What an amazing time we had at our Dog & Owners Fun Day
on Saturday 3rd June. There is a long list of people to thank: the wonderful Southern Golden Retrievers, Samphire Dog Training, Swalecliffe & District Dog Training, Kent Companion Dog Training, Saffire Agility and The Hawkinge Flyers, our judges Rose Dunnelle and her steward Louise Palmer who judged the pedigree classes, Pam Ferris and Dianne Stingemore who judged the novelty classes, Derek Stingemore, ex Kentish Gazette, who took the photographs and Alex and Barry on the PA system. Thanks also go to our wonderful volunteers, without whom these events simply could not take place, our staff, our stall holders, including the display of classic cars that has now become a popular attraction at our fun days and, of course, everyone who came to support us. Finally, and most important of all, we want to thank all those wonderful dogs, many of whom were adopted from the sanctuary and came back to say hello. There will be a report of the winners and photos to follow. Thank you to all our sponsors who kindly donated prizes; Clifford George Partnership, Wahl (UK) Ltd, Barrow Hill Vets, Bourne Vets, Toachim House Vets, Nature Diet and Gilbertson & Page. A total of £2,450 was taken before expenses. The 2018 Dog Show will take place on Saturday 2nd June - put the date in your diary now!
Bank Holiday Monday 29th May saw the 8th running of our Cyclo-Sportive. We have built up a reputation as one of the friendliest cycling events in the local area. The riders can choose either a 50 or 72 mile route which covers some of the best countryside of the Kent Downs and the flat Romney Marsh. After quite a big storm on Sunday night, the weather turned out fine on the day, which we need because a lot of the riders wait to see what the weather is like on the day before entering. We had just over 100 entries on the day which made a total of 190 riders. Every year a few riders miss a sign and end up going the wrong way, but they all came back safely with a story to tell. The biggest problem this year was punctures, caused by grit washed onto the roads by the previous nights' storm. The riders were able to pick up refreshments and food from Colin and Terry at the feed station on the Romney Marsh and at the finish we had our barbecue fired up, plus lots of great cakes, tea and coffee which the tired riders consumed in great quantities (some come back each year just for the cakes!) There is a long list of people to thank, without whom the event would not take place, these include my cycling club friends who do all the timing of the riders, computer results, entering all the riders on the day, putting up over 120 signs en-route etc., Chris for driving the broom wagon (looking after the riders who need first aid or mechanical help), all the cake bakers, which includes the girls from the tearooms, friends of Lord Whisky and even some of my postman friends! Thanks also to my family and friends for serving tea, coffee and cakes and cooking over a hot barbecue all day. Thank you all for giving up a Bank Holiday to help raise funds for the sanctuary; this year’s event raised £4,929. Photos can be found on the Lord Whisky Facebook page. Nick Marsh.
Our first visit to Old Bladbean Stud Gardens on Sunday 28th May raised £490 (before expenses) for the sanctuary. A big thank you to Carol (owner of the gardens) for inviting us to do the refreshments again for the season and to Arlene and Mette who supplied some of the cakes and worked so hard with tea making and all that washing up. It was lovely weather and a good afternoon. A volunteer runner is urgently required from 2.30pm-6pm to ferry crockery backwards and forwards from the kitchen. You will get the opportunity to see the beautiful gardens and enjoy some home-made cake and a cup of tea. The next open garden date is 11th June.
We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came along to support our Spring Family Fun Day
on Saturday 6th May. We must also thank our friends who helped on the stalls, in the kitchen and not forgetting Charlie on the gate. £2,191 was taken on the day before expenses. We now look forward to our Dog Show & Boot Fair on Saturday 3rd June, where we need 2 people to man the gate from 8am-12pm and from 1pm to finish as our Charlie is on holiday and we also need help in the kitchen. Could you help? Click here
for a list of Spring Prize Draw winners.
We had a very enjoyable day at the Fur, Feather & Exotic Exhibition
on Saturday 25th February. It's lovely to meet up with people, some that we only see at this event and of course the wonderful creatures that bring us all together. A total of £1,346 was raised and we thank everyone who took part and worked so hard. We were sorry not to have Jess Bates, our ferret lady, with us who is still very poorly and our thoughts are with her. We thank Harrietsham Ferret Rescue for stepping in again. We also missed our special guest Max the Llama, whose owner Claire was in hospital with a slipped disc. We hope it will not be too long before we see them both again at one of our events. The small animal competition was won by Sophie & Charlie Wood from Canterbury with their Guinea Pigs Rex & Casper and 2nd prize was awarded to Liam O-Rourke from Yorkletts and his hamster, Peanut.