News Brief Update July 2018

Philip Wright.

At 5.00 a.m. on Saturday 21stJuly Philip Wright lost his four year battle with cancer. He and Barbara would like their friends in the carriage driving community to know how much their friendship has made the last four years such an enjoyable period of their lives.  James Wright has asked me to let you know the funeral will take place at St. John’s Church, Copston Magna (LE10 3HE) at 11.00 a.m. on Thursday 2ndAugust.  His trusted equine friend, Whisky, will pull a carriage carrying the coffin across fields from Copston Farm to the church.

No flowers please – only donations to a chosen charity.

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 Observations on a Great Day Out at The Blossom Rally

The weather forecast for 26thMay was not good! In the event, the clouds rolled back and we completed the drive in glorious sunshine. Wonderful driving around quiet country lanes and lush grass underfoot in the extensive Bulmers’ orchards. Thanks Sabrina and Giselle.

A scan of the participants – thirteen I think – reveals that W&DDC is spreading its tentacles far and wide! The “district” in our title now seems to encompass Montgomery, Evesham, Gloucester, Bristol, Lichfield and into Staffordshire – all besides the usual suspects from around Kidderminster. Quite a distance for some to travel, but hey, we must be doing something right!

A cautionary tale: being, as usual, one of the last to leave, I was somewhat deflated when the lorry failed to start. Efforts with faulty jump leads proved fruitless, and so the Equine Rescue was summoned. One of the first questions asked by the nice rescue man was “Have you got the horses’ passports with you?”

I was able to answer “yes”. Could you have answered “yes”?

In the event that my lorry was unable to be started, my policy covers transporting the horses to my home or another place – without their passports, this would not be possible. Transporting horses without their passports could lead to a hefty fine. Please take note!

Tony Gregory

 We have not received any more reports from activities, but those of you who went to Enville and drove past the cricket ground may be interested to know that the earliest reference to cricket being played at Enville Hall dates from July 1821.  The ground was created by the 7thEarl of Stamford of Enville Hall who was a cricket enthusiast, amateur player and president of the M.C.C.  So good was the quality of the pitch that turf was taken from Enville and laid at Lord’s Cricket Ground.  In July 1870 W. G. Grace was among several Test Cricketers playing in a 3 day match and 30,000 spectators turned up to see this sporting legend.  Sadly he only made 14 runs in his first innings and 10 in the second.


BC Council wishes to highlight to Affiliated Clubs and event organisers, the rule pertaining to the use of electric fencing at events covered by the Britishcarriage Driving Insurance. There have been a few instances recently where electric fencing may have contributed to an accident. In addition, a number of drivers have been seen abusing the permission to use electric fencing at events.

The Rule Book states:

Annex 14: General Regulations for all British Carriagedriving Horse Driving Trials.

  1. Horses/ponies may not be tethered at events. The size of an uncovered pen is limited to 10ft x 10ft, including those formed by the use of electrified fencing. Electric fencing enclosures will be limited to one for each competitor. Any enclosure permitted by this regulation must be securely attached to a vehicle or trailer so as to prevent it being moved or dislodged by the horse or pony within.

It is the Chairman’s intention to discuss this issue at the meeting of Affiliated Club representatives at the annual Conference in November with the intention of bringing it to the notice of all members.

SARA JANE HAYES – official WDDC photographer

Hi Everyone,

My name is Sara Jane Hayes, and I am one of Wolverley Driving Club photographers and regularly post photos on Wolverley Club’s face book page.  These are free for Wolverley members to download for their own private use.

Measurements are in inches, which may slightly vary according to the way each photo has been cropped in editing, I can also put your photos on canvas, please message me for a quote.

Printed copies, including a high resolution digital copy are priced as follows:-

6 x 8      £11           8 x 10    £12.50     8 x 12     £13.50       10 x15   £15    11 x 14   £14      12 x 16   £17

Postage £3 for one copy, free for two or more.

Not for use in advertising without my consent –  please contact me  –



For sale – Mercedes 111 4 horsebox 7.5 tonnes. 1990. Plated until end of October 2018. Takes 2 horses plus 4 wheeled marathon carriage. Separate tack area. Offers or exchange for trailer.
Isobel 07818417209

Wanted-trailer to take 16hh horse plus 4 wheeled marathon carriage. Isobel 07818417209







Lovely Dartmoor gig (as above) to suit approximately 14.2 to 15.2. with removable back step and in nice condition.

Contact Jane Friend: 01568 708074 or email



Sunday 12th.                          Traditional Driving Day

Mount Pleasant Farm. WR9 0PX

Sunday 19th.                         Country drive in Berrington and Bockleton near Tenbury Wells*

Thursday 30th Aug – Sun 2nd Sept        Camping and Driving from Charlcotte Farm


 Saturday 8th                          Drive from Ridge Farm, Kington. W74DH

Saturday 30th                       Try Driving Day and Members Training


Saturday 21st                       One Day Mini Event.

Venue and schedule to be announced


Friday 23rd.                            Annual Dinner and AGM.

Bewdley Pines Golf Club, DY12 1LY.

* Download Schedules and Entry Forms from the Events page

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