Welcome to the College Valley and North Northumberland Hunt (CVNNH) website. Meeting twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays from September to early March, the CVNNH is a celebrated pack of foxhounds which was formed in 1982 when the College Valley Hunt amalgamated with the North Northumberland Hunt.
We hunt within the laws of both England and Scotland across an area which stretches from Holy Island in the very North East of Northumberland, taking in the Cheviot Hills, up to the Bowmont Valley and Hownam in the Scottish Borders.
Our hunting country is diverse and rural, encompassing rolling grass and woodland in the low country as well as the fabulous white grass of the hills. We have excellent relationships with local farmers and businesses while we also endeavour to provide a focus for local community activities and fund raising.
We are particularly pleased to welcome Newcomers to hunting who can come out with us for the first time by arrangement for no charge.
We welcome followers throughout the season on horses, in cars or on foot, although we do ask that anyone new wishing to join us obtains permission from the Hunt Secretary in advance.
Thu22Feb2018Etal Village Hall
Curry Supper (alternative to curry available)
Bar and Raffle
Chillingham Wild Cattle - guest Speaker Ellie Waddington - Ellie was appointed the first female warden in 2015 to ensure the survival of this rare breed of wild cattle.
Tickets £15 - please apply by the very latest Friday 16th February to Fiona Jell firstname.lastname@example.org or 01668 216292
Cheques payable to NNHSC
Mon02Apr2018Ratcheugh Park, Alnwick
This year’s Point-to-Point has been postponed from 11th March and is now on Easter Monday 2nd April 2018 at Ratcheugh, Alnwick NE66 3AE First Race 1pm
Point-to-Point racing takes place because an army of volunteers attend on the day to assist in so many different ways. A successful meeting depends entirely on attendance and sponsorship. Anyone wishing to be involved or interested in sponsorship should contact Simon Orpwood on 01890 850266/e-mail email@example.com.
More information on who sponsors are and the going updates point-to point can be found at www.alnwickraces.co.uk
A vast majority of hunts throughout the country hold annual point-to-point races which are major fund raising and sporting events. These races are usually held over a course of 3 miles with the horses jumping a minimum of 18 birch fences. There can be up to 6 or 8 races on the day, run as amateur steeplechases where the horses are qualified to run through hunting a minimum of 5 days with any recognised pack of hounds. Point-to-pointing has its own Regulatory Authority with rules and conditions.
More information on point-to-pointing can be found on the official website http://www.pointtopoint.co.uk
Sun08Apr2018Kimmerston, Milfield NE71 6JH
CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS
North Northumberland Hunt Supporters Club
HUNTER TRIAL & CLEAR ROUND, at Kimmerston starting at 9.30am on Sunday 8th April 2018.
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Sun27May201810 am - 1 pmSandyhouse, Milfiled NE71 6TJ
New for 2018, St Gregory's Ride, 10 miles of superb riding with fantastic views of the surrounding countryside, easy parking near Sandyhouse Farm
Refreshments available on completion of the ride. £20 per person, for further information contact:
George Halliday on 07801 245064 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Fri17Aug20186pm for 6.30pmPallinsburn HouseThis year the boys' tour will be performing Twelfth Night on the lawn (come rain or shine) here on the evening of 17 August. The Handlebards are a supremely professional outfit who give a gloriously informal rendition of Shakespeare's work in the great outdoors. It's a sort of bring-the-family-coats-and-a-
picnic-for-half-time sort of evening.Date Friday 17 AugustTime - 6pm for 6.30pm performancePlace - Pallinsburn, TD12 4SGTickets - available on the door or at https://www.tickettailor. com/events/ hospicecarenorthnortumberland/ 157731 - Check the forecast first!More info - http://www.hospicecare-nn. org.uk/get-involved/events- and-challenges/handlebards- pallinsburn-houseIn aid of Hospice Care North Northumberland
Sun02Sep20189.30 onwardsKimmerston, near Milfield, Wooler
Sunday 2nd September 2018 - North Northumberland Hunt Supporters’ Hunter Trial & Clear Round at Kimmerston near Milfield, Wooler. Classes for all ages from lead rein to adult, including Pairs classes. Rosettes 1st to 6thand trophies and plaques to the winners of the XC classes. Catering and loos on site. No dogs allowed. Entries must close Wednesday 29th August. Schedule & Entry Form can be downloaded Invalid download ID. here. And Kimmerston Entries Invalid download ID. here.
Wed19Sep201810.30am for 11amEtal Village Hall
Now sold out!
Sun23Sep20189.30am - 1pmWooler/Belford area (start location detail nearer the time)
ST. CUTHBERT'S RIDE
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Sunday 23rd September 2018
7 or 10 miles Across Spectacular Country
Over 25 Small Optional Jumps
Start/Finish: Near South Hazelrigg NE66. This is west of Belford and North of Chatton and east of Wooler. There will be signs.
Start riding any time between 9.30 and 1 pm
The off-road route takes you across privately owned grassland and stubbles, over hill and heather and along woodland tracks past St. Cuthbert's Cave. Lots of small obstacles to jump.
Children under 13 years must be accompanied by an adult.
Half way Drink stop: Rosettes: Catering Van:
Entries received by 19th September: Adults ~ £18
Children (18 years & under) £12
Entries made on the day: £20 for adults and £15 for children
Family discount: if there are more than 2 entrants, genuinely, from one family (cousins and aunts don't count!) then the children may come for £8 (this is only for entries received by 19th Sept.)
Postal entries (with names, contact email address and appropriate money) to: Georgie Leyland, Greymare Farm, Belford, Northumberland, NE70 7PG 01668 213395
Cheques made payable to "St. Cuthbert's Ride"
Sat06Oct20187.30pm - 1.30amLanton, Milfield
Please book your tickets now to make sure the summer partying continues....
