An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Gar­nett

Ded­i­cated an­i­mal ex­pert MAR­ION GAR­NETT, founder of the Eal­ing An­i­mal Char­i­ties Fair con­tin­ues her col­umn

Hayes & Harlington Gazette - - ANIMAL MATTERS -

IT’S ironic that the same year the Eal­ing An­i­mal Char­i­ties Fair cel­e­brates its for­ti­eth an­niver­sary should be the same year that Eal­ing Coun­cil is con­duct­ing a con­sul­ta­tion into the fu­ture of the Vic­to­ria Hall at Eal­ing Town Hall (Gazette Fe­bru­ary 2).

The Fair started in 1978 at Eal­ing Town Hall and was held there for 31 years, 29 of them in the Vic­to­ria Hall - com­ing to an abrupt end in 2009. Read­ers who are math­e­ma­ti­cians will have spot­ted that, if the Fair started in 1978 and is held an­nu­ally, in 2018 it would be the 41st Fair and not the 40th.

But no Fair took place in 2009. Although it had been booked, the Coun­cil can­celled the book­ing for that year be­cause they were re­fur­bish­ing the Vic­to­ria Hall and also, in the process, sub­se­quently tripled the hir­ing rate for the event from £752 to £2400. This caused quite a stir at the time (Gazette Fe­bru­ary 20 2009). The Fair wasn’t held there again.

In­stead it moved to Han­well Methodist Church where as well as five halls packed with stalls, we also have a room ded­i­cated to a fan­tas­tic pro­gramme of talks. Speak­ers in­clude Dun­can McNair, Founder of Save The Asian Ele­phants and Cordelia Brit­ton, Head of Pro­grammes UK for Four Paws. The Blue Cross mo­bile vet­eri­nary clinic will also be there with a vet nurse giv­ing free ad­vice. The 40th An­niver­sary Eal­ing An­i­mal Char­i­ties Fair( ea ling an­i­mals fair. lon­don) takes place at Han­well Methodist Church, Church Rd, W7 1DJ on Satur­day March 3 (10.30am-4pm). Ad­mis­sion is free.

Na­tional An­i­mal Wel­fare Trust (NAWT) is just one of the char­i­ties hav­ing a stall there – bring­ing with them some of the crafts made by their craft club. At present quirky girl, Tara, is in their care. Tara is a Per­sian cat who was in such poor con­di­tion when she ar­rived that her fur had to be shaved off. When she gets to know you, she is friendly - when I met her she was a to­tal sweet­heart. If you would like to home her, she is wait­ing at the busy NAWT re­hom­ing cen­tre, Tylers Way, Wat­ford by pass.

Fi­nally, the RSPCA clinic at Bur­ket Close, Southall is hold­ing a free neu­ter­ing day on Thurs­day Fe­bru­ary 22. This is for male and fe­male cats and no ap­point­ment is needed. An­i­mals do need to be starved be­fore­hand and you need to be el­i­gi­ble for RSPCA care. If you’re in­ter­ested phone 0300 1230 746 op­tion 3 for de­tails.


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