Live Family Fun Day at Essex Horse Charity

Remus Horse Sanctuary will be opening its gates for the first time this year on Sunday 6 September, after months of hardship through lack of volunteer staff and fundraising, as a result of the pandemic and lockdown measures. Visitors, members and supporters are invited to come and meet the 200+ animals including Bracken, pictured top left, and learn about the Sanctuary’s horse welfare programme and the issues that the charity has faced over the past 6 months.

The Sanctuary will be open from 1pm to 5pm and pre-booking is essential as Remus will only be selling a limited number of tickets for this event to ensure visitors’ safety and maintain social distancing. Parking is available on-site, with disabled access, and dogs are welcome on a lead. Admission will be charged at £4 per adult and £2 for children and tickets can be purchased online at:  www.remussanctuary.org/events/open-day-sanctuary-september or via the telephone on 01277 356191.

Sue Burton, founder of the Sanctuary said,We have undertaken numerous risk assessments and are confident that we can open safely in September.

“We want our visitors and the Remus team to feel safe and be safe, so we have applied caution and will only open the areas that we feel are safe to do so. The site will be a totally outdoor environment with all buildings closed off and out of use.”

The Sanctuary provides rehabilitation and care for around 200 animals, including horses, ponies, donkeys, goats, sheep and cats, and has been doing so since it was founded in 1983.

This Open Day will be a vital source of fundraising for the charity which, like many, had all of its physical fundraising curtailed on 23 March at the start of lockdown.

Ms Burton says,We are asking people to purchase a ticket online wherever possible to avoid unnecessary administration in our office – which is already under strain. And we are all looking forward to opening our gates again and welcoming visitors to this really special place.”

For further information, visit www.remussanctuary.org or contact Sue Burton on tel: 01277 356191.

Local Horse Charity Needs Your Support at Virtual Open Day Sunday 5 July

Remus Horse Sanctuary is struggling to survive whilst experiencing extreme weather conditions alongside increased vet, medication and food bills – whilst assisting in welfare issues across the county – without its normal summer fundraising events, due to Covid-19.

Since lockdown on 23 March, Remus Horse Sanctuary has been managing with a small, skeleton staff, who have been required to care for its 200+ animals. Like so many small charities, it has had to cancel all of its fundraising efforts and is struggling to survive. As a result, its Summer Open Days have turned virtual and the charity will be hosting a further event on Sunday 5 July from 1pm to 5pm across social media.

Sue Burton, Founder of Remus Horse Sanctuary said, “This is the third event we will have hosted virtually and we are learning with every one. But our fundraising is down dramatically and we are struggling to survive right now.

“Last week was one of the tougher weeks at Remus, where everyone was pushed to their limits! The weather was so incredibly hot which made it difficult to work in, especially when doing such heavy work. We have been short staffed due to sickness and holiday so have had fewer staff working much harder in such heat. The torrential rain floods the road into us and our fields, meaning we have to walk in and out of work, then the extreme heat plays havoc with the animals.”

To try and mitigate the huge financial loss, the charity has been organising its Open Days virtually across its Facebook and Instagram platforms – until it can re-open to the public.

The next Virtual Open Day will take place on Sunday 5 July 1pm until 5pm. “Instead of you coming to us, we will come to you, by social media. Please, do join us!” said Ms Burton.

The charity will be sharing messages from the humans that work at the Sanctuary and from its animals, via photograph and video. It will also have merchandise for sale, information on conservation, enrichment, a tour of the yard and much more!

Those interested in finding out more about how the Sanctuary is coping during this time and in joining one of its virtual Open Days, can visit: www.facebook.com/RemusHorseSanctuary and www.instagram.com/remushorsesanctuary. Details of all of the charity’s Open Days can be found online at: www.remussanctuary.org/event-category/open_days/.

Ms Burton summarised, “Over the past week, we have experienced sore feet in some of the animals, chest infections, colic due to the heat, bloating and a jaw infection. All of this on top of the whole financial situation caused by Covid and all fundraising being stopped and money starting to dry up, so we really could have done without the added costs of the vets coming in every day this week and extra medications.

