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Mike Coutts

It is with great sadness that we write to inform members of the death of D.M.J. ('Mike') Coutts from cancer on Monday 16th January.

A NRA member for more than 40 years, Mike was a distinguished TR shot, particularly at a young age. He shot in his first HM Queen's Final in 1974, aged just 16 years 3 months, whilst still a pupil at Gresham's, and went on to gain 10 more HM Queen's final badges, as well as 5 Grand Aggregate crosses. An Atheling in 1975, he toured with the GB senior team three times, twice to Canada (1977 and 1983) and once to the West Indies (1986). He also shot twice for England in the National Match (1980 and 1991) and was a reserve for the 1983 England Mackinnon team.

A regular visitor to Bisley, he was a stalwart member of Norfolk County teams for many years, as well as both the North London Rifle Club and the Wandsworth Full-bore Rifle Club.

In recent years he bore his illness with great fortitude and little fuss, typical of the calm and thoughtful individual that he was.

Details of Mike's funeral are below and can also be found on the Funeral Service website link below:

Wednesday 1st February 2017 @ 11.30am
West Berkshire Crematorium, Bath Road, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 4LD
Between Reading and Newbury, just south of junction 12 of the M4

Reception afterwards in Goring Village Hall, Oxfordshire, RG8 9AG

Please send an email to if you are planning to attend, so that numbers for the Reception afterwards can be estimated.

No flowers please. Donations instead to Prostate Cancer UK via Howard Chadwick Funeral Service:

On-line via their website:

By post: 33 Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 8ED
Or there will be a collection on the day of the funeral

Updated: 20-Jan-17 (Original posting: 18-Jan-17)

Maj. R. J. 'Bob' Aitken
It is with very great sadness that we must inform you that Maj. R. J. 'Bob' Aitken passed away over the weekend. Bob was a great servant and stalwart of Scottish shooting, representing Scotland 26 times in the National and 21 times in the Mackinnon (including 6 times as Captain of each). He also toured twice with Great Britain, captaining the team to New Zealand in 2003. His service to our sport was widely recognized, so much so that he was elected a Vice-President of the NRA. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

The Funeral service will be at Warriston Crematorium, Lorimer Chapel,Edinburgh on Saturday 29th October at 11.00am to which all are welcome.

Family flowers only please.

Collection for Poppy Scotland.

He will be greatly missed.

Best regards, Tim Kidner

Click Here To view Bob Aitken's Obituary

Updated: 25-Oct-16 (Original posting: 17-Oct-16)

John Light 1927 - 2016

John Light passed away peacefully at his home in Lightwater on Thursday 16th June, with his family around him. John was the much loved husband of Molly, father of Janice and Richard, grandad of Steven, Abi, Fizzy and Libby.

John is sadly missed by his family and friends. His laughter, sense of fun, charm, kindness and eccentricity leave a big gap in all their lives.

John Light in his Workshop

For more about the life of John Light Please click here

Updated: 21-Nov-16 (Original posting: 12-Sep-16)

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