Hunt Staff Benefit Society and Hunt Servants' Fund

At a time when the future livelihood of Hunt Staff is under such threat, the Hunt Staff Benefit Society, a Registered Friendly Society providing pensions for those employed in Hunt Service, is campaigning hard to ensure that the future financial security of Hunt Staff is assured. In order to help achieve this, a number of different fund raising initiatives are held each year, which need the support of all hunting people to guarantee their success.

Previous Fund Raising Events have included:-

Racing at Catterick

Wednesday 8th March 2017

Details will be ciculated shortly.

The Dubarry Horn and Hound Ball 2017

Saturday 22nd April 2017

Please see our dedicated area of the web site for full details.

Cheltenham Hunter Chase Evening Meeting

Friday 5th 2017.

Featuring an HSBS sponsored race, facilities for all Members and a Silent Auction.

Visit to the National Centre for Horse Racing and British Sporting Art

Newmarket

Date to be confirmed

The Owl and the Earl

cover of The Owl and the Earl

When Hector, a relative newcomer, agrees to join the Mastership of the Blankshire Hunt, he little realises he has bitten off more than he can chew…

Tasked with finding a great deal of money to repair the dilapidated hunt stables Hector quickly discovers that whilst the great and the good of the county want to help, they are not prepared to do so if it means burying various hatchets or agreeing with one another. As a result he soon finds that almost every step forward is matched by another one back. His powers of diplomacy and stocks of tact are brought to the edge of exhaustion as he strains every sinew to persuade those most closely linked to the Blankshire to make common cause.

As the deadline approaches Hector has to call in various allies from afar to help and with every step of the way, dogged by imminent comic chaos and confusion, the pace only increases as the rivalry and tension builds to a deliciously nuanced climax. A fast moving comedy of manners, set in the fictional county of Blankshire

Please use [this link] to download an order form.

Hunt Staff Benefit Society Little Hunting Handbook

Hunt Staff Benefit Society Little Hunting Handbook

"Everything you wanted to know about Hunting but never dared ask"

Many new people are hunting today.  They may not have been brought up in a hunting country and it may sound strange for them to hear a person say 'Goodnight' at 9am after a morning of Autumn Hunting.  They may wonder why the Master gets so upset when they gallop over a lovely green field that is not actually grass.  Or why it is important to thank that scruffy person holding the gate - because he might just turn out to be your host!

Each Hunt may vary slightly but the manners and dress of hunting have evolved over the centuries to be practical and are based on a great deal of common sense.  Hunting is about having fun and at the same time respecting the privilege of being allowed to cross our green and pleasant land.

 The Little Hunting Handbook has been produced to raise funds for the Hunt Staff Benefit Society.  There are photographs on every spread, all kindly donated by some of the best photographers in the hunting world.  The foreword is by Jeremy Irons and it is intended to be full of helpful information and to be entertaining at the same time. Please click here to access the order form.

Hunt Staff Benefit Society Little Book of Hunting Songs and Christmas Carols

The Little Book of Hunting Songs and Chrismas Carols has been produced to raise funds for the Hunt Staff Benefit Society, following the success of the Little Hunting Handbook.

Each song together with its music, is illustrated with a painting by a well-known Sporting Artist.  We are extremely grateful to have been granted permission to use these images.  It is also full of interesting information about the songs, which you may or may not have heard before.

The Foreword is by Johnny Scott, a countryman with a great depth of knowledge out our country traditions.  It is a small hardback book with a loose leaf cover. 

The ideal present for Christmas.  Click here to download the Order Form.

 

Susan and Sambo

SAMBO AND SUSAN and other Tales
By Katharine Harrison-Wallace

The 1930s is back!
Capturing a host of country characters - amorous horses, fox and huntsman and a disobedient salmon - SAMBO AND SUSAN and other tales is a collecton of charming, illustrated cautionary stories from the bright and talented imagination of 12 year old KatHarine Harrison-Wallace in 1938.
A joy to adults and children alike, with a foreword from her distinguished Godfather, the Duke of Atholll, young Katharine's tales developed something of a cult following when first published. Today first editions are scarce and fetch prices that the 12 year old Katharine would not have believed possible.
Now republished as a limited edition hardback, this faithful reproduction has given Katharine's delightful book a new lease of life. Proceeds from the book's sale will go to the Hunt Staff Benefit Society (HSBS) - a registered Friendly Society overseen by its patron HRH The Prince of Wales, and benefitting the staff without whom hunting could not exist.
As a stalwart of the hunting world, hunting up to three days a week in adulthood, Katharine would have approved.
To purchase your copy, please complete the order form or visit www.appletreepress.co.uk to buy online.

