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Upcoming events

posted 1 Jul 2018, 03:41 by Lucas Rudge

We have the following upcoming events:

03 July - Barnehurst Beavers, Bexleyheath

06 July - The Highway School Summer Fair, Orpington

07 July - Erith Family Fun Day, Erith Recreation Ground DA8 3AT, 11:00-17:00.

08 July - Danson Park Country Show, Danson Park, Lakeside Close, Bexleyheath DA15 9PW, 10:00-17:00.

12-13 July - St Olave's School, Orpington BR6 9SH (Teaching sessions).

15 July - Brogdale Cherry Fair, Brogdale Collections, Faversham ME13 8XZ, 10:00-16:00

22 July - Foal Farm Summer Festival, Biggin Hill, 11:00-17:00. Information only (no animals)

22 July - Grove Park Carnival, Chinbrook Meadows, Amblecote Road, SE12 9TE, 11:00-17:00.

28-29 July - Surrey Steampunk Convivial, New Malden, 10:00ish onwards both days (Steampunk time is fluid).

31 July - GP Practice Family Day, Ashburton Park

25-26 August - Brogdale Cider Festival, Brogdale Collections, Faversham ME13 8XZ, 10:00-16:00.

02 September - Heavy Horse Show, Preston Farm, Shoreham TN14 7SA.

09 September - Wimbledon & Putney Stables Open Day, Windmill Road, Wimbledon SW19 5NR, 10:00-17:00.

13 September - U3A, Bexleyheath

28-30 September, Bentley Wood Fair - details awaited

13-14 October - Brogdale Apple Festival, Brogdale Collections, Faversham ME13 8XZ, 10:00-16:00.

Upcoming Events

posted 17 Jun 2018, 00:05 by Lucas Rudge

We have the following upcoming events:

Saturday, 23 June - Ruskin Park Summer Fete. One of our regular events - a great family day around the bandstand.
Sunday, 24 June - Wimbledon Common BioBlitz. First time for us - a weekend of nature walks and talks.
Saturday, 30 June - Worcester Park Scout Fair. Fun community event.
Friday, 6 July - The Highway School Summer Fair. A return visit to a friendly school.
Saturday, 7 July - Erith Family Fun Day. Pleased to be returning to this great community day out.
Sunday, 8 July - Danson Park Country Show. Run by one of our favourite organisers, a large country show with a lot going on.

Current bookings as at 11 March

posted 11 Mar 2018, 01:46 by Lucas Rudge

We currently have the following public bookings for this year:

30 March and 1 April - The Brogdale Collections Easter Festival, Faversham ME13 8XZ, 10:00-16:00 both days. http://www.brogdalecollections.org/easter-at-brogdale/ PLEASE NOTE: We will only be attending on the first and third days.

31 March - Dartford Round Table Easter Egg Hunt, Central Park DA1 1DB, 10:00-13:00. http://dartfordroundtable.wixsite.com/dartfordegghunt

2 April - Longacres Garden Centre, Bybrook Barn, Cemetery Lane, Kennington, Ashford TN24 9JZ, 10:00-15:00. https://www.longacres.co.uk/help/longacres-bybrook-barn/

10 April - Layham's Farm Shop, Coney Hall BR2 6AR, 11:00-14:00. https://www.facebook.com/events/210418702848881/ PLEASE NOTE: Booking is required

5-7 May - Morden Hall Park Country Show, Morden Hall Park SM4 5JD, 10:00-17:00 each day. https://www.oakleighfairs.co.uk/morden-hall-park-country-fair-event/

27-28 May - Nonsuch Park Town and Country Show. Nonsuch Park, Epsom KT17 2DL, 11:00-18:00 each day. https://www.nonsuchcountryshow.co.uk/

30 May - Knight's Garden Centre, Woldingham CR3 7LA, 12:00-16:00. http://www.knights-gardencentres.co.uk/

31 May - The Wheatsheaf, West Wickham BR4 0LU, 13:00-16:00. 

09 June - Crofton School Summer Fair, Crofton Lane, Petts Wood - awaiting times

09 June - St Christopher's Food Fair, Green Street Green BR6 6JS, 11:00-16:00. http://www.stchristophers.org.uk/foodfestival

10 June - The Brogdale Collections Strawberry Fair, Faversham ME13 8XZ - awaiting times. http://www.brogdalecollections.org/festivals-events/

7 July - Erith Family Fun Day, Recreation Ground, off Avenue Road DA8 3AT, 11:00-17:00. https://www.facebook.com/ErithFunDay/

