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Welcome to the site of the North Wiltshire & Gloucestershire Area of the British Driving Society


News July 2018

Welcome to the North Wiltshire and Gloucestershire Area website. This dedicated to this Area – YOUR Area, please feel free to send in news, contributions and photos. Remember our web address is now But this can also be accessed off the main BDS website.

First of all a little bit of sad news- SPLASH Joyce White’s pony died on Tuesday 3rd July at the age of 27. She was found in her paddock, so hopefully it was all very peaceful. Splash was a very special pony who for the last 23 years has competed with mainly Joyce but also with her granddaughter Zoe in just about every kind of class from showing, ride and drive and BDS Trec taking it all in her stride..  Splash has probably more Red Rover Rosettes than any other having won over 20 plaques over the years. Joyce purchased Splash as a 4 year old and by the following Saturday competed in her first show at Somerton, where I was also competing with my beloved Mac., they survived the show and very shortly after started a long and successful career.

You will see in the following Calendar section that so far only a few events mostly our regular shows have been listed, unfortunately the first two were very poorly supported with just 4 entries at each show, I had hoped the Area Summer Show would be safe but sadly having received no entries and only one enquiry I have taken the decision to cancel. The very hot weather is predicted to continue for the next two weeks so I think also for the welfare of both Equines and Humans it is wise to do this. Poulshot has already been cancelled, so now Cricklade remains for Bank Holiday Monday plus the Autumn Area Show in September.

There will be the annual Clump Drive and picnic lunch kindly organised and hosted by Jane and Chris Fenton around the lanes and tracks around Eastleach in Gloucestershire. This will be on Sunday July 22nd- please let me know as soon as possible so that I can give them the numbers for catering.

Our Annual Sponsored drive at Barbury Castle Estate will be on Sunday August 12th 2018. It will be in aid of the Kennet Valley RDA Driving Group so please put in your calendar as it is a wonderful drive over the Downs. This will also be the last major Drive that I will organise before I retire so please make it a special day and bring a picnic.


Finally , as you already know I have written to our BDS Chairman Angela Sixsmith to advise her that I wish to retire on or before October 31st as Area Commissioner. This is my 16th year as your Area Commissioner and I was 72 in May and it is time for someone a little (or a lot) younger to sit in the driving seat and hold the reins!  I have had such fun, met wonderful people and their lovely animals and I am so pleased to have such priceless memories. Area members will receive a letter from HQ regarding my replacement sometime soon so please start thinking about who you would like or even if you might like to do it yourself.  Please remember that many of the features that we have established over the years will disappear if there is not a guiding hand at the helm- once lost they are often difficult to restart.


Happy driving, be seen and be safe.



Hazel Woodbridge BEM

Area Commissioner