Animal Rescue with Marion Garnett
Dedicated animal expert MARION GARNETT, founder of the Ealing Animal Charities Fair continues her column
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.