December - hunting
A large turnout of riders gathered at Brocklesby on Saturday for the first big meet of the new Brocklesby hunting season. There will be the opportunity to meet and greet the famous Seamus 10am Lincolnshire gun dogs; am Parade of vintage tractors; am Brocklesby Hunt Pony There are no card facilities on the day, so payment is by cash or If You Like to Play, this Game is a Must-HaveElvenar - Free Online. designer jeans,Sale: Women's Shoe Sales,cheapest online shopping sites,cute blouse outfits,Cheap Sale Sunglasses.
And they vowed the traditional Boxing Day meet would continue, despite new legislation to outlaw hunting with dogs…. The hunting act is a pernicious piece of legislation based on prejudice…. A crowd of about 3, people gathered outside The Vine Inn, Tenterden, at what had been thought to be the last ever Boxing Day hunt and this year there were no hunt protestors in sight…. One of the biggest gatherings was in Lanchester, where hundreds of supporters lined the streets to watch more than 60 horses of the Braes of Derwent Hunt set off….
According to joint master George Witheridge, there were more than horses and an estimated 1, followers on foot… Torrington Farmers' Hunt met in the town square. Hunt master Ken Ford said the hunt had 58 horses compared to last year's Boxing Day hunt turnout of 28…. A year of ups and downs, and how we needed the bright spots to offset the dismal days and how welcome were the silver linings to some of the clouds….
Then in November came the real fiasco, the Parliament Act was used to force through legislation designed to stop hunting.
The distaste of DEFRA, Blair and the Government which had been simmering in the farming community boiled over at the way the action of the proposed law was conducted and the fact that the administration chose to ignore the findings of the Burns inquiry…. The hunt has been an annual tradition in the area since and this year saw a record number of people taking part, with more than horses… story Evesham Journal Robin Palmer, joint master of the Croome and West Warwickshire, was at the head of a record number of riders who were cheered as they galloped from their meet on Broad Street, Pershore.
Christopher Houghton, secretary of the North Cotswolds Hunt, said he had never seen such large crowds turn out for a meet in Broadway… Tonia Wood, joint master of the Heythrop, also reported a record turnout for the hunt's meet in Chipping Norton. Sam Butler, joint master of the Warwickshire Hunt, said more than riders turned out for the meet at Upton House, near Stratford….
Members of the Western Hunt, led by hunt master Ben Sparrow, rode into the village, riding hats in hand, to cheers and clapping by the many supporters… story Northumberland Gazette I ARRIVED at Newlands Farm, Belford, unsure of what to expect, but was greeted by friendly faces and warm introductions — far from the cry of red-blooded murderers that some would like to depict.
Not dressed too well for the bitter weather I was kindly handed a "Percy Special", a large glass filled to the brim with whisky and cherry brandy, a lethal concoction created by the tenth Duke of Northumberland. It certainly did the trick and warmed me up….
About 2, supporters and well over mounted hunters arrived to find that the 11am start had been delayed by frosty ground and icy road conditions…. Officers were called to Helliers Lane at about For the first time barriers were set up to protect the Avon Vale Hunt from the crowd and protesters. A record crowd, estimated at more than 1, people, gathered in Petworth Park for the traditional spectacle, held this year on Monday as Boxing Day fell on a Sunday.
For many, even though they are not active participants in foxhunting, it was an opportunity to demonstrate their support for a country activity which could be consigned to history within weeks… story Essex Chronicle These hens are always shut up during the hours of darkness so the culprit obviously used a daring day-time raid.
I blame this on the people who feed foxes in their back gardens thereby making them much bolder and less timid of human activity. It is irresponsible to encourage these creatures…. The Government needs to spend more time on issues that will save the lives of people and not pests.
It should not concern Parliament but sadly we have representatives who fail to grasp or understand the important issues of the day. It is the politics of spite and envy overlooking the fact that hunts these days are made up of all stratas of society. Prior to the march, I had a long and cordial telephone conversation with the manager of Clarks Village, and once he realised that I had no intention of disrupting his Christmas trade, he wished me well….
Well, surely at the very least chase a wild mammal with a dog. James Bradley, the civil servant from Defra in charge of hunting policy, has made it clear to me in a letter that even getting a dog to bark at a wild mammal can constitute hunting.
If that mammal is flushed out then it must be shot. Presumably, this is to preclude any unnecessary suffering caused to it by an extended bark…. Defra's interpretation means that any farmer who keeps a dog in his yard to scare wild mammals away from his livestock at night would be a criminal from February The Hunting Act is barking mad. Man has hunted, fished and shot for many generations. One should always respect the quarry, whether it be one for the pot, to cull a surplus, or to protect domesticated stock or birds….
A hunting ban will not improve the fox's life. There are 12 times as many babies aborted in this country daily as there are foxes killed.Bounty Hunter D On A Dating Site
How can we moralise over fox-hunting when 80 per cent of abortions are carried out on perfectly healthy foetuses? MY name is Ryan Lutey and I am 13 years old and cannot see the point in the foxhunting ban. Although I am only young I will miss watching the hunt, and miss following them in the car.
