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.
Thu23Feb20171900hrsEtal Village Hall
The North Northumberland Hunt Supporters’ Curry Supper with Guest Speaker, Colin Matheson – “Tales From The College Valley”.
At Etal Village Hall, 7.00pm prompt
Curry Supper (alternative to curry available), Bar and Raffle
SADLY THE POINT TO POINT HAS HAD TO BE CANCELLED DUE TO A WATERLOGGED COURSE. OUR APOLOGIES TO ALL.
This year’s point-to-point will be held at Ratcheugh, Alnwick on 5th March 2017.
The course at Ratcheugh Farm, Alnwick is located 3 miles north east of Alnwick, easily accessible off the A1 and signposted from there. For those using sat nav the postcode is NE66 3AE
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 point-to-pointing can be found on the official website www.pointtopoint.co.uk.
Sun19Mar20171100hrsStarting at Buccleuch Hunt Point-Point
The Duke of Buccleuch, Jedforest & Berwickshire Hunt Ride
Guests The Royal Caledonian Hunt
On Sunday 19th March 2017
Starting at 11am prior to the Buccleuch Hunt Point-Point
By kind permission of The Duke of Roxburghe & The Duke of Buccleuch Hunt
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The North Northumberland Hunt Supporters’ Hunter Trial and Clear Round at Kimmerston, Milfield, Wooler
Start 9.30am, classes for all ages, rosettes to 6th place, with refreshments and toilets.
Entries close Wednesday 19th April.
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Sun03Sep2017Kimmerston (near Milfield, Wooler)
Classes for all ages including Pairs. Refreshments and loos on site. Entries close Wednesday 30th August.
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Sun24Sep20179.30am - 1pmNorth Hazlerigg, Chatton, Northumberland
Save the date! St Cuthbert's Ride Sunday 24th September 2017. More details to follow.
Sun24Sep20179.30am - 1pmNE66 5RY
College Valley and North Northumberland Hunt
HospiceCare North Northumberland
ST CUTHBERT'S RIDE
Sunday 24th September 2017
7 or 10 miles across spectacular country
Over 25 small optional jumps
Start/Finish: near North Lyham, NE66 5RY. This is west of Belford, north of Chatton and east of Wooler. There will be signs.
Start riding any time betweem 9.30am and 1pm.
The off-road route takes you across privately owned grassland and stubbles, over hill and heather, 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 drinks stop
Enquiries: 01668 215262
Entries received by 20th September:
Children (18 years and under) £12
Entries made on the day:
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 20th September).
Postal entries: please provide names, contact email address and appropriate money to Georgie Leyland, Greymare Farm, Belford, Northumberland, NE70 7PG 01668 213395
Cheques make payable to 'St Cuthbert's Ride'.
Wed15Nov20177:00 pmEtal Village Hall
The North Northumberland Hunt Supporters
Invite you to
A SOCIAL EVENING AND FUN
Wednesday 15th November 2017
At Etal Village Hall - 7.00pm for 7.30pm
Hot Buffet Supper, Bar and Raffle
TICKETS £10 each - (includes Supper)
Teams of 4
To apply for tickets, please contact
Fiona on 01668 216292 or
Thu22Feb20187:00 pmEtal 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
Mon02Apr20181:00 pmRatcheugh 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
Sun08Apr20189:30 amKimmerston, 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 Click to Download here. And Kimmerston Entries Click to Download 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.
Sat20Oct20189:30 amHethpool Showfield
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.
Thu22Nov20187:00 pmEtal 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
Thu20Dec20186:30 pmSt. 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
Fri18Jan20196.30pm for 7pmBarmoor Mill House
Please book your tickets for this event by clicking here Burns Supper and Silent Auction
but you can start practising your Burns dialect in the meantime.
Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,
Great Chieftain o’ the Puddin-race!
Aboon them a' ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy of a grace
As lang 's my arm.
Wed06Feb20197:00 pmThe Border Hotel, Kirk Yetholm
Following the success of the NNHSC Fun Quiz, please come along and support this event especially as other neighbouring hunts will be attending.
Wednesday 6th February 2019 at 7pm: Supper and Raffle during the evening: More details will follow soon.
We are continually adding to our event page. Please call back to see what we are up to.
Raising Money for local charities: St. Cuthbert's Ride
St. Cuthbert's Ride was held in September for the 27th year. It has missed only one year in the last 28 when, in 2001, all movement across agricultural land was halted due the nationwide outbreak of foot and mouth disease. This year the day brought lovely weather and over 200 riders with their horses and ponies in all shapes and sizes; the riders ranging in age from 5yrs to 80yrs! The off road 10 or 8 mile circular route has spectacular scenery with fine views of the Cheviot Hills in the west and of the sea Holy Island.
The Ride is a Hunt fundraiser but over the years it has also donated more than £26,000 to (mostly) local charities. This year we were please to give £1500 to HospiceCare. As always, our thanks go to the landowners who allow the Ride to take place across their land.
Garden Opening also supports local charity - Hospice Care North Northumberland
The garden made just nudging £4,700 which is amazing, but is due to a great number of people doing a lot of work. We opened fully, with teas, raffles and so on, on October 14th, with the following two Sundays being open by donation and just giving a chance to wander about. All the money has gone to Hospice Care North Northumberland. Lady Joicey writes:
"We really struggled this year as Storm Ali on 19th September caused enormous damage in the garden, and at one point I was considering cancelling. Luckily we managed to get a tree surgeon in who spent a day and a half taking down cracked limbs from large trees. The garden still has branches and half broken trees in it, but that just goes to show that gardens are a continual changing ‘scape. Added to which the leaves from the trees fell slightly earlier than usual, and the day before the garden opened on October 14th was diabolically wet and we couldn’t cut any footpaths. By some miracle the main day was dry and the sun even made an appearance late on. This last weekend was the reverse of the first, with a beautiful morning and day for the Opening Meet on Saturday, and a horrid and wet day on Sunday. How difficult it is to get it just right!"