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New Date for Open Day

We have had to move our Open Day and Fun Dog show to Sunday 23rd September.

Our annual Open Day and Fun Dog show at the Martlesham Animal Centre has been moved to Sunday 23rd September, so that we can use the parking at the Community Centre again this year. As always, the centrepiece will be our fun dog show, celebrating all things canine, with a host of stalls, tombola and raffle, candy floss, refreshments and a BBQ. You can also see how we’re getting along with Project Winston, our £420,000+ building project for 4 new kennels, a new isolation unit and support facilities, like a new cattery sluice room.

Gates open at 11:30am, with dog show registration starting at 12noon with judging from 1pm. Many thanks to Stradbrooke-based Skinner’s for donating bags of dog food for our prize bags.

To download a poster, click here.

Could you be our Shop Manager for our new shop in Stowmarket?

We have an exciting opportunity to be part of the RSPCA Suffolk East & Ipswich Branch team. We will be opening a charity shop later this year in the Meadow Centre, Wilkes Way, Stowmarket and we are looking to recruit an experienced Charity Shop Manager who will use their retail skills and volunteer management experience to help us create a great shopping experience.

The successful candidate will be instrumental in the successful setting up of the charity shop along with the ongoing responsibility of all aspects of the charity shop, including staff, volunteer recruitment and retention, customer service, stock management, financial records, administration, compliance with current legislation, Branch and National Society policy, and promoting the work of the RSPCA. The Shop Manager will work to budgeted sales targets and will be expected to control shop expenditure.

Please see the links for the Job Description and Person Specification.

In the first instance, please send your CV and a covering letter to Mrs Kim Puttock, Branch Manager, RSPCA Animal Centre, Mill Lane, Martlesham, Suffolk, IP12 4PD or via kim.puttock@rspca-ipswich.org.uk

Closing date for receipt of applications:  16th August 2018 at 4pm

Interviews to be held on Friday 24th August 2018

Appointments needed during building works

During Project Winston, from 28th May until 29th October 2018 inclusive, if you would like to visit the Centre to view or discuss any of our animals available for adoption, you’ll need to make an appointment. This is to allow staff and builders enough space to work.

If you would like to leave donations or visit the animal centre shop, there is no need to make an appointment; just visit during our normal opening hours. Our charity shops – at Hamilton Road, Felixstowe and Tacket Street and Reynolds Road in Ipswich, will also be delighted to receive donations.

Please call the Centre on 0300 999 7321 to book an appointment to see our animals.

To find out more about Project Winston – click here

Result! Latest totals are in

Here are some results from our lovely volunteers taking the RSPCA stall to various fundraising events around the area.

We’ll kick things off with a completely new event – the Fun Dog Show at Castle Hill Park on 9th June. With a lovely atmosphere and even lovelier dogs, we raised a magnificent £115.

Whitworth Vets Fairy Tale themed Open Day and Fun Dog show on 8 July was, as always, a lively event and raised £86.75. Many thanks to Jean, Sue and Bekkie for running the stall and a huge thank you to Whitworth vets for inviting us and donating a share the takings from the gate, raffle and refreshments to our rebuild campaign, Project Winston.

On the same day, Stephen and Mary took a selection from the main stall to the Woodbridge Royal British Legion Centenary Commemoration of the Ending of WW1 and raised £34. Full marks to the band, standard bearers, performers and cadets for holding it all together on such a scorching day.

Martlesham Fete on 14 July raised an excellent £122.90. Many thanks to the organisers for putting on such an entertaining, friendly and well supported event and it was lovely to meet several dogs who had been adopted from the MAC.

The following day saw the stall at a new event for us, Old Newton Village Fayre. We raised £55.60 which wasn’t bad considering how hot it was and that we were in competition with the tennis and some football competition final. Many thanks to Becky for her help on the day.

All the monies raised go directly to helping animals in our local area.

We are looking for a Shop Manager for our new Shop in Stowmarket!

We have an exciting opportunity to be part of the RSPCA Suffolk East & Ipswich Branch team. With the opening of our charity shop later this year in the Meadow Centre, Wilkes Way, Stowmarket, we are looking to recruit a suitably experienced Charity Shop Manager, who will use their retail skills and volunteer management experience to help us create a great shopping experience.

Please see the links for the Job Description and Person Specification.

In the first instance, please send a CV and covering letter to Mrs Kim Puttock, Branch Manager, RSPCA Animal Centre, Mill Lane, Martlesham, Suffolk, IP12 4PD.

Closing date for receipt of applications:  2nd July 2018 at midday

Interviews to be held on 12th and 13th July 2018

Updated 23.6.18

Fabulous final figure for feel-good Family Fun Day

Well the results are in and what a fabulous day we all had at our Family Fun Day. The sun shone, the crowds flocked and the total was awesome. We took £3638.50 on the day – an amazing 20% increase on last year’s total. Many thanks to everyone who came.

Congratulations to Zoe and the team for all their hard work, and a huge thank you to all our volunteers who assisted on the day. We certainly couldn’t do it without you.

Keep an eye out for more info on our next on-site event, our Open Day and Fun Dog Show on 2nd September.

Project Winston begins!

After years in the planning, Project Winston has started on site. The first works began on 29th May, after a quick photoshoot with staff, Trustees and volunteers from the Animal Centre and staff from the contractors, RG Carter. Jean Short (our Hon Chairman) and Paul Segger (General Works Manager, RG Carter) were wielding the spades, but Blue, a beautiful lurcher who is looking for his forever home, stole the show.

If you’d like more information on hosting a money-raising event or sponsoring the Project Winston build, please take a look at the Project Winston section here on our website or contact Kate Grimwood at kate.grimwood@rspca-ipswich.org.uk / 01449 614057.

Free animal welfare talks

If your group or organisation is looking for an interesting animal welfare talk, then look no further. Gill is our lovely volunteer speaker who can give an engaging talk on animal welfare and the work the Branch does for animals in our local area. The talk can be tailored to adult or child groups, on a class basis that is age appropriate or a full school assembly. The talks are free of charge, but of course we are always open to donations or monies raised via fundraising.

If you would like to book a talk, please email Gill at: education@rspca-ipswich.org.uk or call 01473 623280.

Many thanks to Girlguiding Suffolk

Many thanks to Girlguiding Suffolk for inviting us to their Spring into Suffolk event on 22nd April at the wonderful Easton Farm Park. This was the first Girlguiding Suffolk members day for all sections and we think over 1000 Rainbows, Brownies and Guides – along with their Leaders – turned out for a glorious day of activities, music and song. We raised £180.80 towards our Project Winston building campaign.

Project Winston – start date set!

Great news! Project Winston is due to start on site on 29th May, when the contractors, RG Carter, will set up the site for the first works to begin the following week. All being well, the whole project will be completed by 12 October 2018.

We have received £316,586 in donations and legacies towards the £420,000 total, and we’re aiming to fundraise £100,000 by holding collections at our events, running a “buy a brick” style sponsorship scheme and asking our supporters to organise fundraising events on our behalf.

If you’d like more information on hosting an event for us or sponsoring the Project Winston build, please contact Kate Grimwood at kate.grimwood@rspca-ipswich.org.uk or call 01449 614057.

The more money we raise externally, the more money is left in Branch funds for the future running of the Animal Centre and Welfare Clinic.