My 5k run for Charity
Recently my daughter Danielle decided she wanted to keep fit and chose to do the NHS couch to 5K which is a 9 week programme. I am a complete novice runner and haven’t done any real exercise for some time but wanted to support her doing this so decided to give it a go myself. Apparently anyone can do this but I felt sure I would be the one that wouldn’t be able to do it.
The first week of the programme was to run for 60 seconds and I struggled so much I felt I couldn’t even breathe properly. I am pleased to say I am now nearing the end of the programme and almost running 5k which I still find unbelievable but we supported each other all the way through which helped immensely and kept us both going throughout.
We felt it would be a fitting end to our training to celebrate by entering the Norwich 5K Colour Run which is taking place on Saturday the 6th July at Hoveton Hall, Hoveton, Norwich,NR12 8RJ and raising as much money for our chosen charities as possible in the process. The charity I am supporting is Dogs for Good and this is my Virgin Money Page where you can donate should you wish. https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BarkingMadNorfolk.
Thank you to anyone that decides to donate, every penny will help toward training another assistance dog and maybe I will see you there on the day.
May and June have been very busy months but we still find time to have our regular host coffee morning. They often take place at Wroxham Barns Farmyard Café and our most recent one was held here and was really well attended. We all enjoyed tea and delicious home made cakes and had plenty of time to have a good natter, the main topic of conversation was of course dogs.
Our host BBQ will most likely be our next gathering and will be taking place here in Ingham in July so we are hoping the weather will be kind to us.
Saturday 22nd June Hickling fun dog show and strawberry fayre
Saturday 29th June Sea Palling and Waxham village hall Family fun dog show
Our fundraising for Dogs for Good during 2018 was a great success and we raised an amazing amount of £500.58 here at Barking Mad Norwich. We held a number of events throughout the year including a Fun Quiz which we held at the Lighthouse Inn in Walcott and various coffee mornings at village halls and churches uncluding Blofield, Lingwood and Wayford Bridge. This culminated in a Host family Christmas party her in Ingham where we also held a raffle and played some fun games.
This years fundraising was kicked off with a coffee morning at the Farmyard Café in Wroxham Barns. This was really well attended and we raised £54.51 from donations given for the pupcakes and biscuits we made for this event. Thanks to Wroxham Barns for letting us use their café and to all this who donated and got us off to a good start in 2019.
Our next event is another coffee morning being held back at the Faryard Café at Wroxham Barns on 24th April from 11.00 am until 1.00 pm. Please feel free to come along and join us for a cuppa and a chat. Wroxham barns is dog friendly so why not bring your dogs along so we can meet them as well. We would love to see you to tell you more about joining our group of host families.
Macmillan October fundraising event
Our Macmillan coffee morning was held this month and was a great success. This is the second year we have done this and I am pleased to say we raised an amazing £137.48. Lots of people came along and enjoyed home-made cakes, tea and coffee and a friendly chat. There were some games including place the cherry on the gateaux and cake bingo and we also auctioned a sponge cake that was kindly baked and donated by one of the guests which went for £7.50
The event was held in the village of Ingham which is not far from Sutton and Stalham and no doubt we will hold another one here next year too. Thank you to everyone that came along and supported this and to everyone that couldn’t make it on the day but also made a donation.
Barking Mad Norfolk Dog sitting news – August Events
The Wroxham & Hoveton Lions Club held a summer fete on 5th August at the Hoveton village hall. I had a stand at this event for people to get more information on our professional, local dog sitting service. This was a fun filled event with live entertainment and many stands offering a variety of services and products. The highlight of the fete was the vintage cars that drew a large crowd and the dog agility event. This saw dogs of all different breeds showing their speed and skills. It was lots of fun for both the dogs and the owners.
Secondly, on 15th August we attended a coffee morning at St Andrew and St Peters church in Blofield. It is located a few miles from the busy town of Acle. This event is held every Wednesday immediately after the morning service. I provided information on dog boarding for people interested in joining our host community. The event was a success, helping us to grow the Barking Mad family.
August was a busy month for us. The third event we attended was the Ingham Church Fete on 18th August. Ingham is a small village, down the road from Stalham, known for its local pub The Ingham Swan which is currently undergoing renovations following a fire. The fete brought together the community for an afternoon of stalls and cakes. This event drew a large crowd from all over Norfolk with many dog owners attending for the fun dog show.
The final event we attended this month was another coffee morning, this time located at the Hug a Mug café located inside of Lingwood village hall. We attended on 21st August, but this café is open Monday to Thursday from 8.45am until 3pm. They provide food and drink at a very reasonable price making it an ideal place to visit at lunch. We had a display here and sat in the café for people to come and chat to us. This allowed us to speak with many people, who loved dogs as much as us. I will be attending the café again in the future so people can drop by for a chat and a coffee. Details of this will be available on this page and our facebook page so check back regularly.
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This summer the small village of Ingham held a Festival and fun dog show in the grounds of the village hall. I attended this two day event to promote our dog minding service. There were lots of fun activities and stands such as craft stalls, plants, cakes and refreshments, the Sea Palling lifeboat service and many more. The fantastic weather drew a large crowd who all enjoyed the event. To help keep the dogs cool in the hot weather we had a paddling pool for them to take a dip. This was also the chosen hiding place for clue three of BBC Radio Norfolk’s treasure quest. It was exciting to meet Julie Reinger and Wally Webb, one of the dogs got so excited, it peed in the pool!
On 28th July we attended the Hoveton Farmers market which takes place once a month, on the 4th Saturday in the village hall. Hoveton is just a few minutes drive from the popular holiday destination, Wroxham. This monthly gathering brings together lots of local businesses and is a great place to get Fresh Local Norfolk produce such as Fresh Fish, Pork, Beef, Lamb, Groceries, Bread, Pastries, Preserves, Plants, Eggs, Cakes and Confectionery. They also have a good selection of craft stands to choose from. I would highly recommend a visit to this quaint local market if you are ever in the area.
Dog Lovers Macmillan Coffee Morning in Norfolk – November 2017
We held a dog lovers themed coffee morning to raise money for Macmillan on 29th September at Ingham Village Hall. The event was a great success and we raised £196.36 on the day.
Lots of yummy cakes were donated and everyone was very generous. Many thanks to all who attended and provided such a fantastic array of delicious cakes to sell. I think we all probably ate a slice or two too many, but it was for such a fantastic cause so we can probably be forgiven.
Dogs for Good walk
October was a time when we helped to raise money for the charity Dogs for Good. Winterton-on-Sea was our chosen venue and we enjoyed a lovely walk across the dunes. It was a cold but sunny day and a very enjoyable time was had by all who joined us.
Dogs on holiday photo
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