Category Archives: Ferreting

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!

Hampshire and New Forest Show 2015

So it was a hot and sunny end to July, and the Wessex Ferret Club descended on a field just outside Brockenhurst for the grand spectacle that is the New Forest and Hampshire Country Show!
With newly painted racing pipes, we eagerly awaited the hoards of visitors, ready to dispense out fuzzy facts about our furry friends, and the ferrets bounced around in expectation of cuddles and being fussed by everyone.
The tent display was given a complete make over, with new photos and information posters, and the working area had the addition of videos on net making, and an action video featuring out very own Turnip setting up nets and trying to catch something!
The ever popular ferret racing drew the crowds, and we updated our format with our new tag team of ringmasters – Mark and Lisa (disturbing nick names to follow soon …)
Not to be out done by the wizards in the display tent and racing arena, it was the turn of the workers and there rabbit control demonstration! So in to the fray stepped who else but Baldrick and Turnip (and friends), with their new and unique display, and the introduction of Wilfred the dog!
It was a fantastic three days at a brilliant show, one of our longest running and most prestigious events, and we look forward to returning next year, with even more updates to display!
To see more of the fun and games, see our gallery here.

Baldrick and Turnip Ride Again!

As the show season comes to an end, and the long hot summer days (and rain …) fade away, our intrepid heroes gear themselves up for a new season of ferreting, yes it’s Baldrick and Turnip – The Return!

We’ve all enjoyed this year so far, with great shows, new displays, new members and a great platform to launch the club to new heights next year.  But for some, the work continues through the autumn and winter, as Baldrick and Turnip escape from their carers and once more roam free across the countryside, eagerly seeking out rascally rabbits, leading innocent ferrets astray, falling down holes and discovering those electric fences they love so much.

So with only a few more shows left, remember to check back over the coming months to read the continuing misadventures of our beloved pair, and this season we plan to bring live action video of their mishaps as well!

Manor Farm Spring 2015

We thought we’d have a quite Bank Holiday weekend, but then we got a call from Manor Farm in rural Hedge End, and decided to go and join in the fun!

And off we trotted, to spent a day entertaining the visitors and staff with “meet the ferrets” and the odd ferreting display, but little did we know there was a surprise in store …

For who should turn up to help but Baldrick’s grandad! Complete with his working outfit and gear from when he was a lad – about the same time as the club chairman was, when ferreting gear consisted of stone tools and sabre-toothed ferrets, all used to hunt the giant Woolly Rabbit!

So continued a wonderful day, with tales of ferrets and farmyard animals (especially donkeys), and we have even been asked to return and help with Manor Farm’s Summer Fayre in July, so we look forward to seeing you there!

See how we on in our gallery here!

The Further Adventures of Baldrick and Turnip

Well due to technical issues (The laptop died!!!), it’s been awhile since the last update of our fantastic adventures in ferreting, but now it’s here!

So it’s a flashback to that sunny Easter weekend, when a band of enthusiastic ferreters and their fuzzy friends (and Baldrick) spent the weekend at a number of different permissions, seeking the elusive Easter Bunny!

Our first trip took us back to our favourite golf course and riding school, where Baldrick entertained us with stories of playing poo sticks in his youth (don’t ask any more, there were some very disturbing revelations!), and his best friend and carer, Turnip (it’s not that he looks like a turnip, he’s just very close to Baldrick …), enthralled everyone with his uncanny ability to find every single electric fence in a 5 mile radius!

Overall it was a very productive day, with a good catch of bunnies, Turnip having gotten a new frizzy hair style, most of us in shock from Baldrick’s revelations, and we even had a good at coursing a rabbit! The only problem was that we didn’t have any dogs, just a bunch of not-to-fit ferreters! That meant it took a bit more effort and time than it should of, and the rabbit almost won be at least three, as various ferreters fell gasping to the ground after running more than 200 yards!

Lets just finish that one by saying the drink in the pub that night was well deserved!

So undeterred by the previous day, we set off for a second day, this time at a glorious manor house and grounds, in the middle of Dorset! It was a fantastic time, with well kept gardens (no brambles, gorse or electric fences!) that made our job easier and a lot more pleasant! Once again, we have a fantastic haul, helped out by Baldrick acting as a lookup up a tree (don’t ask), and even a great show of rugby skills at one point, with a diving tackle to catch a rabbit, followed by a quick backward pass from the ground to the following player! Thankfully he didn’t go for the drop goal!

Then as after all good rugby matches, it was down the pub for a refreshing pint, pats on the back for a couple of good days work, followed by tears, as we realized the season had come to an end until September. Then another pint and a big cheer as we realized it was the start of the show season, and long hot summer full of ferret racing, displays and beer tents! We’ve got lots to look forward too!

Too see more, visit the gallery here!