The ban is being brought in by city dwellers and it would be like us banning offices and clubs…. Ryan Lutey, Wadebridge letter The Sentinel I fail to understand why people that have no links to hunting seem to be so opposed to it.
I take no interest in football, however I don't suggest that we should remove this enjoyable pastime for many, all because I don't like it…. If Mr Stone doesn't like it, he should consider finding a pastime that would take his little mind off the hunting issue.
Name and address supplied letter in archive Whitehaven News Although it does not directly effect me I have always enjoyed seeing these rural field sports and like many other spectators believe society will be poorer for the loss… Lewis Potter, Pershore Road, Evesham. Hospitals may still be filthy, patients get MRSA, British schooling is rated low in Europe, 40 dairy farmers a week are forced out of business but the Government manages to ban fox hunting.
To what animal does this show respect? Some communities are pro, others not.
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So why not leave it to county or even district councils to decide, with sensible cross-border arrangements…. Incidentally, one wonders how many police come from farming stock, perhaps even hunt themselves.
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Paul Inglesby Palmers Road Glastonbury letter At Cholesbury Common, Master of the Vale of Aylesbury with the Garth and South Berks Hunt Valerie Barr issued a rallying cry to supporters, pledging that the hunt would meet 'at the same time in the same place' on Boxing Day next year.
Loud cheering and a round of applause of approval from supporters did not quite drown out the booing from the small but hardy group of protesters who had gathered at the meet…. FOX hunting has been given a stay of execution following a deal sanctioned by Tony Blair.
I would be completely cynical about their approach…. Horses and hounds arrived to a loud cheer from a large waiting crowd? The protest did not seem to affect the hunt members, including international modern pentathlete and Olympic medallist Kate Allenby, sticking by her intention to continue hunting, ban or no ban….
The shock warning comes in a page handbook from hunt leaders, outlining how enthusiasts can remain within the law when their sport is banned in February…. Up to 2, supporters packed into Kingsbridge on Monday to watch the colourful spectacle of the Dart Vale and South Pool Harriers' traditional Christmas meet set off from the town's quayside….
Little wooden horses, trimmed with tinsel, were ridden by toddlers for the Drum Inn's festive frolic. Their aim was to catch up with the "fox" which was finally spotted in the pub's gardens.
Elsewhere in South Devon the full-size hunts met for their last Boxing Day events before their pursuits are banned…. The event was the biggest ever, attracting many people waving banners, backing the blood sport. There were about hunters on horseback and many more following on foot. Master of the hunt, Jonathan Seed, said: Government legislation means that hunting with hounds is to be banned in England and Wales from February, and members of The Vale of Aylesbury with Garth and South Berks Hunt were determined to enjoy the occasion….
The Cheshire Forest Hunt has traditionally ridden out on Boxing Day from Lach Dennis, but with a ban on the sport due to come into force in February, many thought this year's is to be the last…. The Cheshire Forest Hunt traditionally rides out on Boxing Day from the Duke of Portland pub in Lach Dennis for what is one of the biggest event's on the hunting calendar.
This year's hunt should have taken on even more significance, as a ban is due to come in force early next year…. The Derwent and Staintondale Hunts were out in force for their meets this year ahead of the ban, which is due to take affect from February But pro-hunt campaigner the Countryside Alliance has launched a legal challenge in the High Court in London seeking a judicial review which it says could delay the ban for some time… story South Wales Guardian Aviation minister Charlotte Atkins ducked away from heckling pro-hunt supporters lobbying her over the hunting Bill and became stuck with county council leader and fierce anti-flight paths campaigner, David Parsons….
She, of course, did not attend due to the large number of pro-hunters who made their presence known…. I saw one pro-hunter with an open box of eggs obviously ready to pelt someone….
If that pro-hunter had thrown those eggs, it would have caused excitement and created the crowd to scatter… I would, however, like to thank the many pro-hunters who gave their support to our cause…. G Allen, Cossington letter Leicester Mercury They took the shine of what should have been a day of celebration for the village of Rearsby. While many people in this part of the country may be sympathetic to their cause, it was quite inappropriate for them to use this occasion to make their point about hunting… John Lambert, chairman of Rearsby Parish Council.
More than 50 local hunt supporters — about 12 on horseback — caused havoc protesting at the presence of Transport Minister Charlotte Atkins, who had voted in favour of the hunting ban and was supposed to open the new route….
Daniel Cherriman, first whipper-in with the Quorn Hunt, said: I'm going to lose my home and job as a result of this ban. Transport Minister Charlotte Atkins took refuge in a hospitality tent as hundreds of pro-hunt protesters held the surprise demonstration….
