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The Country fair was a good event on a hot day. Stalky has some success coming 2nd in the 'Veteran Dog' class.


Mon, Jun 28, 2010

Country Fair

This Sunday Melton hosts a Country Fair - normally a good event with a range of attractions showcasing country activities such as thatching. There are animals on show eg horses, ferrets etc, as well as falconry displays. They are holding a baking competition and a dog show. Twiglet and Stalky both went in the show last year and came away with prizes. If we can can we will go down and they may defend their titles as 'Veteran dog' and 'dog that most look like its owner' (Twiglet and Zoe).
Fri, Jun 25, 2010

3 Peaks

Gavin and a team from Melton Rotary (7 climbers plus 3 drivers) have just successfully completed the '3 Peaks Challenge' in 23 hours and 11 minutes. They started at the base of Ben Nevis at 5pm on Tuesday 22nd, up this then a drive down to Scafell Pike, an early morning climb followed by a drive across to Snowdon, up and down!! to finish with time to spare before the 24 hour deadline.

[caption id="attachment_347" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Crossing the finish line!"]Crossing the finish line![/caption]

The charities to benefit are a local charity 'Kids Out', and international charities 'Shelter Boxes' and Polio. Thanks to all those who sponsored Gavin, we will let you know the final total raised by the group.

More information on this, and photos, are available at
Fri, Jun 25, 2010


Last Sunday was Fathers Day, Sunday lunch was full. The Dads were treated to free entry into a raffle to win a bottle of malt whisky and a couple of other prizes. James and Zoë officiated the raffle to ensure no cheating.

[caption id="attachment_337" align="alignleft" width="101" caption="Top Prize!"]Top Prize![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_339" align="alignright" width="101" caption="Second Prize!"]Second Prize![/caption]





 Stapleford steam was on this weekend. A lovely show with a collection of large and small steam engines on show, as well as plenty of other attractions, including rides on the Stapleford minature railway. Gavin, James and Zoë had a ride, their engine was driven by Lady Gretton who is still very involved with the Stapleford Railway.

King Street Melton hosted its Wedding Fair on Saturday. The traders on the street plus invitees showed they could provide all a bride's needs in one place - dresses, cakes, flowers, photography. We showcased our facilities as did a few other local venues. The weather was chilly but the fashion show and other demos brought the visitors in.

[caption id="attachment_336" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="The Wedding Fair in Melton Mowbray"]The Wedding Fair in Melton Mowbray[/caption]
Mon, Jun 21, 2010


Yesterday we held an evening  BBQ in the garden for a local company in what is proving to be an annual event. The mini marquees went up, the daytime rain cleared and by 7pm the sky was clear.  The England match was on, so a TV was put in the marquee (not that the match provided much entertainment!).

[caption id="attachment_334" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Is it ready for the sausages yet?"]Is it ready for the sausages yet?[/caption]

Whilst it wasn't a hot June evening  the group with jumpers on had a good time.  It is always fun to do different things and make use of the gardens which are a great asset to us.
Sat, Jun 19, 2010