Ollie’s October News

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Our canine mascot was preparing to meet his Public at our Autumn Fair (report next month) so it’s me, Ollie, here to give you the feline point of view. For instance, last month Kenneth suggested us cats don’t notice the volunteers, but we miss nothing! Whilst he scuttles around below, from the hay loft I observe the dog walkers; some dragged by their eager charges, others gently coaxing new arrivals for their morning constitutional. Sad mutterings from the kitchen about unhappy Victor, a fellow black cat who has been with us for months. Poor lad just needs someone to care for him and his sore eyes. Now they are talking about Andy, the beautiful grey cat who likes humans and dogs, not his own kind!

ken-prince-friends-gb-02As I patrol my estate I find the fundraisers sorting books, pictures, vinyl records and cameras for a front garden sale, 10-1pm on 1st and 2nd October. Other books are kept for the “Colne Valley Railway at War” event, Castle Hedingham, CO9 3DZ, 10.30-5pm on 9th October. The ladies discuss the Crafts and animals they are taking to meet Gladwell customers on 22nd October at Copdock Mill, Old London Road, Ipswich, IP8 3LP. Kenneth’s friends from Betty’s Knitters and Stitchers will also be there. After that, lots of lovely items will go to the big Christmas Fair at the Old School, Long Melford on 20th November.

As a car arrives with more donated items from a kind supporter I disappear, preferring to remain incognito, unlike Kenneth. Mind you, the Chihuahua is doing a good job but don’t tell him I said so. His head would not fit into his igloo bed if he heard praise from me, Ollie (the Black) Cat.


Hold the front page! I may have missed most of the village deadlines but I’m sure there’s a space on the website and FaceBook page for me?!

Whilst Ollie was standing in for me, I was meeting lots of our friends and supporters at our Autumn Fair in Great Bentley. I was quite overwhelmed by the number of people that wanted to see little ol’ me. Our Storyteller, Basil the Bunny proved very popular with the children too. Thank you so much to everyone who helped to raise £1847 on the day. Thanks also to Mary and Carole for holding the Great Bentley Parish News for my report. Now I must find Jayne to ask her when we can return to Great Bentley – and I hope she includes me, Kenny (the Boss) Chihuahua!