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Newsletter June 2019

23 May 2019
Newsletter June 2019
  • JUNE 2019

    Welcome to the June addition of the news letter.

    It has now been six months since the new team took over the branch. For many of the team it has been a big learning curve (I will let them tell you all about it, later in the news-letter)

    At times we have sadly missed the ‘on tap’ knowledge of Kathy, Brenda and Pam.

    Many areas of CP have changed or are about to change.
    The most challenging has been the general data protection regulations. Which is one of the main reasons we have until now, not been able to resume the news-letter. 

    Going forward we would also like to ‘go digital’ with the news-letter, this would help reduce the out-going costs to the branch and reduce our carbon foot print.

    We are more than happy to e-mail the news letters to you, please e-mail
    enquires@horncastle.cats.org.uk or you can find the latest news-letter on our webpage www.Horncastle.cats.org.uk.

    The website over the past few months has had an overhaul and now includes news stories, features as well as cats for adoption and ways to support Cats protection.

    We have also been busy working on extending our social media foot print. Our
    Facebook page https://engb.facebook.com/CatsProtectionHorncastleDistrictBranch/
    now has more than 1000 follows.

    Thank you to Louise Darrington, our new media volunteer who has spent many a long hour working on both.

    The team ~

    Emma Marshall-Telfer- branch treasurer and fosterer.
    Jacquie Smedley - Neutering volunteer
    Barbara Buckingham - fundraising volunteer
    Lorna Acton – fosterer
    New to the team

    Julie Griffiths - Fundraising team leader
    Louise Darrington - Media team leader
    Sian Mclean - welfare officer
    Sue Bentley-Pearson - cat welfare volunteer
    Chloe Taylor - fundraising/cat welfare volunteer
    Sue Smitter - Trap, Neuter, return volunteer
    Carrie Hughes – fosterer (awaiting pen)
    Claire Mcfahn – fosterer (awaiting pen)

    New team introduction

    Hi, I am Si and I am the welfare officer for the branch. I help support the team of fosterers and the cats. A good thing they have faith in me!
    I joined CP in February and love my job but love a happy ending even more.
    I met Emma the treasurer/general cats’ body whilst she was visiting Sue Bentley- Pearson. Emma at the time was encouraging Sue to keep a cat that had ‘found’ her (good old Boris, who said black cats weren’t lucky!) Next thing I know I had beenroped in to helping the branch.

    I was introduced to Cats protection by a little black stray cat called Boris. He adopted us and I turned to Horncastle Cats protection, for help. Emma told me to put a collar on him asking if he was owned. A couple of weeks later he had won our hearts and wasn’t going anywhere!
    I met Emma and said I would like to get involved. I am now cat care support,
    predominantly for Emma’s pen but help out where I can.
    Daily, I go to Emma’s home when she is at her ‘real’ work (although I don’t know how she gets the time to fit it all in!) I do the glamorous job of cleaning and the rewarding job of playing and caring for the cats and kittens being fostered. I also do the vet runs, anything to help take the pressure off Emma.
    I love volunteering for CP. It’s not easy sometimes to be detached, but it is a lovely feeling when a cat goes off to a new home.

    Cat adoption update

    2019 has already been incredibly busy with homing. Fifteen cats have already been homed. With twelve cats in foster care.
    Some of the cats stand out in our hearts, especially the ‘3 amigos’. The 3 amigos were older cats relinquished by their owner, due to personal circumstances. The cats were Amber 9 years, Thomas 9 years and Star, approximately 11 years old.
    They all came to us in quite bad shape and very under-weight. Star had an extra challenge; she was blind in one eye and partially sighted in the other. Incredibly out of all three, Star settled in as though she had been in the pen all her life! Soon operation ‘feed them up’ was in full swing. We are delighted to tell you all three found homes, two of them going to our very own volunteers.

    Kitten season is upon us again, we are full to bursting and it’s a constant juggling act to find space, but we do.
    Unfortunately, we can’t take all the cats in. To help more cats to find their forever homes, we have been ‘direct homing’ them. This service is where the cats stay with their present owner (or rescuer) we advertise for homes and put interested parties in touch with each other directly. Through this method we have homed numerous cats and it is a good stop gap until our new fosterers, Carrie and Claire get their pens.


    Although the branch 30th birthday wasn’t a fundraising event, Julie took up the gauntlet to organise what turned out to be a fantastic afternoon, indulging in high tea,bingo and a raffle. Whilst indulging in some good cake we were entertained by local musician Andy Gammon. Whilst the bingo was again a source of fun and banter with the lovely Sue Bentley-Pearson (she was that good, we reckon she should hold a bingo afternoon more often!)
    Many thanks to Julie and her team of helpers.


    £60 was raised at Tattershall bank holiday Monday car boot. A first for Emma, who has managed to avoid car boots all her life, until then.
    Thank you to both Emma and Sue Bentley-Pearson for their time.


    We will be at the Baumber Walled Garden Fete on Sunday 26th May, please come along.

    The 7th June sees the first of our afternoon tea and cake events. This will be held at Bucknall village hall, LN10 5DT 2pm-5pm, ample parking. If you feel you could help out at the event or able to donate a cake, we would be grateful. please contact Emma on 0775911523.


    Unfortunately, due to the change in general data protection regulations, we will beunable to carry on our membership in the format that we have.
    We have been awaiting our new guidelines from Cats protection head office and in the next few weeks the new membership for the branch will be ready.
    The new membership will be £5 per month (or more, if you so choose) Included with the membership you will receive ~

    *The Cat magazine subscription
    *Access to Vetfone (a veterinary care team, who are available 24hrs, 365 days of the year, for all cat care concerns)
    *A pin badge
    *Some goodies in your welcome pack
    *Membership card

    By choosing to enrol in the new branch membership scheme, all your membership will go towards the Horncastle branch and only the branch. With this support, we will feel more secure financially in caring for the cats in our area.
    If you would like to become a member, please contact Emma on
    treasurer@horncastle.cats.org.uk or phone 07867 140354

    This year alone we have spent over £7000 in supporting neutering in the area. With only two fosterers, we have homed 15 cats, with 14 cats and kittens still in our care, to be homed.

    In the next couple of months, we will be increasing the branch fosterers by 100%.


    There is lots of ways for you to support the branch. We are always looking for
    volunteers, especially for fund-raising. How about holding an event for us?
    Below are some other ways to support the branch ~
  • https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/horncastleanddistrictcp
    When you shop on-line, click on the link above and search for your shopping site.
    Every penny you spend, earns the branch a little bit of commission. Best of all, it’s FREE to join.

    Along with our essential supplies, we like to give our kitties those little extras. See our ’wish list’ on amazon.
    Entering the lottery draw and choosing Horncastle and district branch, means the branch gets all your ticket fee and you the chance of winning. A win, win for all.

    Thank you to all our past supporters (and hopefully future ones too!) The future is bright for the branch and we would love to meet you all in person!

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    GENERAL ENQUIRES 0345 2602830
    NEUTERING ENQUIRIES 01507 578697
    FOSTERING ENQUIRES 07867140448