Over 120 members and 150 Papillons gathered on July 19th to "Have Fun" at the Garden Party/Fun-Day organised by the South of England Papillon Club (proposed).
The venue at Chieveley Village Hall near Newbury in Berkshire looked very inviting festooned in balloons and bunting. Lots of fun events were arranged and the day kicked off with a display of Mini Agility organised by Denise Welsh (of Papillon agility fame) along with her able team of helpers. Papillons took flight over the various items of agility equipment accompanied by hoots of encouragement from the audience, after the display, Denise invited everyone to "have a go" on a shortened course.
In another ring Papillons were "having a go" at a fun good dog test while the in the main ring many Baby Puppies were paraded in a fun "puppy walk" so important for learning their early socialising skills.
A lovely buffet lunch was served to top up the energy for the afternoon events, which started in the main ring with fun breed related "Bits 'n' Bobs" classes, who was to win the Best Ears? The Best Hare Feet? The Best Phalene (the lovely dropped eared variety of the breed)?
The many stalls were busy all day selling all sorts of Plants, Cakes and Produce and Butterfly related "Bring and Buy", there were Tombola & Raffle stalls and a "Guess the Famous Papillon" competition. The Patron of the proposed new Club Mrs. Sue Jones very generously donated a delicious "Cream Tea" for everyone, with the Clotted Cream hand delivered fresh from Devon. During this welcome break the various raffles were drawn and also a hilarious Fancy Dress Parade took place (it had been rumoured the Hairy Fairy was to appear) and appear he did to take the first prize!
The proposed new Club's Chairman Mrs. Pearl Peacock brought the festivities to a close by thanking everyone for attending and contributing to such a successful and happy day, saying she hoped this was to be the first of a regular yearly event.
The secretary, Mr. Phil Shirley said while the status of our new proposed club is at present to be decided (our application for registration of title currently being advertised in the Kennel Gazette), I look forward to a positive outcome as clearly the need for a club to serve the needs of all Papillon owners in the South of England is long overdue, he continued, we have already discussed a long list of future events for members to enjoy including many social and breed related educational events. The Membership of the proposed new club is approaching 200 members with new enquiries coming all the time. The Fun-Day generated several hundreds of pounds which will be split between club funds and breed welfare.