“From a welfare point of view, we have been crazily busy having to deal with cases all over the county from an absolutely emaciated mare to a decomposing foal dumped in the hedgerow. These are such sad and difficult times for us all.”

Any help you can offer by way of donation, fundraising or otherwise would be very much appreciated. You can contact Sue Burton at the Sanctuary on tel: 01277 356191 or by email to info@remussanctuary.org.

Local Horse Charity Goes Virtual Sunday 7 June

Like many small charities, Remus Horse Sanctuary has had to cancel all of its fundraising efforts and events as a result of Covid-19. The Sanctuary is currently existing with a small, skeleton staff, who are required to look after and care for its 200+ animals.

Sue Burton, Founder of Remus Horse Sanctuary commented on the Prime Minister’s recent announcement: “If the PM had said another 3 weeks of lockdown then we could start to move forward. But instead, my understanding is it could be July before they will even think about the hospitality/visitor sectors being allowed to re-open. We could survive the three weeks, but I have real concerns about surviving another three months or more.

“Everything goes on here – hungry mouths need feeding, staff need paying, vet fees and other bills come in on a daily basis but still there is no hope from the Government at all. At the beginning of all this we were told we had to close, and people had to stay in, so instantly our events were cancelled and our means of raising money disabled.”

To try and mitigate the huge financial loss, the charity is organising virtual Open Days – to be shared across its Facebook and Instagram platforms – until the Sanctuary can re-open to the public.

The next Virtual Open Day will take place on Sunday 7 June from 1pm until 5pm. “Instead of coming to us, we have decided to bring our Sanctuary Open Days to our supporters, by social media,” said Ms Burton.

Via video, the charity will be sharing messages from the humans that work at the Sanctuary and from its animals, with a little bit of history too. It will also have merchandise for sale, information on conservation, enrichment, a tour of the yard and much more!

Those interested in finding out more about how the Sanctuary is coping during this time and in joining one of its virtual Open Days, can visit: www.facebook.com/RemusHorseSanctuary and www.instagram.com/remushorsesanctuary. Details of all of the charity’s Open Days can be found online at: www.remussanctuary.org/event-category/open_days/.

Ms Burton concluded, “These are very worrying times. Every week it feels like the screws tighten and the mountain to climb gets higher.”

Any help you can offer by way of donation, fundraising or otherwise would be very much appreciated. You can contact Sue Burton at the Sanctuary on tel: 01277 356191 or by email to info@remussanctuary.org.

Virtual Open Day at the Sanctuary May

Instead of coming to us, we have decided to bring our first Open Day of the 2020 season to you, by social media, on Sunday 3 May from 1pm until 5pm.

It’s not something that we have ever tried before, but as you’ll know if you’ve been keeping up with our posts on social media and our email newsletters, we are having an extremely tough time at present – as are many small charities – with zero fundraising activity so, we hope, that by bringing our event to you, we can achieve our target of raising £5000 during the day.

Via video, we’ll be sharing messages from the humans that work at the Sanctuary and from our animals, with a little bit of history too. We’ll also have our merchandise for sale, information on conservation, enrichment, a tour of the yard and much more! We hope to entertain you throughout the afternoon and would ask you to share the details of our first ever virtual event with your friends, family, and groups on social media.

Join us on Facebook or Instagram.

We and the animals look forward to seeing you!

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Sunday 6 October Important Read

We are very sorry to have to announce that our Open Day this Sunday been cancelled as the fields are just too wet for cars to park on, due to the recent rain that we’ve experienced.

For us, this is a great loss and, by cancelling, we will potentially lose as much as £5,000 that would have helped us to get through the winter months to feed the many horses, ponies and donkeys at the Sanctuary all rescued from terrible lives of neglect.

As you can imagine, therefore, we don’t take this decision lightly!

For you, we understand it will be an immense disappointment, especially if you planned to come to either shop or see your favourite animal or just spend the day in the beautiful Essex countryside.

