The HSBS offers a unique personal Pension Scheme for professional Hunt Staff. What makes this Scheme special in comparision to others is the fact that currently 100% of the contributions paid in by Hunt Staff and/or their employers are fully invested, with no deductions for expenses. This is only possible as all the running costs and overheads of the Society are currently met by voluntary contributions, Honorary Membership subscriptions and money raised through our many fundraising initiatives and events.
A variety of fundraising initiatives and events are organised and run by the Society each year, with all money raised going towards helping our hardworking Hunt Staff in their retirement. These events do of course need the backing and support of the national hunting community to succeed. Details of previous events, upcoming fundraisers and items being sold in aid of the Society can be found on this website.
As well as running its own fundraising events, the HSBS is supported throughout the year by donations raised at fundraising events organised by individual Hunts and other bodies across the country. If you or your Hunt would like to organise an event in aid of the Society and would like further information or to be provided with some HSBS literature for use at the event, please contact the Society's Honorary Membership and Fundraising Secretary.
Hunter Chase Silent Auction 2018
The 2018 Hunter Chase Silent Auction is now closed.
The 2018 Auction Catalogue can still be viewed here.
With huge thanks to all auction donors and bidders.
HSBS Christmas Cards 2018
The HSBS have two Christmas card designs on sale this year, shown below. The images have been very kindly donated to the Society by the artists Daniel Crane and Jo Stockdale.
The cards are being sold in packs of 10 (with envelopes) at the cost of £6.50 per pack, plus P&P.
The 2018 HSBS Christmas Card Flyer and Order Form can be downloaded here.
All proceeds from the sale of these cards go towards helping Hunt Staff in their retirement and we really hope you will support the Society's fundraising efforts and place an order.
A number of hunting books are sold in aid of the Society, with the kind and generous permission of the various authors. These can all be purchased direct from the HSBS, with all proceeds going towards the Society's fundraising efforts.
Titles currently available:
Lady of the Chase: The life and hunting diaries of Daphne Moore - by Alastair Jackson (HSBS Fundraising Director)
The Little Hunting Handbook - by Annie Cairns
The Little Book of Hunting Songs - by Annie Cairns
Notes from a Hound Man - by Martin Letts
Lest we Forget - by Thelma J. Lougher
The Owl and the Earl -by Paul Smith
Susan and Sambo - by Katharine Harrison-Wallace
Cheltenham Hunter Chase Evening Meeting 2018
Another hugely entertaining evening of racing was had by all at the Cheltenham Hunter Chase Evening Meeting on the 4th May this year, with spectacular views of the finish line enjoyed from the HSBS Box, which welcomed many Honorary Members, Benefit Members and Hunt Staff on the night.
The ‘Hunt Staff Benefit Society Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase’ was won by the appropriately named Foxcub, and the United Hunts Cup was expertly presented by the Jenkins family, who had successfully bid to be the race Sponsors in our Horn and Hound Ball Auction two weeks previously.
A Silent Auction was again run in conjunction with this Evening Meeting to raise funds for the Society; huge thanks to all those who donated prizes and those who bid, and a special thanks to Mark Hill and his wonderful team from Moore Allen and Innocent in Cirencester for running the show so smoothly on the night.
The Auction raised over £6,600, and the bucket collection on the gates smashed all previous totals to bring in over £1,300, which, combined with the many charitable donations received in the run up to this event, resulted in another very successful fundraiser for the Society, and our sister charity, the Hunt Servants’ Fund.