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I had a busy weekend attending the All About Dogs event on the 27th and 28th August at the Norfolk show ground and was joined on Sunday the 28th by my colleague Tania who operates the Barking Mad franchise in West Norfolk. It was nice to see some of my hosts on the day and so many people enjoying all the events and shows that were running during the course of the 2 days.
The weather was sunny and we spoke to lots of people who were interested in using Barking Mad not only for their dogs future holidays but also about becoming a host family with us too.
What a lovely afternoon we had at our Host Family BBQ this month and the weather stayed fine for us too which was an added bonus. It was a great opportunity for my host families to relax, chat to each other and swap stories. It was also nice for new host families to meet existing hosts and one of the topics of conversation was of course dogs.
If you would like to find out more about joining our friendly host community then please feel free to contact me Sharon or one of the team for more information.
I would like to welcome on board our new hosts Hilary and Catherine. I hope you get lots of enjoyment from hosting with us and will be able to join us for future host events. Details of these will be available via a Mad Mimi newsletters. The first of these events will be a MacMillan coffee morning to be held on Friday 29th September.
North Norfolk Fit Together Walk and BBQ on 8th September. North Norfolk Fit Together put on free walks and other exciting activities to help people of all ages get more active. If you are interested in finding out more about this and all the diary of other events please visit Active Norfolk webpage for more information or email or call 01603 732333.
MacMillan coffee morning from 10.00 am until 12.00 pm on Friday 29th September 2017. This is being held at Ingham Village Hall, Mill Road, Ingham, Norwich NR12 9TD. Please come along and support this wonderful charity event.
So get your baking aprons on, whisk out, and bring along some yummy cakes for the event. The more cakes we have on the day the more money we raise for MacMillan
To mark World photo day on 19th August 2017. I will be running a dog photo competition on my Facebook page. Keep checking my Facebook page for more details.
In May of this year I was pleased to be presented with the Most Improved Business 2017 Award at the Barking Mad annual conference on the banks of Lake Windermere in the Lake District.
I am lucky to have such a great team working with me here in Norfolk and couldn’t have achieved this without their help dedication and support. I would also like to thank all my wonderful hosts for their continued support in providing many Happy Dog Holidays.
I would like to welcome on board our new hosts Cass and Dave, Valerie, Trudy and Graham, Rosalind and Richard and the Helen’s. I hope you get lots of enjoyment from hosting with us and will be able to join us for future host events. Details of these will be available via a Mad Mimi newsletter to follow. The first of these events is the BBQ in August.
I am going to be attending the All About Dogs event on the 27th and 28th August at the Norfolk show ground. I will be joined on Sunday the 28th by my colleague Tania who operates the Barking Mad franchise in west Norfolk. It would be great to see you there.
Come along and join us for coffee and a chat on Wednesday 19th April from 10.30am-1.00pm at Notcutts Garden Centre, Norwich. Bring along photos of your beloved dogs for our remembrance board. Please visit their website http://www.notcutts.co.uk
Dog Remembrance Month
Dog owners who have ever experienced the passing of their beloved best friend will know what a difficult and emotional roller coaster it can be. The UK’s very first Dog Remembrance Month launches this April 3rd and will create a focus for dog lovers to come together and celebrate the lives of their cherished pets, whilst providing mutual support and understanding. For more information on dog remembrance month please visit our facebook page or our webpage.
What do you remember about your canine best friend?
Come along and join us for coffee and a chat on Wednesday 19th April from 10.30am-1.00pm at Notcutts Garden Centre, Norwich. Bring along photos of your beloved dogs for our remembrance board. View their website here.
New team member
We now have more dogs than ever enjoying a holiday with Barking Mad Norfolk. This increase has led to another addition to the team. Some of you may have heard of him before in conversation with me. The new member of the team is my husband Chris. He has for some reason decided he can put up with me not only at home but at work too (he must be mad!). Chris has come from an IT background and is currently in training. He will be joining us full-time in May and will be out on the road doing collections and deliveries so many of you will get to meet him soon.