The October Open Day is usually our busiest one and also gives us chance to sell our new winter and Christmas gift stock, such as the plum puddings, our annual calendar, and gift packs etc etc – so please do visit our website and take a look at our shop and if you fancy buying something for yourself or as a gift then please do place an order.

See you at Stock Village Hall from 11am to 3pm on Sunday 6 October

To help make up for the loss of the Sanctuary not being able to open on Sunday we will instead be having our stalls at the Stock Village Hall from 11am – 3pm, where you can buy our goods and many other items, meet our team and hear all about the work that we do. Refreshments will also be available and don’t forget, Stock Village Hall is dog friendly. The postcode for your satnavs is CM4 9LY.

Please also consider making a donation towards our winter feed costs – as the impact of losing this Open Day will be quite considerable financially. Our work is very hard and we see some awful cases that break our hearts. Most we can save, others sadly die, but at least at the end they were loved and cared for. The financial aspect doesn’t stop just by bringing the animals into our care as then our costs really start to escalate as we try to rectify the mess previously made of these poor creatures.

Donating the cost of just 2 coffees to us each month would have a huge impact

Sadly we have hit a time where donations have gone down and have stayed down since the recession some years back, but our costs continue to rise. Can you help us to help these poor creatures – all innocent victims of man’s inhumanity? Thousands of horses are caught up in the horse welfare crisis and suffer daily. We want to be able to help these horses and give them a chance but we can only do this with your help:

  • Can you make a donation to help us to continue this critical work, rescuing and rehabilitating sick, abused and neglected animals?
  • Can you organise an event to help raise money for us?
  • Do you run a business which could help?
  • Are you part of a group or a club that could help?
  • If all our friends on Facebook could set up a standing order for just £5 a month it would make a huge difference and it’s only the cost of two coffees!
  • Do you have good quality bric-a-brac or unwanted gifts or unwanted stock that we can sell to raise funds?

There are so many ways that you could help us and therefore help these beautiful noble creatures who suffer so badly at the hands of humanity.

Please get in touch via telephone, email or Facebook and we hope to see you on Sunday in Stock!

Tel: 01277 356191
Email: info@remussanctuary.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RemusHorseSanctuary

Final Family Fun Day at Essex Horse Charity

Remus Horse Sanctuary will be opening its gates for the last time this year on Sunday 6 October and visitors, members and supporters are welcome to come and meet the 200+ animals and learn about the Sanctuary’s horse welfare programme, from 1pm to 5pm.

Parking is available on-site, with disabled access, and dogs are very welcome on a lead. Admission will be charged at just £4 per adult and £2 for children.

The Open Days at the Sanctuary are fun and interesting for the whole family, with bouncy castles, a children’s entertainer, live music from Midnite Blu, delicious refreshments – including gluten-free sandwiches and homemade cakes – and lots of stalls including a tombola and raffle.

The Sanctuary provides rehabilitation and care for around 200 animals, including horses, ponies, donkeys, one cow that was born at the Sanctuary, along with goats, sheep and cats, and has been doing so since it was founded in 1983.

Every year the charity faces the threat of closure due to spiraling costs and the Open Days are a vital source of fundraising. Due to its location on greenbelt land, Remus can only open to the public for a limited number of days each year.

The Sanctuary also host Afternoon Teas, Children’s Pony Days and complementary therapy workshops, the details for which can be found on the website. The 2020 programme of events will be launched shortly.

Sue says,We always look forward to our Open Days and the last one of the season is always bitter sweet! We enjoy inviting the public to come and visit the Sanctuary and learn more about what we do. Everyone always has such a great time and it means we’re able to show off our facilities and our amazing animals and give people an insight into the valuable work that we do in a fun way.”

For further information, visit www.remussanctuary.org or contact Sue Burton on tel: 01277 356191.

Fun Dog Show and Family Day at Essex Horse Charity

Remus Horse Sanctuary will be opening its gates on Sunday 1 September to welcome supporters, volunteers and members of the public for its fun Dog Show and Family Day from 1pm to 5pm. The Novelty Dog Show will commence at 1.30pm with bookings being taken from 1pm.

