40th Anniversary Open Day
Saturday 20th May
Our thanks to Lyn and Geoff for the pictures
From our Chairman
Despite torrential rain and hailstones the afternoon before as we set up the gazebos the sun shone brightly for our special day. 160 visitors joined us and all clearly enjoyed seeing the cats, buying good things on the stalls and sitting in the tranquillity of our Memorial Garden enjoying tea and homemade cakes.
In the glorious sunshine we were entertained with some great music by the Raye du Val Jazz Band, and they led everyone in the rousing singing of "Happy Birthday" to us! Thank you Raye for arranging for your friends to come and we were so sorry that you were not well and could not be with us this time.
Events like this do not happen without a great deal of hard work, so a big thank you to all who helped set it up in the days before and after - and all the unexpected "challenges" we faced!
The stallholders did us proud, as always and the cake makers, including a large cake which was made specially to mark our anniversary. The Black Cat tombola tickets were selling like hot cakes and like the refreshment tent, the plant stall was constantly busy and sold out by the end of the day. Others contributed to the success of the day in so many ways, including members of the staff who stayed to ensure the cats were all happy with all the excitement going on.
The day was all about "thank yous" - to those behind the scenes, all of you who came and supported us generously, and for all the good wishes, donations, food and jar money gratefully received.
It was lovely to see our older cats in the Pavilion enjoying love and attention (and treats) out in their garden, so thank you from all of them, too! 19 year old Floss had a busy afternoon with our visitors but was ready for her tea, and then fell asleep in a favourite spot outside, in the last sunshine of the day.
Lyn Basset, Chairman
Some messages we have received...
“A donation to help continue the amazingly good work you all do for the cats that come into your care through no fault of their own. From the very young to the very old and those in between. No effort is spared to make them as comfortable as possible, be it through love, shelter or medical issues - all towards the ultimate goal of finding them not only a new home but the right one! Huge thanks to you all on behalf of the many felines you have helped and will help in the future.” - S & J
“My Mum and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip from London to Paws & Claws and it was an honour to take part in the charity’s special 40th anniversary celebrations. There was a lovely, vibrant and fun-filled party atmosphere at the Open Day and the kind members of staff and volunteers all made us feel very welcome. It was a special treat for me to get an opportunity to meet and cuddle my very own adorable 12 year old sponsored rescue cat, Winston. I am now completely under his spell! We had a fabulous time stroking the gorgeous pussycats who were sunbathing in The Pavilion, browsing the splendid bric-a-brac and other amazing stalls overflowing with bargains (I bought the most beautiful blue porcelain cat ornament wearing a pearl necklace) and listening to the band’s rhythmic jazz music in the garden. Above all, we were deeply impressed at the loving, peaceful and caring environment that has been created for the animals and it was clear that each rescue cat is lavished with affection. The Open Day was a wonderful way to mark the 40th anniversary of this unique and charming charity.” - A
“It was lovely to see the older cats who live at Paws & Claws. No wonder they live to such good ages with the home comforts they enjoy in the Pavilion, and all the love and care that is lavished on them.” - M
“Well done to you and all your 'helpers' and supporters. As I walked in to the grounds I was so pleased to see how stunning everywhere looked.”
“Congratulations on your 40th anniversary and a big thank you to you all for your hard work and dedication over the years to make Paws & Claws such a success. We wish you every success both on the day and in the future.” - B & J
“To all the people involved in organising this splendid occasion, many thanks for a most enjoyable experience. We enjoyed browsing amongst the stalls, especially with the background music and we were thrilled to see how relaxed and contented the feline residents looked with all the activity happening around them. Well done!” - SD