You may remember the the ‘Doggy Stop’ at this year’s Carnival where we provided refreshments for our doggy visitors and invited their humans to make a donation to Birmingham Dogs Home.
We are delighted to say that, thanks to your generosity, we raised over £100, so on Saturday 11th November three members of the committee took a trip to the dogs home to see how the money would be used.
Birmingham Dogs Home was founded in 1892 in New Canal Street and moved to Bartholomew Street in 1987, which had been purpose-built to provide shelter and protection for over 150 abandoned dogs.
In recent years the charity recognised that the facilities offered there were falling behind the expected standard of a modern animal welfare establishment, so with very little room to expand the existing home a new location was found at Catherine De Barnes, Solihull, which would enhance the service provided by the charity for many years to come.
The new home opened in 2015 and comprises 128 large kennels with under floor heating, veterinary suite, education / community centre and superb staff facilities. The 12.45 acre site gives plenty of room for volunteers and supporters looking to find their new companion to walk dogs in open countryside.
Needless to say our committee dog lovers Becky, Linda and Mandi saw some very deserving causes there and were tempted to bring home an extra pooch passenger or two, but just about managed to resist!
The home is a charity which can only survive through the generosity and support of the general public and benefactors from the local community so, if you would like to make a donation, or could provide a loving home for one of these unfortunate dogs, please visit their website or call 0121 643 5211 to find out how.
2017’s official Water Orton Carnival Sleigh Run takes place on Sunday 17th December.
Santa and his helpers will be assembling at Mytton Road ready to start their tour around the village from 12 noon and with so many excited children to see and generous donations from the village residents to receive, Santa probably won’t be finished until quite late. You can see the route Santa takes here.
If you fancy joining us for what is always a fun day full of festive cheer, why not get in touch?
It will certainly get you in the Christmas spirit (quite literally, as Santa likes to spread his cheer in the village hostelries too) and we always appreciate some extra helpers along the route, for however much time you can give. If you can help, please call Mandi on 07803 789706
If you see us on our way around, don’t forget to give us a wave – we look forward to seeing you when we’re out and about!
We been asked what route Santa takes through the village on this Sunday’s Sleigh Run (17th December) by a few people, so here goes:
The Sleigh Run starts at 12 noon at Mytton Road, moving on to Smiths Way, Birmingham Rd, Plank Lane, Orton Close, over the railway bridge to Marsh Lane, to include Digby Crescent and Wakefield Grove, Old Church Lane, Manor House Lane, Minworth Road and Mercer Avenue, calling into The Dog for vital refreshments somewhere along the way.
Then back over the bridge to St Paul’s Court, past the shops, Coleshill Rd to The Digby, Mickle Meadow, Coterills Mews, New Road (to include Hargrave Close, The Sidings, Salisbury Drive and Overton Drive).
From there on to Coleshill Road, Watton Lane (to include Turnpike Drive, Park Grove, Hollyhurst), Maud Road, Edward Road, George Rod, Maud Road, Coleshill Road (to include Openfield Croft, St Peter’s Close, Vesey Close, Welland Close), Plank Lane, Christopher Way.
Vicarage Lane (to include Attleboro Lane, Vicarage Lane, Jaques Close, Woodlands Ave) finally finishing in St Blaise Ave.
As you can see, the Sleigh Run takes quite a while and the more helpers that Santa has, the sooner he can get to the North Pole to prepare for the big day. If you can give spare any time to help on Sunday it would be greatly appreciated. Call Mandi on 07803 789706 to arrange.