RSPCA

THOUSANDS of people wrapped up on a chilly bank holiday Monday to enjoy Chobham’s biggest community event of the year.

The cool, grey day – in contrast to last year’s sweltering temperatures and cloud-free skies – failed to deter people from turning up to line the streets for the procession and packing the recreation ground for the carnival fete.

West Byfleet Brownies and Guides riding some colourful mounts in the parade

“We were a bit worried that the unseasonal weather would reduce the size or the attendance, but the crowd was probably bigger than last year,” said carnival association chairman Dave Took. “We were all melting by the end of the 2018 event and the heat was too much for some.

“The parade was a bit shorter than last year’s record breaker, but there were some fantastic, really colourful, entries and we’d like to thank everyone who took part for their efforts.

Bull-riding members of Chobham Cricket Club and a young supporter

The procession theme of The Animal Kingdom fuelled the imagination of village organisations and other groups from across the area. The biggest creature was a giant yellow duck on the RNLI lifeboats charity float and tiny dogs accompanied an RSPCA van “dressed up” as a lion.

The overall parade winner was St Lawrence Primary School, Chobham, building on its emblem of a bee with a giant beehive accompanied by children and adults dressed as the insects.

Chobham Agricultural and Horticultural Society won the prize for the best motorised float with its farmyard theme and members dressed as hens.

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AN ANIMAL charity volunteer is seeking 100 people and their dogs to join a fundraising walk as part of her 100th birthday celebrations.

Sally Field has been spending much of her spare time at the Chobham RSPCA centre for 45 years.

Sally Field with Chico the chihuahua-cross

She is a regular dog walker and helps run fundraising events at Millbrook in Guildford Road.

To help mark becoming a centenarian last December, she hopes at least 100 dog owners and their pets will join her event on Saturday 1 June.

“We will be asking the dog walkers who take part for a donation and the money raised will go towards the work that Millbrook does,” said Sally, who lives in Addlestone,

“Spectators are also welcome to come along and give some money and enjoy some refreshments and an ice cream van will be there.”

Sally, who was a cook at Chertsey Fire Station for 23½ years, drives herself to Chobham for her two regular volunteering days each week.

She made bacon rolls and served snacks for a car boot sale at Millbrook last Saturday and has helped run the centre’s annual gala for many years.

Sally has rehomed seven dogs from the RSPCA and her latest pet is a 16-year-old Jack Russell called Roseanna.

Millbrook staff arranged a surprise 100th birthday party for Sally at Hare Hill Social Club in Addlestone, where guests donated a total of £472 to the centre.

The 100-dog walk takes place in the centre grounds between 11am and 2pm. Entry forms can be collected from the Millbrook reception or requested by emailing jo.douglas@rspca.org.uk or calling 0300 123 0740.