Ollie’s October News

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Damp, misty October has arrived, time to honour the household with my presence and give you a cat’s eye view of the SESAW news.

Mother has been kept busy with a parade of wildlife casualties including blackbirds, jackdaws, pigeons, an owl and a baby squirrel.   Most of them are now happily released into their natural habitat, much to my relief.

I was particularly pleased about another departure when that pesky Billy found a foster home.   I’ve had to circumnavigate the garden for months to avoid meeting the active old Jack Russell cross, made me cross I can tell you!

I’m very worried about Erica and her five kittens.   My poor pregnant friend was dumped to have her babies in the wilderness.   They were very nervous when the picture was taken but are now coming around nicely and just need some kindness and TLC in new homes.   I appeal to all humans, please have your cats neutered so this doesn’t happen to other unfortunates.   It makes us much nicer to live with and I’m sure Kenneth would ask the same for all dogs.

There is still time to book your team at our Quiz Night in St.Luke’s Church Hall, Church Street, Tiptree, CO5 0SU.   Doors open at 7pm on 7th October for 7.30pm start, phone 01621 818137 for tickets at £5 each, top prize is a meal for two at the Bull in Great Totham.   A week later the Fundraisers are holding a “£1 Sale”, 11-2pm Saturday 14th October at the Ansell Centre, Hadleigh Suffolk IP7 5DL.   Tables are still available at our Christmas Fair, 10-3pm Sunday 19th November at the Old School Long Melford CO10 9DX.   Phone 01206 263269 to book.  

The sun is finally out, hopefully warming my throne above the haystack so that’s all from me, Ollie (the Black) Cat.

Kenny’s September News

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This year we celebrate 25 years of animal rescue at Leavenheath, culminating (big word for a little dog!) in our Open Day and Fun Dog Show at the end of July.  

And my goodness, what a lovely day we had!   Lots of people came to see the animals awaiting new homes, browse the games and stalls or show off their pets in the Fun Dog Show.   Ex SESAW dogs returned with their owners to show us how well they were doing and the magnificent sum of £4650 was raised.   

Darrell from Gladwell & Son came to help dispense the rosettes his company kindly sponsored and pupils from Bentley and Copdock Primary Schools who won the Art Competition came to collect their prizes.   Everyone was completely shattered but very happy by the end of the day.   The icing on the cake is that several dogs were rehomed as a result of the event.  

Grateful thanks go to all who supported SESAW and to the hard working volunteers who made it all happen.   The money raised will help care for many residents at SESAW including a newly arrived pair of Kune Kune pigs.   Although their owner died, Peggy and Bob settled quickly, in time to meet the Open Day visitors.  

By the way, did I tell you what a lovely welcome we received at our Summer Fair in June.   Lorraine and her helpers organized the day at St. Lukes Church Hall, Tiptree which raised £693 for the animals at SESAW.   Lots of visitors came (to see me modeling my new jewellery range no doubt?) and and we hope to meet then again, same place for Lorraine’s Quiz Night on Saturday 7th October, 7-10pm.   All proceeds to SESAW, please phone 01621 818137 for tickets and more details, posters will appear locally nearer the time.

Just time to tell you about our next fundraising events starting with the Autumn Sale, 11-3pm Sunday 17th September at Gt. Bentley Village Hall CO7 8LG.   Next is our Barking Basement Weekend Sale 10-1pm 23/24th September at SESAW.   There will be everything from curtains to cameras, bags to books, toys to trousers so bag a bargain, 10-1pm on Saturday and Sunday 23rd and 24th September.   Hope to see you there.  We finish the year with a £1 Sale 11-2pm Saturday 14th October at the Ansell Centre, Hadleigh Suffolk IP7 5DL and our Christmas Fair 10-3pm Sunday 19th November at the Old School Long Melford CO10 9DX.

The days are beginning to grow shorter so it’s time for my evening trot around the garden before dinner.   Soon all the animals will be tucked up safe and sound, including me, Kenny (the Boss) Chihuahua. 

Kenny’s “Earlybird” News

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Kenny’s News:

“I can’t wait until my next blog to tell you how much we enjoyed welcoming everyone to our Open Day on Sunday 30th July.

