At the November meeting of the Shooting Council I spoke about the temporary cash flow difficulty that the Association found itself in due to the alteration of members’ subscription year end. This message has been badly misunderstood and the rumours circulating in social media are about the NSRA’s imminent financial demise. This is far from the truth of the matter.
The year end accounts for the group have not been prepared yet but I am confident that 2019 will show a profit for the year, and bigger than in 2018. And the budgets for 2020 show a further improvement.
That is not to say that 2019 has been without its difficulties. The Bisley Rifle Meeting was poorly attended and costs increased, resulting in a large loss for the meeting. We must not allow this to be repeated in 2020. So we must either restore the entries to the levels enjoyed a couple of years ago or take out costs, or both. If we cannot be confident of achieving this there will be a doubt over the meeting’s continuance in its present form.
The reason for our temporary cash flow difficulty was the alteration of members’ year end. Up to this year members paid a year’s subscription on a rolling year basis. But the insurance policy we have is for a calendar year. So there was a danger that some members might have been left uninsured for a period in the year as the years were not co-terminus. Now we have corrected this by adjusting all members’ subscriptions to a 12 month year ending on 31st December, which is the same as the insurance period. The implementation of this change has caused the problem, which is temporary.
There are about 4,500 individual members of the Association who pay an annual subscription. These members are entitled to certain benefits by reason of their membership. But there are a large number of members of clubs affiliated to the NSRA who are not members of the Association. The Association’s purpose is to act as the national governing body of small-bore and airgun shooting in the UK and to provide a service to its members. This service includes such things as having a dialogue with police, Parliament and government by being represented on bodies such as BSSC and British Shooting as well as providing advice and specialist help on range construction and maintenance and insurance. This service benefits all small-bore and airgun shooters and without it the sport could be threatened. So it makes sense that all who take part in its activities should pay their fair share of the costs of providing it.
John Lloyd, Chairman
Richard Watchorn, Honorary Treasurer
15th January 2020