Thursday, 9th December 2021
Christmas Lunch at The Rising Sun, Wootton. Menu Form here later.
Sunday, 12th December - Christmas Drive (fancy dress optional!) from The Rising Sun, Wootton. Entry form here later.
New Years Day Drive -
venue to be confirmed.
Saturday, 8th January 2022 - Open Day at Hartland Carriages, including demonstrations and talks on carriages, harness and carriage maintenance. By kind permission of Joanne Hartland. Please let Sam Searle know if you are wishing to attend on 07883 538591.
Wednesday, 19th January- Spider Drive to the Royal Oak, Fritham. To arrive for 12 noon. Please book in with Sarah Simmons on 07919 275545.
Sunday, 23rd January - Grooms Day at Grayswood Carriage Driving Centre, Lowhill Farm. Learn how to be a groom and what is expected of your role. This will be videoed for Members from other areas. To book in please ring Sam Searle on 07883 538591.
Saturday, 12th February - Musical Bingo at the Rising Sun, Wootton. 7pm. Further details available closer to the time. To book in please ring Sam Searle on 07883 538591.
Wednesday, 9th March - Soup and rolls Spider Drive to Burley Outer Rails. To arrive at 12 noon. To book in please ring Sarah Simmons on 07919 275545.
Wednesday 23rd March - Spider Drive to the High Corner Inn - to arrive at 12 noon. Please book in with Sarah Simmons on 07919 275545.
Sunday, 17th April - Easter Egg Treasure Hunt from Lowhill Farm. By Kind permission of Roger and Sue Page. Please book in with Sam Searle on 07883 538591.
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.