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On Sunday 27th November, supporters and horse lovers alike visited The Horse Trust for the last day of opening to the public for the winter. Our fun, festive event, Neddy Noel, was populated by loyal fans, the local community and those far and wide. We raised nearly £5000 on the day, which will go toward caring for out 140 horses, ponies and donkeys.
The day started off with Santa arriving at his Grotto and seeing almost 100 children for their Christmas wish list and goody bag! Many tasty treats, including mince pies, mulled wine and hot chocolate were consumed from Sefton’s Barn and special Barista coffee from the Black Beauty Tea Room.
Independent stalls from local crafters and makers were hand-picked for a selection of Christmas shopping for our visitors. Tasty luxury chocolate, handmade Christmas decorations, unique artwork and homeware and our very own second-hand tack shop were all open for business on site on the Sunday.
Popular festive songs were performed by two local group who generously volunteered their time on the day. The Aylesbury Uke Jam Group and the Bucks Belles choir brightened up our yard with their festive outfits and fun Christmas songs, bringing lots of festive cheer to the event.
As the day wrapped up, Santa’s sleigh arrived to pick him up, pulled by popular pony Teddy, as Rudolph the reindeer. Everyone gathered around the archway for the horse parade, commentated by our CEO of The Horse Trust. The crowds gave a great send off to the last horses and ponies to be on the yard for visitors for the year, as their grooms led them out to their respective fields.
We would like to extend a HUGE thank you to all our visitors who came in support of our Christmas fundraising event. It was a fantastic day full of festivities and Christmas cheer. A big thank you also goes out to our wonderful volunteers who helped make this day happen and of course Santa, his elves and adorable reindeer (Teddy!) pulling his sleigh.
Check out some of the photos from the day on our Facebook page: