Macclesfield Express - - MOTORING -

●● THE COM­MU­NITY is gear­ing up to host the English Na­tional Sheep­dog Tri­als.

Each year Ann and Bud Eard­ley at Sut­ton Hall Farm play host to the Mac­cles­field Sheep­dog Tri­als which see com­peti­tors us­ing sheep­dogs to herd sheep around a field, fences, gates and into en­clo­sures.

Money raised at the tri­als is handed out to cho­sen char­i­ties. And this year, the farm is host­ing the English Na­tional Sheep­dog Tri­als, in­volv­ing the best han­dlers from around the coun­try.

Vicky Clam­pett, sec­re­tary of Mac­cles­field Sheep­dog Tri­als As­so­ci­a­tion, said: “Host­ing the English Na­tional Sheep­dog Tri­als is quite an hon­our and we hope all Mac­cles­field and the sur­round­ing ar­eas will get be­hind the event.

“It’s been hard to think about the tri­als with ev­ery­thing that’s been go­ing in with the sad events in Bosley, but we are think­ing about how we can use the event to help raise money.”

The English Na­tional Sheep­dog Tri­als are from Thurs­day, Au­gust 6 to Satur­day, Au­gust 8, with tri­als each day from 7.30am and cul­mi­nat­ing on Satur­day evening with the award­ing of the English Na­tional Cham­pion 2015.

On Fri­day there will be a craft fair, Tug-o-War com­pe­ti­tion at around 7pm and live mu­sic and a bar.

The craft fair con­tin­ues on Satur­day and the Tegg’s Nose Fell Race starts at 1pm from the tri­als field.

En­trance to the tri­als costs £5, un­der 16s are free and it’s free car park­ing.

There will be an evening of mu­sic and laugh­ter from 7.30pm on Sun­day, Au­gust 9, fea­tur­ing co­me­di­ans Terry Cotta and Nor­man Prince and El­ton John trib­ute Roger Tro­man. There will be a bar and bar­be­cue.

En­trance is by ticket only, cost­ing £12.50. Con­tact Vicky Clam­pett on 01260 223333 or Ian Nixon on 01260 226542.

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