Latest News from The Bays

In August we launched ‘Pony Time’, offering our regular participants the opportunity to visit The Bays and spend time with their favourite horse or pony, take photos and treat them to a carrot or an apple. As you will see from this video it's been a big hit with all of those attending, including the horses and ponies too who just love the attention (not to mention the carrots and apples). This will now be a regular activity, open to all our riding and driving participants (our Pony Time area is designed to be wheel chair accessible). We are already looking at how we will ‘weather proof’ this activity so we can continue as the autumn and winter weather arrives.

There are 3 pre-bookable sessions available each morning Tuesday to Saturday every week. If you would like to take part please either telephone 01473 737087 (leave a message if there is no-one in the office) or send us an email.

 Pony Time is our first step in offering alternatives to our usual riding and driving activities that will allow us to welcome back our regular participants whilst maintaining social distancing. We are currently looking at a number of ideas for additional activities. Pony Time has proven that cuddling a pony is fantastic therapy to help boost mental wellbeing and we are also hoping to include activities to help with physical well-being too. Please keep an eye on our website and FaceBook page for details.

As the endless sunny days of the past weeks turn a little more changeable, a reminder of some of the free online resources available for those looking for rainy day activities:

Some of you will be members of our 100 Club, an important part of our fundraising efforts for a number of years. From October this year we will replacing the 100 Club with One Lottery, a weekly lottery that raises money for small groups, clubs and charities such as ourselves. Tickets for the lottery cost just £1 each week, with a top prize of £25,000! When you buy a £1 One Lottery ticket, 50p will go directly to our Group, so whether you buy 1 ticket or 10 tickets you are helping us to provide activities for our clients and care for our wonderful horses and ponies. Tickets can be purchased directly from the One Lottery website. One Lottery is open to all our supporters but please note that players must be 16 or over and reside in the UK.

Our grateful thanks go to the family and friends of Jill Barnfield who recently made donations to us in her memory, we greatly appreciate their support. Jill, pictured above with HRH The Princess Royal at Poplar Park in 1991, was a riding client of ours in the 80s and 90s.

This is our sixth monthly newsletter since our riding and driving activities were suspended due to Covid-19 in March. With lockdown easing and appropriate measures in place to allow people to visit The Bays safely for Pony Time and volunteering we have decided that newsletters will now be quarterly, so our next issue will be at the end of November. In the meantime we will be keeping our website and FaceBook page up to date.

We wish you all the very best of health, and we very much look forward to seeing many of you at The Bays again for ‘Pony Time’ in the coming weeks.