Branch information and events
Read all about South East England branch's activities for 2017.
The BDS SE E Branch stand at Richmond Park
Range day and Branch AGM at BSRC, Bisley - 9am
Annual Stalkers shoot at BSRC, Bisley
Visit BDS at West Hoathly Game Fair and Country Show, East Chiltington
Visit BDS at London 10 Mile, Richmond Park
Visit BDS at Kent County Show (Detling)
Range day at Bisley, BSRC - pm
|30 Sept & 1 Oct||
Visit BDS at Ardingly Show
Rut walk, Richmond Park, Pembroke Lodge, 10.15 - BDS members welcome
Christmas Shoot at Bisley, BSRC
NRA Stalkers' Days at Bisley
BDS members in the SE will be familiar with the four range days that we hold annually on the BSRC range at Bisley. They may wish also to utilise the following new service offered by the NRA.
In seeking to extend range services and support a broader section of the shooting and stalking community the NRA are offering the zeroing and practice facility shown below. This is available to NRA members and also non members. It is possible to have a print of the target if you are testing loads.
We would be interested to hear from anyone who has used it.
Rut walk, Richmond Park, Pembroke Lodge - 14th October 2017, 10.15
This is organised by the Friends of Richmond Park and BDS members are welcome.
BDS Wildlife Tracking Workshops - 31st October and 1st November 2017
Members have the opportunity to attend two separate day long workshops developed by The Woodcraft School exclusively for members of the British Deer Society. These will be held on Tuesday 31st October and Wednesday 1st November, covering Track and Sign (including aspects such as foot morphology and identification of tracks, feeding signs, droppings, beds and resting areas) on Day 1 and Trailing (identifying and interpreting the sign to follow and locate the animal) on Day 2. As you read this, there may still be some places available – though numbers are limited due to the nature of the event. We would like to thank John Rhyder for his hard work organising and running these days.
BDS Highly Commended at the Detling Show
The SE E Branch stand was at Detling Show, Kent on 7/8/9th July run as usual by Linda Evans and her team of volunteers. They had a highly successful show with plenty of public interaction. As can be seen they were also awarded a "Highly Commended” certificate in the best specialist trade stand category.
A big thank you and congratulations to Linda and the team!
We will post the dates of further shows to be attended later this year as soon as they are confirmed.
We wish to pay tribute to Linda and David Evans who were tragically killed in a car accident on the 9th September 2017.
As many members will know, Linda was known as ‘the Deer Lady’ and was Vice Chair of the Branch. Linda and David's passion for deer, enthusiasm, hard work, wholehearted representation of BDS, especially at shows, and much else, were remarkable. They will be greatly missed by everyone, family, colleagues, friends, BDS SE E Branch and the Society. Our thoughts are with the family.
Linda’s son Joe will continue to assist on our show stand. We welcome his continuing participation and are very pleased that he will maintain his link with BDS and the branch.
Request for volunteers to help at shows
SE E Branch members will be aware of our calendar of events each year, which includes attending at least four shows each season. We consider a presence at the shows a vital part of the BDS public face and education process.
Linda Evans led the show team for a number of years. Following her tragic and untimely death we are having to reorganise the team but always need volunteers. This includes engaging with the public at these shows on all deer related matters and also BDS visiting members, as well as sales of equipment, and those antlers, skins, etc., presented by members which bring in donations to BDS.
We are glad that Joe Dale, Linda’s son remains very much part the team.
We are seeking to extend our group of volunteers who support the Branch and we are looking to those in the the SE E branch membership who would like to assist the branch at shows to come forward now.
Range day at Bisley - 9 July
We also draw your attention to our afternoon range day at the British Sporting Rifle Club, Bisley, our usual venue, on Sunday 9th July (pm only from 13.30). Static targets and the running deer are available (100m). Your usual deer legal rifle, ammunition, cash, plus your FAC, and Shooters Competency Card. Those who do not yet have an SCC may shoot under one to one supervision.
