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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 Cotswold and Spring Area Shows were blessed with good weather and reasonably well supported but we would still love to see more of you. Those who were on the Spring Area Drive had a lovely welcome at the half way point and were greeted with a glass of champagne and carrots for the equines

It has now been confirmed that we will still be able to have our annual sponsored drive in aid of the Kennet Valley RDA Driving Group. It will be held on Sunday September 10th. Details and forms will be available shortly.

Later in the year on Sunday October 8th 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