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South West England

South West England

Branch information and events


We wish all our members and friends a happy and prosperous 2017 and look forward to seeing many of you at the various events we have planned for the year so far:

18-19 March     Westcountry Game Fair, Shepton Mallet
26 March     Members’ Day and AGM, Powderham Castle, Exeter
21-23 April     DSC Level 1, Hockworthy, Nr.Wellington, Somerset
18-20 May     Devon County Show, Exeter
8-10 June     Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge
5 Aug     Parish Garden Party, Prideaux Place, Padstow
22-24 Sept     DSC Level 1, Hartland, North Devon

Branch contacts

Chairman Paul Messenger This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Secretary Carmen Hocking This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  



NRA Range Conducting Officers Course - Launceston, Cornwall, 6th & 7th May 2017 

The British Deer Society South West England Branch is offering its members an NRA RCO course, over the first weekend of May.

Successful candidates will receive an NRA RCO qualification, enabling them to conduct live firing on smallbore, gallery rifle, fullbore and high muzzle energy ranges.

The two day course will involve classroom training and practical elements on the indoor rifle range.

The course is being held at Trewortha Farm, Nr. Launceston, Cornwall.  Full course timings and a location map/directions will be issued on receipt of your course application.

The cost of the course is £69.30 (if an NRA member) or £77.50 payable direct to the NRA and a £20 BDS administration fee payable on arrival at the venue.

  pdf This NRA form must be completed (543 KB) and received by the NRA, no later than Monday 24th April. However prior to completing this form, please contact the Branch Chairman Mr Paul Messenger   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 07774 157162 for authorisation to attend (ref. bottom page 1 NRA form).

The course has a maximum capacity of 15 students and it is anticipated that places will be filled quickly.

We look forward to seeing you there.

2017 AGM and Members’ Day

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Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday 26th March at 12.15 at Powderham Castle, Kenton, near Exeter by kind permission of the Earl and Countess of Devon.

Following the extremely successful 2016 Members’ Day, our Chairman Paul Messenger has again arranged a Members’ Day around our AGM. This year we have the privilege of holding the event at Powderham Castle, the home of the Earl and Countess of Devon. Overlooking the River Exe, Powderham has been the seat of the Courtenays, Earls of Devon, for six centuries and presides over an extensive deer park.

Starting with registration and coffee at 9.30am, we have excellent speakers lined up followed by the AGM and a buffet lunch before we have the opportunity to view the park with its fine herd of fallow deer or take a tour of the Castle. For our event we shall have the use of the splendid Dining Room and Libraries within this historic castle.

Full details of the day along with a booking form will be sent to all South West Branch members in due course.

With regards to the AGM if anyone wishes to be appointed as an Officer of the Branch (i.e. President, Chairman, Secretary or Treasurer) they must inform me in writing at least 21 days before the AGM and be a paid- up member of the Branch. If anyone wants to join the Committee as an ordinary member, they need only make representation to the Committee on the day of the Meeting, but it would be helpful to know in advance so that we can ensure they are included in the vote.

Due to the unforeseen retirement of Committee Member David Webb who has been responsible for our merchandising we are looking for someone to take on this vitally important role within the Branch. It is sometimes challenging but also very rewarding and a great way to meet members and visitors alike at the country shows. Please contact our Chairman if this is something you may be interested in and would like to learn more.

Carmen Hocking