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

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 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.

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