Not so many years ago when we organised our first End of Season Party, it did mark the end of our fundraising season here at the kennels. Apart from our Christmas Lights event it was on the whole a time to take a breather from the merry-go-round of events that had started early in the year, to put to bed the gazebos, tables, leaflets and sashes and for the kennel staff it marked the time to go search out some extra layers of clothing in preparation for the colder weather and dig out the winter coats for the greyhounds.

But nowadays, we, like many other charities, cannot afford to rest on our laurels and wait for spring. We've got a kennel full of greyhounds that are depending on us to keep them safe and warm whatever the weather. And so we find that our 'End of Season' party really isn't an 'End of Season' party at all and in fact October is looking quite busy as well. This coming weekend, 10th October we've got our Retired Greyhound Show at Shield Stables, there's a Meet and Greet at Kempton Racecourse on the 18th, Fright Night at our local cinema club (an indoor event, yippee!) is on the evening of the 23rd and just to wind up the month we've got a Meet and Greet outside Morrison's in Wimbledon on the 31st.

Helen Baldwin who runs our sponsorship scheme and takes all the lovely photos for our calendar and Christmas cards (plus everything else) has organised some private Christmas photo shoots so that people can have their own personalised Christmas cards featuring their very own greyhound and these will take place on a few chosen dates in October and November. As always, WGW will benefit from Helen's generosity. I'm not sure if Helen has any more available slots but if you’re interested then you can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We've got a coffee and cake morning at the kennels organised for Sunday 25th October so do come and join us, give the hounds a walk and then warm up with a hot drink and some lovely home-made cake.

Arrangements are underway for our special Greyhound Blessing on the green in Hersham, a very popular event and for some of our greyhounds their first ever experience of a trip away from the kennels. This is planned for November and as soon as we know the date, we'll let you know.

Life being what it is, I'm sure there will be other last minute events right up until Christmas so do keep an eye on our website and our Facebook page.

When I started writing this it was headed ' A short article for the website about our End of Season Party, and look what's happened! I've barely given that a mention at all......

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to each and every one of you who have worked their socks off this year at our numerous “meet and greet” events, our own events and at assorted locations far and wide. Thank you to our wonderful supporters who have organised their own events, to our regulars at the kennels who donate whatever is needed and support us come what may. Our End of Season may not be an End of Season Party at all but it's a lovely opportunity to say thank you for all you do for us and our greyhounds.