Christmas Shopping

When you go down to the shops today you might be in for a surprise, at least if you shop at certain supermarkets near Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary.

Some Iasland Farm donkeys outside Tesco's Abingdon store.
Some Island Farm donkeys outside Tesco’s Abingdon store.

We’re pleased to be able to bring a couple of donkeys to meet Christmas shoppers at super stores in South Oxfordshire. Here we are in Abingdon. Just a few days ago we visited the Tesco store in Didcot. All contributions including the proceeds from sales of Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary products help to keep the rescued donkeys safe, healthy and happy.

Here’s a huge thank-you to everyone who has helped us or just paused to say hello to the donkeys.

Carols with the Donkeys 2014

This short video features a few scenes from our carol service on 18th December 2014.

As you can see, the clips were recorded on a hand-held mobile phone.
Sorry about the occasional jitter but hopefully this conveys some sense of the occasion.

We started a few minutes after 7.30pm due to more people arriving, a good cause for delay as it was lovely to see so many of our friends and supporters despite the cold dark night.
The barn was almost full with everyone comfortably seated around tables. Not only was that cheerfully sociable, but it was especially convenient for enjoying the delicious mince pies and other treats afterwards. The above doesn’t give a fair impression of the number of people present because the person filming needed to stand no further back than almost halfway along the barn in order to include these views of the BENSON and ROKE BRASS BAND who played brilliantly for us, and of the Rev. Janice Chilton who conducted the service.

There are short clips of the band playing and the barn while people arrived, then some of the carols – including “Little Donkey” during which Linda brought in Tracey, the donkey who is also shown in the final clips of some of the animals that joined us in the barn for the carol service. Other animals present are included at the end. There were also some well-behaved dogs who were most welcome but are not shown.

Other features of the evening not depicted here included the stalls along the side of the barn at which volunteers sold various gifts including some delightful soft toys, knitted donkeys and other items from our shop. There were also two raffles that were drawn later in the evening and warming mulled wine, soft drinks and nibbles served after the music. Some people won nice prizes just in time for Christmas and much-needed funds were raised to contribute to the running of the sanctuary and the welfare of the donkeys in our care.

Thank-you again to the BENSON and ROKE BRASS BAND, Rev. Janice Chilton and everyone who came to support this event. A Happy New Year to all!

Merry Christmas 2014

As 2014 comes to an end it’s time to thank all our friends and supporters for the help, good wishes and contributions of various kinds that we have received this year. Our Christmas message is conveyed by Jack and Charlie, two of our popular adoption donkeys, who are pictured below complete with the cheerful Santa hat stylishly modelled by Jack.

We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and good health and fortune in 2015.

Donkeys Jack and Charlie wish all our friends and supporters a very Merry Christmas
Donkeys Jack and Charlie wish all our friends and supporters a very Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas 2013

Happy Christmas from Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary 2013
Happy Christmas from Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary

Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary wishes all our supporters and visitors an enjoyable festive season.

We appreciate all the generous support we have received throughout 2013. This has enabled us to care for the many donkeys who need our help together with a few other animals who have also found there way here, usually along with a donkey or two. As the donkeys rely on our care every day of the year we’ll be as busy as ever making sure that all are well, comfortable and cared for. We don’t close between Christmas and New Year – opening times for visitors are shown below.

With all good wishes for A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS !