REPORT 2008 : Rally held Sunday 24th
where do I start? What a year I have had, firstly my husband,
David, was rushed into hospital seriously ill and, then in, the
same week my Mother was also taken into hospital, and finally
we lost our old boy Kova. Thus, May and June became a blur to
me and it did cross my mind to cancel the Rally this year, but
I thought I can't do that.
was the 6th Rally for Rescue held at Mollcroft and there were
times this summer when thought it would not go ahead due to the
terrible weather. Most people that come to the Rally know how
large our grounds are and to try and get them into some sort of
order we do need a little good weather before hand, but unfortunately
this year it never seemed to come. The week before the Rally our
paddocks, which we use as car parks, had not been cut down so
we asked our gardener, Mike, if he could come over and help and
he spent the Sunday before the Rally trying to get the paddocks
as low as he could. I was so pleased when he had finished, as
I though well at least that's one job done now, on to the other
hundred jobs needing doing!
very lucky, as I have a really good network of family and friends
who always seem to be there when you need them. On the Thursday
before the Rally weekend Carmen & Leroy arrive and then on
the Friday my son, Craig, daughter-in-law, Susan, grandchildren
Jade & Aaron and their friends, Jenny & Darren turned
up so my little army was slowly being put together. Friday was
the day Mark & Trudy Coates were picking up all the tables
for me, and believe me they are heavy, so they arrived with 18
tables, which then had to be stored until Sunday. Saturday arrived,
bright and sunny and we were all up early getting all the gazebos
up, tables in place, it was a hive of activity. Avis & Preston
arrived to put the finishing touches to everything and make sure
all the paperwork was in order. By 5pm on the Saturday I thought
this is great we are so organised Andy Fry and his team of helpers
were here doing the PA System for the next day, so I got to and
started to feed everyone, not an easy task when you have about
14/15 people to feed, but we all had great evening.
early Sunday morning with a feeling of dread, as it was raining
hard and everything we had done the day before was soaked; all
the tables, posters everything. Oh well, nothing we could do about
it but get on and hope that it didn't put people off coming. Everybody
I spoke to kept telling me that it would clear up and guess what,
it did by midday the sun was just beginning to break through and
I was amazed at how many people had turned up even before the
this year was Linda Wells and I have had a lovely letter from
her saying what a great pleasure and privilege it had been to
Judge our Rescue Samoyeds and how much she enjoyed her day.
out to be a great day and there was about 60/65 dogs here with
56 entering the Classes. We had quite a few other breeds attending
this years Rally, which is lovely to see and the Fancy Dress Class
was super, with the little children all dressed up and even the
adults looking great. The water race went down well again with
mad people and dogs running up and down with water splashing everywhere.
Unfortunately, I get to see very little of the Rally as I am usually
in the kitchen frying onions or some such menial task. I do try
and get to walk around and have chat with everyone on the day,
but it is so hard to fit it all in, so if I missed seeing you
please forgive me.
thank Cathy & Alan Care, who managed to get to this years
Rally. You may remember that Cathy & Alan cared for Cassie
a few years ago, who was in a bad way when we took her on and
I had a painting stored of Cassie, which I wanted them to have.
They were so pleased and I do thank them for their never-ending
help that they give Rescue.
everyone who came to the Rally enjoyed their day and will come
again for without their support and the funds raised then Rescue
couldn't help some of the unfortunate Samoyeds that find themselves
in dire needs.
over £2,300 net. which
was £400 above last year, and I would like to thank
ALL of the people who made this happen.
you will have all missed Betty East's Cake Stall this year, and
since putting it on our web page about Betty having a stroke and
not being able to make her now famous cakes, or attend this year,
we had people kindly baking and donating cakes to sell on our
Cake Stall - and believe me they were wonderful cakes, every single
slice was sold and the people who baked them were Janice Pow,
Denise Woodstock and Jax Machin, so a really big thank you to
a lot of other people to thank and I list some of them in no particular
order:- my husband, David for putting up with my screaming when
all doesn't go well and my Mum, bless her, the Judge, Linda Wells,
Avis & Preston Haffenden, Carmen & Leroy Jones, Trudy
& Mark Coates, Andy Fry, Angela & Terry Danvers-Smith,
Lee & Tim, my son Craig and daughter-in-law Susan, Jenny &
Darren, Chris & Andy Littlewood, Marianne Giannattasio, Valerie
Blewitt, Madelliene Weller, Lee Ross, Olive Hampton, Janice &
Grenville Pow for their beautiful handmade cards, Lynn Dutton
for donating one of her very special paintings for our Auction.
my biggest thanks goes to the WSS Forum (Worldwide Samoyed Smiles)
people who always amaze me with their hard work and really good
ideas, in fact they alone raised £325 on their Stall and
whoever thought of the popcorn, which was such a good idea, because
all I could smell was this lovely aroma wafting around - great.
is one special thanks I would like to make and that is to thank
Robin Newhouse for coming and enjoying our Rally: I have been
trying to get him to come down for years so a big thanks Robin
for giving me a lovely surprise.
thanks of all goes to everyone that came to the Rally and helped
raise such a brilliant amount of money for Rescue.
care of all your lovely Sammies and I hope to see you all again
Brasier, Chief Rescue Officer