© West Country Bullie Walks 2018
Registered Charity No. 1164278
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When we formed West Country Bullie Walks in May 2012 we never imagined that three years later we would have 500 members and cover the whole of the West Country. We also didn’t think we would raise the amount of money that we do and be able to help the amount of bullies that are less fortunate than our own. The first Bullie Bash was in 2012 with 8 families and about 12 bullies and it has grown and grown with over 40 families this year from all over the Country and 105 Bullies.
A lot of this is down to our fab admin team Jayne Ody, Tanya Ricketts, Jenny Tucker and Jenny Williams. The amount of time that they all put in is amazing and we would not have been so successful without them. There's not an evening that goes by without some sort of conversation about a Bullie needing help or stuff to do with planning a walk or event.
With WCBWs getting bigger and better it's time to change things slightly so the work load is spread.
A massive, massive thank you to all those who...
chipped in with ideas for Army Bullies,
put up tents, took down tents,
made cakes, sold cakes, bought cakes,
made teas, bought teas,
cooked burgers, bought burgers,
brought raffle prizes, sold raffle tickets, bought raffle tickets,
travelled miles to, travelled down the road to,
made badges for,
manned (womanned) stalls,
attended their first West Country Bullie event,
attended another West Country Bullie event
and to all those who we haven’t mentioned
thank you for making the day such a great day.
Thanks to a fab bunch of people we are proud to announce that we raised the staggering amount of £708.71.
What an amazing year West Country Bullie Walks has had - we have almost doubled our numbers and are still the friendliest bullie page on facebook. We also launched our website.
Our members have helped the rescues with home checks, assessments and transported bullies to their new and forever homes. We have fostered and adopted giving bullies the better lives that they deserve. The Group has also been joined by a lot of pups who will have such great lives with us. We have also had some sad times with some of our best little mates making the journey to Rainbow Bridge. They are gone but the marks they made on our hearts will be there forever.
We also sadly lost two of our friends, Sam and Janet and our thoughts are with their families as the New Year comes in.
We held fundraising walks in all County’s in the West Country, Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Bristol and Somerset. Some months there was a walk every weekend in the West Country.
We held the Bullie Bash in Woolacombe which was again a great success. We attended dog shows to promote our fab breed and won a few rosettes while we were there.
We attended a Bull Terrier first aid course as well as organising some socialising walks for some bullies that need to walk in small groups and we held Army Bullies in September. We have camped and had Christmas meals in Devon and Somerset with our bullies.
As well as the walks and raffles, in the last part of the year we held three successful auctions to help raise money. The ladies did photo shoots for a calendar and other members did a Boxing Day Dip to raise funds. Another big fundraiser was the holiday in Woolacombe which was donated to us.
Thanks to our Admin Team who work hard behind the scenes, organising it all and sorting out the money side of things. A big thank you to you all for supporting WCBW’s in whatever way you did, by donating items or bidding for them in the auctions or tombola, making cakes or buying them, making tea, buying merchandise, donating raffle prizes and buying tickets, organising walks and turning up on them to make it a great success.
With all your support in 2014 you helped to raise the amazing amount of £10,668.85. This meant that we have been able to donate £9,072.49 to help out less fortunate bullies in rescues, dogs that suffered in the floods, Manchester dog’s home after that terrible fire, cancer charities, Bristol Children’s hospital and the Royal British Legion. You really are brilliant people.
Be sure to check out the Bullie Bash 3 Gallery and view the photos of the event.
We are delighted to announce that this year’s event has been a great success and we raised the grand total of £1,250.
Thanks to everyone who helped, donated, made cakes and turned up and spent loads of money. It was a brilliant weekend and we hope everyone enjoyed it … well done!
We also made it into the papers - click here to read the article in the North Devon Journal.
The Bullie Agility Fun Day was a great success and enjoyed by all.
We raised a grand total of £546 which will be used to help bullies in rescue in need of vet treatment.
A big thanks to all the organisers, people who ran stalls, judged, help set up, help pull down, baked, donated, bought and those who turned up, travelled and made our Agility Day the fun day it was. Thanks also to Latchets Kennels for letting us use their facilities.
Click on the link to view the pictures of this event
After a lot of discussion it was decided to apply to become a registered charity. We applied in March. With the help of Lesley and letters and emails going backwards and forwards over the last 8 months to the Charity Commission, we finally received an email to say that everything was in order and we can now say that West Country Bullie Walks or WCBW is now a registered Charity.