10 mile run, Richmond Park - 4 June
This was a major event and with our close relationship with the Park, the Branch was very pleased to be invited and to be able to participate and support the event. The event was a great success and well attended although participants were down - this was due, we understood, to the appalling terrorist attack in London. We thank the organisers CSM for their kind and substantial donation to the Society. We also took in a further substantial amount of donations and sales. We are very grateful to Linda Evans and the team for all the work they put in and also attending the two back to back events at different locations.
West Hoathly Game Fair & Country Show - 3 June
Our first fair this year was West Hoathly Game Fair & Country Show on 3rd June. A new show for us - there were plenty of visitors to our stand showing interest in deer.
Annual Stalkers' Shoot, BSRC, Bisley - 20 May
Our annual Stalkers Shoot took place at BSRC, Bisley on 20 May. Unusually this was on a Saturday due to the challenges of working around a very busy BSRC schedule. Attendance was somewhat down on last year. The Committee are investigating to what extent the change of day influenced this – and if we can avoid this in future. As always, we were pleased to welcome a number of new faces to the day. Members also enjoyed the presence of BDS sales care of Linda Evans.
The day started off with Shooter Competency Card assessments (now a regular feature), and after a good morning’s shooting the famous SEE Branch Barbecue – courtesy again of Daniel Francis. After some mixed weather the afternoon turned out fine and a full day’s shooting was enjoyed by attendees.
Particular thanks are due again to the range team for running another safe and successful event and to our many donors – whose generosity ensures that year on year we can provide a resplendent array of awards, and of course the Stalkers Cup. We know this is very much appreciated by all participants – and has become regular feature of our main shooting event of the year.
In the main event, Tim Cooper was the winner of the Stalkers Cup Trophy with a score of 100 and Ian Millward won the Hawkins Trophy (The Buck). Ian was followed by Adrian Larkin in second place. Tim Cooper and Brendan Rhodes finished third and fourth respectively, with Werner Wassenaar fifth. A good indication of the standard achieved on the day was that all five of these shooters had perfect scores of 100 – with placing down to group size only.
Other competition winners were:
The Swedish Deer Test: first Carel Bekker with 51, second Tim Cooper with 49 and third John Kynoch also on 49;
The Rat (.22RF): first John Kynoch 49 , second Susie Drew 60 and third David O’Dell 54;
The Ladies Buck: Lindy Larkin 99 (pictured below receiving the award) and the Ladies Rat Susie Drew 60;
The Classic Rat (Pre-1950 rifles): Adrian Larkin 48;
The Classic Buck (Pre-1950 rifles): Derek Stimpson (pictured below);
Interclub Match - 30 April
The Interclub Match was held on the 30 April. Sadly on this occasion we were unable to field a team due to other commitments. There is another match in the Autumn – and two next year. Members who may be interested in representing the Branch are asked to please make their names known to the Branch Secretary.
Range day, BSRC, Bisley and Branch AGM - 11 February
At BSRC Bisley on 11th February, we held our first 2017 event - a very successful range day which was much enjoyed by the twenty plus members who attended, despite a damp chilly day. Four members took their SCC card examinations.
This was followed by tea and cakes and the AGM.
Chairman’s report, Treasurer’s report and balance sheet were presented.
The officers and committee elected are:-
Derek Stimpson Chairman
Linda Evans Vice Chairman *
Neil Macfarlane Secretary
David Jennings Treasurer
Adrian Dagger Committee
David Evans Committee *
Daniel Francis Committee
Tim Cooper Committee
Sean Woodger Committee
Chris Howard and Nick Fullagar no longer continue on the committee were thanked for their past support.
* Linda and David Evans were tragically killed on 9th September 2017.
Many thanks to all those who have provided current email addresses - this really does simplify matters considerably (and help keep costs down). Will all members please ensure that we have an up to date email address for you on our records as this facilitates communication and reminders for events - especially where notice is short.