Highlight of the revived Arkley community fair was an all-comers dog show which resulted in two surprise winners -- a blind dog and a rescue dog took the rosettes for best in show.


Lottie, a nine-year-old Jack Russell terrier, which lost her sight after developing cataracts was judged best in show to the delight of her owner Matilda (left) when the result was announced by judge Raj Mukherjee.

Reserve best in show was Chess, a border collier, which her owner Tamara Simellonovic, rescued with the help of the Dogs Trust.

Arkley village field was packed with stalls and attractions and there was no shortage of visitors for the first community fair since the covid shutdown.

Residents were determined the revive the event with all the proceeds being split between charities serving the Arkley community.

Organisers of the event – including Anjim Iqbal and Mel Garfield – were delighted by the support they received from the community.

Host of the fun dog show, Rachel Burke of dog groomers Beauty Barks of Borehamwood, said the event had proved extremely popular attracting a large entry of family pets.

Rosette for Mr Arkley went to Arthur, a nine-year-old wire Hungarian wire haired Visla, owned by Mark Herd.

Christine King, who judged the contest, said it had been a tight contest.

From left to right above, Ella with her chow Chevie; Christine King; Mark Herd with Arthur; dog show host Rachel Burke; and Kirsty Coates with her Bernese Mountain dog Buddy.

Bella, a three-year-old Chow Chow, owned by Taiesha Chapman and Greg Mayer, won the rosette for the contest for Mrs. Arkley.

One of the comperes for the fair was the Reverend Cindy Kent, recently appointed vicar of St Peter’s Church, Arkley, who welcomed another Arkley resident, Theresa Villiers, MP for Chipping Barnet.