TumbleStock | September 4

100+ happy partygoers enjoyed the party of the new season. It was beautifully organised in the courtyard at Flathurst Stables, decorated with Barry’s bunting and twinkling fairy lights, flaming torcheres and flickering candles. Very atmospheric. Refreshments (liquid) were courtesy of Beetlejuice and their ‘Foxhunters’ cocktail specially commissioned for the evening (gin, lychee juice and fresh pulped raspberries among other ingredients, I think). Giving you some idea of the conviviality, towards midnight they had run out of gin. (I know they could just have uncorked Jo Burdett, but luckily Master Tim had a couple of bottle behind the scenes…) Refreshment (substantial) was supplied by the Shepherd’s Hut Catering Co. from their pretty shepherd’s hut. Naturally.

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Master Tim would have had us rolling in the aisles if there had been any with his excellent tributes to those who had fallen. So we just rolled. Chloe Finch’s trophies were beautifully made, really something to keep for all time. Shares in HobbyCraft must have leapt. Ex-Master Paul attempted to justify his fall (‘Experienced jumpers only’) but was drowned out. Never attempt to justify your fall. Ian Tasney made a moving tribute to the spirit of camaraderie and Lady Tinka of Downton justly earned herself the Toby Stone (not the real one obviously, which would have been ludicrous, but Lady Anstruther’s maquette)
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We’re convinced there are many who made it a success, but a huge thank you to the prime movers behind the event. It was really something and here’s to the next one! Antonia Camilleri and Chloe Finch, James Robertson, and Tim and Jane

Tumblers | 2014-5) | It starts here...

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Starting as he may or may not intend to finish, Stephen Woodford becomes this season’s first tumbler barely an hour into the new season. He was joined later by Zoe from Tim Lee’s yard. Welcome! A branch did for Stephen [I feel we’ve been here before? - Ed] while something unspecified caused Zoe’s introduction to Tumblers. You won’t be alone for much longer. Update: You’re not. Welcome, Nicci Miller-Foy

Hunt Supporters New Merchandise | On sale now!

The Hunt Supporters Club take great pleasure in introducing some new additions to their range of club clothing and a brand new line in practical merchandise.

Ladies and gentlemen! Be a cut above the rest in a new body warmer and make yourself instantly popular with the masters by producing, from its pockets, some sloe gin in one of our smart new hip flasks. Several would be delighted with a flourish of your wind-proof lighter. With the festive season less than 15 weeks away [Thanks for that - Ed] , these will provide affordable gift solutions of ineffable quality, while simultaneously raising money to support your hounds. What a warm, roseate glow that will produce! Especially after the sloe gin.

All available from
Sheila Lillywhite. See her at meets.

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Prices: Pewter Hip Flask = £25 Stainless Steel Hip Flask = £20 Leather Hip Flask = £20 Bottle-stop = £15 Lighter = £10 Body Warmer = £35 Fleece (adult) = £25 Fleece (child) = £15 Sweat Shirt (adult) = 20 Sweat Shirt (child) = £15 Ties = £15 Cap = £10

Pub of the Month | The Stag | Balls Cross

Pub of the Month starts again at an old favourite! The Stag Inn at Balls Cross. This is booked for Tuesday September 23 at 7.30pm The menu will go out shortly on ‘Speak’.

Please get in touch with Sheila (
01798 342990) as soon as you can as it is sure to sell out quickly.

Hunter Trials | Iping | October 19

Save the Date : Hunter Trials will take place at Iping on Sunday October 19
(by kind permission of The Hon Mrs Daphne Lakin)
Clear Round Class: 70cm
Then 80cm, 90cm and 100cm classes and TWO pairs classes.

As always with these fundraisers lots of help is needed. We are hoping to have two groups of jump judges this year a group to do classes 1 to 3 and then a group of jump judges to cover classes 3 to 6. However if you can offer any amount of time it would be hugely appreciated. We offer lunch, refreshments and lots of fun. You do not need to have had any experience as we will provide a full briefing and support during the day.

Any queries or for offers of help please contact
Storme Whittaker on 07765 124955 or stormewhit@tiscali.co.uk
Jo Burdett on 07814 040489 or jo.burdett@rocketmail.com

We are offering the opportunity to sponsor fences again this year, with more classes and record entries that grow every year this is a superb opportunity. The price will remain at
£20 a fence and you will have a sign on the fence provided by us, the opportunity to put a banner up around the parking area and any form of paper marketing material at the
Secretary’s tent.

