Branch information and events
We hold evening events on the first Tuesday of every month
These will be held at 7.30pm for 8pm at the Highlander Inn, which is between Ponteland & Belsay on the A697. It is hoped that having the events on a regular basis will encourage members and their guests to attend more frequently.
|12 March 2017||North East England Brand AGM, 4pm|
The AGM will take place at The Northumbrian Piper Inn, Fawdon House, 1 Fawdon Close, Gosforth, NE3 2AH.
Obituary - Jack Charlton
It is my sad duty to inform Members of The British Deer Society of the passing of North East England Branch Life Member Jack Charlton, on December 10th 2016 aged 89 years.
Jack was for many years a stalwart member of the Branch Committee and was heavily involved with training, and organised and ran courses leading to the Woodland Stalkers Competence Certificate (W.S.C.C.) which changed first to N.S.C.C. and then to the D.S.C Level 1 that we have today. Jack ran these courses at Eshott Hall and at Otterburn camp, and was a mentor to many aspiring stalkers.
I have heard it said that there is a book in everyone and Jack wrote three. He was born and brought up in Stanley, County Durham, and “Reminisces of a Grandad” was about his early formative years in his home town and his adventures in the surrounding countryside, and his passion and interest in nature, and natural history. “Dog Days Good Days” as the title suggests was a book written about the dogs that he owned and worked over the years.
Jack was a soldier and served with The Green Howards, The Parachute Regiment and The Northumberland Fusiliers in a long and distinguished career. “Soldiers We Were Virgins? We Weren’t” he wrote and had published in 2007 and he dedicated the book to members past and present of the “Best Army in the World”. Jack had a remarkably retentive memory and an eye for detail, I can recommend these books if you should be lucky enough to find copies.
On leaving the Army Jack worked at a school for wayward boys, and on retirement he moved to Belford in Northumberland where he spent his time keepering, stalking, shooting, and controlling moles in the area. He kept in touch with his many old friends & comrades and arranged along with Major A.W. Sexton hind stalking opportunities for snipers on an estate in Scotland on a number of occasions.
Jacks funeral was at St Andrews Church at Stanley on December 29th, and was a celebration of a remarkable life, his comrades were there to give him the “Fusiliers Send Off” that he earned and richly deserved, the branch was represented by Bede Maley, David Wood and myself. Some years ago Jack donated to the Branch the Jack Charlton Trophy, which is presented each year for the best head taken within the branch area, so he will be remembered; many lives are the poorer for his passing. Rest in Peace Jack.