Parish dogs on best be­hav­iour

Com­mu­nity ef­fort for Bosley

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

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@ sut­ton­ 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

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