Michael Coombs

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Bideford Target Shooting Club is sad to report the sudden passing of Michael on December 18th 2017.

Michael joined the club in 2007 and completed the instruction course in 2008. In the years that followed Michael became a prolific and very much valued and driven member of the club and the club's committee shooting both .22 prone and air pistol at club and county standard; he was also the club's air gun captain.

Michael also gained his County Coach qualification and most recently achieved the I.S.S.F. pistol coaching qualification.

Recognised in 2017 by the N.S.R.A. with their Diploma award for services to shooting after being instrumental in helping with the building of The Melbury Ranges amongst many other things.

Within the club Michael was indeed a unique character who had plans to progress not only our club but the sport. A quiet and mild mannered gentleman with a determination to finish whatever he started and to bring more people into our club and sport.

There is not a single part of Melbury and Bideford Target Shooting Club that has not benefited from Michael's hard work and forward thinking and as a club we will do everything we can to see his projects completed and ensure that he is remembered and appreciated

Michael’s funeral on January 25th will be at 1.40 pm at Barnstaple crematorium. He will  be in his Club blazer and all associated with shooting are encouraged to wear similar regalia. Light refreshments will be provided afterwards at a venue to be decided. We have no information on flowers/donations but Michael had amongst his many interests one of exotic flowers and the wearing of an orchid would be appreciated by his family.