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The North London Ceilidh Band were delighted by the large and enthusiastic group of Hunt Supporters who reeled the night away at Albury Village Hall on Saturday.
After a delicious supper (thanks to Mrs. Pyper) the dance floor was full to capacity the whole evening with lively reeling well tutored by a brilliant (and patient) Caller. The young and the “not so young” whirled around the floor with only short breaks to learn the next dance and regain their breath and they can now boast at being proficient Strip the Willow, Gay Gordons and Eightsome Reel dancers.
A most successful and fun evening organised by Gilbert and Victoria Dunlop.
Thank you to all who helped make the evening so successful.
The Puckeridge Hunt Ball was held on Saturday 5th November at Brent Pelham. The weather proved much kinder than the previous year with no monsoon on the preceding days so the wellies weren’t needed this year although it was the coldest night of the year so far. However the lure of the dance floor soon warmed everyone up after the 400 or so guests had been wined and dined courtesy of wonderful food done by Di Pyper and her merry band of helpers. The waitresses all of whom either hunted or were members of the Pony Club looked after everyone brilliantly and then all took to the dance floor or if they were feeling brave, ventured onto the Bucking Bronco which soon drew a large crowd of vocally encouraging onlookers. When the evening finished in the small hours the dance floor was still full …. A good few tales were there to be recounted when many of the guests next went hunting ….!
The inaugural ‘Country Tour’ sponsored ride took place on Sunday 11th September. The first of 120 riders starting at 9.30 am in glorious weather. Months of preparation, route planning, sign making, entry processing and the help of about 40 people on the day itself made it a great success.
The ride was approximately twelve miles long, with a six mile option, and went north from Albury Hall towards Furneux Pelham and Brent Pelham mainly across private land which is not generally open to the public. There was a mixture of open views, woodland, parkland with some optional jumps along the way. The day was completed by a delicious BBQ at the start/finish as well as a refreshment stop half way along the twelve mile route.
A total of about £3,000 was raised for the hunt. This is a great base from which to grow the event in future years. The Herts Air Ambulance has also said how grateful they are for our continued support and they raised an additional total of £1,200.
All the feedback from the ride participants has been very positive. Thank you to landowners, hunt supporters, hunt staff and many other friends and family who all gave their time and help.
Photographs are available on www.markdalton.zenfolio.com/ct
Please mark your diaries for next year – Sunday 17th September 2017.