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.

Hunt Staff Benefit Society Auction 2017

The Hunt Staff Benefit Society would like to thank all those who have made such generous “Promises” for this silent auction.

The published catalogue lists the lots that had been promised at the date of printing - you can download a PDF copy of the catalogue here. Any “late entries” will be entered on the website catalogue on this website. The website catalogue will also contain further details and images of some lots.

* If you are unable to attend the silent auction on 5th May, you can still leave commission bids, either by completing and returning the bidding form at the back of the catalogue, or online on the website catalogue.

CONDITIONS OF SALE

  1. Bids for lots as described in the catalogue may be made on the attached bidding form or online and must be received by 1.00 p.m. on Thursday, 4th May. Thereafter, the silent auction takes place at Cheltenham Racecourse, with final bids accepted no later than 8.15 p.m.
  2. Bids will be updated each day on the website, with the highest bid received recorded against each lot, up until the time that the silent auction commences. You may re-submit a bid if you wish to increase it.
  3. Successful bidders will be notified immediately after the auction, and will be expected to pay the full sale price for their lot(s) no later than Friday, 12th May, 2017. Cheques should be made payable to the HSBS.
  4. Full details of each lot will be sent to the successful bidder when the lot is paid for.
  5. Following the silent auction, mutually convenient arrangements should be made by the purchaser making contact with the donor. Initial contact should be made no more than 4 weeks after the date of the auction. Unless otherwise stated in the catalogue, purchased lots should be taken up within 12 months of the date of the auction
  6. The HSBS has described the promises to the best of its ability and belief from the information provided by the donors, but can take no liability whatsoever in respect of faults, deficiencies or errors of description, verbal or printed. If there is any dispute, the organisers' decision shall be final and binding.

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 1.00 pm on Thursday, 4th May 2017. The Silent Auction will take place at the Hunter Chase Evening Meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse on Friday, 5th May 2017.

The next four pages contains 37 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 “Offers 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 each lot you will see the email link to the HSBS 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 1.00 pm on Thursday, 4th May 2017. 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 HSBS, 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 HSBS. 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  11th April at 08.30am

Lots 1 to 10

 

Lot No. & Description

Current Bid & Bidder

     
Lot 1

A trip in a 28ft cruiser-sailing yacht. Based in Brixham, South Devon, this can be as gentle or active as the purchaser wishes. Picnic cruise down the beautiful coast, catch a mackerel, see dolphins, seals and diving gannets, or practice hoisting the racing spinnaker.

Kindly donated by David Mills.
 

Offers invited
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Lot 2

A shooting lesson for one hour at Ian Coley’s Shooting School at Andoversford in Gloucestershire to include clays and cartridges. 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 Ian Coley Shooting School.
 

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Lot 3

A bespoke traditionally made Honri Hunt Cap.  There are three 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 2017.

Kindly donated by the Joint Masters.
 

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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 Michael Blyth, “Wedding and Portrait Photography”. An 8 by 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 or surprise gift.  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 Harriet Glen bronze sculpture of a Fox. Harriet is an award winning Dorset based sculptor and jewellery designer, who shows her work at the Cheltenham National Hunt Festival, Royal Ascot, the Royal Windsor Horse Show, and Badminton and Burghley Horse Trials. www.harrietglencreations.co.uk.

Kindly donated by Harriet Glen.
 

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Lot 10

Two entrance and stand tickets for the Foxhunter’s Day at Aintree on the Thursday of the Grand National Meeting in April, 2018, 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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Lots 11 to 20

  Lot No. & Description Current Bid & Bidder
     
Lot 11

A Private Tour for six people of Berkeley Castle and the Berkeley Hunt Kennels, to be taken before 1st September, 2017.

Kindly donated by the Berkeley family.

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Lot 12

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. This is your last chance to be shown these hounds by Mr Peel before his retirement.

Kindly donated by the Joint Masters.
 

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Lot 13

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 2017 season by arrangement.

Kindly donated by the Upper Windrush Syndicate.
 

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Lot 14

A Day's Hunting for two people with the Pytchley Hunt during the 2017-18 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 15

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 16

A hand crafted Cotswold Stone Birdbath, supplied by Farmington Natural Stone in the Cotswolds, one of the world’s leading suppliers of natural stone. It will fi t 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 17

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 2017:

Sunday, 15th October
Tuesday, 31st October
Wednesday, 22nd November
Saturday, 9th December

Kindly donated by Jonnie and Sarah Andrews.
 

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Lot 18

A Case of twelve bottles of high class Champagne.

Kindly donated by Richard Fuller.
 

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Lot 19

A short break for two people at the Coniston Hotel, 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 20

A Season Car Park and Admission for two adults for all four days of Burghley Horse Trials (31st August - 3rd September 2017).  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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Lots 21 to 30

  Lot No. & Description Current Bid & Bidder
     
Lot 21

Two six bottle cases of award winning Coombe Farm wine from the Australian vineyard of the Vestey family.

Kindly donated by Rosie Vestey.
 

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Lot 22

A Day's Hunting for two people with the V.W.H. Hunt during the 2017-18 season.

Kindly donated by the Joint Masters.
 

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Lot 23

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

Kindly donated by James Arkell.
 

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Lot 24

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, 9th June 2017, which includes the Stratford Foxhunters Champion Hunter Chase for the Horse and Hound Cup. 

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

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Lot 25

A Day’s Hunting for two people with the Warwickshire Hunt during the 2017-18 season.

Kindly donated by the Joint Masters.
 


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Lot 26

A portrait of your Dog’s or Horse’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 27

Two Season Tickets with Forward Parking for the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park to be held in August 2017. The event has been running now for 34 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 28

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 29

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

Kindly donated by Alastair Jackson.
 

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Lot 30

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

Thursday, 14th December 1pm
Friday, 15th December 1pm
Friday, 15th December 6pm

Kindly donated by H Power Group.
 

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Lots 31 to 37

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  Lot No. & Description Current Bid & Bidder
     
Lot 31

A morning on the gallops with National Hunt Trainer Lawney Hill and her husband, Champion Point to Point trainer Alan Hill, 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 32

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 not until early July.

Kindly donated by Jessica Leigh-Pemberton.
 

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Lot 33

A Day's Hunting for two people with the Cotswold Hounds during the 2017-18 season.

Kindly donated by the Joint Masters.

 

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Lot 34

Three session of McTimoney Therapy for one horse by E Motion Equine Therapy Ltd within a 50 mile radius of Cheltenham.

Kindly donated by E Motion Equine Therapy Ltd.
 
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Lot 35

A Day's Hunting for two people with the North Cotswold Hounds during the 2017-18 season. This may be your last chance to see Nigel Peel hunting his famous hounds.

Kindly donated by the Joint Masters.
 

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Lot 36

A commission or portrait by Animal Specialist Artist Bryony Barraclough.

Kindly donated by Bryony Barraclough.
 

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Lot 37

Four entry tickets to the Festival of Hunting at Peterborough held on Wednesday, 19th July 2017 at the East of England Showground.

Kindly donated by the Organisers of the Festival of Hunting.
 

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Fundraising Events

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.