Posted on June 16th, 2016

Client evening Tuesday 21st June

Don’t forget to get your tickets for the Deben Valley Vet client’s evening on
Tuesday 21st June 7:30pm, Dennington Village Hall.
Talks from…
Tim Barnett of Rossdales on dentistry
Grant Whitehead of the Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service
Helen Whitbread on Disease control
Refreshments and raffle too!
Advance tickets £7, or £10 on the door .
All proceeds shared between Cancer Research UK and the Gambia Horse & Donkey Trust.

Posted on June 6th, 2016

Suffolk disabled riding charity need to find a new home or face closure after 30 years service

Founded in 1985 RDA (Hollesley Group) have provided hundreds of adults and children with the opportunity to take part in either horse riding or carriage driving at its homes, originally at Poplar Park in Hollesley and for the last 22 years at Pettistree Hall Farm in Sutton.

Now, as the lease on their current premises comes to a close, they desperately need to find a new home.

Suzanne Pyne, member of the Board of Trustees said “If we can’t find a new home by 9th August then our riders, both children and adults with a range of physical and mental disabilities, will be left without access to a vital part of their therapy. Our horses also face an uncertain future. This is heart-breaking for the parents, carers, supporters and volunteers.”

The Group has been hunting for a suitable 15 acre plot to run the operation for the past year. Despite having had some discussions with potential landlords nothing concrete has come forward and time is running out.

On 11th June organisers are launching an urgent appeal for help. Ms. Pyne said, “We may be facing homelessness but we are not helpless. Dozens of our riders, supporters, volunteers, parents and carers will be coming together for a Group photograph. This is being photographed from above by a drone kindly donated by a local company. We really want to demonstrate how many people this affects and how having this service makes such a tremendous difference to so many people’s lives, to touch the hearts and minds of those who might be able to help us.”

Hannah Martin de la Torre whose daughter Elise is one of the Group’s regular riders said, “This means so much to Elise and the other riders. Riding is so beneficial not only for Elise’s core strength but has added so much to her confidence”.

If landowners are interested in offering the RDA a new home they should contact them by email at

The appeal launch event takes place on 11th June at:

RDA (Hollesley Group)
Pettistree Hall Farm
IP12 3EH

Timings: 12 noon for the Group photograph.

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Posted on June 2nd, 2016

Essex Horse Riders Appeal for Off-Road Access

Essex Bridleways Association will be presenting a petition to Essex County Council at County Hall in Chelmsford at 10.30am on Wednesday 8th June 2016.

The petition forms part of the charity’s current ‘Better Bridleways’ campaign which aims to raise awareness of the needs of horse riders in the county.

EBA Chair, Julia Wilson, explained: “EBA is appealing for greater consideration to be given to horse riders when it comes to creating safe, off-road access. Council and Government policy focuses heavily on walking and cycling and yet horse riding is frequently overlooked. Pedestrians and cyclists can use Bridleways but horses are rarely given access to Multiuser routes.

“There is a common misconception amongst other road users that horse owners have miles of Bridleways to ride on but this is not the case and in most parts of Essex we are very poorly catered for. As a consequence of this, and massive development in the county, we are forced to share the roads with increasingly fast and heavy traffic.

“Horse riding is a wonderful activity for enhancing both mental and physical wellbeing. In an age where adults and children are being encouraged to become more active it seems ridiculous that those of us that are already keen to spend our spare time outside, participating in an active lifestyle are, in effect, being penalised.”

Members of Essex Bridleways Association will be assembling outside County Hall at 10am ready to present the petition at 10.30 on 8th June and would welcome supporters of their cause.

Visit or the Essex Bridleways Association Facebook page for further information.

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