Bournemouth Shop Archive...

May 2015 - Message from Alena

Penny (left) and Sue at their leaving party - April 2015

April 2015 - Message from Sue North

After nearly 15 years Penny and I (and dear Snoopy) have decided to ‘retire’ from the Greyhounds in Need shop at the end of April. My family, friends, volunteers and supporters have all helped to make the Bournemouth shop such a success enabling us to raise much needed funds for the galgos and greyhounds.

We have met some wonderful people over the years, gained a deep insight into the world of greyhound racing and campaigned for better conditions for the dogs during their lifetime. We have also been fortunate in finding lovely homes for many greyhounds, galgos and lurchers….and a couple of cats!

Thankfully more and more people are becoming aware of what wonderful pets greyhounds and galgos make and have become smitten by their gentle and laid-back temperament. They are truly very special dogs and once they are in your hearts you will always have one by your side.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the volunteers who have helped us in the shop and with fundraising, Peter and Val who organise monthly dog walks (and Christmas lunches), kind supporters who sometimes travel many miles with their donations, sponsors of our galgos, dog coat makers and many others whose help and generosity has been invaluable.

I wish our new Manager, Alena, good luck, happiness and success with running the shop. Volunteers are always needed so please offer a little of your time; give Alena a ring soon on 01202 513000.

Onto pastures new……… Sue


October 2014This year has been even more challenging than ever. With the opening of numerous “Cash 4 Clothes” shops, donations of clothing to us have been dramatically reduced. However, sales of other items both in the shop and over the internet have increased and we are now generally receiving donations of better quality goods. We have been delighted to provide wedding outfits for several brides and their mothers and have supplied shabby-chic china and candles for receptions.

Our supporter Carol Peake very kindly organised successful fundraising stalls at Poole and Winton Carnivals this summer. Luckily, we seem to have good weather here in the south and the sun shone on both days.

At the beginning of July we closed for a week for a much needed refurbishment. Several volunteers and their partners and Penny and I repainted the interior of the shop, fitted new shelving and re-carpeted throughout. It was a tremendous effort by all involved but it made a pleasant change from the day-to-day running of the shop. Everything now looks much fresher and more attractive.

We were recently invited by Ellen Kent of Opera and Ballet International to support her forthcoming production of Rigoletto in Bournemouth by giving two of our rescued hounds, Ernie and Tracy, the opportunity to make their stage debut. Ellen has long been a campaigner for animal welfare, like her mother who ran an animal sanctuary in Spain for many years. Needless to say we are all extremely excited about the event which should prove quite breathtaking. The production also features a magnificent golden eagle with a 5 foot wingspan, Nabucco, a creature which has been part of an on-going programme to re-introduce golden eagles back into the wild in Scotland where they had been hunted almost to extinction. Ellen very kindly donated several Rigoletto tickets to us which we will be auctioning through the shop and there will also be a collection after the show for Greyhounds in Need.

We are grateful to Val and Peter Crawley for co-ordinating our monthly greyhound walks (lurchers and whippets welcome). The October walk is on Sunday 5 at Upton Country Park (meet in the car park at 10.45am), followed by the November walk on Sunday 2 at Hengistbury Head (meeting at the Hiker Café at 10.45am).

I would like to take this opportunity of thanking all our volunteers who have helped with the refurbishment of the shop and fundraising events this summer and others who have given their time on a regular basis to help with the running of the shop.

Sue

Please continue to send us your used British and foreign stamps as these are sorted and sold in special packs on the internet. Also if you have any unwanted silver or gold jewellery—even if broken, please send this along to the shop as funds can be raised from these items.


October 2014 – Opera and Ballet International presents Verdi's Rigoletto at the Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth, Thursday 2nd October, 7:30pm. Please see the bulletin for more information


August 2014 – We have recently sold more stamps on ebay, raising £110. Please keep sending any used postage stamps to us at the Bournemouth Shop so that we can raise more funds towards our work for the greyhounds and galgos. Thank you,
                                                                                                                                                                    Sue and Penny


November 2013 - Please send any used postage stamps to us at the Bournemouth Shop. We are able to sell these in bulk to raise funds towards our work for the greyhounds and galgos and the last batch we sold recently raised £225.
                                                                                                                                                                    Sue and Penny


Bournemouth Shop News - October 2013

Our shop continues to thrive and donations are still coming in thick and fast. I don’t think there will ever be a time when we will run out of stock! Much needed funds are still being raised by the sale of used postage stamps sent to us by our supporters. These are packaged and sold on the internet; please keep them coming! We also still welcome any unwanted jewellery – broken gold/silver items also appreciated.

