It is a
few months since we toasted the New Year, but you
may remember a mysterious, metallic, jangling, clinking
sound at midnight. I can reveal there was no mystery, it
was just your Officers and Committee throwing off their
shackles and celebrating the dawn of independence, in the
knowledge that they will be responsible solely to you, our
For us, celebrating our breed in the South East, this really is the Year of the Basset!
I hope you feel it has been an exciting start for our Club - no longer just a branch welded to to a tree - but a sturdy sapling in its own right bursting with growth thanks to you the Members and especially the Founding Members who showed their enthusiasm, not only by paying their subscriptions promptly, but generously topping them up, thus enabling us to start on a sound financial basis on which to build.
We will continue benefitting our hounds in the same way as in
our former life and the first two walks attracted numbers equal to
our previous best - whilst the third walk went five better with new
members each time to boot.
With all your help, let’s keep it up. As the South East Branch seems to be reviving, however feebly, it is important for everyone to spread the word about the BHOC.
It is good to report that the Basset Hound Club have given us complete assurance, on which we were adamant, that the old Branch funds (£17,000 odd) will be completely ring-fenced for the Branch as and when it revives.
This was our price for independence!
On a personal note, I could not wish for a more supportive and
dedicated Committee. I am particularly indebted to Frankie (a
much greater burden to bear this year); Tony (some great design
work and for the first BHOC Lowdown); Derek (setting up his new,
unbeatable Club website); and Jayne (for coping with additional
accounts and bank hassle); whilst Sue continues the important
work with Basset Hound Welfare.
Let our slogan for this year be
‘Onwards and Upwards’!