Showing posts from December, 2018

Kennford - Stix and Bollards - 23rd December 2018

Hope everyone is having a great Christmas! I'm still recovering from the pizza on Sunday. Definitely going back for more... We'd laid the trail on the morning, since we were at the rugby the day before, and that involved a few beers after Chief's win. But it was all planned on the map, and apart from a path that didn't exist, all went to plan. It wasn't going to plan for everyone else though. A late message from Tight explained how their car was running but they had locked the keys inside, and another from Swampy explaining that Strapo had a bad back (and definitely not a hang over). Also a phone call from Tampa asking where we were meeting... I answered outside the pub, and he replied saying that that's where he was. Technically he was closer to the pub than us, but not by much, and we were just around the corner! It took a while to find the trail at the beginning, and then there was an early stream crossing, before a stretch alon

Sunday's Trail - Pizza and Chips for £6

The trail this Sunday will not be a long one (we're laying it on the morning... after Chiefs playing Saracens the night before!) Its from Kennford, starting from the village centre ( map ).  As a hash special, The Seven Stars will do pizza and chips for £6/head.  At the moment, they're expecting 15 - please let me know if you want to come.

Annual Subs are due for the New Year

You can pay online via Paypal, or via credit card, or direct to Bollards. See here for more details

Joney's Cross - 16th December 2018 - Tampa

Typically the coldest, wettest hash of the year - just so that we are all prepared for the Xmas lunch.  So we were relatively surprised that it was 'not too bad' as we circled up at Joney's Cross. There were a few Xmas hats and my black wig-hat (Humtpy described me as a Santa with black hair).  Tampa's trail laying was at its very best (worst) and sent the front runners off in the wrong direction on multiple occasions. But tradition prevailed, and it started to rain before we got to the sweetie stop.  Harry (the dog) had completely up-ended poor-old Howlin' Wilf  And then it merrily chucked it down for the run on home.  No circle - due to the weather, so we huddled in to warm (ish) cars for the drive to the Cat & Piddle, where Christmas lunch was served, along with the annual free drink!  After that the annual awards went to Bone of Contention (the 'Groucho' award) - Groucho (for not turning up!) Hare of the Year - Wide Reciever (he already has the

Bradninch - Bull Bait and Child Catcher - 9th December 2018

First trail of the new regime... with Spocky and Bollards taking on the reins as GMs. Shame Bollards had already done the opening circle before Spocky had arrived!  Good to see Menage back at City of Exeter H3 too. It was a hash from the new home of Bullbait, Child Catcher, Stingray and Splat in Bradninch - with a swimming pool in he garden - or so Son-of-a-Bitz thought - and he threatened to dive in.  The hares told us that there was going to be 12 'Xmas-themed' fishooks to 'enjoy'.  Tampa had arrived early and had a clipboard (collecting names for the Xmas meal next week), but Woodpecker did not break his tradition, and arrived late while also waking up the neighbours by revving loudly as he reversed! Stingray, full of confidence, but not knowing where the trail went, sped off along Hele Road, but was called back by his mum as we headed across Charwell Meadow and the wetlands, then across to the west side of the town.  The photo of the view below was taken from Ba

Tight is looking for Hares for January

I am the new Hare Raiser for City of Exeter, so I am looking for hares for January.  Sunday 6th January   Sunday 13th January Sunday 20th January And  Sunday 27th  January If you have other dates later in the year you want to lay for, them let me know and I can reserve them.  Please email me  or text  07808 738898 Many Thanks Tight  👄

Autumn Gathering 2019!

HHHI ALL The date for next year's Autumn Gathering will be the Last weekend in October (25th-27th). The weekend of the 18th is already booked!  Onon Spockster  Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

AGPU at the Riding Stables near Buldleigh Salterton - Spocky - 2nd December 2018

Spocky arrived back at the car park at the riding stables looking a little flustered, and pronounced that he wouldn't try to be so clever laying the trail again.  It was going to be a one-and-on trail, without any fish-hooks, because he forgot! The trail started off going immediately across the road, with the front runners finding the end of the long - which was a loop - before being called back by the hare.  Straight down through the woods, and then that long short-split which sent them back to the start.  The rest of the trail was pretty much a straight walk to the reservoir for the walkers, and a huge number of loops for the rest of us.  When we got to the sweeties stop, Spocky announced that is was 10:50 by the time he'd laid up to this point. The trail for the longs and shorts soon split after the regroup, with the trail taking in some streams to cross and some serious undergrowth. Back at the car park, there were fines by Happy Snapper for arriving late, as well as

Rope swing from last week

A bit late - but here's a video from Hole-in-1 of the rope swing on the trail from Ellerhayes. A reminder that anyone call submit photos or words to this newsletter / blog  / facebook by emailing (if you have any emails, best to send them to me,