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The lovely home-made cakes served in our Tea Room, victoria sponge and epic brownies

Eat Out to Help Out

4 August, 2020

We are part of the government’s scheme ” Eat Out to Help Out”.
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Book Tickets On-line

17 June, 2020

Tickets will need to be booked online. You can visit the booking page here >>

This is VERY IMPORTANT information which EVERYONE MUST READ before booking a ticket.
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First Lambs born in 2020

7 February, 2020

Our first lambs are a beautiful set of triplets called James, Jimmy & Juliet.
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Welcome Herbie

2 December, 2019

Herbie is a very handsome Shire Horse. He is extra special as he is a “grey” shire and there are only about 200 greys registered.
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Our beautiful Gloucester Old spot pigs looking over the wall for food in the winter

Winter Season Starts 28th Oct – Closed Monday to Wednesday

23 October, 2019

We start our winter season hours on Monday 28th October, we will be CLOSED every Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday and OPEN on Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
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Sad News

23 September, 2019

It is with great sadness that we write this to let you know that Viridor
(our 10 year old Suffolk Punch Horse) had to be put to sleep yesterday
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It’s a girl !

4 June, 2019

Honey the donkey gave birth to a gorgeous foal yesterday ( 3rd June).
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The Tamworth terrors racing on a beautiful day in summer

Pig Racing returns at the weekends

7 May, 2019

Pig racing returns at the weekends from Saturday 11th May at 2.30pm.
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A young quail chick being held

Open Every Day during Easter

18 April, 2019

Yes, we are OPEN every day during Easter, 10am – 5pm
Good Friday
Easter Saturday
Easter Sunday
Easter Monday
Come and join us in our Easter Egg Hunt held on these 4 days at 2pm

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Easter Egg Hunt

12 March, 2019

We will again be holding our own version of an Easter Egg Hunt at 2pm on:-
Good Friday
Easter Saturday
Easter Sunday
Easter Monday
We will give you one half of an Easter Egg, you just need to find the other half somewhere in Church Wood – easy!
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A tractor pulling a trailer full of visitors with the church in the background

Tractor rides return this weekend!

26 February, 2019

Tractor rides will run at the weekends on the hour every hour from 11am – 4pm.
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Bernard our Suffolk Punch pulling Elise in his cart

Sad loss of Bernard

21 November, 2018

It is with deep sadness that we announce that Bernard our magnificent Suffolk Punch horse, at the great age of 24, had to be put to sleep this morning (Monday 19th November)
He had been under the weather for some time and following a recent visit to the horse vet, Rossdales in Newmarket we were advised that his time was limited. 
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OUr Suffolk Punch Horses on a very snowy day

Winter Season starts Monday 29th Oct

25 October, 2018

Our WINTER SEASON starts on Monday 29th October.
We will be CLOSED on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
but OPEN on Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
We are open more days over the Christmas holidays – click here for more information

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Meet Honey!

7 August, 2018

Welcome Honey!
Our new donkey, Honey is now starting to do donkey treks with our other donkey, Treacle.
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Christmas is coming!

3 August, 2018

Tickets for the Father Christmas Tea Party and Breakfast are now on sale
Book early to avoid disappointment !
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We’re only kidding!

23 May, 2018

Goat kidding season is here!
We have bagot, guernsey & pygmy goats all having babies at the moment
The are all gorgeous and full of mischief!
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Pig racing on a lovely summers day - they are fast

Pig Racing Returns!

9 May, 2018

Pig Racing returns this weekend ( 12th/13th May)
It is held on Saturday & Sunday at 2.30pm
Come and cheer on your favourite – will it be Ham Solo or the Notorious P.I.G ??
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Children playing on the monkey bars and trampolines in the outdoor playarea

Weather – hints & tips!

10 April, 2018

As you know the weather has been horrible this Easter Holiday.
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Easter Opening Times

21 March, 2018

We are OPEN EVERY DAY over the Easter holidays.
We are OPEN on Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, 10am – 5pm
See our Easter events page for more information

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A front view of the tractor and trailer ride which runs during the summer months

Tractor Rides Return at the Weekend

8 March, 2018

We will be running the tractor ride again from Saturday 10th March.
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Lambing begins!