Quorn Hunt supporter Becky John, of Melton, said: We just want her to go and tell Tony Blair we are not going away. I would not say it's spoilt the occasion. It's an unexpected addition. Ms Atkins, a transport minister, was in Leicestershire yesterday to officially open a bypass near the village of Rearsby when pro-hunt protesters launched the demonstration…. Dressed in full hunt gear rider Mark Halford said: Melton Mowbray is the heart of hunting in this country.
We will continue to fight. Ms Atkins stayed within a contractors compound on the advice, she said, of police. The ribbon was eventually cut by a local councillor… story Leicester Mercury Transport minister Charlotte Atkins, who was in Leicestershire to open Rearsby bypass, was confronted with the demonstration this morning….
At one point, two riders charged a gate at the back of the compound.
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Officers closed it before they got in. One hunt supporter shouted "We can see you" into the tent at the minister…. Leicestershire County Council leader David Parsons said: I think the idea of banning hunting is ludicrous. Tom Lewis, Morghew Park Estate, Tenterden, Kent There seems to be some confusion in the minds of the pro-hunting fraternity as identified by Rex Sly… Parliament passed a law that should be upheld. The class implications that the Countryside Alliance are alleging are just a pathetic attempt to justify their love of bloodsports, regardless of the cruelty involved.
By rightly keeping his Attorney General on a leash so that the Countryside Alliance may exhaust every legal avenue to stop the hunting ban before it is enforced, he is at least restoring the month moratorium agreed by the Commons but turned down tactically by the Lords… The Countryside Alliance appears to have forced an important concession but we are not yet out of the woods and Mr Blair will continue to confuse the scent for all he's worth.
Nothing surprises me about what these horrible people will do…. The fact he finds it necessary to use such abusive language merely serves to illustrate the weakness of the case he so clumsily seeks to make….
The reason why I no longer support hunting with hounds is because of the bad behaviour and spurious arguments of many of those who support it. No true country person would want to be associated with the recent outrageous behaviour of hunt supporters in Parliament Square… Tony Weedon, North Somercotes letter Worcester Evening News Would it not be better for the RSPCA and New Labour to concentrate their efforts on reducing this cruelty instead of funding and passing the biased, prejudiced, cruel Bill on hunting with hounds - the most natural form of pest Shropshire Star I believe the hunting ban is a bad law and a parliamentary disgrace….
Robert Jenkins, Telford letter The ban, as drafted, is thus one of the most farcical ever devised for the statute books: Small wonder the roads are currently littered with the corpses of foxes. One can only presume they are hurling themselves under the wheels of cars and lorries in despair. Hundreds turned out for the traditional Boxing Day meet of Flint and Denbigh Hunt yesterday with leaders pledging to carry on….
With meets in Pembrokeshire, Newtown, Brecon and Carmarthen-shire, there was more hunting activity in Wales than any other part of the UK, said a Countryside Alliance spokesman.
Other Welsh hunt supporters crossed the border to join members of the strong Cheshire Hunt in Tarporley. The Tarporley Hunt Club, established inis the oldest hunt club still in existence in the world…. More than people gathered in Cowbridge to show support for the Glamorgan Hunt and opposition to the hunting ban, which is due to come into force on February 17….
Mark Westwood, 45, the master of the Essex and Suffolk Foxhounds, said the 1,strong crowd on foot at Hadleigh, Suffolk, was far larger than in previous years… In Blackmill, near Bridgend in south Wales, more than members of the Llangeinor Hunt were seen off by about supporters braving freezing conditions….
Richard Thomas, one of the hunt masters at the year-old Tarporley Hunt Club, Lancs, one of the oldest hunt club still in existence, said: The Government sees tradition as a threat. Now is the time to stand together and take on the Government. We can't allow ourselves to be confined to history. Lord Scott of Foscote, a senior judge and hunting enthusiast for 45 years, had his plans to ride with Grafton Hunt in Northamptonshire curtailed by the frost. Most are organised and staffed by Lincolnshire clubs and organisations.
Choose from air rifles and clay pigeon shooting which have been regulars for many years. Lincolnshire Land Rover Club host their very popular 4 x4 rides in the small disused quarry and woodland area of the Country Fair site. Trade stands A wide selection of exhibitors will be offering hand-picked products for you, a variety of items are always on offer for gardeners and those that love the great outdoors as well as delicious produce available from the market place.
The popular terrier racing is a fun event to watch Image: Submitted Fun dog show The fun dog show will take place on the Blue Cross stand, with registration between 10am and Fun dog show categories include; waggiest tail, cutest puppy over four monthsbest veteran over eight yearsposhest pedigree, cutest crossbreed, prettiest bitch, most handsome dog, best in show.
Under 14s may enter for free. There are no card facilities on the day, so payment is by cash or cheque only. Hospitality Tickets include a delicious hot and cold buffet using local produce from the Brocklesby kitchen garden, available between 12noon and 2. These tickets must be pre-purchased. Brocklesby Country Fair is a great family day out Image: