Lord Gardiner of Kimble (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity) presented the magnificent Balfour Browne Trophy to BDS member Stan Kemish at the New Forest Show.
Stan whose first introduction to BDS was at the Society’s Woburn inauguration in 1963, served on Wessex branch committee for over 50 years, latterly as its President.
The New Forest Show made the perfect venue for the award as Stan remembers setting up BDS’s first exhibit at a much earlier show held some forty years ago.
Lord Gardiner of Kimble presenting the Balfour Browne Trophy to BDS member Stan Kemish at the New Forest Show
Professional wildlife filmmaker Dr Manuel Hinge (www.naturalworlduk.com), who as a young lad had learnt all about the deer and their habitat from his mentor Stan, was exhibiting at the show last week and took the photographs.
Stan commented on the award:
"May I take this opportunity to thank Dorothy and the BDS Board for nominating me for this year’s Balfour Browne Trophy. When I read the names of the previous winners it made me feel very humble but also proud of my long association with the Society and Deer.
The presentation by Lord Gardiner was superb, he was a true gentleman and one felt at ease in his company.
Although officially retired from the Wessex Committee I have told Dorothy that my assistance will always be there if required.
Once again, my grateful thanks, I am very honoured."
Stan Kemish shares the moment with Wessex Branch Chair and BDS Trustee Director Dorothy Ireland
The Balfour-Browne Trophy is an annual award given alternately by The British Deer Society and Forestry Commission to an individual who has contributed towards better management of deer within the UK.
Balfour Browne Trophy