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Our next events (in red):  
Each year, we always have an event on Easter Monday and the Sunday before Christmas.  These and other events will be added below.

Next event TBC

Thanks to everyone who came along to our walk at Connaught Water.  It was great to see everyone and thanks for all your support!

Charity Night at Henlow Stadium - Saturday 27th May.  Please let us know if you can attend with your dog and help promote greyhounds and raise money.  Thank you!

Saturday 29th April - May Fayre, Swaines Green, Epping.  We will have a stall to promote retired greyhounds as 'pets'.  Please do come along with your dogs and raise our profile and show that greyhounds make great pets! We will have a slot in the ring and there are other stalls and entertainment which makes it a great day out too!

Thank you to everyone who came on Easter Monday - there were some great creations with the hats!  It is always lovely to see the adopted dogs again. Well done to Morgan, who won 'best in show' and to all the other winners (and those who nearly won!): Best dog - Morgan; Best bitch - Misty (was Missy); Other breeds - joint win by Buddy the whippet and Charlie? the PAT dog; Best Hat - Hugo; Best bonnet - Laura; Dog with the best smile - Gunner; Dog the judges would most like to take home with them - Megan; Oldest dog in show - Patti at 13yrs 4 months!

Monday 17th April (Easter Monday) - annual fun 'dog show' and stalls at the Kennels - do come and join us and be creative with your hat/bonnet for the dogs!  Please park and walk up the lane to avoid congestion outside! We will look forward to seeing you!

Thank you to everyone who came to "Christmas at the Kennels".  We had a wonderful turnout, it was lovely to see the adopted dogs again..and thank you to everyone for all your donations of food etc. Have a wonderful Christmas and we will look forward to seeing you in 2017!

Sunday 18th December - Christmas at the Kennels.  There will be stalls and the usual festive cheer including mulled wine and mince pies.  Please do come and join us! 

Thank you so much to everyone who helped at the charity night - the raffle was an amazing success and it is always good to show people that greyhounds make great pets.  Thank you very much again to everyone who helped on the night. Saturday 22nd October - Charity Night at Henlow Stadium - please give Johanna a ring on 0208 444 9649 if you can come along (with your dogs) to help promote greyhounds as pets and sell raffle tickets etc.  Thank you!

One of our former adopters, Nik O'Flynn, is studying to become a dog trainer and would like to offer a free training session to those of you with greyhounds.  It is for all adopters, both established and new, and hopefully everyone who comes along will get something out of it.  Nik has adopted two ex-racers from Whittingham and currently has a lurcher. If anyone would like to benefit from Nik's advice, please email for her contact  details and Nik will come to the kennels.  A donation to Whittingham for her time would be greatly appreciated.   



Sunday 4th September - sponsored walk and barbecue at the kennels - 3pm.  The walk will last for approx. 40 mins and if you can get some sponsors, that would be great! It will be £2 to join the walk.  Burgers/etc will be on sale from the barbecue on our return! Do come and join us and help us raise some money towards the bore-hole. It will be lovely to see  you. Thank you to everyone who came - we had great support and it was lovely to see familiar faces and all the dogs!


Greyhound Party at Butlers Retreat, Chingford - Sunday 17th July. 3pm - approx. 5pm.  Join us for refreshments and a walk around Connaught Water with other greyhound enthusiasts.  Thank you to everyone who came - it was a great turnout and the weather was very warm (almost a little too warm!) ! It helps to highlight that greyhounds make great pets!

Charity Meeting at Henlow - Saturday 7th May.  Please do come along with your dogs and help promote greyhounds as pets.  Please call Johanna on 0208 444 9649 if you would like to attend.  Thank you! 

May Fayre at Swaines Green, Epping - Saturday 30th April.  We will have a stand and be in the ring to promote greyhounds! Do come along to our stand and bring your dogs too! It's great to show everyone that greyhounds make great pets! There are other stands to see too so it's a nice day for all the family.  Thank you to everyone who came along to help - and to Rebecca and family who took Merlin and Sophie from the kennels.  They were a hit with visitors!

