Author Archives: Lesley Bailey

May Meeting

The May Club Meeting is being held at the Coach and Horses, Cadnam. SO40 2NF this Wednesday 11th May. 6.45 if you want to order food or 8pm if you just want to order drinks.

Be good to see old, new and potential members to discuss future meetings, Summer BBQ and this year’s shows.

Social Media Update

It has been a while since the last social media update so here it is. We have a facebook page to join and chat with other ferret owners

Give us a Like on our Facebook Page!

Join our Facebook Group for info about ferrets and advice!

Follow us on Instagram at @wessexferretclub

What would you like to see on our pages? Email lesley.ferret@gmail.com direct message us to give feedback and suggestions 🙂

Website Upgrade

We are still regularly updating the website and trying to make it the best there has been. We would really appreciate your feedback. If you have any other thoughts don’t hesitate to email or message us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Thank you for your support!

Racing at the New Forest Show 2022!

Once again, we are attending the New Forest Show. Our busiest, longest and most hectic show of the year. We have lots of fun meeting you all and also have fun ferret racing. We usually have huge crowds with lots of people betting and having fun.

This year the show is from Tuesday 26th to Thursday 28th July. We are hoping for good weather this year but not too hot as our priority is keeping the ferrets cool. As much as we love racing our ferrets, if it is too hot we will not put them down the tubes.

Last time we raced we were able to have a little makeover. We had lovely new banners and signs from our new sponsor ESET, including our newest logo! We were able to show the snazzy banners off at the show and are very grateful to ESET sponsoring us. To see what they do, click here. We also had an amazing stand showing our new show cages, made by our secretary Pete and some other club members, and all of our lovely stock, including some new additions; pin badges and car air fresheners.

Previous crowds have been very excited to watch our races as always! Everyone was betting and cheering on at every race. We had races at 10 am, 1 pm and 4 pm with the stand constantly busy full with people learning about ferrets and asking all kinds of questions!!

To look at more photos from our fun at the New Forest Show 2019 click here to go straight to our gallery! We had lots of fun this year and absolutely cannot wait till July!

SUMMER BBQ 2022

It’s time for the Club’s Annual Summer BBQ
Saturday 18th June from 4pm to 8pm

We have booked No. 2 BBQ area at ITCHEN VALLEY COUNTRY PARK, Allington Lane, West End, Southampton. SO30 3HQ.  This is situated at the bottom of the slope which is furthest from the Kingfisher Barn and Woodland Cafe.

Please bear in mind that the car park charge is £4.50 for the 4 hours and we must leave the park by 8.30pm latest as the entrance gates to the park are then locked by Security.

A good excuse to come and meet other members
Just being some food and drink – everyone welcome

Annual General Meeting

We have missed a couple of AGM’s due to Covid

Last meeting was our 2020 Annual General Meeting.

We have no real changes on the committee:

Chairperson – Jo Scott
Secretary – Peter Wall
Treasurer – Lesley Bailey
Stock controller – Richard Bailey
Members Secretary – Jo Scott
Publicity Officer – Vacant
Show Organiser – Richard or Lesley Bailey

Committee Members:
Ann Smith

Cai Bailey

Trustees:
Robin Drodge
Ian Farrance

If you wish to be part of the team or if already a member and would like the challenge of Publicity Officer please contact Miss Jo Scott, her details can be found on the contact page.

Thank you for your continuing support.

Wessex Ferret Club

SHOW NEWS

The first show of the season is on Friday 3rd June at Whiteparish Fete, SP5 2SU
On site by 12.00PM to set up
We are always looking for new faces to join our friendly team to help run the stand

SPONSORSHIP
We have some great news – ESET Software UK (one of the leading anti-virus software companies)
has kindly agreed to sponsor the Wessex Ferret Club on an annual basis.

Committee Vacancies

We have vacancies for positions on the Committee.

To be considered you will be required to provide some information supporting your request.

We are an enthusiastic friendly team and would like to welcome interest from potential like minded people. If you are interested please contact Jo Scott for further information.

Other Ferret Jobs – TV Stars

Hopefully, many of you will have read through our wide range of ferret related facts, and already now that our furry friends have many more talents than just chasing the odd bunny!

Well over the last few weeks that seems to have been brought to the fore in the national media of TV!
The BBC in particular seems to have gone ferret and polecat mad just lately, with stories about the re-emergence of the ferrets closest relative, the polecat, appearing on the National News, and more than one episode of Winterwatch!
Winterwatch also went further, with sections of the show dedicated to polecats, ferrets and all things weasel related!

But this isn’t where the ferret invasion of the BBC stopped, oh no, they went even further, with that prestigious publication, The Wessex Ferret Club Newsletter, making an appearence on Have I Got News For You! You can find this on the BBC iPlayer of YouTube, just search for series 50 – episode 8.

So the power of ferrets has spread, today the BBC, tomorrow the world!

A New Year, Wizards and Where’s Baldrick?

With a busy end to the last year, it’s been a while since our last news update.
Last year was a successful one for shows, ending as always with the Hampshire Country Sports Day at Alresford, always a great day out, and we looked forward to a new ferreting season, but then …
Baldrick went missing!
Turnip was left pining for his little lost buddy, and this author had to console the poor little lamb as he searched through the rabbit warrens and electric fences in search of his soul-mate.
But all was not lost, and as the end of the year approached, news reached our little shell-likes that Baldrick had not done an Alice and dissappeared down a rabbit hole, but had been moonlighting on a shoot as a beater!
The dirty little traitor …
And yet, in the mysterious world and ways of the shoot, Baldrick had learned of an even more mysterious and magically world … not called Starbuck’s but called Hogwart’s!!!
So an entrepid band of adventurers set off from the Wessex Ferret Club in search of this land and stumbled across Warner Brothers Studios World of Harry Potter, complete with Butterbeer, Quidditch and yes, ferrets!
You can see more of this fantastic day in our gallery.
And so after a magical trip and an emotional reunion of Baldrick and Turnip (there were lots of tears and cuddles …), the new year is upon us and we return to the fields for the second half of the working season, and also start booking the shows for the up coming year.
This year already looks like a busy one, with the show season beginning in March and continuing till October, and covering most of Dorset, Hampshire and even venturing beyond to other counties (a shock to some members, who believe you’ll fall off the earth if you go beyond the New Forest …)
So we look forward to a busy and successsful year and hope to see friends old and new in the months ahead!