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Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Luke, Karen, Rich and Kate are among the 60+ volunteers involved in making the farm tick over, and they made their way to Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Garden Party. The farm was selected to receive the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for the huge input of the volunteers.

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Pony Racing!

Pony racing introduction: For boys or girls aged 9 -14 @ St James City Farm on Tues 26th May, 2pm. A chance for children to try out the ‘equicisor’ a dummy race horse used to train jockeys, and to register your children on a course to try out racing ponies. The course is planned to run at the farm during Summer and hopefully enter some children for races later in the year. Come along to the open day to find out more. This programme is run by the Pony Racing Authority, who will be subsidising the course to make it affordable or even free.

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Riding School Volunteer walk leaders, etc

We wish to establish a riding school at the 'city farm' that we run, but to make it work we need volunteers who are experienced with horses to help as walk leaders, etc to work alongside the main Instructor.

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Riding Arena - update

The schools within walking distance have started sending pupils to learn during school time. The bookings for other children are still being compiled – but please note that we will prioritise for children living nearby and / or who wouldn’t normally be able to afford the lessons at a regular riding school. This is because we subsidise and make the lessons affordable through the generous donations of our patrons for this purpose.

New Goat

Born on the 8th of May we have a new member of our Bagot family. There's only something like 150 breeding females left of Bagot goats making them the rarest breed of goat in the world - So Mai (as she has been named) is a very precious little thing.

New Lambs

Our first batch of lambs for the year have just been born at the farm. They're cute little things and very friendly. So please come and visit, and if you're lucky you may get to cuddle one!

you can see more pictures of the lambs here

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The New Picnic Area

We have a group of volunteers who are toiling away to turn what was the muck heap area into a beautiful new picnic area and allotment. They've been working hard for over three years, and finally it's all taking shape. There's sill a lot to do and we're always looking for more people to join in. So if you'd like to share some of your skills and experiences, or if you just want to learn more about gardening and would like to help out please come and have a chat with one of us. We're very excited about this project and are always open to new ideas that anyone may have.

Royal Visit

Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Gloucester came to celebrate our 15th birthday and to officially open the cafe. It turned out to be a lovely event with glorious weather and hundreds of happy people eating cake and ice-cream

you can see more pictures of it here

'Paddy' - Shetland Pony

Photo of Paddy taken by Rachel

We have a Shetland pony at the farm, his name is Paddy! He is beautiful and loves to eat polos, although he is on a strict diet.. Paddy has appeared at numerous events aound the county including the Gloucester Day parade and is very popular. paddy has been kindly loaned to the farm by two locals, Malcolm & Tina Penning

Improvements at the Farm

Thanks to SITA Trust we now have had some major improvements to our facilities.

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