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9:30 am Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon
Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon
Feb 18 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon | England | United Kingdom
Pre-school stay and play session with bouncy castle and ball pit. Buy tickets on the door – no booking required.   Dates Every Monday & Friday (except Bank Holidays). Price £3.70 per child or £5.70[...]
10:00 am Book and DVD Sale @ Burghfield L... @ Burghfield Library
Book and DVD Sale @ Burghfield L... @ Burghfield Library
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – Feb 23 @ 4:00 pm
Book and DVD Sale @ Burghfield Library @ Burghfield Library
Book and DVD sale  Monday 18 – Saturday 23 February at Burghfield Library, nothing more than £1. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/35189
10:00 am Indoor Bounce & Inflatables for ... @ Swindon MECA
Indoor Bounce & Inflatables for ... @ Swindon MECA
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Indoor Bounce & Inflatables for Halfterm @ Swindon MECA | England | United Kingdom
Monday 18th – Friday 22nd February 2019 10am – 4pm (Daily) UNLIMITED PLAY Bouncy Castles (up to 10yrs) Inflatable Obstacle Course (up to 10yrs) Toddler Soft Play (0-4yrs) 0-6 Months – Free Under 4’s –[...]
10:00 am Monday Rhymetime @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library
Monday Rhymetime @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Monday Rhymetime @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library | England | United Kingdom
Monday Rhymetime at Thatcham Library Rhymetime for under 3’s at Thatcham Library. Every Monday in term time, 10.00-10.20am. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30286
10:00 am Music Mondays, Wantage @ Vale & Downland Museum
Music Mondays, Wantage @ Vale & Downland Museum
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Music Mondays, Wantage @ Vale & Downland Museum | England | United Kingdom
For under 5s – come and join Music Mondays.  Join in with traditional songs and rhymes accompanied by live music. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Spaces are limited so please book in advance[...]
1:30 pm Duplo Play Sessions @ Theale Lib... @ Theale Library
Duplo Play Sessions @ Theale Lib... @ Theale Library
Feb 18 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Duplo Play Sessions @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Duplo Play Sessions For toddlers and preschoolers: Mondays, 1.30-3.00pm all year round Wednesdays. 10.45am-12.15pm half-term and holidays An informal session to have fun with Duplo. Younger siblings welcome – we have a few baby toys to[...]
1:45 pm Let’s Talk About the Old Days @ ... @ Theale Library
Let’s Talk About the Old Days @ ... @ Theale Library
Feb 18 @ 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Let's Talk About the Old Days @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Let’s Talk About the Old Days Regular events for older people – Carers welcome. 3rd Monday each month, starts 19th November. Please call or email ahead if you wish to attend – For more information,[...]
2:00 pm Coffee & Craft @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library
Coffee & Craft @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library
Feb 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coffee & Craft @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library | Pangbourne | England | United Kingdom
Coffee and Craft Every Monday in term time, 2.00-4.00pm at Pangbourne Library. Drop in and bring any craft with you. For more information, please contact the library. http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30285 Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/
2:15 pm Family History Sessions @ Theale... @ Theale Library
Family History Sessions @ Theale... @ Theale Library
Feb 18 @ 2:15 pm – 4:45 pm
Family History Sessions @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Family History Sessions Every Monday, 2.20pm-4.45pm at Theale Library. Learn to use Ancestry.com for your personal research. No need to book, just drop in. For more information, please contact the library. http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30287 Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook:[...]
4:00 pm VICI Kitchen! Pancakes and Frenc... @ Vici Academy
VICI Kitchen! Pancakes and Frenc... @ Vici Academy
Feb 18 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
VICI Kitchen! Pancakes and French - Children Workshop! @ Vici Academy | England | United Kingdom
Learn to make French Crêpes (so practise new vocabulary), then we bake (to learn lots of action verbs), then we cook (just like French Chefs!) and of course, WE EAT (and play French shop!). The fun of the kitchen is also[...]

Rescue Donkeys in Lambourn

Ned and Jeremy, 9 years old and 8 years old respectively, are rescue donkeys from Ireland.  There were found abandoned and tied up in a shelter in the dark with neither food nor water.  The Elizabeth Svendson Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth, Devon became aware of their plight and brought them to the sanctuary in England along with other donkeys in a similar situation.

At the sanctuary, the staff took care of Ned and Jeremy  and helped them to trust humans again until they were ready for a new foster home.  The Trust always fosters donkeys in pairs as they have a propensity to form close bonds of friendship.  They also bond well with other animals such as sheep and horses.  A lone donkey tends to bray in the hope of a response from another donkey.  A happy donkey is a quiet donkey!

Ned and Jeremy have four acres of grazing and a stable and a shelter.  The stable and shelter are essential as, unlike a horse, donkeys do not have a natural build up of grease to make their coats waterproof; they need shelter from rain, wind and sun.  Their feet are adapted to semi arid conditions, and they have to have a clean, dry surface on which to stand.  They sleep standing up, so their feet must be kept clean and dry.  Occasionally they lie down for a few minutes,  but most of the time they are upright.

The donkeys need regular attention to their hooves and teeth, as well as annual injections.  Daily activities such as grooming their coats, mucking out their stable, and ‘poo picking’ of their field keep their people busy for an hour or two every day.  The sanctuary is very supportive of the foster homes of the donkeys.  A Welfare Officer visits twice per year, and is always available to help with difficulties and to offer assurance.  In the five years that Ned and Jeremy have been living in Lambourn, there have been no difficulties, no accidents, no illnesses.  Long may it continue!

Ned and Jeremy eat grass all day long.  They are always pleased to see us on our daily visits, and several times per week, we take them for a short walk outside the field.  In winter, we give them hay once per day.  They drink a lot of water from their buckets in the field.  Once per day, we give them a little treat of carrots and a ginger biscuit.  As they are vegetarians, they have to eat a lot.  Ten kilogrammes of grass every day is normal.

The two donkeys are quite different characters.  Ned is the calmer of the two, while Jeremy is always more suspicious and nervous.  However, both are very affectionate and love attention, particularly from our grandchildren.  They have quite exceptional calming and therapeutic qualities.

The Donkey Sanctuary in Devon is a lovely place to visit and of course they are always looking for more homes for donkeys, or for people to sponsor a donkey.

People quite often ask if Ned and Jeremy would like to take part in events such as nativity plays or fetes.  However, we always say no.  Although the donkeys are very docile, they are quite large animals and when confused by strange circumstances they can behave erratically, running around and sometimes kicking their legs up.  For the safety of both the donkeys and people, it is best that they stay in their field.  They always welcome visitors, especially if the visitor offers them a carrot!

More information about the Donkey Sanctuary

If you would like to help a donkey please visit www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk

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