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Come and join the fun and celebrate this quirky festival where, for one day of the year, all dogs in Nepal are treated royally. Tell your friends and bring a crowd - all are welcome!

Doug Scott and Celia Washington have championed the event in the UK and over the past seven years have led these special walks at Dalemain, Lowther, Sizergh Castle and at Hutton in the Forest.

Mr and Mrs Robert Hasell-McCosh have welcomed us back to Dalemain this year where everyone is invited to meet in the courtyard for registration at 2:00 pm before setting off on the walk at 2:30 pm.

After registration everyone will receive a glass of wine and a Buddhist prayer scarf and each dog will receive a garland and a biscuit. 

Your suggested donation is £12.00 online if you want to book early or £15.00 on the day - your donation is for 1 dog bringing 2 people. Suggested additional donation for each extra dog or person in the group is £5.00. Children are free. Donate via Eventbrite here

The walk will be along a track to Dacre village and the Church of St. Andrews where a short service and blessing will take place before everyone wanders back to Dalemain.

For further information telephone: 017684 84842

Additional information about the three charities who are being supported can be found on their websites. The link to Community Action Nepal is here

The Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre was founded by the late Jan Salter in 2004, and their website can be found at

More information can be found on the website,, Celia Washington's wonderful Kathmandu Contemporary Arts Centre although it has not  been possible to make a secure link to these sites.

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MountainFilm On Tour in London - introduced by Ben Ayers
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MountainFilm On Tour in London - introduced by Ben Ayers

Enjoy a selection of culturally rich, adventure-packed and incredibly inspiring documentary films selected from Mountainfilm, America's most prestigious mountain film festival, exclusive to the UK. The films will be introduced by Ben Ayers,  the dZi Foundation's Executive Director and a National Geographic film maker in his own right. 

The Exhibition Road entrance at the Royal Geographcial Society will open to the audience at 6:00 pm with a cash bar in the Map Room. Arrive armed to buy raffle tickets - draw immediately after the interval - great prizes!

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Films: Intersection: Micayla Gatto (Lucy Kemp); My Mom Vala (AC Cone); Life Coach (Renan Ozturk); Loved by All: The Story of Apa Sherpa (Steven Henderson); Imagination: Tom Wallisch (Dave Mossop); Riccarda de Eccher: Montagna (Dave Brown); RJ Ripper (Joey Schusler); Escape (Anjali Nayar); Mothered by Mountains (Ben Ayers, Renan Ozturk); A New View of the Moon (Wylie Overstreet).

The evening is a joint fund-raising event for The dZi Foundation ( and Community Action Nepal (

Tickets: £15 / Concessions: £13 (Groups of 10+, 65+, U18/Student) and full information from Denise Prior / T. 07986 372558.

Or Online (with booking free) from Eventbrite

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FILM: Bonington Mountaineer
7:00 PM19:00

FILM: Bonington Mountaineer

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Introduction by Keith Partridge, filmmaker, with a Question and Answer session following the screening.

In Bonington: Mountaineer Keith Partridge and Brian Hall have created a moving visual memoir on one of the world's most celebrated mountaineers and adventurers, Sir Chris Bonington. 

With a discerning eye that can only come from filmmakers with a lifetime of experience in the mountain film industry, this feature length documentary expertly tackles the sensitive subjects of loss, love and legacy climbing the world's most challenging peaks - The Eiger North Face - Annapurna - Everest - K2 - Central Tower of Paine - Ogre - Freney Pillar, Mont Blanc - Kongur - Nuptse.

Bonington: Mountaineer  is a deep personal and emotional reflection on a lifetime spent pursuing one's own ambitions on the hardest and highest mountains. To summarise Chris's prolific climbing career in a single film is no mean feat. Add to the mix the rich ensemble of colourful characters with whom he partnered on his dozens of expeditions alongside a complex family story and this film could easily have been a series. 

In 80 captivating minutes we are taken on an eighty year journey through many triumphs and more than ones' fair share of tragedy. The film instills an incredibly positive outlook, reflecting Chris's own, and inspires one to get out in the hills and chase our own adventures. 

Leo Holding said after seeing the film, "It made me laugh and it made me cry".

Sir Chris Bonington is Community Action Nepal's Patron and this film event will support CAN funds.

TICKETS are on sale now £20 (plus booking fee) and can be obtained through EVENTBRITE.

For more information and to book direct: contact Denise Prior either via email on or via phone: 07986 372558.

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7:00 PM19:00


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Take 12 days on trek; 73.5 miles of walking; 4067m climbed - and descended; 2 schools visited; 18 porters; 7 kitchen hands; 5 Sherpas, 2 Teachers and 14 students now back from Kathmandu and who can't wait to tell you what they've done!

You are warmly invited to come along to Egglescliffe School on Thursday, 1st February to hear stories from the school's expedition, look at photos and videos and take part in some authentic Nepali festivities and food. 

This event will be the first official fundraiser for the two Community Action Nepal schools at Ghunsa and Lapcha with whom we partnered last year. 

There will be an opportunity to purchase authentic Nepalese fashions and food as well as take part in a raffle and tombola.

Entry: £2 on the door

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