Saturday, August 3rd - Young Driver’s Day to be held at Lowhill Farm. Open to all juniors, who do NOT have to be members of the BDS to join in. Please contact Sam Searle on 07883 538591 for further details.
Sunday, August 18th- Hampshire BDS Annual Area Show at New Park, Brockenhurst. New classes for 2019. For Schedules & Entry Forms, click on the links below or send a sae to Caroline Douglas, Valley Farm, Arnewood Bridge Road, Brockenhurst, Hampshire. SO41 6DA.
Sunday, 1st September - Corhampton Processional Drive, by kind permission of Mr. D. Hall. Further details from Ginny Parker on 07801 668677.
DATE CHANGEWednesday 4th September - Cream Tea Spider Drive to Burley Outer Rails Cottage for 12 noon, by kind invitation of Tracey and Ian Thew. Come and enjoy home-made cakes and scones with tea and coffee. Cost £5 per person. Please contact Sue Craufurd-Kennedy on 01425 272211 by Wednesday, 28th August for further details and to book in.
Monday, 23rd September
Spider Drive to Deerhurst Cottage, Pinkney Lane, Bank, near Lyndhurst
SO43 7FE for 12:30pm by kind invitation of Peter and Georgina Burrows. Bring a
picnic; tea and coffee will be provided. Names to Georgina on 02380 283433 by
Tuesday, 24th September - Spider Drive to Oakleaf Cottage, Minstead SO43 7GG, by kind invitation of Sarah and Rob Surplice, for 12:30pm. Bring a picnic; tea and coffee will be provided. Names to Georgina on 02380 283433 by Wednesday, 18th September please.
Wednesday, 25th September - Spider Drive to Flexford Rise, Flexford Lane, Sway SO41 6DN by kind invitation of Sally Edgar. To arrive for 12:30pm. Bring a picnic; tea and coffee will be provided. Names to Sally on 07952 733954 by Wednesday, 18th September please.
Thursday, 26th September - Processional Drive from Bramdean Common SO24 0JH, to leave promptly at 11am, returning to the Common for picnic lunch. No refreshments provided. Names to Sam Searle on 07883 538591 by Wednesday, 18th September please.
Friday to Sunday, 27th to 29th September - Annual New Forest Driving Weekend : Click for <ENTRY FORM>
Thursday, 26th September- Skittles and Supper at the Mortimers Arms at Ower, 7pm for 7:30pm. £15 per person. This might seem expensive, but the food here is VERY good, and it is not a basket meal. (Meal choices on Entry Form above)
Friday, 27th September- Spider Drive to Beaulieu Road for 12 noon. Soup, tea and coffee and cakes will be available from the Cancer Research ladies.
Friday, 27th September - Dinner at Forest Park Hotel, Brockenhurst 7 for 7:30pm. £30 per head for three course meal to include welcome drink and after-dinner tea and coffee. Gratuities NOT included.
Saturday, 28th September - Spider Drive to Merrihill, Highwood Lane, Ringwood BH24 3LE, by kind invitation of John and Di Moore, to arrive at 12 noon. Bring a picnic; tea and coffee will be provided. Turnouts to enter through field gate, but anyone coming by car please park in house drive a bit further on.
Saturday, 28th September - Musical Bingo at Minstead Village Hall, 7 for 7:30pm. Buffet supper, £10 per head. There will be a pay bar.
Sunday Best Drive at Janesmoor Pond to depart promptly at 11am. There
will be two drives; a shorter one of approx 5 - 6 miles and a longer one of
about 9 miles. There are different car parks for each drive, so please make sure
you park in the correct one as the drives have different start points.
Please note entry to all Driving Weekend drives and social evenings is ONLY available via <ENTRY FORM>.
Sunday, 27th October - Annual Meeting at Copythorne Parish Hall SO40 2NZ, 7pm prompt. Light supper provided. Names to Sam Searle on 07883 538591 by Tuesday, 22nd October.
Sunday 24th November
Evening Talk by Patrick Kempe ‘Lorenzo and His Horses’ followed by
a light supper at Copythorne Parish Hall, at 7pm. Cost tba. Names to Sue Kennedy
on 01425 272211 by 10th
PROVISIONAL Sunday, 8th December - Christmas Drive (fancy dress optional!) from The Rising Sun, Wootton. To leave promptly at 11:30am. Please contact Sue Kennedy on 01425 272211 for further details and to book in.
Thursday, 12th December - Christmas Lunch at The Rising Sun at Wootton, 12 for 12.30 pm. Please contact Sue Kennedy on 01425 272211 for further details. A menu will be on this website closer to the event.
Thursday, 19th December - Olympia Trip. Please contact Sam Searle on 07883 538591 for further details.
Please remember, all BDS Members of any Area (including Hampshire Area Members taking part in Hampshire Area Drives) must be fully paid-up members of the BDS before taking part in BDS organized Driving Events (with the exception of training events which take place in a suitable enclosed area). Hampshire Area would also recommend that all whips participating in one of our Driving Events have their Membership Card with them at the time.
We have been asked by the Forestry Commission to kindly remind our members that we are allowed to drive on gravel tracks only and not across the lawn areas of the forest.
The path within the Aldridgehill Inclosure between the Keepers Cottage and the Rhinefield Road is designated as unsuitable for carriages. As there isn't a continuous gravel track, we should not be using it, although special permission may sometimes be granted at certain times of year following consultation. This is a particularly sensitive area with young deer and the Area is keen to cooperate with The Forestry Commission's request.
And finally a reminder to drivers to please have their forest permit disks displayed on either the harness or vehicle so as to avoid embarrassment if they are checked as the Forestry Commission continue to make random checks.