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Maltese Fun Day 2003

EVERY YEAR the Maltese Club holds a Fun Day in the ideal surroundings of Baginton Village Hall with its beautiful grassed areas and the surrounding shrubs and trees writes Greta Franklin. The weather promised to be good so with great optimism we set out all the stalls and events outside.

A couple of the committee members brought along gazebos, giving shade to our Club Stall, all decked in blue and with beautiful China and Maltese ‘must haves’, and ably run by our Chairman, Betty Howgill. The stall proved to be most popular with everyone as Betty and her helpers were busy all day.

Our chief chef was Fred Mann, helped by his wife Betty; he began the day by cooking mouthwatering bacon baps, and the BBQ continued all day, with a gazebo giving welcome shade to the food and the chef!

The Fun Day opened at 10.30am with the tombola stalls. These proved to be a must with everyone, especially the children, and was expertly supervised by Barbara Cozens. All the proceeds from the day go to Maltese Rescue and Welfare. One of our Rescue Officers, Vicki Herrieff, brought along some of her own Maltese memorabilia. She set up a lovely stall covered with everything related to Maltese. One item in particular from the USA was a tapestry throw, covered, as you may imagine, with pictures of Maltese. This went into the very exciting auction and managed to make a good price. From everything that Vicki sold or put into auction, 50% went to Maltese Rescue and 50% to Research.

We had a very good turn out of Maltese lovers and their pets. In all about 70 to 80 people with about 40 Maltese. The fun began with the Maltese Races, this is always a nail biting event, so close, and how fast those little dogs can go.

The next event in a packed schedule was to Walk to Heel to Music. followed by Most Waggy Tail, Best Pet Trim, and Children’s Fancy Dress. This is always a favourite and popular event and brought everyone to their feet with video and cameras. Remember the nursery rhyme ‘Mary, Mary, quite contrary’? Well, little Hollie Graham looked like a picture out of a nursery rhyme book. Some early children’s tv programmes produced the next three children’s fancy dress ideas. Andy Pandy, Looby Lou and Teddy. Well done to all the mums who made outfits.

After a very difficult choice 1st went to Hollie as Mary Mary, 2nd to Jamie as Andy Pandy and 3rd to Tianey and Looby Lou and 4th was Purdi as Teddy.

While all the fun was going on, Carol Hemsley went round with a Teddy for people to guess his name. The winner was the little girl who was Teddy in the fancy dress, Purdi. The raffle was ably manned by Sue Tyler who was assisted by a group of children who helped sell tickets. All the items in the raffle were generously donated by people who came to the Fun Day.

Other events included Smallest Maltese, Dog’s Fancy Dress, Biggest Maltese, and the ever popular photographic competition. The afternoon was rounded off with delicious strawberries and cream, picked the day before by Margaret, Janice and family, and there was also afternoon tea and lovely cakes produced by Jean Mann to finish a perfect day.

I would like to thank all the Committee and Maltese Club members who helped us to raise between £600 and £700 for our Maltese Club and Rescue.