Tuesday, 12 March 2019

To the end of the season

The end of the season is always greeted with mixed feelings. There is, of course, the disappointment that it will be months before the music of hounds will once more serenade the hairs on the back of the neck when they speak to the trail. The sadness of "goodbyes" to folk who you will not see until next season. "Goodbye" is chosen with care for its precise meaning of "good wishes for the meantime."

Then there is the sense of relief. The fact that there will now be two days each week when it will be possible to work hard and earn enough money to fund next seasons "days off" to say nothing of the chance to catch up with all those little jobs that have slipped below the radar since September: maybe next Saturday it will be possible to replace the "temporary cardboard glazing" of one of the kitchen windows that has made do since October.

Of course it doesn't actually end at all! With shows, parades and maintenance the kennels team will be as busy as ever and hounds take no less looking after. There will be social events over the summer, work parties, the Point-to-Point and many other things to fill our community's time.

We say goodbye to two of our Masters and Officers on the thirtieth of April but in this case the "meantime" will be very short. They will continue to support and be part of our community having hung up their offices not their spurs. They deserve our gratitude for the work that they done and the responsibilities that they have fulfilled magnificently. Thank you.

In consequence we welcome new members of the team and wish them every success.


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