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Thank you to everyone who helped or visited our Christmas Fair at Long Melford last month. A good time was had by all and a fantastic £3,100 was raised. Although we will have a break from sales until next March, life is harder at SESAW during the cold winter months. The work has to be crammed into the shorter days and the animals are ready for bed much earlier. Extra insulation, draft protection and fixings have been installed but Mum keeps watch for damage to the buildings and fences during her daily rounds.
During the long winter evenings our Craft ladies will be knitting, crocheting and sewing lots of beautiful things (like the pink elephant in the picture) to raise money next year. If you have any spare wool, cotton, material or other craft notions they could use, please get in touch. We can arrange collection of donations which need to be clearly marked CRAFT.
I must tell you about Charlie and Gypsy, two lovely Chihuahua/cross dogs, both two and a half years old, very much in need of each other. They may be nervous initially but have progressed tremendously and will continue to do so once they have a new home. We also have a pair of delightful and inseparable Springer Spaniels, see photo. Sadly, seven year old Uncle Kez and his seven month old nephew, Max, have been with us since their owner became ill. They will need further training but they are very loving and will repay their new owner tenfold. Wildlife casualties continue to arrive but I’ll tell more about that next time.
It’s time to thank our volunteers who turn up every week, whatever the weather, to care for the animals, buildings and garden or organise sales and fairs. Also the unseen army of people who deliver donations of food or other items and goods to be sold at our fundraising events. Last but not least, we thank the visitors who attend those events. Please note that we will be closed over the Christmas/New Year period – dates will be posted soon. Best wishes for health and happiness to all our supporters from everyone at SESAW including Ollie (the Black) Cat and Kenny (the Boss Chihuahua)
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Talk about have your cake and eat it! You should have seen the yummy selection at our sales in September and October, all baked and donated by talented supporters. I was only allowed a tiny taste due to my dicky tummy but I did get my usual cup of tea! Thank you to everyone who helped or visited us at Great Bentley and Hintlesham. We were made most welcome by the locals at both events which raised over £4000 for the animals. Our last event of 2018 is our Christmas Fair at the Old School, Long Melford, CO10 9DX. Lots of goodies on offer plus a raffle and tombola. Doors open 10am, Sunday 18th November, get there early before they sell out!
Back at the Sanctuary, last year’s rescued blackbirds have reared their own broods and the kestrel is happily flying free above the garden, most frustrating for poor old Ollie (the Black)Cat! Mum and the volunteers have been kept busy with a doggy family after cross breed terrier sisters, Hinge and Bracket arrived. Hinge promptly produced with four tiny pups which are now happily rehomed, leaving Mum and Auntie, the inseparable sisters. They are around two years old with lovely personalities, unlike poor old Jack, the Westie cross, who needs an understanding home. He is a bit of a grump but deserves a chance to be happy and loved.
Ollie says please keep your pets safe during Hallowen and Bonfire night. As a black cat, he is particularly wary of the spooky season and we animals all dread the fireworks around 5th November. That is a time when all pets should be safely tucked up indoors, including Ollie (the Black) Cat and me, Kenny (the Boss) Chihuahua. We are usually open 10-1pm Thurs-Sunday if we have sufficient staff – volunteers always needed, so please contact us if you think you can help!
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Thank you – and GOOD LUCK!
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Little Lord Fauntleroy is strutting around the house trying to look important. Yes, Kenny “the Boss” Chihuahua has been out to meet his fans, giving me the opportunity to email some exceptional news for you!
Mother, known to you as Maggie, will be awarded an Honorary Fellowship at the University of Suffolk later this month in recognition of her notable contributions to the community. I cannot tell you how proud and delighted we all feel about this well earned and deserved acknowledgement. Of course the good lady herself will have none of it, insisting she is merely a “facilitator” and will accept said accolade on behalf of the volunteers, without whom there would be no SESAW.
Now back to the animals as I don’t think Kenneth has told you about the cats awaiting homes, in particularly a little puss called Marti who has been with us for six months. She arrived pregnant but the kittens are all weaned and she is ready for an adult only home where she would be the only cat.
Our next sale is at the Community Hall, Hintlesham, IP8 3PS, 11-2pm on 13th October. Lots to buy including collectables, jewellery, furnishings, a tombola, raffle and refreshments. 50p entry, free parking. Our popular Christmas Fair will be held at The Old School, Long Melford on Sunday 18th November. Tables still available, phone 01206 263269 to book.
No award could sway Mother from her evening rounds so I’m off to accompany her before it gets dark. The nights are drawing in and getting damp but a cosy nest in the hay bales is still the best bed for me, Ollie (the Black) Cat.