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Dog training club needs a new home in its 65th year

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A popular Fenland club is looking for a new home after being forced to vacate the building they have called home for the past 16 years.

This year March Dog Training Club is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year and they are hoping it will nto be its last.

For the past 16 years the club, which offers training classes, has met at the March Community Centre in Station Road.

March Dog Training Club is looking for a new home.
March Dog Training Club is looking for a new home.

However, after the building underwent a £400,000 make-over earlier this year the club was told there was no longer a place for them.

Club committee member Christine Kaye said: "In February 2020 we received a letter to state that community centre had received a £400k grant for refurbishment, which as a club we were extremely excited about.

"Unfortunately, we were later contacted to state that, following the refurbishment, the venue could no longer be home to our meetings as it was to become a ‘community creative work shop’ and we were given notice to vacate.

"We contacted the community centre to enquire as to whether they may have any other spaces available to us, but have been informed by email that, under their service level agreement, the community centre cannot now allow dogs (other than guide dogs) into the centre."

She said the club had made contact with other halls for hire within the March area with the hopes of finding a venue, but so far without 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 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.

"With that in mind we are hoping that someone will be willing to offer us a new home."

Anyone who can help should email Christine on christine.kaye@hotmail.com.

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