Guide

Rules

This is an Internet Auction which culminates as a Silent Auction at which Internet Bidders will still be able to place commission bids right up until 4.00 pm on Tuesday, 26th April 2016. The Silent Auction will take place at the Hunter Chase Evening Meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse on Wednesday, 27th April 2016.

The next four pages contain 40 lots, each marked with a lot number. Take a look at the lots and decide against which you would like to make a bid.  To the right of each lot you will see where the bidding stands.  Either "bid invited" - in other words no bid has yet been placed, or alternatively the current bid against the lot together with the name of the bidder.

On every page you will see the email link to the H.S.B.S. Silent / Internet Auction.  To place a bid simply send us an email, headed 'Auction'.  When you place your first bid, you will also need to register.  Please provide:
your Name,
Address,
Telephone number, and
the Name under which you want to bid (this is the name that will appear next to your bid on the website), be as imaginative as you like !!

Then, list the lots against which you wish to bid and the amount of your bid.

Bids will be updated at the end of each day, with the highest bid being shown.  In the event of two similar bids being received, then the first received will be taken as the current bid.  Further bids require only your 'bidding name' as identification, but we would as you to bid, where possible, from the same email address so that we are able to easily confirm your identity.  If it is necessary to use a different email sending address, then please include your original registration details but say that you are already registered).

Last email bids (and commission bids) will be accepted up until 4.00 pm on Tuesday, 26th April 2016. Thereafter the Silent Auction takes place, the following day, on site at Cheltenham Racecourse with bids taken in person or via commission bidding (as described above) through until 8.15 pm. Final bids will be available for confirmation, from the HSBS office, the following day.

All bids are accepted on the basis that they will be honoured and registration is taken as an acceptance of these rules.

Whilst everything possible has been done to ensure that no problems arise, the H.S.B.S., its employees, servants and representatives cannot accept responsibility for system failures that may occur or any other eventualities.

By placing a bid you are accepting all the above rules.

Successful bidders will be contacted by the H.S.B.S. to arrange payment and to provide the necessary details for securing the Lot.

Please see the printed conditions on the catalogue.

Hint : Whilst bidding use the 'refresh' button on your browser frequently to ensure that you are always looking at the updated page and not a previous image held on your own computer.

Please use this link to download the printed Catalogue - Please email if you have any queries.

Auction site last updated  28th March 2016 at 23.500pm

Lots 1 to 10

 

Lot No. & Description

Current Bid & Bidder

     
Lot 1

A day’s shooting for one gun at the famous 5,000 acre Harvington Shoot, near Evesham, Worcestershire. A 150 bird day of fast flying partridges and high pheasants. To be taken during the 2016/17 season by arrangement with the owners.

Kindly donated by Bob Byrd.
 
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Lot 2

A shooting lesson for one hour at Ian Coley’s Shooting School at Andoversford in Gloucestershire.  Ian Coley was coach to the British Olympic team up to and including the last Olympics, where we won individual Gold.  The lesson will be given by a Senior Instructor. www.iancoley.co.uk

Kindly donated by Jim French.
 
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Lot 3

A Bespoke Traditionally made Honri Hunt Cap.  There are 3 styles to choose from, the Berkeley,  the Heythrop and the Cotswold all of which are M.F.H.A. approved.

Kindly donated by Paul Baynham-Honri.
 
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Lot 4

A Tour of the Duke of Beaufort’s Kennels at Badminton guided by Captain Ian Farquhar, M.F.H., judging the young hounds and looking at the stallion hounds, followed by drinks.  For a group of up to 10 people to be taken during June, 2016.

Kindly donated by Captain Ian Farquhar, M.F.H.
 
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Lot 5

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast for two people at the Lasswade Country House Hotel and Restaurant in mid Wales.  Close to Builth Wells makes it an ideal stay for the Hound Show.  Subject to availability and not available during the Royal Welsh Show. www.lasswadehotel.co.uk

Kindly donated by Roger and Emma Stevens.
 
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Lot 6

An individual or family portrait session by “Seriously Exclusive Portrait Photography”.  An 8 x 10 inch photograph in a silver plate frame is included.  Mileage may be charged depending on the location of the winning bidder.  www.michaelblyth.co.uk

Kindly donated by Michael Blyth.
 
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Lot 7

A Luxury 2-3 night Glamping break with all the trimmings in Wiltshire at the Award winning Stonehenge Campsite, ideal for a romantic break, surprise gift or short break.  Visit www.stonehengecampsite.co.uk for more information.

Kindly donated by William and Susan Grant.
 
