Dog Show & Family Fun Day 20th August 2017
North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb was among the visitors to a dog show and family fun day held at Creake Abbey on Sunday 20th August 2017 in aid of the Wells Community Hospital Trust. Mr Lamb, who opened the event and presented rosettes to some of the class winners said: “I’m here because Wells Community Hospital is close to my heart. I was part of the campaign to preserve it when it was threatened with closure by the NHS. Preserving these local facilities, I think, is incredibly important.”
Since then, though, the hospital, which caters for villages along the North Norfolk Coastline has gone from strength to strength. Examples include successful fund-raising campaigns to fund a renal away from base dialysis unit and dementia hub for the local community.
There are now ambitious plans to add a 48-bed intermediate unit on land leased from Holkham Estate, a plan it is hoped will come to fruition in the early 2020s. Show organisers were hoping to improve on the £3,000 total raised at last year’s event. More than 140 dogs were entered in 10 show categories, while over 25 trade stalls were also set up around the site. The Nelson Shanty Men and Red Ocktober bands provided music and there were a wide range of children’s entertainment including face painting, glitter tattoos, interactive circus acts, cake decorating and a dog petting area. Refreshments were provided by Creake Abbey , E H Priors and Scoops for All.