This Is Hunting UK. Nov 2016

As you can read from this set of minutes and in many other documents on this website, land is being withdrawn from hunts after land owners are contacted. Once that land is out of circulation to the hunt it has a huge knock on effect for them, they have to find new routes and it can be devastating for them. These are old minutes, posting them to highlight the importance of contacting land owners.

                              This is Hunting UK Committee Meeting. 
                                     Sunday 13th November 2016
                                  The Greyhound Hotel, Lutterworth

Chairman: James Barclay
Date:13th November 2016
Place: The Greyhound Hotel, Lutterworth
Time 12 noon

Apologies – Robin-Bell Irving, John Osbourne, Rachel Tiffin, Henry de Fossard, Kathy
William Montgomery, Sally Merrison, Fran Allman, Brett Parker, Viki Ross
Cathy McFadden, Keith McCall, Bryan Pye, Gary Thorpe, Dave Collop, Freddie Ingall, Robin Ingall
Liz Mort, Charles Carter, Sir John Scott, Jonathon Beckerlegge, Miles Cooper, Olly Hill
Polly Portwin, Karen Davidson-White Roderick Moore, Andy Boyes ,Paul Dunn.

Present- James Barclay, Lou Berry, Dave Bingham, Andrew Smith, Anna Ernsting, Gareth Watchman, Mike Smith, Clive Rees, Dan Mottishaw, Anna Alcock, Liz Rhys-Jones, Matthew Waddington, Chris Waddington, Lavinia Wells, Fiona Symes, Susie Goess, Allan Storey, Martin Weatherhead, Richard Hall.

As the Committee Meeting was held on Remembrance Sunday, a two minutes silence was held in remembrance of the Fallen from the two World Wars and all subsequent Wars.

   Minutes of the last Committee Meeting.

Chairman’s Introduction. Unity and Positive Thinking across our Committee And how to encourage non hunting families, across the UK Tto have a far greater understanding of our activities.
As an example of this, James spoke briefly about the Bucks County Show and how important it was, so many people wanting to know more about hunting which is always a positive thing and something that must be taken note of in developing the work of This is Hunting UK as a whole.
Mike Smith Master from the Old Berkley Beagles spoke about the importance of involving young people he learnt a lot from the Bucks show where he interacted with the children, they all loved the Beagles and listening to Mike explain about them.

Shows Report.
James read the report by John Osbourne, all shows were a great success namely, encouraging new and old to hunting. Speaking to people about TiHUK and how important our role is. James also asked that we actively encourage our own people. Thanks to John Osbourne for this and all his work. The Burton Families day was also a huge success when a very large number of non hunting people visited the Kennels for their Families Day. Thanks to the Masters, Hunt Supporters and Bryan Pye for all their help in organising this
Fund Raising
Finance Chairman, Dave Bingham spoke about how important it is for TiHUK to raise funds. We have our new badges available to sell to hunts and the wider public it is hoped we should see a £900 net profit from these once sold.
Lou Berry has spoken with Michael Sagar of Hounds Magazine and organised a free advertisement to promote our Badges and advertising banners for businesses on the TiHUK website.
Letters are going out to potential sponsors this week hopefully to secure some funding.
Dave also spoke about the importance of linking our Facebook page to our website to direct traffic from there. Also, to try to secure a company to support TiHUK much like Lush support the Saboteur’s Association
We also spoke about TiHUK having a membership and whether the CA would have any objection, however it was decided that now was not the right time. We discussed the possibility of committee members and the wider public donating via a Direct Debit. It was also mentioned that committee members could think about how hunts in their area could be involved in fundraising.
It was mentioned to the Committee that it would possibly be a good idea to set up an Instagram account, the more likes you get the better it is for sponsorship.
Commercial crown funding was discussed, Dave Bingham set up a just giving page which was very successful generating £1200, with Dave Collop and his colleagues getting behind this. We could promote the just giving page again.
It was also mentioned that we could maybe be set up for Gift aid.
Dave also he was working on a business plan to apply to the Heritage Lottery for a grant.
It was also mentioned that when attending future shows we should have TiHUK merchandise available to sell so we can generate an income from them rather than just attending to spread our message.
It was suggested that we need to be better positioned at some of the show we attend for maximum impact.
 Community and Education
The matter of educating the younger generation in hunting was also raised and various methods of doing this were discussed including possible trips to kennels by schools.
Mike Smith raised the prospect of young farmer’s clubs being involved in different aspects of hunting, including having specific days at hunts for the young farmers, this has had great success in the areas were Mike is based.

   Badges

Matthew and Chris Waddington explained about the production of our TiHUK badges which were launched at the end of our meeting. We have 250 badges available some of which were taken by various committee members to be sold to family, friends and hunts. By the end of the meeting the cost of production had been met any sold after this we be profit to TiHUK.
It was also discussed about the production of rubber wristbands with our logo on prices to be confirmed. And, different editions of badges namely the different colours of the various hunts.
 Saboteur activity.
It was discussed that the Atherstone Hunt are still being heavily targeted by Sabs.
Anna Ernsting also informed us that the Ross Harriers are also suffering heavily with sab activity they have had their hunt ball cancelled by the hotel because of the pressure put on them by the protesters. They were also experiencing problems with them, hounds being deliberately being called on to the road.
They have also unfortunately had land owners withdraw the use of their land because of the pressure put on them by Sabs.
The Tedworth have had a few problems with sabs as have the Bleasdale.
It was also reported to the group that someone had approached the board of water for information on the coniston hunt meets and they were willing to pay for any information given.
Within the forestry commission land sabs have applied for hunt meet dates quoting the freedom of information act.
No reported sab activity with the Essex, South Notts,Old Berkley Beagles and the Goathland and Glaisdale.
TiHUK needs to work closely with any hunts who are having problems with sabs and to support Pubs, Hotels etc. who are also having problems with sabs.
 Newcomers days.
Unfortunately, we did not have all the information from the CA regarding newcomer’s week, however they seem to have been a great success across the country.
 Actions for all
Holiday meets.
Hunting family’s try to encourage none hunting families to attend holiday meets.
Hunting and Shooting Improving relationships on how the two can come together
 Date of next meeting Sunday 8th of January 2017
 Meeting Closed at 3.50pm

