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Branch information and events

Information on the British Deer Society (BDS) Yorkshire branch including events, news, and contacts.


25/27 October DSC 1 course at Askham Bryan College
20 November 7:30 pm - A NightMaster display of thermal sights and spotters, night sights and new torches  at Harewood House

Branch meetings

Yorkshire Branch meets on the third Wednesday of each month, except June, July, and August. See below for more information.

Branch contacts

Chairman Morris Charlton
Secretary Ron Christie  

Branch Areas

Postcode Area
BD Bradford
DN Doncaster
HD Huddersfield
HG Harrowgate
HU Hull
HX Halifax
LS Leeds
S Sheffield
WF Wakefield
YO York


Richmondshire Rifle & Pistol Club Range Days

All are at Catterick ranges on Sundays 9 am to 12 noon unless otherwise stated

As always please introduce yourself to the RCO when you arrive and if possible let them know you are attending on

As always they may be cancelled by the Military at short notice but we endeavour to get information to you when it happens.

Autumn/Winter Programme

Activities being planned around the demand and will be revealed as they are finalised and will include courses for Dogs for Deer; First aid +F, DSC1 as well as topical discussions and debates at Askham Bryan College.

Branch AGM

The AGM was held on January 23 at Askham Bryan College, York, with a small group of members present. The Chairman’s Report included thanks to our committee members: Tony Charlton, Simon Crook, Brian Sweeney, Craig McNeil, Bob Holmes, Steve Lister, Ron Christie, and Darren Harford without whose help and support 2018 -2019 would not have been such a successful year. In addition, thanks are due to Peter and Rosemary Netzel, Robin Ludlow, Jeff Gibson, Roy Kemp and Ian MacDonald who helped at a variety of events and shows. In addition, we have received help and support for non-members John Lockwood and Anne Bellerby. I would consider 2019 to have been an exceptional year with the holding of two DSC1 courses, two First Aid Courses and attendance at four shows along with the series of talks. The Askham Bryan courses had preparatory lessons to ensure students could manage the volume of work expected in the DSC1.

Once again it has to be said that without the dedication of a core element of branch members, totaling no more than 10 or 15 people, the coffers would be dangerously low and that is reflected in low attendance at branch meetings and consequent opportunities to accept donations or generate additional revenues. This core of dedicated members have cheerfully volunteered over 240 hours of attendance at shows and 100 hours to the DSC1 courses. In addition, there were a number of associated public events, talks, and walks.

The new committee was elected: Chairman - Morris Charlton; Secretary – no proposal or volunteer; Treasurer – Tony Charlton; Committee members - Craig McNeil, Simon Crooks, Brian Sweeney, Steve Lister, Bob Holmes, Tony Hall, Ian Donaldson, and Sebastian Rowe. There will also be co-option of members as required.