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Lot 8

A day’s quadbiking and clay pigeon shooting for four people at H.S.C. Adventures in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Kindly donated by H.S.C. Adventures and Jacky Thomas, MFH
 
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  Lot 9

A hallmarked sterling silver running fox pendant on an 18 inch chain with matching earrings.  Both are rose gold plated to give the red colour to the fox.  Designed and made by Harriet Glen, the award winning Dorset based sculptor and jewellery designer. www.harrietglencreations.co.uk.

Kindly donated by Harriet Glen.
 
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Lot 10

A fantastic bronze resin sculpture of a pouncing fox, approximately 12 inches high.

Kindly donated by Linee Hill
 
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Lots 11 to 20

  Lot No. & Description Current Bid & Bidder
     
Lot 11

A day's hunting for two people with the Exmoor Foxhounds during the 2016/2017 season.  Bed and breakfast for two nights, with a dinner party one night, with Hunt Chairman, Sir Richard Peek Bt.  and his wife.  Stabling can be arranged.  To be taken on a mutally convenient date.

Kindly donated bySir Richard and Lady Peek and the Joint Masters of the Exmoor Foxhounds.
 
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Lot 12

Two entrance and stand tickets for the Foxhunter’s Day at Aintree on the Thursday of the Grand National Meeting in April, 2017, to include lunch with the Chairman of the Racecourse as well as parking and Chaffeur service to the Racecourse.

Kindly donated by Mrs. Rose Paterson, Chairman of Aintree Racecourse.
 
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Lot 13

A private tour for six people of Berkeley Castle and the Berkeley Hunt Kennels, to be taken before 1st September, 2016.

Kindly donated by the Berkeley family.
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Lot 14

A visit for four people to the North Cotswold Kennels at Broadway, Worcestershire, to be shown the young hounds, brood bitches and stallion hounds by Nigel Peel, M.F.H., followed by supper with the Joint Masters.

Kindly donated by the Joint Masters.
 
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Lot 15

A day’s brown trout fishing for two rods on one mile of the River Windrush in a beautifully unspoilt setting upstream of Bourton-on-the-Water, any time in the 2016 season by arrangement.

Kindly donated by the Upper Windrush Syndicate.
 
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Lot 16

A day's hunting for two people with the Pytchley Hunt during the 2016/2017 season and an opportunity for two further people at half price.  Followed by high tea at Teeton Hall with former Master, Joan Tice.

Kindly donated by Joan Tice.
 
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Lot 17

A day's membership for four people for the Warwickshire Cup Final at Cirencester Park Polo Club on Sunday, 19th June, 2016.  Watch High Goal Polo at its very best on one of the finest and most beautiful polo grounds in the world.  To include Pimms in the bar, lunch in the Clubhouse with two bottles of wine and of course seats for the final, plus tea.

Kindly donated by Mark and Rosie Vestey.
 
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Lot 18

A day’s hunting for two people with the Fernie Hunt in Leicestershire during the 2016/2017 season. After Christmas this must be taken on a Wednesday.

Kindly donated by the Joint Masters.
 
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Lot 19

A hand-crafted Cotswold Stone Bench supplied by Farmington Natural Stone in the Cotswolds, one of the world's leading suppliers of natural stone.  Weight will be approximately 200 kg’s and it will fit in the back of an estate car or pick-up.  A lovely item for your garden.

Kindly donated by Richard Barrow.

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Lot 20

A day’s racing for two people, as guests in a private box at Chepstow Racecourse, to include admission, lunch and drinks.  To be taken at one of the following meetings in 2016:

Saturday, 8th October

Sunday, 9th October

Tuesday, 25th October

Wednesday, 2nd November

Wednesday, 16th November

Saturday, 3rd December

Kindly donated by Jonnie and Sarah Andrews.
 
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Lots 21 to 30

  Lot No. & Description Current Bid & Bidder
     
Lot 21

Case of Collet Champagne (12 bottles).

Kindly donated by Richard Fuller.
 
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Lot 22

A personal tour of the Houses of Parliament with James Gray, M.P. for up to six people to be arranged at a mutually convenient time.

Kindly donated by James Gray, M.P.
 
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Lot 23

A short break for two people at the Coniston Hotel, near Skipton, North Yorkshire.  A one night stay, inclusive of Dinner, Bed and Breakfast in a luxury, and includes a bottle of wine on arrival.  The package also includes access to swmming pool, thermal suite, steam room, sauna, bubble pool and 22 station Life Fitness Gym.  An ideal stopover on the way to Scotland, to be taken subject to availabilty.  www.theconistonhotel.com

Kindly donated by the Bannister family.
 
