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Charity Car

Posted on 22 June, 2017 at 10:55 Comments comments (0)

Monday 19th was MOT Day for the Subaru our trusty workhorse.  As it is quite an elderly vehicle it is always a nerve racking time and sure enough it failed on a few 'gators' whatever they are.  Anyway the lovely Sid from Rowe Brothers in Stanhoe replaced them and repaired a few things including some extras that he did not need to do like tow bar, electric aerial, and it made it through on the re-test later that day. It feels like a new car - well nearly. 

Not sure it going to manage next year as emmissions are getting worse.  Anyway huge thank you to Rowe Brothers and at least we have another year's motoring. Fingers crossed.  

Guess what we will be fund raising for very soon especially if we start getting bookings for our mobile farm.  Mind you we are going to need a pick up truck to tow the horse box and carry the hurdles anyway - Always something!

Alpaca shearing

Posted on 22 June, 2017 at 10:25 Comments comments (0)

Friday 16th was a busy very hot day.  The ladies from http://www.azsualpacas.com/ came to shear our alpacas.  They were lovely mother, daughter and friend who were gentle, professional and certainly seem to be 'alpaca whisperers'  

Mind you they should know a thing or two as they have over 200 of their own.  



We are so grateful to have such caring shearers not too far away and just a call away if any problems.  Now to decide what to do with the fleeces!



Mobile Farm

Posted on 19 June, 2017 at 7:00 Comments comments (0)

Having spoken to several schools it appears one of the main difficulties for them is getting children to our site especially on one to one basis so we are about to launch our 'Mobile Farm' in 2017/18 academic year which will take the animals to the schools.   This will enable the children to carry out activities aligned to the National Curriculum without leaving the school premises saving time and money.  Whole year groups can access the 'farm' and then we may be able to identify any individual who may benefit fom one to one session in the future.

This format has been successfully tried in other parts of the country with great success.  It is primarily Age range 5 - 11 but we hope it will be expanded in the future.  Starting  in a small way with a pony and/or donkey, sheep and chickens, the youngsters will be able to handle ,ask questions and identify what they eat, how to care for them, the differences between them and humans. All fitting in with KS1 Science activities, making it fun and interesting.

We will liase with the teachers to ensure they get as much benefit as possible from the experience, helping to keep the children interested and engaged with activities at a fraction of the cost of an out of school visit.

If any school is interested in having a visit from the Mobile Farm please get in touch via e mail cosfcaa@gmail.com or telephone 07584 192846 01485 211076 to discuss and view example lesson plan.

Matt at the Albatros

Posted on 1 June, 2017 at 7:55 Comments comments (0)
Matt is nearing the end of his walk this weekend. Thursday night he is playing at https://twitter.com/AlbatrosWells so come along and support but if you can not make that he is at Deepdale Backpackers Friday and Hunstanton on Sunday.  He will have walked 134 miles and raised money via just giving for three charities including ourselves.  He is a talented hard working singer songwriter who has been heard on BBC Introducing Radio Norfolk Radio Suffolk and local TV.  We are so grateful to him for helping our little charity and hope to live up to his efforts in the future too.

The Great Start to 2017 Continues

Posted on 20 February, 2017 at 10:15 Comments comments (0)

We are gaining so much support this year and it is only February!!!  

After Dave's head shave we now have the wonderful Matt Watson about to do a sponsored walk around the coastal path of Suffolk and Norfolk.  You can read all about this epic walk here https://www.facebook.com/theendlesscoastlinetour2017/?pnref=story

Not only will he be walking but also gigging along the way.  We are so excited and grateful for this.  You can donate via the just giving page https://www.justgiving.com/changeofscene-forchildren  

Please keep a watch out for news of this event in May and support Matt by donating or going to one of the gigs along the way.