Thank you so much to everyone who came along to our Easter Monday gathering.  The threatened weather did not materialise and we managed to have the dog show outside.  Thanks to all the stall holders and all those who baked for us, especially Louise Parker and mum.  We also had some great hats/bonnets and some great winners too! See you next time! Thanks again.


Raffle winners for Christmas 2015:
First prize: £100 - ticket: 3408 - Molly Popkin
Second prize: whiskey and brandy - ticket: 2150 - Mr and Mrs Hastings
Third prize: large Christmas teddy - ticket:  4296 - Francesca
Champagne - ticket: 4148 - Mr and Mrs Saha
Large Mirror - ticket: 1965 - Mr and Mrs Isitt 
Set of Mugs - ticket: 630 - Mr and Mrs Gamble
Cake Stand - ticket: 2165 - Hennings
Photo Frame - ticket: 828 - Drewitt
Greyhound Book - ticket: 2726 - Johnson
Crystal Jar and Sweets - ticket: 2497 - Lumb
Musical Decoration - ticket: 1172 - Allinton
Coffee Set - ticket: 4089 - Mr and Mrs Rebak
Teddy bear - ticket: 617 - Dave
Cuddly Lion - ticket: 1442 - Julie
Book (Born to Run) - ticket: 4992 - West
Cuddly Teddy - ticket: 3858 - Gill
Kitchen Set - ticket: 2596 - Leach
Greyhound Ornament - ticket: 2345 - Barker
Small Mirror - ticket: 597 - Gough

Thank you to everyone who came to the kennels for the Christmas gathering - we had a fantastic turnout and all the dogs from the kennels enjoyed at least one walk!  Look forward to seeing you again in 2016! 

Sunday 20th December 2015: Christmas at the Kennels - join us for mulled wine and mince pies, festive stalls and meet all the retired greyhounds.  Please park down the lane (parking outside restricted for disabled).  And please don't park on the grass as you will get stuck! Hope to see you there!

Saturday 3rd October: Charity Night at Henlow Stadium. Please come along with your dogs and help sell raffle tickets, raise money for Whittingham Kennels and promote greyhounds as pets!  For more information or if you can come along, please phone Johanna 0208 444 9649 or email Louise.  Thank you! 

Sunday 19th July 3pm: Annual Greyhound Party at the Butlers Retreat, Rangers Road, Chingford, E4: Thank you to everyone who came along to support us!  We had a great turnout with at least 50 dogs!  We certainly turned a few heads as we went around the lake so hopefully it has helped to show greyhounds make great pets! Bryan filmed it all - and so please take a look! Butlers Retreat July 2015 Part One and Butlers Retreat July 2015 Part Two

Sunday 24th May: Celebratory birthday party barbecue at the kennels!  Includes walk from 2pm!  Thank you to everyone who came along to join the celebrations.  We had a great turnout and the weather held for the walk! 

Sunday 10th May: Painting at the kennels - anyone willing to lend a hand would be most welcome!  Please let us know if you will be coming along

Saturday 9th May: Charity night at Henlow Stadium.

Saturday 2nd May: Stall at Swaines Green, Epping, May Fayre.  Do come along with your dogs to show how greyhounds make great pets!


Thank you to everyone who came along to support our annual Easter Monday dog show!  Here is a photograph of Deputy who won overall best in show!  Every dog was a winner really!  

Easter Monday (6th April): Annual fun dog show and open day featuring the Easter bonnet parade.  Create a hat for your dog and be as creative and adventurous as you dare! Look forward to seeing you then!

