Family day at Eastfield Farm

by | 13 April 2020 | Local Charity, Sherwood, Support Group, Worksop

Please note there may be some changes to future dates due to the Covid-19 restrictions.

Woodside Farm Stables Riding for the Disabled Charity 1074298 is making significant progress in re-establishing activities for disabled clients at their new home, with April firmly in their sights for a resumption of riding.

Recently both the Sutton Freemasons Non-Masonic Charity and the Thomas Farr Charity have been generous with their support in making donations towards the costs incurred by the charity in moving from Woodside Farm Stables in Rainworth to Eastfield Farm in King’s Clipstone. The money will be of particular help towards replacing items of tack suitable for disabled riders and in meeting the maintenance and veterinary costs essential for ensuring the horses are fit, healthy and comfortable in their work.

Support such as this at a time of change and challenge has been particularly appreciated by the Woodside team of trustees and volunteers. Horse riding activities had been suspended for several months pending the move to the new base and to introduce everyone to the new location a Friends and Family Day was held at the farm in February courtesy of farmer Mr Philip Wilson. Almost 70 individuals comprising riding clients, their parents, siblings and volunteers, enjoyed a tour of the premises and a riding display by RDA Coach in Training Ayla Johnson riding Sky with new volunteer Florence Machin on Pride.

This was followed by some lively social interaction despite the bitter cold and a sumptuous buffet, all donated by the participants.

The Woodside Farm Stables RDA charity will soon be changing their legal status to that of a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) with a new name, yet to be confirmed, but possibly Sherwood Riding for the Disabled. To be ready for April, additional volunteer help is needed, particularly for Saturday mornings. Further information on joining the team can be obtained from charity secretary Mrs Winifred Pritchett on 01623 627974 or email studley@waitrose.com.