Sheer delight at club lambing day
THE sun shone on visitors to Rawnie Farm, Appledore, at the weekend for the annual lambing day. The event held on Sunday was organised by Ashford Young Farmers’ Club and attracted hundreds of visitors. The farm was open to the public and visitors could watch some of the 500 sheep giving birth as well shearing demonstrations, browse the local produce stalls, hold rabbits and enjoy tea, coffee and a barbecue. Chair of Ashford Young Farmers’ Club, Edward Lovejoy said: “The weather was amazing for us and we had many hundreds of visitors. There were 400 before lunchtime. “It is the third year we have held it here and we’re very grateful to farm owners Les and Rhona Ramsden.” The club has about 40 members, who come from as far as Rye as well as Tenterden, Ashford, Cranbrook and Staplehurst. All proceeds of the lambing day will go to Demelza House children’s hospice.
Youngsters watch as Edward Langrish shears a sheep
Nicole Sims, 13, Gail Shrubsall, 14, Verity Langrish programme secretary of Ashford YFC, and Hazel Hewitt, 16
Giving the lambs a bottle are sisters Zoe, 8, and Jazmine Parker, four, top, Thomas Rankden, centre, and Grace Clarke, four, bottom