Three centuries had flowed past the old Manor House, centuries of births and of homecomings, of country dances and of the meetings of fox hunters
They were tipped off by the International Fund for Animal Welfare amid claims the hunt had broken MFHA rules which state fox hunters
must not bring the sport into disrepute can only hunt animals in a natural state.
A report published in September 2002 has concluded that the ban on hunting during the 2001 foot-and-mouth outbreak had no impact on fox numbers in Britain - another fact fox hunters
prefer to ignore.
But the move will anger the 3000 fox hunters
who take part in Scotland's 12 hunts.
IT'S wonderful news that thousands of fox hunters
plan to break the law and carry on killing when their sport is banned next year.
A row is raging in Neenagh, Co Tipperary, where fox hunters
are alleged to have taken over the local branch of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Michael Markham, of Oxhill Hill Farm, near Shipston on Stour, is a member of the Countryside Alliance and one of the organisers of tomorrow's Declaration Day when fox hunters
across the region will agree to break any law banning hunting.
I understand that the thin Blue Line is somewhat stretched to oversee that fledgling band of criminals, namely the fox hunters
Now these fox hunters
are trying to be more diplomatic as I heard a countryside member state: "You're not talking about trying to obliterate as many as you can, you're talking about taking out the old, the weak and the sick, thereby keeping the population healthy and at a level that is acceptable to the landowner.
KATARINO, described as 'a horse that's got dodgy legs and doesn't breathe', overcame his afflictions - and a 364-day absence from the track - to land back-to-back wins in the John Smith's Fox Hunters
Chase at Aintree yesterday.
The so-called gentle country folk fox hunters
were shown in their true and very cruel colours.
I totally agree that most fox hunters
would derive just as much pleasure from drag hunting, carried out in a similar way to dog racing, where the live hare was replaced by a dummy many years ago - even before my time.