Every season hunts across the country donate large sums of money to many and varied charities.
The Old Surrey Burstow and West Kent is proud to be one of them.
Monies are raised at meets and functions organised to achieve this. However, on a lighter note, large sums of money are raised from our ‘Tumblers Club’.” Which is” I hear you ask!
A fine of five pounds, half the price charged by our neighbours, is levied on anyone who is unfortunate enough to find that Issac Newton really was onto something when when he started banging on about something called gravity! Falling off one’s horse is something that no rider is immune from. Indeed ours figures would suggest that some individuals are even prone to this affliction or it maybe that membership of the ‘Club’ is an honour! All proceeds of the ‘Club’ are donated to the Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance topped up, at the end of the season, by an awards evening. Here many stories of of extra ordinary bad luck, excuses for falls that have been told so many times that no one believes them and other reasons for being a foot follower when everyone knows you definitely arrived at the meet as a mounted follower, are heard. Prizes are awarded for several different categories of falls including muddiest, most spectacular and fastest follow up. These are much sort after and competition is fierce. However the most sort after, and most expensive to achieve, is the award for the ‘alcohol induced fall’. Various individuals have proved them selves to be specialists in this category and it is indeed not for the faint hearted. One needs a deep pocket and a very large flask, or two, if you are to have any chance of winning this one!
So , you have been warned should you be so unfortunate to find the ground coming up to meet you. The form is that, even before you realise that the horrible damp feeling around your nether regions emanates from a close by farmyard, you will be approached by a formidable lady on a white charger who will demand you pay your dues to the ‘Club’ having first established that you are in a fit state to pay! This will be followed by a state of much ribbing and jocularity and you will know that it has all been worth it and you will be boyed that your fiver has gone to such a good cause.
On a less frivolous note again the result of all the above is that, at our renowned Boxing Day Meet at Chiddingstone Castle, we were able to donate the fabulous sum of £2,000 to the Air Ambulance, this being a mix of the sums raised by the Tumblers Club and our own Carols Evening held at the same venue
In order to actively discourage tumblers, we enforce a fixed penalty fine of £5 per fall. Feel free to credit your account before the next meet.