Group chairman ‘shepherded’ to lunch

What, I hear you ask, is a dog doing attending the Woolton Group Sunday carvery? Every six months the group holds a Sunday lunch carvery and on this occasion, some 70 people, plus a dog, supported the event.

Gary Devlin and Preston.

Gary Devlin and Preston.

To answer the question the dog is named Preston, a German Shepherd, and is a disability support dog. In fact, Gary Devlin, the group’s charity steward, trains these dogs for blind people and Preston was on his final socialisation training before being handed over the following morning to his new owner.

In fact, if you hadn’t seen Preston you wouldn’t know he was there, he sat by Gary’s side without a sound throughout the whole of the luncheon. To ensure we complied with all regulations at the Golf Club their permission was sought prior to the day and they were happy to support Gary in his endeavours.

Andy Whittle welcoming everyone.

Andy Whittle welcoming everyone.

Anyway, let’s move on to the Sunday carvery. The Woolton Group Chairman Andy Whittle welcomed everyone saying that he hoped they would enjoy the event during which there would be raffle and details of the beneficiary would be given later. Stephen Joseph Riley and his son Stephen James Riley would sell the raffle tickets during the meal.

The DC for the day was Stephen Joseph Riley and he requested the group vice chairman Mike Cunliffe to say grace. The chef had arranged for the carvery to be served in the small dining room to give his staff some extra space when serving the soup, dessert and coffee.

Following a delightful meal, the DC requested Mike Cunliffe to return thanks and the loyal toast was given by Andy Whittle.

Steve Riley then started the raffle by requesting that Amanda Whittle draw the first ticket which was won by Tom Arnold. As there were plenty of raffle prizes, the draw took a little time to complete.

Once everybody had settled down again, Andy Whittle explained that he and his wife had visited Tithebarn earlier in the year and were extremely impressed with what they saw. He had consulted with the group’s executive officers and a decision had been made that all proceeds from Woolton Group events would be donated to Tithebarn to support a project.

This project was to build a summer house for the dementia wing patients. This was greeted by rapturous applause and continued when Andy informed people that the raffle had raised the sum of £365, a very good start for the project. In conclusion, Andy reminded people that the next Sunday lunch was scheduled for 9 April 2017 and that the social committee were planning a Black Tie Dinner in the New Year.

Pictured top left: Raffle prizes. Top right: Stephen Joseph Riley asks Amanda Whittle to draw the first ticket. Pictured bottom left: Stephen James Riley (left) collects his prize Stephen Joseph Riley. Bottom middle and right: Diners enjoy the lunch.

Pictured top left: Raffle prizes. Top right: Stephen Joseph Riley asks Amanda Whittle to draw the first ticket. Pictured bottom left: Stephen James Riley (left) collects his prize Stephen Joseph Riley. Bottom middle and right: Diners enjoy the lunch.

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