About the Club

Chichester Rifle and Pistol Club is a Community Amateur Sports Club.

We are a Home Office Approved firearms club.  This allows us to train members in the safe use of firearms and give them access to club rifles and ammunition.

We are affiliated to the NSRA (National Small-bore Rifle Association) and the NRA (National Rifle Association) which are the governing bodies of the sport.

We are also members of the following County Shooting Associations:

  • Sussex County Small-bore Rifle Association
  • Worthing and West Sussex Small-bore Rifle Association
  • Hampshire Small-bore Rifle & Pistol Association
  • Portsmouth & District Small-bore Rifle & Pistol Association
  • West Kent Rifle League
  • Eastbourne & District Small-bore Rifle League

Our patrons are the Mayor of Chichester and Covers Ltd Chairman, Patrick Green Esq.

Management Committee

The Club’s Management Committee is made up from the following members:

Officers Responsibility
Ed Kent Chairman + Electrical maintenance
Roger Burton Secretary
John Peart Treasurer + Web master
Dave Bishop
Pete Leggett Membership Secretary, publicity, armourer
Iain Kerr Training
Bill Williamson Building Maintenance
Jeremy Paine Safety & Security Adviser
Steve Sadler Small-bore Captain

The Club has two trustees.

Richard Ellams Facilities Management
Chris Wade President

The Management Committee meets on the first Monday of the month (except for August) at 7:30pm.


Small-bore shooting activities at the club are covered by the NSRA Club Insurance Scheme.

All club members have personal liability insurance cover under the Club policy while taking part in Club activities.  However this does not cover members’ personal equipment at any time.  Those with their own rifles should arrange their own insurance cover and individual NSRA membership offers a suitable policy as part of their membership package. 

Safety & Security

Health and Safety

The Club’s Health and Safety policy is, to promote the health and safety of all those who use the Club, including contractors, through the encouragement of all users and contractors to engage in the establishment and maintenance of safe shooting and working practices via:

  • preventing accidents and work-related ill health through the provision of adequate control of health and safety risks arising from activities within the Club.
  • maintaining safe and healthy conditions, equipment and systems of work for all users.
  • implementing emergency procedures – evacuation in the case of fire or other significant incident.
  • providing such training and information as is necessary to all who attend the Club for whatever reason.

The Health and Safety Policy and Practices of the Club are set out in the Health and Safety Documents

The Club’s Management Committee has overall responsibility for health and safety at the Range.

The Committee member carrying out the role of Safety Adviser is delegated by the Management Committee to have day to day responsibility for the implementation of the Health & Safety policy and practices.

The following Committee roles have responsibility for specific items:

Item Person Responsible
Fire precautions and checks Safety Adviser
Information to contractors Secretary
Information to hirers Secretary
Insurance Treasurer
Maintenance of First Aid box Safety Adviser
Reporting of accidents Secretary
Risk Assessment and inspections Safety Adviser

Range Security

The Range is protected 365/24/7 against both fire and intruders. This is achieved using sensors on all entrances plus a variety of internal sensors within the building. The sensors are linked via multiple communication channels to a central monitoring facility who will summon the relevant emergency service of needed.

RCOs & Instructors


Whenever small-bore shooting takes place on the club’s Wellington Road range a Range Conducting Officer (RCO) has to be present to oversee and supervise the shooting.

All RCOs have received training in accordance with the NSRA Range Conducting Officer Course and are registered with the NSRA as RCOs.

The club has in excess of twenty RCOs who are on a rota and scheduled to be in attendance on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. It is the responsibility of any shooters who use the range outside of these hours to ensure that an RCO is present.


The Club has a number of NSRA qualified small-bore instructors. One or more will be in attendance on Saturday mornings for training and Wednesday evenings to assist probationary members.

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