Shabden Park Farm sheep dog trials: Sat Aug 31

One Man and His Dog is coming to a farm near you this Saturday, when Shabden Park Farm, just south of Coulsdon, stages a charity sheep dog trials and picnic.

Shabden Park Farm sheep dogStarting bright and early at 8.30am on August 31, and running through until early evening, the event is organised by the Surrey Sheep Dog Society.

Fresh produce will be on offer from local producers at the regular Farmers’ Market, allowing visitors the opportunity to load up for their picnics before settling down to watch shepherds and their dogs compete to be the best at working the sheep around the downland course. Around 50 dogs are expected to compete.

Prize-giving will take place at the end, around teatime. You can buy a programme (proceeds to the charity) with a running order of competitors so you can support your local shepherd or farmer.

The event will raise funds for Shooting Star Chase Hospice, a local charity caring for local families with a child with a life-limiting condition. There will be a fund-raising raffle, and proceeds from tea and cake sales will also go to the charity.

Shabden Park Farm’s farmer Mark Banham will be manning the Information and Welcome point, so you can understand what’s going on, and there will be a refreshments tent on the trial field, plus they will be cooking beef burgers, bacon at the Farmers Market.

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