Hunt­ing life A treat for hunt­ing book­worms young and old and two sad farewells

There’s a treat in store for hunt­ing book­worms young and old, and we bid a sad farewell to two es­teemed for­mer joint-masters

Horse & Hound - - News - By FRANK HOUGHTON BROWN

THE RS Sur­tees So­ci­ety is re­pub­lish­ing Cyril He­ber Percy’s book Hym, a won­der­ful tale of a fox, born above ground in the depths of Ow­ston Wood in the heart of the Cottes­more Tues­day coun­try. The RS Sur­tees So­ci­ety has a strong track record of re­pub­lish­ing wider fox­hunt­ing lit­er­a­ture now the whole Sur­tees canon is in print, such as the Duke of Northum­ber­land’s The Shadow on the Moor.

“It was the great Michael All­sopp of the Old Berks who laid the so­ci­ety on to Hym, and what a gen­uine treat it has been to re­pub­lish it,” ex­plained so­ci­ety chair­man Rob Wil­liams.

“I’ve al­ways seen it as a sort of Jock of the Bushveld for English fox­hunt­ing and it’s bril­liant for kids. The au­thor’s son, Bill He­ber Percy, told me that his fa­ther was pas­sion­ate about in­spir­ing chil­dren in the hunt­ing field: for ex­am­ple he was al­ways de­ter­mined to give them a good hunt be­fore the schools went back.

“That was a very good thing, no doubt, but his finest le­gacy is this book, which chil­dren adore.”

Johnny and So­phie Weatherby kindly hosted a book launch at their home at Pre­ston Lodge, where the huge dog fox Hym was caught by the Cottes­more hounds, on 23 Oc­to­ber. The Cottes­more open­ing meet took place the fol­low­ing morn­ing at the same venue.

To join the so­ci­ety or buy a book, visit rssur­, or call 01749 679293.

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Last week’s open­ing meet of the Cottes­more, at Pre­ston Lodge, the lo­ca­tion at the heart of Cyril He­ber Percy’s book, Hym

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