On what has become an annual event, 25 pupils and staff from the local Wallace Hall Academy visited the Chapel Farm Kennels yesterday. This was as part of the Queensberry Initiative which is a community charity project based here on Queensberry Estate to support pupils in making better connections with their local communities and increase employability skills by making use of resources on the estate.
Kennel-Man Scott and Head Keepers Son Fraser started by giving tours of the kennels where everyone tried their hand at the usual kennel duties such as feeding, cleaning, grooming and bathing the dogs. Afterwards the group moved outside where Scott and Fraser gave demonstrations showing the progression in training of gundogs from puppy to adult. This was greatly enjoyed despite the cool and damp conditions with our visitors agreeing they had been well entertained.