7 February, 2018

The lambing season has started.
Come and bottle feed some of our beautiful orphan lambs.
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2 deer in the field during the annual Deer walk with Nigel the gamekeeper

New dates for Nature walks announced

30 January, 2018

The dates for this year’s Nature walks are now on our Nature walks page ( under activities)
Please book all walks by ringing 01366 382162.
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Father Christmas has arrived

5 December, 2017

Father Christmas has arrived at the Farm
See the Father Christmas page for more details and prices – click here

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Father Christmas in his woodland retreat

7 sleeps until FC arrives!

23 November, 2017

Only 7 more sleeps until Father Christmas arrives at the Farm on Thursday 30th November.
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Our beautiful Gloucester Old spot pigs looking over the wall for food in the winter

Winter Opening hours begin on Monday 30th October

19 October, 2017

From Monday 30th October we begin our “winter season ” so we will only be open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
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Special Father Christmas events – on sale now

29 August, 2017

We are now selling places for :-
Breakfast with Father Christmas – Saturday 2nd December & Sunday 3rd December –
Father Christmas Tea Party – Monday 4th December
See the links for details
We do not have a booking system if you are coming to see Father Christmas in his woodland retreat so there is no need to book for this, please see the Father Christmas page

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Have you met DAVOS yet?

25 August, 2017

Davos is our new Swiss Valais ram – he is very friendly and loves a scratch.
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A host of guinea pigs eating their favourite food - grass

Rabbit & Guinea Pig week

21 August, 2017

If rabbits & guinea pigs are your thing – visit us this week!
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Wish us luck!

18 August, 2017

Kate is currently at the Swiss Valais Show & Sale in Carlise with our gorgeous sheep.
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The lovely home-made cakes served in our Tea Room, victoria sponge and epic brownies

Job Vacancy !

16 August, 2017

See our job vacancy page at the bottom of the home page for more details……

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NEW – Donkey Treks

9 August, 2017

We can now offer DONKEY TREKS.
Enjoy a lovely ride through Church Wood on our gorgeous donkey Treacle.
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Chicken coup - with farmyard chickens

Chicken Weeks

8 August, 2017

Monday is the start of 2 weeks all about Chickens.
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A little girl and her mother stoking Belle

Horse & Donkey Week

1 August, 2017

Starts on Monday 31st July until Sunday 6th August
Come and learn about our beautiful Suffolk Punch Horses, give our dusty donkeys a good brush, cheer on the pigs as they race in the Ham National as well as free crafts and a free prize quiz too!
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Fancy a membership?

13 June, 2017

New for 2017
You can now buy a membership for the Farm at any time of the year and it will be valid for 1 year from the date you buy it.
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Easter Egg Hunt

5 April, 2017

We are once again holding our own version of an Easter Egg Hunt at 2pm on
Good Friday
Easter Saturday
Easter Sunday
Easter Monday
You will be given half a picture of an Easter egg, the other half is hidden in Church Wood – you just have to find it!
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Father Christmas in his Woodland retreat

Father Christmas Breakfasts – FULL, still space for Tea with FC !

7 October, 2016

We are now fully booked for the Breakfast with Father Christmas, but we do still have places on the Tea Party with Father Christmas on Monday 5th December 4pm – 6pm – see event pages for more details.
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Tea Party & Breakfast with Father Christmas – Selling fast!

2 September, 2016

We are now taking bookings for The “Tea Party with Father Christmas” on Monday 5th December and the “Breakfasts with Father Christmas” on Saturday 3rd December & Saturday 10th December.
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A little boy stroking a tame rabbit in the petting pens

NEW – Pet care course for children

22 June, 2016

We are running 2 courses for children to help them care for and handle their rabbits & guinea pigs
See the Events page for more details

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Welcome to Treacle

1 June, 2016

We would like to announce the arrival of Treacle, our newest donkey.
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Bernard and Belle our beautiful Suffolk Punches enjoying the sunshine

Summer Season Starts 11th Feb

9 February, 2016

Now is the perfect time to buy your season ticket for our 2016 / 2017 season.
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New for 2016 – Monthly Sunday Nature Walks

11 January, 2016

New for 2016 !
A monthly Sunday evening nature walk suitable for everyone aged 8 & over.
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We are open during the Christmas Holidays!

14 December, 2015

We are open on the following days over the Christmas Holidays!
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Father Christmas in his Woodland retreat

Father Christmas arrives!

