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The group visited the Great Park on a beautiful sunny day for some lovely scenic drives and a picnic lunch by the polo fields at Smiths Lawn. Thanks to the Crown Estate for giving us permission to do this and to all the volunteers who worked tirelessly on a very hot day.

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Five members of the group attended the South Region RDA, Supra Regional Conference on Wednesday 19 April which was held at Newbury Race Course. The theme of the conference was Beyond Boundaries and there were some very inspiring speakers and a lovely vaulting display from Shacks Barn RDA Group. It certainly fitted the RDA motto - "it's what you can do that counts".

HRH The Princess Royal, President of RDA, was there and took time to present awards to long service RDA volunteers. Sally Merrick was presented with a 25 year award. Well done Sally!

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We would like to say a big thank you to Fullers Logistics who have supported our Group for over 30 years by providing all of our diesel and paying for the annual MOT, servicing and any repairs. We are a small charity and this support makes a huge difference – without it, we might not be able to afford the running costs of the bus.  This would have a real impact on some of our participants who rely on the bus for transport.

Here's a link to a news item on Fullers Logistics' website:

www.fullers-logistics.com

 

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We held our AGM on 14 February. It was lovely to see everybody again after the winter break and to catch up over a cup of tea and some of Jo's delicious cakes.  As part of the formal business Rebecca was elected as a Trustee.

We also welcomed our newest driver, Gilli, who's shown here with some of our most recent volunteers - Wendy, Angela, Liz and Jo.

Thanks to Frank for the photos.

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The Captains of Royal Ascot Golf Club have chosen us as one of their charities for 2017.  This is great news and we are very grateful for their support.  It's especially good as they are a very close neighbour and we can see the golf course from the ponies' paddock.

The Christmas lunch at the York Club was a great success with 42 people attending.  We had three competitions instead of a raffle, with Lynnette winning the star prize of Sea Biscuit and a bottle of champagne. Thanks to everyone who donated prizes.  If there had been a prize for best hat, Angela would definitely have been in the running! Thanks to Frank and Colin for the photos - more in the Photo Gallery.

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