Please contact Storme if this appeals to you and a
form will be sent with more information.

Schedule attached

Countryman's Day | This Sunday

Countryman’s Day takes place at Balls Cross (by kind permission of Lord Egremont, The Leconfield Estates and Mr Richard Chandler). It’s on Sunday July 26 (signposted at The Stag Inn). Car Park: £5.00  Person on Foot: £5.00 11.00 : Classes start (entry fee of £2.00 per class, payable at the ringside) 12 noon : Dog agility demo, followed by 'Clear Round' agility Gun dog scurry throughout the day; terrier racing will follow all judged classes (£2.00 per entry) side shows, produce stalls, trade stands, tombola, Refreshments. And the ever bitingly-satirical ‘Scarecrow Competition’

Open Show | Thank you

The Events Committee would like to extend a huge thank you to the following for their contribution to last Sunday's successful Open Show

Richard and Elaine Whitcomb for the fabulous showground and their generosity in allowing us to set up the day before

Judges --
Rachael Morley, Gary Keywood, Lucy Denny, Tiffany TasneyBeryl Millam and Jane Weller Stewards -- Karen Dallyn, Natasha Harris, Bev Kent, Sarah MorleyRichard Stubbs, Peter Sherratt, Tina Pendle, David Hayes, Jo Haill Sheila Lillywhite and Naomi Rogerson Assistant Secretary -- Dawn Clark Pole pickers -- David Hayes and Tom Lane Judge refreshers -- Belinda Wilkins Parking -- Barry and Patrick who ensured safe entry and exit to the showground Tim Mardles, John Gough, Tom Lane and David Hayes (and his unfeasibly large horse-box) for help in setting up the previous day.

And not least, the Masters would like to thank, as ever, 
Jo and Storme and James for all their hard work

Once again a wonderful team effort. There have been many emails, texts, calls and facebook messages from appreciative competitors.

The date for our next event our Hunter Trial at Iping is 
Sunday 19th October
Schedule to follow soon, any offers of help would be greatly 
appreciated. This event requires many hands, experienced or first 
timers, we welcome all and full briefing will be given plus support via the radios all day. Please let Storme or Jo know on 
stormewhit@tiscali.co.uk or jo.burdett@rocketmail.com

Sue and Joe Bird | Photographers par exellence

Sue and Joe Bird’s website jsbeephotography.com is a tremendous resource for all countryside activities not just trail hunting and the CL&C. However, they offer us great support and memories of happy days spent in the field (or in many cases, Angus Walker, Jo Burdett et alia on the field). It’s always worth clicking on to their website to see what is new…


here for the link straight to their site

Puppy Show (2014) | Results

Grafton (walked by Michael and Deborah Boulton)
Gregory (walked by Reid Summerhayes)
Glasgow (walked by Roger Jarrad)

Glisten (walked by Michael and Deborah Boulton)
Glory (walked by Caroline Saunders)
Gretel (walked by Michael and Deborah Boulton)

Doghound : Grafton
Bitch : Glisten
Champion : Glisten

Cup Winners
The Hunt Supporters Cup : Glossy (Mr & Mrs David Hayes)
The Graffham Cup : Growler (the Homan Family)
The Kathleen Elwin Cup : Streamer (the Hoskins Family)
The Masters Cup : Bosun (Reid Summerhayes)
The Shirley Reed Cup : Bobbin (Michael & Deborah Boulton)
The Harold Wait Cup : Paragon (the Hoskins Family)
The Joy and Stan Mayes Trophy : Habit (Mrs Diane Evans)

The Hunt Relay Team | CHAMPIONS!

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History was made today at about 5.00pm at the South of England Showground at Ardingly. We could not be more pleased to announce that the
CL&C Inter-Hunt Relay Team triumphed at Ardingly today by winning their semi-final against the Kent and Surrey Bloodhounds and then going on to win the Final against the Mid-Surrey Draghounds. It is the first time in several years that the CL&C has been allowed to enter the relay at this venue so it gave us immense pleasure to go all the way and win it against 7 other neighbouring packs. The standard of competition was exceptionally good today and all the teams were well practiced and fast which made winning even more of a fabulous result.

