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Student art project helps local animals

Year 7 students at Gorseland Primary School have been working hard to transform our very old, tired collection dogs into fun, colourful pieces! The students have done incredibly well, and their imagination and artistic talents can be seen in the main reception area of our animal rehoming centre in Martlesham.

The collection dogs we have around our centre help us to raise funds for our Branch so we can continue to help animals in need. Gorseland Primary School has supported this project and the students have put their all into creating the perfect attraction to help raise funds for animal in Ipswich and the surrounding area.

If you work with children and would like to get involved in similar projects, please contact our centre manager Zoe Barrett at martlesham@rspca-ipswich.org.uk to find out more.

Quiz Night 23rd March – Tickets Still Available!

Welcome all to the popular RSPCA Quiz Night. Sharpen your brain cells for an evening of head scratching and hot potatoes.

The date is Saturday 23 March, 7pm for a 7.30pm start, at St Michael’s Church Centre, Martlesham Heath, IP5 3PL.

Tickets are £8 each (includes jacket potato supper with a choice of fillings) and soft/hot drinks will be available. Please feel free to bring your own drinks/nibbles.

We’ll be holding our usual raffle, which brings in much needed extra income for our animals. (If you could spare us a prize, donations would be very welcome!)

Pre-booking only please – teams of up to 6 – so contact Kate on 01449 614057 (answer machine if not available) or kate.grimwood@rspca-ipswich.org.uk    Please let us know if you would like to come by the end of Friday 22nd March.

 

 

Co-op Collections for Animals in Need!

Sincere thanks to the East of England Co-op for allowing us to hold collections at their stores again in 2019.  We are always looking for volunteers to help us with our collections.  If you can help with any of the following, please call 0300 999 7321, option 4 (between 9am and 4.30pm).   All we ask for is 2 hours of your time and friendly dogs are most welcome to help too!

We will be collecting as follows:-

  • 22nd February at Hadleigh Co-op
  • 29th March at Framlingham Co-op
  • 26th April at Needham Market (Barking Road) Co-op
  • 31st May at Debenham Co-op

*More dates and locations with be added through the year!*

Happy Quizzers!

We had a great time at our Branch Quiz in Martlesham on 10th November.

83 players (17 teams) took part and the winning team “I Said That” scored an amazing 111 out of 130 – well done to them.

The baked potato supper went down well on a chilly wet evening and, most importantly of all, we raised £761 for the Branch.

Thank you to everyone who came along and helped make the event a success.

Keep an eye out for our Quiz dates for next year!

Autumn Fair / Shop Early for Christmas event

Start getting in the Christmas spirit with our fabulous Autumn Fair / Shop Early for Christmas event on Saturday 3rd November at Holbrook Village Hall, Holbrook (10am to 2pm). Entry is free.

In addition to our usual suspects – raffle, tombola, bric-a-brac and new goods including Christmas cards, diaries and calendars, we have a great range of brilliant craft and food stalls. These include organic dog treats, Animals Asia raffle, delicious homemade jams and chutneys, and Christmas wares including elegant felted gifts and carved wooden items, glass ornaments and suncatchers, jewellery and fabric items (like bunting & aprons) and wooden reindeer. Plus hot and cold refreshments.

Help support our local animal welfare work as well as beginning the run-up to the festive season.

To download a poster, click here.

Open Day cancelled

We have had to take the difficult decision to cancel our Open Day & Fun Dog show, due to take place this Sunday (23rd Sept)

We were hoping the weather forecast would improve, but with high winds and heavy rain predicted, it would be too unsafe to go ahead.

It’s a huge disappointment, as we were hoping to raise a lot of money for our Animal Centre and to show off the new Project Winston paw plaques. However, we hope to see you all at our Autumn Fair / Shop Early for Christmas event on Saturday 3rd November at Holbrook Village Hall. Keep an eye on this website and our Facebook page for further information.

 

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.