THE Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt celebrated Burns Night a week early.
Supporters were greeted at the door of Jamie Flodman’s Royal Oak Pub in West Lavington by two talented pipers, Dixie Ingram and young piper Giles.
Drinks were then served, with a quick chance to mingle before sitting down to a three course meal.
The traditional fare of broth, haggis with ‘neeps and tatties’ and cranachan was served as well as venison, rabbit stew and the ever popular chocolate brownie and mouth-watering sticky toffee pudding.
The Selkirk Grace was given by Graffham resident George Grammer, before Neil Meadows from Duncton toasted the haggis with flair and all supporters raised a glass of single malt whisky.
Midhurst resident Trish Morley delicately read the ode to a mouse then raised a toast to the immortal memory.
Following that Senior Master Tim Lee, based in Petworth, gained hoots of laughter from his off-the-cuff toast to the lassies, but Jo Burdett’s reply was quick witted and stood up for the lassies in the room.
The next fundraising event will be the Hunt Ball at Cowdray House in March.