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Lot 24

A morning on the Gallops for four people and Champagne Brunch with top National Hunt Trainer, Alan King, at Barbury Castle Stables.

Kindly donated by Alan King Racing.
 
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Lot 25

A Season Car Park and Admission for two adults for all four days of Burghley Horse Trials (1st  September - 4th September, 2016).  Former Burghley winner, Jane Wallace, will do a course walk with the successful bidder on a day and time to be arranged.

Kindly donated by Jane Wallace and Burghley Horse Trials.
 
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Lot 26

Two six bottle cases of Coombe Farm Wine from the Australian vineyard of the donors.  The vineyard’s award winning Chardonnay 2012 and Cabernet Merlot 2013.

Kindly donated by Mark and Rosie Vestey.
 

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Lot 27

A day's hunting for two people with the V.W.H. Hunt during the 2016/2017 season.

Kindly donated by the Joint Masters.
 
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Lot 28

A Barrel of Donnington Brewery Beer.  A partypin (36 pints) of Bright Donnington Ale.

Kindly donated by James Arkell.
 
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Lot 29

Two Members badges, plus car parking and dinner for two people, with a bottle of wine, for the Hunter Chase Meeting at Stratford on Friday, 20th May, 2016, which includes the Stratford Foxhunters Champion Hunter Chase for the Horse & Hound Cup. 

Kindly donated by Stratford-on-Avon Racecourse Co. Ltd.
 
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Lot 30

A day’s hunting for two people with the Warwickshire Hunt during the 2016/2017 season.

Kindly donated by the Joint Masters.
 

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Lots 31 to 40

  Lot No. & Description Current Bid & Bidder
     
Lot 31

A portrait of your Horse’s or Dog’s head in pastel by much sought after sporting and portrait artist, Georgina Maynard from Dorset.  www.georgina-maynard-portraits.co.uk

Kindly donated by Georgina Maynard.
 
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Lot 32

Two Season tickets with forward parking for the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park to be held from 5th – 7th August, 2016.  The event has been running now for 33 years, and has become the largest gathering of eventing talent in any one year.

Kindly donated by Captain Mark Phillips.
 
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Lot 33

A day's hunting for two people with the North Cotswold Hounds during the 2016/2017 season.

Kindly donated by the Joint Masters.
 
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Lot 34

A visit to a private stud between Northampton and Market Harborough, to view the mares, many youngsters, point to pointers, and a side-saddle display.  To include lunch or dinner with the owner.

Kindly donated by Joan Tice.
 
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Lot 35

A pen and ink with colour wash cartoon commission by H.S.B.S. Director of Fundraising, Alastair Jackson.

Kindly donated by Alastair Jackson.
 
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Lot 36

A Family entry (five tickets) to the London International Horse Show at Olympia for one of the following performannces:

Thursday, 15th December 1pm

Friday, 16th December 1pm

Friday, 16th December 6pm

Kindly donated by HPower Group.
 
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Lot 37

A morning on the gallops with rising star of the National Hunt world Lawney Hill and her husband, Champion point-to-point trainer Alan, to be followed by breakfast at their home at Aston Rowant, Oxfordshire.  www.lawneyhill.co.uk

Kindly donated by Lawney Hill.
 
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Lot 38

A 2016 Season Subscripton to Cirencester Park Polo Club, one of the finest and most beautiful grounds in the world.  Each member is entitled to a Member's badge, guest badge, car pass and entry to the Members' Enclosure and facilities which include a Bar, Tea Room and Grandstand.  Lunch is available every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday in the Tea Room during the season, May to September.

Kindly donated by Mark and Rosie Vestey.
 
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Lot 39

A Selection Box of Coxwell Ruby Red Devon Beef(with most boxes between 18 and 21 kg).  Cuts will include steaks and joints, stewing and braising cuts and some sausages, burgers and mince. www.coxwelldevons.co.uk availability to be advised, but maybe as late as early July.

Kindly donated by Jessica Leigh-Pemberton.
 
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Lot 40

A day's hunting for two people with the Cotswold Hounds during the 2016/2017 season.

Kindly donated by the Joint Masters.

 
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Hunt Staff Benefit Society and Hunt Servants' Fund

At a time when the future livelihood of Hunt Staff is under such threat, the Hunt Staff Benefit Society, a Registered Friendly Society providing pensions for those employed in Hunt Service, is campaigning hard to ensure that the future financial security of Hunt Staff is assured. In order to help achieve this, a number of different fund raising initiatives are held each year, which need the support of all hunting people to guarantee their success.