District Councillor Surgeries in Willingham

Your new District Councillors, Dawn Percival from Willingham and Bill Handley from Over, will make themselves available to offer help and advice, chat and listen to your views or problems at the Ploughman Hall from 11 am until noon. The next surgery will be on Saturday October 27.

Please come along and use this opportunity to meet your District Councillors.

Inaugural Feast Dog Show – 2018

The Dog Show was a great success with a good number of competitors for each of the nine rounds – Waggiest Tale, Most Appealing Eyes, Best Trick, Most Sociable, Best Veteran over 7, Best Rescue Dog, Best Brace (2 alike), Best Irish Brace (2 different), Best Six Legs (Dog and Handler), and then all the winners vying for Dog The Judges Would Most Like to Take Home. There was also a scurry (timed run using hay bales as hurdles) and a Hoopy obstacle course kindly run by behavioural specialists Cambridge Dogs (cambridgedogs.wixsite.com) who also donated their takings to our chosen charity, Wood Green Animal Shelter (represented on the day with a stand run by Karon and Cheyenne). Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to everyone and their dog for turning up and making the day so enjoyable.

As always the event could not have happened without huge help from volunteers and the kind loan of local resources. The arenas were erected with fencing from the Fen Edge Community Association, the bales of hay were provided by Kerry and Owen Garner, and the venue – so ideal – was the beer garden of the Duke of Wellington, thanks to the willingness of Barry and Fran Todd to take a chance on the organising committee. This was an ad hoc WAG group comprising Frances and James Watts, Sara Croft, Kath Doggett, Graham Mumby and Paul Knighton, with further invaluable assistance from Liz Cosford and Mike Tidball. 

The judges – Amanda Radford, Graham Mumby, Kim Harding our brave postlady (familiar with dogs, recently sacrificed hair for McMillan Cancer Support) and her friend David (a genuine expert)  – did a fantastic job in scrutinising the competitors and presenting the prizes, with certificates, rosettes and goody bags going to places 1 to 3. The goody bags were donated by FishDelish, the rosettes by Frances and James.

Willingham Youth Trust ran the BBQ, having leaped to WAG’s  assistance at the last minute. They raised about £250 for the youth club – hats off to them for all their hard work this year – and the Dog Show itself made £200 for Wood Green.

Thanks also to Derek Law, our official photographer and occasional scurry timer. (His fabulous gallery coming soon!)

Dog Show Update: Wood Green Presence and Face Painting

Wood Green cannot now send their help+advice trailer but will be represented instead by two promotional stands. We apologise for this change, which has arisen due to the Wood Green trailer now being needed to support a Soup Kitchen elsewhere in the county.

On the positive side, we had now engaged a face painter for the children (3 years and over) and other dog charities and support schemes will also have stands at the show.

WAG needs volunteers!

Willingham Action Group has instigated many improvements to our village life. Working with the Parish Council we helped with purchase and design of the play equipment by the Ploughman Hall. WAG volunteers planted 1300 trees around the village and in the Community Orchard. In the past we have organised litter picking, started several social groups and each year we coordinate the Feast events. These things are just a small sample of all we do but we want to do more and for that we need more volunteers. As a volunteer you might give a few hours once a year running the bar at the Fen Gallop, alternatively you could join our Environment Group and spend many hours helping maintain the orchard – the fruit is free! It’s your choice as to how much you do, and when. 

Our volunteers become great friends and we have our own WAG social lives. If you want to join us or want more information please contact us here