Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Fete collars cash for church appeal

ABOUT 200 people attended the Bix village fete and dog show.

ABOUT 200 people attended the Bix village fete and dog show on Saturday.

The annual event raised in the region of £3,750 towards the upkeep of St James? Church.

A total of 29 dogs took part in the show with many entering two or three of the eight classes, including the most handsome dog and a game of musical chairs to the sound of Good Vibrations by the Beach Boys.

Knitted creations from a 92-year-old supporter raised £165 in a secret auction and included a rabbit mother and father and their four baby rabbits which went for £50. The Royal Mousehold went for £33.75.

The doggy tombola raised £78 and prizes included treats and toys donated by the Pet Barn in Sonning Common and a training voucher worth £85 from Chiltern Pet Partners in Watlington.

Maggie Templeman, who organised the dog show, said: ?We were definitely hit by the weather because it was so hot we had fewer dogs than last year but those that came along had a really good time.?

She added: ?My flatcoat retriever, Fergal, was obviously so disappointed at only getting a green rosette for fourth place in best veteran that he chewed it up and then spat it out.?

The fete attractions included performances by the Watlington Concert Band, wellie wanging and a crockery shy.

Organiser Kathy Doodson, who is also a church warden, said the high temperatures put people off.

?The numbers weren?t as good as last year in that we had made £4,000. Because of the weather people didn?t bring their dogs to the show but having said that those that came spent their money and we are pleased.

?I think the children?s games were very popular and the Watlington band kept everyone jolly and the home produce stall also did well.?

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