Over 2 days on 5th and 6th June, just under 500 children from local schools have been visiting the Badminton Estate to discover more about life in the countryside.
They have been in the great Walled Garden identifying plants, seeing some of the history of Badminton House, watching the forester with his log cutter, seeing gamekeepers showing the skills of their spaniels, learning about game management, keeping sheep, and even seeing a falconer demonstrating flying birds of prey.
The day is topped off with the most popular moment of all - a look at the friendly hounds in the immaculate and famous Beaufort Hunt kennels at Badminton and a chance to cuddle a puppy.
This 10 week old puppy seems to be asking a pupil from Powells School in Cirencester "what are you going to do when you grow up"
The Beaufort stepped up to the mark and joined the Countryside Alliance Big Litter Picking Weekend on 2nd June.
A long section of the Fosse Way from Kemble Airfield to the M4 was cleared
of rubbish including one enormous pile of fly tipped rubbish deposited in a
valuable crop of wheat!
Huge thanks to all who gave their time and joined in with this great team
Practice makes perfect they say, so the Beaufort Inter Hunt Relay Teams of both Cubs and Seniors have been working hard at their skills all Spring ready for the summer shows and it seems the practice might be paying off!
The Beaufort Cubs came 4th round a big course at the Royal Artillery Hunt Relay and were able to show the Kings Troop how it’s done! A good first outing for Rosie Bush, Anna Dando, Belle Edwards and Charles Hall.
The Junior and Senior Team travelled to the North Somerset Show to compete in the main area with a huge atmosphere! Both teams won their first rounds, they then went into the semi-finals where the Beaufort Cubs were drawn to compete against the Beaufort Seniors which was rather entertaining! done to With the Cubs who managing to pip the Senior Team to the post with another win and go into the final.
The result was a 2nd place for the Beaufort Cubs team with Rosie Bush, Anna Dando, Belle Edwards and Willa Gravell and a 4th place for the Seniors with James Hopkins, Sara Cloke, Sarah Kellard-Smith and Steph Hunter.
The prestigious Royal Windsor Horse Show this Thursday will see the teams in action again.
The rain poured down but the buckets kept rattling on Saturday 20th January at Hundred Acre Farm, Sopworth for the annual Beaufort Hunt Charity Meet.
The Milsom family have been generously hosting this popular meet for over 22 years and it has raised many thousands of pounds for charities both local and national.
This year the chosen charity was The National Autistic Society and in less than 45 minutes over £1170 filled the buckets and it is hoped the final total will be in excess of this.
On a chilly 8th January a large crowd of mounted followers from the Beaufort Hunt with many more on foot gathered at Park Farm, Westonbirt to celebrate a happy occasion, the 80th birthday of popular farmer, John Hatherell.
John who was joined by wife Margaret and the rest of the his family was congratulated in a short speech on becoming an octogenarian by joint master, Ian Farquhar who was joined by his fellow joint masters, the Duke of Beaufort and Matt Ramsden also adding their best wishes.
Photo shows …mounted Matt Ramsden, left to right Duke of Beaufort, Margaret Hatherell, daughter Julie Curtis, hidden John Curtis son in law, Ian Farquhar and Sarah Newman (daughter of John and Margaret Hatherell)
At Badminton just before Christmas, the Duke of Beaufort presented two cheques to great causes.
The first cheque for £7,000 was presented on behalf of the Badminton Ride to the Restoration Fund for the Parish Church of Badminton.
The Badminton Ride takes place annually on the Duke`s beautiful estate and is manned by many volunteers from the Beaufort Hunt of which the Duke is joint master.
The second cheque presented by the Duke was to Wiltshire Air Ambulance for £1000. This came from the proceeds of the ever popular annual Beaufort Hunt Supporters Club Horse Show which is held on the Badminton Estate every August.
The photos show from left to right:
£7000 cheque to Restoration Fund. Nick Grant-Thorold (Ride Director), the Duke of Beaufort, Sheilah Michael and Christopher White ( churchwardens), Ian Farquhar joint master, and mounted Matt Ramsden joint master
£1000 cheque to Wilts Air Ambulance. Steve Ackland, Barbara Sealy (representing Wiltshire Air Ambulance), the Duke of Beaufort joint master, Nuala Dunne, Jill Brack and Jenny Minney (Horse Show organisers, Ian Farquhar joint master and Matt Ramsden joint master mounted. Back row left Mike Hibbard, (Hunt Club chairman)
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The Beaufort Hunt held a very successful Carol Service on 15th December at Badminton Church which was much enjoyed by all
Mr Matt Ramsden MFH and his team paraded hounds at The Festival of Eventing at Gatcombe in August.
A warm reception greeted them particularly from all the children - Posy received a lot of love!.