8 July - Danson Park Country Fair, Danson Park, Lakeside Close, Bexleyheath DA15 9PW, 10:00-17:00

15 July - The Brogdale Collections Cherry Fair, Faversham ME13 8XZ - awaiting times. http://www.brogdalecollections.org/festivals-events/

25-26 August - The Brogdale Collections Cider Festival, Faversham ME13 8XZ - awaiting times. http://www.brogdalecollections.org/festivals-events/

2 September - Shoreham Heavy Horse Show, Preston Farm, Shoreham TN14 7SA, 10:00-17:00.

9 September - Wimbledon & Putney Stables Open Day, Windmill Road, Wimbledon Common SW19 5NR - awaiting times.

28-30 September - Bentley Wood Fair, Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum, Ringmer BN8 5SF - awaiting times.

13-14 October - The Brogdale Collections Apple Festival, Faversham ME13 8XZ - awaiting times. http://www.brogdalecollections.org/festivals-events/

28 October - Longacres Garden Centre, Bybrook Barn, Cemetery Lane, Kennington, Ashford TN24 9JZ, 10:00-15:00. https://www.longacres.co.uk/help/longacres-bybrook-barn/


More events will be added as they are confirmed.

Early plans for 2018

posted 30 Dec 2017, 02:40 by Lucas Rudge

We're in the last few days of 2017, but already have a few interesting bookings for 2018.

The Enchanted Market, Bracknell - 10 and 11 February
Described as "An amazing market with an eclectic mix of all that is spiritual, pagan, fae, hand crafted and just beautiful", the
Enchanted Market includes stalls, music, workshops, lectures, and more. It's our first time attending, and we'd love to see familiar faces.

The Sur
rey Steampunk Convivial, New Malden - 24 and 25 February
A wonderful feast of all that is steampunk - tea duelling, bumbershoot baritsu (umbrella fencing), story-tellin
g, music, ostrich racing, battle croquet, teapot racing, and much more; the Surrey Steampunk Convivial (now three times per year) one of our favourite events.



Dartford Round Table Easter Egg Hunt, Dartford - 31 March
Taking place on Easter Saturday, the Dartford Round Table Easter Egg Hunt is a great community event, which we've been happy to support for several years.






Lon
gacres Garden Centre, Bybrook Barn, Ashford - 2 April and 28 October
Fol
lowing our highly successful visit to Longacres Garden Centre this year, we have been invited back for two days in 2018. Last time, Sam managed a hot air balloon ride.




Morden Hall Park Country Fair, Morden - 5 to 7 May




Very well-run by Oakleigh Fairs, the Morden Hall Park Country Fair is a large show which
has something for everyone. Highly recommended!



The Brogdale Collections, Faversham - 10 June, 15 July, 25 and 26 August, and 13-14 October
We are thrilled to be attending four of The Brogdale Collections' fairs in 2018. The S
trawberry Fair in June and Cherry Fair in July are both single-day events, while the cider Fair in Augu
st and Apple Fair in October are both two days. There is also the opportunity to view the orchards at all of these events. Brogdale is easy to reach - just a mile off the M2, and there is normally a free shuttle bus running to and from Faversham
station for the festivals.

Bentley
Wood Fair, Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum - 28 to 30 September
The Ben
tley Woodfair is a celebration of woodlands, forestry, timber, trees woodcrafts and much more. The fair is set in two fields of stands, exhibits and displays and an amazing woodland full of demonstrations and activities, and you may also look around the museum.



Phobophobia, The London Bridge Experience - October
We don't yet have the exact dates, but are told that Phobophobia will run either six or eight nights when we return for our sixth year in 2018.

April to July 2017

posted 2 Apr 2017, 03:33 by Lucas Rudge

      
We're about to make a start on our public season for 2017. Our current bookings through to end-July are below, but please note bookings may be added or removed at short notice, so check with our Facebook page to see the latest. 

