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South West England

South West England

Branch information and events

We look forward to seeing many of you at the various events we have planned for the year so far:


6th,7th and 8th June  Royal Cornwall Show
28th/29th June Mini weekend at Trewortha Farm on Bodmin Moor

Branch contacts

Chairman Carmen Hocking
Secretary Sharif Adams

2019 News

Our Member’s Day and AGM was held on the 8th April at the Countryman, Sandford Courteney, near Okehampton.

The well-attended gathering was welcomed by Chairman Martin Lamb before we were entertained and educated by our speakers. Charles Smith-Jones talked about his experiences writing about deer and David Ireson gave us an interesting insight into Living with Deer through the ages.

Following the formalities of a brisk AGM, we had the pleasure of welcoming PC Martin Beck, the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary Wildlife Crime Officer. His riveting talk about rural crime, in particular, deer poaching, was overall to quickly before it was time for a carvery lunch. In the afternoon the proceedings continued with an excellent UK DTR talk and dog tracking demonstration.

The Committee elected on the day were:

President: Rosemary Bethell

Chairman: Martin Lamb

Vice Chair: Carmen Hocking

Secretary: Sharif Adams

Treasurer: Carmen Hocking

Training Officer: Paul Messenger

Committee: Ryan Brentnall, Hamish Dawe, Rob Durrant, Gary Elliot, Dom Moore

Martin Lamb subsequently resigned from his post. As per our Constitution, Carmen Hocking is now Acting Chairman and Treasurer.  Following a Committee Meeting Paul Messenger is now Acting Vice Chair in addition to Training Officer having been proposed for the position by Carmen and seconded by Hamish Dawe.

Events in 2019

We have a varied programme of events planned for 2019, including attending the Royal Cornwall Show on the 6th,7th and 8th June and a mini weekend at Trewortha Farm on Bodmin Moor on the 28th/29th June.  On the Friday it will be a fun night with clays, target shooting, and a barbecue before the serious business on the Saturday of the Branch Stalkers Challenge Cup competition.  We also have a High Seat Building demonstration day in the planning, the date to be arranged.

After careful consideration, it has been decided not to attend the Devon County Show this year.

On the 12th – 14th April we ran an extremely successful DSC Level 1 Course at Prideaux Place, Padstow. The excellent pass rate due largely to the exceptional training presentations, both in the classroom and on the range at Zelah, by Paul Messenger and Gary Elliot. Well done to all the students.  There are two further courses planned for this year, the next one will be in June at Blackawton, near Totnes and in September the course will be held at Hartland, North Devon.