Keep on cycling!

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David Carr is the husband of one of our volunteers, and this year he’s once again entered the Prudential Cycle Ride 100 – London to Surrey.

Created as the Olympic legacy event, the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 gives 25,000 riders the chance to ride a 100-mile closed road circuit through London and Surrey, inspired by the 2012 Olympic Road Race.

The ride starts in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then follows a route through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning country roads, including the famous climbs of Leith and Box Hill, before an iconic finish in central London.

Good luck David, and thank you – keep on cycling!

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Kenny’s April News

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Happy Easter

Yipee! I’m going to the Easter Fair on 1st April with my fellow chihuahua friend, Princess Poppy of Washbrook. She’s pretty as a picture and got a lovely nature, just like me! If you read this in time, do come visit us at Whatfield Village Hall, Rectory Road, IP7 6QU. It starts at 11am and there will be loads of Easter gifts and goodies, hand crafted items, jewellery, games, jigsaws, books, DVDs, a pet stall and Surprise Bags. Enjoy the snacks and refreshments while you wait for your number to be called in the big raffle – first prize a bespoke chocolate Easter Egg donated by the Hadleigh Maid Company (seen in the photo with Pumpkin, a friendly rabbit in need of a new home).

The Volunteers are happy to be returning to the Old School, Long Melford for our Spring Fair, 10-3pm on 23rd April. There will be the usual mix of SESAW stalls and independent crafters with a huge selection for all the family (including a Fathers’ Day table) and the pets. If you would like to hire a table for yourself phone 01206 263269 to book.

Regular readers will know all this fun and frivolity is to help the rescued animals at SESAW including a particular gentleman currently in our care. Fifteen year old Billy is a Jack Russell cross, desperately in need of a foster home since his owner died. He is friendly, healthy, enjoys walks but has to be the sole pet and SESAW would look after any veterinary care. I do hope there is someone out there to look after the old chap.

Our rabbit expert, Karen, will be talking to visitors at the Green Island Gardens and Nursery on Easter Sunday 16th April. Do say hello if you call in at Green Island Park Road, Ardleigh, CO7 7SP.

Mum says I should remind dog owners to keep Easter Eggs well away from their pets because chocolate is poisonous to us pooches, as are sultanas. That warning will dampen the spirits of my pal, Sugar Face, who was caught in mid bite of a cake last Christmas. He’s pretty good at pinching biscuits but the silly boy has yet to master the art of devouring the treats unseen.

That pesky cat, Ollie, is out and about now Spring is here, leaving me to write our news in peace but that’s all for now. I must get ready for the 1st April and I hope the joke is not on me, Kenny (the Boss) Chihuahua!Come to the Easter Fair …..

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We have been selected to receive funding from the Co-op Local Community Fund. It means that we will get a contribution towards the everyday running, maintenance, veterinary costs and general well-being of the animals at Sesaw – but we need your help! The more support we get, the more funding we could receive. So if you’re a Co-op Member log in to your Co-op Membership account and choose us. If you’re not a member, please join and support us!

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Kenny’s March News

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It was all quiet in the kitchen, even Kenny was snoozing as I slipped past to send this month’s news from the feline point of view. The little Prima Donna has been quite well behaved lately so perhaps Mother will let him go out to events again this year. A must for all canine fans is the Dog Day at St. Peter’s Church, Sudbury, 10-3pm on 11th March.

Now spring is around the corner we are bracing ourselves for another kitten season. Please remember us black or black and white cats are just as lovely as the other colours. We make even better pets when we are neutered or spayed, thus avoiding more kittens ready to reproduce at four or five months old.

By the way, as Mark Twain almost said, reports of our closure are greatly exaggerated. Please tell all your friends the Sanctuary has NOT closed down as anyone can see during our usual opening hours, 10-1pm, Thurs-Sun every week.

Our craft ladies are busily knitting and sewing lots of handmade goodies, ready for our Easter Fair at Whatfield Village Hall, 1st April, then a Spring Fair at the Old School, Long Melford on 23rd April. Tables still available at £10 each, please phone 01206 263269 or download a booking form from our website. Thank you to all the kind readers who donated wool, material and other items, please keep them coming.

Talking of tables, it’s time I checked the kitchen to see if Mother has hidden away the butter from me, Ollie (the Black) Cat.

Thank you – and Good Luck Cheryl!

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“I am doing a bridge bunjee jump on Sunday, 5th March from Middlesborough Tees Transporter Bridge – 160ft! This is to help my local animal charity – SESAW.”
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There will be a Thanksgiving Service at

11am on Friday 10th February, 2017

at St. Mary’s Church,

Stoke by Nayland, CO6 4QU

Parking: Recreation Ground Car Park, School Street, Stoke by Nayland CO6 4QY

All welcome to join the family afterwards at Assington Village Hall, The Street, Assington, CO10 5LW.

