Dogs to round up char­ity cash


TOP dogs and their han­dlers will head to town for the Mac­cles­field Sheep­dog Tri­als.

Each year Ann and Bud Eard­ley, at Sut­ton Hall Farm, play host to the event – which sees com­peti­tors us­ing sheep­dogs to herd sheep around a field, through fences, gates and into en­clo­sures.

Tak­ing place across the week­end from Fri­day, Au­gust 4, to Sun­day, Au­gust 6, the tri­als will see en­trants from across the coun­try com­pet­ing, with the win­ners go­ing on to the na­tional championship in Suf­folk in Septem­ber.

There will also be plenty of other ac­tiv­i­ties to en­joy over the week­end, in­clud­ing the tug-o-war, BBQ and beer on Fri­day, Satur­day’s craft fayre and fell race, and the Sun­day Con­cert – which in­cludes mu­sic from Sweet Dreams, with Nor­man Prince as MC

Money raised at the tri­als is do­nated to char­ity. The bene­fac­tors from last year’s raf­fle have also re­ceived their share of the £1,840 raised, with a cheque pre­sen­ta­tion at Sut­ton Hall Farm. The money was dis­trib­uted be­tween five char­i­ties; East Cheshire Hospice, Rossendale Trust, MacMil­lan Cancer Sup­port, Ron­ald McDon­ald House and Mid­lands Air Am­bu­lance Char­ity.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive from four of the char­i­ties, along with com­mit­tee mem­bers and Mac­cles­field MP and pa­tron David Rut­ley, at­tended the cheque pre­sen­ta­tion.

Speak­ing af­ter the pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony, Mr Rut­ley said: “It is an hon­our to help pre­sent these won­der­ful char­i­ties with their do­na­tions.

“Not only is the Mac­cles­field Sheep­dog Tri­als a well-es­tab­lished part of the sum­mer cal­en­dar, the funds raised help to sup­port so many lo­cal wor­thy causes.”

The trails will be held in the field off Bul­locks Lane, Sut­ton.

The Teggs Nose Fell .Race starts at 2.30pm on Satur­day. En­try costs £3. Tick­ets to the Sun­day con­cert cost £12.50 and can be bought over the tri­als week­end.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to mac­cels­field­sheep dog­tri­

Last year’s tri­als raised £2,000 for char­ity

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