Barking Mad has come a long way in the past few years. We are constantly monitoring our service to provide the best possible care for your dogs. We felt the time was right for a rebrand. Over the next few weeks you will notice the logo changing on emails, cars and clothing to name a few. We hope you like the new look as much as we do!
To thank our lovely host families for all their dedication and commitment to Barking Mad we treated them to a Christmas party. Lots of mulled wine, snacks and mince pies were enjoyed by all. Each host went home with a gift bag of Christmas goodies to enjoy over the festive period. We regularly hold events for the host community to get together and swap stories. Keep an eye on this webpage for updates on any upcoming host events. These are great fun and are not only for current hosts. Feel free to come along and meet us. If you would like some more information on joining the community then please get in touch.
To all dogs and dog lovers out there, have a fantastic Christmas and we hope to speak to you in the new year.
Host coffee morning
A great time was had by all who attended the Host coffee morning in July. It was a great opportunity to catch up and welcome some new people to the Barking Mad host community. I would like to take this chance to thank everyone at Vera’s coffee shop located within Meales Nurseries, Stalham. They were very welcoming and helpful. I look forward to holding further host events here! Keep an eye out for details of our next event. These events are held monthly, not only for existing hosts but also for anyone who wishes to find out more information.
Barking Mad at the Hickling and Horsey Fetes:
FAMILY FUN DAY- NORWICH
Sat 14th August 2016
The Belvedere Community Centre, Belvoir St, Norwich, NR2 3AZ
12.00pm – 4.00pm
Come along to the family fun day in Norwich. There will be face painting, fun fair rides, tombola, dance performances, refreshments and more. Free parking is available on site.
INGHAM CHURCH FETE & FUN DOG SHOW
Sat 20th August 2016
Ingham Village Hall, NR12 9TD
Free admission but donations welcome, parking available from 12.00pm. Come along for BBQ, ice cream, games, donkey rides, stalls and more. There will also be a stand for Wing Beat Birds of Prey. For more information please visit the website: www.inghamvillage.co.uk
Meet the team!
Business is booming here at Barking Mad. To help keep up with the demand I now have three employees working with me. Carol and Denise have been with me for some time now. The newest member of the team is Jo. She is already a customer so has experience with different breeds and how things work with the service. I’m sure many of you will meet her in due course.
Horsey Village Fete and Dog show - Mon 30st May 2016
Horsey playing field (opposite all saints church), NR29 4EF – Follow signs in the village
Horsey Village are holding their traditional old fashioned annual village fete. There are lots of activities to enjoy including raffle, tombola, bric-a-brac, books, cake stall, plants, tea tent, ice cream, live music, treasure hunt, splat the rat and similar type games.
There is also the Fun Dog Show where your dog has the chance to win a rosette.
I will be there with some of my team so you can come along and meet us and have a chat about your pooch.
South Walsham Village Fete in celebration of the Queen's 90th - Sat 11th June 2016
South Walsham Village Hall & Recreation Ground, School Road, South Walsham, NR13 6DZ
South Walsham Village Hall are holding a Traditional Village Fete & Beer Festival to coincide with the Queens 90th birthday Celebrations. We have many activities planned with Bouncy Castle, inflatable’s, games for adults and children, face painting, raffles, tombola’s, plants, book stall, dog shows, donkey rides (tbc) cakes, refreshments, strawberries and cream and lots more to entertain the family.
The fun starts at 3pm with the Fete, with the event rolling on well into the evening with the Beer Festival - Free Car parking too! We hope you will join us.
Stalham Infant School Dog Show - Sun 12th June 2016
Stalham Infant School, Stalham
We are hosting our 2nd fun dog show after a successful show last year. There will be a mix of stalls in attendance including several doggy themed ones.
Fransham Fun Dog Show - Sun 12th June 2106
Great Fransham Village Hall, NR19 2JG
1st -4th rosettes as well as fabulous prizes for all places as well as BEST IN SHOW & Best Reserve. Prizes supplied from Elizabeth Devery (Judge), Cobbydog & Arden Grange.
