Here’s what Jinny had to say…..
Five years ago I had the idea of organising a Festive Beagle walk and for the first couple of years we all huddled under a gazebo near the car park at Elvaston Castle. I warmed mulled wine up on my camping stove, while Emily led a walk around the castle grounds. A few people will no doubt remember the time that we had to hold on to the gazebo while praying that the wind didn’t take us all, in a scene reminiscent from The Wizard of Oz. Since then we have upgraded to the Village Hall which provides somewhere warm to meet and greet, and I get a fully functional kitchen to serve warm mulled wine, spicy apple juice and I have even started to offer bacon butties to warm bellies before the walk. This year, as usual, we had a great turn out of festive beagles and their owners. All of the bacon butties sold out, we ran out of milk so could only serve black tea and coffee (sorry folks) however, there was plenty of wine to go around. Paws and Chill provided a packed stall with lots of treats, toys and Christmas goodies available to buy, Love Lenny Dog Accessories had a stall selling bandanas and bowties and Jasi had a very popular Lucky Dip stall with some great prizes which raised £80. The walk set off promptly at 11.30 and was led by Emily, Maggie and Alfie. The weather was kind to us after the snow the previous weekend, however the beagles still managed to come back with muddy paws! After the walk everyone was offered mulled wine, spicy apple juice, mince pies, sweets and some treats for the doggies. There was also a chance for everyone to spend their pennies on the stalls. There were prizes for the best “festively dressed” beagles and the raffle was drawn with the help of Craig. The whole day was a great success and I want to personally thank everyone for their help along the day. Thank you to everyone for your generosity of raffle prizes, donations and for turning up and supporting Beagle Welfare; we made £270 on the walk and £320 on BW merchandise.
P.S. I have a vacancy for a kitchen assistant next year