CL&C on TV (obliquely) | March 22

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Don’t miss The Ladykillers, a four-part documentary on BBC2 starting on March 25 at 8.00pm. It stars our very own joint Hon Sec, Deborah BoultonBritain’s homes are increasingly sanitised with shiny floors and carpets and immaculate kitchen surfaces. However, lurking beneath a seemingly glistening façade is a host of unsightly pests and bugs. And now, they are getting smarter – poison and traps are becoming ineffective as they build up resistance. More and more people are calling on pest control services to help reclaim their homes and in this series, pest controllers Janet Dixon, Imogen Levenson, Deborah Boulton and Angela Chettle-Sloan visit those experiencing problems on a large scale, to help rid people of these unwanted guests.”

Also available (but only for few days more days)
Modern Times: Welcome to Mayfair starring CL&C kosher meet host and subscriber, property tycoon and all-round bon viveur, Tony Lorenz

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b053lbfk/modern-times-welcome-to-mayfair

And to look forward to in the autumn, a three-parter Inside Country Life, some of which was filmed at this season’s opening meet and starring subscriber Rupert Uloth and — as is de rigueur these days — Sage and the CL&C hounds

Sue & Joe Bird Annnual Slideshow | The Kennels | March 6

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Friday March 6 at 6.30pm for 7.00pm. The evening before our next meet at the Kennels, Goodwood, Sue and Joe Bird are giving a slide show taken from their magnificent back catalogue of photographs. It is sure to be a fascinating and intriguing evening and an enjoyable one too. Who knows, maybe you have a starring role! Do come along and see the show. Tickets are £20 to include a glass of wine and with a donation going to hunt funds! Places are limited, so please get in touch with the Kennels on 01243 755132 and book your seat.

Hygiene Wars | Lilly White -vs- Swamp Thing | February 21

It was a day of contrasts. Firstly, see here Sheila Lillywhite in her sparklingly well-appointed mobile ‘canteen’. Many of today’s field of 68 sampled her bacon and sausage baps. The canteen is pristine white and scrupulously clean. We like the home-made flags and pennants. Secondly, see here Sasha Lawes. As if the day was not lively enough, Sasha and her pony decided to explore a bog. Totally immersed, they were rescued by Nadine, Adam, Charlie and Karl, heroes all. It was quite something.

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Like we said, very few escaped unscathed:

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Team Relay and Gate Jumping Competition | March 29

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We are thrilled to have our very first team relay and gate jumping competition in the diary. The team relay is for teams of 3. Each rider jumps a course of shoe jumps in relay passing a whip between riders each time. All 3 riders are timed and the fastest team with the least number of penalties will be the winners. Three classes at 75cm, 90cm and 100cm Gate jumping -- who will go the highest?! Jump an upright then hold your nerve as you head towards the gate. Two classes starting at 60cm the 80cm.


This promises to be a nail biting day where you won't be sitting on the edge of your seats but most likely on your feet cheering the riders on!

See schedule
here

Events Schedule!


2015 Events
with the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt.
 
The Events Committee are delighted to be emailing you with the dates of our fundraising events this coming season:

Saturday 7 March | Hunt Ball. (See details and application form here).
 
Sunday 29 March | Team Relay and Gate Jumping Competition at Coombelands. Schedule is attached. Our thanks to Gaye Harwood for allowing us use of the fantastic facilities.
 
Saturday 25 April | Point-to-Point at Parham with a new Countryside Arena running from 11.30am throughout the day. Come along with your terriers for the terrier racing, enjoy the falconer, have a flutter on the horses and enjoy the tradestands..
 
Sunday 12 July | Open Show at Foxleigh Farm, Kirdford. This will include Sunshine Tour and Equifest qualifiers as well as all the normal show jumping, dressage, working hunter, fun class and the greatly anticipated children’s and adult gymkhana. Many thanks to Richard and Elaine Whitcomb for allowing us to return to their beautiful fields for the third year running.
 
Saturday 29 August | Champagne Ride from Pallingham Manor Farm. Many thanks to Rob and Vicki Wilkins for allowing us the use of their barn.
 
Saturday 12 September | Hunter Trial at Coombelands. Many thanks -- as ever -- to Gaye Harwood.
 
Full details of every event will go on the website
www.clandchunt.co.uk in due course

Spectators to all events are always very welcome or perhaps you could offer some time to help the day before or on the day. Please contact the organiser, any offers of help are always hugely appreciated.
 

We look forward to welcoming you to our events this year.
 
 

With the Mid-Surrey Farmers' Drag

It was “Fast and Furious” at Pallingham Manor. All we needed was Vin Diesel and Eva Mendes, but we had to make do with Harry Dzenis on Amy’s horse and Jo Burdett on Coco (it’s a boy, don’t ask). One of them has been round Badminton 5*and one has been round Fair Oak 1*, yet there’s ne’er a wafer’s thickness between them, is there? [No there isn’t. Now, please stop breaking my arm, Jo - Ed] A tremendous day -- unless your name rhymes with ‘Rupert Uloth’ and ‘Henry’. Commiserations to him and congratulations to the survivors...

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Hunt Ball | Southdown Manor | March 7 -- Book Now!

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Opening Meet Supper | Petworth House | November 8

Once again, the Opening Meet Supper will again be held in the Audit Room Restaurant at Petworth House, this time with drinks first in the historic subterranean tunnels! (We’ll meet there at 7.30pm prompt and then make our way to dinner thereafter).

We’ve decided to make it after our ‘second’ Opening Meet as many of you felt it was less frantic a day and easier to make arrangements for. We are here to oblige…

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Tickets are £23 and can be obtained from Hon Sec Nadine Crouch on 07973 182414 or via ‘Speak’. They will sell extremely well, so please get in touch with her quickly. It was a terrific evening last time, so the Masters will look forward to seeing you all again and to toast 2014-5. Here is the menu for your perusal and delectation:

‘Thirsty Fox’
with
Canapés
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Traditional Bacon Suet Pudding
served with
Fresh Parsley Sauce
and
Little Roasted Potatoes with Seasonal Vegetables
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Warm Blackberry, Pear and Almond Tartlets
with
Ice Cream
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Coffee & Petits-Fours de Ferrero Rocher
(Oh, Ambassador! How you spoil us!)

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

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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.



Countryman's Day | This Sunday

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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

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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…

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Click
here for the link straight to their site