This will be the penultimate Open Day of the Season for the Sanctuary at Little Farm, Buttsbury, near Ingatestone, which offers free parking on-site with disabled access. Admission will be charged at just £4 per adult and £2 for children. Entry to the Dog Show is £1.50 per class.

The Remus Novelty Dog Show includes fun classes such as: Bad Hair Day and Best Sausage Catcher, along with the more traditional – Dogs with a Disability (blind, deaf or a life-changing illness) and of course, the ever-popular Best in Show. The 1st – 6th winner will receive a rosette and best Rescue Dog and Best in Show will receive a trophy each to keep.

The events at the Sanctuary are always fun and interesting for young and old alike, with bouncy castles, a children’s entertainer, live music from Midnite Blu, delicious refreshments – including gluten-free sandwiches and homemade cakes – and lots of stalls including a tombola and raffle.

The Sanctuary provides rehabilitation and care for around 200 animals, including horses, ponies, donkeys, one cow that was born at the Sanctuary, goats, sheep and cats, and has been doing so since it was founded in 1983.

Every year the Sanctuary faces the risk of closure due to lack of funds. The Open Days are a vital source of fundraising for us as, due to our location on greenbelt land, we can only open to the public for a limited number of days each year.

The Sanctuary also host Afternoon Teas, Children’s Pony Days and complementary therapy workshops such as Reiki for Animals – the details for which can be found on our website.

Sue Burton, the charity’s founder, says,Our dog shows are always great fun and offer a new dimension to our open days. We always look forward to inviting the public to come and visit the Sanctuary and learn more about what we do. 

“Young and old always have such a great time! It means we’re able to show off our facilities and our amazing animals, and give people an insight into the valuable work that we do in a fun way.”

For anyone wishing to sponsor a dog class at the event, especially local businesses, please email: info@remussanctuary.org. For information about the Sanctuary, visit www.remussanctuary.org or contact Sue Burton on tel: 01277 356191.

Final Furlong for Horse Sanctuary’s 2019 Open Days

On Sunday 4 August, Remus Horse Sanctuary will open its gates once again to welcome supporters and members of the public for its fun Family Day from 1pm to 5pm.  The Sanctuary has only three more dates until the end of the 2019 events season.

The Sanctuary can be found at Little Farm, Buttsbury near Ingatestone, and offers free on-site parking with disabled access.  Admission will be charged at just £4 per adult and £2 for children.

The events at the Sanctuary are always fun and interesting for the whole family, with bouncy castles, a children’s entertainer and live music from Midnite Blu. On the 4th August, the local fire brigade will also be making a scheduled appearance for demonstrations.

Refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon, including gluten-free sandwiches and homemade cakes.

The Sanctuary provides rehabilitation and care for around 200 animals, including horses, ponies, donkeys, one cow – born at the Sanctuary – goats, sheep and cats, and has been doing so since it was founded in 1983.

Every year the Sanctuary faces the risk of closure due to lack of funds. The Open Days are a vital source of fundraising for us as, due to our location on greenbelt land, we can only open to the public for a limited number of days each year.

Sue says, “Young and old always have such a great time at our Open Days and it means we’re able to show off our facilities and our wonderful animals, many of which have suffered at the hands of mankind, and give people an insight into the valuable work that we do in a fun way.”

For information about the Sanctuary, visit www.remussanctuary.org or contact Sue Burton on tel: 01277 356191.

Fun Dog Show and Family Day at the Sanctuary

Remus Horse Sanctuary will be opening its gates on Sunday 7 July to welcome members of the public for its fun Dog Show and Family Day from 1pm to 5pm. The Dog Show will commence at 1.30pm with bookings being taken from 1pm.

The Sanctuary at Little Farm, Buttsbury, near Ingatestone, offers free parking on-site with disabled access. Admission will be charged at just £4 per adult and £2 for children. Entry to the Dog Show is £1.50 per class.

