Barrowden and Wakerley Community Shop’s fun day is a success

Photo: MSMP010912-031ow'Barrowden and Wakerley Community Shop family fun day. Simon Wren with son, Isaac, two, and pony, Chuckii.
Photo: MSMP010912-031ow'Barrowden and Wakerley Community Shop family fun day. Simon Wren with son, Isaac, two, and pony, Chuckii.

A DOG show was the highlight of the third annual Barrowden and Wakerley Community Shop fun day.

There was fun for all the family at the event, which was held on Saturday at the shop in Wakerley Road, Barrowden, and on the nearby Surgery Field.

For the first time there was a dog show with six categories and people came from villages further afield to enter their furry friends.

There was also a professional children’s entertainer doing face painting and making animals from balloons, as well as a range of games.

There were small animals for youngsters to pet and a pony on show.

The barbecue and cream teas also attracted big crowds and there were displays from shop suppliers.

Assistant trainee manager at the shop ,Michaela Hopkins, said it was a fantastic day.

She said: “I don’t think we were expecting it to be quite as busy as it was, particularly with it being the Burghley Horse Trials, but it was really hot so I think that helped.

“There were well over 100 people there and we sold out on the barbecue, which was fantastic.

“The dog show was really good. We got a lot of people who had never been in the shop before.”

Michaela thanked Rutland County Council dog warden Barry Briggs, who assisted in running the dog show.

Michaela said the children’s entertainer was a success.

She added: “The kids really loved all the activities and overall there was a really good atmosphere in the village.

“I think we will definitely do it again next year.”

All the money raised at the family fun day is ploughed back into the shop and a tombola was also organised by the village’s Mums and Tots group.