Huge congratulations to today's team which consisted of:-

Vicki Wilkins MFH, Coco Allingham, Rachel Morley
and James Robertson
with Chef d'Equipe Karen Dallyn and the team on the ground

Also thank you to the great support in the stands for the Chid and Lec team as the roar of support was most definitely audible!

Cavalcade of Hounds, Ardingly | June 7


South of England Show, Ardingly | Results

We had another terrific day at Ardingly in the show ring.  I know you will want to join the masters and all who attended today in congratulating Sage and Tim for yet another excellent showing of the CL&C hounds. 
The competition between 15 packs was of a markedly high standard. Having travelled a considerable distance to join us, the Grove and Rufford from Nottinghamshire did not go away empty-handed, emerging as the clear winners in many classes.

Judges :  Dog Hounds -- Andrew Osborne MFH (Cottesmore) 
and Guy Landau MFH (Morpeth)  Bitch Hounds -- Mark Hankisson and  Richard Standing MFH (Mendip Farmers)

Dog Hounds

Class 2 : Best Couple of Unentered Dog Hounds - 
1st - Grafton and Grecian 
(The Gregson Challenge Cup)
Bitch Hounds
Class 9 :  Best Couple of Entered Bitch Hounds  - 
4th - Rosy and Royalty
Class 10 :  Best Two Couple of Entered Bitch Hounds  - 2nd -Grayling and Tapestry, Rosy and Royalty
The June Wood Memorial Trophy
Class 11 :  Best Brood Bitch Hound  - 
3rd - Tapestry
Class 12 :  Championship for Best Bitch Hound -
Reserve Champion - Royalty

Encouraging news from Ockley | June 5

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Class 3 : Best Two Couple of Entered or Unentered Dog Hounds - 2nd - Glasgow, Grafton, Grecian and Gregory
Championship for the Best Entered or Unentered Dog Hound in Classes 1 - 4
(Reserve: East Kent with West Street)

Bitch Hounds
Class 5 : Best Unentered Bitch -
2nd - Gretel
Class 7 : Best Two Couple of Entered or Unentered Bitches -
2nd -
Royalty, Rosie, Tapestry, Grayling
Class 8 : Championship for the Best Entered or Unentered Bitches in Classes 5 - 7
(Reserve: East Kent with West Street)

The Vintage Tack Room | Grand Opening | May 17

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Mia and her team invite you to the official opening of the Vintage Tack room, 3 Market Square Petworth on Saturday May 17 at 12.30. Drinks and ‘nibbles’ will be served and, excitingly, Rupert Uloth of Country Life will cut the tail bandage to declare it open! Special offers will abound! Stockists of new and vintage clothes and accessories for hunting, polo, showing and the ‘country life’. Special discounts for hunt servants and followers and members of polo clubs. New as well as vintage brands stocked

Cowdray Sponsored Ride | 2014

Entries may have been down by about two dozen or so, but sponsorship was greatly increased, so today's Sponsored Ride was, according to our bean-counter another terrific success, likely to top last year’s totals…How she loves a biscuit tin full to bursting with banknotes.

Thanks to all who took part and to those who came to spectate. There was a great turnout of CL&C followers, which is always nice to see. It was great day on the new course which starts with a wonderful view of Cowdray House. The going was great we were told. We'd like to thank those members of the Hunt who helped out with stewarding and trouble-shooting, but we must thank above all
Joan Langmead and Nadine Crouch who make it all happen seamlessly....

Thank you to -- and in no particular order --
Trish Morley, Alison Owen and Kate Ford in the tent. Jump Stewards Suzanne Garner, Katrina Mardles, Barry and Patrick, Joy Mayes, the Hoskins, Sheila Lillywhite, and Ann Wadey. Paul L-M and Tania Slowe were pathfinders with Deborah Boulton 'sweeper’ (she did not get lost this time) and Tim Mardles and Mark Teear dashed around helpfully all week. It could not happen without the patronage of Lord Cowdray and the practical help of Robert Windle and Donald MacDonald and many, many others on the Estate, as well as the Scouts who are always prepared.

Thanks everyone. It was a terrific day!