New Barkby WI

Mrs K. Fryman, President, welcomed members to the Institute’s June meeting. After business matters were discussed, members heard from Hannah Graham accompanied by her Rottweiler dog, named Mya. (This talk replaced the one planned as the speaker was unable to attend due to illness).
Hannah spoke, with a power-point presentation, on the work of The Dogs Trust, based near Loughborough. The charity, which does not receive any government funding, was founded in 1891, by Lady Gertrude Stock and was originally called The National Canine Defence League, which was to protect dogs from torture and illness; the first one was based in Fulham in 1912. The slogan ‘A dog is for life and not just for Christmas’ was coined in 1978 by Clarissa Baldwin M.B.E.
Since 2012, over 5000 dogs have been rehomed, this is caused by a variety of reasons: illness, moving home, owners not able to look after them and moving into rented accommodation.
The Loughborough unit is open seven days a week and visitors can view the dogs through glass-fronted kennels. One dog has recently found a new home after a few years. There are good practice guidelines to find new homes and a strong complement of staff. Volunteers are always welcome too, either at the premises or working in their charity shops.
The vote of thanks was given by Mrs Dawn Haynes. The competition for the letter ‘E’ was won by Mrs J. Oliver with an ‘Elephant’ money box. The raffle prize of a decorated china cup and saucer, complete with a candle inside, was won by Mrs P. Smith. The Tea Hostesses were Mrs J. Goulden and Mrs B. Lancaster.
The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, 3rd July at Syston Community Centre at 7.30 p.m. and the speaker will be from ‘Hambleton Bakery’ and the competition will be the letter ‘T’. Visitors are always welcome to attend.