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GREYHOUND GALA 2016

Our usual weekend has always been the first Sunday of September but due to a big wedding at The Holiday Inn, we had to change things to the week before. This was a

Bank Holiday and people tend to go away then - I was concerned that visitors to the event would not be around and maybe some of our volunteers would also not be

available.

The weather the previous week had been awful and, given that our Courteenhall Show had almost been rained off, we needed to have a successful Gala. Setting up on the Saturday was the stuff of nightmares. We got the tents up in the morning,

which was great, but in the afternoon the heavens opened. We had rain, gale force winds, thunder and lightning - oh joy!! We had bought a new tent and this proved worse than useless - rain poured straight through it and everything we had set out quickly became soaked. I found myself hurtling to Argos (five minutes before they closed!) to buy a couple of gazebos!

When we got to Crick on Sunday morning it was awful - although the weather was dry, we had a marquee to take down, shift loads of stuff, and then put up two more tents and organise their contents. Chris and Debbie’s tents had blown down and was almost wrecked - I could have screamed!

Finally, we managed to get organised and I am SO grateful to my dear friends who all turned up so early to help get things ship-shape - you were all stars! The weather stayed fine, other than one shower, and as usual, things went very well once the show got started.

Yes, the crowds were down but it could have been far, far worse. Our owners and

supporters turned out in force, as always, and everyone really seemed to enjoy the

day. Our stands were busy and I think everyone was happy with the end result.

Our show sponsors made a huge contribution to the financial success of the event - Process Chain were so very generous once again and we owe them so much for their support over the years. XPO Logistics and Butchers Pet Foods also contributed this year and we hope that they will be happy to help again in the future. So many of

our owners sponsored the show classes, trophies and rosettes - you are all very kind and we never take your generosity for granted. The Gala could never take place without this sponsorship - thank you one and all.

I am grateful to Jo and Sam, our hardworking judges and to their stewards - they seemed to enjoy the day as much as we did. We had some gorgeous dogs on show and loads of lovely comments about the kennel dogs who had come up for the parade. They were all very well behaved but the star was little Romanian girl, Dana - she went around the ring as if she had been doing it all her life. We were concerned about how she would handle things, but our fears all proved groundless. She thoroughly enjoyed herself.

A huge thank you to all the NGR and Homes For Hounds volunteers - they worked their socks off all over the weekend and I am so very grateful to them all. My particular thanks to Allen, Chris, Debbie and Donna who did so much to help prepare for the show. I would also like to say thank you to Karen and Shonny who came to the kennels on Bank Holiday Monday and helped unload and put away all the tents and other equipment. It was very much appreciated.

We raised the brilliant total of just on £4,000 - down on last year, but as I said, it really could have been far, far worse. People were very generous and definitely put their hands in their pockets to support our dogs - I cannot thank you all enough.

So - hopefully, we will be back to our normal date next year and minus the stormy weather!

Recent Events

QUIZ NIGHT

Thanks to everyone who came along and supported our recent Quiz Night. It was a huge success - our quizzes are proving very popular and seem to be an enjoyable evening out for all. I am grateful to Chris and Debbie, Allen, Donna, Anne for all their hard work and to Howe’s Fish & Chips for their incredibly efficient feeding of 100 people in such a short space of time! Definitely the best fish and chips in the area.

We raised £630 for the dogs in our care - a brilliant amount! Thank you to everyone involved.


CHRISTMAS FAIR, AUCTION & CRAFT FAIR

We held our annual Christmas Fair together with the Auction and Craft Fair on 26th November at Bugbrooke Community Centre.

Our thanks to all who came along to support us on the day and for those who made bids on line for the auction items. Thanks also to all the helpers on the day and especially to those who very generously gave items for the auction.