If desired, donations in memory of Ron can be made on the day, or sent direct to: SESAW, “Idano”, Stoke Road, Leavenheath, CO6 4PP

Ollie’s February News

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Hello everyone, Ollie (the Black) here. While Kenneth’s face was buried in a cup of tea, I slipped into the office to lift the lid on life at SESAW.  
“The Boss” certainly lived up to his name after one of his public appearances last year.   Peace reigned until the kitchen door burst open and in struts Himself, full of verbal abuse for every dog in the room.   Even Buttons was sent reeling off the chair as the Prima Donna made a beeline for the best bed.  
The little chap needs to get over himself but I’m glad he enjoys meeting and greeting.   It wouldn’t suit a smart black cat like me, or a feline family rescued by one of our Volunteers recently.   The adults and kittens were relieved to be safe and warm after living rough at Tesco’s garage in Sudbury.   Now, like many cats at SESAW, they await a new home with people who will love them regardless of their colour.  
We have lots of dogs too but now it’s time for me to slip away before Kenneth realises his place has been taken by me, Ollie (the Black) Cat.

Kenny’s February News

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Brrrr!   Was I glad to get home after a brisk walk with Debbie in the freezing fog!   My little paws were too cold to type until I thawed out by the Rayburn so I could tell you a story with a happy ending.  
After many years, Gertie the Staffie finally has a home and sofa of her own in time to enjoy her very own Christmas dinner.   She came from the Dog Pound where she was under threat of the needle nearly a decade ago.   So never give up hope for a rescue animal, there is usually someone out there prepared to give them a chance and the home they deserve.
I’m looking forward to meeting some of you at the Charity Fun Day which H.G.Gladwell and Son Ltd are holding at Copdock Mill on 13th May.   We will have lots of items to sell, alongside other local organisations including the Washbrook Knitters and Stitchers.   Best wishes to their leader, Betty, who was not very well at time of writing.  
We hope to find new canine homes for some of our inmates at the Friends of St. Peter’s Church Dog Day in Sudbury on 11th March, 10-3pm.   I’m looking forward to our Spring Fair at Long Melford on 23rd April and I’m told we still have a few tables available so call 01206 263269 to book your space
Despite the cold weather, SESAW is open to visitors 10-1pm, Thurs-Sun so call in if you are looking for a four legged friend to share your home.   Spring may be round the corner, but right now, a cosy bed by the fire is the best place for most dogs including me, Kenny (the Boss) Chihuahua.

Sesaw Photo Competition 2017

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Follow the link for details of this year’s competition to compile the next Sesaw Calendar!

Kenny’s January News

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Here we are, at the start of another year and another diet for some of us.   Hope my canine readers had a more satisfactory festive season than an acquaintance of mine.  Stollen fruits were not the sweetest when the poor fellow was caught devouring a chunk of the German delicacy under the table.  Amateurs!  As SESAW’s Chief Table Swiper, I advised ‘Sugar Face’ to find an accomplice quick, he obviously needs help if he wants to have his cake and eat it!

Before all thoughts of Christmas fade away, we would be glad of any unwanted presents for our raffles.   We’ve had some super prizes thanks to the lovely items you donated and would like to keep up the same standard this year.   May I also ask you to remember us if you have any spare wool, fabric or craft materials?   This is for our talented volunteers who are busy knitting, sewing and creating handmade items for up and coming sales.   (See photo of me with an over friendly monkey!)   If you have anything that might be of use please pop it in a bag, clearly marked “CRAFT MATERIALS” and leave it at the Sanctuary any morning or send a message via the website or Facebook.

I wrote this early so the Webmistress could put it “to bed” and enjoy the festive season too.   Consequently, I don’t know what animals have come in but you can easily find out.   We are open again from 5th January so if you have resolved to share your home with a new pet, have a look at our website or visit us 10-1pm Thursday-Sunday.   Meanwhile, I’m on a mission to retrieve some tasty digestive biscuits I’m sure someone left on the kitchen table just for me, Kenny (the Boss) Chihuahua

Kenny visits Pets at Home!

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Kenny enjoyed meeting customers and their dogs at the Pets At Home store in Ranlagh Road, Ipswich on Saturday, 10th December. The store is asking customers to make a donation at the till, which will provide Christmas dinners for the rescued animals at SESAW this year. We are really grateful to the Ranlagh Road branch of Pets At Home for it’s support.

Kenny is seen here with Kerry and Assistant Manager Ben – Thank you!