Call for more volunteers at Magpie Centre

Call for more volunteers at Magpie Centre

Published by Grace Marner
2:26pm 13th August 2019. (Updated at 1:39pm 14th August 2019)

The Magpie Centre are on the lookout for volunteers.

They give over 100 riding lessons and nearly 30 carriage driving lessons a week to people of all ages and a wide range of physical and learning disabilities. 

It's what you can do that counts and helping people of all ages and all physical and learning disabilities to fulfill their potential is what The Magpie Centre is all about. 

Magpie carriage

They have 13 horses and ponies of all shapes and sizes, chosen for their quiet temperaments and fully trained for their job.

Their most urgent requirement currently is for able-bodied people to help with paddock maintenance.

This might suit keen gardeners who want to remain active over the winter months.

As you can imagine, with an organization comprising horses, riders, grounds and facilities, which need to be maintained, we are always on the lookout for help.

The Magpie centre logo

We also need people able or willing to train to lead a quiet pony during lessons, or walk beside a rider, to help them maintain balance and interpret the instructor's directions.

This is known as 'sidewalking' and is an important role in helping riders to improve their communication skills.

To find out more about joining our friendly team, call the Magpie Centre on 01553 810202.

The Magpie Centre Craft and Country Fair is also returning this SUnday (18th August). 

Arena displays begin with wheelchair user Susie Rogers-Hartley showing how she transports, tacks up and mounts her horse independently.

Marshland Archers will also be on hand to provide taster sessions, with instruction, of this fascinating sport.

The indoor arena features more than 30 stalls offering arts and crafts of all kinds, with a ukulele band playing several sets throughout the day.

One of the Magpie horses

Two amazing ‘money can’t buy’ prizes are up for grabs on the day.

All adults paying £6 to enter the Fair will receive a Grand Prize Draw ticket, with the winner receiving a trial flying lesson in a Harvard T6.  This aircraft was used to train pilots to fly the famous Spitfire.

The other prize, kindly donated by his Grace the Duke of Rutland, is a ride in his 1908 Renault, followed by a private tour of Belvoir Castle and a picnic in the grounds. 

It will be held at Wallington Hall, South Runcton, PE33 0EP from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.

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