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NEW - Heritage event - 13th October 2019 CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER FORECAST.



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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

I am very pleased to report that the Summer Show at Purton was supported very well in comparison with earlier shows both this year and last., thank you so much everyone for making the effort to come especially as the Fairford Air Show was in full swing a few miles away. Thankfully the weather was kind to us not too hot and dry, almost perfect! Included in the schedule was the new Heritage Driving class for which there were 5 entries and it was very much enjoyed by all those who participated. The course was put together by a team consisting of Alison Dunevein Gordon, her mother Marian and Amanda Cuncliffe. Mike King who was the Main ring Judge undertook the initial marking of the turnouts before they set out on their drive. The drive was deliberately kept to ‘off road’ and the very large field that we are lucky enough to borrow belonging to Purton House Organics together with an adjoining field made a reasonable drive to demonstrate the timed drive element. Emily Wain driving Mossy just pipped Jon Siviter driving their new horse Soldier Blue in the final scores. We were very fortunate to have Hazel Davies there to present the Hewitt Cup presented in memory of her Grandfather a keen carriage driver. Hazel also very kindly provided sponsorship for the Show.


The main Show ring provided lots of qualifiers for Osborne Refrigeration and Victoria Foods and we had the pleasure in welcoming Mike King in his first year as a Judge to the Show, fortunately Mike didn’t have too far to travel, and it wasn’t a particularly early start.

The Exercise vehicle class had four entries all turned out to a very good standard, and on this occasion the Siviters with their horse Soldier Blue, this time with Diane driving, stole the march on Emily Wain and Mossy. As there was only one entry in the young driver, it was agreed with the owner and whip’s agreement to join the Exercise class to give them an opportunity to gain more ring experience. Sixteen-year-old Sian Rooke driving Anthea Birch’s Penclose Wotsit gave an excellent and confident show, as she did later in the Concours d’Elegance and Private Driving Classes. Of the three entered the Pleasure Driving only two came forward Soldier Blue and Mossy and with only half a mark separating them Mossy driven by Emily Wain won taking the Victoria Foods Rosette.

Private Driving Classes followed in the afternoon, allowing Judge Mike King to mark the Heritage Class entries and to also have a sit down and some lunch. Hazel Davies kindly judged the Concourse d’Elegance and choose a beautifully turned out Drop Shot driven by Andrew Hamilton Rhodes as her winner and duly presented him with the equally elegant Lydiard Rose Bowl and the Area’s bespoke tartan rosette.   Andrew was then joined in the ring by Richard Berry driving his Tandem of New Forest Ponies -Barnaby and Harvey and Sian Rooke driving Penclose Wotsit- Merlin to his friends!  Three entirely different turnouts but a joy to see a class of traditional vehicles and lovely to see Richard with his brother back out in the ring again. Andrew won both the class and the Championship.

Earlier  in July a small group of turnouts and guests enjoyed the Eastleach Clump Drive by kind invitation of Jane and Chris Fenton . For many years we have enjoyed a delightful drive around the lanes and tracks of east Gloucestershire with the Cotswolds. Unfortunately, we had to miss out one of the most beautiful sections due to a herd of cows and calves that had decided to hijack part of the route, thankfully spotted before we turned off into the valley they had occupied. So, with a slight detour we were soon back on route and heading back to the relaxed lunch under the cool of the trees. Thank you both for such an enjoyable day.


At the moment there is one further event planned and that is the Autumn Show at the Swallows Nest Livery Yard in South Gloucestershire by kind  invitation of members Carole and Russ Baker on Sunday September 15th. The schedule is currently being finalised however I can tell you that Gary Docking will be there both as Judge and Trainer as we are hoping that this will a ‘dual’ day with Gary providing help and advice as well as Judging a few classes, as usual this will be a relaxed FUN type day for everyone to enjoy and especially welcomes small ponies and novices both human and equine. However, there may be a further opportunity to participate in a further Heritage class sometime in October – so watch this space!

It was decided earlier  in the year to make the JUBILEE TROPHY which was formerly awarded at the Spring Show for the most accumulated points achieved during the show an ANNUAL AWARD. Therefore, over the last few months a record has been kept of the points achieved at our main events. These will be totalled, and the overall winner announced after our last event.  The trophy is a beautiful silver horse which was specially made for us, so please come and support the final events of the year as the totals are very close!

Following the our main  BDS Council’s meeting to be held later in August I am hoping that there will be some exiting news announced regarding the appointment of a new Area Commissioner.

Take care and happy safe driving.