Thank you to everyone who supported us with our raffle this year!  Here is the list of winners:
1. £100 - ticket: 2388 Francesca Smith - prize donated - thank you VERY much.
2.Brandy and Whisky - ticket: 450 J. Lawford
3. Champagne - ticket: 1463 Mr and Mrs Hastings
4. Brooch - ticket: 2250 Longyehaye
5. Jacobs Creek and Glasses - ticket: 1671 Doug
6. Teddy bear - ticket: 4406 S. Saha
7. Christmas Hamper - ticket: 4821 Caroline (Burnt Oak)
8. Box of Chocolates - ticket: 2739 Ken Miall
9. Saucepan Set - ticket: 16 Tim and Becky
10 Bottle of Wine - ticket: 4468 Ernie
11. Candle Set - ticket: 4909 Maisie
12. Cuddly Lion - ticket: 814 Mr and Mrs Drewitt
13. Wall Clock - ticket: 3769 Chris Morrisy
14. Tea set - ticket: 2129 Lanzolla
15. Jewelry Case - ticket: 217 Mrs A Buffor
16. Coffee Set - ticket: 589 Terry
17. Tin of sweets - ticket: 3476 Simone Micallef
18. TBC - ticket: 1619 Harry Hatwell


Sunday 21st December 10.30am-1.30pm: Christmas at the Kennels!  Do come and join us! - Thank you to everyone who came along and supported us.  It was a great turnout and we hope you enjoyed it!  See you again soon!

Thank you to everyone who came to both our recent events - we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Saturday 27th September - charity night at Henlow Stadium - please  come along with your dog and help sell raffle tickets, promote greyhounds as pets and go on the track for presentations etc.  Please call Johanna (0208 444 9649) if you can come. Thank you!

Sunday 21st September (1.30pm) at the kennels - walk through the forest with tea and cakes/biscuits.  Minimum donation to join the walk is £2.  Do come and join us!

Thank you so much to everyone who came along to the Butlers Retreat this afternoon and supported our walk and 'party'!  It was lovely to see so many dogs visiting us again and the turnout was fantastic.  Thanks to Emma, Rebecca, Lisa and Les who each took Cathy, Monty, Winnie and Red along from the kennels.  The kennel dogs were all fantastic and behaved very well with all the little dogs they encountered.  We had good weather too and all the dogs enjoyed the dog cake (and hopefully the humans enjoyed theirs too!).  The icing on the cake (no pun intended) was that Cathy was also reserved with a family who already have a Whittingham dog.  Thanks again everyone! 

Sunday 13th July - Greyhound Party and Walk (Butlers Retreat, Chingford, E4) 3pm.  Come and join the greyhounds for a walk around Connaught Water and some treats afterwards (for human and canine friends)!


Sunday 8th June - Phillimore Recreation Ground, Gills Hill Lane, Gills Hill, Radlett - we will be at the annual fayre to promote greyhounds as pets.  (2pm-4.30pm)

Thank you very much to everyone who came to the Fayre in Loughton: to our volunteers who come walking (Simon and Louise) who got us the spot at the fayre; to Lisa, Carole, Christine, Bryan, Faith and John, Val, Doug and Tash for coming and helping during the day (along with their dogs: Rex, Hattie, Fonzie, Pixie, Julian, Fingal, Zazie, Katie, Lady and George).  And a special thanks to Adrian who helped to transport the gazebo and set it up and came back to help take it down.  We took Penny and Elias from the kennels who were fantastic all day in their "we need a home" coats. We generated a lot of interest and hopefully helped to spread the message about greyhounds! Thanks again!

Saturday 17th May - Loughton Green Fayre - we will have a gazebo (St Mary's Church, Loughton).  Do come along and support us! 

Saturday 3rd May - May Fayre, Swaines Green, Epping - do come along and support our stand and help promote greyhounds! Dogs and helpers most welcome! 

Thank you to everyone who came along to Henlow and to the Easter Monday open day at the kennels.  We had a great turnout and there were some fantastic hats/bonnets! Thank you again to everyone for your support.