A steady stream of visitors enjoyed an afternoon of good company, tasty food, varied stalls and fun games for humans and dogs.

The BBQ sold out, the refreshments marquee was buzzing until all the snacks and cakes were gone, games and stalls were busy for hours and the Fun Dog Show had the highest attendance ever.

Old friendships were renewed and new bonds formed as ex-SESAW dogs were reunited with those who cared for them in their hour of need.

We had a little celebration afterwards to say thanks to Mum for 25 years of rescuing animals like me, Kenny (The Boss) Chihuahua.”

Henry, one of our hardworking Junior Volunteers, was happy to bring Kenny out to meet his public in his smart new coat. The day raised an amazing £4,650 thanks to all who supported this annual event, and to the hard working volunteers who made it all happen.


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We are pleased to say that following our very successful Open Day on 30th July, the folowing animals have all found new homes and will be leaving us soon …………………
Poppy the Collie
Poppy the Beagle
Melba and Darcy (Springers)

Rainbow and Rita
Lucy and Lulu
Mikey and Max

Some guinea pigs have also found homes, but we will have more available soon.

Erica and her kittens(born May 2017) are growing in confidence each day, and would love to find new homes soon.

Please email us if you are looking for an animal to rehome as things change daily. Appointments will be available for viewing.

Kenny’s August News

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Kenny’s August News:

Here you are in August already, but I’m writing in July before our Open Day which I’ll tell you about in September. Confused? That’s nothing! I found Mum in the kitchen with a sink full of water recently, not washing up but encouraging a gosling to swim. The poor little mite had splayed legs and Mum was supervising his hydrotherapy. I was about to ask Henry to buy her a plastic duck!

What a wonderful time we had in Long Melford last month. We made £65 from the sale of books at the Vintage Rally at Melford Hall and met lots of lovely people. Many admired the little Morris car belonging to our stalwart volunteers, Peter and Val Gutteridge. The following weekend we were completely overwhelmed by the number of visitors that visited our stalls on the Long Melford Street Fair. Over £700 was raised for SESAW. Congratulations to the organisers of both fantastic events, even the weather was good!

Hello to all the friends I enjoyed meeting again at the Copdock School Summer Fete last month. The children must have been tired after a fun filled, but very hot afternoon. Prior to that event, the temperature also soared for the Washbrook Open Gardens. My friend Betty lost count of the visitors that called in to admire her estate and accept a welcome glass of water.

Like many of you, some of our volunteers are on holiday so SESAW will be closed during August. It will also help us settle down again after all the Open Day excitement. If you are looking for an interesting family day out, try the Wildlife Fair at the beautiful Beth Chatto gardens on 22nd and 23rd August. We have been invited to this popular annual event at Elmstead Market, CO7 7DB so do look out for us. More information at www.bethchatto.co.uk

Bargains galore at Barbara’s Bonanza Sale at the Parish Rooms, Stratford St. Mary, CO7 6JH, 10-2pm on 19th August. The kind villagers always donate quality items including a big dictionary which I’m still reading. According to this font of knowledge, apart from being the eighth month, august also means “inspiring reverence or admiration”. Surely that must be a reference to me, Kenny (the Boss) Chihuahua!

Kenny’s July News

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Thank goodness for a bit of peace and quiet in the kitchen, now most of the wildlife has returned to it’s natural habitat.   Mind you, it’s hectic outside with people running around in all directions, preparing for our Open Day and Fun Dog Show 12-4pm on Sunday 30th July.   Mum says the theme should be silver as we are celebrating twenty five years of animal rescue at Leavenheath.   I’ve heard talk of games, competitions, face painting, a vintage corner, cakes, bbq, music and an ice cream van for the humans.  

Speaking of whom, hello to my friends at Copdock School, we had a nice time at Gladwells Charity Day as you will see in the photos.   I hope all the pupils of the Bentley and Copdock School Federation will enter our Art Competition which is being organised by their teacher, Ms. Cross.   There will be prizes for the best Pet picture and the best Wildlife Animal picture, winners to be displayed at our Open Day.

We are also indebted to Gladwells of Copdock for sponsoring the rosettes for the main classes in the Dog Show.   The SESAW Dog of the Year class is sponsored by Jacki Wood of Ace Agility and a fun scurry will run all afternoon.  

