Charles Frampton on rural policing, a building project, mental and physical health and showing support during lockdown
In 24 years of hunting hounds, this is normally one of my busiest times of the year. But for most of us the opening meet was to be the last time we hunted since new lockdown rules have stopped all hunting in England until further notice.
The lack of any formal meet was sad for all those who come to show their support, especially foot-followers and those from the local community. For many of us, hunting forms a huge part of our social lives at this time of year and, like so many other activities, this is simply on hold for now.
Our opening meet was made more exciting by the presence of a police helicopter, which proceeded to hover above us for 45 minutes. This was accompanied by a quad bike and other support vehicles. It was difficult for us all to understand the level of resources that had clearly been deployed.
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