Ollie’s August News

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Where does that dog get his airs and graces?   Kenny asked me to write this month’s news because he is “indisposed” with a bad leg.   Anyone would think he had run the Nayland10K!   Over 900 people did take part and we send them and the organisers a a great big THANK YOU.   By mid July over £1600 was raised for SESAW via JustGiving to help care for the many animals at the Sanctuary.

We have more people to thank, starting with the employees from Colchester based Informa who helped prepare for our July Open Day.   As you can see in the photo, they were still smiling after a hard day’s work.   Another willing group that helped us get ready was the cheery gang from Colchester Pets at Home.   Unfortunately, that was almost the hottest day of the year and everyone was too exhausted to take a photo before they left.   Nevertheless, they were also still smiling.   We welcome volunteers throughout the year, to help care for the animals or fundraise.   If you would like to join our fantastic team please leave a message on the answerphone.   Everyone has something to offer, no special skills required – except a sense of humour!

Finally, thanks also to Phil Goodyer for inviting us to the enjoyable 1940’s Vintage Day in Sudbury.   Over £100 on the SESAW book stall and lots of people stopped to say hello including our volunteer Brenda with her ex SESAW dog.  

The hedgehogs that Mother nursed through the winter have been safely released.   Dubbed the Gardener’s friend, they eat lots of pesky bugs but many die crossing the road in their search for food.   Providing cat or dog food (WITHOUT fish) or dry hedgehog food from pet shops plus water each day may encourage them to stay put.   Cover ponds or create a means of escape from the water, check bonfires before lighting and avoid using slug pellets,

It’s dinner time so I’m off to the kitchen to see if Kenny has found his feet.   He needs to get better soon to write next month’s news instead of me, Ollie (the Black) Cat.  

Volunteers from Informa after a hard day’s work
Regular volunteer Brenda with ex Sesaw dog Tye.

Kenny’s July News

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Let me start with a big THANK YOU to The Shepherd at Langham for supporting SESAW over the last six months.   The pub donated £371 from the proceeds of it’s Charity Quiz Nights.   This is much appreciated and will help look after the rescued animals.

Thank you also to everyone who attended or helped at our £1 Sale at Newton Green.   That includes the lovely ladies who baked some tasty cakes which contributed to the £550 that was raised.   We are also grateful to the organisers the Monks Eleigh Dog Show and the 1940’s Vintage Day at the Delphi Centre for inviting us to have stalls at their events.

We have yet another stall at the Eight Ash Green Music Festival on 20th July.   A full day of musical entertainment to suit all tastes and ages.   And the week after that – hurrah!!   It’s our Open Day and Fun Dog Show on the 28th July when old friends and new join us for an afternoon of fun, food and furries!   Once dubbed our “happiest day of the year”, visitors can browse, buy or simply enjoy the stalls of games, gifts, pet supplies, BBQ, refreshments, homemade cakes, ice cream and music from the Hadleigh Ukulele Group.   Pooches can have a go at the Scurry and enter many classes including SESAW Dog of the Year, for those homed by us.  

Most important of all, visitors can meet the animals, both residents and those looking for a new home.

Who, me?!

The paw prints in the wet cement incident is forgotten, in fact I suspect Mum quite liked a four-footed autograph in the new path.   Now she is mystified over the sudden appearance of her missing spectacles at her feet on the kitchen floor, having search high and low for two weeks!   All I can say is, don’t look at me, just because Chihuahuas have a reputation for stashing trinkets! It’s cold and wet but I must pop outside to thank the friendly team of volunteers from Waitrose.   They spent two days sprucing up the Sanctuary ready for our big day.   Please visit us on the 28th, gate opens at midday.   We will be ready to greet you, whatever the weather.   You might even see little old me, Kenny (the Boss) Chihuahua.

Many hands! Our Waitrose volunteers

Thanks to Waitrose!

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Earlier this month. Waitrose employees Sam, Katie, Abi, Richard and Paul came to Sesaw for two days to help with our pre Open Day spruce up. They worked hard, but looks like they had fun too! Many thanks to you all for your help and good humour. Hope to see you back at Sesaw sometime 🙂

Ollie’s June News

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Kenny is searching for his buried treasure leaving me to give you a cat’s eye view of life at SESAW.   Although he had plenty to say about dogs last month, I can forgive the little upstart as he mentioned the sad fact that black and black/white cats are often overlooked.   Even sadder are Betty, a black cat and a pretty tabby and white called Fat Cat.   Please don’t be put off, she does not have a weight problem.   They came in last May when their owner died and need a quiet adult-only home as they are very timid.   Can you offer them the love and time they deserve, maybe a new name too?

The Sanctuary should be looking spruce if the new paths are finished, ready for our Open Day next month.   Meanwhile, we are holding a £1 at Newton Green Village Hall, School Lane, CO10 0QS on Saturday 15thJune.   Bargains include clothes, accessories, household, pet goods, collectables, books, DVDs, a raffle, homemade cake and other refreshments.   We are also selling books at the 1940’s Vintage Day, 10-5pm on 22nd June, followed by a Swing Band Dance in the evening at the Delphi Centre, Sudbury, CO10 2RR.

All great fun for you humans but I prefer the quiet life, shadowing Mother on her rounds each evening.   The sun goes down, the geese go to bed and a cosy hollow in the topmost hay bale calls to me, Ollie (the Black) Cat. 

Kenny’s May News

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Kenny’s May Blog:

I can’t believe I missed the SESAW Easter Fair at Long Melford!   They said it was too tiring for a little Chihuahua like me.   Just between you and me, I thoroughly enjoyed staying home, ripping up a tasty biscuit wrapper in front of the Rayburn. 

