In September 1975 I arranged for the National Air Rifle & Pistol
Association to bring their road show to Basingstoke to help me form
an air rifle club. It was well attended and 32 people signed up to start
a club. So BARPC was born and my 23 years as secretary began.
We moved premises many times and eventually settled on the East Oakley
village hall which we still use today to shoot 10 m rifle and pistol.
During this time we held many major open competitions and when Airgun
World held the first outdoor competition we followed up three weeks
later with an outdoor Field Target style event at Bramley Army Camp.
This attracted around150 entrants. Shortly after this Basingstoke Council
offered us the use of the derelict walled garden at Down Grange and
we held many more successful events.
In 1980 the Council decided to renovate the Garden so in future we hired
Popham woods for our open competitions and again this facility is still
used. Fortunately Basingstoke council offered a 25 year lease on the
inner section of the garden and I am one of the trustees.
In 1985 I started to market a spring loaded target with over centre
trip mechanism under the trade name of Nockover Targets .This became
the standard for competitions world wide and was followed by the knock
up knock down practice types we all take for granted now.
A club is a collection of like minded people getting together to enjoy
their sport. “Ask not what your club can do for you -- ask what you
can do for your club” (Apologies JFK)