Bont Faen WI welcomes a canine visitor

Friday, 26 May 2017

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Y Bont Faen WI began this month’s meeting with our speaker, Rhiannon Chamberlain from the Dogs Trust, who came with Gwennie, a rescue dog.

Rhiannon gave us a talk on the history and aims of the Trust. It began in 1891 as the Canine Defence League and from the beginning it has been funded by donations and legacies. It is the same today but has the added resource of the charity shops.

Originally it centred around London, but today it has rescue homes and shops all over the country – it even has retirement homes for elderly dogs, too old to be rehoused.

They never put a dog down unless it is seriously ill or has severe behavioural problems. The vast majority are found new homes.

Everyone is ‘vetted’: the owners for suitability, and the dogs are vaccinated and microchipped. There is a return policy and a helpline for life for any problems years later. Jacquie Smith gave the vote of thanks to Rhiannon and some doggie treats to Gwennie.

Margaret Price gave a report on the Glamorgan Annual Meeting in Port Talbot with three brilliant speakers. Jane Dixon, head of Denman College, Rosemary Butler, past presiding officer of the Welsh Assembly and Helen Sharman who spent eight days in outer space.

Sue Bradshaw-Jones gave an account of her trip to Anglesey for the Wales Conference to receive the award for recruitment on our behalf.

Our treasurer reported that we made £194 on the Lucky Dip stall at the May Fair.

Our social secretaries took us through the diary for the coming months. We have a walk on June 1, The Vicar of Dibley on July 8 and our mystery trip on July 22. Lots to look forward to.

Our next meeting is on Thursday, June 15 in the Lesser Hall at 8pm and the speaker is The Lavender Lady. All are welcome.

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