Category Archives: News

Social Media Update

It has been a while since the last social media update so here it is. We now have a brand new Twitter and Instagram ready for you to view today!

Give us a Like on our Facebook Page!

Join our Facebook Group for info about ferrets and advice!

Follow us on Instagram at @wessexferretclub

Tweet us on Twitter at @wessex_ferrets

What would you like to see on our pages? Email or direct message us to give feedback and suggestions πŸ™‚

Website Upgrade

Some of you may have noticed our upgrades to the website! We have tried to gain a more modern look for the website to help share our cause! This has included a theme and colour change as well as some layout changes too.

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

Survey – https://forms.gle/FTuUBBfdSz6Th6hs5

Before the website looked like this:

Thank you for your support!

Update – New Twitter

After a few years, we have managed to create a new Twitter Account: @wessex_ferrets! On Twitter, you may see a few accounts with the Wessex Ferret Club name. Please note that these are not our twitter accounts and have been inactive for some time. We will be using @wessex_ferrets from now onwards!

Please use #wessexferretclub to share anything with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! We would love to see your photos and content. Our handles for each are shown below!

Facebook – (@wessexferretclub)

Twitter (@wessex_ferrets)

Instagram – (@wessexferretclub)

34th Annual General Meeting

Well that’s another year done (concerning the club).

Last meeting was our 35th Annual General Meeting.

This year saw a few changes on the committee:

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

Committee Members:
Ann Smith

New committee members

Trustees:
Val Lloyd
Robin Drodge

Proposed Trustees:
Colin Church
Ian Farrance

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

Thank you for your continuing support.

Wessex Ferret Club

Broadlands Show 2019

So the Wessex Ferret Club started the new show year off with a bang at the fantastic Broadlands Country Fair!

In the heat of the sunny May bank holiday, we met lots of new friends, including the wonderful Rabbit Fever guys and  the fruity Gwatkin Cider boys!

Despite the heat, we managed some racing, and were kept busy by a great crowd interested in ferrets both as pets and workers.

It was a fantastic weekend, and we look forward to appearing again next year!

 

Racing On With 2019

So as we race on through 2019, the ferrets come out of hiding to visit the fairs and fetes of the south coast!

Once again the furry gladiators will be taking to the ring to claim the prize of fastest ferret, having spent many a dark winter’s night in training with their coaches and oh so tiny jockeys …

Why not have a great day out and join in with the ferrets at one of the many shows we will be at this year.

For a full list, visit our Show Calendar!

SHOW NEWS

This weekend we are racing at Curdridge Country Show SO32 2HE
Saturday 13th July – on site by 09.30AM 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!