Avon Vale Hunt led by new master

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: The Avon and Vale Hunt, led by new master Stuart Radbourne, in Lacock for the traditional Boxing Day meet The Avon and Vale Hunt, led by new master Stuart Radbourne, in Lacock for the traditional Boxing Day meet

Thousands of supporters packed Lacock on Boxing Day for the Avon Vale Hunt, as the Government ruled out a free vote on repealing the hunting ban.

The village was full as 65 riders departed at 11am, led by new hunt master Stuart Radbourne.

Joint hunt master Mike Smith said: “We had a brilliant day, and it was lovely to see so many people out.

“I have been going for over 50 years, and I would think the turnout for the hunt was the most I have ever seen.

“There were around three-and-a-half thousand people there last year, and they tell me there was more this year.

“The support we are getting is fantastic.”

The hunt was the first to be led by Mr Radbourne, 28, who took over from Wiltshire councillor Jonathon Seed this year.

He said: “It was a bit daunting to go out there in front of so many people but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

“I have been involved with the hunt for 12 years. I first went out hunting as a teenager, and worked in a kennels in my gap year. “

Mr Smith said: “I think he is brilliant, I am 72 years old and it’s great to bring in young people like him, they are the future of hunting.”

As legal hunts took place across the country environment secretary Owen Paterson said the coalition government was not likely to repeal the ban on full hunting with hounds, admitting a free vote on the issue was not one that could be won by the pro-hunt lobby.

Mr Radbourne said: “They have promised us a free vote in the house, so we do expect that to happen.

“We accept it’s not a major priority, and they need to focus on the NHS and policing, but we would still like it to happen. We live in hope.”

Following problems with parking last year Wiltshire Council had sent four traffic wardens to Lacock to manage the supporters travelling to the village. During the day seven tickets were given out.

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11:25am Thu 27 Dec 12

salt and vinegar says...

I used to be so against hunting, completly changed my mind in the last couple of years, hope they have a great day and wish I could have been their and supported them.
I used to be so against hunting, completly changed my mind in the last couple of years, hope they have a great day and wish I could have been their and supported them. salt and vinegar
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1:16pm Thu 27 Dec 12

bbzz says...

how much has the 4 traffic wardens on a bank holiday cost us?? ....
how much has the 4 traffic wardens on a bank holiday cost us?? .... bbzz
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6:39pm Thu 27 Dec 12

robin blue wig says...

bbzz wrote:
how much has the 4 traffic wardens on a bank holiday cost us?? ....
I would say at least £600.00
[quote][p][bold]bbzz[/bold] wrote: how much has the 4 traffic wardens on a bank holiday cost us?? ....[/p][/quote]I would say at least £600.00 robin blue wig
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6:52pm Thu 27 Dec 12

Mrs Donnyfly says...

bbzz wrote:
how much has the 4 traffic wardens on a bank holiday cost us?? ....
Probably an insignificant amount when compared to the figures spent on unnecessary, excessive bureaucracy.
[quote][p][bold]bbzz[/bold] wrote: how much has the 4 traffic wardens on a bank holiday cost us?? ....[/p][/quote]Probably an insignificant amount when compared to the figures spent on unnecessary, excessive bureaucracy. Mrs Donnyfly
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10:06pm Thu 27 Dec 12

beetawix says...

Don't know about the hunt but a very uneconomic day for traffic wardens if they only nabbed 7.
Don't know about the hunt but a very uneconomic day for traffic wardens if they only nabbed 7. beetawix
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7:28am Fri 28 Dec 12

Nickthegreek says...

Let us not forget....they worked on a Bank Holiday, 4 hours maximum, for time & a half(?) and a day in lieu. Needed to dish out a few more tickets to make it financially viable boys!
Let us not forget....they worked on a Bank Holiday, 4 hours maximum, for time & a half(?) and a day in lieu. Needed to dish out a few more tickets to make it financially viable boys! Nickthegreek
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7:54am Fri 28 Dec 12

NormanNormal says...

No sign of any parking enforcement in Avebury last week on the Winter Solstice. Cars and vans parked all over the double yellow lines by a very selfish group of self-styled New Age travellers making the rest of us late for work.
Looks like more ill judged "class war" sending 4 parking officers to issue 7 tickets at the hunt.
No sign of any parking enforcement in Avebury last week on the Winter Solstice. Cars and vans parked all over the double yellow lines by a very selfish group of self-styled New Age travellers making the rest of us late for work. Looks like more ill judged "class war" sending 4 parking officers to issue 7 tickets at the hunt. NormanNormal
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8:16am Fri 28 Dec 12

merulius says...

Unless those horses were good swimmers, they won't have done much riding! But if they want to ponce about and show off their horses, it's a free country.
Unless those horses were good swimmers, they won't have done much riding! But if they want to ponce about and show off their horses, it's a free country. merulius
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4:35pm Fri 28 Dec 12

Smiley141 says...

Actually the civil enforcement officers were not paid extra, & do not get a day off in lieu. This day was part of their normal rota. At the end of the day....everyone has a job to do, & if people could learn to park properly & adhere to parking times & restrictions....mayb
e they wouldn't be unfortunate enough to be issued with a ticket!
Actually the civil enforcement officers were not paid extra, & do not get a day off in lieu. This day was part of their normal rota. At the end of the day....everyone has a job to do, & if people could learn to park properly & adhere to parking times & restrictions....mayb e they wouldn't be unfortunate enough to be issued with a ticket! Smiley141
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10:33pm Fri 28 Dec 12

notscot says...

Smiley141 wrote:
Actually the civil enforcement officers were not paid extra, & do not get a day off in lieu. This day was part of their normal rota. At the end of the day....everyone has a job to do, & if people could learn to park properly & adhere to parking times & restrictions....mayb

e they wouldn't be unfortunate enough to be issued with a ticket!
Introducing..... the voice of reason!
[quote][p][bold]Smiley141[/bold] wrote: Actually the civil enforcement officers were not paid extra, & do not get a day off in lieu. This day was part of their normal rota. At the end of the day....everyone has a job to do, & if people could learn to park properly & adhere to parking times & restrictions....mayb e they wouldn't be unfortunate enough to be issued with a ticket![/p][/quote]Introducing..... the voice of reason! notscot
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8:39am Sat 29 Dec 12

Nickthegreek says...

Good point about extra wedge & hols but apparently the folks around Chippenham are so bad at parking another 7 permanent Civil Enforcement Officers are required! Closing date 9/1/13. http://jobs.wiltshir
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Indeed. Start dishing out those ticket boys 'cos at £19k each you'll need to & not just "because you're worth it".
Good point about extra wedge & hols but apparently the folks around Chippenham are so bad at parking another 7 permanent Civil Enforcement Officers are required! Closing date 9/1/13. http://jobs.wiltshir e.gov.uk/search-and- apply/details.aspx?n PostingID=935&nPosti ngTargetID=1259&opti on=52&sort=DESC&resp nr=1&ID=QBJFK026203F 3VBQB7VV78NOP&Result sperpage=10&lg=UK&ma sk=wilext&utm_source =Indeed&utm_medium=o rganic&utm_campaign= Indeed. Start dishing out those ticket boys 'cos at £19k each you'll need to & not just "because you're worth it". Nickthegreek
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11:42pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Smiley141 says...

These are not new positions, staff from other areas need to reapply for their jobs under new contracts....sorry to disappoint!
These are not new positions, staff from other areas need to reapply for their jobs under new contracts....sorry to disappoint! Smiley141
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