Members of shooting club set to sever ties

November 24 2021
Members of shooting club set to sever ties

Members of Worcester Norton Shooting Club are set to go their own way by severing their ties with Worcester Norton Cricket Club and Worcester Norton Croquet Club.

For years the three clubs have been united under the banner of Worcester Norton Sports Club.

That is set to change as moves to establish a community interest company (CIC) to help inject much-needed cash into the overarching club progress.

The shooting club is understood to be seeking to buy its ranges and run independently.

Kevin Fincher, chairman of Worcester Norton Community Interest Company, said: “Though not confirmed, as it currently stands the shooting club will not be part of the CIC but the cricket club and croquet will be.

“The project now has better defined costs, continues to seek a lease from Worcester Norton Sports Club Ltd and continues to seek additional funding from Lottery grants.”

It is hoped that a lease will be secured by the beginning of November, as an essential step in taking the CIC scheme forward.

Reporting on the scheme’s progress to members of Norton-juxta-Kempsey Parish Council, which he also chairs, Mr Fincher said “a lot of goodwill” had been generated by an event showcasing the CIC and its member clubs at the sports club’s grounds in Brockhill Lane on August Bank Holiday Monday. The event raised £3,700.

More than £1 million in grants is available for the CIC project, which would involve installing new changing rooms for the cricketers as well as a new multi-purpose sports hall.