Remembering those commemorated on our Memorial Wall

At 7.30pm on Thursday 10th September a short memorial service was held for all commemorated on our Memorial Walls.

The service, which was led by Rev Janice Chilton was much appreciated by everyone. There will be another service in September in 2016. We will be making this remembrance an annual event.

Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary Memorial Wall Service, September 2015
Poster invitation to the short Memorial Service here on Thurs. 10th Sept 2015

Visitors to Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary (IFDS) will be familiar with the memorial wall opposite the barn on the left-hand side when walking towards the yard. The metal plaques commemorate much-loved friends, including pets and other animals, who have passed from physical life but live on in the affections of those who knew them. Friends and supporters of the sanctuary have had these plaques added to the wall both as a lasting tribute to their loved ones and to support the donkeys via payment for inclusion here. In addition to maintaining the memorial wall itself, IFDS holds regular short services that take place about once a year.

If you are interested in purchasing a plaque to commemorate a friend, relative or pet (minimum donation £100) you can download an application form or e-mail us at mail@donkeyrescue.org.uk with details of your request. Alternatively, and if you have any further questions about this, you can call the sanctuary on 01491 833938.

Palm Sunday 2015

Tracey the donkey ready for a 2015 Palm Sunday eventAs our friends and supporters know, Island Farm donkeys are in demand for Palm Sunday church services. This year was no exception.

The donkeys were not too bothered by the rather blustery March weather. Here (right) are a couple of pictures of Tracey, nicely turned-out and presentable wearing a freshly cleaned and polished bridle for the occasion.

With Tracey in the picture below-right are Barbara, Sue, Wanda and Jack (the dog). As usual, Tracey is calm and relaxed. If you recognize her from elsewhere on this website that might be because you watched our Carol Service video at which she made an appearance, then stayed on afterwards with various stable mates including Billy the goat and some sheep.

We hoped to include a photo of Tracey in the procession but due to wind and weather, it looked rather blurred so here are some other pictures of that (below) instead. As you can see, there were a lot of people and flapping robes to add to the inclement weather, but nothing fazes Tracey.

Palm Sunday procession, Sun 29th March 2015