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South East England

South East England

Branch information and events

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

The BDS SE E Branch stand at Richmond Park

Events

TBC

AGM

Branch Contacts

Chairman Derek Stimpson d.stimpson@bdsbranches.org.uk  07720 813989
Secretary Neil Macfarlane n.macfarlane@bdsbranches.org.uk  07970 666169

Branch Areas

Postcode Area
BN Brighton
BR Bromley
CR Croydon
CT Canterbury
DA Dartford
GU1 - GU9 Guildford
GU13 Guildford
GU15 - GU16 Guildford
GU18 - GU20 Guildford
GU23 - GU25 Guildford
GU27 - GU29 Guildford
GU36 - GU45 Guildford
GU48 - GU50 Guildford
GU53 and above Guildford
HA Harrow
KT Kingston upon Thames
ME Medway
NW London
RH Redhill
SE London
SM Sutton
SW London
TN Tonbridge
TW Twickenham
UB Uxbridge
W London
WC London
WD Watford

News

Final Events of 2019

The annual Rut Walk was hosted by Friends of Richmond Park on October 12. BDS members are welcome to attend this fine event courtesy of the strong relationship between the branch and Park.

The branch would like to thank Adrian Dagger, David O’Dell and Nigel Jackson for representing the branch the following day at the BSRC Interclub Shoot at Bisley and putting in a creditable performance for the BDS.

Our Chairman represented the branch at the BDS London Dinner on November 12.

Our last event of the year, our Christmas shoot and range day, took place on November 17. Numbers were down this year, but some 25 members attended of whom 19 shot. Due to technical issues, the Deer had to be run manually and those members who did their stint in the Shed are thanked for their efforts in helping run a very enjoyable day. Sadly we were unable to provide our famous barbecue on this occasion, but it is hoped that normal service will be restored, both for the targetry and barbecue!

Forthcoming events

The first branch event of the year is intended to be a Range Day at the BSRC, Bisley followed by the Branch AGM. However, as the BSRC are in the midst of renegotiating their lease with the NRA, dates are not yet firm at this stage and members are asked to please check the website for updates.
 
Once these are confirmed, we look forward to welcoming members to attend our Range Days and continuing to see all levels of experience and ability represented. This is a key training activity and we hope to see our regulars and welcome newcomers again during 2020. As well as the chance to shoot a range of static and moving targets, the day provides a great opportunity to meet fellow members and discuss deer-related matters.  Members are also very generous with help and assistance with queries and issues too.

At this stage, the current officers and committee are all standing for re-election at the AGM. Any additional nominations should be submitted to the Branch Secretary 21 days prior to the meeting date. The branch accounts will also be presented at the meeting.

The next event of 2020 will be our annual Stalkers' Shoot to be held at BSRC, Bisley. This the main shooting event of the year with the award of the coveted Stalkers Cup.  Thanks to the continuing generosity of our sponsors and donors there is always a glittering array of other rewards available for those taking part, so you will probably not leave empty-handed.

Shows

Our show schedule came to an end at Ardingly on October 6. Sadly the organisers of the Biddenden Tractorfest have confirmed that the 2019 show will be their last, but at this stage, it is anticipated that we will continue to be represented at The Kent County, Edenbridge & Oxted, and Ardingly Autumn Shows, with more potentially to be added. Please continue to watch the website for updates.

We are very grateful as always to Sean Woodger, Joe Dale, Daniel Francis and the rest of the team supporting them. This is a key service for both members and the public and a huge amount of work goes into preparing for and running the stand to such a high standard across a range of venues.

Requests for advice

Throughout the year we received a number of requests for information, advice or help, from members of the public and also from the media. We aim where possible to provide a quick and informed response. This requires significant time and effort but the branch is committed to ensuring these requests are addressed promptly and correctly so that the BDS continues to be seen as the appropriate point of call for those with deer-related queries or issues.

Items for the stand

We make our usual request for antlers, skins, or other deer related items for the stand for next year. These really do make the display stand out, and are often exchanged for donations to the BDS. The new show season will be upon us soon, so we are looking to stock up again. You can be assured that items will be very gratefully received by the team.

Email

Finally, a call for all members to please ensure that we have an up to date email address for you on our records as this is the main channel for communication and reminders for events. This really does simplify matters, and the associated cost savings means funds are available for more pressing needs. If your contact details have changed please email membership@bds.org.uk