Two years later, and just shy of his 90th birthday, the Mounteney Jephson Memorial Rifle Club’s oldest member has done it again.
During the summer, in the Sussex county lightweight sporting rifle competition, John Gilbertson from Pulborough again emerged triumphant in his division of this growing, highly disciplined and competitive sport.
All the members of the club offer their heartfelt congratulations to him on this phenomenal achievement.
However, this time he was not alone, other members of the club also won their divisions, and those that did not win were, on the whole, placed in the top three in their respective divisions.
With the start of the winter season now just around the corner, the club has not only got John and the rest of the summer shooters competing, but also new members who have joined the club, but too late to be trained to a sufficient level in order to compete.
With the shooters’ ages spanning 77 years from the youngest to the oldest, and divisions within the competition to accommodate all levels of ability, we are looking forward to more awards at the end of the season.
As for the prone rifle shooting, we are still able to participate at a club level, and this year we have two junior members shooting in the National Small-bore Rifle association, national counties league, for Sussex. We know they will do their best and do the club and county proud.
With over 112 years of history as a club, and never having been the largest by any means, during those years, we have consistently trained members who have gone on to represent the club, the county and the nation; not bad for a small, rural club.
Report contributed by Fittleworth Rifle Club.