Many thanks to Jo and family who kindly organised a collection with their friends and greyhounds at the Bikers Night on Poole Quay recently and collected donations of £50. If you would like to organise a fund-raising event for GIN in the Bournemouth area such as a store collection (Asda, Castlepoint is a good venue!), stall at an autumn/Christmas fair or any other event, we have lots of lovely stock at the shop you are welcome to use.

Our monthly walking group celebrated their tenth anniversary on September 1st with a walk in Upton Country Park followed by a picnic in the lovely grounds. A big thank you to Mollie and Keith, Val and Peter who have organised the walks over the past ten years. 

If you are in the Bournemouth/Christchurch area on the first Sunday of the month then please join us with your greyhound/lurcher/whippet for a friendly walk. We usually meet at Upton Country Park but feel free to give me a ring on 01202 513000 to check the venue. Sue

The GIN Dorset monthly walks group celebrated their Tenth Year with an anniversary walk and picnic at Upton Country Park in Poole on a lovely sunny day and everyone had a lovely time including long time supporter Shirley who celebrated her birthday and was presented with a card and birthday cake accompanied by a very tunefully sung version of "Happy Birthday" ! Mollie and Keith who used to run the walks and Peter and Val who now run them were both touched by a presentation of a thank you card and framed print of their walk leading hounds.

These walks are held on the first Sunday of the month at 11.00am at Upton Country Park, Upton , Poole, Dorset, BH17 7BJ. Facilities include free parking, toilets and cafe. http://www.uptoncountrypark.com

A special thank you to Amanda for sending in the lovely poem.


Tracey and Paddy at the Pets at Home Collection in Poole

Bournemouth Shop News - April 2013

The Bournemouth shop continues to raise much needed funds towards the work of the charity and are fortunate to receive many regular donations.

Please continue to send Sue and Penny your used British and foreign stamps as these are sorted and sold in special packs on the internet.

Also if you have any unwanted silver or gold jewellery even if broken, please send this along to the shop as funds can be raised from these items.

Sue is always looking for supporters in the Bournemouth/Poole area to do car boot sales or run a GIN stall at a local event and she can provide many lovely items to sell so if you can help please give her a call.


Snoopy

Bournemouth Shop News - October 2012

The first few months of this year have been very challenging for our Bournemouth shop. Although donations of goods have been flooding in sales are down on previous years, despite the notion that more and more people are buying second-hand clothes and other items. However, our late summer has now improved our takings together with extended opening hours.

As we continue to receive plenty of good donations we would still like to hear from supporters interested in having a stall at a Car Boot Sale or other local event for us. We always have plenty of interesting, good quality items which have not sold in the shop and would be ideal for this purpose. Alternatively, if you would like to organise a collection at a local store then I would be happy to help with paperwork, etc. (Please ring me at the shop on 01202 513000.)

Some of you may know I adopted a rescued saluki lurcher called Snoopy a couple of years ago. I recently came across an interesting article which seems to connect hounds with my family even when I was a child. My father’s sister and family who were farm workers lived in a house called Dragon Cottage in a small hamlet called Bisterne (Hampshire) which is not far from Bournemouth. Over the front door is carved a dragon in commemoration of Sir Maurice Berkeley and his two trusty hounds who killed a devouring dragon in 1459. Apparently the dragon “did much mischief upon man and cattel.” Needless to say I am now researching this interesting story!

Finally, please continue to donate your unwanted gold and silver jewellery (even if broken). It is surprising just how much cash a few items can raise to help the greyhounds and galgos. Sue


Bournemouth Shop News - Apr 2012

The Bournemouth shop continues to raise much needed funds towards the work of the charity and are fortunate to receive many regular donations.

Please continue to send Sue and Penny your used British and foreign stamps as these are sorted and sold in special packs on the internet. Also if you have any unwanted silver or gold jewellery—even if broken, please send this along to the shop as funds can be raised from these items.

Sue is always looking for supporters in the Bournemouth/Poole area to do car boot sales or run a GIN stall at a local event and she can provide many lovely items to sell so if you can help please give her a call.

GIN will once again have a stall at the Winton Carnival on 30th June. If you are able to come along on the day and visit the stall or if you can offer help at this and/or other events, street collections being organised in the Dorset area please give Sue a ring on 01202 513000.

More details on events booked so far can be found here