Undeterred by the bitter wind the visitors kept arriving at the Old School.   Some stopped for a chat and a tasty snack, most left with bags stuffed full of bargains and prizes.   A big THANK YOU to our hard working volunteers and the Public who all helped raise a fantastic £2,700 for the animals at SESAW.  

As you read this, Easter will be over and you might be enjoying a relaxing May Day break.   Our volunteers always turn up, even on Bank Holidays, to care for the animals including Sky, a Whippet/Lurcher and Biscuit, a Chihuahua/Jack cross.   They are a friendly pair that will not be separated and so they will stay with us for as long as it takes.  

We are holding a £1 Sale at Newton Green Village Hall, 11-3pm on Saturday 15th June.   This is a popular event so grab a bargain and a snack.   We always include a raffle with good quality prizes often donated by kind supporters.   Any unwanted gifts gratefully received, please leave a message on the ansaphone if you need them collected. 

Talking about snacks reminds me it’s supper time so I’m off to find a special dinner for me, Kenny (the Boss) Chihuahua.   Suffolk & Essex Small Animal Welfare, Reg.Charity No.1124029, Stoke Road, Leavenheath, CO6 4PP, tel: 01787 210888.   Usually open 10am – 1pm Thursday to Sunday inclusive, but please check first.

Heritage Rescue Hens

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Heritage Rescue Hens are a very different kind of rescue hen, both in looks and because they’re from very small commercial flocks at amazing farms which look after them so well.  They are not ex-battery hens. They are from free range organic farming so have had the healthiest life possible in commercial egg production.

Perhaps uniquely for commercial rescue hens, they are attractive old-fashioned breeds and we deliver them in small batches direct from farm to new owner to minimise rescue stress to them. Our hens have high survival rates and are often steady long term layers at new homes.

If you’re interested in having rescue hens from us, please email us at


Please note we are Not for Profit and try to save as many hens as possible in our spare time, so no staff or fancy technology and we are not always able to reply to emails instantly. Delivery, minimum 3 hens, to the hens’ new home covers many locations within E, mid, S and N Suffolk area and Northernmost Essex. Sometimes (much) further afield depending on hen/home numbers and whether we’re going to the area for any other reason!  Basically ask us!  We are not able to provide a definitive delivery zone map as much depends on where the hens are coming from and accessibility by main roads of where they are going to. Many thanks, HRH.

Bluebells, Marans and Rocks

Please note, these hens are NOT at SESAW

Ollie’s April News

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At last that precocious Chihuahua is preoccupied, leaving the computer unguarded for me to write this month’s news from the feline point of view.   Most importantly, I must tell you about two cats, mother and daughter Fat Cat (I can hardly bring myself to type such a name!) and Betty.   They have been with us far too long and need a quiet, understanding household to help them overcome their timid natures.   A more dignified name for the mother wouldn’t go amiss either!   Kenny would have my guts for garters if I didn’t tell you we have dogs too but of course you already know that!  

The volunteers appreciated the warm spell in February but it was back to wellies and warm jackets as the rain trickles down the office window at time of writing.   Hopefully the Spring will be in full flourish for our Easter Fair at the Old School, Long Melford, CO10 9DX, 10-3pm on 14th April.   Lots of lovely items for friends, family and your pets, a big raffle and tombola, refreshments, free parking and only 50p admission.

We will be helping at the Nayland 10K on 30th June and hoping for good weather.   SESAW is one of the lucky charities being supported by this popular event which attracts many runners.   If you enjoy competing in a multi terrain course through areas of outstanding natural beauty, register via the website: Nayland 10k | Constable Country 10k, 5k & 1k fun run

The weather affects everything at the Sanctuary, especially our annual Open Day which has been hit by storms for the last two years.   Consequently some of our gazebos were damaged beyond repair and we are in need of new ones.   If you happen to know of a sturdy gazebo surplus to requirements we would gratefully give it a good home.   Now it’s time to accompany Mother on her evening rounds and then to bed next to a radiator for me, Ollie (the Black) Cat.

Kenny’s March News

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They thought I wasn’t listening during afternoon tea the other day (yes, I do enjoy a cuppa) when I discovered Roys in Sudbury has chosen SESAW as one of it’s ten Charities of the Year. Money raised from the sale of plastic carrier bags will be donated via Nisa’s “Making A Difference Locally” registered Charity.
There’s more!

This year the Nayland10K will give a portion of the admission fees to five charities including SESAW and runners can donate their sponsorship too. Anyone interested in taking part should visit the website to register, there are photos of the lovely Constable Country courses at https://www.nayland10k.co.uk/

And … the Co-Op in Canhams Road, Sudbury is donating 1% of all own brand purchases to charity. Customers will still earn a 5% reward and can choose SESAW to receive a further 1% by going online at www.coop.co.uk/membership
All this will help look after the animals at the Sanctuary while they wait for new loving homes.

Apart from the many cats and dogs, we have some handsome rabbits including Benjamin (born Feb 2018) and Lenny (born June 2016) both vaccinated, neutered and looking for female companions of a similar age.

The fundraisers are to preparing for our Spring Fair at Whatfield Village Hall on 23rd March but they are really short of nice things for the raffle and tombola. We would be grateful for any unwanted Christmas presents or toiletries (particularly for the gentlemen), cosmetics or general good quality items. Please leave a message on the ansaphone if you need us to collect from you.

That’s all for now, I’m going back to the kitchen in case there is more interesting news for me Kenny (the Boss) Chihuahua.