April
Tuesday, 4th - Private booking
Friday, 14th - Beckenham Round Table Easter Egg Hunt, Croydon Road Recreation Ground, 10:00-14:00
Saturday, 15th - Dartford Round Table Easter Egg Hunt, Central Park, Market Street DA1 1DB, 10:00-13:00
Monday, 17th - Friends of Priory Gardens Easter Egg Hunt, Priory Gardens, Orpington, 10:30-12:30
Tuesday, 18th - Private booking
Sunday, 23rd - Private booking
Friday, 28th - Private booking (school visit)
Saturday, 29th-Monday, 1st May -  Morden Hall Park Country Fair, Morden Hall Road SM4 5JD, 10:00-17:00 each day

May
Monday, 1st - Morden Hall Park Country Fair (see above)
Saturday, 6th - Private booking
Saturday, 13th - St Margaret's School Fair, Lee SE13 5SQ, 13:30-16:00
Sunday, 14th - St Christopher's Fun Walk, Keston Common, 08:30-16:00
Tuesday, 30th - Layham's Farm Shop, 11:00-14:00

June
Thursday, 1st - Knight's Garden Centre, Woldingham, 11:00-15:00
Tuesday, 6th - Private booking (home education)
Thursday, 8th - Private booking
Saturday, 10th - Ham Fair, Ham Common, times t.b.c.
Saturday, 17th - Crofton School Fair, Petts Wood, 12:00-16:00
Saturday, 24th - Worcester Park Scout Fete, Braemar Road KT4 8SW, 12:00-16:00

July
Saturday, 1st - Tubbenden Primary School Fair, Orpington BR6 9SD, 11:00-15:00
Saturday, 1st - Biggin Hill Festival, 12:30-16:30
Saturday, 8th - St Olave's School Fair, Orpington BR6 9SH, 12:00-15:30
Saturday, 8th - Chelsfield Village Fair, 12:00 onwards
Thursday, 13th - Private booking (school visit)
Friday, 14th - Private booking (school visit)
Sunday, 16th - Warlingham Rugby Club Classic Car Show, Limpsfield Road CR6 9RB, 12:00-17:00
Saturday/Sunday, 22nd/23rd - Warlingham Sausage and Cider Festival, Limpsfield Road CR6 9RB
Sunday, 30th - Holm Place Anglers Craft Fair, Sheerness ME12 3EU, 10:00-15:00



Upcoming bookings

posted 5 Jun 2016, 00:44 by Lucas Rudge   [ updated 5 Jun 2016, 01:00 ]

Our current bookings through to September are below. Please note bookings may be added or removed at short notice, so check with our Facebook page to see the latest. 

June
Saturday, 11th – West Norwood Fire Station Open Day, 210 Knights Hill SE27 0QA, 11:00-17:00
Friday, 17th - Private booking
Saturday, 18th – Crofton School Summer Fair, Petts Wood, 12:00-16:00
Saturday, 18th - Ruskin Park Summer Fete, 13:00-17:00
Friday, 24th - The Highway School Summer Fair, 15:30-18:30
Saturday, 25th – Woodside School Summer Fair, 12:00-16:00 
Sunday, 26th – Sundridge Fete and Classic Car Show, near Westerham, 14:00-16:30

 July
Friday, 1st - Bromley High Community Festival, 11:00-15:30
Saturday, 2nd - Darrick Wood Junior School Summer Fun Day, 11:00-15:00 
Saturday, 2nd – Biggin Hill Festival, 12:30-16:30
Saturday, 9th – Adamsrill School Fair, Catford, SA6 4AQ, 12:00-16:00
Saturday, 16th – Chelsfield Village Show
Sunday, 17th – Foal Farm Open Day – Note: No live animals at this one – information and sales only
Sunday, 17th - Warlingham Rugby Club Classic Car and Bike Show, 12:00-17:00
Friday, 29th - Private booking
Saturday, 30th – Clapham Park Community Day, 14:00-17:00
Saturday/Sunday, 30th/31st – Surrey Steampunk Convivial, New Malden

August
None

 September
Sunday, 4th – Heavy Horse Show, Shoreham
Sunday, 11th - Wimbledon & Putney Stables Open Day
Sunday, 11th – Bexley Donkey Derby, Danson Park, DA16 2BL

The Saga of the Snake on the Roof

posted 8 Apr 2016, 11:06 by Lucas Rudge   [ updated 8 Apr 2016, 11:07 ]

A few years ago we "gained" a large pink furry snake that sat on the back of the pick-up when we went to shows. Unfortunately it was stolen during a fireworks evening (either that, or it got frightened by the loud bangs and ran off).

Then in May last year, as we were packing up at the end on a weekend event, one of our volunteers appeared like this.


On that day, the snake went home with us inside the car, but that evening, with the assistance of a couple of ratchet straps and a bungee cord, it was secured to the roof bars, where it has stayed ever since (except for motorway journeys, as we found it tried to detach itself).


