Branch information and events
Read all about South East England branch's activities for 2019.
The BDS SE E Branch stand at Richmond Park
|5 & 6 October||
Christmas Shoot (all day with barbecue lunch) BSRC Bisley
|Chairman||Derek Stimpsonfirstname.lastname@example.org||07720 813989|
|Secretary||Neil Macfarlaneemail@example.com||07970 666169|
The first Branch Range Day of the year was held at the BSRC, Bisley on February 9. A good day’s shooting was enjoyed as members came and went and we had the opportunity to welcome some new members. Many thanks to the range team, who again managed to cover everything on the day despite the unavoidable absence of some RCOs.
MoD Competency training and assessment for the Shooter Certification Card was also held and the Branch intends to continue to run this course on a regular basis at future range days as required. Members who wish to sit the test should note that costs have risen to £40. This is sadly unavoidable due to the introduction of a new process which requires the NRA to undertake issuance centrally.
The Branch AGM was held immediately after this. During the course of the AGM, the following officers and committee were elected:
Chairman: Derek Stimpson
Vice Chairman: Sean Woodger
Secretary: Neil Macfarlane
Treasurer: David Jennings
Committee: Tim Cooper, Adrian Dagger, Joe Dale, Daniel Francis, Glen Poland.
The Chairman’s and Treasurer’s reports were presented and accepted during the proceedings and Alexsys Vankovs was also subsequently co-opted and is welcomed onto the committee.
Our Stalkers Shoot will be held on May 12 at the BSRC, Bisley. This is our main fund-raising event of the year – and probably the best attended – so provides a great opportunity to meet fellow members. Though shooting standards can be very high indeed, all are encouraged and very welcome to attend. It really is the taking part that matters.
For those attending, the Stalkers Test, Running Deer and Running Boar give members a fantastic opportunity to test themselves across a range of shooting disciplines.
Also thanks to the generosity of our members, the gun trade and other organisations, most attendees do afterwards have the opportunity to pay a visit to the table bearing the usual splendid array of awards. So even if you don’t walk away with the coveted Stalkers Cup Trophy, you probably won’t leave empty-handed. As usual entry is on the day but please remember to bring your FAC and Shooter Competency Certificate (SCC) if you have one, plus cash, ammunition (50 rounds of .22RF and 50 of the stalking calibre rifle should allow you to shoot the full programme) and your .22 RF if you want to shoot the Rat. If you don’t yet have a SCC you may shoot under one-to-one supervision. Payment of £25 covers the shooting (excluding re-shoots) and £5 covers the lunchtime game barbecue.
Members should also have the chance to undertake the MoD Competency Assessment at the start of the day. The course takes about 30 minutes followed by a multiple choice exam. Please confirm your intention to sit the assessment well in advance though since a minimum of two weeks notice is required to get the papers from HQ.
BSRC Inter-Club Shoot
The British Sporting Rifle Club Inter-Club Shoot is on April 27 this year and anyone wishing to shoot or enter a BDS team should please contact Adrian Dagger (07711 628481). Another potential date for the diary is the Autumn Inter-Club Shoot on October 13.
The two remaining Branch Range Days thereafter for 2019 will be:
July 14, (afternoon only)
November 17, Christmas Shoot (all day with barbecue lunch)
The Branch is very fortunate to be able to call on a dedicated and very capable display team – and of course our new trailer these days. At this point, the branch stand is expected to attend the shows indicated below. Dates are expected to be firm at time of going to press but please check the website for any changes. Please do come along to see what’s new and support the team.
June 8-9, Hartley Country Fair and Open Farm Day
July 5-7, Kent County Show
August 17-18, Biddenden Tractorfest & Country Fair
August 25-26, Edenbridge & Oxted Show
October 5-6, Ardingly Show
We may attend another show but the decision is still pending at the time of going to press. Watch the Branch page on the BDS website for up to date information.
Items for the stand
After another successful season, we are looking for antlers, skins, or other deer related items for the stand. These items are always very popular and sell out quickly. Many are provided by our volunteers themselves for display and for exchange for donations to BDS from the public. With the 2019 show season approaching, we are looking to stock up again now, please.
The Branch communicates almost exclusively through email as this helps keep costs down – and most members prefer this means of contact. So please can you check that you are still receiving our emails. Often after changing email addresses, one or two subscriptions can sometimes be omitted. Hopefully not the BDS!