Events and fundraising
Below you will see information and photos on this year's events, with the most recent listed first.
ST CLEMENTS SPORTS CLUB FETE
This event was held at St Clements Parish Hall on Saturday 1st September. AND can you believe it? It actually didn't rain!! The weather conditions were perfect with a mix of both sunshine and cloud throughout the day. The dogs as ever enjoyed all the fuss.
Paris and Turk were chosen as sponsor dogs, so they will be busy writing to their new families this week!
A big thank you to St Clements Sports Club for allowing us to attend. They provided us with a superb pitch which allowed us to spread out as you will see from the photos below.
Fonz won the heart of Mia, who furnished him with many cuddles
THE SURE GREAT OUTDOORS SHOW
This was held at Manor Farm on 23rd and 24th June. And guess what? The weather forecast wasn't looking good. But with our gazebo out of commission and May's experience we opted to be safe indoors in the marquee so at least we wouldn't get wet and nothing would get blown over. The weather was kind and stayed fine for the first day and it was good to see visiting greyhounds.
Rooney the white and brindle was very pleased to see the Greyhound Rescue gang - his tail never stopped wagging.
The activities at the show were impressive and the dogs were very tempted by the chocolate fountain about 2 metres away from us and enjoyed all the fuss from the sea cadets!
Turk and the Sea Cadets who had an exhibition stand near us.
But the fun was short lived as even the forecast hadn't prepared us for the torrents of rain that lasted solidly all day Sunday. The temperature had plummeted and even though we were indoors there was no way that anyone in their right mind would have attempted to leave their beds let alone venture into the great outdoors. The organisers made the decision for us and by 10am the whole show was cancelled.
Day 2, wrapped up warm and thankfully in the dry - we kept smiling.
It's such a shame that Sunday was a right off, folk had put so much time, effort and money into all their exhibits. At this time of year you really shouldn't have to worry about torrential storms and incessant rain - a taster of global warming perhaps?
But once again our spirits won't be dampened and we look forward to seeing you all in town on Saturday 7th July. Keep your fingers crossed for decent weather!
THE FOIRE DE JERSEY
May bank holiday weekend saw us at the 3 day show at the Foire de Jersey - er, no, let's make that the 1 1/2 day show!!!
We set up in glorious sunshine on the Thursday, then it all went 'pear shaped', as they say. The weather on Saturday was reasonable, dry, bright but cold and breezy. Our adorable Floosie made her show debut and came for the day - so glad she did as her last days with us were full of fun and attention which she lapped up.
AND another debut was made by:
Yup the famous HOMER has arrived in Jersey.
Homer was a hit, the dogs had constant attention from the public, and everyone was very generous and supportive. A special thank you must go to Matthew for donning Homer for us - what a star, even if it did take a financial bribe from his father.
At 5pm that afternoon we left the show with everything in tact....
....Force 9 winds later, day 2 began with a phone call from Danny to say that our beautiful red gazebo had blown down and was ruined. Drastic measures were taken and we borrowed another gazebo and set up as quickly as possible.
The day was less windy and we prayed that the rain forecasted would pass by - wrong! By 1pm the heavens opened and I mean opened. All our gang rushed for cover whilst Alison and I attempted to keep covers over our display boards. The most amazing fork lightening, the loudest clap of thunder and torrential saw an end to day 2.
Ok so it should have been an end to day 2, that's if we could get out of the boggy field! It took Mal over an hour and had to be towed out - then just when you thought it couldn't get any worse - Monday morning came!!!
The 2nd gazebo (supposedly storm proof) was wrecked along with other participants stalls which were strewn everywhere - it was then we knew we had to call it a day. It was pouring with rain as we gathered everything together, soaking wet there was no way we could continue - so so disappointing. But onwards and upwards, we won't let this awful weather beat us!
Awareness week in town - 26th - 31st March
Just arriving and getting ready to set up at the beginning of the week.
How the week went...
The sun smiled on us all outside Marks and Spencer for the start of our Awareness Week. Needless to say when you have not attempted an event previously you never know how it is going to work out, but the sleep we lost was unnecessary due to the overwhelming generosity of the general public.
We arrived on the Monday with the gang at about 11am and pretty soon were surrounded by passers-by all wanting to pat the dogs and know more about them. As usual they never let us down and Harlea and Fonzs debut was a great success. In fact Fonz spent most of his time with his big long nose tucked either into womans bosums or mens private bits. Mind you neither seemed to take offence!!
We had included a board with details and photos of how Harlea had looked last November when found wandering the streets in Wales and weighing in at just 9 kilos, people found in so hard to believe that this was the same dog they were cuddling 4 months on. With a good diet of food little and often and masses of TLC, from her mum and dad Harlea has survived her ordeal and is back to her proper weight of 24 kilos. She is one of the lucky ones.
Turk, Pyder Mann, Rio and Toots just took it all in their stride, old hands at this entertaining thing, been doing it for ages. One lady went and bought them some special treats from M&S which they thoroughly enjoyed.
Pictures were taken on a regular basis and donations were just incredible. This continued right through the week. We gave the dogs a day off on Friday and were so very disappointed when on Saturday the weather was so bad that we could not finish our week. We hope that there may be a spare Saturday that can be allocated to us so as we can complete our awareness campaign but in the meantime we would once again like to thank the public for their continued support and of course Marks and Spencer for allowing us have our display outside their store not forgetting the most delicious hot chocolate from the Pottery Shop across the way.
Please log on to see if we manage to have that Saturday slot in town for those of you who didnt get to meet us and discuss this noble breed.
Turk and Rio keeping an eye on proceedings.
Pyder Mann, Pyder Mann does whatever a Pyder can!
Living Legend Craft Fayre - 24th & 25th March
This is a bi-annual event which we attend with one dog. One of our owners sells paper crafting products from which all the profit goes to the RGT. If anyone would like to know more about these products please email firstname.lastname@example.org
And of course whilst there we continued with raising awareness. This was our most successful sale to date and we are grateful to Graham and the staff at the Living Legend for allowing us to attend.
Our next dates for the Craft Fayre are 24th & 25th November. In a whisper I will quickly mention the word Christmas as Christmas cards will be available - greyhound themed and general. As well as numerous other goodies.
Harlea covered the morning shift at the Craft Fayre whilst Malarky was in charge of the afternoon stint.
Trinity Scouts - 7th February
Another fantastic roadshow. This week we introduced a greyhound quiz. The results certainly showed that the scouts were definitely paying attention. Well done all of you. Three groups got top marks, so a name will be picked out of a hat .
Thanks to Mike J and leaders, we hope you all enjoyed the evening as much as we did.
Manten Scouts - 31st January
Harlea made her debut appearance along with the regular roadshowers Turk, Larky & Awesome. The scouts adored the dogs and gave them plenty of exercise round the hall. We are grateful to Dave M and his fellow scout leaders for allowing our first scout visit and many thanks for your kind donation.
St Lawrence School Key Stage 2 pupils with Turk, Larky and Awesome.
Thank you to Headmaster Mr Brown for allowing us to visit, and to the KS2 children for being a great audience.
G&M Hickmott 2007©