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Fun Day 2017

On the 2nd July Terry and I attended the Branch of the BHC of Wales Fun Day at Cucklington village hall in Dorset. We took along our two bassets and they were joined by a further 47 dogs and their owners which consisted of 59 humans in all.
The sun shone and a lovely day was had by everyone. The dogs joined in the day by having Mr Universe, a Miss World, The Best Rescue, The sausage race, The veteran, The best six legs, The Fancy Dress, and the Young Dog class. The dogs really enjoyed themselves.
The lunch was superb with a BBQ and a vegetarian option of macaroni cheese accompanied by salads and also drinks.
All the committee and their helpers worked very hard to make such a success of the day,

A big thanks to everybody



Wendy's Wimborne Walk 2016

We decided to change the Wimborne Walk venue that we have used for 15 years as the winter and early spring weather had made parts of the walk very ‘boggy’ and the hounds may well have sunk without trace!
Despite this change we had a good turnout at the Avon Heath Country Park just outside Wimborne. All who came on a lovely sunny but cold morning enjoyed the walk and thoroughly approved the new venue, unanimously agreeing that we should hold it there next year.
As it is heathland it was quite dry under foot although there were boggy parts and small ponds off the track. Only one boy Murphy, who came with his pal Monty from Cumbria, revelled in the mud. There were plenty of fresh and dry cow pats to roll in or eat, so the hounds were very happy!
Some stayed at the Country Park for a coffee and a snack and a dozen or so of us adjourned to a nearby hotel for a very enjoyable lunch.

Wendy Payne.



Walk at King Alfred’s Tower 2015

Mark Story arrived at 10:30 with piping hot tea and coffee for us, these went down a treat with the lovely selection of doughnuts supplied by Wendy Payne.
It was nice to see new faces and old and we enjoyed a good old natter before heading off.
The weather was very kind to us and 40 plus Bassets enjoyed the walk down through the woods, finishing with the traditional walk around the tower and then downhill on the soft grass which cleaned all the dogs nicely.
There were quite a few other walkers who were fascinated to see so many hounds in one place and a few of them tagged along with us!
We then went to the Hunters lodge for a delicious, carvery lunch which included Beef, Turkey and Gammon. The raffle was well supported and good fun with a lot of donated prizes.
The Committee would like to thank everyone for their support and look forward to the next gathering.

Wendy Payne.

Studland Beach Walk 2014

Sunday 9th November, the weather was dry and bright, and on meeting at 10.30 at Knoll Beach Cafe some had a quick hot drink before setting off at 11a.m.
Basset after Basset set off along the beach in lovely sunshine. Coats were removed with a warm jumper being adequate.
It was so good to see a lot of new faces.....roll on the next scheduled walk.
The hounds had a wonderful time as the tide was quite high, so water was very accessible!
We arrived back at the Cafe at about 12.15pm, chatted, and then those going for lunch at The Bakers Arms set off. Hounds had been fed, watered, dried off and generally made comfortable. How many hounds were there on the walk, we counted probably 40...quite a splendid turnout.
The lunch was wonderful and 16 of us sat down to it. Over lunch we had the usual Raffle which raised £27....brilliant for Club funds.

Wendy Payne.

Wendys Wimborne Walk 2014
Having listened to the weather forecast for several days, the weather men were spot on! As we peeled back the bedroom curtains, and having listened to the rain and wind during the night, it was still prevailing.
We phoned Wendy very early, and she said the walk was still on. Well we drove up from Somerset through driving rain, then bursts of sunshine. As we began to assemble in Pamphill car park, we had a mixture of showers and sun.
Approximately 16 hounds arrived and off we set. The first stage of the walk was like walking through a running stream, with some quite deep parts and muddy edges. Those who came without long wellington boots were regretting their actions.
We had one or two hounds and handlers who were not walking the whole route, so John positioned our 4 x 4 vehicle at a central spot so that pick ups and put me downs could take place.
The whole walk took about one and a half hours, and weather wise we were spared with only a couple of heavy showers. The hounds arrived back at their vehicles very wet and covered in mud. They had thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Lunch was back at The Green Man in Wimborne, and good value as usual.
The Raffle raised £32:50p which was marvellous.......and Wendy Wakefield won the eggs......as usual! How she does it nobody knows!
It was very nice to see some new faces, and we hope that they enjoyed themselves.
Thanks go to Wendy and Allan for organising the walk, particularly as Wendy has been so incapacitated recently due to her accident.
We look forward to next year’s walk.