Monday 21st April - 10.30am-2pm: Dog Show and Easter Bonnet Parade at the Kennels.  Refreshments and stalls; and classes for greyhounds as well as all breeds.  Prizes and Rosettes for winners! Please park at the bottom of the hill and walk up as parking outside the kennels will be for disabled only.  Hope to see you there!  There is plenty of time to get creative with your hats! 

Saturday 19th April - Charity Meeting at Henlow Stadium  - please let us know if you would like to come along with your dogs (and help with collections and selling raffle tickets; and generally promoting retired greyhounds!)

Raffle Winners!  Thank you to everyone for your support!
1st Prize - £150 - Margaret Brown (ticket: 478)
2nd Prize - whisky/brandy - David Dale (ticket: 824)
3rd - Articulate Game - J Bradnum (ticket: 162)
4th - Cookie Jar - E Dowling (ticket: 833)
5th - Crystal Basket - D Gooch (ticket: 4618)
6th - Picture S. Hart - Adrian (ticket: 842)
7th - Wall clock - Peter (ticket: 51)
8th - Book - H Fall (ticket: 2307)
9th - Earrings - G Murray (ticket: 2802)
10th - Teddy bear - Ned Bird (ticket: 4641)
11th - Tea set - Nicky Bailley (ticket: 2115)
12th - Wall clock - Maisie (ticket: 3234)
13th - Champagne cider - Ozzy Kings X (ticket: 114)
14th - Sweets Jar - Carol Mills (ticket: 1361)
15th - Teddy - T Leighton (ticket: 10)
16th - Candles Table Set - Linda Brockless (ticket: 480)

Thank you to everyone who came along to Christmas at the Kennels.  It was a great turnout, good weather and all the kennel dogs enjoyed a walk!  We hope to see you all again next year and thank you very much for your support throughout 2013.

Sunday 22nd December: Christmas at the Kennels - 10.30am-1.30pm: Come and join us for some festive mince pies and mulled wine.  Browse the stalls and meet with other greyhound enthusiasts!  The raffle will also be drawn at noon.  Please park in Galley Hill and walk up (disabled parking outside kennels only please).  Thank you and see you then!

Thank you so much to everyone who came to our sponsored walk from the kennels which was arranged with the support and help of Medivet, Waltham Abbey.  We had a phenomenal turnout and all the kennel dogs joined the walk too!  We raised £575 and will certainly be repeating the event in the summer (when there is less mud!).  Thank you to everyone who helped and came along - it was a really good afternoon.


Sunday 3rd November - 1pm.  Sponsored Walk from the Kennels!  .... Thanks to the team at Medivet Waltham Abbey, we are raising funds by having a sponsored walk! Do come and join us - there will be  a small charge to join the walk, in order to raise money for the kennels.  More information when we have more details.

Charity night at Henlow Stadium - Saturday 19th October - Please call Johanna on 0208 444 9649 if you would like to come along with your dog(s)!  Help promote greyhounds as pets and shake tins/sell raffle tickets for Whittingham Kennels!  Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who has fostered a dog for us whilst the roof was replaced at the kennels.  It was a tremendous help for us both in the transition phase 'between roofs' and in helping us to learn how the dogs react at home.  They were all impeccably behaved and will be wonderful at home when someone is lucky enough to choose them!  Here are the before and after shots of the Kennel roof!  Thank you again:
BEFORE


And AFTER - the new roof in all its glory!

Thank you to everyone who came along to the greyhound party/walk today.  It was great to see so many of you and all the dogs looking so well and happy.  The heat was stifling but the  trees gave us some much needed shade after the walk.  Thank you again for all your support.


Greyhound Party in the Forest - Sunday 14th July - 3pm - The Butlers Retreat, Rangers Road, E4 - come and join us for a 'get together' and greyhound walk around Connaught Water.  There will be wine and cake for the human guests and 'doggy' cake for the canine guests!  Hope to see you there!

