It was the FoGH Open Meeting at St Barnabas School this morning. It seemed very well attended and this must have really pleased the organisers. This newly formed group is doing all it can to promote the Park.
I even recognised a few people that I hadn’t even met before last Wednesday, when I first went to the Park to photograph some of the dogs and walkers. I ran a slideshow from the laptop of some of the dogs I have photographed over the past few months since the blog began and received lots of good comments, so thanks for that.
Here’s a few of the dogs that came along this morning, in between the table legs and shuffling punters.
Back over to Grosvenor Park this morning to seek out the Lazy Dog Walkers. Aptly named group. Yes, they really do just stand about in the middle of the football pitch chatting and launching tennis balls from those ball-flinger things.
Good socialising for the dogs though.
Don’t forget about the FoGH Open Meeting at St Barnabas School tomorrow morning (Saturday). I think I’m still due to go along. Might even take Barney if dogs are allowed.
Change of scenery this morning. I took Barney over to Grosvenor Park after being contacted by a local Tunbridge Wells group called Friends of Grosvenor and Hilbert Park (FoGH).
FoGH launched in 2011 to support the Tunbridge Wells council bid for Heritage Lottery Funding. This process is still on-going and they are keen to promote use of the Park and have many events lined up for the future including an Open Meeting this Saturday (28th Jan) morning at St Barnabas School Hall.
Somebody from FoGH had seen my blog and asked whether I’d be interested in taking some pictures of the dogs that use the Park, so over I went.
I didn’t realise there was so much to it. I was born and brought up in Tunbridge Wells and have used the Park’s facilities, but only really to take the kids to the play area and the pond. There’s so much more to see further round and it’s a great dog walking space. I’ve got quite used to walking in the Southborough woods which are fairly enclosed and as a change, I really enjoyed being out in the open. Photographically, this made things simpler as I could spot dog walkers in the distance and shimmy on over.
Apparently there’s a group that meet up (could this be the Lazy Dog Walkers of Grosvenor Park?) on one of the football pitches each morning as a sort of social thing. I think I may have missed them by going a bit later but I will try to catch them in the next day or so.
Met some friendly owners and lovely dogs and I’ve grouped a few together here. Must mention Louise, the lady in red with the Westies (with the red coats). They all looked so colour coordinated. Louise sent me a lovely email after viewing my blog with suggestions about how to describe her dogs and much praise for what I was doing. There really are some nice people out there.
Suzy is a “cheeky little scamp and likes chasing squirrels, who always manage to run faster than her (thank goodness)”, she also has plenty to say for herself, unlike older and wiser April, who “is much more reserved and would rather be back at home curled up in front of the fire that traipsing round the park in the cold and wet.”
8 year old Robbie, is diabetic, needs insulin injections daily, has impaired hearing and only 25% vision.
Nina, now 4 years old, was rescued from her cruel owners at the age of one. She had been so badly kicked and punched that she had to have her front right leg removed. Luckily she was rescued by South Coulsdon RSPCA and rehomed by her loving new owner who told me Nina is “her best mate.”