20th to 26th September - New Forest Driving Week
Please note: With the uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic, any socials will be confirmed nearer the time; and for this year ONLY, there will be no charge to BDS Members for drives. Sorry, but NO refreshments will be provided (except at Deerhurst Cottage, and to purchase at Beaulieu Road), no toilets, and no water, so please bring what you need for yourselves and your horses.
Friday, 24th September
Spider Drive to Beaulieu Road SO42 7YQ for 12:30pm. Refreshments (tea, coffee, cakes and soup) will be available to purchase from the Cancer
Research ladies, subject to any Covid-19 spike.
Saturday, 25th September - Spider Drive to woods adjacent to Old House (SU 219 062), near Burley, BH24 4HU for 12:30pm.
Sunday, 26th September - Spider Drive to Hasley, (SU188 120) at the West gate into Hasley Hill Inclosure for 12:30pm.
There will be no ‘Sunday Best’ as such this year, but turnouts will be assessed during the week. Driving Week participation rosettes will be presented on Saturday at Old House, with the Turnout awards presented on Sunday as usual. The main aim is to raise the standard of carriage driving as well as to have lots of fun, so hopefully this will give everyone the incentive to arrive sparkly clean and immaculately presented on every drive throughout the week!
N.B. Entry to all drives is via booking form ONLY. (see below)
Deadline for this is Friday, 17th September
NO late entries available as under COVID guidance we need to know who is in attendance.
<Booking Form .pdf> <Booking Form .doc>
Friday, 1st October - Evening
Drive with Treasure Hunt at Lowhill Farm SO50 7HF, from 6:30pm. By
kind invitation of Roger and Sue Page. No entry fee, but names to Sam Searle on
07883 538591 by by Tuesday, 28th
PROVISIONAL Sunday 19th December - Christmas Drive (fancy dress optional!) from Janesmoor Pond, near Fritham SO43 7HH. Please contact Sarah Simmons on 07919 275545 for further details.
Please remember to book in for all drives and events.
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.
Membership does need to be checked for our insurance to be valid.
NON BDS MEMBERS
Non-members are most welcome to all events provided they complete and send back a BDS Non Members Event Form <here> to the Organiser of the event, with an additional fee of £5 on top of any fee for each event, payable at the time of booking please. (Cheques made payable to "DRIVING SOCIETY") This is required to comply with the BDS Liability Insurance Policy.
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.