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The Wheatsheaf Fun Dog Show - September 2010
Our third Dog Show was held on the 19th September and was very much enjoyed by everyone, especially the amazingly well behaved dogs themselves and the (equally well behaved) children.
We had great support from Culverden Veterinary Surgery and the Crowborough Pet Food Shop who provided standby cover and various treats and prizes, and our grateful thanks too to Patsy Sparks for a lot of work behind the scenes, to our ‘expert’ judges, Beryl and Mike, Nigel for his stewarding, and Terry Brady for his loan of the PA system.
The 2010 season for our two league teams, Stookies and Jesters, ended with mixed fortunes as Stookies were relegated from Division 1 and will rejoin Jesters in Division 2 in 2011. Both teams suffered, as usual, from untimely absences of their best players, yet Jesters had a steady year, and Stookies made a very spirited attempt to keep their top flight status when, in their final match and needing a 6-1 victory to stay up, they fell just short with a 5-2 win.
The 2011 season will kick off as usual next May. Matches are played home and away with teams of 6 – 8 players until the season ends in September, and anyone interested is welcome to come along, try their hand in practice and join if they wish. Most league teams are situated in Crowborough, but there are also teams in Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and Uckfield. The petanque piste is also available for use by groups or organisations, provided they bring their own boules.
Oh dear - it's a good job crib is 90% luck or our team would have an almighty inferiority complex, as it is they can justly blame the wretched cards they were dealt all season meaning that with 2 matches to go they are already looking forward to relegation and life in Division 2. Never mind, new players always welcome and maybe they'll change our luck.
We have always been supportive of charitable causes with a number of regular functions and events, such as the Wheatsheaf v Baldwin Boxall Golf Day, Football and Music Quizzes, the weekly bonus ball competition, Fire Walking, running the London Marathon and the Crocus Walk to name but a few. All in all, we estimate that between 2004 and 2008 we raised in the region of £40,000 from the above, and events which used the Wheatsheaf as a base for their fundraising activity. In 2009 we added significantly to this with our first (and probably last) 3 Peaks Challenge!
THE WHEATSHEAF 3 PEAKS CHALLENGE – 25th/26th July 2009
Ted’s endeavours to avoid having a birthday party are the stuff of legend, but since it was the big Six Oh this year we knew we’d have to do something special, so twelve blokes and two ladies spanning the ages 29 - 59 going on 60, with little in common other than they frequent this little pub, decided on a whim last October that they would attempt the 3 Peaks 24 hour challenge, for charity, when half of them had never even heard of it, and those that had had never done anything like it. (For those who don’t know, this challenge involves going up and down the highest mountains in Scotland (Ben Nevis), England (Scafell Pike) and Wales (Snowdon) all within 24 hours.)
Between then and the end of July this group spent time exercising as individuals, in small groups, and on training walks as a big group to get to know one another. They researched, planned and agonised over routes, provisioning and first aid kit; each individual personally spent £300 - £700 covering accommodation, transport, fuel and food, and lots of very expensive equipment. They took time off work to complete the event, during which they cursed, swore, cajoled and shoved to get everyone up and down the mountains, and they approached friends, family, work colleagues and customers to raise a simply amazing amount of money for great charities.
These people were funny, focused and absolutely committed, they achieved mightily and they can be proud, they have been an inspiration, they have raised a fabulous £20,000 for the Hospice in the Weald and Sands UK. Ted and Maggie feel immensely privileged to have been a part of it, and would like to thank all of them for their efforts, and also of course everybody who sponsored them with such generosity.
If you want to know what happened, check out the blog by clicking here. These are the people who took part:–
|Ted Hirst||Andy Diplock||Mick Scarlett||Simon Relf|
|Roger Cottenham||Dave Gurden||Jonny Adams||Neil Wood|
|Rick Clark||Pete Rich||Marcus Isaacson||Keith Smith|
|Maggie Hirst||Jan Scarlett|