Happy hunt­ing day

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Ashford Valley Hunt -

There was a good turnout for the Ash­ford Val­ley Tick­ham Hunt on Box­ing Day de­spite wa­ter­logged ground mean­ing the lo­ca­tion was changed.

About 50 rid­ers met at The Vine in High Street, Ten­ter­den, and hunted in nearby Hem­sted For­est as fields were too wet.

Vil­lagers lined the streets and packed into the vil­lage pubs as the hunt set off at 11am.

Joint hunt mas­ter Tim Laite said the rid­ers took part in a trail hunt, where the hounds fol­low an ar­ti­fi­cial scent rather than chas­ing a fox.

He said: “The vil­lage was packed, there was a very good turnout, and we had peo­ple come from as far as Sit­ting­bourne to take part. We had rid­ers rang­ing in age from 10 to 72. It was good fun for ev­ery­one.”

A hunt has taken place in Ten­ter­den for the last 60 years and was in Great Chart be­fore that.

The Ash­ford Val­ley Tick­ham Hunt meets ev­ery Wed­nes­day and Satur­day at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions.

See www.ash­ford­val­ley­hunt. co.uk for more.

Pic­ture: Chris Davey FM2965973

Hunts­man Robert Pas­call on Bon­nie in Ten­der­den High Street dur­ing the meet­ing of the Ash­ford Val­ley Hunt on Box­ing Day

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The Ash­ford Val­ley Hunt sets off

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Freya Har­g­reave, two, en­joys the view with hunts­man Terry Chap­ple

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