It's had three main effects. Firstly, when we arrive at a show ground the person on the gate says "I know who you are!" and we are immediately let in and directed to our pitch (there was one occasion when the person at the entrance asked "Which stall are you?", but she quickly realised). The second effect is that, when we are driving through towns, children (and sometimes their parents) point and wave, which is nice. And finally, people say "I've seen your van around the place", which is also good.


Not to mention we've recently come back to it in a supermarket car park to find a couple of ravens pulling out the stuffing for nest-building materials - so it's good for wildlife too!

So when we discovered on Wednesday night that someone had stolen the ratchet straps and bungee, we were none too pleased. Yes, we still have the snake, but if we replace them there's a risk that they will be stolen again.

If only there were some way of bolting it to the roof .....

One of our handlers has a large number of steampunk friends, who tend to be creative and have wonderful workshops, so last night a call went out to the British Steampunk Community on Facebook "Following the theft of tie-downs that held a 15 foot bright green furry snake on the roof of our van we are considering replacing it with a glass fibre version which can be bolted to the roof bars. Does anyone know of someone who might be able to make one for us? Also an idea of costs. 
Thanks."

Two minutes later, someone had tagged a friend - someone our handler knew of, but didn't actually know. An hour later came the friend request, and we swiftly received a proposal of how it could be created. It was exactly how we thought it should be done, so an estimate of cost was agreed, photographs of the current snake sent as guidance  - and we had commissioned a glass fibre/resin snake for the roof!

Not only that, but within a couple of hours, he'd started modelling the head and posted a photograph.


Needless to say, we're excited about this - and so, by all accounts, is the creator, Dr Cornelius Quack.

This leaves us with three questions:
  1. If you're so clever you tell us what colour it should be! (Thank you, Douglas Adams)
  2. What to we do with the existing snake? (We have a couple of ideas)
  3. How do we get it back from Manchester? (Other than the obvious - drive up there, attach it, and drive back).

2016 Season - Bookings to date

posted 3 Apr 2016, 22:53 by Lucas Rudge

It's the start of a new season. Below is a current list of our confirmed bookings, but please check back, and also check Facebook, for additions and alterations.

May
Sunday/Monday, 1st/2nd – Blindley Heath Country Show
Monday, 2nd – Petts Wood May Fayre
Sunday, 8th – St Christopher’s Bluebell Walk, Cudham Rec
Friday, 27th – Meet the Authors Day, The Yellow Book, Brighton
Sunday, 29th – Scout Camp, Biggin Hill
Sunday/Monday, 29th/30th – Motorsport @Crystal Palace
 June
Thursday, 2nd – Knight’s Garden Centre, Woldingham, 11:00-15:00
Saturday, 4th – St Christopher’s Wild West Fair, Green St Green
Saturday. 11th – West Norwood Fire Station Open Day, 210 Knights Hill SE27 0QA
Saturday, 18th – Crofton School Summer Fair, Petts Wood
Sunday, 26th – Sundridge Fete and Classic Car Show, near Westerham
 July
Saturday, 2nd – Biggin Hill Festival
Saturday, 9th – Adamsrill School Fair, Catford, SA6 4AQ
Saturday, 16th – Chelsfield Village Show
Sunday, 17th – Foal Farm Open Day – Note: No live animals at this one – information and sales only
Saturday, 30th – Clapham Park Community Day
Saturday/Sunday, 30th/31st – Surrey Steampunk Convivial, New Malden
August
None
 September
Sunday, 4th – Heavy Horse Show, Shoreham
Sunday, 11th - Wimbledon & Putney Stables Open Day
Sunday, 11th – Bexley Donkey Derby, Danson Park, DA16 2BL

Congratulations!

posted 3 Apr 2016, 22:43 by Lucas Rudge

We would like to offer our heartiest congratulations to one of our volunteer handlers, Sherie, on her marriage to James.
 

Temporary Suspension of Rescue Operations

posted 27 Jun 2015, 01:33 by Lucas Rudge

We are having to temporarily suspend rescue operations.

Shortly after taking in Alfa and Gandalf we received an urgent 'phone call from someone who was about to be made homeless. We were asked to take in 13 snakes, 6 lizards and one cat (Maine Coon).

We don't really have the room for all this in one go but no-one else would help them (yes, that includes the well-known big centers round here) and I couldn't help thinking "what if that was me?"

They intend to take back the animals when they get settled so it's not a permanent arrangement but obviously in the meantime we'll be stretched to our absolute limit. Thanks to Mike for stepping in and assisting us or it would not be possible to do it at all.

If anyone else would like to help out, please contact us about making a donation via Paypal.

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