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