Getting 'A Head' at the start of the year

Posted on 21 January, 2017 at 0:20 Comments comments (0)

Our charity has started off the New Year with a fantastic fund raising event.  A very brave man called David Reeve agreed to have his head shaved and raised over £700 in the process!!!  Amazing 


Non Uniform Donation

Posted on 24 October, 2016 at 5:50 Comments comments (0)

This weekend we were handed a bag containing £130 raised by the children at Fakenham Junior School for a non uniform day.  This was the idea of one of their pupils who has been visiting us on a regular basis for several months.

She is moving away to Lincolnshire, but hopefully will be visiting us on her return visits every month or so.  The Headteacher at the school wanted to make her last day at the school a positive happy one and this was something she wanted to do.  As a result we will be going along to the school in the new term to talk to the children about what we do and see if anyone else wants to come along and visit or support us.

We are so grateful and will miss our little friend who said goodbye to all the animals before she left to start the next happy chapter of her life.

We all wish her the very best of luck and happiness.

COSClub

Posted on 7 October, 2016 at 6:55 Comments comments (0)

At the first meeting of the club the young people enthusiastically arrived with their sub money of £3 to sit down and plan what sort of activities they would like to do, before taking a walk around the village to help shut in the charity’s chickens and say good night to the ponies and donkey. A few parents came too.

 

The ages ranged from 4 to 12 with the older children helping the younger ones to read what they needed to. They also helped with climbing gates and pushing wheelchairs across bumpy fields to visit the animals.

 

The children decided to meet once a fortnight and have planned all their activities from now until Christmas with lots more ideas for the New Year too.

 

They have all gone away with paper to design their own membership card, which will be voted on at the next meeting and a few have decided to make up posters to advertise the club to their friends

 

Meeting Topics until Christmas.

 

 

Friday 7th October; How to look after a pony

 

Friday 21st October; All about Halloween & making pumpkin lanterns.

 

Friday 4th November; Sausages, Marshmallows and Bonfire

 

Friday 18th November; How to win at Dog Shows & Handling Your Dog

 

Friday 2nd December; Looking after Chickens & Small animals

 

Friday 16th December; Wear a Christmas Jumper & Make Natural Decorations

 


 

Soggy Harvest Moon Festival

Posted on 6 September, 2016 at 8:40 Comments comments (0)

It was our Harvest Moon Festival on Saturday 3rd September well.... the morning was dry while we set up and started the music at about 12 noon then the heavens opened and it just rained and rained until we finished at abour 8pm!!!  Although a good time was had by all those who did brave the weather, it did put people off coming, so gate numbers were lower than last year, but the music was great .  All our talented musicians support us so well and we love them for it. 

Here is a little video made by one of our musicians which we did not even know was being done.

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The atmosphere was brilliant and all the lovely stallholders and musicians have said they will come again next year.  We have had offers of party tents for next year - just in case - and an opportunity to put another little event on early next year all within a large marquee so weather will not matter.


Huge thank you to everyone who helped before during and after the event.  As I have said before we could not do any of this without support.  Our animals and youngsters are very grateful.  

Busy weekend

Posted on 25 August, 2016 at 11:25 Comments comments (0)

Last weekend saw not one but two fund raising events orgaised to benefit our charity.  

First was an evening of Clairvoyance with 3 mediums and 60 people attending.  

It was a fantastic evening with volunteers manning the doors, making tea and selling raffle tickets.  Lots of interesting information came out with a few puzzled faces!!!  it was so popular another is to be organised for October so don't miss out again and keep a look out ontwitter or facebook. The evening made the charity over £300 and thanks must go to the Mediums, Mandy and her team for making it such a successful event.

The second event was A Dog Show at Fakenham Racecourse run by Hempton Dog Training Club.  Every year they organise one and nomiinate two charities to receivethe funds.  We shared that honour with Rebeccas Wishes and it was such a good event we will be receiving £500.  So grateful thanks to the organisers and the lovely Lisa Person who will be coming along to judge our little Fun Dog Show on 3rd Sept at Harvest Moon Festival.  

It really feels like we are turning a corner and this next 12 months will see lots of interesting developments.


THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR MAKING IT ALL POSSIBLE.  FORWARD WE GO........




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