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COUNTRYSIDE & FARMING - life Angus Bellamy continuity. So many of the families Beagles is unique in that it’s run by who went on that first hunt committee with a rotating Master. are still connected to it today.” Ann Taylor explains: “When our One such person is former Island last Master retired we couldn’t find High Sheriff Judith Hammer (nee anyone to take on the job. It involves Mew) whose grandfather helped an awful lot of time and money. start the hounds with Henry Young. “A few of us were prepared to “We did a book for the 90th split the job and take it in turns.” anniversary as we really weren’t Presentations made on the day sure we’d make it this far,” she says. included life membership of the People of all ages turned out for hunt to retired huntsman Teddy the event from three-year-old Kennett, in recognition of all Eleanor Coward and Gulliver the memorable days out he had Rougon to Colonel Montagu, 93. given the hunt over 20 years. Vice President Ann Taylor said Current huntsman Jason it had been a marvellous day. Bellamy received an engraved “The hounds killed three and hip flask from Roly Street a a half brace of rabbits and we long time member of the IWFB. stayed out until about 3pm A Centenary glass was when the hounds lost the scent. amongst gifts given in thanks “By then they were cold and to Mr and Mrs Campbell. wet and we were cold and wet Celebrations continued later but it was a wonderful day. in the month with a dinner “Even the smallest children stayed at the Royal Yacht Squadron. out until the end and were still in full voice. Charlotte Kasner “The hunt’s not just & her dog Marly about one thing it’s about the whole. The other week we went out when the weather was not that nice. “Ordinarily you wouldn’t have felt like going out but we saw a beautiful fox, a wonderful hare and a pheasant. “They were a joy to see and if it wasn’t for the hunt we probably wouldn’t have made the effort to go out. “We get to visit countryside that normally you wouldn’t see.” The Isle of Wight Foot Island Life - www.isleofwight.net 41