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Central Scotland

Central Scotland

Branch information and events


16 Nov Game Cookery Evening,  SRUC Elmwood, Cupar, 6.30pm

Branch contacts

Chairman Ron Smith This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  01337 860824
Secretary Iain Semple This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  07790 764340      


Game Fair - Scone July 1-3

Central Branch again assumed responsibility for organising and setting up the BDS stand at the Scottish Fair in July.  With the exception of the odd daily shower we were blessed with fine weather and good overall attendance on all days meant that we were kept busy throughout.  We were pleased to welcome BDS Training Manager, Glyn Ingram, to the stand and he was able to answer many of the training questions which arose over the weekend.

This year we had an additional attraction in what proved to be a very popular trophy measuring service.  Colin Johnston and Alistair Monkman were kept busy the whole weekend and indeed there were times when the number of heads appearing threatened to monopolise the whole tent space!

Throughout the weekend members from all the Scottish Branches helped to run the stand.  We are very grateful to all those who willingly gave their time to meet and greet visitors and to answer their many questions.  Many thanks also go to those who helped with setting up before and dismantling afterwards. Another very successful Fair.

Branch Shoot - Blair Atholl  Aug 7

A disappointingly small group of members met at the Jubilee Range at Blair Atholl on August 7th for our annual competition.  The morning was taken up with practice followed by the competition.  [This followed the same Course of Fire as was proposed for the interbranch shoot later in the month].  This year's worthy winner was Colin Johnston with Iain Semple as runner up.

Tutorial Group

As mentioned in previous Branch Notes, Central Branch has been running monthly tutorial evenings over the winter/spring months for a number of people who were using Ultimate Deer Data and/or the Training Manual to study for their DMQ Level I.  This culminated in an Assessment Day on July 23rd for the nine candidates, run by BDS Assessor Maitland Rankin.

Having received many positive comments about the format of this programme, the Committee will consider offering a similar series of evenings this coming winter if there is a sufficient level of demand.  If any members are considering studying for Level I and would like more information, please contact Ron Smith of Iain Semple.

Contact by e-mail

If you have not already done so could we remind you to keep your e-mail and mobile contact details up to date with HQ.  We would like to be able to use these to keep all members informed about future events and changes.  We cannot store this information locally - it has to be done through HQ - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Student Support

Our long association with SRUC Elmwood game-keeping students continues, culminating in the Annual Awards Ceremony on May 27th.  Central Branch had enrolled all the game-keeping students as members of BDS early on in their course and were then delighted to present a prize to the top DMQ Level 1 student, Thomas McCurley from Dumbarton.  This took the form of enrolment for his Level II portfolio during his future employment.  We wish him success in his chosen career.


The Branch is looking to develop a Facebook page to improve communication with our members.  This is being produced by committee member Ed Fenton and we hope to have it operational soon. 

Future Events

Game Cookery Evening, November 16

This popular social evening is scheduled to take place on Wednesday November 16th within the Hospitality Training Facility at SRUC Elmwood, Cupar. Aperitifs and canapes will be served from 6.30pm followed by a short cookery demonstration.  Thereafter guests will be able to enjoy a full range of game-based dishes prepared by the students, accompanied by specially selected wines.

Prior to this Central Branch is again sponsoring a Game Master Chef Competition for the students.  The winner will present her/his dish as part of the meal.

To book for the evening please contact Ron Smith.