Another unexpectedly exciting event for the Branch saw our Christmas Fair (25th Nov) plunged into darkness (well, almost) when the electricity failed part way through the morning. Despite having no electricity the stallholders and volunteers soldiered on to raise an excellent £861.81 and all involved seemed to have a wonderfully festive day.
The power cut particularly affected the kitchen and refreshments. So a massive debt of gratitude to our kitchen volunteers Sue, Pat, Janet & Eve, as well as to Animals Asia for heating water in their camper van and Ged Gora – stall holder – who chased back & forth to his home with flasks of boiling water so we could make hot drinks. And not forgetting Sue Southgate’s husband, Steve, who fetched, heated and returned the soup!
Many thanks to the Villages Voices choir who contributed greatly to the festive atmosphere, and to Santa who was a great success with our younger visitors. And a final Thank You to the volunteers who helped set up and pack away, to our stallholders who remained cheerful throughout, and all the local community who came along to support us. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Our November Quiz Night (18 Nov) was a grand success, taking almost £1,000! Despite being thin on the ground with volunteers the day was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Providing a stimulating quiz for twenty teams and hot jacket potatoes for over 100 people, the night was a busy one. Many thanks to Stephen for writing and hosting the quiz, Dawn for the raffle and Ray for rubbish collection and checking Stephen’s adding up, and especially to Laura, our newest volunteer, for her energetic and cheerful help from set-up to packing away.
The success of the event reiterated how much support we have, however it did highlight how thinly our fundraising volunteers are spread making it difficult to hold these fun, popular events. The money we raise through organising our own events, including taking the RSPCA stall to outside events and doing supermarket collections, goes to supporting the animals in our care – paying their vet bills, heating their pens and providing food, treats and toys, plus much, much, more. So if you are thinking of volunteering for us in the New Year, please consider becoming a fundraiser. Contact Kate on 01449 614057 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
2017 is going to be a big year for the Suffolk East and Ipswich Branch of the RSPCA. We’ll be celebrating our 85-year anniversary, having had our first ever meeting on 24 May 1932. Created to help animals in need in our local area, we now rehome and rehabilitate over 460 animals per year, as well as providing services such as veterinary care, neutering, microchipping and advice. We never put a healthy animal to sleep.
2017 will also see the Martlesham Animal Centre celebrate its 40th birthday, having opened in Mill Lane in September 1977. We’re hoping to replace one of our kennel blocks and our dog isolation unit, which are too cramped for larger dogs, with new, up-to-date facilities.
But the Centre is a youngster compared to our Clinic, which has been 55 years at its current site in St Georges Street, Ipswich. It opened in October 1962, having been bought for the princely sum of £1600 (old money) with a building fund raising £151.14s6d “for alteration and decoration”.