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The Field Dec-2018

Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd The Field is a monthly glossy magazine dedicated to those brave souls who shoot, fish and hunt way beyond the call of duty. Since 1853, its staff has selflessly brought its readers the cream of rural life, be it pheasant shooting, dry-fly fishing or the distinct merits of Cheval Blanc. If you love field sports, errant terriers and very foxy friends at hunt balls, The Field is for you.

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in our deep heart’s core

I HOPE not all the cards you receive this Christmas will be those depressingly bland ones of a star or a festive multicoloured cube or some such neutral symbol guaranteed neither to offend nor to please and that wish you ‘Season’s Greetings’. I hope you will receive at least some cards with proper Christmas scenes – simple cribs and choirs of angels, rough shepherds and splendid kings, villages in winter, decorated trees, presents, stockings and all the other timeless images that we have so long associated with a day that is as magical for children as it is special for grownups. And I hope that you will receive at least some cards with hunting scenes. Not even the most ardent hunt supporter can argue that hunting is actually part of the…

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art in the field

WHEN the final battle to save hunting was being lost, one of the greatest problems for hunters was that we were fighting for a concept so vanishingly spiritual that it couldn’t be articulated. If only the hunting artist, Geoffrey Sparrow, had still been alive it would have been easier. But he died in 1969, and Horsham Museum and Art Gallery is marking 50 years since then with a major retrospective exhibition of his work and life. Sparrow, born in 1887, was a true Corinthian sportsman. He was a country doctor in Horsham before the arrival of the M25. In the First World War he was decorated with the Military Cross. He served again in the Second World War, aged 53, and again received the Military Cross. Like most hunting folk, Sparrow…

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field notes

The Firkin Shed in Bournemouth, Dorset, has been declared the 2018 National Cider Pub of the Year by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). Set up by ex-decorator Paul Gray and his wife, Lisa, three years ago, it is Bournemouth’s first micropub. Customers can chose from six constantly changing cask ales and around 20 ciders. Beers are served straight from the cellar, which can be viewed through the window in a rear corridor. Praised for its cosy atmosphere, the micropub has a strict no mobile phone policy, with offenders fined £1, money donated to Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. “This year’s winner has only been open for three years, which is a great achievement. Paul Gray and his team have done brilliantly to convert a former video shop into a national award-winning…

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more point-to-points before new year

A record number of hunts are moving point-to-point fixtures to before Christmas to avoid the congestion and often poor weather in the spring. Fourteen meetings are taking place before the end of the year, a 75% increase on last season. The North Hereford has moved its fixture from April to 24 November. “We chose to move because there’s so much point-to-pointing in the Welsh border area in the spring,” said Hilary Bubb, the hunt’s point-to-point secretary. Held on a new course at Eaton Hall in Herefordshire, home to the Price family, who bred and trained Champion Hurdle winner Flakey Dove, the meeting starts at 11.30am with a seven-race card. The Atherstone hunt has moved its fixture from March to 16 December. Secretary Mary Bourne says the move was taken to attract more runners…

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in brief

RURAL OSCARS Village shops, pubs, butchers and rural enterprises that ‘go the extra mile’ are sought for the 14th Countryside Alliance Awards. Judges are looking not just for great produce, customer service and innovation, but stories of how businesses have served their communities. The regional winners go to the House of Lords next June for the final. To nominate, by 9 December, go to: www.countryside-alliance.org/campaigns/caawards ANNE VOSS-BARK AWARD PhD student William Davison has won the 2018 Anne Voss-Bark Memorial Award, set up by Salmon & Trout Conservation. In October, he spent a week at the West Country Rivers Trust to further his research as part of his prize. After a degree in biological sciences at Exeter University, Davison continued his studies on aquatic environments with a PhD titled, Using physiology to improve the…

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rowing the atlantic for the legion

Christmas will have a different flavour this year for William Quarmby and his four-strong team of rowers, as they’ll be taking part in the 3,000-mile long Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2018. Departing on 12 December, the team, all Fieldreaders from Yorkshire, will be rowing for 24 hours a day across the Atlantic with a bucket for a bathroom, all food on board and converted sea water to drink. All apart from Quarmby, who is a landscape designer, have a forces background. Fraser Mowlem, 41, is a serving RAF technician and Glyn Sadler, 37, a former Marine who now runs a CrossFit business. The youngest member of the Row4Victory team, Duncan Roy, 28, is an ex-Army Royal Engineer who is now fitness director of a Yorkshire-based health spa. Generous sponsorship from Yorkshire businesses has…