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Badsworth & Bramham Moor Hounds, Annual Chairman's Address - 2018

Summer is over and our autumn hunting programme has started, how time flies. We have some changes in the hunt officers this season: Katie Brownbridge has retired from the Mastership to be replaced by Jill Morphet (Dodge as most of you will know her). Katie has been a Master for eight seasons and has put a lot of effort into making her days memorable. Claire Needham is to hand over the secretary position to Ruth Passey. Claire will remain as joint secretary this season to ensure a smooth transition. Thank you to Katie and Claire also welcome and good luck to Dodge and Ruth.

 

The highs and lows of last season can be summed up by our last day: 17 March, a great breakfast at Monk Fryston snowed off by 2pm! Our social/event calendar this year started with a great lunch at Rudding Park in February, thanks to Simon for hosting. Unfortunately the Point to Point was a casualty of the dreadful spring. By the time we got to North Lodge in mid-May summer 2018 had started. We had a lovely balmy West Yorkshire evening for the hunt ball at the end of May. Thank you to the masters for entertaining us at the Puppy show in June. Frickley came and went twice, it wouldn't be Frickley without some rain but no mud. The dry conditions did restrict entries slightly but the going was reported as much better than expected. We have also had three pleasure rides North Lodge, Stapleton and Campsall. A huge thank you to all those who support our BBMH events especially those who give up their precious time, without willing volunteers none of this would be possible. Over the summer the BBMH has been in discussions with the York and Ainsty South(YAS) to explore ways in which we can share resources to promote the sustainability of our two individual organisations. Originally the idea was to formulate a plan for the 2019/20 season. When our huntsman made it known he no longer wanted to hunt our hounds the pace of our plan quickened. The interim arrangement although made with necessary speed is well considered: BBMH and YAS working hounds to live at YAS kennels both packs of young hounds and in season bitches to live at Hillthorpe. David Elliot (YAS Master Huntsman) to hunt YAS hounds on Tuesdays and alternate Saturdays; he will hunt BBMH hounds on Wednesdays and alternate Saturdays. There will be a kennelman living at Hillthorpe looking after the hounds there and traveling to Selby to help out there. A BBMH subscriber is able to hunt with either hunt on all available occasions. It is the intention of each hunt to retain its own individuality and the individuality of its own pack of hounds. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet new people, visit new places and expand our dynamic. I hope you are all looking forward to the coming season as much as I am. Andrew McCloy

 

 

Andrew McCloy 

Chairman BBMH