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VOLUNTEER DAY at The Retreat Animal Rescue in Ashford

Dear friends of the animals,

The Volunteer Days at the animal sanctuaries have proved to be both popular and enjoyable for people who like the interaction with the animals and therefore I would like to extend the experience out to a second sanctuary I also work with who are in desperate need of help. Starting in January 2014 of the 3rd Sunday of every month.

The Retreat Animal Rescue is a vegan run sanctuary that cares for over 1,000 animals at any one time and offers much needed support to all animals - farmed, domestic and wild. Their aims are to educate the public that all animals need commitment, love and respect.

The Retreat is a rescue centre which saves tormented, abused, sick, injured and unwanted animals from certain death. Some of their residents include: ex-race horses, ex-riding school ponies, injured live export sheep, cows saved from slaughter, ex-petting farm goats, injured birds, ferrets, Christmas turkeys, worn-out battery hens, disabled non-releasable wildlife, fish, small domestics, old or feral and FIV cats, and dogs who have failed behaviour tests in other dog homes.

Billy Thompson is the founder of the centre and has devoted his life to the cause.
More information can be found here: http://www.retreatanimalrescue.org.uk/

There is always lots to do including feeding, mucking out and/or doing any other sanctuary ad hoc task. You will need wellies, a change of clothing and GLOVES (working gloves probably best). This is also an opportunity to meet like minded people.
Please bring food/snack or pot luck to share during your break (this is a vegan place therefore vegan food would be preferred). Coffee and tea is usually provided in the volunteer kitchen.

The plan is to Meet at Charing Cross station at 9.10 - by the ticket office.
The fare to Ashford is considerably dearer than Paddock Wood but I hope this will not put everyone off.
The return fare is £26.30pp (yikes!) but reduced to £13.15 with a GROUP DISCOUNT for four people. Please encourage friends to join you.

TRAIN TIMES
Dep 09:38 London Charing Cross
Arr. 10:58 Ashford International
Dep 16:33 Ashford International
Arr. 17:52 London Charing Cross
A GROUP discount for 4 people is available on this route £52.60 which works out at £13.15 per person.

If driving, the journey is fairly straight forward and parking is available at the sanctuary.
The Retreat Animal Rescue, Brickyard Farm, Cripple Hill, High Halden, Kent TN26 3LJ

Unfortunately, the animal ambulance can only accommodate two people so lifts from the station are not possible and would suggest a shared taxi or relying on the goodwill of driving volunteers to pick up from the station.

Billy's mobile
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Email: [masked]

This is for those who love working with animals and helping where help is needed.

If there are any question please do not hesitate to ask.

Cinzia
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  • Ivan D.

    Awesome. A very productive day with wonderful people

    March 17, 2014

  • Maddy R.

    Hi everyone, I am so sorry I couldn't make it. We had a family emergency as predicted and our animals needed someone to stay with them. I will definitely try and make it next time. I don't like to make a habit out of letting people down.

    1 · March 16, 2014

  • Cinzia D.

    Thank you so much everyone for coming. Your help is greatly appreciated by Billy, he was really happy with how much we got done today! The weather was fantastic, the animals were happy and it was a brilliant day. Thank you, you made a big difference today.
    Cinzia xxx
    https://www.facebook.com/events/244320029071318/permalink/266722170164437/

    1 · March 16, 2014

  • Joanna

    Just to make people aware the trains do not go from Charing Cross per se but from St Pancras (the 9.32 from Charing Cross is an underground time to St Parncas, leaving at[masked]

    March 15, 2014

  • Joanna

    Just checked the trains from Charing Cross and they leave at 9.32, arriving Ashford International 10.48.
    Therefore I will be outside the main ticket hall area from 9.15 to 9.20 at the very latest.

    March 15, 2014

  • Joanna

    As the train leaves at 9.38 I said i'll be there by 9.25 at the very latest

    March 15, 2014

    • Cinzia D.

      Ok great, if I can't get u picked up pls take a cab and I will cover the costs.

      Would you check what time the train pulls in? Can you text me so I have your number?

      Thanks
      Cinzia [masked]

      March 15, 2014

  • Joanna

    Hi Cinzia Just to let you know I'm meeting up with Mollie and Kirsty at Charing Cross.

    See you tomorrow

    1 · March 15, 2014

    • Cinzia D.

      Fantastic news! Really pleased you can all make it and look forward to meeting you all. I am trying to arrange a fourth person as well for you. What time are you all meeting?

      March 15, 2014

  • Joanna

    Sorry, just seen these comments. Will email Molly now to see if she is still going by train.

    March 14, 2014

  • Cinzia D.

    Mollie, Kirsty and Joanna - are you guys coming by train? Have you exchanged contact details ?

    Jess - see you at 9.10am at hanger lane by crown plaza exit barrier.

    Is anyone else coming? I am now noting all names to let billy know numbers.

    I generally make food for volunteers but do bring a snack or pot luck to share.

    Bring gardening gloves and Wellies!


    Thanks
    Cinzia

    March 12, 2014

  • Cinzia D.

    This is who I have so far, please let me know if I have missed you off or should take you off. Thanks Cinz Nico - Alperton
    Cinzia
    June
    Jess
    Anca

    Ivan - Hastings

    John + 1

    Lynn - hounslow
    Lesley
    +1?

    Sharon v Davies
    Tara Lennox

    Mollie - meet up by train
    Kirsty
    Joanna

    March 12, 2014

  • Ivan D.

    Cinzia, I'm working Sunday morning 6am to 11am so I'll get there as soon as I can, as per last time. I'll bring some washing up liquid for the sanctuary, is there anything else which is needed? Thanks, Ivan

    1 · March 12, 2014

    • Cinzia D.

      Ivan, fantastic! It will be great to see you again! Thank you! That is it thanks, I will make food for everyone so look forward to seeing you xx

      1 · March 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    going to southampton this weekend.... hopefully i'll be able to come next time :)

    March 12, 2014

  • Joanna

    Haven't signed up yet. Just wanted to check that people will definitely be meeting up at Charing Cross Station beforehand? Is there a contact number we could have in case we can't find people

    1 · March 10, 2014

    • Maddy R.

      I have never been before so would be great as you can tell me if I am in the right place ! I will let you all know after tomorrow whether this is possible or not as I should then know where I am setting off from ! :-)

      1 · March 11, 2014

    • Cinzia D.

      Fantastic news Alice! We shall keep an eye out for an update! Thank you so much for your help. Xx

      March 11, 2014

  • lizzie c.

    Would love to join you all but I'm working this Sunday. Have a great day with the animals and see you for the next one.

    1 · March 11, 2014

  • Cinzia D.

    One last push......

    Good morning everyone!

    This is on Sunday, the rain and cold weather has eased off and am hoping we have a few more animal lovers come forward to help.

    The work is hard but very rewarding! Surrounded by animals and extremely grateful people who have dedicated their lives to the cause.

    The train cost is putting people off so are relying on drivers who can give lifts and share petrol costs.

    Please confirm if you can make it, collecting names now.

    Thanks a lot
    Cinzia

    March 11, 2014

    • Jess G.

      If I could hop on with you cinzia that would be great!

      1 · March 11, 2014

    • Mollie

      Sure, we can go with Joanna! We've got 16-25 railcards anyway in case we can't get the discount because there are too few of us.

      1 · March 11, 2014

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