Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 17th July at 6pm

Everyone is welcome to come along to our AGM which will be held at Barrow Farm on the 17th July at 6pm. This is a short meeting where you can find out what we have been up to in the previous 12 months. It’s also where we vote in Trustees for the coming year and approve our independently examined accounts and trustees report for 2023. Whilst everyone is welcome, to vote you need to be a Barrow Farm RDA Member. If you would like to become a member all you need to do is complete an application form and return it to the Barrow Farm office or by email to info@barrowfarmrda.org.uk before 10th July 2024 to ensure you are able to vote at this year’s AGM.

Volunteer Award for Karen

We are truly indebted to our volunteers without which Barrow Farm RDA would not exist.  We are very proud that one of our volunteers, Karen Lehner, received a Commendation at Chelmsford Community Voluntary Services’ Awards for Voluntary Service.  The Mayor of Chelmsford presented Awards and Commendations for Outstanding Voluntary Contribution to local people at a ceremony held in the Mayor’s Parlour on 10 May 2024.  The Mayor, Cllr Linda Mascot, explained that Commendations aren’t presented every year but that in appreciation and recognition of an exceptional contribution made to volunteering it was awarded to Karen for her work with Barrow Farm RDA.  Karen has volunteered for nearly 20 years and as well as volunteering with rides and carriage driving, has organised events, given talks, lead the fundraising subgroup and was paramount in our successful application for National Lottery Community Funding.

A woman wearing a mayors chain presenting a framed certificate to Karen in her Barrow Farm top.

Garden Opening

The Mayor of Chelmsford, Cllr Linda Mascot, officially opened our renovated sensory garden on 26 November 2023.  Our President Lord Petre and the President of Chelmsford Lions joined us as well as the many volunteers from the Lions and GoodGym who worked so hard in the garden.  Many thanks to Lion Andrea Cooper who designed the garden and did all of the planting.  We were so pleased to be joined by members of the Jessop family who instigated the renovation in memory of Charlie Jessop who so loved her riding at Barrow Farm.

Christmas Raffle

Our Christmas Raffle is back with a first prize of £500 Amazon vouchers. Other great prizes include a spa day for two, 1-2-1 dog training session with Harness Positivity Dog Training, Irwin Tool Bag and Ox Toy Toolkit kindly donated by Chandler Material Supplies Limited, 30 minute back, neck and shoulder massage, boot rack and many other prizes.

It’s £5 per ticket and the raffle will be drawn by random number generator on Wednesday 13th December. Either scan the QR code or go to https://www.justgiving.com/page/bfraffle2023 to buy your tickets.

New water feature in our sensory garden

We were very fortunate to receive a donation from The Co-operative Bank Customer Donation Fund to purchase the materials for our fantastic bespoke water feature in our newly renovated sensory garden.  Huge thanks are also due to members of the Jessop family who had the vision and made the water feature.

Refreshing the stable yard

Women in wheelchair wearing sunglasses cutting a ribbon across the stable yard with several mean in orange high viz jackets and several people from Barrow Farm standing behind.
Emma cutting the ribbon to open the re-surfaced yard

We are very grateful to Morgan Sindall for re-concreting our stable yard over the summer. This was a social value project which Morgan Sindall and the following companies carried out free of charge for us. We would also like to thank Hanson for supplying the concrete, Kerin Construction for the construction of works, Keyline who supplied the mesh and Active Plant for supplying the plant. Morgan Sindall co-ordinated all this for us and made sure that we’ve been left with a strong and safe yard which will hopefully last us another 30 years.

Helping Hands

A red tractor cutting the hedge in a field with people working in the field behind
Cutting back the hedges in the front field

On Saturday 2 September we were very pleased to welcome a huge volunteer team from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to help with maintenance around the Barrow Farm site. The Church calls this large service project for charitable or worthy cause ‘Helping Hands’. The volunteer group were all ages and from an area from Ipswich to Wanstead and from Cambridge to the East coast. They were brilliant and and got so much done, they replaced and repaired fencing, cut hedges back, treated the stables, outbuildings and fences with preservative, and so much more including clearing a woodland path so our riders have more variety.

Three people with racks creating a path between the trees
Preparing the woodland path

Thank you, Helping Hands for choosing us, you did so much more than we ever thought, a really remarkable day.

Notice of AGM

Notice is hereby given that the charity’s Annual General Meeting will be held at Barrow Farm on Wednesday 2nd August 2023 at 6pm and will last about one hour.  Everyone is very welcome to attend and find out more about Barrow Farm RDA, however please note that only General Members will be allowed to vote.  An Agenda and further details will be sent to General Members prior to the AGM. If you would like to become a General Member in time for this year’s AGM, please complete an application form and return it to info@barrowdarmrda.org.uk by 19 July 2023. You can find more information on our Membership page.

Please help Bra-vissima to help Barrow Farm

We are delighted that the Brentwood-based not-for-profit ladies choir, Bra-vissima, has chosen to support us throughout 2023 by gifting us the proceeds from their concerts. They are an excellent choir and an evening listening to them is an evening well spent. Every ticket they sell will directly benefit Barrow Farm RDA, so please spread the word and go along if you can. They will be singing in the Lordship Tearoom on coronation bank holiday Monday, and at 7.30pm on 8th July at St Peter’s and All Saints Church in Hutton Details of their Christmas concert on 2nd December will appear on their website later in the year: https://bra-vissima.com

Marathon News

We have two runners taking part in the London Marathon on 23rd April 2023. Coach and trustee Isobel Gowers is running in her first London Marathon and hopes to finish in under 4 hours. Natasha Eagling is running to raise money for the sensory garden. Natasha has already completed the Manchester Marathon on 16 April in a fantastic time of 3 hours 41 but 7 days later and she is doing it all again in London!

To sponsor Isobel go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/isobel-gowers-london

To sponsor Natasha go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/natasha-eagling4