Every year the Beaufort Hunt hold a Charity Meet in order to raise funds for local and national charities, and over the years many thousands of pounds have been raised.
Where possible causes that benefit the community are chosen and this year the chosen charity was the Bristol Branch of Parkinson's UK.
Several members and supporters of the Beaufort Hunt suffer from this devastating and debilitating disease and funds raised will go into local research projects.
The Milsom family have generously hosted this meet at Hundred Acre Farm, Sopworth for many years and all who attended were welcomed with a warming nip of port for some and a sausage rolls and cake a plenty!
Willa Harford, from Horton who organised the bucket collection for the Beaufort that took place on Saturday 28th January said " Oh my goodness, we can't believe how generous everybody has been, we raised £1313.28 this morning at the meet in less than 30 minutes"
At the end of November members of the Beaufort Hunt "tripped the light fantastic", and danced the night away at their Hunt Ball -
a successful and fun event that resulted in the organisers being able to donate a cheque for £500 to Tetbury Hospital at the popular Tetbury meet in the Railway Car Park on 2nd January.
The cheque was presented by Janie Dear, Beaufort Hunt Ball organiser, to Dr. Tony Walsh, a Board Member, of Tetbury Hospital together with his four year old grandson Flynn.
John McGrath, Chairman of the Friends said" As Chairman of the Friends of Tetbury Hospital, I really appreciate the generous donation by the Beaufort Hunt, which will go towards the new treatment room”
On Boxing Day across the country huge crowds turned out to welcome and support their local hunts. At Worcester Lodge thousands turned out to see the Beaufort hounds.
Rows after rows of hundreds of cars had families picnicking from well stocked boots and enjoying a brisk walk in the crisp winter air to blow away the Christmas over indulgence.
Nothing starts off Christmas more for the Beaufort Hunt than their annual meet in the centre of Chipping Sodbury which took place on Wednesday 7th December.
Everyone seems to turn out to greet the riders and the hounds being such friendly animals, really love meeting people and being made a fuss of!
Local solicitors Simpsons generously offered all a warming nip of port and a mince pie to riders, passers by and probably hounds too!
A lovely occasion much enjoyed by all.
The Badminton Ride, which is run by many volunteers from the Beaufort Hunt, was held on Sunday 18th September in glorious weather. Some 750 riders from far and wide and of all ages undertook the 9 mile course around Badminton Park,
taking in a series of optional jumps and concluding with the ‘photo opportunity’ Lake Log jump in front of Badminton House.
As a result £4,000 was given to the nominated charity for this year – SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity. The presentation of the cheque to SSAFA took place at Worcester Lodge on Saturday 26th November.
The Duchess of Beaufort made the presentation to Lt Col. Bill Common on behalf of SSAFA.
In addition to the donation to SSAFA, a donation of £1,000 was also made to Badminton Church Restoration Fund and the Hunt received £4,000.
Next year’s Badminton Ride will take place on Sunday 24th September 2017.
On Saturday 12th November the Beaufort Hunt remembered the Fallen at their meet at Foxley. Even the hounds fell silent.
Along with many many others across the country, members of the Hunt took a quiet moment to remember friends and family who had made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
The Beaufort have an annual collection for the Earl Haig Poppy Fund at their Opening meet and whilst the sum collected this year on 5th November is not yet known, the amounts in past years have ranged from £1,300 to £1,500 and it is not thought that with a huge crowd present on the day, that this years result will be different.
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