The Radley College Beagles are meeting at Pawston on Friday 19th October at 10.30am.
CVNNH Newcomers Day: Saturday 20th October 9.30am at Hethpool Showfield FREE to all newcomers to hunting.
The Countryside Alliance’s annual Hunting Newcomers’ Week will this year take place from 15th – 21st October. The aim of this week is to introduce as many new faces to the hunting field as possible and to encourage those that have never been hunting before to give it a try.
Hunts generally welcome newcomers throughout the year anyway, however it can be a daunting prospect, particularly if you haven’t been out before or have perhaps moved areas and had a break since you last went out. Joining forces with other like-minded people on a specific day can make it easier for those wanting to overcome any reservations they may have.
As always we are inviting any registered packs – including foxhound, beagle, harrier, basset, draghound and bloodhound packs – to organise a specific meet, or to organise an activity such as a tour of the kennels during this designated week to give everybody an opportunity to get involved with their local pack.
“Every year we have more and more people using this week as the perfect opportunity to try hunting for the first time,” explained the CA’s Polly Portwin. “We have received many heart-warming reports from those who have taken part, ranging from those who have simply wanted to tick it off their bucket list to those who have never been brave enough previously but have experienced hound exercise and then become hooked and gone on to become regular subscribers.”
No special clothes or kit are required to be able to take part, however those thinking of trying hunting for the first time are encouraged to read the Countryside Alliance’s Newcomers’ Guide To Hunting which is available on PDF to download.
Hunts are invited to send us details of any newcomers’ meets or events being planned so we can advertise them in our Newcomers’ Events Listing on our website. Please contact Henrietta Rutgers athunting@countryside-alliance.
org for any supporting literature or for further information about your local pack.
Thu22Nov2018Etal Village Hall
You don't need a university degree to join in this entertaining evening, just a few friends to make up a team of 4. James Dobie swaps roles from being the 'Field Master' to being the 'Question Master' and Andrew Taylor will have the ' scores on the boards', and the North Northumberland Hunt Supporters Club ladies serve up a delicious supper. It is FUN so come and join in. Please click to see Flyer Quiz A5 Flyer 2018
Thu20Dec2018St. Gregory's, Kirk Newton
HOORAY! The Hunt have been invited back to St. Gregory's: Kirk Newton Church for another Carols Evening on THURDAY 20th Dec at 6.30pm.
Anybody who would like to dust off their musical instrument or vocal chords, we are already practising at Mindrum Mill on sunday afternoons so please come and join in - the next practise is on SUNDAY 2ND DECEMBER AT 5PM AT SUE AND DAVID WOODS AT MINDRUM HOUSE
We are continually adding to our event page. Please call back to see what we are up to.
Successful CVHSC Burn's Night Supper
The CVHSC held their second Burns Supper on Friday 17th January at Barmoor by kind permission of Tim and Rosanna Smalley, the house is an ideal venue for an event of this type and what followed was a very sociable evening enjoyed by all.
The Chairman welcomed the company and started proceedings with the Bard’s own “Selkirk Grace”, following the consumption of an excellent finger food platter the star of the show “the Haggis” was piped in by Ollie Farr, the Chairman addressed the Haggis with enthusiasm and some appropriate theatrics, luckily no one got in the way of the flashing dagger used to cull the Haggis.
The traditional fare of Haggis, Neeps and Tatties was enjoyed(? to varying degrees) by the guests before desserts, cheese and coffee were consumed "Till a' their weel-swall'd kytes belyve, Are bent like drums;"
The evening entertainment continued with Julia Wailes Fairbairn accompanied by Paul Mak on the Ivory’s giving us a lovely rendition of Amazing Grace, the main event of the evening the Immortal Memory was provided by Douglas Douglas a veteran of many Burns Suppers who provided a fascinating insight into the man who was Burns and a spin on one of the poet’s most famous works “ Tam O’Shanter” that was a lot more understandable for the assembled company than the original.
The evenings entertainment continued with James Dobie reciting “Handsome Nell” which is thought to be Burns first works, Colin Sykes then gave us his take, along with a fair bit of audience participation of “A man’s a man for a’that”, the Supper was brought to a close with Julia again accompanied by Paul giving the company the opportunity to join in with a stirring rendition of "Flower of Scotland”
Running in parallel with the Supper was a “Silent Auction” which is one of the most important fund raising activities of the Supporters Club, this provided a bit of fun and some very competitive bidding, one of the most sought after lots was a guided Cheviot Walk followed by Tea in the farmhouse at Langleeford, the winning bid changed hands on many occasions on this lot, the auction itself raised £2,000 which was a fantastic result, and monies will be transferred to the Hunt in due course.
All in all an enjoyable evening and a great success for the CVHSC fund raising activities.
ANDREW PROE'S RETIREMENT
After 34 illustrious year’s of service under 3 Huntsman, Andrew has decided to retire at the end of this season. We have all benefited from the superb way he has looked after both hounds and horses in Kennels over 3 and a half decades and will miss his unrivalled knowledge of the hills, countryside and the people within it. Andrew is a natural horseman and he is often to be seen on a far distant hill having used minimal effort to get there. Longevity is a rare commodity in this day and age and there will be a testimonial for Andrew towards the end of this season providing ample time to ensure that we give him the send-off he deserves. Perhaps the most fitting testimonial is to ensure that his last season is his best ever.
19th June 2019
If you would like to demonstrate your apprecaition for Andrew's service to us and the sport we have shared with him and make Andrew's Testimonial a huge success, please contact the Hunt Secretary here
PLEASE find more about what our hunt gets up to on the HUNT NEWS page