Rifle club book ready for 100th

Coby Snowden with the Ashburton District Rifle Club centenary book.

A history book of the Ashburton District Rifle Club has been completed ahead of centenary celebrations next month.

The rifle club was first known as the Ashburton Defence Rifle Club and held its first shoot on December 10, 1921.

The 100 year milestone will be marked with a dinner event on December 10, followed by a special shoot the next day.

Organiser Coby Snowden said dinner numbers would be a maximum of 100 and there were still places available at the Hotel Ashburton gathering.

“We’ve got our fingers crossed that covid does not stop it happening, but if it does, we will postpone and hold it at a later date.”

Mrs Snowden has researched, written and compiled the history book over a number of months.

The 54 page book features photos, personal stories and facts and figures that will jolt the memories of past and present club members.

There are stories spanning the decades from the likes of Barry Hunt, Murray Lattimore, David Lusk and Don McLenaghen.

Club patron John Fleming, who is the longest serving member and has an association spanning 64 years, and Commonwealth Games shooter John Snowden also feature.

Information in the book has been taken from minute books, museum archives, club records and interviews.

Mrs Snowden said it had been a labour of love, but she was happy with the finished book and it was something that could be added to in future years.

The book costs $30 and has been printed locally by DPI.

Entry into the special celebratory shoot on December 11 will include the option of purchasing a commemorative rifle cover marking the club centenary and a number of local business have donated shooting prizes. For more information on the Ashburton District Rifle Club’s centenary email to johncoby.snowden@nullgmail.com