Members past, present and new came together with landowners in the picturesque village of Kilnsey in North Yorkshire, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the North of England Falconry club. The two day meeting was finished off in great style with an evening gala dinner at the Tennants Arms, where old friends were reacquainted and New ones made and refreshments flowed into the night. Memories were relived along with stories of the ones that got away.

Speeches were made by the President of the club Alan Barnard, Chairman John Cunningham and Club secretary Tim Smith.

Official commemorative Polo shirts were handed out to members and spectators who attended the field meetings.

A competition run over the two days in secret, to reward the best stumble was won by Alan Barnard who fell flat on his face after falling down a rabbit hole, the prize was a pint of liquid refreshment.

Members were entertained at the bunk barn by Howard Roberts with stories that centred around broke back mountain and magic tricks using his special power.

Thanks were given to John Cunningham for organising the events, Jane Barnard for the evening meal on the Friday and to the land owners who without their involvement the event could not happen.

Thanks passed to Steve Smith for organising the moor PJ for organising leversham moor, the syndicate members of Kirklees estate and Tim Smith for Hawes.

Written and submitted by Alan Barnard

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