Village News: The Toyntons

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COFFEE & CAKES - A coffee morning and cake stall will be held on Saturday, May 12 from 10.30am to 11.30am at Toynton All Saints Methodist Chapel.

EVENING PRAYER - On Sunday, May 13 at 3pm a service of evening prayer will be held at Toynton St Peter Church.

CHAPEL - Mr P. Wade of Woodhall Spa will be the guest speaker at a service at Toynton All Saints Methodist Chapel on Sunday, May 13 at 3pm.

FRIENDSHIP CLUB - Toynton Friendship Club met at the village hall last week.

Mrs Pam Barley welcomed June and Barry Spouncer, from Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, who were the guest speakers.

Mrs Spouncer apologised for not being able to bring a hearing dog to the meeting.

She told members that there were currently 14 ‘hearing’ dogs in Lincolnshire, including a duel assistance dog in Saltfleetby, which is both a hearing and a guide dog.

This dog communicates by touching the palm of its owner’s hand.

There is a waiting list for hearing dogs, with recipients waiting at Stickney, Horncastle, Wainfleet, Skegness and Spalding.

June went on to explain that the scheme was founded in 1982, after Bruce Fogle (father of TV presenter Ben) had been to America, and seen a similar system in place. Dogs suitable for training must be outgoing, obedient and good natured.

Dogs are with their owners 24/7 and alert their owners to telephone/minicom, smoke alarm, cooker timer, alarm clock, doorbell and, in some cases, baby monitor.

Dogs communicate by putting a paw on the person’s knee, the owner puts their arms outstretched to gesture ‘what?’, then the dog positions itself where the person is needed.

If danger is present, the dog drops to the floor, alerting the owner.

Recipients can request what breed of dog they would like to have. Some dogs are trained to ride with their owners on mobility scooters.

Dogs are strictly not allowed to be given ‘human’ food, because they may be tempted when accompanying their owner in supermarkets. Dogs are trained to be recalled by a whistle.

A ‘passport’, which includes a photo of the owner and dog together, is shown when entering shops, theatres, etc.

June told the group that it takes £47,000 to provide everything from training the dog as a puppy until it retires at around age 11.

Used stamps can help raise funds and June and Barry will be with their stand at Spilsby Show and would be grateful of any stamp donations.

Pam Barley thanked the couple for an interesting talk and slide show.

Members were able to purchase items from a stall in aid of Hearing Dogs.

Everyone signed a birthday card for Mrs Margaret Meadows, and sang Happy Birthday.

Margaret cut her beautifully decorated cake, which had been made by Pam Barley, and all enjoyed tea and cake.

A lovely afternoon was had by all.