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Colne Valley Beagles - Colne Valley Beagles – Second Half 2007/08 - (These are my thoughts and not an official statement) - 10th April 2008
I’m writing this some four weeks after the Closing Meet of 2007/08, and three after the bonus By-day courtesy of our friends at the Catterick Beagles. The uniform has been brushed down, pending a trip to the dry-cleaners & tailors to sort out a repair or two to the jacket (Split lining in the sleeves) which isn’t bad considering I’ve been wearing it for seven years. (Not continuously obviously!) New breeches have arrived, and unlike the cuckoo so have the first work-parties….

Gone are the days of a lull in kennels activity, a breathing space in the aftermath of the season proper, Sa...

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Colne Valley Beagles - Second Half 2007/08 - 2007/08
These are my thoughts and not an official statement.

I’m writing this some four weeks after the Closing Meet of 2007/08, and three after the bonus By-day courtesy of our friends at the Catterick Beagles. The uniform has been brushed down, pending a trip to the dry-cleaners & tailors to sort out a repair or two to the jacket (Split lining in the sleeves) which isn’t bad considering I’ve been wearing it for seven years. (Not continuously obviously!) New breeches have arrived, and unlike the cuckoo so have the first work-parties….

Gone are the days of a lull in kennels activ...

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Colne Valley Beagles - First half 2007/08 - 12th February 2008
Colne Valley Beagles Huntsman’s Report First Half 2007/08

No sooner had we got the Puppy Show & the Hound Show out of the way then suddenly it seemed as if the season was already upon us….The first part of summer always drags a bit in kennels, with winding hounds down for their rest, while keeping them relatively fit and happy. The seven pups, the “F” litter all took their turns on couplings before getting the hang of pack-living and walking out, though Farrin in particular would have tested the patience of a saint, (probably still would a bit!) in wanting to say “hello” to any and ...

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Colne Valley Beagles - Summer 2007 - (These are my thoughts and not an official statement)


Admittedly the first few weeks after the closing meet has been in my experience a slightly strange and surreal period, a letting out of a deep breath, a sense of loss for the season just gone, and the revisiting of some fond memories of good hound-work, good companionship, good meets and those not so….When you feel you ought to be doing something, but can’t quite put your finger on exactly what. Saturdays lose their “specialness”, and Friday evenings have no sense of expectation of the coming day, and likewise Saturday evenings have no sense of the day well spent with hounds and fr...

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Colne Valley Beagles - Second Half of 2006/07 - (These are my thoughts and not an official statement)
Second Half 06/07


The Christmas break came and went, and the first half of the 2006/07 season with it, was it really four months ago that I wrote my last Beagler report? It scarcely seems possible. The “T” & “W” litters had all more or less got the hang of this hound exercise business, with naturally one or two ups & downs along the way, and even last year’s “C”s had a very promising start to their CVB careers. Little Chantress definitely one to watch out for next season.

The turn of the year saw the latest additions (The “F” litter) returning to kennels in ones an...

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Colne Valley Beagles - Various meets - 2006/07
After what seemed like a very long summer break, with work parties galore, shows and puppies, as previously reported, the season 2006/2007 did eventually arrive. The weather never really altered an awful lot, and scenting conditions were generally as fair to good as in any season I can remember.

The ongoing difficulties that our Masters have battled long and hard with over the years both pre- and post-ban didn’t improve dramatically, in spite of their sterling efforts, we were pretty late in getting going. This really couldn’t be helped, frustrating as it was to staff, followers ...

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