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Up & Coming Events

V&CHSC AGM Monday 6th November

at Leckhampstead Village Hall 7:30pm

Start of Season Supper, Friday 24th November 
Wormstall, Wickham, Berkshire RG20 8HB
We are delighted to announce that our guest speaker will be journalist and author, Marcus Armytage. A former National Hunt jockey and Grand National winner in 1990 with Mr Frisk.He is the Daily Telegraph's racing correspondent and also writes for Horse & Hound. 

 Four course dinner to include a champagne reception, smoked salmon starter, game pie, dessert and cheese & biscuits with wine on the table all for £40 !

Wormstall is limited to 90 guests so please get in touch with Daphne Barr-Hamilton for tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


Hound Sponsorships

 I am pleased to announce that the 2017/18 V&C Hound sponsorships are now up and running.

 For £25 you can sponsor your favourite hound and help with funding V&C hound welfare including vaccinations, worming, vets bills, plus any equipment needed in kennels to keep hounds healthy and happy. Two years ago we bought a pressure washer and the plumbing system required for efficient cleaning of the kennels used every day. We also paid for a life-saving operation last year for a hound called Ruin who is,once again happily enjoying life in kennels with her pack mates and still working/hunting well.

Here is the list (attached) of all hounds available for sponsorship this season. Priority will as always, be given to our deserving puppy-walkers. If you have sponsored before and wish to continue with a particular hound then please get in touch as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Every hound sponsor will receive a recent photo of their hound and a two generation pedigree inside a presentation card.

You can also make a donation to hound welfare via the V&CH Supporters' Club without sponsoring a hound if you prefer. Any donations will be greatly received. Please just let me know that it is a hound welfarespecific donation .

All cheques are payable to V&CHSC and sent to:

Emma Welling, Rhonehurst Cottage, Upper Lambourn, Hungerford, Berks,

RG17 8RG

 BACS details upon request.

 This season we will be running the monthly hound awards, judged by Dan Mellor MFH, the £25 draw and the Junior Hunt Club 'Know Your Hound Award' to be awarded on the last Saturday of each month. Good Luck to everyone with the chance of winning a rosette or £25

A huge thank you for supporting this important fund-raiser. We all enjoy our hunting for many reasons but we would not be able to continue without our hounds. 

A message form Emma Welling


Save the Dates

The Vine and Craven Hunt Ball Saturday 20th January 2018 Pitt Hall Barn, Ramsdell RG26 5RJ Antonia Roskill 07795 423 401

New Arrivals

News update; Puppies are now 8 weeks old and all doing well. We will be soon looking for new puppy walking families. Puppy walking is hugely important to a pups development, they get a chance to see the world socialise with people and other pets. And bring a huge amount of fun (mischief) to the their walkers. Exciting news the next generation has arrived with two litters of puppies this week.


Spindletree Photography

Our very own Emma Welling has a website www.spindletreephotography.co.uk  selling her wonderful photographs.

For more information see her advertisement in the 'Classified' section.

Vine & Craven Note-lets - packs of 10

Vine & Craven packs of 10 note-lets  for just £5. two different photographs take by Emma Welling. 

Perfect way to write your thank you's, so much nicer than an email.

Available through Joanna McCall Email: joanna@mccalldesign.co.uk or at meets etc.

New Mastership

We are pleased to welcome Zoe Donald and Christina Dunlop to the Mastership for the 2017- 2018 season. The Vine and Craven two new master's in the shape of Christina Dunlop wife of Harry Dunlop flat trainer and Zoe Donald who is married to Bloodstock agent Alistair Donald. Both well known on the hunting field and both set up the Junior Hunt club now boasting over 40 members. We wish them every success for the forth coming season. 

Vine & Craven Puppy Show 2017

Report from our Master Ms. Samantha Bracey MFH

I can't believe that another season has rushed past in a blink of an eye and the puppy show has been and gone. Firstly, a huge thank you to everyone in organising such a wonderful day.

The day started off with an amazing lunch hosted by the Mastership for all the puppy walkers. This is one our ways of thanking all the people who have looked after the Vine and Craven puppies. 

The day proceeds on with the judging of 2016 puppies. All our members, subscriber and supporters are invited to join us to watch the judging of the 2016 puppies. We have 2 judges looking at different aspects of each individual hound. Between the 2 judges they decide which dog hound and bitch hound would suit the job they are intended for. Then they have an overall champion.

Prize giving is the final part of judging all our wonderful puppy walkers get a silver spoon for each puppy they have walked. Followed by trophies to the walkers which puppies have won their classes.

To round the day off are wonderful hunt supporters, members and subscribers produce a wonderful tea, with cakes and sandwiches flowing

Again, a huge thanks to all involved what a wonderful day a part from the odd rain shower


Best Working Bitch - Dainty, sponsored by Pauline Welling
Most days hunted - Guardsman - Daphne Barr-Hamilton
Best Bitch - Adele walked by Jill Gent
Best Dog - Galway - Walked by Daphne Barr-Hamilton
Overall Champion for pups - Galway walked by - Daphne Barr-Hamilton
Tumblers Club - Nick McDiarmid
  Addict 3rd, Garston 2nd and Galway 1st


For the Championship .... Adele and Galway 

Emma Welling receiving her bronze fox for all her endeavours

Daphne Barr-Hamilton receives the Championship Shield for Galway


Fantastic Gift

If you are looking for an original present  a map of the Vine and Craven Hunt (see below) or a print of the Craven Hunt country (for details go to the Supporters Club section) would be an ideal choice.

Fabulous  hand-drawn map of the Vine and Craven Hunt country drawn by the clever and talented Kirsty Adams. A must have present for everyone in the hunt.This beautiful map was  inspired by the 16th and 17th Century maps of John Speed and Abraham Ortelius. It will be available for you to order at the Hunt Supporters’ Club AGM and Start of Season Supper on Friday 27th Nov at a cost of £55, which includes the map mounted and ready for you to frame. All proceeds go to the Vine and Craven Hunt.

V&C Map non-colour matched 2014 copy

Items for Sale


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