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Teddington’s first Charity Celebration Weekend was a great success with residents enjoying free goodies, prizes, garden-seeing, dog competitions and all whilst donating money to worthy local causes.

The MelaMela girls would like to say a big thank you to all who joined in their Vintage 40s Tea Party, helping raise money through sale of tea, cakes and a raffle for a specially commissioned multi-tiered cake! The Teddington Arms offered drinks including Eton Mess to passers-by, Cook had food samples on offer and a guess the amount of sweets in a specially-created Cook sign competition.

Doodlebug who play regularly at this venue, entertained passers-by playing live music on the The Kings Head terrace whilst donations were taken. Dexters were giving out colourful balloons in return for a small donation.

The total is still being calculated but combining donations from all businesses involved, over £2,500 was raised for the Horse Rangers, Companion Cycling, Elleray Hall and the League of Friends for Teddington Memorial Hospital.

Organised by Vet4Life, the first Teddington Dog Olympics saw hundreds of people attending and taking part in many fun categories of dog competing to get us in the spirit in the run-up to the London Olympic Games.

Surrounded by gazebos and tents offering all manner of dog-related paraphernalia and also dog-related charities, the central arena saw dogs and their owners face-off to compete for rosettes and titles in categories such as Best Trick, Doggie Limbo and Waggiest Tail. It surprised many simply how many dogs are in the area, let alone how talented they were!

Nearest Cafe provided a specially created menu of hotdogs including Gun dog (double-barrel), Pastoral (veg option) and Terrier (chilli). Almost 100 dogs were sold and kept the crowds well fed as the event DJ pumped out dog-related songs such as “Who Let the Dogs Out”. The hotdogs proved so popular that they will now be sold outside the cafe when weather-permitting.

The dog show was a fun non-profit charity event and over £600 was raised for three of our local animal charities. A full list of the winners can be found on Vet4Life’s round-up of the day.

This Sunday also at Udney Park Gardens will be the last Teddington Village Fair to be run by the Teddington Lions so be sure to turn up and give them a good sending off! The Lions will sadly be disbanding but the Village Fair will continue, to be organised by the Teddington Society from next year onwards. Also nearby this weekend will be the ever-popular Arts Fair at the Landmark Arts Centre.

More photos of the day can be found here.

The Teddington In Flower event was as popular as ever and despite the threat of rain many trekked to each garden to take the rare change to peek at the usually private gardens of Teddington. Through donations and sale of cakes & tea, almost £1000 has been raised for local charities.

Photos: Alan Benns / Teddington Society – more here.


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