3 December, 2015

Guess who has arrived in the Farm today?
Yes, its Father Christmas,
He is now enjoying his woodland retreat where he gets to meet all the wonderful children and give them a present.
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Pony Rides for the charity - Riding for the Disabled

Pony ride dates for summer

10 June, 2015

The RDA are bringing their ponies on
Thursday 6th August
Tuesday 11th August
Thursday 20th August
Tuesday 25th August
from 11am – 2.45pm.
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The Fruit Pig Company

BBQ on Father’s Day

5 June, 2015

The Fruit Pig Company, an award winning, rare breed Butchery will be serving a delicious BBQ from 11am – 2.30pm on Father’s Day, Sunday 21st June.
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The Tamworth terrors racing on a beautiful day in summer

Pig Racing returns at the Weekend

28 May, 2015

The Ham National pig race returns at the Weekends.
Join in the fun at 2.30pm on Saturday & Sunday to see the pigs compete in the most unusual race around!
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Welcome to the fab four!

22 May, 2015

Welcome to 4 gorgeous Swiss Valais Blacknose sheep.
Their names are Heidi, Edelweiss, Yodel & Emmental.
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The lovely home-made cakes served in our Tea Room, victoria sponge and epic brownies

Free Cupcake for Mums on Mother’s Day

4 March, 2015

All Mums who come to the Farm on Mother’s Day on Sunday 15th March will receive a FREE CUPCAKE – yummy!
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Bottle feed the calves every day at 11.30 & 4.00

Bottle feed the calves – Sven & Olaf

20 February, 2015

You can now feed our beautiful new calves – Sven & Olaf every day at 11.30am & 3.00pm.  
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View of the pond at Church Farm with flowers and a water spout

Season tickets for 2015/16 now on sale

7 January, 2015

Season ticket for the Summer Season and for all year round Membership are now on sale.
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Join us on Christmas Jumper Day

28 November, 2014

Join us for ” Christmas Jumper Day” on Friday 12th December.
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The crib in the nativity barn with all the animals

Santa’s Grotto starts to take shape!

19 November, 2014

Santa’s Grotto – or as we like to call it Father Christmas’s woodland retreat is taking shape at the farm.
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Our beautiful Gloucester Old spot pigs looking over the wall for food in the winter

Winter Season Tickets on Sale Now!

22 October, 2014

Our winter season ticket is now on sale and is excellent value for money.
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Ahoy there! I spy a pirate ship!

Hook’s Pirate ship takes shape

17 October, 2014

We are well on the way to creating Captain Hook’s Pirate Ship now in time for the start of our Peter Pan event.  
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Bernard our beautiful Suffolk Punch in harness

Bernard – Fully recovered

14 October, 2014

Bernard is now fully recovered following a really nasty bout of colic.  
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Shaun the Sheep came to Church Farm – 19/7/14

11 July, 2014

Shaun the Sheep came to  Church Farm on Saturday 19th July and had his photo taken with the children.
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Members of the Riding for the disabled group holding up letters to make the work Than you

RDA Pony rides – 4 dates in August announced

5 June, 2014

We have 4 dates in August when the RDA will be bringing their ponies to Church Farm
Thursday 7th August
Tuesday 12th  August
Thursday 21st August
Tuesday 26th August
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A donkey foal called Rolo

New arrivals at the Farm

27 May, 2014

We have 4 new donkeys at the farm.
These are Ruby ( mare) with her foal – Rolo – he is very cute!
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The Tamworth terrors racing on a beautiful day in summer

Pig Racing returns at the weekends

6 May, 2014

Pig racing returns!
After the long winter and a fantastic lambing season we now see the return of the “Ham National” .  
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A young quail chick being held

Chick holding proved very popular over Easter

9 April, 2014

Chick holding proved a very popular event at the Farm.
It is happening everyday throughout the Easter Holidays at 11.30 and 1.30pm.
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This gorgeous white park calf was born at the farm

White Park calf born!

1 April, 2014

On Saturday 29th March we had a gorgeous White Park calf born – It was a little girl.
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Church Farm logo of a goat and pig with the phone number

Happy 10th Birthday to us!

27 March, 2014

Its our 10th Birthday on 29th March.
Church Farm was officially opened by Mr Paul Heiney a rare breeds enthusiast, 10 years ago.
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Giant rabbit with the norfolk horn sheep in the petting pen

New giant bunnies

25 March, 2014

We have some new additions to the petting pens – 2 giant rabbits.  
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Bernard leading the St Winnold's Parade in Downham Market - What a clever boy!

Bernard leads the way!

