Torbay Fullbore Shooting Club
This thriving club meets near Newton Abbot in Devon
Our Range and its History
The Denbury Range was built by the US Army Corps of Engineers in 1942/3 and was used by a white Southern States regiment who were a combat medical element of the U.S. forces for D day. Their nickname was the Dizzy Dicers. Their sister regiment was black and based in Stover; they used to allow them into Newton Abbot on Fridays and the whites on Saturdays to prevent fighting. As they were destined for combat, the camp (now the prison) had a magazine rifle range built on next to the sewerage farm- also American built (its water dispersal conduits are very interesting). The original firing point was where the childrens playpark is at the top end of the present football fields, shooting down to our magnificent backstop. Look at the top of the wall and you can see where some Americans missed! They were equipped with the M1 Carbine and .45 ACP Colt Semi-Auto Pistol.
Over the last 10 years the Club has been steadily planting and enhancing the tree coverage at the Range. The purpose of this is to make it as sound proof as possible thereby precluding any future problems with our neighbours.
We have used mainly varieties of natural British trees and tried to make them as attractive as possible and this has resulted in the copse of Maple, Ash, and Hawthorn at the front entrance, a row of native English Cherries lining the start of the road merging into the Ash, Beech, and Field Maple between us and the playing field. Interspersed with these species are Horse Chestnuts (Aesculus Hippocastanum) and Birch. This year we are continuing the line with more of these species and a large Horse Chestnut in memory of our late Honorary Secretary Andy Cruse, and a large Ash in memory of Mrs Doreen Looker who served us well by answering an old Treasurer’s phone for very many years. The birds and other wild animals like it and it all goes to improve our range and its environment. Maurice has also been steadily thickening up the inner banks of the Range over the years, because as the ad goes “every little helps”. Anthony Woodwark and Maurice grow most of the current plantings of trees in their gardens and are always on the lookout for more. Incidentally any fruit trees would be greatly valued and appreciated.
Anthony G D Woodwark