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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. 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. Please remember your membership WAS due on January 1st and non renewal will mean that you cannot take part in any BDS organised event neither do you have Third party Cover to drive unless you also have cover with a separate company ( though this still will not entitle you to attend BDS events)

you will see in the following Calendar section that so far only a few events mostly our regular shows have been listed.  With one exception the 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.

we are still looking for a new venue in or near Poulshot for the Area Show in August if you know of anywhere please contact Richard Berry

Please remember to put the joint BDS TREC with Oxfordshire in your diary for Sunday May 6th. This year is our 13th year at Eynsham Park, which doesn’t really seem possible. Its great fun and suitable for everyone as we have special times for smaller turnout 11.3 and under.

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.


FInally ,  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 will be 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.



Happy driving, be seen and be safe.



Hazel Woodbridge BEM

Area Commissioner