Welcome to The Shelley Centre’s 12 month rolling update of past, present and future events for every one that has an interest in the activities of The Shelley Centre for Therapeutic Riding.
RACE NIGHT - see Calendar of Events for details of change of date and Venue.
2nd March 2019. QUIZ NIGHT - Huge thanks to everyone who attended the Quiz Night at Polstead you raised sufficient funds to cover the cost to RDA for Adam Bensusan’s entry to the London Marathon on 28th April. All monies raised will now go direct to The Shelley Centre so please do sponsor him for this mammoth effort. This can be done on-line through
8th December. Our 20th annual Carol Service at the end of the autumn term was well attended and very enjoyable, starting with mulled wine and refreshments at The Centre, then the Shetlands led the candlelit procession to Shelley Church where the presence of the Boxted Methodist Silver Band and members of the Serendipity Choir, along with our congregation of parents, riders, helpers and friends, helped raise the roof with music and singing. There were more angels than shepherds this year which was appropriate because Father Jo’s talk featured the presence of angels. 'Baby Jesus’ was very well behaved as usual, and the Church was beautifully decorated and warm. Very many thanks to all involved.
Congratulations to Rebecca Jackaman who has received her Silver Horse Care Certificate.
29th September. The Quiz Night was very successful and greatly enjoyed by those who attended. Many thanks to them for their support and to Jan our remarkable Quizmaster and the fund raising team.
Congratulations to Rebecca Page who achieved her Gold Award for Horse Care knowledge. A first for Shelley and a huge achievement for Becky which involved a lot of research, learning, practicing and remembering the syllabus. The Award was presented by the Proficiency Test Examiner Sue Diggins.
The Masonic Charitable Foundation Grant. The final project to be financed by this grant was completed in July. This was the levelling, grading and resurfacing of our riding arena. The work was undertaken by Andrews Bowen Ltd and it will ensure a comfortable experience for both horses and volunteers when our new term starts in September.
Ipswich Building Society - Hadleigh Branch - chose The Shelley Centre as their nominated Charity for the year 2017 - 2018 and have donated £850 from their charitable fund in connection with their Mutual Advantage Accounts. They have also held other fundraising events for our benefit and sponsored one of the ponies. Very many thanks for their continued support.
24th June. Shelley Show was basked in sunshine this year and with a record number of 30 Shelley Riders taking part in the Countryside Challenge. Those riding independently started at 9.30am, followed by those who had someone walking with them, but not leading the horse. In the afternoon those being led had their class. We are hugely grateful to Pip Thody and Shirley Green for being our judges for the day. The results of the Dressage Competition which took place on 12 June, were announced at lunch time, together with the morning competition results and the Nominations for Special Achievement in Riding Progress. The stalwart team of Shelley Helpers prepared and looked after the ponies for the day whilst others helped the riders in the ring, provided refreshments, cleaned tack, polished boots and helped with the grand tidy-up of the Centre ready for the event.
The spectators, parents and friends all seemed to enjoy the occasion and the Riders can be justly proud of all their achievements. We were delighted that the Chairman of the Dr Franey Charity was able to present a new Trophy this year, donated by the Charity in memory of Lesley Legge. It is called the Dr Franey Challenge Cup and was awarded to the winner of the Led class of the Countryside Challenge.
Dressage - Senior - Walk and Trot Class- Lady Aldous Cup - 1st Sarah Mitchell riding Alfie. 2nd Ruth Snowling riding Bob
18th June. Members of the Hadleigh Rotary Club came to officially present a bench which was donated to The Centre through their Charitable Fund following the funeral of Mike Sands, a long time supporter of The Centre. His wife Kate is a Group Coach and has been working with the RDA for over 30 years. We are pleased to have this reminder of Mike in the yard
12th June. Our in-house Dressage Competition took place in the afternoon and the riders, dressed for the occasion, will be anxiously awaiting the results which are to be announced at the Shelley Show on June 24th.
19th May. Hadleigh Show dawned warm and sunny with very little wind - perfect day for bringing out the crowds to the show ground. A really good day for us as we celebrated the Royal Wedding Day, wearing our wedding hats, and raising £1,200 . Thanks to all who bought the cakes and plants and to those who made enquiries about joining our team of helpers. We look forward to seeing you all soon. Also to the team who worked so hard all day.
6th May. It was a lovely warm day for a walk in the spring bluebell woods, which looked splendid as usual. A stop at The Cock pub in Polstead was a welcome break for the intrepid few who then continued on to complete the whole 10 miles, whilst others took advantage of a lift back to The Centre for tea and cakes. Thank you to all who took part and raised over £400.
19th April. Our fund raising event ‘House of Colours’ at Boxford Village Hall was well supported with 63 ladies learning to tie scarves and listening to Claire Bannister delivering an amusing talk on how to look good in the right colours. There were clothes, scarves and jewellery for sale too. The evening raised £700.
17th March. The General Knowledge Quiz was well supported, in spite of the ‘Beast from the East’ ! Helen our Quiz Master did a very good job. The fish ’n chips managed to get through the snow, which was very welcome. The evening raised £857.65.
The winning ticket for the grand prize was sold by Tuesday volunteer Margaret to a lady called Carol at Ringshall Village Hall Bingo club. Our congratulations to Carol.
Many other Easter eggs were won (1 per sheet of tickets sold) and our thanks to all our families, riders, fellow volunteers for all their hard work and support.
Particular thanks go to Linden Lady Chocolatiers for so very kindly donating the egg.
24th January. Members of the Hadleigh Branch of the Ipswich Building Society visited The Centre to present a cheque for £233 which they had raised through their Christmas Raffle. They are kindly supporting The Centre throughout this year in various ways, including Sponsorship of Camilla and Squidgy - with whom they are pictured here. The Shelley Centre will also receive an annual 1% bonus of average account balances of the Mutual Advantage Accounts during the year. We are very grateful for their support and their enthusiasm in fund raising on our behalf.
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