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Wye and Whitehall and Wales April 2014
With the takeover of Wye College by Imperial College London the writing has been on the wall for Wye Beagles for some time and it was with great sadness that we, with over 200 others attended their closing meet recently. The Wye College Beagles were formed in 1947 and were hunted for the 1947-48 season in amalgamation with Sir Newton Rycrofts Dummer Beagles as the Wye College and Dummer Beagles. The Wye College Principal, Mr D Skilbeck, was Hunt Chairman from 1948-68 and much of the progress in those years, including the rebuilding of kennels, was due to his interest and organisation. The beagles were funded by the considerable support of the students and the local population, but with the closing of the college the village of Wye lost:- a great employer, a world renowned faculty of learning and a training ground for young hunt staff.
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