Branch information and events
Read all about South East England branch's activities for 2018.
The BDS SE E Branch stand at Richmond Park
Range day and Branch AGM at BSRC, Bisley - see below
Annual Stalkers shoot at BSRC, Bisley - see below
Range day at Bisley, BSRC - pm
Christmas Shoot at Bisley, BSRC
|Chairman||Derek Stimpsonfirstname.lastname@example.org||07720 813989|
|Secretary||Neil Macfarlaneemail@example.com||07970 666169|
13th May - Stalkers' Shoot, BSRC, Bisley
Our Stalkers Shoot will be held on Sunday 13th May at the BSRC, Bisley. As always though, there is more to the day than just the shooting. This is our main fund-raising event of the year – and probably the best attended – so provides a great opportunity to meet fellow members. All are encouraged and very welcome to attend.
For those who would like to take part, the Stalkers Test, Running Deer and Running Boar, give members the opportunity to test themselves across a range of shooting disciplines - and hopefully afterwards pay a visit to the table bearing the usual splendid array of awards generously donated by members of the gun trade and other organisations. The prizes include a Leopold thermal tracker kindly donated by Viking Arms. This will go to the highest scorer on the buck target (re-entries included). For Branch members there is also the coveted Stalkers Cup Trophy. Entry is on the day but please remember to bring your FAC and Shooter Competency Certificate (SCC) if you have one, plus cash, ammunition (50 rounds of .22RF and 50 of the stalking calibre rifle should allow you to shoot the full programme) and your .22 RF if you want to shoot the Rat. If you don’t yet have a SCC you may shoot under one-to-one supervision. Payment of £20 covers the shooting (excluding re-entries) plus £5 to cover the usual splendid lunchtime game barbecue.
Members should also have the chance to undertake the MoD Competency Assessment at the start of the day. At a cost of £10, this is significantly cheaper than other options for attaining this qualification. The course takes about 30 minutes followed by a multiple choice exam. Please confirm your intention to sit the assessment well in advance though since a minimum of two weeks notice is required to get the papers from HQ.
10th Feb - Range day, BSRC, Bisley, followed by Branch AGM
We held a range day followed by tea and cakes and our AGM on Saturday 10th February at BSRC Bisley.
Some 20 members attended the day. Chairman’s report and treasurer’s reports were presented. The branch is in good financial shape.
The following were elected as Committee and Sean Woodger was elected as Vice Chairman:
Neil Macfarlane - Secretary
Derek Stimpson -Chairman
Sean Woodger - Vice Chairman
David Jennings - Treasurer
Adrian Dagger - Committee
Daniel Francis - Committee
Tim Cooper - Committee
Joe Dale - Committee
Glen Poland - Committee
2018 range dates were fixed and we will attend various shows dates to be published as soon as avaiable.
We continue the search for a new trailer
NRA Stalkers' Days at Bisley
BDS members in the SE will be familiar with the four range days that we hold annually on the BSRC range at Bisley. They may wish also to utilise the following new service offered by the NRA.
In seeking to extend range services and support a broader section of the shooting and stalking community the NRA are offering the zeroing and practice facility shown below. This is available to NRA members and also non members. It is possible to have a print of the target if you are testing loads.
We would be interested to hear from anyone who has used it.
Request for volunteers to help at shows
SE E Branch members will be aware of our calendar of events each year, which includes attending at least four shows each season. We consider a presence at the shows a vital part of the BDS public face and education process.
Linda Evans led the show team for a number of years. Following her tragic and untimely death we are having to reorganise the team but always need volunteers. This includes engaging with the public at these shows on all deer related matters and also BDS visiting members, as well as sales of equipment, and those antlers, skins, etc., presented by members which bring in donations to BDS.
We are glad that Joe Dale, Linda’s son remains very much part the team.
We are seeking to extend our group of volunteers who support the Branch and we are looking to those in the the SE E branch membership who would like to assist the branch at shows to come forward now.
Please send expressions of interest in joining the show team by email to Neil Macfarlane, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Derek Stimpson email@example.com.