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Lambeth Country Show 2015

Ben & JerryEvery year, we approach the third weekend of July with equal measures of joy, excitement and a sense of approaching apprehension .

The Lambeth Country Show is our biggest event of the year and a fantastic way to showcase everything the farm offers over a wonderful two days, down at Brockwell Park.

The weekend was blessed with glorious sunshine for most of the two days, a constant stream of visitors that came to see our residents, enjoyed a snuggle with a bunny in our cuddle corner or stopped to be turned into a fearsome tiger or a sparkly butterfly in our face painting marquee. In addition to that our team won several rosettes at the Sheep Show!Face painting

Goats

It is also a weekend that would not be possible were it not for our fantastic volunteers. This year, we had over 70 people helping us out across the 4 days (Friday set up, show Saturday & Sunday, Monday pack down) and over the two weeks run up to the show, the fateful words ‘It’s all going really smoothly’ were spoken many times.

SGN TeamSGN had offered a team of 8 volunteers for the Friday, to help us in loading all of the equipment needed for the show into our hired Luton Van, taking it down to the showground and setting up for the show. They dutifully arrived at 8.30am at the farm and started loading up sheep hurdles, metal construction panels, small animal hutches, Bryony – our lovely fibreglass milking cow – and many other things. When the van was full, we all stopped for a cup of tea before setting off for the show. Or so we thought. Turns out that we had a van, but no van keys. SGN2

A number of frantic phone calls later (to flatmates – to search rooms, to the van company – for spare keys and then to a courier service – to get the spare keys brought down from the head offices in Guildford) the SGN team decided that this wasn’t the way forward and organised two of their flat back lorries which turned up at the farm 30 minutes later, unloaded the entire van and reloaded everything on the lorries. We can honestly say, we couldn’t have done it without them!Bryony

If nothing else, the slightly rocky start meant that nothing much else was going to faze us and we finished setting up around 7pm on Friday, having moved almost all of our farm animals down to the show and settled in for dinner and a night of camping.

If you attended the show and took any photographs you would like to share with us, please share them on our facebook and twitter, especially if you posed with Bryony, our dressing up cow! 

Lambeth Country Show  ’15 was a great fundraising success. Because of visitors who did not hesitate to support our charity, we were able to collect over £8,000. Thank you for your kindness! Our supporters donations are used not only to look after our animals but also to support children and disabled people through our educational, recreational and therapeutic programs. This allows us to build a London with better social, emotional and physical health!

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