1. Best Puppy/Junior (Pedigree or Crossbreed)
2. Best Veteran ( over 8yrs age)
3. Most Appealing Eyes
4. Waggiest Tail
5. Prettiest Bitch
6. Handsomest Dog
7. Best Condition
8. Best Mover
9. Most Beautiful Ears
10. 2 or more in 1 household
11. Best Basic Obediance – heel. sit, down, stay, weave
12. Best Junior Handler
13. Best Paw Shaker
14. Best Biscuit Catcher
15. Judges Choice.
Also Beer Tent, BBQ, Bouncy castle, plant sale, tea & cakes. Free parking.
NORFOLK POLO FESTIVAL
Sat 18th Jun 2016 - Sun 19th Jun 2016
Norfolk Polo Club, Langley Abbey Estates, Langley, NR14 6DG
Gates open at 11am, close at 6pm.
Prices - general admission: £10 (children free)
VIP Saturday: £140
VIP Sunday: £95
To buy General Admission tickets, contact Natalie Wilson 01508 480400
To buy VIP tickets, contact Holly Noon 01603 489406
Raising money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
Now in it’s sixth year and firmly established in the EAAA social calendar, the Norfolk Polo Festival is a great day out for all the family.
Whether you decide to join us in the exclusive VIP marquee with private lawns and Brasteds silver service or take advantage of the great value £10 general admission price, or £8 if you buy online before 31 March 2016 (children go free). You are certain to have fun with 4 Polo matches each day including the competitive counties cup, free children’s entertainment, exclusive shopping, great food and bar as well as a free after party from 7pm on Saturday night in the VIP marquee.
Visit the festival on Sunday 19 June for a special Fathers Day treat and the only opportunity this year to get up close to the East Anglian Air Ambulance’s newest H145 in Norfolk.
MASQUERADE CHARITY BALL
Sat 18th Jun 2016
The Lancaster Ballroom, Holiday Inn North, Cromer Road, Norwich, NR6 6JA.
7pm arrival, 7.30pm sit down - event ends 1am
The masquerade ball is to raise money for Crohn’s and Colitis UK. The night will consist of a three course sit down meal, entertainment through till 1am, a raffle and an auction.
All money raised will be donated to the national charity. Tickets are £40 each and include a welcome drink and a 3 course meal. Tickets can be purchased by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 07850 102144. Masks are essential!
Cromer leg of the Great Global Greyhound Walk 10.30 am
Sun 19th June 2016
Runton Road Car park, Cromer
Organised by Norfolk Greyhound Rescue. This is a UK-wide and now Global event where rescued and retired greyhounds (other sighthounds welcome) are walked & counted on the same day to raise awareness of the plight of unwanted racing greyhounds and what lovely pets they make.
Other dog breeds are allowed as long as they are well-behaved and the owner is sure they will not upset the hounds. Lead walking only for all please.
The Cromer walk begins at 10.30 at the Runton Road Car Park. Please park at the end furthest from the Car Park entrance. We will walk along the Promenade and on to Cromer Pier. Walkers can go beyond the Pier if they wish, to the East Beach, or into town.
Refreshments available en route, car park charges apply, wheelchair access, walkers can go as long or short a distance as they like (by doubling back or repeating the walk). Picnics may be enjoyed in the Car Park at the end of the walk.
Host coffee morning
A big thank you to Jane for allowing us to hold our most recent host gathering at the Broadland Nurseries Café in Ormesby St Margaret. Several of our hosts came along for some delicious homemade cakes. These events are a great chance for our host families to meet up and swap stories. Thanks to those who came along and we hope you can all join us for the next one. Keep your eyes peeled for the next date.
Here at Barking Mad, we like to treat fellow dog lovers. Keep an eye on our facebook page for competitions and cute doggie photos. You could win yourself a treat. So far we have given out calendars and Barking Mad bags. Who knows what we will give away next?
BARKING MAD BAGS
We are working hard to supply our customers and hosts with a new style Barking Mad bag. These are large and swallow up all your dogs belongings and are great for your shopping too. If you have booked your next holiday and don't have a bag, then let us know and we will bring one when we collect your dog.
