Christmas fundraising evening

On 21st December we held a Christmas fundraiser evening at The Parrot Inn Shalford, thanks to Sam Ewart who gave us discounted costs and put on a wonderful buffet.

Tickets were £6 including the buffet and a glass of fizz

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We held an auction of donated goodies ranging from Pamper Hampers, Chocolate Lovers Feast to 2 x children’s tickets to Birdworld and cooking pots as well as ‘Sparkle’ Christmas cakes!

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Dave Oakden was a superb auctioneer.

Special thanks to CJ’s Mum, Michelle, who made and donated most of the hampers but thanks to all who donated items, Zach’s Mum made beautiful Snowflake decorations which were very popular.

It would have been nice to have a few more people but we raised an amazing £400 and we would like to make it an annual event.

Christmas Party 2016

‘Ho Ho,’ (Father Christmas) arrived on a trailer pulled by a mini tractor to start our Christmas party on 17th December.

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The children enjoyed telling him what they wanted for Christmas and sparkle assisted

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Everyone enjoyed the home made sausage rolls, mince pies and mulled wine and this year we had a tombola as well as our calendars on sale.

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We raised over £200 and were able to donate £25 to SWHP (Society for Horses & Ponies) Horse Hospital in Wales

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Award Ceremony – Mayor awards For Access 18th October 2016

We were delighted to learn that Ride For A Reason has been nominated to receive the Mayor’s Award for Access –
‘Access Through Sports‘ for the excellent work you undertake in making horse riding accessible to all.
The criterion prescribed by the Access Group for an award is high and those nominated must achieve or exceed that standard.

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Presentation of the award will take place at the Park Barn Adult Day Care Centre, Park Barn Drive, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 8EN at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday 18 October 2016. The Mayor of Guildford, Councillor Gordon Jackson, will be presenting the awards.

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Mayor’s Award for Access

We are delighted to announce that Ride For A Reason has been nominated to receive the Mayor’s Award for Access – ‘Access Through Sports'”  for the excellent work we undertake in making horse riding accessible to all. “

Presentation of the award will take place at the Park Barn Adult Day Care Centre, Park Barn Drive, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 8EN at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday 18 October 2016.  The Mayor of Guildford, Councillor Gordon Jackson, will be presenting the awards.

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It will be a short, simple ceremony. The Mayor of Guildford, Councillor Gordon Jackson will present the awards, followed by light refreshments.

 

All our pupils and supporters are invited to attend, please let Alison know if you would like to come as soon as possible as we need to supply a list of guests.

Well done everyone!

Open Day 4th September 2016

We had great fun at our Open Day with 4 new families coming to meet the ponies as well as old friends.

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A fact finding quiz helped everyone learn about the ponies and Blackberries and Acorns were discovered on the nature trail.

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Basil was transformed into a ‘somewhat reluctant’ Unicorn and the homemade cakes were appreciated.

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£75.40 was raised towards funds.

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Thanks to Helen for serving the tea and cakes and Jessie and Sam for their help.

Guildford Mayor Awards For Access

We have been nominated for the Mayor Awards For Access and the Mayor of Guildford Councillor Gordon Jackson and a member of the Access Committee will be conducting a site visit on Thursday 25th August at 11.45 am

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Meeting C J

We found out the Mayor was himself a keen horseman who had ridden most of his life!

 

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So he was very at home and knowledgeable with the horses as well as putting the children at ease!

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Hey Billy! Not the Mayoral medallion!

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Godalming Lions Quiz Night

Godalming Lions Club held a quiz night to raise funds for Ride For a Reason on Friday 19th August at Priorsfield School Godalming.

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It was £11 each for teams of 6 which included a fish and chip supper

There were 17 teams entered including 3 from R4AR

St Thomas’ Angels (from Chilworth church)

The Carousel Horses  (Felipe’s Dad, Thiago with colleagues from work)

The Okey Dokeys (Oakden family + Becky Hall)

The evening started with a short presentation about the work of R4AR followed by our promotional video which was very well received.

The standard of the quizzers was very high with the Okey Dokeys suffering a humiliating defeat and taking home the wooden spoon!

St Thomas’ Angels did very well but the winners were The Moody Blues taking home the 1st prize provided by R4AR and donated by Odd Man Out Ltd

A fantastic £850 was raised for R4AR our thanks to Godalming Lions, Alan and Anne Hill who host the evening and David Gallacher for putting us forward.

Cello concert

Nearly 200 people filled St James Church, Shere for our Cello Concert on a beautiful spring afternoon.

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Jenny Janse accompanied by her friend, Virginia Handslip, took us through a delightful collection of varied pieces travelling the world.

During the interval everyone enjoyed a refreshing cuppa and delicious homemade cakes.

An amazing £1,573.60 was raised for Ride For A Reason as well as raising awareness of our work.

A huge thanks to Jenny Janse for all her hard work in organising this event and for sharing her amazing talent.