A Vets View of North Dorset’s Biggest Show


Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show with Damory Veterinary Clinic

Well what a change it was to be able to get out and about again. It was so lovely to be able to catch up with clients new and old at the Gillingham and Shaftesbury show. There was such a buzz of excitement in the air and looking out from the tent seeing families and friends reunited was truly heartwarming after such a tough year with all the lockdowns and isolations.

The show for us is an opportunity to take five minutes out and have a good old chin wag with our clients and prospective clients. Something we often don’t get chance to do in today’s busy society.

Our new face hole photo board featuring some of our well-known vets went down an absolute storm. It was great seeing everyone get involved.

We had a fabulous hog roast by Rich Tory of Golden Pig hog roasts and Ice cream made by Pamphill dairy using one of our very own farmers milk, Allen Valley who you will no doubt have seen their vending machines around including in our carpark.

We like to support local businesses at events like these, as it is often so easy in this day and age to order everything online. We had beer from Barefaced brewing in Blandford, Cider from Purbeck cider and all our awesome stickers and banners were speedily printed by the amazing team at Oldfields embroidery. Without these local businesses we wouldn’t be able to pull together such a great stand.

It takes an immense amount of work and time to set up a stand and we are so lucky to have a great team here at Damory vets that pull it together each year. The two days were hard work but so rewarding, especially when we got to sneak an ice cream or two!

The final pack up was interesting as it started to chuck it down! We were totally soaked through to our knickers and battled with heavy rain to get the marquee down, even with the help of a local knight in shining armor in the form of David from Redlynch tractors, but we still had smiles on our faces at the end and that’s what its all about.

We look forward to seeing you all again next year.

By: Lucy Closier


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