The following members agreed to be trustees Debbie Ashton, Grahame Carr-Jones, Rob Cater, Karen Hallett, Steve McKay, Jayne Ody, Viv Payne, Tanya Ricketts (Secretary), Jenny Tucker (Treasurer), Jenny Williams (Gift Aid) and Rich Parsons as Chair.
A big thanks to the old admin team for all they have done and a big welcome and thanks to the new team.
More importantly a big thanks to all our members for the threads and comments they put up on our Facebook page, the serious ones and the fun ones, and for all the support they give to WCBWs in so many different ways. You have all helped so many bullies have better lives and with the continued support we can help so many more in the future.
We are proud to announce that West Country Bullie Walks registered Charity No is 1164278.
We've had another great year at West Country Bullie Walks.
We now have over 500 Facebook members throughout the West Country which means we are spreading the word of our beloved bullies far and wide and promoting the positives of our wonderful breed.
We have helped assess, homecheck and transport bullies for various rescues which means we have helped many bullies into new loving homes. Our members have fostered and we have adopted giving bullies the better lives that they deserve.
We have also been joined by a lot of pups who will have such great lives with us. We have also had some sad times with some of our little mates making the journey to Rainbow Bridge. They are gone but the marks they made on our hearts will be there forever.
When our own bullies have been unwell or we needed help or advice our members have been there to give advice and support. All this makes our page the friendliest bullie site around.
We held fundraising walks in all Counties in the West Country. Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Bristol and Somerset. Some months we had an organised walk every weekend in the West Country. We have attended many shows with our stalls and showed Joe Public what great dogs bullies are.
We held Bullie Bash 4 in Woolacombe which was amazing. 105 bullies from all over the country. We attended a Bull Terrier first aid course as well as organising some socialising walks for some bullies that need to walk in small groups.
In October we held a Bullie Agility Day which showed just how agile our bullies are (or not). We have camped and had Christmas meals in Devon and Somerset with our bullies.
As well as the walks and raffles, we held three successful auctions to help raise money. If you would like to organise a walk or have other fundraising ideas please let us know.
The big part of WCBW's year was becoming an official registered charity with 11 trustees who will continue to work to make WCBW's even bigger and better.
Thanks to our team who work hard behind the scenes, organising it all and sorting out the money side of things.
A big thank you to you all for supporting WCBW’s in whatever way you did, by donating items or bidding for them in the auctions or tombola, making cakes or buying them, making tea, buying merchandise, donating.
The walks, auction and events alone have raised £8091.13. This has enabled us to help pay the medical bills of around 100 bullies in rescues and shelters in the UK.
Thank you for all your support this year and hopefully we can count on your support in one way or another in 2016 to help us carry on the good work.
On 12 May 2018 we will be holding our 7th Bullie Bash at Twitchen Park Woolacombe. This is the biggest gathering of Bull Terriers in the Country. In 2017 we had almost 200, most of them rescues.
There will be a mass beach walk at 10.30am , meet opposite the Red Barn near the seafront, followed by our fair at Twitchen. Why not come and join us and meet all the bullies. Various stalls including
B-B-Q, Pimms tent, refreshments, and games. If you would like to have a stall at our event please email firstname.lastname@example.org
A note from the Chairman regarding this year’s fantastic event.
“George has just had his ovaltine and it's my time to relax and put my feet up and catch up on Facebook. All I can see are posts about BB7. The photos and comments are stunning. If you had a good time please tell your friends, they might want to come to BB8. I don’t know where they will be staying though as a lot of places are already full.
I think its crazy how its grown in 7 years and crazy that you can get that many bullies camping together. I can't imagine another breed camping together like we do. Again I would like to thank you all for coming to BB7 and bringing your lovely dogs and spending your hard earned money. We are going to top the £5000 mark this year. This will all be used to help pay the medical bills of less fortunate bullies in the UK.
Thanks again to the WCBW trustees and members who work so hard to make the event what it is.”
Here’s a link to info on next year’s event …. BULLIE BASH 8
We hope to have a gallery set up soon showcasing our most successful Bash yet but due to the enormous amount of photos it may take some time. Please keep checking back for updates.