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Helping Orphan Lambs at the Mohair Centre
lambs, whose mothers have died whilst giving birth on
farms in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire this Spring
are being thrown a life line at an 'orphanage' in the
Forest of Dean. Livestock
carer Laura Johnson is nursing the orphans to health and
happiness with day and night survival tipples of warm
milk at the Mohair Farm Park, Little London, Longhope.
hitting the bottle in their cosy new refuge, the farm's
first arrivals, Lenny and Penny, twin speckle faced lambs
from a flock in Herefordshire are now bundles of new life
park owner Mr. Chris Turney, who set up the temporary
rescue centre said: 'The lambs were so thin and weak that
they were brought to us huddled up in a cardboard box,
but Laura's round the clock vigil has ensured that these
two forlorn lambs are now chasing about in the barn and
gambolling in one of the meadows, when it is dry enough.'
early arrival, a little ram lamb named Billy Whizz has
been revitalized to such an extent that he regularly breaks
out of the barn to frolic with the domestic farm deer
in a neighbouring paddock. Mr.
Turney explained: 'With the lambing season in full swing,
this is a feverish time for sheep farmers. Those with
very big flocks are extremely hard pressed to look after
lambs whose mothers have just died. It is a real nightmare
for them because they do not have the time to spend on
essential bottle feeding every few hours for the best
part of six weeks; so for a variety of reasons, a number
of orphans will inevitably be lost before they are many
hours old. However, here at the Mohair Farm Park we have
the time, the staff resources and the experience to ensure
that these vulnerable little lambs pull through and flourish.
keeps a near 24 hours a day watch to guarantee their well
being, getting up two or three times during the night
to bottle feed them with a special warm milk formula and
of course, the hundreds of children who visit our big
indoor play barn every week love to watch what's going
on and in some cases, actually lend a hand with the day
time feeding. When the lambs grow up they will be integrated
into our own small flock for breeding purposes'.
below, Laura Johnson supervises while Catherine Leowenthal,
Victoria Phipps, Elissa Moor, Bethan Moor and Lucy Phipps
bottle feed some Jacob Cross orphan lambs. Whilst I was
visiting the Centre a Saanen Goat gave birth to kids -
two boys and a girl. They are also pictured below and
were born between just 1½ and 1¾ hour before the photos
ba rainbow sheep? Ref: DSC_7790
Smoothies at Walford Primary School
five pupils at Walford Primary School have been taking
part in a project on smoothies as part of a topic on healthy
children formed companies and took part in various challenges,
from creating advertising campaigns, smoothie tasting,
identifying which fruits were used and market research.
A database was created for each child to fill in, identifying
their favourite fruits.
children designed and made smoothies for other children
around the school to judge. They then created spreadsheets
to keep account of their income and outgoings.
they designed and made fruity hats and finished off their
project by enjoying a party, all of the food being made
with different fruits.
Tick Tock, one of Britain's most dazzling music groups
for the under 5's celebrated its first anniversary with
an Easter celebration. Children
from Ross-on-Wye and the Forest of Dean joined in the
celebrations at Bishopswood Village Hall and were visited
by the Tick Tock Easter Bunny. Toddlers, mums, dads, nannies
and grannies joined in the fun, sporting some fantastic
Tock takes place at Bishopswood Village Hall every Tuesday
from 10 am until 11 am with a fresh toe-tapping programme
each week. Each session combines sing-a-long songs, old
and new, nursery rhymes and role play with costumes, props,
puppets and instruments. Classes
will resume on Tuesday 25th April. Turn up at the door
or call Millie on 01981 541 373 for further information.
Children from Weston-under-Penyard Pre-school Playgroup
held an Easter Bonnet competition at Weston Village Hall
on Tuesday 4th April. In the photograph are Alfie Weyman,
Jonathan Wright, Ingrid Morgan, Abbie Price (1st prize),
Mia Evens-Powell (2nd prize), Georgina Cornwall (3rd prize),
Imogen Ryan, Sophia Reynolds, Cally Leeth, Thomas Marshall.
George Aubrey, Lydia Whitehouse, Nia Ryan, Ellie-May Marfell,
Phoebe Gibson, Oliver Booth, Katie Smith, Zoe Price.
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