Stan­ley is a win­ner in mu­seum’s ‘sheep stake’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

LAMBS have ar­rived in the tra­di­tional lamb­ing fold at the Chiltern Open Air Mu­seum.

Last week­end visi­tors were in­vited to come and meet the new Ox­ford Down lambs and chat to the farm­ing team about the lamb­ing tra­di­tions of the Vic­to­rian Chilterns.

Each year the new ar­rivals are ea­gerly awaited, and this year the first-born lamb has been named Stan­ley by the mu­seum’s vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence man­ager Siân Ham­mer­ton-Fraser, who won the staff and vol­un­teer Sheep Stake by cor­rectly guess­ing the day and time of his birth.

Stan­ley was born dur­ing the mu­seum’s suf­fragette event and named af­ter Stan­ley Bald­win, un­der whose Con­ser­va­tive govern­ment the Equal Fran­chise Bill was passed in 1928 giv­ing all adults, re­gard­less of gen­der, the right to vote once they reached 21 years of age.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the Mu­seum and the Meet the Lambs event visit www.coam.org.uk.

PHOTOS: JON MIKOL BA161671

First born: Farm vol­un­teer Philippa Cooper with Stan­ley – the first of the new lambs. Left, Judy Cross with Michael. Above left, Ver­ena Clark with Poppy Stray and mum Danielle

An­i­mal magic: Shep­herdess Judy Cross shows Joshua Sal­ter and mum Baldeep one of the new ar­rivals. Right, Ver­ena Clark with Chloe Stray

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