The Easter Monday weather did not disappoint, as racegoers of all ages descended on Eyton Racecourse for the South Shropshire Hunt Point-to-Point. The car parking soon filled up and, whilst some set out their picnic spots on the hillside, many more people made their way to the course to enjoy an afternoon of action packed racing.
As usual, Guy, Henry, Clare and the team were there to parade the hounds, who obviously enjoyed meeting the public and being made a fuss off by the many children present.
With numerous trade stands, food and drink vendors and a funfair, there was something for everyone and a convivial atmosphere prevailed as the sun shone down on the proceedings. The perfect way to end the bank holiday weekend!
A wonderful evening was enjoyed by all who attended. The Mytton and Mermaid Hotel were excellent hosts, providing us with a lovely meal, slickly served in a fabulous atmosphere. I hope some of you will return there to support them, as they were really helpful both before and during the evening.
The speaker, Ian Coghill, was amusing and informative and the four enormous raffle prize hampers (themed equine, canine, male and female), were won by well deserving guests. Sarah McLean’s dogs have never been so spoilt!
Thank you to Otis for suggesting the venue and thank you to everyone who attended.
Now that you’ve all had time to recover from our hugely successful ‘Films and Curry Night’, we cordially invite you to the End of Season Dinner at the Mytton and Mermaid on Wednesday 4th March.
Our guest speaker, Ian Coghill, is renowned for being informed, entertaining and enthusiastic and it promises to be a great evening.
A happy New Year to all – we have been rather busy in the last few weeks, with Christmas keeping us all busy. This is a bit of a catch up of some of the Meets and Events that have occured since we met at Eaton Mascott Hall for Carols in early December.
Loton Hall 29th November
A good number attended this meet in front of the splendid home of Sir Michael Leighton.
Santa’s Elves 14th December
Wonderful supporter John Lewis made Christmas very special by appearing at Longnor village hall as Santa Claus. He greeted the few children who attended in his “grotto” and the little faces beamed at him, (once over the fear factor) and came out delighted with their special toys. A great deal of effort went into the event, with mulled wine, mince pies, and trade stands and a raffle filling the hall with a festive atmosphere. There was a play table for the younger children ably manned by Mille Stanhope and Megan Northcott, who ensured that all the little ones had fun. Sadly very few people attended, which was a great shame, as those who came thought it “a splendid afternoon!!”Christmas Eve
This day saw a festive collection of followers at the Mytton in Habberley and a busy day was had by all who attended – if not shopping or stuffing turkeys – as is the problem at this time of year for mothers!
A tremendous turnout of public at the Red Lion Longdon Common greeted hounds on Boxing Day. Following a generous meet, hounds moved off and had a busy day. It was enjoyed by all sorts of followers – horses, quads and “footies”!
Children’s Meet at The Isle on Saturday 27th December
Despite the freezing wet and generally “yuk” weather, the turnout of children and some daft adults at the Isle was heartening. The really tiny ones, shepherded by Trish soon found their way back to lorries very cold, but the older teenagers had a great time getting muddy and drenched, but smiled all day, following Craig and Toby around various obstacles to keep in touch with the hounds.
It was a very respectable 3.30pm before most called it a day.
More photos can be found on the CountryStyle Photography Website here
The Carols in the Countryside evening at Eaton Mascott last Sunday was a wonderful way to get into the Christmas mood. The hall looked absolutely delightful with open fires, candles and amazing decorations, thanks to Peter and Pauline, but especially Walter and his lovely daughter Suzanne.
Over eighty people turned up to be greeted with mulled wine and plenty of Christmassy nibbles, followed by an evening of entertainment and singing.
The youngsters read so well and the sound of the singing would beat any ‘Songs of Praise’!