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 Summary News Update- July 2017
TIME RUNS OUT FOR THE TRUST AT ERIDGE

The Trust has a final deadline of September 30th 2017 to vacate the site it has called home for the past 23 years.

The Trust’s landlord, Sir Christopher Nevill the Marquess of Abergavenney, is insistent that the Nevill Estate Company has another use in mind for the premises that the Trust’s volunteers have painstakingly built over some considerable time, but has declined to give any meaningful explanation for the Trust’s tenancy not being renewed.

Sadly, the Trust has been unsuccessful in its prolonged search for suitable new premises in the area. BUT IT HAS NOT GIVEN UP. Plan B has swung in to action and temporary homes are being found for its horses (far sooner than originally planned – see below) and safe storage for its vehicles and equipment has been secured. The search will go on.

CURSE OF THE SUMMER CAMP

As if life wasn’t difficult enough, a complication has arisen in the form of the WeWork Summer Camp 2017. The Nevill Estate has rented out large areas of Eridge Park to WeWork to stage its annual Summer Camp (see summercamp.wework.com if you want to know more about this American company and its summer camp). The pastures where the Trust’s horses graze, adjacent to its farm site, have been appropriated for the main camp site which will see over 5,000 campers in residence over the weekend of August 17th to 20th. Clearly, this is not compatible with the horses’ well-being and the pastures will not be usable once the campers have departed. The Trust has been asked to remove its horses from the land by July 20th and has taken the decision to try to re-home as many of them as possible before construction work on the camp begins (August 7th).

NEW HOME, THE SEARCH GOES ON

The Trust will continue to hunt for a new home despite the set-backs and near misses it has experienced over the past couple of years. It has recently submitted a tender to Surrey County Council for a small farm reasonably near-by in West Sussex and at the time of writing await a response. The Trustees have decided to persevere for at least another six months to a year. As a reminder, the Trust is looking to rent around 25 to 35 acres of land with some buildings attached. We need around 500 to 600 sq. mtrs of covered space to house our horses over winter plus a range of building to store equipment, hay, straw etc. (although we could put these up, with permission). We are prepared to do some renovation/upgrade work if necessary. The availability of buildings is proving to be a major issue as it is now so easy and common for redundant farm buildings to attract planning consent for alternative uses and therefore to be sold for quite considerable sums. Another challenge for the Trust is location as it is important to stay within reasonable distance of its current base so as to retain its team of dedicated volunteers.

FARM CLEARANCE SALE

To make moving and storing easier, the Trust is having a serious sort out of stuff that it has accumulated over the years and shedding unwanted items. Specific horse equipment has been advertised in the South Eastern Shire Horse Association newsletter and members of the Southern Counties Heavy Horse Association have been alerted. Some of the items for sale can be viewed on the Trust’s Facebook page. Lots of bits and pieces are being posted on the FreeCycle Network (Tunbridge Wells) and the Trust will be holding a clearance sale over the long weekend of the August Bank Holiday (Friday 25th to Tuesday 29th – and possibly beyond to the end of that week). Harness and horse related items will be included then.

VISITORS TO OUR CURRENT SITE CAN FIND US

people coming for their FreeCycle stuff and, hopefully for the sale, here are directions provided as we are not an 'official' address with a precise SatNavable postcode.

The Trust is based on the Nevill Estate at Eridge bordering Eridge Park - roughly mid-way between Tunbridge Wells and Crowborough. The nearest postcode to the location is TN3 9JA but it is not precise as the Trust does not have a postcode for its site.

Approach via the A26. Eridge is c.3miles south of Tunbridge Wells;
4miles north of Crowborough.

From the A26, turn in to Sham Farm Road. Signposted - Sham Farm

Business Units; Rotherfield (4); Mayfield (7). Follow Sham Farm Road for c. 1.5 miles (past Steelbridge farm on the right; the Deer Park Cafe on the left).

Turn Left in to Sham Farm Business Units. Past bungalows on left and over two speed humps. At the last bungalow, turn left into the Car Park of the business units; turn right to cross the car park, aiming for the Gothic looking building which is Australian Body Care. Follow the
unmade track straight down (signed to Forgewood Farm & Meadowhead Shooting). The Trust is the second metal gateway on the left. You will see a large barn!

NEW ADDRESS FOR ALL CORRESPONDENCE

All correspondence should now be sent to the following address, which is the Trust’s
Registered Office:
39 Berrylands Road
Surbiton
Surrey
KT5 8PA
Email remains the same – enquiries@theworkinghorsetrust.org

The landline number – 01892 750105 will remain operational until the end of September then calls will be diverted to Berrylands Road. A temporary new line and new number will be set up in due course.

For further information

Please Telephone Jo Ambrose on 01892 750105
we have not given up the fight and are just suspending
our normal activities temporarily whilst we pack up, clear out - BUT

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