It is hard to believe but this year Animals’ Voice will be celebrating our 60th year since the Animal Service and Blessing began!
The Service was brought about by a wonderful man, the late Canon William Barnard who had foresight all those years ago in bringing animals/humans together in church and his quest was for all men to be compassionate and have an understanding towards our animal kingdom! We feel he would be extremely proud and overjoyed that the service started by him still continues today.
Our organisation has been connected with the service since the 70’s and it was the late Ted Cox founder Chairman of Animals’ Voice association with Canon Barnard and who later became a Trustee of the organisation we became involved with the Service and since then we have helped arrange the event annually.
This year is indeed no exception and we would love for members and friends to join us with or without animals for this very special 60th year where for one afternoon both animals and owners can enter the church together to celebrate the life of all animals worldwide. However with one exception, the larger animals such as horses will be blessed outside the church.
The Service will begin a 3pm and will take place for approximately 30-40 minutes in the beautiful village church of Hinton Martell, Nr Wimborne, Dorset. The event will be signposted on the Cranborne to Wimborne Road and various junctions leading to Hinton Martell. Should you need guidance on how to get there please get in touch and we will be more than happy to advise!
This year due to Reverend Anne Gee’s retirement and the parish awaiting someone to fill the position, William French has kindly offered to take the Service and Christopher Barnard will once again undertake the roll of organist for the afternoon. The Service has a special place in his life as it was his father who pioneered the service and of course Christopher and his family have been connected with the church and village for many years having grown up there!
Our Guest Speaker is to be confirmed at a later date as we are awaiting a reply to our invitation. After the service we hope everyone will join us for afternoon tea in the village hall next to the church were you can enjoy a cup of tea and home made cakes along with a slice of our special anniversary cake provided by the Trustees of Animals’ Voice.
We hope that many of you will be able to join us for this special occasion and we look forward to seeing you there on the day with your pets or if you have none just bring yourself along and meet everyone for a wonderful relaxed afternoon with like minded people who love animals too!