CHARITY GIG - MUSIC AGAINST MENTAL ILLNESS
Sat 5th March 2016
B2 Venue, Norwich
8pm - 11pm
In aid of the MIND UK charity, with performances from four pop punk bands - Defined, The Reckless The Brave, Best Intentions & Old Versus New.
£4 entry on the door. More on the website below.
Norwich Fashion Week
10th-17th March 2016
NFW is now in its sixth year and the 2016 event is set to be bigger and better than ever. Two new shows have been added to the core line-up, all of which will be housed within the city's vibrant and contemporary building of OPEN, the new official home for NFW16.
THE PEOPLE'S (MASQUERADE) BALL
Sat 19th Mar 2016
Norwich City Football Club’s Top of the Terrace
6.30pm - 1am (sit down for 7.30pm)
A charity masquerade ball in aid of EACH & The Royal British Legion to raise both awareness and funds for the amazing work both charities carry out. There will be a 3 course sit down meal, raffle and entertainment, as well as a photography of whom you can purchase your photos from at the end of the evening.
If you would like to donate a prize or for more information please contact: email@example.com.
East of England Pet Show & Festival of Dogs
19th & 20th March 2016
Norfolk Showground, Norwich, NR5 0TT. Fun Dog Shows, Have-a-go Agility, Flyball, Dog Scurry, displays and trade stands.
Christmas Special Offer!
I am currently offering 20% discount on new holidays taken between 1st November 2015 and 31st January 2016. (Discount not applicable to Christmas day, boxing day and new year’s day. Does not apply to existing bookings). Contact me for more information.
I will be attending various events during November and December in the area so check this page regularly for the latest information of where you can come along and meet me.
There are lots of other events taking place in the in the area during November and December which you may like to visit:
Norwich Christmas Switch-on - Thursday 19 November 2015, 6pm to 8pm
The Norwich Christmas Lights Switch-On is one of the biggest nights on the city's calendar. Many see it as the official start of the festive season. So wrap up warm and come out for some music, entertainment, fireworks and a sparkling light show. The event is organised by Norwich City Council who, this year, have lined up some great acts and performances on the streets and outside City Hall and The Forum.
Father Christmas will be travelling around on his sleigh followed by a parade of twinkling lanterns. There will be gospel singers, acrobats, a buxom pair of traditional pantomime dames and dancers and singers from the Garage.
All the fun starts at 6pm and the lights go on across the city at 7pm, accompanied by some spectacular pyrotechnics from City Hall and Jarrold Store.
• Entertainment from 6pm, outside City Hall and The Forum
• 6pm Christmas Parade from Norwich Cathedral to City Hall
• 7pm switch-on and fireworks
Seating for disabled people will be on St Peters Street
Medieval Christmas Market- Dragon Hall, King Street, Norwich- Saturday 5th December and Sunday 6th December- 10am to 4pm
This is now an eagerly anticipated annual event with the ancient hall (built in 1430) tastefully decorated in traditional seasonal splendour. Traders will be in period costume selling original and unusual gifts, from historical reproductions in wood, iron and glass to Christmas decorations, candles, cards, wreathes and cakes, wines and ales. Mulled wine, gingerbread and plates of hearty stew.
£2.50, £1 under-16s, under-5s free.
A Weekend of ‘Festive Cheer’ at Woodforde’s- Saturday 5th December 10am to Sunday 6th December 4pm
In preparation for the festive period, Woodforde's Norfolk Ales will be offering the opportunity for members of the public to look behind-the-scenes as it opens its brewery doors on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December 2014, for a weekend of beer and wine tastings, brewery tours and Christmas gift inspiration from local food and drink producers!
The free annual event provides the opportunity for visitors to sample some of Woodforde’s Christmas products including its festive brew Tinsel Toes and its famous NOG Christmas puddings.
A marquee set in the brewery’s yard will be packed with Christmas market stalls showcasing some of the region’s finest produce from wines and cheeses, to chutneys and breads.
