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.
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Countryside Alliance Newcomers Day
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.
We are continually adding to our event page. Please call back to see what we are up to.
Mud and Magic for CVNNH at Lowther: Gaslight wins Supreme Champion
This year’s Lowther show took place on a grim and dreary day. Daddy, Mary and I came with low expectations in our wellington boots. As we entered the foxhound car park we met a large Asian man who swiftly let us through and led us into a boggy field with an old couple who were being pulled out by a massive 470 hp john deer tractor with big tracks. We came away with a few rosettes in the first few classes but didn’t really make the top three. It was getting on towards lunchtime when Andrew Proe slipped over in the ring (hunting boots are very slippy when it’s wet) and then, as if by magic, our fortunes changed. The unentered dog and bitch classes went to College Valley hounds Landlord and Ladybird. One of the puppies that I walked two years ago, called Gaslight, was named champion entered bitch, hill hound champion and, to our complete surprise, supreme champion of the show. By the end of the day Andrew’s coat was covered in rosettes as well as mud. It took us hours to get home thanks to an overturned lorry and a landslide, but we didn’t mind because it was such a great day.
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 3.5 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
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