Fam­i­lies get out to Kent Sad­dlery’s Her­itage Day

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KENT Sad­dlery is cel­e­brat­ing five years at the New Eng­land High­way shop this week­end.

Lyle and He­len Kent de­cided to put on a great fam­ily event, the Kent Sad­dlery Her­itage Day, for the oc­ca­sion.

“We shifted our busi­ness to the high­way five years ago,” Lyle said.

“That’s com­ing up this first week­end of De­cem­ber so we wanted to cel­e­brate that. We had a Her­itage Day four years ago which was a suc­cess so we thought we would do it again.”

The ac­tiv­ity-packed event on Satur­day will make for a fun day for the whole fam­ily.

Along with the Kent Sad­dlery an­i­mals, Carol Rix’s an­i­mal nurs­ery is set to be a favourite among kids.

“Carol is go­ing to have a few dif­fer­ent an­i­mals here and that’s a great fea­ture,” Lyle said.

“There’ll be a baby llama and a baby don­key.”

Other free ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude wood chop­ping, black­smithing and sheep shear­ing demon­stra­tions, ma­chin­ery dis­play, story-telling with Libby Blom­field, whip plait­ing, Con­damine bell mak­ing, spin­ning and weav­ing as well as leather mould­ing and stitch­ing.

Folk mu­si­cians Penny Davies and Roger Ilott are go­ing to per­form on the day and 10FM will be there too.

“We’ll have a mar­quee out there and lots of ac­tiv­i­ties for kids, a jump­ing cas­tle, leather stamp­ing and face paint­ing,” Lyle said.

“And if kids would like to dress up in her­itage clothes, they are wel­come to.

“We make all the tra­di­tional horse prod­ucts like sad­dles and gear plus we make a lot of diary cov­ers and belts.

“I sup­pose we’d like to think we con­tinue the her­itage with lots of hand-made prod­ucts and that kind of thing.

“Most of the pro­ceeds from the sales will be go­ing to char­i­ties in­clud­ing Chap­laincy and Sa­mar­i­tan’s Purse Christ­mas Shoe Boxes,” He­len said.

“We re­ally wanted to make it a com­mu­nity event, a fun-filled event with pro­ceeds go­ing to the dif­fer­ent char­i­ties.”

PHOTO: KIM MICKE

FAM­ILY FUN: He­len and Lyle Kent, with grand­daugh­ters Abbey and Zoe Kent, can’t wait till Satur­day’s Kent Sad­dlery’s Her­itage Day.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Baby llama Pal­adin will be one of the many an­i­mals wait­ing for a cud­dle at the her­itage day.

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