Dog Show Saturday 29th June

Thank you to everyone who helped make our 10th Oars and Paws Fun Dog Show a barking success!


We enjoyed a fantastic afternoon with fabulous weather and a terrific turnout. We had about 78 dogs entering across the nine classes and in excess of 200 people.

We are very pleased and proud to announce that you helped us raise almost £1000 for Row4AReason.

Best in Show went to Lisa Styles and Alfie, Reserve Best in Show went to Jan Clark and Sam.
Other awards went to the Dodds family and Bella for the Best Child Handler and the Mills family and Monty for the Heybridge Parish Council Best Partnership cup.

The Guide Dogs for the Blind were there and we had alternative grooming in the intermission!

Our thanks go to everyone who helped with the show and to everyone who came along. Thanks also to Marie Swan for donating a new tunnel for the agility.

You can see more pictures from the show on our Dog Show 2013 post

Dog Show 2013


We began with humble ambition back in 2003 just to have a little bit of fun with our dogs and our friends and their dogs and maybe raise a little for charity. Each year the show has grown and become an annual village event, always the following weekend of the Blackwater Show.

Whilst it is still essentially a village show, people come from neighbouring villages and towns having heard about it through seeing our posters in the village, local shops and vets, word of mouth and by having a flyer thrust in their hands by us when we see them walking with their dog(s)!!

The Oars and Paws Dog Show supports Row 4a Reason each year and to date we have raised in the region of £6000.

Here are some photos from this year’s show, 2013 including alternative grooming!












Here are a few pictures from last year’s show:

Maldon Little Ship Club Race Christmas 2012

On a blustery Saturday 29th December we took to the water at Maldon Hythe Quay to compete in this rowing race for the RNLI. As usual we dressed with elegance and poise, all in the best possible taste!

From the competitive aspect, there was something different about this year…. for the first time in many years we didn’t win the trophy for the boat raising the most money! Last year we threw down the gauntlet and challenged other boats to try to raise more money than us and the South Woodham Ferrers Coastguard did just that!!! They raised £3,000 and we raised £2,570. The total raised for the RNLI was £8,200 – about £5,000 more than last year!

We were the first Ladies’ multiple boat and we won third prize in the fancy dress.

Before the race

Getting ready for business

Pulling for the RNLI

Peter Stilts and Friends

Maldon Little Ships Christmas Race

Working 9 to 5???


This is the annual rowing race for the RNLI and we will be there in all our outrageous glory, but all done in the best possible taste! We look forward to seeing as many people as possible and hope that you come along to cheer the teams on.

The picture above is one of our outfits inspired by Dolly Parton in 2007.

ROW4AREASON Round Island Race 2012

Saturday 1st September and we took part in the Round Northey Island rowing race for ROW4AREASON. As is our custom we made a spectacle of ourselves. We chose to continue the theme from our fantastic summer of sporting achievements in the Olympics and Paralympics by honouring Bradley Wiggins. We couldn’t let his fantastic win of Le Tour de France go unnoticed so thought that our race should be Le Tour de Northey.

Here are a few photos of the event. The money we raised at our Oars and Paws Fun Dog Show in June was donated to this race. Thanks to everyone who helped us to raise just over £600.

2012 Dog Show

This year’s fun dog show took place on Saturday 30th June in Daisy Meadow, Heybridge Basin. We had a great day with the sun shining on us. It was good to see some familiar faces from previous shows and also to see some new dogs with their handlers. We hope those who came enjoyed what is becoming a popular annual village event!

Of the eight classes, we had a total of 126 entries. The most popular being the canine with the most appealing eyes, followed by the dog the judges would most like to take home.

We should like to thank those who generously gave a donation including the Parish Council who also donated a trophy again this year.

Thank you to everyone who supported our village fun dog show and helped us raise just over £600 for Row4AReason.

Next year’s Oars and Paws Fun Dog Show will be our 10th and we are hoping to make it our best yet and with your support we are sure we can!

2010 Dog Show

Held on Saturday 19th June 2010 in Daisy Meadow courtesy of Clint Swann

Despite a blustery and showery day, we had over sixty entries for Oars and Paws FUN Dog Show raising £420 for St Georges Chapel/Community Centre. This was the 7th year that the The Basin Oars Charity Rowing Team organised this event ably assisted by members of the Row4AReason Committee – and it is now a firm favourite on Heybridge Basin’s calendar. Two rings were set up, one for the ‘showing’ events, and another for the Agility Course. Rosettes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd, and Specials for best child handler.

The Agility Stakes is another timed event which causes amusement, especially when the owners negotiate the ‘tunnel’ along with their dogs. Our aim is for everyone to have fun and love their dog.

We were so pleased to have so many lovely dogs and competitors, and our judges certainly had a difficult task. There are two events where the judges can take a back seat, The Fastest Sausage Eater – an event run in pairs, against the clock. The owners have to eat a donut without licking their lips, then negotiate two jumps to get their dog to the sausage distributor (this must be the most dangerous job – our young assistant Cullan Frost kneeling down holding a sausage in each hand at arms length!) – as soon as the dog had consumed the sausage then the clock is stopped. And yes, Cullan did have ten fingers left at the end of this competition.

HM Prison Service were kind enough to demonstrate with two of their Drug Busting dogs, Ranger and Zac, passive and active drug searching techniques.

We would like to say a BIG thank you to all our helpers, broadcasters, judges, catering and the ‘biggest beefburgers in the world’ suppliers, and to the children that so willingly helped us. Also to Megan Tolfrey and her friends, who tirelessly found entrants for “How Many Dog Biscuits In the Jar” and ‘Name The Cuddly Dog” competitions.

The only down side was the lack of a public convenience, which MDC removed a month ago. We installed a loo tent and porta potti, but it wasn’t adequate. So if there is anyone out there that can assist us with a Portaloo for next year, please get in touch with us.