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.
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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.

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  • Ivan D.

    Awesome as always!

    2 · June 15, 2014

    • Martin

      Me and Chris feel so chilled, such a nice energy!

      1 · June 15, 2014

  • Katka

    Hey guys, I am new to meet up. Would some of you join me meet up tomorrow to support animals rights?

    June 15, 2014

  • Cinzia D.

    Happy Friday everyone :)

    It's the end of a long week, the sun is shining and it's Sanctuary week end!

    Just doing a final count for Sunday 15th June for our Retreat work day :

    1. Nico - Hanger Lane
    2. Cinzia
    3. June
    4. Natalie

    5. Sadie deeameca

    6. Ivan - Hastings

    7. Lynne - hounslow
    8. Anca
    9. Lesley

    10. Martin ? Tbc

    We still have a space left in the car for any last minute takers from West London.

    Please let me know ASAP if you can no longer make it or if I have missed you off the list. I will text billy with the numbers later so he can plan our work schedule.

    Have a good day.

    Cinzia x[masked]

    June 13, 2014

  • Cinzia D.

    Good evening all,

    The Volunteer Day is on Sunday! I wanted to check who can make it so I can let billy know numbers. Please reply, text or email me so I can note.

    Temperatures are looking in their early 20's, please bring sun cream in case you work outdoors. :)

    I look forward to seeing you all.

    Thank you for caring for the animals.


    June 10, 2014

  • Katriona M.

    4:15 is so early to leave..please make it a bit later.

    1 · June 9, 2014

    • Cinzia D.

      Hello Katriona, this is just an indicative time, people can leave when ever, we always stay a little bit longer but am always conscious of time travelling back on a Sunday when people have work next day. :)) look forward to seeing you! Xx

      1 · June 9, 2014

    • Lesley D.

      Hope you can make it Katriona, I have a temp facebook ban at the mo.. btw.. oh well only 24 hrs..

      June 10, 2014

  • Cinzia D.

    We have one space in the car if there are any takers! First come ;))

    June 9, 2014

    • Lesley D.

      Me me me, if poss..

      June 10, 2014

    • Lesley D.

      I flagged Ker Bear's comment as inappropriate.. so malicious to try and get me banned everywhere.. I would never do this to her despite our differences.. I hopefully Meet Up will remove that thread.. I am so sorry the facebook troubles seem to be spilling over here..

      June 10, 2014

  • Kerbear

    I see you have lesley dove joining you? This is the same woman who is actively inviting neo nazi's to animal rights demo's, she is a vile woman and I strongly advise you distance yourselves from her.

    June 9, 2014

    • Kerbear

      I think we need some solidarity, because she has not done anything to you personally does not excuse her disgusting behaviour. I will e-mail you more details.

      June 9, 2014

    • Lesley D.

      Thanks Cinz, is Lynne coming this time do you know? If she is I am always happy to travel with her, otherwise with you and Nico if there is space.. and if not I do not mind giving it a miss this once as it is a bit of a hassle on public transport.. but I do not intend to drop out if you are still glad to have me :)

      June 10, 2014

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