OK. It is Scotland, it is November, and yes, the weather was awful.
BUT, the machine was hired and delivered and we had no option but to go and put it to use.
A special mention and thanks to Robert (Senior) who spent many hours and miles arranging machine and materials for the weekend.
Ten hardy souls attended the work day, including Ricky who is NOT a member, but certainly deserves to be one.
EVEN Colin’s riddling machine was unable to cope with the wet sand and it was decided to shift the backstop waste from one area and replace the sand from another. No mean task as the lead still has to be removed. It is therefore likely that the range, or part, will be closed until this can be achieved.
In hindsight, if we had had more helpers at the last maintenance days, this would have been completed. Members simply ARE NOT helping! Without the required maintenance, the range will not be fit for purpose. As a club, its members are expected to assist when they can, where they can. You will not be asked to do more than you can.
I almost forgot to mention that in the absence of Tam, Mrs T sent, by special delivery, a pot of home made lentil soup and fruitcake for the workers. It was a fortifying mix indeed and brightened the spirits. Thank you Mrs T!
The weather improved overnight, at least for the morning. Sixteen members attended, most of those the same as Saturday, the likely lads, joined by Tam who came to feed us for the last time as he wants to leave the catering so he can get some shooting time! Well done Tam, good move, and thank you for all your lovely grub over the past few years.
Workwise, Robert J and brother Ricky did some fantastic scientific management, and with the help of Jim D in the wonder machine, they transformed the swamp of a backstop into a working one. You would have to be there to appreciate the amount of work done and the clever use of man and machine.
Work also began on painting the outer building, but after many man hours the rain arrived and literally washed it all off!! See the photos to imagine the groans of grief.
Bill V, Jake and Joey went to work on the air weapons range preparation, still not complete but taking good shape.
Duncan put his skills to good use in making a frame and hanging a door for the kitchen area to help prevent the winter drafts.
Many thanks to all those who attended the maintenance days, many tasks done, many still to be completed.
I can only say again that all members must look to committing themselves to helping the club. You do not have to be skilled. Many hands make light work.
When you go on to the range to shoot, have a look around to what has been achieved and what needs to be done, and how you could be helpful.