4th May - 11am-5pm - Swaines Green, Epping - May Fayre.  This is a lovely event for everyone, especially children.  We have two slots in 'the ring' where we can feature the retired greyhounds so do come along and join us at our stand with your dogs!  

20th April - charity night at Henlow stadium.  Please let Johanna know if you would like to come (0208 444 9649).  Any volunteers who would be willing to sell raffle tickets or promote greyhounds as pets would be most appreciated!  Thank you!


Thank you to everyone who came to the Easter open day and to all those who helped out and walked dogs!  It was a bitterly cold day but it was still a good turn out and there were some very creative hats.  Pat (right) (aka Pat Man) was one winner!

Easter Monday (1st April) - Kennel open day and fun dog show (including the Easter Bonnet Parade class!) - so be as creative as you dare!   There will be stalls and a chance to meet the current residents as well as to enjoy the dog show!  Everyone welcome!

Raffle Results -thank you to all those who supported the raffle - here are the winners!
1st - £200 - J Lawford (ticket: 4522)
2nd - Bottle of Whiskey and Brandy - Claire (ticket: 53)
3rd - Kitchen Set - J. Luck (ticket: 252)
4th - Wine Glasses - Nottage (ticket: 4592)
5th - Wine with Holder - J Hollier (ticket: 2976)
6th - Racing game - Jadine Cole (ticket: 666)
7th - Champagne Flutes - Terry Bird (ticket: 1922)
8th - Elizabeth Arden Gift Set - Sarah Niblock (ticket: 4569)
9th - Crystal glasses - Nancy Piper (ticket:  4312)
10th Wallet - Keith Crewe (ticket: 611)
11th Cookie Jar - Tim Hennings (ticket: 2829)
12th Large cuddly toy - A. Day (ticket: 1159)
13th Box of Assorted biscuits - Faith (ticket: 1001)
14th Large cuddly toy - Alan (BW) (ticket:240)
15th Christmas Pudding - Adrian (ticket: 720)
16th Bird Feeder - Maisie (ticket: 110)
17th Panatoni - Brian (ticket: 2900)
18th Chocolate Santa Claus - Martin Lawrence (ticket: 753)

Thank you so much to everyone who came along to the open day.  It was a great turnout, the weather was kind to us and it was lovely to see all the dogs again!  All the kennel dogs were lucky enough to go out (some several times) and were so excited to see everyone!  We had two dogs reserved so fingers crossed for them!  Thank  you for all your support this year and have a wonderful Christmas! 

Sunday 23rd December: Christmas at the Kennels: 10.30am-2pm - stalls, minced pies and mulled wine!  Please bring boots as there will be the chance to take all the current residents for a walk! 

Saturday 20th October: Charity night at Henlow Stadium: sponsored races, raffle etc.  We would love as many ex-racers as possible to attend.  Please phone Johanna if you can come along.

Thank you to everyone who came along to the BBQ and open day on Sunday.  It was a great success with the weather being kind to us and a very good turnout.  All the kennel-dogs had a walk and it was lovely to see the 'homed' dogs visiting again. We hope to see you all again soon! 

Sunday 26th August - open afternoon at the kennels with stalls and barbecue.   We are hoping to do something a little different on the August Bank Holiday weekend.  Please do come along and join us!  There will be the chance to take the current occupants out for a walk as well as catching up with other greyhound enthusiasts! It starts at 3.30pm with the walk and this will be followed by the barbecue!

We would like to post our condolences to the family and friends of Ivor (our fantastic volunteer) and Mrs Males (who was an avid greyhound lover).  Ivor is very much missed at the kennels and his death was a huge shock, despite his 80yrs.  We also learnt of the death of Marie Males who had suffered from a long-term illness and who loved the dogs.  Her greyhound, Raz, was a real companion after she was forced to retire from work with ill-health.  It is with huge gratitude that we also thank both families for deciding to request donations to the RGT in place of flowers.  The photograph shows the family of Marie Males who very kindly presented Johanna with a cheque. 

