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The CA visited us in December 2011 in snowy conditions & made a short



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Some great hunting stories in the Mardale Hunt Book ---

There had been a shepherd’s meeting at the top of High Street, and such meetings were invariably accompanied by sports and hunts. During the particular hunt in question a man named Dixon fell from Blea Water Crag, about 300 feet high, and miraculously broke no bones, although terribly bruised, for he struck several times against the rock and so checked his fall. When he came to the ground he scrambled on to his knees, cried out “Lads, t’fox is gane out at hee end; lig t’ dogs on and I’ll come syn” and then fell down insensible.


50 copies of the 2nd Edition are now available

£17.00 inc post and packing

Available from:

Henry Roberts 01539 720524 or

Fred Holdsworth 015394 433388 or

Ron Black [author]:




the Case for Hunting here


the Case for Repeal here


An Introduction to Fox Hunting

If you would like any of the above booklets in hard-copy format please get in touch with Henrietta on


Hunt Badge to commemorate Barry's 40 years with the Blencathra

ONLY 5 from the Hunt Supporters Team

email Sheila at or

tel 01768 779593 for details






































Here's another picture for you to:

1 Name those folk

A: B Todhunter;D Bell;M Thompson;K Stuart

      2 Name the crag

A : ??

             3Guess the year

A :1978


A Great Picture from 1978!!

3 Questions:

1 Q Where was the picture taken?

A On the old A66 road between Storms and Burns Farm

2 Q Where is Miss Blencathra 1978 Lynne Sexton Now??

A No answer as yet....

3 Q Was Miss Blencathra chosen at the Rookin Farm Hunt Ball?






Hunting Act is a failed law that must be repealed, says hunting community

Tim Bonner Countryside Alliance [Feb 17th]

The Hunting Act 2004 came into law on 18 February 2005, but ten years on the hunting community is still just as keen to see this illogical, badly drafted and unfair law consigned to history. In 2015 practically every one of the 300 plus hunts that were operating when the ban was passed is still going strong, thanks to the determination of the hunting community – but continuing like this is not an option.

Tim Bonner, director of campaigns at the Countryside Alliance, said: “The law has proved just as unworkable, pointless and wasteful as we predicted. A law which was passed because of MPs’ obsession with fox hunting has been used almost exclusively to prosecute poachers – 97% of cases brought under the Act do not involve registered hunts.

“The Hunting Act does not even work from the fox’s point of view. Anti-hunt groups spent around £30 million to put the Hunting Act on the Statute Book– since then they have not spent a penny to show the impact it has had on animal welfare. This is because there has been no improvement in welfare – just as many foxes are being killed as were before the ban.

“The Hunting Act has nothing to do with animal welfare and everything to do with class politics and prejudice which is why the law is completely unworkable.

“Millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money and thousands of hours of police time continue to be wasted on spurious allegations under the Hunting Act. We call on the next Government to ensure that the ban is repealed. This issue will never be resolved until we have legislation based on evidence and principle, rather than prejudice and political point scoring.”





• There are over 300 registered hunts in England and Wales. Together they have carried out more than 150,000 days hunting since the Act came into force on 18 February 2005.
• There have been 30 completed cases under the Hunting Act involving hunts registered with the Council of Hunting Associations (up to January 2015).
• Of those 30 cases just 13 led to a conviction – just over one case for every year of the Hunting Act.




      Boxing Day and New Year -- [click on pictures for galleries]


Check out Recent days out for the 2014/15 galleries or Latest news items pages








The draw for the 4 canvas pictures so far is as follows:


1  Diane Todhunter Robinson - Barry above Derwentwater


2  Larry Slattery - Barry and hounds at Watendlath


3  Chris Lamb - Barry above Bassenthwaite


4 Stan Clark -Walking to the Opening Meet Threlkeld


These 2 canvases are still be won --- look out for Sheila/tickets at future Coffee mornings/meets/events!






A 'new' release of an 'old' classic


   The DVD version of the original video

    Todhunter & The FoX


     Copies available at £20


  Contact a Hunt Official to get your copy!!










"hunting is fundamental to the lives and cultural heritage of Cumbrian people"




The Lake District has been hit hardest by the Hunting Act of 2004, says Johnny Scott, tracing the history of the region’s fell packs – once the first line of defence against predation for farmers




Click here to read the article by Johnny Scott in the latest edition of the Field Magazine




Charlie Pye-Smith is the author of "Rural Rites: hunting and the politics of prejudice". The book provides detailed analysis of the history of the 2004 Hunting Act, the issues underlying it and the situation created by its enactment. "This book has an application which goes so much further than hunting and animal welfare. It shows us the ease with which bad law can be made, how simple it is to spin the facts, and how readily the rights of minorities can be obliterated". Published by the All Party Parliamentary Middle Way Group. Charlie is the author of over a dozen books, click on the book cover to......

visit his website and download /read the book as a pdf.

An Introduction to Fox Hunting is a 16-page document, designed to introduce the younger generation to hunting with hounds. Specifically focused at targeting the secondary school age range, the booklet covers a wide variety of topics including some facts about the fox as a species, a guide to a day’s hunting, some important hunting terms and a word search.




The booklet has an informative but fun tone and, with plenty of illustrations, has been designed to stimulate the younger mind.



Click Here to see/download a copy



FOR the LOVE of HUNTING ENGLAND  -- check out the new website

Barry is to be a regular contributor as one of the 'Hunting Personalities'---

read his first article here  










Master: Sir Percy Hope; Huntsman: Johnny Richardson; Whip: Anthony Chapman