●● 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.