• Clifton-on-Teme Hunt

  • Clifton-on-Teme Hunt

  • Clifton-on-Teme Hunt

  • Clifton-on-Teme Hunt

Clifton-on-Teme Hunt News


Over the last couple years we have experienced some real highs and lows in the Clifton-on-Teme Hunt.  Nobody could have escaped all the boundaries that have been forced upon us from the Houses of Parliament, which have remained completely impractical and very difficult to enforce. Thankfully we have gained tremendous support over the last few years which has enabled us to stay afloat…  just.  This is largely due the dedication of our Masters, Richard and Clare Hill MFH, and our Chairman, Francis Lowden. There are of course numerous others that do an incredible amount, like Ray and Shirley Denton, whom you never see without a basket, raffle tickets and a bottle of something, so beware! However it is impractical to mention them all.

Richard, Clare and Francis have worked extremely hard building relations with our farmers in the neighbourhood, our shooting folk and many people in the community. This has resulted in a great atmosphere, but more importantly the survival of a tradition within the area which has been around for a very long time. Not many hunts can say that there is hardly any land within their ‘country’ which they cannot go over, especially when so much of ours is down the shoots.  It is a big step forward to see the shooting and hunting people working so well together and that is all down to the people mentioned above, so we owe them great gratitude.

The end of 2007 was a very, very sad one for us indeed.  Our long serving Secretary, Jane Radford, who worked with so much enthusiasm and dedication lost her long, brave and determined fight against cancer.  Jane was very much loved and showed so much humour and grit, always following through her duties until the very end, to the extent of regularly upsetting her consultant by her appointments down in Cheltenham for her treatment, in order not to miss a day’s hunting on her beloved Sailor.  It was only the black box strapped to her waist, feeding her medicine when she was out, that gave the game away to those who did not know she was in anyway suffering with ill health. A plaque will be unveiled at the Kennels in honour of Jane at the last meet of the season in March. We now welcome our new Secretary, Rachel Dixon, who is still relatively new herself to the hunt. However she has been very actively involved organising sponsorship for our Point-to-Point which she has done with great success.  Rachel fits in extremely well and we are very thankful for someone to take on this arduous task. She can be contacted by e-mail: r2d2surveysltd@lineone.net

Our Chairman, Francis Lowden celebrated his 25th year in service as Chairman with the CoT Hunt at the end of 2007.  Francis is the CoT Hunt and has done an incredible amount in so many ways.  Nothing any one of us could do could thank him enough for all his work, but the next best thing was an evening to honour him, held at Bishops Frome last November.  It really was a wonderful night with the village hall packed to the brim. The number of people who had made the effort to attend said it all.  He was presented with the most wonderful painting of his five precious mounts over the years which was lovingly painted by Mel Williams from Shelsley. Francis, loathed to slow down, was encouraged by the Hunt Committee to appoint an Assistant, to assist him in all his duties and learn the ropes.  So our newly elected Assistant Chairman is Patricia Morgan from Bishops Frome.  Patricia, married to Julian from 7Y, is not only a budding politician but also spends a large amount of time juggling wifehood, motherhood, running and working on their own fruit farm and of course fitting in as much hunting as she can.  Francis is thrilled with the choice and they seem to be working very well together.  I think Patsy, Francis’ wife, was hoping it would slow Francis down. Not likely!

Amongst our hunting, suppers, XC rides, and shows, we also have forthcoming events this year starting with our Hunt Ball which is on Saturday 5th April, the day of the Grand National.  This is a great evening which will this year take on the theme of that famous Aintree Event.  We then have our Point-to-Point at Upper Sapey on Sunday 18th May.  This is an ideal opportunity to pack a picnic and go out for the day with friends and family, enjoy all the entertainment of pony racing starting at 12 noon, followed by some of the best horses in the region coming to battle it out over our 4ft 6in birch fences.  We also have lots of entertainment to keep the children occupied and a chance for you to do a bit of shopping from a large range of local trade stands.  And, of course, we have our popular Midnight Steeplechase which takes place annually at Woodmanton, just outside Clifton in August by kind permission of Mr Dave Lee. This is an evening packed with fun and laughter, as bets are placed on each race that charges round the park as dusk falls, as well as plenty of terrier races.  There will be plenty of refreshments on site.

If you require any further information on anything to do with the hunt or details on some of our forthcoming events please contact Richard and Clare Hill on 01885 483493.  We would really appreciate your support and you never know you make some life long friends.