To allow you to find out more about how Newgate has progressed over the years we have compiled a timeline of the most significant events throughout our history.
When purchased, the site was not connected to mains electric, water or sewer. The site consisted of a two bedroomed house and one kennel block of five kennels (for the resting of Racing Greyhounds). Jess Millett immediately expanded the boarding kennels, added a cattery and diversified into breeding Bulldogs and Airedales.
Mr Rolfe Millett served in the Blues and Royals (a division of the Household Cavalry) before joining the Company full time in 1982.
Mrs Erica Millett retired, Joel Millet and Rolfe Millett took over as joint managers.
Mr Rolfe Millett (due to ill health) stepped down as manager, leaving Joel Millett in sole charge of the day to day running. New and replacement kennel blocks were built (Arley, Gawsworth and Tatton).
On October 9th, Mrs Jess Millett (founder) died at the age of 96. The Kennels and Cattery will continue to trade as a limited company.
Planning approval was finally granted (after a two year process!) for the replacement of four kennel blocks (48 kennels), two catteries (17 chalets), two staff rooms, small animal room and trimming room. Work started in October.
It was a double celebration when we continued to be recognised as an Investor in People organisation and three staff achieved their customer service NVQ’s.
A further two kennel blocks were completed this year.
Now all that’s left is the refurbishment of five existing kennel blocks and the snagging list!
The Newgate Kennels shop reward scheme was launched to reward customers for their loyalty.
All the covered walkways were completed this year. With a combined length of over 1 mile they connect all areas of the kennels, allowing pets to be moved and exercised whatever the weather.
This brings to an amazing total of 36 separate NVQs held by current staff and this number is soon to rise on the completion of further training.
Due to demand an additional hen house and run were built this year. Hens who board at Newgate appear to settle in quickly, which is proven by the fact that they never stop laying! Our “Hen-neries”, each with a covered grass run can accommodate families of up to 6 hens.
“I am satisfied beyond doubt that Newgate Kennels and Cattery continues to meet the standards”
“Pet owners can be assured the highest standards of customer support for themselves and the highest standards of care and professionalism for the animals staying or receiving attention”
“Newgate Kennels and Cattery is an exceptionally run organisation where staff are engaged to the highest level to deliver a standard of excellence”
Colin (wearing the flat cap) is Newgate’s resident builder of over 15 years, assisted by staff and a motorised wheel barrow and using locally recycled tarmac from Hawthorn Lane and Oak Lane created this stunning walk.
All 3 walkways are within the kennel’s 16 acres and for your dog’s security are enclosed by a 6 feet high security fence.
After much research and advice a wood burning boiler seemed to be the way forward. After the design came the costing, a staggering £300,000!
Commissioned November 20013, the boiler heats all the kennels, catteries, staff accommodation and supplies a constant supply of hot water.
Figures so far suggest that the annual bill has been reduced by almost 1/3 to £11,000. It’s still a lot, but warm pets are happy pets!