The rally took place at Leigh & Bransford Memorial Hall, Leigh Sinton, Worcestershire, in beautiful surroundings making a perfect setting for a memorable day. As usual, the day was a great success, although the forecast of bad weather with heavy storms did put some people off. We still managed a healthy attendance, and were grateful for the sunny warm afternoon.
Our President, Dagmar Kenis-Pordham, attended, helping to make the day run smoothly, welcoming people, chatting to them and meeting their hounds.
The barbecue was as good as ever, with mouth watering food cooked to perfection and served by Tom Brightmore and Mark Allan. The BBQ food would not be the same without the super salads, sweets & drinks prepared and served by the hard working kitchen staff of Pat Box, Elaine Catlow, Rosemary Brightmore and Jean Timmins, aided by Jan Pain, Jill Stayte and Mavis Wild.
As usual, we held a rescue parade. Sadly some of our usual owners and their hounds didn't make it this year, but those who arrived enjoyed chatting with Jan Pain, the new secretary, and it was her chance to meet and chat to the owners of our lovely hounds. She was in charge of taking the entries and presenting the owners with their rosettes, which they enjoyed receiving, and of course, the hounds enjoyed their goody bags. Every year we give a commentary on each hound, starting with the journey to his new home, whether the journey to collect was stressful or not, the hound's condition, and how the hound has settled, behaviour and health condition and if necessary if any improvements have been achieved. Thankfully, the majority of our hounds are in relatively good condition and the wonderfull character of our breed rarely lets us down.
The weather was kind, although we did have one sudden, short, heavy shower and one or two light, short showers. Many hardy folk didn't even bother to run for cover, and it was soon over and the afternoon was wonderful, with bright warm sunshine, just right for being outdoors and not too warm for the dogs.