34th Annual General Meeting

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

Last night was our 34th Annual General Meeting.

This year saw a few changes on the committee:

Chairperson – Jo Scott
Secretary – Peter Wall
Treasurer – Lesley Bailey
Stock controller- none put forward at present
Members Secretary – Jo Scott
Publicity Officer/Show Organiser – Mark Young

Committee Members:
Ann Smith
Emma Young
New committee members
Richard Bailey
Rachel Wall

Also last night we had our annual awards presentation:

Welfare Cup – Peter Wall
Committee Cup – Dave Legg & Elaine Linfield
Bakers Box – Sally Mathews
Best Young Man – Cai Bailey
Best Young Lady – Alice Wall
Best Boy – Andrew Wall

These awards are given out to members or people close to the club who go that extra mile and strive to keep making the club a continuing successful organisation and we thank you all.

Fastest Ferret (in-club competition at the end of show season) – Cai Bailey with Chika.

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.

Next up our Christmas meal at the Vine Inn, Ower.

If you have not booked yet and want to come along please contact Miss Ann Smith details also at the contact page.

Thank you for your continuing support.

Wessex Ferret Club

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!

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!

Baden Powell School Fete 2015

A barmy Friday evening, and the Wessex Ferret Club trundled down into Poole to take part in one of our longest running shows, the Baden Powell School Fete.

As always, it was a great evening, with lots going on – bands, raffles, climbing walls, dance displays, and of course – ferret racing!

Everyone had a great time, and there was plenty of interest from the crowd about our fuzzy friends, and I’m sure we will return again next year!

To see more of this great evening of fun, check out the gallery here

Tired Ferrets

Well those that having been following the adventures of Baldrick and Turnip, and the on going events of the Wessex Ferret Club, will have been disappointed by the lack of recent updates, well there’s a reason …

It’s been a busy summer of shows and events, including press days and appearances in local papers and radio, and well, the ferrets have got a bit tired, and keep forgetting to write their blogs, so some of us have had to step in …

So it’s been a successful show season so far (more details to follow!!), and we have also learnt that the fame (or maybe infamy) have followed our illustrious duo of ferreters far beyond the borders of Wessex! Yes, Baldrick and Turnip have now become infamous in places as far flung as Tyneside – Why Aye the lads!!!!

The Ringwood Family Fun Day 2015

And as sunny May drew to an end with the threat of rain and showers, but still the intrepid members of the Wessex Ferret Club decided to brave the threat and arrived at the Ringwood Family Fun Day to help with the fun and games, and introduce our fuzzy friends to the people of Ringwood!

Well the weather decided to behave, and the sun stayed high and warm, we even had a few new members and helpers on the stand and for the races.  Everyone enjoyed the day, and many we meet looked forward to seeing us at other shows through the season, especially Ellingham and the New Forest Show, we look forward to meeting everyone again at them both.

And after a fantastic day, we even got to join in the “It’s A Knockout” competition – with varying results, but at least the boys beat the girls!

See all the fun here!

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!

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