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


Welcome to the North Wiltshire and Gloucestershire Area website.

The programme for 2017 is now  well under way with a successful joint BDS Trec with Oxfordshire safely completed. The results are available elsewhere, there were 16 entries although one or two didn’t stay for the skills.  There are slightly fewer Shows in the Area this year and the schedule for the Area Summer Show has been seriously revamped so there is only one ring and the Private Driving classes amalgamated. Anyone who can help with these events would be most welcome as they take time and effort and it is rather becoming a one man band-ME. It doesn’t have to be all day just give me a call or drop an e-mail and let me know what you are able to do.

Over the years  we have been very lucky about the land which is offered to us for drives and events, this Area is vast and I do feel that are large sections that as yet are unexplored. Your local knowledge of your local area is invaluable so have a think and see if there is somewhere new for a drive, fun day or just a social get together especially in the winter.  We are hoping that Barbury Castle Estate will still be available for a drive later in the summer for our sponsored drive. A Saturday afternoon drive may also help those who have Sunday Church commitments, any thoughts for this one?


YOung Drivers are becoming as rare as ‘hens teeth’ ( what a lovely old phrase that is)  There are a few of you in the Area but we rarely see you, if you would like any extra help and advice please contact me your get your Mum or Dad to and I am happy to help in any way I can.

Later in the year on Sunday October 1st we have been kindly invited by Lord and Lady Vestey  to again hold a special Drive at their home Stowell Park in the Heart of the Cotswolds. We had a wonderful time last year and it resurrected a tradition of holding drives there up to the early 1990’s. The best turnout in each of three categories were chosen by Lady Vestey and awarded with a special rosette, and the drives offered either off road or on road only that was suitable for traditional carriages.  So why not earmark the date in your diaries now.



If you are currently without a turnout to drive perhaps you might consider offering to act as Groom for a fellow member or help out at events. Don’t forget if you have any new ideas or venues please get in touch with any of us, if you provide the information we will do the rest!  Equally if you are new to Carriage Driving and need some help and advice please do contact either Richard Berry or me as we are both BDS Support Officers. ( If anyone can help me- I would be most grateful as Amy will be moving away in the next few months.)


Happy driving, be seen and be safe.



Hazel Woodbridge BEM

Area Commissioner