Welcome to the site of the North Wiltshire & Gloucestershire Area of the British Driving Society
FIrst of all may I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2017 and again welcome to our own web site. This dedicated to this Area – YOUR Area please feel free to send in news , contributions and photos. Remember our address changed and is now www.northwiltsandglosbds.com . I have had a lot of response to the change - all good, and we hope that as time goes on we can add items of interest to it.
The programme for 2017 is now available and we have tried to make it varied and interesting, so please come and support the events as is so disappointing when there are so few of you there. Sadly we had to cancel the first event at Breach Lane with only one person coming forward. The drive from Stephanie Dales just before Christmas was four in total and there was a pleasant drive along the lanes and the Fosse Way. Please come and support the events and if you can lend a hand this will be gratefully accepted. There was an error in the date given in the BDS Newsletter for the Joint BDS TREC with Oxfordshire It should be Sunday April 30th the day before the May Bank Holiday- please change you diary if you have already made a note.
Over the last few months our membership increased slightly to well over 100 members. Your Membership subscription is NOW DUE. If you do not pay automatically by Direct Debit you need to forward the form which came with your last Newsletter in November. If you are not able to find this please let me know and I will forward one to you OR go onto the main BDS web site and print off a form. The BDS takes its funding solely from the subscriptions that it receives from its members and for extra things from the sponsorship received from Companies or Individuals. As I am sure that all of you are aware the membership also provides you with Third Party Insurance for pleasure driving including BDS TREC and the other events in our Calendar. Please remember without your current membership being in place you are NOT covered by the Insurance and you are NOT able to participate in any BDS organised event.
If you have someone near you who drives please encourage them to join and come to events it’s all so much more fun when there are more people. I know for some that membership will provide you with Insurance etc , but there is so much more available as participating members, we are a Carriage Driving Society but the number of people actually driving is minuscule which is such a shame when so much more can be achieved by being involved. We are not just about showing or competing, just as we just don’t go for social drives; it is a mixture of a whole lot of things and in recent times I have been to a Carriage Dog Training Day and have helped with providing training for budding Donkey Drivers.. Geographically we are a large Area reasonably well served by a good road network so it is not so difficult to travel, and I am also well aware that not everyone has transport so there is no reason why other members can’t come to you. As a Society we can also provide help and advice through the Support Officers, although they are not there to give free tuition, but to help you in the right the direction and to make sure you are safe. All the activities we organize are available to all levels of competency, size of horse or pony (and donkeys) and type of vehicle (as long as it is safe) but we need more of you to make events more fun. Having fun and enjoying the activity doesn’t mean it isn’t serious as well but generally gives more satisfaction all round. If you are feeling isolated then please don’t, but you need to tell us- there are contact details for everyone the AAC’s and myself on this web page, in the BDS Year Book and the Newsletters.
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. If you think you can help please get in touch. 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!
FInally, in a few days we will be seeing in the New Year- I hope it will be a very happy, healthy one for you , your families and your four legged friends.
Happy driving, be seen and be safe.
Hazel Woodbridge BEM