A joint meeting was held recently involving the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer of each Association. The meeting was held with the objective of planning ahead for a merger next May. Topics discussed included proposals for a title for the new organisation, and an outline timetable of events.
The name of the new organisation is likely to be ‘Lothian and Borders Target Shooting Association’.
The mechanics of the merger are currently being discussed with the NSRA.
The Watsonian Rifle Club has announced details of their forthcoming Open Meeting. It will be held over the weekend of 7th & 8th December 2019 at their range at George Watson’s College, Colinton Road, Edinburgh.
This is a 5-class meeting consisting of 60 shots at 25 yards. Competitors will shoot in three squads (not necessarily consecutive) consisting of two 10-minute details each with one target per detail. Sighting diagrams will be provided with each target.
There are concurrent competitions for Under 21, Under 18 and Under 15’s, and there are also Veterans, Ladies, Open & Junior Team and Open & Junior handicapped Pairs competitions. Catering is provided on both days.
The meeting consists of two 30-shot competitions in four classes, shot in six 10-minute details (which need not be shot consecutively). There are also Ladies, Junior, Pairs and Team (of 3) competitions.
Catering will be provided (bacon rolls a speciality), so there’s no need to bring your own lunch.
As regular readers will be aware, the Lothian Smallbore Shooting Association and the Scottish Southern Counties Association have committed themselves to a merger, to take place officially at our AGM next May. The name of the new organisation has not yet been decided, but it’s certain that it will need a new logo/emblem/symbol to represent it on this (re-branded) website and on document and report headings etc.
If anyone reading this has the requisite skills and facilities to devise and/or create such a new design and is prepared to take the task on, then please use the Contact us link above to get in touch with the site administrator in the first instance, and your interest will be passed to the committee. It would be kind of any professional designers who might wish to contribute if they could donate their time and expertise pro bono, but a small award might well be made to the winning designer.
FYI the SSCA currently does not have a logo. The committee has not issued a design brief, so you’ll just have to use your imagination on how to represent visually this large part of southern Scotland in a smallbore shooting context. I imagine the yet-to-be-decided name could be tacked on round the edge. If you have an idea for a design but don’t have the computer skills or the graphical applications on your computer to translate it into an electronic form, then sketch it out and send it in anyway as someone else could do that bit.
However, please note that any design should not contain any traditional heraldic symbols (I think they’re called ‘devices’). Unless we are prepared to go through a lengthy and no doubt expensive approval process (which we’re not) then ‘amateur’ designs like ours that do so are definitely frowned upon by the Lord Lyon King of Arms. Over the years I have been half-expecting a call from him telling us to cease and desist using the current logo immediately as it certainly contains items of that nature.
The Fixture Meeting for the 2019-2020 season’s Shoulder-to-Shoulder league will be held at the Prestonpans RC range on Thursday 26th September 2019 at 7:30pm. A representative (or two if you wish) from each club entering the league MUST attend this meeting.
Club Reps should bring with them their likely shooters’ names, plus any reserves, along with their current averages. This will save the League Secretary some time when putting the season’s programme together.
Note that the closing date for entries is Monday 9th September.