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Save the Date

Thursday 19th February 2015
more details to follow…

Christmas with the CL&C | Sue and Joe Bird

Thank you to all those made the effort to come out both mounted and on foot over the Festive period. We had 88 out mounted on Boxing Day which is exactly one more rider than last season and 77 at Coombelands on Christmas Eve. On both days, the conditions were surprisingly good and we had an extremely fast and busy time of it. We also had a visit from Father Christmas and several elves Huge thanks to Jill Harwood for our meet on Christmas Eve, now near the racing stables. A really lovely meet. Thanks, as ever, to Karen Barker Thompson for hosting the meet at the kennels. There were hundreds on foot at both venues and as usual, neither Jill nor Karen were not unduly bothered by the numbers. Thanks also to the unbelievably hospitable landlords, Simon and Erica, at The Stag Inn, Balls Cross who replenished our depleted stocks at half-time. Here is a collage from Sue and Joe Bird. Remember to take a look a their website for more.

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Save the Date | Pub of the Month | The Cricketer's | January 14

Cricketers_1024First Pub of the Month of 2015 is an old favourite! The Cricketer’s, Wisborough Green. This is booked in for Wednesday January 14 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.

Hounds to Vine & Craven | November 15

Mr Staines enjoyed taking hounds down to his old stamping ground. The Vine & Craven hounds were hors de combat with a virus. A small mounted party accompanied him and them (Messrs Edge, Muir, Lyon-Maris, Crouch and Mrs Crouch) and several footies, chiefly Sheila and The Hoskins. Tim’s parents joined us from the West Country too. It was a very convivial meet, so much so that Mr Staines was moved to say a few well-chosen words. Hounds discharged themselves very well indeed in new country. And what beautiful country it is. We all thoroughyl enjoyed a day which finished in the pitch black and a hunt tea with our hosts Floreat Vine et Craven! we cry! We were delighted to help out.


Tumblers Conundrum

Rupert Uloth has suggested -- frankly, with puzzling haste -- that this snapshot by the Birds of young Adam Matthews could serve from now on as the motif for tumblers, place mats at Tumblers Dinner, invitations, the all-purpose symbol for a task set oneself and not completed. You get the gist. Instead of, he feels, this striking image of a chap in a grey cap and red coat which might be a bit overused by now…Well, maybe he’s got a point. However we feel both are striking. We can’t choose between the two. So let’s put them both up here and keep thinking about it….

Adam Matthews

Unknown man in grey cap
Rupert Uloth

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’
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Traditional Bacon Suet Pudding
served with
Fresh Parsley Sauce
Little Roasted Potatoes with Seasonal Vegetables
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Warm Blackberry, Pear and Almond Tartlets
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

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

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 or

Sue and Joe Bird | Photographers par exellence

Sue and Joe Bird’s website 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)