The Old Berkeley Beagles (normally known as 'The OBB') hunt in the counties of Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. The Hunt is run by a committee, elected by the members. In turn, the committee authorises a group of individuals known as Masters to manage the affairs of the hunt on a day to day basis.
Our hounds live together as a pack, in a kennels near Aylesbury. The hunt employs a professional member of staff on a full time basis to look after the hounds and to manage the kennels. In recent years, we have also been able to offer apprenticeships to a number of young people, who have worked in our kennels, completing vocational training at the same time.
The hunt is mostly run by volunteers - people just like you! We have one permanent member of paid staff, our Huntsman, who looks after our hounds in kennels. The Masters are volunteers, as are the Whippers In, who assist the Huntsman on a hunting day. You can recognise the Huntsman, Masters and Whippers In on a hunting day as they wear the traditional hunt uniform of green coat and white breeches (it's actually more practical than it looks, honest). The OBB is also lucky enough to have a tremendous group of supporters, who all lend a hand with the running of the hunt. They raise a lot of money and have a great time doing it.
In 2005, the Hunting Act became law in the UK. The OBB have changed their activities to comply with this legislation and hunt within the law. However, like all other hunts in the United Kingdom, the OBB believe that the act is a badly drafted law, passed in a spirit of prejudice and actively campaign for its repeal.