The Newtown Estate was purchased by the then TAVRA from Sir John Simeon of the Swainstone Estate in 1911. 800 Acres was then designated as a Range & Training area for the training of troops, Royal Engineer Troops based at nearby Fort Victoria were called in to help clear the ground and construct two butts, stables, a canteen, and a Range House. On May 24th 1912 construction was complete and advance parties arrived to erect tents.
Jersey Camp as is today was built in 1989, replacing an old wooden hutted camp. The funding for the build came from the Jersey Government, hence the name Jersey Camp.
The facility is owned and managed by SE RFCA.
Newtown Training Area
Newtown training area will accommodate exercises up to Squadron/Company strength. The full 810 acres is a NO Vehicle training area available as long as the range is not in use. The coastline bordering the north side is ideal for beach landings (No Vehicles) and a creek running for two miles along the western boundary provides an area that is suitable for watermanship training.
Helicopter training can take place on the area and the Range Officer can advise on landing sites and other restrictions.
The range is a 300 metre 10 lane gallery (Hythe frames) range and a 25-metre pistol range. The 25-metre range cannot be used when the 300-metre range is in use. No tracer, night firing and limited use of Machine Guns are permitted on the range.
During live firing an adult sentry (18yrs) is to be provided by the unit and posted on Shepherds Hill as lookout prior to firing commencing. There is a requirement for Flags to be flown for both 300m and 25m ranges whilst in operation, these are to be hoisted by the Duty Range Warden before firing commences.
The range opening times are as follows:
- Wednesday and Thursday – 0800 to 2130 hours (or ½ hour before last light in winter)
- Saturday and Sunday – 0800 to 1700 hours
For Operational reasons the Ranges may be utilised outside of these timings.
Clay Shooting can also be conducted in the area of the 25M Range.
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