Guided brewery tours will be available throughout the weekend for visitors to learn about the art of crafting Woodforde’s fine selection of ales, and give insight into why the brewery was crowned The Good Pub Guide’s ‘Brewery of the Year 2015’ - all free of charge.
Free entry. Saturday 5th December 9am- 5pm, Sunday 6th December 10am- 4pm.
Norwich Arts Centre- Sunday 6th December- 11am to 4pm
The Christmas market with a difference. A yuletide feast of crafts, festive workshops and winter food and drink. Over 30 DIY art, print and craft stalls, live music. The focus is on original and unique items including clothes, jewellery, prints and more.
Santa’s Grotto for Dogs- Saturday 12th December- 10am to 3pm- The Forum Norwich
Santa's Grotto for Dogs is back at The Forum and is bound to get those tails wagging!
Bring your four-legged friends to The Forum from 10am to 3pm on Sat 12 Dec to have their picture taken with Santa Paws and then you can share your snaps with family and friends.
RSPCA Norfolk helps organise this canine Christmas treat and after you've taken pictures of your beloved pets, Santa's helpers will be handing out treats – if your dog's been well-behaved, of course!
If you'd like to dress your dog up for this special occasion, please do, and don't forget to share your photos with us at The Forum!
Entry to Santa's Grotto for Dogs is free and donations to the RSPCA are welcome.
Loddon Farmer's Market- Saturday 12th December and Sunday 20th December- 9.30am to 1pm
Put simply, Loddon Farmers' Market was founded to enable local farmers to sell their products direct to the public so that they get a fair price for their work and that you get fresh, high quality food at an affordable price.
Local growers and producers take personal pride in the food they bring to their Farmers' Market and want you to enjoy it. The emphasis is on freshness, quality and value for money.
They encourage sustainable methods of food production; support traditional animal breeds and heritage fruit and vegetable varieties.
Meet the team!
Carol and Denise are also part of the team and are as mad about dogs as I am. Carol has been working with me for some time now and you may have already met her. As you can see from the photograph we do look very similar which is due to the fact that she is my mum, they say keep it in the family.
Denise and her husband have been a host family with us since 2010 and she also now works as part of the team too.
We love working with and recommending local business, here are a list of fantastic people we think you might like to hear about:
East Anglian Game & Country Fair
Dog Training & Behaviour
Animal Magic Dog Club who offer Puppy and Obedience Training, Agility and Flyball and a Dog Walking service
She is a qualified canine behaviour practitioner with a level 4 diploma in advanced canine behaviour, and an experienced dog owner and breeder. Located Aylmerton. www.doggydilemmas.org/
Forever Living: Natural products made using aloe vera. Many suitable for animals. For more information contact Leanne on: 07960 689767 or visit www.leanneb.myforever.biz/store
Animal Art By Lyn - See your photograph transformed into a lifelike painting by Lyn, for more information go to: http://animalart-bylyn.webs.com/
Lesley White Paintings - If you have a photo of something that you want turning into a painting – then I will do just that, for more information go to www.lwpaintings.co.uk - 20% discount of any painting
Creature Comforters' Blends for Animals.
Used to help gently address the key emotional & behavioural problems experienced by animals – naturally for more info go to www.creaturecomforters.co.uk
Barrett and Coe Photographers (Norwich)
Family portraits, Pet portraits or why not combine the two together in one photograph. For more information go to www.barrettandcoeportraits.co.uk
Hand-made dog collars, leads and equipment. Tailor-made items are a speciality. For more information go to www.dragonleads.co.uk
Dial a dog Wash Norwich - We’ll take care of your dog's grooming needs in our beautiful customised heated mobile grooming parlour, for more information go to www.dialadogwashnorwich.co.uk
Hair of the dog - At Hair of the Dog we make it our mission to provide one on one care for your dog. From the minute you walk through our doors, to the minute you leave, you and your dog will have our utmost attention. And if there is anything specific your pooch needs in terms of treatment, all you need to do is let us know! Located in Southrepps. www.hairofthedognorfolk.co.uk
TLC Dog Grooming
22 years experience in dog grooming. Located on Stalham high street. Tel: 01692 580460