Sunday 5th of October 2014 was a very special day for Animals’ Voice. The Chairman, Trustees, staff, members and friends celebrated the work of the late Canon William Barnard, a Trustee of Animals’ Voice from 1986 – 2005.
In 1954 Canon Barnard pioneered this unique service and Blessing for animals at St. John the Evangelist Church, Hinton Martel, some 11 years before Animals’ Voice was founded. It was a further 20 years before Canon Barnard became a Trustee of our organisation, however his involvement in our work in the early years meant that he always welcomed Animals’ Voice into his Church to celebrate and bless our animal friends.
We are proud to be part of and continue this unique service and this year we celebrated 60 wonderful years! Successors of Canon Barnard at Hinton Martel have continued his work and this year the service and blessing of animals was kindly conducted by Reverend William French.
To celebrate this momentous occasion a special celebratory cake was commissioned by Chairman Betty Price and Trustees of Animals’ Voice. A visitor’s book was provided for those attending and special thanks go to Christopher Barnard, son of the late Canon William Barnard who played the organ at this years service.
Guest Speaker was Chris Payne of Worldwide Veterinary Services. He informed the congregation about his work carried out overseas which included vaccinating domestic animals against rabies and this included a neutering programme. He also spoke of the WVS involvement in providing veterinary medication and equipment in parts of India.
After the service animals were blessed outside the church and they included a variety of breeds of dogs, a pet rabbit, a baby hedgehog, a sheep and even a horse all of whom behaved impeccably throughout the afternoon.
Teas, sandwiches and cakes plus our celebratory cake were served in the hall next door afterwards by Val and staff Jayne and Trustee Pat. Special thanks from Animals’ Voice most also go to photographer Dennis White who is a member of AV. He took the photographs (below) during the afternoon and he kindly donated the photographs and his time free of charge!
It was a wonderful afternoon and service celebrating our animal friends and we hope it will continue for another 60 years!
We are most grateful to Animals’ Voice Member Helen Perry above who with her friend Judy Snook delivered a large selection of items to James Mason House on 11 November to help us raise funds at our forthcoming Christmas Table Top Sale on the 29 November.
Helen had arranged to visit us a few weeks beforehand and travelled with her friend Judy from Hertfordshire to AV Headquarters here in Hampshire. Upon their arrival Jayne and Tracy helped them unload their car and once all of the carefully packed boxes were safely stowed inside Animals’ Voice shop, Helen, Judy, Jayne, and Tracy retired for a much needed cup of coffee. Helen has supported our work for many years and is familiar with the town and the surrounding area and later that morning she and Judy spent some time visiting local shops before having lunch in town!
Before leaving we all snapped various photographs of each other and, being an accomplished photographer herself, Helen took some fun photographs of AV staff Jayne and Tracy before leaving! Thank you Helen.
Animals’ Voice Christmas Table Top Sale held on Saturday 29 November was once again a brilliant fund-raising event for our work!
With help from members and friends, Sid, Teresa, and Wendy, plus Animals’ Voice Trustees Helen and Pat, AV staff Jayne and Tracy and Chairman Betty Price, our efforts raised a wonderful £297.77 for our work.
Animals’ Voice is extremely grateful to everyone who gave up their time to help on the stalls during the morning plus a huge thank you to those who came along and supported our work. There were many other events taking place in Fordingbridge at the same time and we really do appreciate and are thankful for the support we received!
The raffle stall managed by Betty raised £62.20 and the winner of our star prize was won by local resident and Animals’ Voice supporter Rosy Reeves seen below page with her Star Prize of a toy dog and box of chocolates.
We are extremely grateful for the support we received on the day which was a great success and a boost towards our fund raising work here at Animals’ Voice.
The picture below show Animals’ Voice volunteers, members, staff and winner of our Star Prize in the Christmas Raffle!
This year we have organised our afternoon Cream Tea to take place on Sunday July 27th and will commence from 2.30pm through until 5.30 pm.
We hope that all local members will come along and support us with family and friends and enjoy an afternoon of tea, scones and a variety of home baked cakes!
The hall itself is situated in a small village called Godshill which is approximately three miles from our headquarters in Fordingbridge and sits on the edge of the New Forest. So if you fancy a stroll before or after your cream tea the choice is yours. Sadly the halls health and safety rules does not allow dogs in to the hall but we will make sure seating is arranged outside providing the weather is good.
We are hoping to entice visitors pasing through the New Forest to come in an partake in our event and hopefully raise much needed funds for our work. So there will be plenty of signs to slow them down and think cream tea would be nice!
At the event we would very much like to hold a stall selling our sales goods from the office which would include tea towels, aprons, overn gloves, tea cosies and shopping bags etc! But in order for us to achieve this we do need voluntary help for the afternoon. We are always looking for volunteers at our events as there is alway so much to be organised. So if any members or friends out ther would like to help during the afternoon we would be delighted to hear from you so please call Tracy or Jayne on 01425 653663.
We look forward to seeing you there and hopefully we can make this year even better that last year!
We are delight to share with members the amazing news that our organisation is extremely honoured to have football manager Harry Redknapp accept our invitation to become our President!
The story begins when one of our Trustees Mrs Pat Earth saw Mr Redknapp on BBC TV giving an interview about his football work and the various teams he has managed over the years. The interview later revealed other interesting facts including he had a keen interest in wildlife and that one day when time allowed he would like to run a wildlife sanctuary!
Mrs Earth thought this a great opportunity to contact the Queens Park Ranger manager inviting him to become our President. However she was not even sure her letter would reach Harry Redknapp. Imagin her delight when she received a reply from his secretary inform her that her letter had been received and that it had been forward on to Harry. He then replied to his secretary asking her to contact us and let us know he would be delighted to come on board and join our organisation!
Mrs Earth immediately informed the Chairman, Trustees and staff of the wonderful news and as you can imagine we are thrilled to add his name to our work. We hope that in the future his connection will encourage others to support our important educational and wildlife rescue work!
Below is Harry Redknapp’s acceptance:
To the Trustees and all supporters of Animals’ Voice
It gives me great pleasure to accept the invitation from Animals’ Voice to become their new President.
Having a keen interest in animals myself, I want to offer my support and help raise awareness for all the good work that this educational trust and wildlife rescue organisation carry out throught the year.
I look forward to doing my bit to help as and when I can in the future.
All the best.
On Saturday 17 November 2012 our annual Table Top Sale held in Fordingbridge Town Hall was a great success and helped our organisation raise an incredible £320.39 for our work. We are so grateful to friends and members for all their help on the day including Sue, Teresa, the two Pats, Pauline, Jayne, Tracy, and Chairman Betty Price plus friends Adrian and Barry who on the day donated a wonderful home made fruit cake for us to sell.
Sue manned the main door taking entry fees, Teresa, Pat, Pauline and Tracy worked on our stalls selling bric-a-brac and new goods. Thanks go to Jayne from Animals’ Voice who the night before made home made cakes and scones to raise funds with and aided by our second Pat in the kitchen, they made all the tea’s and coffees throughout the morning with Betty once again manning our tombola stall.
All of the ladies worked incredibly hard with Pat from AV responsible for the tables looking gorgeous with decorative flowers and candles, Teresa and her never ending bags of goodies that she continually dipped into replacing sold items with new ones, and of course the busiest job of all was in the kitchen where Jayne and volunteer Pat stood for over two hours making endless cups of tea and coffee and washing up in between! We thank everyone who came along to support our work and for helping us raise such a wonderful amount.
A view of the hall
Chairman Betty Price and winner of star prize
Pat, Teresa, and Pauline