Publicity Committee Update
Merchandise sales have been going well with polo shirts and also ties
being the most popular at the moment. The BDS Publicity stand was very
busy at the Reading carriage sale in March and we look forward to
another good day there on 6th May. Bennington Carriages Open Day in
March was attended also with much interest from those attending and the
same applied to the Indoor Driving Trials Championships at Keysoe over
Remember that Merchandise enquiries need to be directed to
firstname.lastname@example.org , and that the Publicity Stand is booked into the
Houghton Hall event `Its all about Me & my Horse` on 27th May
http://www.itsallaboutmeandmyhorse.co.uk/ , so please do come along to
If you know of any other venue where the Stand would be welcome, please contact us.
2015 BDS Photographic Competition!
you an undiscovered photographic genuis? Do you love to capture the
beauty of the harness horse and carriage? For the first time the BDS is
running a photographic competition, which anyone can enter, to find the
perfect images for inclusion in the first ever BDS Calendar. Copies of
the calendar will be sold in time for Christmas and proceeds will go to
the BDS Charity, the Sanders Watney Trust, which exists to help those
with disabilities enjoy the freedom and delight of carriage driving.
BDS member can enter, at most two photographs which can be of anything
to do with carriages and carriage horses. They need to be artistic and
to capture the imagination of the judges and must be your own original
of the complete Terms and Conditions can be obtained by emailing
email@example.com . These include details of where to send your
prints to - we cannot accept digital images.
HARD HAT RULING FOR OUR YOUNGER MEMBERS
Following a consensus of opinion of BDS Council and the BDS Safety Panel
it is now considered that in the interests of our duty of care to our
younger members, the Society wishes to introduce a formal Ruling on the
wearing of hard hats.
That Ruling reads as follows:....................
Sanders Watney Trust
Registered Charity No 327023
Sanders Watney Trust scholarships
The Sanders Watney Trust offers training scholarships of up to £300 to
any member of an RDA affiliated disabled carriage driving group.
WHAT DOES THE BDS DO FOR ME ?
This section on our website has documents explaining the BDS involvement in government consultations about carriage driving.
Guidelines and documents to help plan a BDS event.
Shows in 2015
Check out the diary
dates for this year
BDS TRECs in 2015
Stolen Items Register
New item added 26/03/2013
Welfare in Animal (Transport) Order 2006
Welfare of Animals During Transport Regulations - Equine related
INFORMATION and QUESTIONS ANSWERED
you for visiting the BDS website.
Please sign our
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Welcome to the world of
your interest - pleasure driving or competing, singles,
pairs or multiples - The British
Driving Society is here to help and encourage you.
Support Officers are on hand to give you guidance and the BDS has a panel of qualified
instructors throughout the country and we run a
which is respected world-wide as a basis for safe driving. Look at your local
area website, below, for further details.
Website updated on
Tuesday 31 March 2015
NOMINATIONS FOR COUNCIL
Are your views being represented?
BDS Council of 12 members, manages and administers the BDS and they are
your voice, so this is your chance to nominate someone who will reflect
BDS members over 18 years old can nominate a member. As a
proposer, you will be asked to give details of your candidate for the
voting paper, explaining why they would be an effective member.
If more than four nominations are received, these voting papers will
then be circulated with the Autumn newsletter. The person you
nominate must be willing to attend Council meetings, normally held four
times a year, and take an active part in the work involved.
Bulletin No.2 – 27th April 2015
The Association Internationale d’Attelage de Tradition (AIAT)
Council has agreed to the Society becoming an official member of this
Association and the 2015 subscription fee has been
paid. The first BDS competition will take place at
Euston Estate, Suffolk by kind permission of the Duke and Duchess of
Grafton on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd August 2015.
As a Member of the BDS, would you like to become more involved in the
running of the Society? If your answer is “yes” then an
opportunity has just arisen!
The BDS Finance & Administration Committee is looking to appoint two new members to join this important committee.
The role of the BDS Finance & Administration (F&A) Committee is
primarily to oversee and develop financial and administrative processes
and procedures for the BDS. Typical task areas include
budgeting and financial planning, financial reporting, and the creation
and monitoring of internal procedures, controls and accountability
Reporting to the Chairman of the F&A Committee you will work
closely with your fellow F&A committee members in order to help
take the Society forward and making recommendations to Council.
You must be a committed team player with, preferably, a business or
administrative background. Your attendance would be
required at F&A Committee meetings which are held at least four
times a year.
If you are interested in playing a key role in the British Driving
Society please apply, in the first instance, to Jo Halnan-Blackwell
(contact details below).
Please include a brief resume, which should include any applicable
skill sets, along with your reason(s) for wishing to join the F&A
Committee. Your contact details will also be appreciated.
We look forward to receiving your application by Friday 30 May
2015. Your application will be considered by a selection
panel and you may be called for an interview.
Apply in writing to:-
Mrs Jo Halnan-Blackwell, Chairman of the BDS F&A Committee
If you have any questions, please telephone 023 9250 2579
End of bulletin
The Brian Sims BDS Junior Driving
This year our prestigious Scholarship will be held
at Springbridge Stables near Willoughby Waterleys in Leicestershire on
Tuesday August 4th, followed by “A Day to Remember” for all those that
have taken part, together with the Presentation to the winning students
at The Royal Mews in London at a later date.
The qualifying age groups are 10-14 and 15 -18 with the winner of each
age group being awarded a prize of £500 Training Bursary.
There is also an additional award for the best
driver, the Barbara Stoddart Trophy and a Certificate and trophy (kindly
presented by Mr Ian Townsend) for the Best Portfolios in each age
We hope that Young Drivers from all parts of the
country will take part and will have taken note of the Guidelines shown
on the Young Drivers pages of the main BDS website.
Application Form 2015
BDS ANNUAL SHOW
21 June 2015
Schedules & Tickets available now - click here
Entries close 18 May 2015
BDS Head Office
has now moved
Church Road, Wingfield,
All communication to be sent to the Secretary, Mrs. T. Styles
Parker, BDS President
To read the letter click
would ask you all to continue to lobby your MP regarding VOSA's
interpretation of the driving regulations. Please use the latest
For further information please read the article on page 4
of the Horse and Hound 2nd April 2009 edition or go on their web
If you have been stopped by a VOSA inspector the
BDS and Horse & Hound would like to hear about it. Email
firstname.lastname@example.org with brief details
of the incident.
BDS REGISTER OF
COMMERCIAL HARNESS HORSE OPERATORS
Due to the
concerns of a number of BDS member’s contacting the BDS Office, Council have
recommended that the British Driving Society start a register of Commercial
read the full details of Registration and to download an application form
for the commercial register.