60th Service and Blessing for Animals

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!

Fordingbridge Beavers

An evening talk to Fordingbridge Beavers on the 15 October was a particularly wet night!  At 6.00 pm Betty and staff transferred animals and equipment from the car park into the hall and although we were all extremely wet from the relentless rain we were greeted by cheery smiles from Beaver staff.

Whilst setting up our equipment we also fussed over Princess the canary indignant due to never having experienced being splashed by rain before!  Then one by one the Beavers arrived with their parents and quickly they settled down ready to watch a slide show specifically aimed at educating younger audiences!

img-526-531eChairman Betty Price narrated throughout informing the children gathered around about the animals they were watching, their diets and how we care for them.  Betty then proceeded to introduce each of the animals and birds we had taken along to the Beavers allowing them to stroke or hold them whilst Betty and staff answered  further questions about our work.

Before leaving the children presented us with packets of cat and dog biscuits plus tinned cat and dog food for the animals which was very much appreciated.  At 7.30 pm the animals and birds were back in their carriers and ready for their beds!  Once again Betty and staff transported them and our equipment back to our car whilst at the same time trying to avoid the continuous down pour of rain!

Table-Top Sale 2014

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!


Fabulous Christmas Table-top Sale

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 Very Special Lamb

Regular readers may remember the story of ‘Bam Bam’ in the Sept/Oct 2006 editon of Animals’ Voice. The lamb, now a very big boy was born during a cold frosty morning early April 2006. Dying from cold and being sized up by a buzzard as a tasty meal while his mother was giving birth to his two sisters a few yards away was rescued by Patricia who was out with the farm dogs lookng for newly born lambs. With the aid of the kitchen Rayburn and lots of TLC by owners Alan and Patricia of Lower Dimson Farm, Gunnislake, Cornwall and the young children attending their on site ‘Children’s Centre’, ‘Bam Bam’ as the children named him grew into a much loved healthy lamb.

Now over seven years later ‘Bam Bam’ has grown into a large Ram and although is only one animal amongst many is still very much a favourite amongst the young children. Although he no longer shares the dogs sleeping accommodation in an outbuilding as he did for a year or so when young hew now staying with his lady friends in the field. However he will quickly join the staff and children when they go for walks across the fields with the dogs.

‘Bam Bam’ has no objections to young children sitting on his back which is a great thrill for these chidlren; photographs frequently being taken. We like to believe he actually enjoys these occasions!

‘Bam Bam’ has become quite a celebrity his name having spread far and wide with his photographs appearing in many local newspapers. Parents bringing their children to the children’s nursery at Lower Dimson Farm for the first time are quick to ask can we see him. Are the other animals on the farm jealous of his celebrity status? Probably that is something we will never know!

Hopefully in a few years time another update will appear in the Animals’ Voice regarding this very special much loved animal.