Wendys Wimborne Walk 2013
There were 26 bassets (think all but one having had Wendy as a foster mother) and a few other strange looking dogs on Wendy’s Wimborne Walk. On the walk there was a bonded pair of welfare bassets which were looking for a forever home together. Certainly tempting and if it wasn’t for my circumstances they would of gone home with me. It was very tempting!
The dry was as always dry however it was a little damp in places under foot.
For the sensible people there was a little bit of road walking at one stage but I can’t comment on that!. The others either thinking that they were pleased to be in wellies or wishing they had wellies as however waterproof your boots are there is always that hole in the top!
After the walk most people went back to the Green Man Pub for a spot of lunch. The Carvery as always being good value as included a dessert. A raffle was held which raised some funds for Basset Hound Welfare and some fresh fudge made that morning passed around.
I left thinking about the 2 bassets looking for a forever home and how their new happier life has started with Wendy and Alan while waiting for a suitable loving home.

Mark and his wonderful Basset May

King Alfred Tower 2013
Hi Guys, I’m Henry. I went for a Basset walk yesterday at a place called Alfred’s Tower in Somerset. I don’t live near there but it was worth the journey. I’ve only lived with these people for 2 weeks but I do hope we do more basset walks they are such fun - good sniffs, mud, puddles, doughnuts!

Before we started we had tea or coffee and doughnuts, I’ve mentioned that before but they are new to me and I now know that I like them. Apparently we went on the less muddy route towards Stourhead. The water in the puddles tasted very good but I wasn’t allowed to wash my tummy in them, mummy said I needed wellies, I don’t like the sound of that. There were 15 other bassets and a very fast, long legged dog, a greyhound I’m told, but he was black and white? We ran round in a circle with him but he passed us all and those on leads got in a terrible tangle.

Some people went off to pub to recharge their tummies but I had to wait till we got home. alfred tower 2013

Beach Walk at Exmouth in Devon
What made nearly 50 Basset Hounds, along with their owners, gather on a windswept ,rain sodden beach in Devon?…..Well, a walk to raise awareness and funds for Basset Hound Welfare (www.bassethoundwelfare.org.uk) and The Basset Hound Health Group (www.bassetsrus.co.uk)! The turnout was absolutely amazing, even the weather didn't dampen the enthusiasm of dogs and owners. Just to see the enjoyment of the hounds racing around the beach, chasing each other and having a truly fantastic time gave everyone something to smile about. Several Bassets, rehomed through welfare, joined us on the walk and it was so lovely to see them all having such an enjoyable time together. There wasn’t a cross word between them or from any of the other breeds that joined us. We walked quite some away along the beach, then stopped off for refreshments at the dog friendly café on the beach front. There was also a raffle with plenty of good prizes on offer and it raised over £150.

Sam Clark of Farlap Photography joined us on the day to photograph the dogs. She really captured some brilliant shots, particularly of the Bassets running across the sand, all of which are available to view on her site. (www.farlap-photography.com) If anyone would like to join us on our next planned get together, take a look on the branch of the Basset Hound Club of Wales website (www.nothinbuttbassets.co.uk ) for details. We all ended up travelling home drenched and cold but with happy tired hounds. Well worth it but really hoping the next get together will see us slapping on a bit of sun lotion!!

Caz Turner Event Co-ordinator for Devon and Cornwall. beach walk 2013

Christmas Show 2012
The BRANCH of the BHCW Christmas party was a resounding success. Approx 50 Basset Hounds enjoyed the games, this year a pass the parcel was included, which went down well with the humans as they could sit down!

Our judge Karen Chappell thought the fancy dress was of a very high standard and found it hard to pick a winner.

The cake stall run by Jean Bray was kept very busy, as was the tombola stall.

The hot lunch was much appreciated; Beef casserole, Cauliflower Cheese and jacket potatoes were quickly followed by a selection of gateaux and cheese cake.

Father Christmas (Alan Wakefield) arrived and handed out presents to everyone including the committee.

Fun Day Sep 2012
Having had to postpone from our original date in July and sensibly 'move inside', we were greeted with a slightly cloudy and misty morning, but as the Committee began to set up their stalls it became brighter.

The BBQ was again organised and run by John and Mark, and proved to be a great success......as usual.
As people arrived, coffee and delicious cakes, made by Sylve, were on offer for a small donation to our branch funds.

We started the day with our 'serious' classes, breaking for lunch around midday.
The afternoon began with the Fun classes which always draws enormous entries.
Georgie and Hazel had worked so hard in the run up to the day, preparing a wonderfully fun Agility Course for all to take part in. To see Bassets popping through tunnels, over bridges, and attempting small jumps was a wonder to behold.

Several of us attempted to count the Bassets present, and I think we all virtually agreed on the figure of 51. AMAZING, and not a cross word from any of them!

The Raffle, Cake Stall and Tombola were all very well supported, and our after expenses profit is around the £235 mark.

Can we say a huge thank you to all the Committe and the silent helpers for making the cakes.
As we finally cleared up, and closed the Village Hall it began to drizzle quite hard.

Definitely the sun shines on the righteous!

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