And most important of all, please make time to meet the animals awaiting new loving homes.   As usual, after all the work and excitement of Open Day we will be closed during August, except by appointment or for emergencies.

Just a quick run down of our other events:  1st July, Summer Dance at Assington Village Hall, see us at the Vintage Rally, Melford Hall 1st and 2nd July, Shelley Fun Dog Show on 8th July and the Long Melford Street Fair on 9th July – details on our website.   

Must go now as one of my favourite humans has just arrived.   Young Henry is ready to go out for a walk with my Lhasa pal Beau and me, Kenny (the Boss) Chihuahua.

Kenny’s June News

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Kenny’s June Blog:
It’s getting a bit crowded in the office lately. Not only do I have to vie with Ollie for position at the keyboard, now Mum’s at it too with her monthly column in the Sudbury Mercury!

Hello to all my new friends I met at a Copdock Primary School morning assembly last month. The Squirrells, Woodpeckers and Foxes classes presented me with £83.34 which they raised by holding a non-uniform day. The children were very well behaved as they heard about SESAW before lots of cuddles with Phoebe, an ex-SESAW dog, and me. The pupils wanted to support SESAW after a mother cat and kittens was found at the School and taken to the Sanctuary. The kittens were all happily rehomed and the mother returned to live with one of the teachers, Miss. Cross who you can see in the photo.

Thank you to everyone who helped raise £2500 at our Spring Sale in Long Melford. Visitors chatted to our Volunteers including wildlife guru, George Millins and his assistant, Jules and I modelled our new “Kenny Range” of jewellery handmade by our talented crafters, see photo.

Our next big event is our Open Day and Fun Dog Show on 30th July. All pooches welcome to join in the fun (with their humans) including a special class for ex-SESAW dogs. Meanwhile, unwind at our Summer Dance, 7.30pm on 1st July at Assington Village Hall then met us at the Vintage Fair at Melford Hall on1st/2nd July and at the Long Melford Street Fair on 9th July.

Animals awaiting new homes include Bex, a shy, short haired tabby and white cat, dumped by her owner in London. By contrast, an active family is required for nine year old Poppy the Beagle, overlooked because of her age. She enjoys her walks and has lots of love and cuddles to give in exchange for a nice warm bed and a caring home.

Indoors a pheasant chick quietly cheeps, a recovering blackbird gently taps on his cage, hedgehogs rustle in their winter quarters awaiting release – then Ollie trots in with a baby rabbit in his mouth! Did he look silly when Mum returned it to the field after checking it over! Which reminds me, must be dinner time for all the dogs, including me, Kenny (the Boss) Chihuahua.

Kenny’s May News

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Ollie (the Black) Cat was caught napping recently when two ladies called in to see him. Unlike me, he hides himself away from visitors and was surprised to be discovered atop the hay where he keeps watch! And there’s plenty to see lately, Mum says we have converted to running a franchise for Noah and his Ark as the animals have been coming two by two. There’s Patch and Missie, a friendly pair of scruffy Jack Russells, several pairs of rabbits looking for gardens to occupy rather than tiny hutches, and one year old sibling cats Nancy and Ronnie. Ollie says they are a bit bemused and nervous at the moment, wondering why they are shut up in a cattery but they will be fine when re-homed.

The Fundraisers enjoyed another warm welcome from Whatfield residents at our Easter Fair which raised £1000 last month. I enjoyed meeting lots of people (and Princess Poppy of Washbrook, see our photo!) Thank you to Hadleigh Maid for donating a big chocolate Easter egg, top prize in our raffle.

Our craft ladies will have a stall at Gladwells Charity Open Day, Copdock Mill, Old London Road, Copdock, IP8 3LA, 9am on 13th May. Our Summer Sale on 3rd June from 10.30am at St.Luke’s Church Hall, Church Street, Tiptree, CO5 0SU. After all that activity, relax at our Summer Dance, 1st July at Assington Village Hall, CO10 5LW, tickets via pfrenchm@aol.com or phone 01206 263113

The waters have receded so please visit the animals soon but don’t take on a pet on a whim, it is a serious business involving years of committed dedication. Animals are just as much of a responsibility as children, even a little dog like me, Kenny (the Boss) Chihuahua.