Thank you to everyone who came to the Butlers Retreat - we had a fantastic turnout and all the greyhounds were very well behaved! It was lovely to see them all looking so well and we hope to see you there next year too! 

Sunday 15th July - 3pm: We will be back at the Butlers Retreat for our Greyhound Party and walk around Connaught Water.  The cafe has re-opened and sells a variety of snacks and ice cream.  We will once again provide some human and dog cake.  Butlers Retreat is situated in Epping Forest, off Rangers Road, E4 7QH.  It is next to the Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge and the Royal Forest Hotel (which looks over Chingford Plain).  There is parking opposite the Butlers Retreat as well as public transport by bus or train.  Chingford Station is the nearest station.  (Turn right once out of the main entrance and continue along the road and up the hill).  Please do come and join us!

Thank you very much to everyone who came to the Henlow charity night.  Photographs from the night can be seen at www.emsportphotography.co.uk  We are pleased to say that £1118 was raised for the retired greyhounds - which was a wonderful result. 

Saturday 12th May 2012 - is the charity night at Henlow Stadium to raise money for Henlow retired greyhounds (Whittingham).  Thank you to everyone who has contacted us to let us know you will be coming.  Fingers crossed lots of money can be raised to help the greyhounds! 

The event at Swaines Green, Epping, is sadly cancelled for this year due to the wet weather.  We will be back there next year!

Thank you to everyone who came along on Easter Monday despite the torrential rain! The dogs looked splendid in their bonnets and it was a good turnout!  

Easter Monday 9th April - at the kennels - 10.30am-2pm: Please come along to our dog show and Easter bonnet parade.  There will be stalls and refreshments!  It's a bit of fun for all the family! 


Raffle Results for Jan 2012!  Please check your tickets and good luck!
1. £250 cash (ticket: 5558) - Tony c/o T. Leighton
2. Whisky and Brandy (ticket: 3848) - Mervyn Lack
3. Book of the Greyhound (ticket: 3576) - Bethan Jones
4. Ladies Costume Jewellery (ticket: 674) - M Day
5. Winter Teddy (ticket: 1861) - B Bayliss
6. Box of chocolates (ticket: 1585) - B. Aldred
7. Greyhound Book Ends (ticket: 4306) - Mr and Mrs Nottage
8. Photo Frame (ticket: 3138) - Mrs Drewitt
9. Cuddly Polar Bear (ticket: 330) - Sheila Hewlett
10. Radio Clock (ticket: 1616) - Dave
11. Picnic Bag (ticket: 5646) - Maisie
12. Potting Shed Gift Set (ticket: 629) - Geoff Martin
13. Darlington Tumbler Glasses (ticket: 5100) - Mick c/o T. Leighton
14. Jewellery Box (ticket: 70) - Flora (KingsX)
15. Bottle of Champagne (ticket: 2411) - Barry Northcote
16. Bottle of Gin (ticket: 82) - Ian (Guard Newcastle)
17. Ladies Aming Scarf (ticket: 3377) - Chloe Garnett
18. Ladies Cosmetics Gift Set (ticket: 3016) - Victoria Emms
19. Foot Spa (ticket: 3526) - Peter Griffiths
20. Slow Cooker Cook Book (ticket: 3430) - B Hastings

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Christmas at the Kennels.  We had a good turnout despite a dusting of snow and it was great to see all the dogs coming back to see us!

Sunday 18th December 2011 - our "Christmas at the Kennels" - 10.30am-2pm: Do come and join us, enjoy the stalls and visit the dogs.  It would be lovely to see you and if you wanted to bring a treat for the dogs, they would very much appreciate it!

Henlow - October 8th (Charity night) and October 27th - If you would like to come along and bring your dog, help sell raffle tickets and generally promote greyhounds as pets, please let Johanna (or Louise on email) know... Any help is greatly appreciated! Thank you!