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MONTHLY DOG WALKS

Join the Phoenix Monthly Walking Fundraiser!    JUST TURN UP!!

Lead by our volunteers, the monthly circular walk will take place in various locations throughout the Dordogne (24) and Lot et Garonne (47) and is open to all (with or without a dog) at 5€ per person, cash or cheque only please. All proceeds to Phoenix association. Dogs are welcome on or off the lead when not on the road (as long as they are well behaved!)

WALKING DOGS FROM 15 APRIL TO 30 JUNE

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LETS TALK ABOUT WHAT WE DO  (VOLUME 1)

Phoenix is a multi-faceted association, and we are often so busy helping the animals that we forget to tell everyone how we are spending your generous donations and money raised!

Amongst these activities, is our cat sterilisation programme (TNR). Last year we sterilised and returned over 150 feral cats!

These cats were assessed, neutered, and treated. Those suitable, were then returned to their original home in the wild (Trap - Neuter - Return). Many of the cats were in local colonies (Issigeac, Ferrensac, Plaissance, Villereal, Vergt etc.), where the population had got out of control and this was affecting not only the health of the cats but also the natural environmental balance and community.

Unfortunately, sterilisation is expensive, especially when the TNR programme includes essential treatment for both the well-being of the animals and regulatory adherance.  Also vet (and feed) costs have risen around 50% in the last year alone. After vet discounts, the average TNR cat costs us €150.

Over the next month or so, we'll continue our updates on 'What we do', with individual posts covering: Dog rehabilitation, the Equine Helpline, Bookfair Team, Cat & Kitten Rehoming plus other Fundraising Activities. So watch this space!

BOOK FAIR PHOTOS MAY 2024

Another brilliant Phoenix Book Fair. We thank everyone who came and supported us, volunteers, punters and donors alike. The weather was perfect all day and the car park was full up before 10am! Masses of great home made food on offer and information stands for ourselves, SPA de Bergerac and the Auberge 4 Pattes. Please continue to support these great organisations.

What a delight to speak to so many of you at the Phoenix Stand and hear happy stories about kittens and pups adopted from us, sign up new members, re-sign old ones and answer dozens of queries about animal welfare and what we, at Phoenix, do to help.

A huge thank you to ALL the volunteers, both visible and behind the scenes, without whom we simply couldn’t do this - what an amazing team! If you didn't make it today, we are back again in October. Initial indications are that we made over 15,000 Euros, we will post the final amount once all the figures are in - thanks so very much!

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THE NEXT GREAT PHOENIX BOOK FAIR

Saturday 5 October 2024
Salle René Coicaud
Rue de Sergen
t Rey, Bergerac

Apart from loads of bargain books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl and bric a brac, there will the usual array of yummy food and delicious cakes.
You don't want to miss it!!
PRE-ORDER YOUR BOOKS
 

 

We know how frustrating it is to arrive at the Book Fair to find a gap in the box where your book should be.

 

Let us help you. We operate a Click-and Collect service at each Fair. All you have to do is let us have your list of books and we will search for them and put them to one side to await your collection at the Fair or for a number of weeks afterwards at our base in Bergerac. 

 

If you want to know more about this scheme please contact geoff.hall@orange.fr and we will give you full details and information about when to apply

EVERY FRIDAY MORNING
The very friendly book team invite you to Book Sorting at
43 Rue Rodolphe Bruzac, Bergerac

Please contact phoenix24.bookteam@gmail.com
if you are able to help out. Its actually a lot of fun and they are very nice people!

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News!

QUIZ NIGHT AT CAMPSEGRET 12th APRIL 2024

The quiz was a lot of fun. About 30 people attended, there were six teams and it raised about 200 Euros. The bar was very nice, and there were an assortment of yummy snacks. Thanks to Guy for being a great host and to Mike Finzell who organised it. Team Anony Mous won.

DOG WALK AND QUIZ WITH CAKE COMPETITION   30 MARCH 2024

Huge appreciation to Madeleine, Peter, Chris and James who put on a really nice event with a great friendly feel and a terrific group of people came along to participate at the Brasseurs du Pont, Siorac. Thanks to all who did and to the bakers who contributed.

It was a heart-warming occasion.  Despite the overnight thunderstorm, there was a good turnout. The sun made a welcome appearance and it was a fun event. There were more than 30 walkers and about 20 dogs. The cake competition attracted 8 entries and were all excellent. Dorothy's bee cake was a masterpiece wasn't it?

