Creekside’s Report for November

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Members were welcomed by our president, Ann Parker. Our speakers Mr Lamplough and Lorraine Beever were also warmly welcomed.

A special 'Happy Birthday!' to Gwen Denton, who was also presented with the 'Long and Distinguished Service to the Institute' certificate. Congratulations to you!

Picture of Gwen and Ann

Looking back on activities that members had the opportunity to take part in through the month: the Northshore Meeting, hosted by Creekside WI was a success. The speaker will be invited back next year to talk about the next instalment in the history of Portsmouth. A Beetle Drive held at Rookley was 'great fun' with Linda Sheasby winning a large box of chocolates, 'Well done!' We also enjoyed an in house Kurling evening including delicious food made by Jenny Gaches.

We are looking forward to our Christmas evening at Yelfs, our Craft day and our Christmas fun evening with mulled wine, mince pies, singing, games a quiz and plenty of laughter.

The winner of the Best Bloom competition this month was Jenny Gaches.

After the AGM, during which the new committee was voted in, we enjoyed tea and a very interesting question and answer session with Mr Lamplough, Lorraine and Mr Lamplough's gorgeous guide dog, Stevie.

Members asked the questions that really interested them about life with a working dog. We heard about the training that suitable puppies experience and the matching process with future human partners. Trust is the most important part of the developing relationship between partner and dog, beginning with a combination of home and residential training then gradually building up as partner and dog gain more experience. The need for the public to understand how and when a working dog should be approached was also an important point.

It isn't every day that you get the chance to talk to someone about life with a guide dog, so 'Thank you' Mr Lamplough not only for your patience but also for giving us an insight into the development of living life with a guide dog and how together, you are enjoying a more independent life.

Picture of Mr Lamplough