25 March, 2014

Bernard was the head of the St Winnold’s Parade in Downham Market once again.
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A Wensleydale ewe with a new born lamb

The Wensleydales have started to lamb

17 March, 2014

What wonderful woolly lambs the Wensleydales are!.  We have a beautiful set of triplets born yesterday – well done Mum!
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A Golden Guernsey nanny goat with her new born kid

Birth day for the Golden Guernseys

14 March, 2014

We have had some beautiful Golden Guernsey kids born
They are one of the prettiest baby animals we have in the farm and are full of fun.
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A child bottle feeding the orphan lambs

Lambing – Spring has Sprung!

26 February, 2014

Lambing is in full swing now with all our breeds of sheep giving birth over the next 2 months.
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Bernard and Belle our beautiful Suffolk Punches enjoying the sunshine

Bernard and Belle have a new temporary home

13 January, 2014

Our Suffolk Punch beauties have moved temporarily to the field on the right as you enter Stow Bardolph village while their paddock recovers over winter. 
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Little Red Riding Hood on her way to Grandma's House

Once Upon a time at Church Farm

30 October, 2013

30/10/2013 – Lynn News
Fairy tale themed fun at the Farm
Once upon a time, during the half-term holidays, children donned their finest fancy dress and headed to a fairytale farm in Stow Bardolph for a magical day out with their families.
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Ring returned to Stow Bardolph after 180 years

20 October, 2013

20/10/2011 – EDP – David Blackmore
A mouring ring dating back to the 1800s that belonged to Sir Thomas Hare has found its way back to Stow Bardolph after being missing for over 180 years
When travelling back to his vast Norfolk estate in the early 19th century, Sir Thomas Hare lost a ring dedicated to his beloved wife Ann who died in the “prime of life”.
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Star crossed Lovers

19 February, 2013

19/02/2013 – Lynn News
First lambs born at Church Farm were on Valentines Day – Gill McCoy the livestock manager with the two Norfolk Horn lambs Romeo and Juliet with the ewe.
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A Rosy Day for Apples at Church Farm

2 October, 2012

02/10/2012 – Lynn News –
Anyone who can tell the difference between a Norfolk Beefing and a Pitmaston might have been sampling a few of the delights at an apple weekend at Church Farm, Stow Bardolph.
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A Christmas Present for Church Farm

28 December, 2011

28/12/2011 – Lynn News
Joseph arrives in time for Christmas
A NEW arrival has proved to be a real scene-stealer at the Church Farm Christmas festivities at Stow Bardolph.
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Apple Day at Stow Hall Gardens

2 October, 2011

02/10/2011 – Lynn News
The Biennial Apple Day & Produce Show
Stow Hall Gardens opened its gates to a record 2,100 people when it held its biennial Apple Day and Autumn Show.
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A rare day out

1 August, 2011

01/08/2011 – Lynn News
1st Dersingham Rainbows visit Church Farm
ITS all smiles from these 1st Dersingham Rainbows, celebrating their end of term with a special coach trip to the Rare Breeds Centre at Church Farm, Stow Bardolph.
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Did ewe back a race winner?

1 August, 2011

16/08/2011 – Lynn News
SIX lambs took to the track for no-holds- baa-rrd “Lamb National” races at a West Norfolk rare breeds farm.
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Royal Wedding Day at Church Farm

29 April, 2011

29/04/2011 – EDP – David Blackmore
How we celebrated the Royal Wedding
Town mayor John Fox was delighted and surprised by the amount of people who came into Downham to catch a glimpse of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s big day.
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Bernard is the star of the St Winnolds Parade

18 March, 2011

18/03/2011 – EDP – David Blackmore
Bernard heads the St Winnolds Fair Parade through Downham Market
For centuries the horse fair held over several days in Downham Market at this time of year was one of the largest of its type in Europe.
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West Norfolk Life – Goat Article

10 January, 2011

10/01/2011 – West Norfolk Life
All about the goats
Two new arrivals have been settling in at Church Farm, getting used to their new surroundings and meeting our resident goat family.
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Downham Market Life Magazine – Winter

10 January, 2011

10/01/2011 – Downham Market Life Magazine
An article for Downham Market Life
We now know it was the coldest November/ December since records began, and there is some gratification in that statement, because it certainly felt like it to the workers and livestock at Church Farm.
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In and Around Church Farm

1 December, 2010

01/12/2010 – Downham Life Magazine
One for the boys!
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Orphan Anya, the new kid at Stow Bardolph

22 June, 2010

22/06/2010 – Lynn News
An adorable orphan kid goat has been hand-reared following an emergency Caesarean section birth, moments after her mother had to be put down through labour problems.
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