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South East Scotland

South East Scotland

Branch information and events

Branch meetings in 2018 will take place on the first Tuesday in the month starting in March at the Melville Inn, Dalkeith.


6 March

Diseases In Deer

Melville Inn, A7, Dalkeith

24/25 March

Kelso Stalkers Fair


3 April


Melville Inn, A7, Dalkeith

12 May

Blair Athol Range Practice 

Blair Atholl

5 June

Branch Clay Shoot

Lammerlaw Gun Club Macmerry

30 June

Wilf Cross Trophy Shoot


7  August

Branch BBQ


26 August

Scottish Interbranch Shoot

Blair Atholl

4 September



TBC September

Borders Interbranch Shoot


2 October

Talk on African Hunting

 Melville Inn

6 November

Social Evening

Edinburgh Town

*Members who are interested in attending/participating in the branch shoots should contact Tony Manktelow ( for further details on practice/selection.

Branch contacts

Chairman Nick Morall 
Secretary David Overton
Branch shoots Tony Manktelow

2018 News so far

Wilf Cross Trophy Shoot, 30th June

The date for the Wilf Cross Trophy shoot is Saturday 30th June starting at 9.30 am.

The Shoot will be held at the Kelhope Range, Carfraemill which is on the Tollishill Estate in the hills behind the Carfraemill Hotel.
Please advise Ed Bewsher ( if you are going to participate.

Course of Fire:
4 shots zeroing target@ 230 yds using bipod or roesack
2 shots roe target @ 130 yds prone using bipod or roesack
2 shots roe target @ 130 yds prone off the elbows (no aids)
2 shots roe target @ 130 yds sitting or kneeling using twin sticks or long bipod
2 shots roe target @ 130 yds standing using twin, quad or single sticks

In the event of a tie a shoot-off will be held consisting of 2 shots at roe target @ 130 standing using twin, quad or single sticks'

Branch Clay Shoot, Lammerlaw Gun Club, 5th June

The branch clay shoot took place on the 5th June at the Lammerlaw Gun Club, Macmerry. Congratulations go to Jim Burnett who won first place, Noreen Laurenson and John MacKenzie who were joint second. Everyone had a very enjoyable evening. Many thanks to the Lammerlaw Gun Club who hosted the event and David Laidlaw for organising the venue.

Blair Atholl Range Practice

On the 12th May we couldn’t have asked for better weather, clear blue skies, light breeze and a good turnout at the range. Members of Lothian & Borders Rifle Club and the branch had chance for some informal shooting practice at distances from 100 yards to 400 yards. Many thanks to Paul Crosibie, John Campbell-Smith, Iain Semple who did the preparatory work on the range before the shoot, Tony Manktelow for organising the paperwork, RCO and butt team. This is an event we hope to see repeated next year.

Reloading for Beginners

On the 3rd April Ed Bewsher from Edinburgh Rifles & Sporting Goods gave a presentation on reloading for beginners which covered budget reloading equipment and supplies, internal ballistics and how to guide for reloading accuracy. Ed will be back to do a talk on more advance reloading!

Kelso Stalkers Fair

The branch attended and manned a stand at this years Deer Stalking Fair at Kelso on the 24th/25th March. It was a great weekend and good opportunity to mingle and catch up with stalkers from all parts of the UK and welcome some new members to the BDS.

Diseases in Deer

On the 6th March Alan Tweedie from Borders College gave an informative talk on diseases in deer and showed some interesting photos for members to see and discuss examples of diseased deer.

Minutes of Annual General Meeting

The Branch AGM was held on Tuesday 30th January 2018 at The Melville Inn, Dalkeith. Details of the elected Committee for 2018 are:

Chairman Nick Morall
Treasurer John Home
Secretary David Overton
Shoot Captain Tony Manktelow

If you would like to receive a copy of the minutes please email

Email addresses for Branch Members

Are you receiving information from the Branch via email? If not then the Society does not have your current email address. If you wish to receive regular updates via email please advise the BDS Membership Secretary of your current email address.

The Membership Secretary contact details are: