We’re pleased to announce our new Clan Forums. They can be found in the Members Area section and will not be accessible to non-members. Instructions can be found on the Members Area page. Association Membership Secretary Peter Clareburt states “Our Facebook group is very active, but there are many members not using social media, so this is an ideal way to replicate FB’s interaction”
The forums all have the ability of uploading images, movies and even sound files as well as text, so we encourage all members to use this medium. We just require you to keep it relevant!
The security measures are unfortunately necessary due to the nature of forums and the malicious “bots” that trawl these plugins. Long time FB contributor and Forum Moderator, David Hume explained “[Having restrictions] will avoid a lot of spamming, and trolls just waiting to create mischief. Example, entries to the Clan McIntosh genealogy forum were suspended due to spam.” Other Clans don’t have forums for this reason.
If you are not yet a member, please decide to join and visit the Membership page.
See you on there!
In early November, Gos Home (Chairman of the HCPT) and Charles Home (CHA Convenor) spent a few days in the Borders, staying as usual at Mansefield, a brilliant B&B at the eastern end of Greenlaw, run by Pippa & Tim Culham. They are, in addition to being excellent hosts, mines of local information and their place is unreservedly recommended.
The Borders looked beautiful. Clear blue skies and autumnal trees showed the area off at its best.
The task there was twofold:
Firstly, now that the extra land to the south of Hume Castle is in Association and Trust hands, meetings had been set up with Tweed Forum, the Borders Council and Historic Environment Scotland in Edinburgh. These meetings were very positive and a path forward, towards the goal of archeological works showing parts of the original Hume village on the castle slopes, was identified.
Secondly to start planning the main locations for the Clan Gathering in August 2018. The Gathering dates have been set for the weekend of 11th and 12th of August with possible events on the Friday 10th and also Monday 13th. More details about these venues will be available once firm bookings have been confirmed. It seems a long way away, but plans have started, hopefully to make the 2018 Gathering the best yet. Some task after the huge success of the 2013 event, admittedly, but very doable.
The time spent around Hume was fast-paced and exhilarating. A wonderful reminder of how fortunate we all are to be associated with such a beautiful landscape, people and ever-intertwining story.
John Hume, the world’s largest private rhino breeder and a pioneering advocate for legalising horn trade, will be debating whether this trade should be legalised with Born Free Foundation President, Will Travers.
This crucial debate will take place on Wednesday 3rd August at 7pm at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, 21 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BS
You can buy tickets for the event, at £10 each, from
the Ticket Office
John Hume is a South African property developer who at the age of 50 became a pioneer in establishing the world’s largest private rhino breeding operation. In the past 24 years he has bred 944 rhinos and spent $100 million dollars of his own funds to save the rhino for future generations.
John is guardian to 1,400 rhinos following his dream to help create a better future for their survival. His ambition is to breed 200 rhinos a year to prevent the extinction of this endangered African specie.
As a passionate pro-rhino activist, John calls for an end of the war on trade in rhino horn that has only resulted in illegal trade and killing of rhinos and also people in Africa. He advocates for legalisation of trade in rhino horn – a renewable product – to help create harmony between African people and their natural
The Hume Castle Preservation Trust, closely associated with the Clan Home Association, announces the launch of their new website. “Thrilled to have it there” said CHA Convenor and HCPT Trustee Charles Home. “With so much happening with the Castle and all the plans afoot, it’s time to launch its own site. Hopefully, over the next few months, details of these plans will be posted as they develop. We hope that the website will become a major resource for all those wishing to visit and share our special heritage. We’ll be uploading more images too.” He continued.
Check it out and get involved! Hume Castle Website