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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
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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
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NEW PAGE !! DIARY DATES - Members & Supporters items
An Important date for your Diaries----Sunday July 20th--- Barrys 40 year Presentation Day.
2pm at Threlkeld Cricket Club
Everyone welcome .......More details to follow
NEW APPOINTMENT of JOINT MASTER
I wish to confirm that with immediate effect Mr Larry Slattery has been unanimously appointed Joint Master of The Blencathra Foxhounds , following a general committee meeting last night -17th April. (This appointment will obviously need to be ratified at our AGM in October).
I am absolutely thrilled that Larry has agreed to join me in the Mastership, with our friendship now spanning 45 years. I believe that the timing is right and I look forward to working extremely closely with Larry , solely for the benefit of the continuing well-being of The Blencathra.
Larry A. Slattery was born in Waterford, Ireland the 2nd of 4 children.
His Father was a Farmer & Cattle Dealer and his Mother’s family were Horse Dealers.
Educated at Waterpark College and Shannon School of Hotel Management.
Larry came to Keswick 45 years ago to take up an appointment as Under Manager at The Royal Oak Hotel , following the completion of a 12 month contract in Frankfurt, Germany.
From there he went to The Kings Arms Hotel where he met his wife Judy and where they brought up their young family, Andrew, Liam, Patrick (deceased) and Elizabeth.
The family later moved to The White Horse Inn at Scales, Threlkeld for 13 wonderful years , followed by a stint of Management at The Greenhill Hotel, Wigton.
For the last 10 years Larry has been General Manager at The Shepherds Inn and Auctioneer in Carlisle. Sadly Judy died 2 years ago after a lengthy illness.
Larry’s interests are very much his family, including 5 grandchildren , Hunting , Rugby Union and National Hunt Racing. He has previously been closely associated with The Blencathra, having served on The General Committee, been a Hound Walker, having established The Terrier Show and he was influential in establishing the original Hunt Supporters Group. Larry’s daughter Lizzie is married to Stephen Blamire , currently in his first season as Master and Huntsman of The Cumberland Farmers Foxhounds.
I’m sure you will join me in wishing Larry well in this new appointment and I know that you will give him every encouragement and support as he settles into his new role and I think I can promise you that you will enjoy his company. Michael Thompson[Master]
It is now 40 years since Barry joined The Blencathra , with the last 25 as our Huntsman.
I believe that Barry has served The Blencathra with loyalty and professionalism during this time.
It is fitting and appropriate that we have opened a testimonial fund for Barry , which will run through until the end of April 2014.
I would like to think that you feel that Barry has earned this recognition during this period which has included:- a near fatal accident whilst on a lamb worrying call out , picking up the baton from the legendary Johnny Richardson – a tough act to follow ( just ask David Moyes !) and finally the pressures brought about since the implementation of The Hunting Act.
If you would like to make a donation please forward your cheque marked “Blencathra Foxhounds (BT Fund)” to our Treasurer Mr Alan Graham, 17, Brandlehow Crescent,Keswick,CA12 4JE.
Barry has committed his life to fell hunting and your support in recognising this tremendous achievement will be really appreciated and the attached article [click on picture above or here] which appeared recently in Hounds Magazine will give you a flavour of Barry Todhunter the man and our Huntsman.
Solicitor Advocate Jamie Foster on "another blow for the League"
On Monday 14th April the Western Morning News carried an opinion piece by Solicitor Advocate Jamie Foster on the recent Weston & Banwell case and the ramifications.
In "As another hunt prosecution fails, defence solicitor calls for the repeal of the hunt ban..." Defence solicitor Jamie Foster says the case is another blow for the League Against Cruel Sports."
Read Jamie's piece here.
Countryside Alliance Director of Campaigns Tim Bonner writes: In the last two or three years anti-hunting groups have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on 'investigating' the activity of hunts. They have employed a strange mixture of retired police officers, hunt sabs and private investigators who stalk the countryside with sophisticated surveillance equipment. The sole aim of all this activity is a desperate attempt to prop up the failed and discredited Hunting Act by bringing prosecutions against hunts.
Read more Here
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 [left] to......
visit his website and download /read the book as a pdf.
"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
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
Jim Barrington's new film: "Foxhunting: cruel sport or natural chase?"
Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: Jim Barrington, our animal welfare consultant, presents a new film on hunting which should be prescribed viewing for those on both side of the argument..
The film, entitled "Foxhunting: cruel sport or natural chase," sees Jim present the case for hunting in a calm, factual manner, beginning by observing that despite the Hunting Act "this is an issue that has not been resolved".
Click here To Read More & View the short film
An Introduction to Fox Hunting is a 16-page document, designed to introduce the younger generation to hunting with hounds - and it is available now. 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.
“We get numerous requests for material from young people taking part in school and college debates on hunting and so have tailored this document especially for them,” said Jim Barrington, animal welfare consultant for the Countryside Alliance.
“I attend many debates to talk about hunting and there is a real thirst for information from young people; it is up to us to provide the facts so that informed debate, and a healthy interest in the countryside, can follow.”
The booklet has an informative but fun tone and, with plenty of illustrations, has been designed to stimulate the younger mind.
For copies of the booklet please contact Henrietta Lee at the Countryside Alliance at email@example.com or visit the Countryside Alliance stand at the Royal Welsh, the Great Yorkshire, The CLA Game Fair (19-21 July), at Ragley Hall, Warwicks or other shows the Countryside Alliance is attending this summer.
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The Blencathra circa 1900