Parish dogs on best behaviour
Community effort for Bosley
DOG owners learned how to keep their canines under control at a special event organised by volunteers.
Members from the Sutton Parish Plan Steering Group working with the Three Villages Community Action Group – which covers Sutton, Langley and Lyme Green – are running a project to reduce dog fouling and nuisance in the parish and countryside.
They organised an animal behaviour clinic at Tegg’s Nose ranger centre, with expert Jez Frith giving advice and demonstrations on good doggy behaviour. Also present at the event was Tim Beckett, lead environmental warden with Cheshire East.
This included advice on keeping dogs under control around livestock, with dog attacks on animals an increasing problem in the area.
Kevin Hoines from the Parish Plan group said: “There was a tremendous turnout from dog owners. We had people seeking THE Sutton community has thrown its support behind those affected by the Bosley tragedy.
Members of the community have been holding events to raise money for families.
This has included Gradus Ltd of Lyme Green, which donated £427 and food, and garage AM Bell Ltd of Sutton which donated £300. Sutton WI gave a donation of £100.
Alan and Val from The Wild Boar in Wincle held an event to raise £475. advice on a vast array of problems such as walking to heel, aggression to other dogs and dogs jumping up on walkers and especially children. Dogs chasing wildlife is also a big problem and keeping your dog under control will help tremendously towards reducing these incidents.”
Farmer Nigel Hammill said he has had a number of sheep attacked, adding: “Two of the most recent incidents involved a total of five sheep being attacked. Three of the sheep suffered such serious leg injuries they had to be destroyed. The veterinary surgeon and slaughter man were of the opinion that a large dog was responsible. I welcome any measures that reduce attacks on livestock.”
Visitors were advised that they could sign up with Jez for one-to-one sessions to tackle livestock chasing, with the first being held on Saturday, September 19 by permission of farmer Bud Eardley at
St Stephen’s Church in Forest Chapel in Macclesfield Forest is selling books, greetings cards and poems to give donations to the cause.
Mavis Belfield, a long-standing church member, wrote and illustrated a poem about the local countryside and created cards with flowers on to be sold.
The books and cards are from The Fandanzel Studio by author and illustrator Sarah McNaught.
They feature tales set Sutton Hall Farm.
To find out details contact Jez on 07712 134525.
Further details can be found on suttonparish. org or email dogs@ suttonparish.org. around Macclesfield Forest.
Sarah said: “We also donated money through the church from the Wildboarclough Rose Queen held in June. The money is still coming in.
“We wanted to do what we can to help those affected by the tragedy.”
Sutton Ex-Servicemen’s Club is holding an event on Friday, August 21, from 7pm with entertainment, raffle and auction.
Admission costs £10. Contact 07470 366837.
●● The dog behaviour event at Tegg’s Nose was organised by Sutton Parish Plan Steering Group working with the Three Villages Community Action Group CIC
●● Sarah McNaught whose books and cards are being sold at St Stephen’s Church for the Bosley explosion