LOCAL DACHSHUND SPECIALIST LLOYD CROSS CRUFTS CALL UP For more than 40 years, local business Hair Of The Dog Canine Care Services owner Lloyd Cross has been devoted to dachshunds, standard long-haired dachshunds to be more precise. He has bred them, shown them and judged them. On 21st February 2019, Lloyd got a large green envelope from the Kennel Club in the post which made all the time he'd focused on his canine buddies over the years all the more worthwhile. It was a letter inviting him to judge the long-haired dachshund category at Crufts 2022. For Lloyd, from Emneth, "it was a dream come true", something he says he had never thought would happen. Asked why he thought he was chosen, Lloyd says it was his experience, track record and knowledge. Not only had he two previous Best of Breed awards in the Long Haired Dachshund category at
Crufts, but he also judges the breed at events around the world. Over almost five decades, Lloyd, along with his late mother Sylvia, has been involved with dachshunds. Lloyd is currently on the committee of the prestigious UK ‘Dachshund Club’ the oldest Dachshund Club in the world, and is a full member of the Kennel Club. His grooming business on the Elm High Road, ‘Hair of the Dog CCS’ has been operating for just over a year. Before that Lloyd enjoyed a very successful career as a professional singer and Cruise Director on passenger vessels. More than 12 champions have carried the LOGGETA kennel name over the years. Lloyd does not see his dogs as a money-making business. For him, every dog should be entitled to be the best home possible. Lloyd will be travelling to Pretoria, South Africa in October this year to judge at The Dachshund Club of
South Africa’s Championship Show and will take to the green carpet at Crufts in March 2022.
IF YOU GO DOWN TO THE WOODS TODAY... Well perhaps not today, but if you were enjoying the ‘Picnic in the Park’ programme of events last month, at the annual March Summer Festival, you certainly were treated to a Big Surprise! The Fenland Community Orchestra performed popular music themes from the Movies to an enthralled audience. The concert was preceded by a delightful piece of Mozart played by the FMCA’s own String Ensemble. One of the event’s organisers was quoted as saying “the standard 8
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of musicianship is quite frankly astounding, considering that the orchestra is made up entirely of amateurs of all ages, abilities and walks of life”. One member of the orchestra who had recently been reunited with her flute after a 30 year lay-off said “I can’t believe that I’m now part of such a wonderful organisation. I would encourage anyone considering dusting-off their old instrument to do so and come along and join us one Friday evening for a taster session – if I can do it, anyone
can!” The FMCA meets every Friday evening during school term to practice at March Community Centre, between 6pm and 9pm. New members are always welcome. For further details log-on to www.fenlandmusicccentre.org.uk
The Fens July issue features an interview with Fenland artist Nick Tearle and we visit Ayscoughfee Hall