SWEET VISIT: Treacle was the sweet visitor to Isfield’s Wednesday Club when he took along his owner, Moira Harrison, so club members could hear about the great work of dogs such as him who allow people with tricky medical conditions to leave a more-normal life. Treacle, a King Charles/Poodle cross, knows just when Moira, who has Type 1 Diabetes and hails from Ringmer, is heading for as potential problem with her blood sugar level. It’s all down to his sense of smell, all dogs have a sniffability way ahead of humans, and when he reckons there’s a problem ahead he issues increasingly robust alerts to Moira. Club members heard that this amazing sense of smell is used to train dogs to detect various conditions, including cancer. Moira was giving her talk on behalf of Medical Detection Dogs, a relatively small national charity that needs up to around £11,000 just to train and support one canine. Further info on the charity’s work can be found at https://www.medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk/
DIARY DATES: February 26, A Promise of Spring, charity musical concert at Isfield’s St Margaret’s Church (4pm); March 1, Isfield Wednesday Club: talk on work of Uckfield Countryside Ranger, Village Hall (2.30pm); March 8, TWIG evening talk on cheeses (plus tastings), Isfield Village Hall; March 24, Isfield Wine Club, Village Hall (7.30pm); Church services: St Margaret’s, Isfield (10am): First Sunday of the month, Holy Communion; second, Matins; third, Holy Communion; fourth, Family; fifth, Holy Communion. St Michael’s, Little Horsted: First Sunday, Communion (11am); second, Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer (8am); third, Family service, (11am); fourth and fifth, Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer (8am).
CLARIFICATION: An item on a news page of this newspaper last week attributed to me comments about Isfield Brewing Company. I should make it clear that these words were contained in an aide memoire to a staff reporter on a ‘for your information’ basis, and that I had neither the authority nor intention to comment publicly on the unverified affairs of the microbrewery.
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