New Year`s Day saw a huge crowd of Beaufort Hunt supporters gather at The Great Tythe Barn, Tetbury where a £1000 cheque was presented to Mr Julian Benton who accepted it on behalf of Tetbury Hospital.
The money was raised from the proceeds of the recent Hunt Ball and Silent Auction and a hunt spokesperson said `Many Beaufort people are lucky enough to enjoy the wonderful care offered by this marvellous little local hospital it was good to be able to give something back.`
`The Beaufort hounds seem to mark the start of Christmas` said one bystander as the Hunt gathered for their annual meet in Chipping Sodbury High Street. A big crowd of supporters, locals and shoppers gathered to say hello and enjoy the hospitality from Simpsons solicitors with a nip of port and a sausage roll. A big cheer went up when Beaufort Hunt joint master Matt Ramsden thanked the crowd for their support and wished everyone a Happy Christmas.
A cheque for £2,000 from The Badminton Ride 2018 was presented to the Royal British Legion`s Gloucestershire County Chairman, Brian Hewitt on Saturday 1st December by the Duke and Duchess of Beaufort.
Wiltshire Air Ambulance received a £1000 boost to their funds on Saturday from the Beaufort Hunt. The Marquess of Worcester presented the cheque to Air Ambulance volunteers Anne Hooper and Douglas Looman.
The donation came from the proceeds of the popular Hunt Supporters Club Horse Show held every August on the Badminton Estate. A spokesperson for the hunt said ` all of us are grateful for the wonderful work done by the Air Ambulance particularly in rural areas where speed is of the essence following accidents or illness.
The Beaufort Hunt like many hunts across the country today paid tribute to those who lost their lives in the both World Wars and in other subsequent conflicts by holding a minutes silence at their meet in Littleton Drew on the 10th November.
Many of those attending had time to reflect and remember the loss of family members and friends who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
The Duke of Beaufort`s Hunt sent two teams to the Inter Hunt Relay at the Festival of Hunting at Peterborough this week.
A Senior Team of James Hopkins, Brooke Gardener-Wollen, Steph Hunter and Sara Cloke and a Junior Team of Rosie Bush,
Anna Dando, Belle Edwards and Willa Gravell.
The Festival of Hunting is one of the highlights of the Relay Competition Season and something that the teams have been
working and practising towards with the help of Team Manager Nicky Bush and our Kennel Huntsman’s wife Chef d’equip Selina Hopkins.
Each team competed against around 30 teams from hunts across the UK, with fierce and fast qualifying rounds!
The Senior team qualified for the knockout rounds but unfortunately after a good second round they were pipped to the post by
three seconds and knocked out.
Congratulations to our Junior team on some fast and furious rounds. Four incredible qualifying rounds against competitors up to 21years old
(our youngest member is 12years old!) sent them through to the semi-finals where the Hunt masters and Hunt staff came to cheer them
on following their success with the hounds. In a hugely exciting tightly fought final rounds in the main arena The Duke of Beaufort`s
Cubs were ultimately 4th. Huge congratulations!
Photo shows the Junior Team, left to right of Belle Edwards, Willa Gravell, KH Nick Hopkins, Anna Dando and Rosie Bush
At this years Welsh and Border Counties Hound Show at Builth Wells, Captain Farquhar who retires from the mastership of the Beaufort Hunt in May 2019 was honoured to receive a painting of Pembrokeshire Gerwyn 2003 from the Welsh Hound packs in recognition of his deep love of Welsh hounds and his support for the show over many years.
Pembrokeshire Gerwyn was the sire of a much loved and popular hound drafted to the Beaufort called Gwynneth.
Bernie Tidmarsh has just retired as farrier at the Beaufort Hunt after many years and to mark his retirement, Miranda Dowager Duchess of Beaufort presented him with a painting commisioned by the hunt done by local artist Tristram Lewis.
In blazing sunshine the Beaufort Puppy Show saw visitors from far and wide
come and see the young hounds being judged on their conformation, quality
and movement under the expert eyes of judges Martin Scott and Nigel Peel
The "puppies" at this stage are fully grown young adults. They spend the
first few months of their lives at the homes or farms of devoted "puppy
walkers" being taught the early lessons in life - getting used to other
animals and interacting with people all of which brings out their inherently
friendly nature. This years winners were a doghound called Factor, walked
by Mrs Janet Gardner and a bitch hound called Fabric walked by Mrs Gill
Photo shows from left to right
Graham Gardner, Matt Ramsden MFH, Gill Brack, Miranda, Dowager Duchess of
Beaufort, John Gardner, Capt.Ian Farquhar MFH, Janet Gardner