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Like everything else, our Christmas party was a bit different this year.  We met via Zoom - less food but still fun and great to see lots of people. Thanks to Sally for singing carols, Daniel for a brilliant quiz, Colin for making the video, Jenny for judging the competitions and Sarah for organising everything.

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Brigid’s dedication to RDA has been recognised this year as a recipient of the President’s Award. The President’s Award is the most prestigious award presented by RDA National and is given for exceptional dedication at either national or local level.

In 1976 Brigid joined the Driving Group after hearing Nancy Pethick give a talk about a new cart which had been devised and which would be suitable for disabled people. When Nancy died suddenly in 1980 Brigid was thrown in at the deep end and was asked to run the group. She continued as Group Organiser until December 2003.  Brigid is president of our group, a trustee and an active volunteer, taking part in many events. Brigid says that the group 'has been a very special part of my life'.

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Several of our members entered the South Region RDA Competition.
The judges thanked everyone who took part and were so impressed with the extremely high standard of the entries, which made the judging very difficult.
Congratulations to all the members of the group (Sue, Colin, Sarah, Ellie and Brian) who were awarded Highly Commended rosettes in the Photography and Quiz classes and to Sue and Colin for their winning entry in the Virtual Cake Bake (age 50+) class.

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Our new pony, Branston, has arrived and is getting to know his way around the yard, the volunteers on the feed rota and the other ponies.

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Kate B's lovely son Phil is raising money for two charities near and dear to his heart - the Motor Neurone Disease Association and our group. If you would like to find out more and support him, please use the link below:
 
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Although they are missing driving and seeing all their human friends, the ponies are being very well looked after and going out for walks instead of drives. Blue is having lunging lessons too and did some filming for us wearing a Go-pro! Thanks to all the volunteers on the feed rota who are working hard to ensure the ponies stay happy and healthy.

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Here are a couple of videos that Blue took - one of a trot up the hill and another of him weaving through the chicane of logs that are there to stop people driving through the park.