In total the morning brought in €195. It was of course, greatly supported by Chris and James, the Brasseurs, who provided the embroidered apron and bottles of wine as prizes. Les Brasseurs is a wonderful venue!

Thank you, Tiff, for the ‘Special’ rosettes. Every dog got one to wear home and their owners loved that!

AUCTION 23RD MARCH, PUB D'EUROPE, ISSEGEAC

What a night!

Big thanks to everyone that came, bid, donated, bought and supported. We are still counting the proceeds of this memorable evening but indications are that we've raised over EUR 2,500!

Special thanks to everyone involved, including Clare Hopkins, Pete Lowman, Jane Costello , Emma Wadey Tiff Sta, Linda Foster-Smith , Rachel Stokes , Jonathan Foster-Smith @linda Gillies, Sue Rees, Phoenix Felicity, @susanjenkins , @nicholasclement @pamboysen , @rogerburge @kim burn

Finally, we cannot thank our donors enough for their generous offers. We were inundated with lots and tried to ensure that all had adequate time to be bid on, however, a few didn't meet their reserve price, entered in too late etc. so please keep an eye out for them on our marketplace https://www.facebook.com/groups/166222801926128/ for another chance to buy or watch out for our next auction!

READ ALL ABOUT IT!

TWO great articles from the local press from February 2024  - HERE   and   HERE

 

Christmas Book sale - 15th December 2023

A very successful pre-Christmas sale to get those stocking fillers and to buy some yummy mince pies

Quiz night - 15th December 2023    The Brasseurs du Pont have now helped us raise a grand total of 740.36 over just three quiz nights. Great work folks and thanks for your support. See you all in the New Year

Cat-aoke - 12th December 2023

We came, we sang, we danced and some of us embarrassed ourselves - but it didn't matter - because we had fun!

Thanks to everyone that came along to the Cat-aoke night in Issigeac last week. We raised over 300 Euros in entrance fees and donations, all of which will go towards our Feral Cat Sterilisation Programme. If you weren't able to make it, please watch out for our next Cat-aoke night, which is planned for the end of January or early February in the Eymet area

 

 

Quiz night - 6th November 2023

Our first quiz night at the Brasseurs du Pont, Siorac-en-Perigord was a roaring success. Lots of teams, some challenging questions and a set of prizes made for a fun evening out. We intend to hold these quizzes every two weeks for the time being, so we look forward to welcoming you to the next one. The last quiz on 18th November was equally successful, keep coming back!

Joint book fair and Vide-grenier with Auberge 4 Pattes -  5th November 2023

Thanks to everyone who helped to make this a great event, despite the awful weather. This was hopefully the first of many joint ventures with the Auberge 4 Pattes, benefitting both organisations by pooling our precious resources. Lots of books, clothing and other items plus a super selection of food and drink and Jims famous sausages!

Book Fair October 2023

Phoenix Book Fair 7th October 2023

Hello Book Fair Visitors and Workers. The weather was really good for October. We had been worrying about having tents for the outside stalls, but they were only needed to shelter workers from the sun. Although the start time was 10am people were clamouring to come in from 9am.  Some stall such as Collectibles were packed from mid morning to early afternoon. Jigsaws seemed to be a good seller and fiction was a big draw as well as quite a few ‘Click & Collect’ requests. If you are interested in someone searching for your books please send an e.mail to Geoff Hall on geoff.hall@orange.fr a couple of weeks before the Fair. The books will then be selected and you will be told by email how many have been found and how much you owe. There is a small extra charge for the searches but worth it if you are unable or do not want to face the crush. Better still, contact him now and register your interest in the scheme. The music and film stall was very busy as usual, even vinyl has made a comeback!  The French and Dutch stalls, the non-fiction and bric-a-brac have all done very well. Photographs have been taken of the Fair and are available on the following link

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The revenue from sales amounted to just over 19,000€.  We thank everyone for the mammoth effort in working at the Fair and we thank all those who come along to buy and donate their baking. We have more and more animals to look after and we need plenty of donations to do that.

Dog Show July 2023

The dog show was a great success and many people took advantage of the improving weather to show what their dogs could do. Well done to everyone who organised and participated in what will be the first of many shows

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