Sheer de­light at club lamb­ing day

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

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.

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Young­sters watch as Ed­ward Lan­gr­ish shears a sheep

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Ni­cole Sims, 13, Gail Shrub­sall, 14, Ver­ity Lan­gr­ish pro­gramme sec­re­tary of Ash­ford YFC, and Hazel He­witt, 16

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Giv­ing the lambs a bot­tle are sis­ters Zoe, 8, and Jazmine Parker, four, top, Thomas Rankden, cen­tre, and Grace Clarke, four, bot­tom

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