Bideford Target Shooting Club is within sight of opening phase one of its new facilities at its Melbury Ranges.

Starting from a derelict and overgrown water works site at the end of 2014, the club’s new home has been transformed into a top class firing point building and a 100yd range, which is now almost complete.

A grant of £75,000 from Sport England a year ago meant that the club could start to put its long held plans into operation.

Working closely with local firms, work began with the demolition of all the old water tanks and clearance of the site.

In the early spring, the reinforced concrete firing point was laid, and the steel framework arrived in May and was installed within a week with the roof going on a week later.

At the same time, the ground works were started to level the range and build the butt stop to national specifications.

In July, the wood cladding arrived and with help from club members was all in place within a month ready for the fitting out of the interior, which includes stores and a disabled toilet.

Many working parties were organised throughout the year when the club widened the entrance splay, built a dry stone wall, laid hedges along the driveway and cleared ground for a nursery bed for tree saplings donated by the Woodland Trust.

In October, the club held an open weekend for local residents to see the progress of the project so far.

Bideford TSC plans to have the works completed and get the range operational by this summer.