South Tetcott Hunt

This 2019 document from the Devon-based South Tetcott Hunt suggests that the people who collect money from hunt supporters sometimes have to resort to violence!

The next document from June 2020 reveals that, yet again, tax payers are propping up illegal fox hunting with COVID grants:

Master’s letter that went out in September 2020 you can read here.
The chairman sent out a letter in October 2020, which included some of the hunts meets. You can read it here.

The subscribers for this hunt were listed in a spreadsheet, here is a screenshot:

A couple of financial spreadsheets, covering the same period of time, but with varying amounts listed in each:

Finally all the committee members emails. Should you wish to contact them, keep communications polite. It is entirely lawful to contact these people:

Alan & Emma Barnes”, Mark Bowden, Dave Clark, Stephen Davey, Tash Dayment, Amanda Friend, Jenny Lawrence, Anne, Sharon Mills, Richard Trewyn, Vicky Wilson, Adrian Chubb, Derek Ellis, James Neale, Bruce Newport, “jodi.risdon78”, Amy Parkin, Daphne Beasley, Rosie Ware, Mark Thompson, Dave Bowden

MFHA standards.

You can read the entire document from the Masters of Foxhounds Association here.

MFHA Summer Conference July 27th, Cheltenham Racecourse

Once again the place for a meeting of fox hunters is a racecourse, seems like such a common feature that we are now interested in publishing documents from within the racing industry, if you have anything please email us.

If you want to film the majority of fox hunting masters in the UK, pop along to the Cheltenham racecourse, you may need a zoom lens or a drone if you can’t get in close.

Blackmore & Sparkford Vale, backed by Boden.

Sent to all Blackmore Sparkford Vale subscribers, for 2019 Election.

Interesting that hunts believe that a “recklessness” clause will end trail hunting, surely all hunts are currently training their hounds to chase trails as fox hunting has been illegal for over 15 years. So what possible difference could any clause changes in the hunting act possibly make, unless fox hunting had never stopped and hunts are all just routinely ignoring the law. Hunts will always, it seems, go door knocking for tories, even if the tories have no plans at all to reverse the hunting act, simply because Labour (at least in 2019) may well strengthen the act.

If you haven’t heard of the clothing company “Boden“, they had a turnover in 2016 of over £300 Million. Whilst not running their clothing company, they are out killing foxes and supporting the hunt by sponsoring it’s crappy auction magazine, p17

Why would a family who are earning tens of millions per year want to sponsor one of the most notoriously violent hunts in the United Kingdom?
Even volunteering to open and close the gates for the hunt as they tear up the countryside, on 16th January this Year. This was the planned list for gate openers.

Perhaps it’s just that the hunts are so well connected with the local landed gentry? here is an email from the high sheriff of Somerset, why such a person would be connected to a crime gang is anyone’s guess:

Here are this years diary dates:

This was also sent out recently to BSV subscribers:

If you’d like to email the committee of this hunt, these are their emails:
Wendy Sturney, Andrew Tuffin, AJM Wickham, Alan Hanson, Alan Wiseman, Alice Conway, Andy Frizzle, Ann Tite, Annie Bacon, Becky Partridge, Ben Stretton, Carolyn Boyden, Bryony, Jane Carver, Capt Perry,, Charley Mayo, Charlotte Mayo, Chris Stares

MFHA measures “not been put in place to bully a hunt”

This memo went out to all the hunts a few days ago, it’s the implementation of the HAG report which we had leaked some time ago. The aim it seems is to cut down on the total number of hunts as the current level isn’t sustainable, in part due to “Too many hunts and not enough good men/ women”.
So when the new chair Andrew Osborne says
“These new measures have not been put in place to bully a hunt into operating in such a way that is unnecessary or unworkable”
It’s difficult to actually believe him, the MFHA either does or doesn’t want to encourage trail hunting as a replacement for fox hunting. If it does then it needs to put an end to certain elements, which was why the Hunting Action Group report touched on terrier work:
“Consider public perception with regard to terrier work”
The latest memo to Masters of Foxhounds in Great Britain:

MFHA diary dates & welcome to Richard “blame the sabs” Gurney

Recent updates sent out to all the Masters of fox hunts, starts with a welcome to Richard Gurney as Vice Chairman to the MFHA. Many will remember Richard from the webinars scandal:

After being caught out on camera, why has Richard been promoted? Within hunting circles it is well established that the MFHA is very much an “old boys network”.

Other recent updates include upcoming courses, locations and dates:

And one especially for new Masters, worth putting a note in your calendar for Saturday June 26th, as Stratford racecourse has a footpath going straight through the middle of it.

Another big date in the hunting calendar on Wednesday July 21st is the Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show: