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Weekend Picks: Hearing Dogs Celebration

Hearing Dogs Celebration: Sat 12th Nov (Chase Meadow Community Centre, Warwick)

Credit: Paul Wilkinson

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People are holding a celebration event this weekend in Warwick.

There’ll be a hearing dog demonstration during the event so visitors can see first hand how these very clever dogs work to sounds for their deaf recipients.

There’ll also be a number of stallholders selling dog bandanas to pickles and homemade jewellery through to knitted goods.

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People train dogs to help deaf people with everyday sounds that hearing people take for granted, such as the alarm clock, doorbell and smoke alarm.

In addition, the dogs offer independence, confidence and companionship and act as a bridge back into the communities that deaf people are so often isolated from.

This is the fifth year we are holding this event, but this year we are at the new venue of Chase Meadow Community Centre and are very much hoping that the local community will join us too.

There will be stall holders, an auction and perhaps most importantly – lots of cake!”

– Vicky Ryan, Community Fundraising Manager for the Midlands

For times, prices and more information: hearingdogs.org.uk

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Many leftover pumpkins make light work in Warwickshire

Millions buy pumpkins for Halloween but they're just thrown away after. Credit: Severn Trent

Leftover pumpkins have been put to good use this week in Warwickshire by being turned into clean energy.

Severn Trent Water asked their staff to bring in their old Halloween pumpkins so they could be fed to an anaerobic digestion plant.

The plant is located in Coleshill and produces 2.4MW of energy a year – the equivalent of powering 4,000 homes for 12 months.

With one 600g pumpkin creating enough energy to power a lightbulb for 24 hours!

“Pumpkins, like all food waste, are packed with energy which with a bit of ingenuity can be unlocked and turned into power.

“The process works in a similar way to us eating food. Trucks full of food waste are emptied in to the machine which removes packaging and then chews it up and digests it, much like a human body.

– Chris Jellett, commercial business manager
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