History in the frame as celebrations cancelled

Palmerston Collie Club stalwart Margaret Vickers has put together a photo board of past presidents and secretaries as part of the commemorations for the club’s centennial year. Photo: Supplied
Palmerston Collie Club stalwart Margaret Vickers has put together a photo board of past presidents and secretaries as part of the commemorations for the club’s centennial year. Photo: Supplied
A couple of blank spots remain in the Palmerston Collie Club’s dog trial history and the club’s hopes to forge ahead with its centennial celebration this weekend were quashed after the committee made the call to cancel.

But trial or no trial, club stalwart Margaret Vickers said it was important to recognise the milestone.

Mrs Vickers and husband Steve have been involved in the Palmerston Collie Club since 1982. She has been secretary and also helps in the kitchen.

‘‘I’m a jack of all trades, master of none,’’ she laughed.

The couple’s involvement began when a neighbour suggested they should come to the club.

Her husband had ‘‘always been a keen dog man’’ and Mrs Vickers said they also enjoyed the club for its social side.

‘‘We are just like one big family here. It’s great to see people come from near and far. You make good friends with like-minded people.’’

Family was a big part of the club. ‘‘We always have a lot of kids running around; from babies to big kids. It’s very much a gathering for the whole family and I think that’s why I have always enjoyed being involved.’’

To commemorate the centennial milestone, Mrs Vickers had been busy sourcing photos of past club presidents and secretaries for a photo board.

‘‘It’s been a bit of a job tracking all the photos down, but I got there,’’ she said.

Club secretary Kate Pont said the committee had celebration plans for the centennial year.

‘‘We definitely won’t let it pass without a celebration,’’ she said.

‘‘We need to discuss it more but it might be that we celebrate it next year or do something in the winter.’'

-By Alice Scott

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