Dog stars will show skills in Winterbourne

Saturday June 8.

11am to 6pm

Cloisters, Cloisters Road, Winterbourne

£6 for adults, £2.50 for children or £15 for a family


FAMOUS dogs will join working animals and talented pets at a charity show being held in Winterbourne.

Actor Martin Clunes’ four-legged sidekick Buddy from the hit ITV series Doc Martin will be one of the star attractions at the show. The Westie-Jack Russell cross, who is a rescue dog called Dodger, has had many glamorous roles, including in Disney movie Beauty and the Beast and a TV advert for Lotteries Age UK. Paddy, a Jack Russell cross who stars in Midsomer Murders and adverts for the Dogs Trust, is coming too.

Show organiser Mel Palmer, who has lived in Winterbourne all her life, met Sonia Turner, the dogs’ owner, a year ago at Martin Clunes’ own charity event. All Sonia’s stunt dogs are from Battersea Dogs Home. Mel was inspired and asked Sonia to bring them to her show.

The show takes place at the Cloisters on Cloisters Road on Saturday June 8.

It is part of Mel’s ambitious plan to raise £10,000 for St Peter’s Hospice, which provides care for terminally-ill adults in Bristol and the surrounding area, and organising it has taken months of hard work.

Some of the money raised will pay for Mel and her son Harry to take part in the St Peter’s Hospice China Challenge in October, which will bring in further funds for the charity. The China Challenge is the charity’s first overseas fundraising event and will involve trekking on and helping to repair the Great Wall of China.

Mel has raised more than £3,000 already through fundraising efforts.

She said: “My inspiration is my friend Serina Edwards, who has worked at St Peter’s Hospice for 20 years, caring for patients with life-limiting illnesses, and also the people I have met whilst fundraising who explained to me how wonderful the care is and how exceptional all the staff and nurses are.”

Aside from the celebrity pooches, there is a dog show which will be judged by a local vet, a gun dog display, and Avon and Somerset’s police dogs will be in action. There is also a ‘have a go’ agility dog course run by Bath’s Friends for Pets, and, unusually at a dog show, some giant tortoises, which weigh up to 30 stone. There will also be a brass band, BBQ, tombola, raffle, face painting, fairground rides, beer tent and much more.

Tickets costing £6 for adults, £2.50 for children or £15 for a family, are on sale from the St Peter’s Hospice Shop in Winterbourne, and AJ Estate Agents.

The show runs from 11am-6pm and people are asked to park in the village and walk to the Cloisters.