The Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport; the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP has opened a new target sports range facility at Farncombe & Godalming Rifle Club in his South West Surrey constituency.

The Secretary of State unveiled a plaque on Saturday 15th October 2011 to mark the occasion. The new range offers some of the best quality facilities available for 25yd small-bore target shooting in the South of England, and will allow Farncombe & Godalming Rifle Club members to prepare for international competition and train effectively during winter conditions.

A further presentation was also made by the Secretary of State to the club’s secretary, Bernard Smith, who received both a Distinguished Service Medal to celebrate 25 years of continuous service in his post, and a Special Services Diploma to recognise his contribution to target rifle shooting over the past 50 years. The awards were organised by the sport’s governing body, National Small-bore Rifle Association.

The completion of the new range is a triumph for the local volunteer club members. Costing over £51,000 to complete, half has been raised from club members and other individual donations, with members marshalling all their skills and carrying out most of the building work themselves to keep costs down. The other half has been raised from grants, and the club is particularly grateful to the Foundation for Sport and Arts (£10,000), SITA Trust (£7,060), National Lottery (£5,000) and Grassroots (£3,421) for their substantial contributions to make the construction possible.

Support from local business has been critical to the range’s completion. Since the start of the project in 2006, plant hire specialist in Godalming; Jackson & Gocher, has provided all the necessary plant free of charge, which has proved to be a tremendous boost to the project.

During 2011, Farncombe & Godalming Rifle Club members have achieved notable shooting success using ELEY, with a number of members representing Great Britain, England and Surrey; including rising junior star, Sebastian Fomin, who won a bronze medal in international competition in Germany. Five members won their respective divisions in the Surrey 50 yd individual competitions during the summer, and member; Mike Batty, won the Surrey Long Range Championship in a thrilling final against top shots from all over Surrey. Farncombe & Godalming Rifle Club teams are prominent in national and regional leagues with three out of four teams winning their divisions last winter. The club fields over 70 entries in seasonal competitions.

More information about Farncombe & Godalming Rifle Club can be obtained by visiting the club website on