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We are very excited to announce that we were the winners of the Heart of Bucks, People's Choice Award 2020. You can find out more about the awards here - link. Animal Antiks were awarded £500 prize funding.
Thank you to everyone who voted for us and to Nathan Cooper and Bucks TV for producing the wonderful video to support
- - - MEET THE NEW TEAM MEMBERS - - -
There’s some new faces joining the Animal Antiks team from September.........
Hi I’m Hannah and if there is a typical ‘horsey’ kind of person you have in mind, then I am probably not it. True, I was given a riding lesson as a present when I was a child and, like so many, found my love of horses at an early age. I went on to gain a BHSAI teaching qualification some twenty years later, but the years in between- and since- were anything but typical.
Growing up in an urban area and limited means, it was unlikely that I would ever be able to own a horse. Against the odds, and by doing three jobs, while studying for a BSc in Animal Management, I was able to enjoy that privilege. I have worked in different yards, but most notable to me was my time as Yard Manager at Ebony Horse Club in Brixton, London.
In my time at Animal Antiks I look forward to bringing my experience and understanding to bear with both horses and people. I cannot wait to meet everyone and get stuck in with each of the horses and ponies.
As we work to restore and sustain a horse’s dignity then, remarkably, they are able to do the same for us.
The next new face you’ll be seeing around the farm is Adele......
Hi ! I’m Adele & I’m one of the new faces you’ll see around the farm. I’ve been working with children & young people since 2007, gaining experience & qualifications in Early Education, SEND & Child Psych.
I’m enthusiastic about encouraging & supporting people of all ages to learn new skills, have fun & embrace new experiences.
My love of the outdoors & animals is intrinsic to me & I’m excited to be a part of the Animal Antiks team.
And finally, joining Farmer Nick and Tom on the boys bench, meet Paul.
Hello, I am Paul, I enjoy everything outdoors. After serving in the Forces for 22 years, since 2006 I have been working with students with SEN mainly in secondary education.
I have a wealth of knowledge in Bushcraft such as fire lighting technics, cooking on open fires and using different stoves and cooking methods, Fieldcraft which would involve foraging and shelter building along with team-building exercises.
My vision is to get the students involved in more outdoor activities and as an DofE Instructor, I hope to introduce the Duke of Edinburgh Award to Animal Antiks.
I am also a keen gardener and again hope to expand this at Animal Antiks
I cannot wait to meet everybody and become part of the team, and get started.
--- FAMILY FARM TOURS ---
We have been fortunate enough to have been awarded some funding to allow us to run some holiday sessions for some specific groups. Due to the pandemic, this year we are having family farm tours. So far we have groups coming from:
Florries children's hospice
Bucks Young Carers
NHS Bucks Healthcare Trust
Child Bereavement UK
If you attended one of our events, here is a link to our online survey - link
- - - COUNTRYMEN OUTREACH PROJECT - - -
We had hoped to have started our COUNTRYMEN CLUB in April, but those plans had to be put on hold due to the pandemic. However, now in conjunction with COUNTRYMEN UK we have started work on an outreach project.
The project is to identify men over 55 who may be feeling the effects of loneliness and isolation during the lockdown. We will help them and their carers to access support by offering resources and activities which they can enjoy whilst being at home.
If you know someone who may appreciate this support then please get in touch by phone (01296) 670996 or via email email@example.com.
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Farmer Nick has been busy on the farm installing new gates to some of the animal pens, thanks to funding received from the Bucks Masonic Centenary Fund. This helps to make the pens much more accessible to less mobile members, including those in wheelchairs and pushchairs.
Andrew Hough, secretary of the BMCF came to visit the farm to meet some of the members and see the new gates.
The story got lots of coverage, read more about it in the following links:
- - - ANIMAL ENCOUNTER EXPERIENCE - - -
On various dates throughout the year you can come and spend a couple of hours at the farm, meet the animals and then spend time with the animal of your choice. This may include feeding or grooming the animal and then taking them out for a walk around the farm or getting involved in other enrichment activities.
You have the choice of an alpaca, pony, donkey, goat or sheep or you can be a ‘farmer’ and get involved with a variety of the animals including the pigs and the chickens.
£35 per experience
For more details:
call (01296) 670996 or
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We are pleased to announce that we have just joined COUNTRYMEN UK and will be looking to set up a group at the farm as soon as possible.
Their mission is that all men, regardless of their mobility or cognitive levels, are given the opportunity to participate in healthy, active and social activities in a safe and supported countryside or farm environment to the benefit of their physical and mental wellbeing.
You can find out more by visiting their website at www.countrymenuk.org or by clicking on their logo on the left.
A big thank you to the
CHARITY QUIZ NIGHT'S
THE HONEY BEE
The quiz is held every Tuesday night from 8pm and for a number of week's over the summer months we were their nominated charity.
They managed to raise over £900 for us which we were very pleased to receive.
Our team never actually managed to win any week, but we did try hard!
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On Saturday 25th May we held our first fundraising walk around the farm.
The weather was kind and we had a lovely stroll around the farm with lots of the animals. As usual the alpacas went into the pond and then followed that with a dust bath. The donkeys joined us for the first time and then we headed back to the farm for tea and cakes. In total we raised around £400 for the charity.
We will be holding other walks over the summer, get in touch if you would like to be notified of the date (also see our events page for more details)
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We are now members of
Social Farms and Gardens.
Social Farms & Gardens is the name of the new organisation created following the merger of the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and Care Farming UK in April 2018.
Find out more at https://www.farmgarden.org.uk/
BOOK LAUNCH - BOOK LAUNCH - BOOK LAUNCH
The book launch of 'Happiness For Beginners' by Carole Matthews - the brilliant, brand-new book by this much-loved best-selling local author, took place at WaterstonesMK in Milton Keynes on 21st February.
It was a great evening with lots of people turning up to get their copies signed and hear about our connection with the book . Carole also read extracts and there was a guest appearance by Paul Eccentric (best known as half of the comedic beat poetry act The Antipoet, who performed some of the poems from the book , including 'Save the Farm'.
Thanks goes to all the people who donated to ANIMAL ANTIKS on the night and to her many followers who are donating via the various links Carole is posting.
- THANK YOU - THANK YOU - THANK YOU
Just before Christmas we received an unusual donation. KEE Services, based in Aston Clinton donated some fiberglass Wastewater Treatment Plant Covers.
I'm sure we are going to enjoy making outdoor shelters for the animals to protect them from the rain and wind this winter.