What a lovely day to be out following hounds in the beautiful Kent countryside. The sun shone and hounds sang their hearts out as they crossed through fields, woodland, orchards and hop gardens following the laid trails. The ground was sticky in places but mostly dry as the field enjoyed jumping the many obstacles in their path as they raced to keep up with the pack. A few fallers but no broken bones, luckily just wounded pride and entertainment for onlookers. Foot followers amused themselves with the usual banter as they waited to see hounds on the trail, the camaraderie being a huge part of hunting for so many. Frank o’clock revitalised anyone that was flagging in energy enabling many to continue following hounds until early evening when home was blown for the last time this season. A huge thank you to the Farmers and Land Owners who allowed us to hunt their land this season. Thank you, Neil, for hunting hounds and all those the Whipped-in for him and the terrier boys. Those behind the scenes who organised each day’s hunting who put in many hours for the members benefit. Thank you. And it won’t be long before it all begins again. Goodnight.
See more pictures at Darren Clark Photography or on our Facebook page.
Many pictures are taken at our meets. The pictures are taken by our followers and are extremely professional. To see a selection taken by keen photographer, Darren Clark, follow the link to view some amazing pictures. darrenclark.zenfolio.com
Other pictures can also be seen in our group Facebook Page.
If you would like to see pictures of the Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt all the year round, then why not purchase one of our calendars that can be bought at Hunt Meets.
The Ashford Valley Tickham have various items of clothing for sale which is embroidered with the Hunt logo. Full price list and how to order can be found here on our website. Press button, Hunting/Hunt Merchandise.
Just a reminder about a few things!
Please ensure that your vehicles are left safe and secure while you are hunting. Make sure that all valuables are hidden from view.
Before leaving for home, have a check-around to make sure that your vehicle hasn’t been tampered with and that your lights, indicators are all working correctly. Importantly, make sure your trailer is still correctly secured to the towing vehicle.
If you see anyone acting suspiciously during the day or needs questions answered, please inform one of the Masters, the Hon. Secretary or a committee member.
If a crime is being committed , dial 999 straight away. Don’t take the law into your own hands.
Always report a crime so that it is on record!
Make sure that you tell someone when you retire from your day’s hunting. We don’t want to be hunting for some that has gone home!
Be safe and enjoy the day.
CHRISTMAS RAFFLE On behalf of the AVT Hunt I wish to thank everyone who purchased raffle tickets, whether voluntary or bullied by me, for our Grand Christmas Raffle. The draw took place in December and all prizes have been claimed and I am delighted to inform you that £1,700 was raised for Hunt funds so an enormous thank you for all your support. Thank you also to the people who donated the wonderful prizes which were on offer, it is very much appreciated. This was the first Christmas Raffle we have held and I can assure you it will be the first of many so be warned.
Sue Palmer Raffle Organiser.
Donated prizes: LEEDS CASTLE, MAIDSTONE THE HAWKING CENTRE, DONNINGTON PLACE JANET GAMBIER, ARTIST DARREN CLARK, PHOTOGRAPHER HOLE PARK, ROLVENDEN DAVE LUCKHURST BUTCHER, SMARDEN JEAN FORDHAM CLAIRE BATTLE KERRY STAINES THE FACTORY SHOP HEADCORN, JOHN PALMER
Find out more about the Hunt fundraising and how you can get involved: Fundraising
Acknowledging the many friends and supporters who turned out to see the Ashford Valley Tickham Hunt at the Boxing Day Meet. Thank you to everyone who attended, it is very much appreciated.
The AVTH rely heavily on the support of many, which includes our many Farmers and Landowners who very generously allow us to cross their land during a days hunting and to them a tremendous “Thank You” from the Masters, Staff and followers of the Hunt. A big Thank You must also go to the many who host our meets.
Many people work tirelessly throughout the year to keep the pack hunting, some seen, many unseen! Thank You to you all.
“Have A Very Happy New Year”