Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter – September 2013

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter

September 2013 Updated
This Newsletter can be found at the above link.

Details for the St Giles day service at Imber Church have just changed and the Newsletter reissued.

Users of Salisbury Plain can now get up-to-date information about the training area thanks to the launch of the MOD’s new ‘hashtag’ #modontheplain. The new hashtag will make it easy to stay abreast of everything that’s happening on the Plain and will be used to communicate information including: firing times (and changes), access news, updates on range fires and other public safety issues. The hashtag has been launched by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), which Twitter users can follow under the name @MOD_DIO.
Plain Watch now has an e-mail address

5 – 8 Sep. 7th Armoured Brigade will conclude their Afghanistan operational pre- deployment training Ex PASHTUN DAWN. Large convoys of vehicles will be departing from Salisbury Plain on Friday 6
September and throughout the weekend 7/8 September. Some disruption may be caused to civilian traffic at tank crossings across the Plain and on the A303, A360, A345, A338, A3026 and Chitterne/Tilshead roads.
19 – 30 Sep. 1st Independent Mortar Battery, Royal Netherlands Marine Corps that served in Bosnia in 1996 as part of a British led NATO force will train on SPTA and fire on Larkhill ranges.
23 – 30 Sep. Two Territorial Army units, the Royal Wessex Yeomanry in Challenger tanks, and the Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry in WIMIK Land Rovers will conduct armoured and reconnaissance training across the whole Plain.
25 – 26 Sep. Land Warfare Centre Armoured Division Troop Commanders course conduct two day familiarisation on Challenger tanks in the West and Centre of the Plain.

Late firing on Larkhill Ranges on: 3, 5, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26 Sep.
Live firing on Salisbury Plain (East): Nil
AS90 Firing from Tilshead, Chitterne, Shrewton triangle: Nil

NOTE. There will be 2 x live weekends in September: Sat 14 & Sun 15 plus Sat 21 & Sun 22 Sep.
Complaints about Firing Noise should be made to (01980) 620819.
Military Flying – Helicopters, Hercules (C130) and fast jets may be active at any time. Fox Covert & Everleigh Dropping Zones will be active for most of the period.

Complaints about low flying should be made to 0207 218 6020 or e-mail These details have changed.

Provisional Dates for Major Exercises.

During the following exercise access may be restricted on
Larkhill Ranges and in the Chitterne – Shrewton – Tilshead Triangle north of the B390.
27 Aug 13 – 5 Sep 13 Ex PASHTUN DAWN
11 Nov 13 – 25 Nov 13 Ex WESSEX THUNDER
28 Apr 14 – 5 May 14 Ex PASHTUN DAWN
11 Jun 14 – 25 Jun 14 Ex WESSEX THUNDER

Access to SPTA is regulated by Salisbury Plain Military Lands, Bulford, Larkhill and Imber Range Byelaws. Always comply with local signs and flags. Rights of way in Range Danger Areas are closed when red flags are flying.
This Newsletter is published up to 6 weeks before the event and changes may occur. Access timings for the next week can be found on the SPTA Walks Line: (01980) 67 4763.

Larkhill Ranges. No firing is planned for: 1, 7, 8, 28, 29 Sep.
Note: Due to the risk of “cook off” from unexploded ordnance the range is closed during fires.
Bulford Ranges. No firing is planned for: 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 28, 29 Sep.
Imber Ranges. The public are excluded except when the roads are specifically opened.

Summer Opening Dates. Dates remain from 1600 2 August to 0800 23 Aug.
St Giles Day Service. The service will be at 1500 on Saturday 21 Sep (with access from Warminster only). The convoy will leave the Warminster Vedette Post on the Imber Road at 1415.
Service of Remembrance. The Remembrance Service is on Saturday 9th Nov (with access from Warminster only). Details to follow.
Provisional Christmas and New Year Dates. Planned dates are: 1600 20 Dec 13 – 0800 6th Jan 14.
1. Even when roads are open the village and buildings remain out of bounds to the public.
2. Dates may change if operational training needs dictate.
3. Church opening times can be found at

What Can You Do to Reduce Crime on Salisbury Plain?
If a crime is taking place call 999 and do not challenge the offenders.
Report suspicious activity to PLAINWATCH (01980 674700) or
The more information received the better e.g. time, place, vehicle registration, description of individuals and vehicles.

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