Saturday morning saw the Club hold a very successful ‘Come and Try’ event. Ipswich’s Ripley Range held host to 19 eager new comers to long range target shooting. Anticipation was high with members arriving from around 7am to prepare for the event. By around 8.15am the first participants began to arrive at the clubhouse and were signed and presented with their information packs ready for the days activities. By 9am the group headed down to the 6oom range and were champing at the bit to fire their first slug. All shooters were crowing with excitement throughout the morning. Even blustery conditions were not enough to put a dampener on the day. At the conclusion of their course of fire the new-comers congregated at the club house to enjoy the hospitality of club members with a sausage sizzle and a cold drink before heading home with glistening grins and chipper tales of the wonderful morning they had experienced.
IDRC would like to extend special thanks to Ipswich City Council for their grant support and of course the success of the day could not have been such without the volunteers who made it so. All your help, from coaching to cooking and everything in between (even a smile in the direction of an anxious visitor) was outstanding. It is ventures like these that make the mettle of the Ipswich and District Rifle Club gleam – what a great institution to be a part!