A BRIEF HISTORY OF TUBSLAKE SHOOTING CLUB
Tubslake Shooting Club was formed in the early 1990's by the former members of Cranbrook, Frittenden and Hawkhurst Rifle Clubs who had lost their rented ranges.They were also joined by the members of Rolvenden Rifle Club who had suffered the same fate with their range.
The club was very generously given a piece of land by the late Mr John Notman on which the club building now stands. After a number of planning issues, difficulties with the lie of the land and the proximity of tree roots which threatened to undermine the footings, building commenced with the help of a substantial lottery grant from Sport England and fund raising by members of all the founder clubs.
Above The opening ceremony of the range, performed by Modern Pentathlete Georgina Harland, and filmed by a crew from TVS
The range building was completed in the Autumn of 2001 and formally opened on Saturday May 18th, 2002 by the GB Modern Pentathlete and multiple gold medal winner Georgina Harland who was accompanied by representatives from Sport England.
Early in 2012 we completed an upgrade to the overhead baffles and stop butt of the 25 yard range which has enabled us to offer the opportunity for members to shoot centre fire rifles. Of necessity we will have to limit muzzle velocities and loads to protect the range and comply with our safety certificate. We do not permit the use of black powder weapons.
The committee of the club is keen to promote target shooting for all groups and was pleased to be able to include a facility for the blind who are able to shoot using specially adapted air rifles which respond to special targets and produce a sound through headphones which increases in pitch as the rifle is pointed closer to the centre of the target.