Dog show proves a big hit with vil­lagers

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

SCORES of Prest­bury pooches en­joyed a day out strut­ting their stuff at the Prest­bury Amenity So­ci­ety’s dog show at Bollin Grove.

The show, the first one the so­ci­ety has staged, saw nine dif­fer­ent com­pe­ti­tions with more than 40 dogs, the win­ners from each cat­e­gory com­pet­ing for the pres­ti­gious Best In Show ti­tle.

Judge Nick Rush­ton, owner of Bolling­ton Vet­eri­nary Cen­tre, had some tough de­ci­sions to make as he judged the most hand­some dog, the most play­ful, the best res­cue or re-homed dog, the best fancy dress and the wag­gi­est tail.

There were also prizes for the pret­ti­est bitch, the scruffi­est dog, one for vet­er­ans more than seven

THE owner of Brun­dred Farm on Cas­tle Hill has ap­plied for plan­ning per­mis­sion to build two new de­tached houses in ad­di­tion to the ex­ist­ing one and to ex­tend the ex­ist­ing pri­vate road to form ac­cess to the new pro­posed new houses.

Com­ments on the ap­pli­ca­tion can be made up un­til Thurs­day, Novem­ber 24 at plan­ning.

A de­ci­sion on the ap­pli­ca­tion is due to be made on De­cem­ber 19.

PLAN­NING per­mis­sion has been granted to the owner of Ridge­way, a house at 90 years old and one for the cutest puppy un­der 18 months.

Judy McCoskery, one of the or­gan­is­ers, said: “It was just amaz­ing.

“There were some re­ally lovely dogs.

“Peo­ple showed up in great num­bers and were very en­thu­si­as­tic.

“There were chil­dren, par­ents, grans and grandads - peo­ple of all ages and dogs of all breeds with dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties.

Girl Guides pro­vided refreshments dur­ing the af­ter­noon, for which they were al­lowed to keep the money and dog­gie bags with spe­cial treats were handed out on the day by the Ca­nine Club based in Hen­bury.

Ev­ery owner also came away with a small gift for par­tic­i­pat­ing when they Mac­cles­field Road in Prest­bury, to build a sin­gle storey ex­ten­sion at the back of the house to in­cor­po­rate a kitchen and pool, to con­vert at­tic space in the garage to in­clude new ex­ter­nal ac­cess, and to build an or­angery at the front of the house.

ST Peter’s Church in Prest­bury is look­ing for vol­un­teers who do not mind get­ting their hands dirty to join the ‘Holy Dusters’.

The Dusters meet ev­ery Thurs­day at 11.45am for one hour to sweep and clean St Peter’s Rooms.

The clean­ing chal­lenge has in­creased came out of the ring, whether they had won any­thing or not.

Steal­ing the crown in the fancy dress cat­e­gory was a dog ‘baby’ with a hat on inside a pram.

And the best in show ti­tle was won by a dark brown Pointer with white spots.

Judy said: “It was beau­ti­ful with gor­geous mark­ings.”

“Nick Rush­ton was ab­so­lutely su­perb and made all of the dogs feel spe­cial.

“We had great sup­port from Prest­bury Pets too who do­nated money for the cost of the show, and Canal­side Radio.”

Also help­ing out on the day were Sally Burgess, owner of Burgess Pets and Equestrian on King Street in Mac­cles­field and An­drea O’Raf­ferty, first re­cently be­cause the reg­u­lar church cleaner is re­tir­ing too and the group is on the look­out for more peo­ple who are will­ing to come along and help out.

If you would you like to join in, pop in to the church and ask for Anne or talk to a war­den.

The church will also hold an af­ter­noon tea with cake, en­ter­tain­ment and a raf­fle on Mon­day, Novem­ber 21 at 2.30pm.

A CHRIST­MAS Club Night will take place at Mot­tram St An­drew Vil­lage Hall on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 13 at 7.30pm for 8pm.

This year will see the re­turn of co­me­dian aider.

Judy said: “It was a lovely at­mos­phere all day, fan­tas­tic.

“I don’t think we can not do it again next year as it was so pop­u­lar.”

Prest­bury Amenity So­ci­ety works to pre­serve and im­prove fea­tures of his­tor­i­cal or gen­eral in­ter­est in the vil­lage and one of the aims of the show was to raise the so­ci­ety’s pro­file and al­low vil­lagers to meet and get to know its mem­bers.

Judy said: “We re­ally wanted to raise our pro­file with this show be­cause no-one knows what we do.

“We were re­ally pleased that it was such a suc­cess .

“We look for­ward to hold­ing this event again next year as it re­ally did bring the com­mu­nity to­gether. Au­drey M fol­low­ing last year’s evening of com­edy. Cater­ing will be by Rachel Gate.

There is a lim­ited num­ber of 40 tick­ets avail­able so early book­ing is ad­vised to avoid dis­ap­point­ment. Tick­ets are avail­able from the So­cial Club bar and cost £26 per per­son.

PREST­BURY Tennis Club will hold a US Open themed Se­nior Club Night on Fri­day, Novem­ber 4 from 6.30pm un­til 10pm.

Play­ers can play any­time dur­ing the event. The for­mat will be mixed dou­bles and balls and flood­lights will be in­cluded.

Ruffy (left) and an­other of the dogs that took part in the show

Fin­lay Arnold with his prize-win­ning dog at the show

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