VWH HUNT FARMERS & SUPPORTERS CLUB
The VWH Farmers and Supporters Club works to support the activities of the hunt and relationships with farmers and foot followers. The committee are energetic fund-raisers and work to raise money for various equipment and projects needed to run the Hunt Kennels.
The FSC therefore holds a variety of events throughout the year and has merchandise for sale. Volunteers from the FSC also raise money at meets through the Whisky Draw and also for good causes such as the Earl Hague Poppy Appeal.
Gavin MacEchern, Chairman of the VWH hands the keys of the new Fallen Stock Vehicle to Chris.
The vehicle was donated by the Farmers and Supporters Club.
The 2017 FSC donation to the hunt is a new Fallen Stock Collection vehicle (the Knacker van). A Knacker vehicle may not sound a very exciting piece of equipment, but it is in fact absolutely vital to the effective running of the Hunt and the work of our Kennelman, Chris Bolland. It is utilized for picking up of fallen stock from our farmers. This ensures we can provide and excellent servie to our farmers by removing fallen stock more cheaply and efficiently than any other collections service and secondly, the fallen stock provides most of the feed for the hounds. This vehicle replaces the one that has been in use since 2010 and which was also purchased by the FSC. It has been well looked after and therefore has a resale value. Oli Avery maintains the vehicles and sourced the new one. He and Gordon Smith have refurbished and transferred the aluminium container to the new vehicle.
President - Mrs A T G Wilkins
Chairman - Mrs J Hancox
Vice chairman - Miss L Kernon
Treasurer - Ms K Hancox
Hon Secretary - Mrs F Grieten
Membership Secretary - Mr A Whitaker
Club Merchandise - Mrs S Ash
Committee members: Mr K Brewer, Mr S Winter, Lady Scruton, Mr D Hague, Miss J Steinsdorfer, Mrs S Howe
For those who I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting yet, my name is Judy Hancox and I am very honoured to be your new Chairperson. I run The Butts Farm, an open farm committed to promoting Rare Breeds, teaching children and adults about farming in the countryside for over 30 years. Alongside farming, hunting is my life’s passion. I first hunted with the VWH when I was eleven and love being part of such a welcoming and inclusive community. I believe strongly that weather you ride, follow on foot or come along to the hunt social events you are part of the supporting community and integral part of the VWH. This year, I am walking a couple of great puppies Saddler and Safety, which make up for me not being able to get our in the saddle as much as I’d like.
I am honoured to have taken the reins from my predecessor Duncan Drewett, who has served as Chairman for many years. I am delighted to carry on his good work and will focus on encouraging new members of all ages to join the hunt supporters’ group and on facilitating more social events in support of the hunt. Never any excused to feel lonely in the VWH!
As Polly Portwin recently explained “There have been many adjectives, many of them unprintable, used to describe those who supported hunting, but optimistic, dedicated and resilient are just some that spring to mind when you consider how we’ve managed to overcome various challenged, not least restrictive legislation”. I am proud that all these attributes certainly ring true for those who support the VWH hunt, enabling us to work together to hunt within the law.
I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone at the various events we have on throughout the year.
Chairman of the VWH Farmers & Supporters Club
Many people have commented on how useful and helpful they find the Yearbook. If there is anything that you think we have missed or would be helfpul to others please let us know. Our grateful thanks to Oriel for always being there, helping with all our fundraising activites. Pat Steward has moved to new hunting country and we wish her well and thank her for all the help she has given the VWH.
Wishing you all a good season.
President of the VWH Hunt Farmers & Supporters Club
As always our thanks go to all our followers who do so much to make the VWH the friendly hunt it is and for the tireless work done by so many running great fundraising events . Sadly this spring and summer most events will have to be cancelled or postponed due to the current lockdown but do please check this website regularly which will be kept up-to-date with news and events when possible. Of course we very much hope that all will be easier by the autumn and we look forward to another good season.
Chairman of the VWH Hunt