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The Remus novelty Dog Show includes fun classes such as: Bad Hair Day and Best Sausage Catcher, along with the more meaningful – Dogs with a Disability (blind, deaf or a life-changing illness) and of course, the ever-popular Best in Show. The 1st – 6th winner receives a rosette and best Rescue Dog and Best in Show receive a trophy to keep.

The events at the Sanctuary are always fun and interesting for the whole family, with bouncy castles, a children’s entertainer, live music from Midnite Blu, delicious refreshments – including gluten-free sandwiches and homemade cakes – and lots of stalls including a tombola and raffle.

The Sanctuary provides rehabilitation and care for around 200 animals, including horses, ponies, donkeys, one cow – born at the Sanctuary – goats, sheep and cats, and has been doing so since it was founded in 1983.

Every year the Sanctuary faces the risk of closure due to lack of funds. The Open Days are a vital source of fundraising for the charity which, due to its location on greenbelt land, can only open to the public for a limited number of days each year.

The Sanctuary also host Afternoon Teas, Children’s Pony Days and complementary therapy workshops such as Reiki for Animals – the details for which can be found here.

Sue says,Our fun dog shows offer a new dimension to our open days and we always look forward to inviting the public to come and visit the Sanctuary and learn more about what we do.   

“Young and old always have such a great time and it means we’re able to show off our facilities and our amazing animals and give people an insight into the valuable work that we do in a fun way.”

For anyone wishing to sponsor a dog class at the event, especially local businesses, please email: info@remussanctuary.org. For information about the Sanctuary, visit www.remussanctuary.org or contact Sue Burton on tel: 01277 356191.

Horse Charity’s Plea for Autumn Open Day

Remus Horse Sanctuary’s final Open Day of the 2018 season will take place on Sunday 7 October and feature a whole host of entertainment for children including: children’s entertainer, Magic Dave, face painting, many games and two bouncy castles; musical entertainment will be provided by local band, Midnite Blu; refreshments of sandwiches and cakes (including gluten free) will be available all afternoon; a raffle, tombola and numerous stalls will amuse the whole family.

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However, its not all fun and laughter at the horse charity near Ingatestone in Essex. The summer heatwave meant that grass everywhere struggled to grow and Remus, in particular, needed to buy in food throughout those many months stretching our already limited budget. As a result, its already forecasting a need for additional financial support to get through the cold winter months.

Founder, Sue Burton, said: “We’ve never been a rich charity but just as we get our heads above water something else comes along to knock us back.   

“Our work here never gets any easier – rescuing a horse is expensive and normally it’ll either be in ill health or suffering some other form of trauma. It then requires extra medical attention, round the clock care, medication and specialist food.

“Our bills seem to rise constantly, and the cold weather brought on by the winter means extra heat and extra food and nourishment for both the ill and the elderly animals. You can see why people liken us to a hospice!”

For those unable to visit on Sunday 7 October, Sue is pleading for donations to help with the task ahead, “Please help us get through another winter. I’ve given my life for the animals in our care at Remus, but we can’t continue to do it without financial support.”

Full details of how donations can be made can be found on the website at: www.remussanctuary.org/donate.

Entry to the Open Day event on Sunday 7 October is just £4 for adults and £2 for children and the gates will be open from 1pm until 5pm at the Sanctuary’s premises near Ingatestone in Essex.  Parking is available on-site, with disabled access, and dogs are welcome on a lead.

The Sanctuary has been providing rehabilitation and care for over 200 animals, including horses, ponies, donkeys, cows, goats, sheep and cats for the past 35 years. All of the animals at Remus are victims of physical and mental abuse, be it as a result of ignorance or malicious intent.

Naturally, the Open Days are a vital source of fundraising for us as, due to our location on greenbelt land, we can only open to the public for a limited number of days each year.

Sue Burton concluded, “The Open Days are a really important to us, not only in terms of fundraising, but they also give us opportunity to educate people about what we do here. Visitors will have a fun day meeting our latest rescues and learning about our many other successes.”

For further information, visit www.remussanctuary.org or contact Sue Burton on tel: 01277 356191.

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