Harris joining in the work

We had a great work party from Lloyds Banking Group last week who worked their socks off for us at Ravelrig.  Here’s what Michelle, one of the team had to say about it.

“Please extend our thanks to everyone at RDA, particularly Sally and John, for our warm welcome and fun filled day of volunteering.  Most of the team have previously volunteered at Ravelrig and we were delighted to be asked back again this year!

After a quick cup of tea and briefing on the day ahead, 2 of our team volunteers (Mark and Dougie) headed off into the fields with John to mend some fences and the remainder of the group (Karen, Linda, Jaclynn, Scott, Tom and Michelle) were put to work sanding and painting the outside buildings in preparation for the winter months.

The weather was very kind to us and we enjoyed a very productive day in the autumn sunshine and were lucky enough to meet the lovely Harris too!  Thanks again and we hope to see you all again soon!”

Ravelrig takes a lot of maintenance, from looking after the horses health and well-being to making sure the vehicles, fences and buildings are fit for purpose.  This all takes time and energy and we are so grateful to these individuals and businesses who come and help at Ravelrig.

Here’s the team with their newest member Harris!

Lloyds work party

Our wonderful work party from Lloyds with Harris their new recruit

 

 

Working at the Car Wash!

We had a fantastic fundraising weekend here at Ravelrig RDA, with our Tack Sale, Car Wash and Cafe.   Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and energy to help raise a fantastic £770 over the three events.  A big thank you to Sally for organising the bumper Tack Sale, which spanned over 3 areas and everything was so beautifully displayed.  There’s still more tack to sell so we will be able to raise even more money.

The weather was really kind to us and the bacon rolls and home baking certainly kept the volunteers and customers happy.   I don’t know about anyone else who helped on the Car Wash, but today muscles I didn’t know I even had are aching.  Who needs a gym membership when you have a car to wash?

We are really grateful to B&Q at Newcraighall who supplied us with buckets and sponges and to Halfords at Straiton who donated the car shampoo.

THANK YOU!

 

Volunteer Appeal

We are appealing for volunteers for our Bag Packing events on the 23rd and 31st December.  Why not join in the fun and spread a bit of Christmas and New Year cheer.

We have spaces available on the 23rd December at Sainsbury’s at Murrayfield between 10am and 4pm and on the 31st December at Asda at Chesser between 12noon and 5pm.

Please let us know if you are available to help out at either event.  Email office@ravelrig-rda.org.uk or ring us on 0131 449 7994

Thank you!

Bag Packing

Come along and join us to help raise money for Ravelrig

Norton House Work Party

We welcomed a great group of volunteers from the Norton House Hotel at the beginning of December who kindly came out for the day to get stuck in to our garden and stables.  This time of year all the lovely plants are not looking their best and need a good hair cut to take them in to the winter months.

They came armed with cake for the humans and apples for the horses, so as you can imagine it went down very well indeed.

Thank you to Peter, Chris, Frances, Hannah, Lyndsay, Johnny, Brian, Iona, Hollie, Lauren, Daragh and James.  James who is the Norton House gardener made sure the team worked hard in our garden and made everything look gorgeous.  Johnny was a bit obsessed with our power hose but the area outside the stables is gleaming in the sun.  A big thank you for all your hard work and making Ravelrig tidier, and shinier we appreciate your support.

We are so grateful to ALL our wonderful work parties who have been out this year giving us their time and energy gardening, painting, sanding, building and generally putting in a lot of elbow grease.  They are able to do the jobs that we just don’t have time to do and it really makes such a difference.

We have had people from lots of places, including Lloyds, Bank of Scotland, Cadence, HSBC and Green Investment Bank.

If your work offers you community days why not come and help at Ravelrig during 2018.

 

Preparations in full swing

Our Open Day is just hours away now and preparations are in full swing.  Marquees and stalls up, horses being brushed and pampered, paths swept and lots of lovely volunteers helping to get everything organised for our big day.

The weather looks like it might be good to us too tomorrow so we are all looking forward to welcoming you to Ravelrig for lots of fun!

Oreo

Oreo’s looking forward to the Open Day tomorrow