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A popular Fenland club is set to meet for the first time in its new home after being forced to leave its previous venue.

March Dog Training Club is celebrating its 65th this year but there was concern for its future after it was told it could no longer continue to hold its meetings at March Community Centre in Station Road, where it had been located for the past 16 years.

However, after an appeal in this paper the club has been offered a new home thanks to the committee at the Tower Hall in Friday Bridge.

Christine Kaye pictured with her dog Willow picked up the novice trophy at the club's annual awards in 2019.
Christine Kaye pictured with her dog Willow picked up the novice trophy at the club's annual awards in 2019.

The club is holding its first meeting at its new venue on September 15.

Club committee member Christine Kaye said: "We are delighted that Friday Bridge Tower Hall has kindly offered us a new venue from which to run our club.

"For any prospective new members, we are planning on holding an open night on September 15. "Those thinking of joining will be able to meet the trainers, who will be more than happy to answer any questions they may have in regard to the different classes that we run.

"Those owners with puppies will be welcome any time between 7pm and 7.30pm, for new adult dogs looking to join this year’s intake, they will be welcome between 7.30pm and 8pm. We plan to restart our dog club with regular meetings as of the following week."

March Community Centre underwent a £400,000 make-over earlier this year which prompted the club being told there was no longer a place for them.

The club made contact with other halls for hire within the March area with the hopes of finding a venue, but until the Tower Hall stepped in there had been no success.

Christine added: “We are a non-profit, committee run pet dog club. I became part of the committee around 20 years ago. I initially attended the club to help socialise my then incredibly nervous rescue dog.

“The club was an incredible benefit to my dog and has assisted with the development of my later rescues as well. With all the recent media reports of ‘lockdown puppies’, and how these puppies have not been able to experience basic socialisation skills, we believe that training is now more important than ever. Having been founded in 1956, I feel that our club is a vital part of the community.

“That was why we were so keen to have someone willing to offer us a new home.”

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