On Sunday 25th November 2018 club members met in the Hook and Hatchet pub’s car park before moving off to walk at Hucking Estate.
Fifteen dogs with their handlers took part, walking across open fields, and along bridleways and woodland paths.
Pausing briefly for a group photograph
before continuing the walk ending back at the pub for suitable sustenance.
An enjoyable walk, the rain held off so we managed to stay dry!!!! The fifteen dogs were all were well behaved and due to earlier rain a little muddy by the end. Although fewer dogs than usual attended, it was just the right number for a lot of the newer members were attending their first club walk.
Thanks to Sue for organising the walk, also Su and Mark for helping Sue.
On Sunday 25th November 2018, we will be walking at Hucking. If you are interested in joining us, we will meet in the pub, car park at 10:15 am and move off at about 10:30 am.
The walk will take in open fields, bridleways, woodland paths on the Hucking Estate which is open to the public and as usual it is your responsibility to have your dog under control at all times and on lead in areas where there are or maybe livestock.
Suitable footwear is advised as the ground can be uneven and muddy in places.
Walking will be for up to 2 hrs which could be too much for younger puppies or older dogs. Only join the walk if you know your dogs are able.
At training on Sunday 17th December 2017 we were joined by Sharon who we had invited to come along on behalf Large Breed Dog Rescue. The cheque was presented to Sharon by Mick Bingham on behalf of Stockbury Dog Club at our start of training gathering when all members are together. Sharon thanked all the club members for the donation saying the money was much appreciated and will help them to provide for the dogs in their care.
On Sunday 22nd October 2017 we were pleased to be able to present Parker and Doug with their rosettes and certificates for passing their KC Puppy Foundation assessment.
The awards were presented by Mick, our Patron, and received by:
Latest Donations Given Out Take The Total To ????? ↓↓↓ read on to find out ↓↓↓
One of the recent donations we have given out has been to Buttercups Goat Sanctuary near Maidstone. Our club Secretary Su Good can be seen in the photo handing over the cheque.
Buttercups is the only registered goat Charity in the United Kingdom whose sole aim is to provide relief to goats that have suffered or no longer have a home. Goats arrive at the Sanctuary from all over Kent, the bordering counties and London and Buttercups ensure that each animal receives the individual attention it deserves. Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats is now home to over 140 goats.
Other charities we have recently given donations to are: Last Chance Animal Rescue, Lord Whisky Animal Sanctuary, Oldies Club, Happy Endings Rescue, Support Dogs, Protecting Preloved Border Collies and German Shepherd Rescue elite.
These donations have taken the accumulative total for charitable donations given out by Stockbury Dog Club since 2004 to more than £30,000.
As a club we have been giving out donations since the club started in 1993 originally to Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, these are not included in the £30k total. Rather than support a sole charity it was decided in 2004 to broaden our support and to consider other animal related charities based mainly in or around our region.
The giving of these charitable donations have been possible as all those involved with running the club are unpaid volunteers. Also the foresight and dedication of our founder and patron Mick Bingham who started the club in 1993 and has been at almost every Sunday morning training session since then. Twenty four years dedicated to providing dog training is remarkable but add to that the fact that Mick set the club up as not for profit so as to benefit others is an outstanding achievement.
We see improvement in all the dogs over the weeks they attend training, making the committee’s decision difficult as to who should get the awards.
The awards this time go to: Blaze for most improved puppy. Riley for most improved rescue dog. Juno for most improved adult dog.
Mick presented the awards to Blaze and his handler Jenny (left photo). and to Riley and his handler Kevin (right photo) at the Easter fun training session. Last Sunday, 14 May, Juno and his handler David were presented with their award (photo below). The awards are held for six months after which they are returned for future presentations.
Normal club training this Easter Sunday was replaced by a fun event where members were invited to bring along Easter Bonnets for their dogs and / or themselves. About a dozen dogs arrived with bonnets of all shapes and sizes some of which you can see in the parade line below.
Ernie (above) looked quiet happy with his rabbit ears nicely positioned as he waited to be judged.
Also quietly waiting Monty (below left) and Sophie (below right)
This all gave our judge Brenda Bingham a difficult decision to make, after much deliberation the winner was Cleo.
Cleo very coy hiding behind her hat while her handler Helen was presented with her prize by Mick Bingham our club Patron. We did manage to catch another photo of Cleo, see below. The morning events continued with sausage and spoon races and then relays with teams having to get their dogs in sits or downs at stages through the relay. To finish all twenty six dogs took part in an obedience group exercise. The morning concluded with light refreshments available for the handlers, the dogs had theirs during the sausage and spoon races.
Thank you to everybody for taking part and well done to you all.