Mr Humphrey with volunteer Katrina Reynolds. Picture: Ian Burt

West Norfolk Mayor Harry Humphrey paid a visit to a charity he is supporting during his term in office.

  Having a special affinity with horses and understanding how being involved with them can help people in many ways, Mr Humphrey and mayoress Brenda, visited the Magpie Centre at South Runcton on Monday, the home of West Norfolk Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA).

Mrs Humphrey was an active helper of West Norfolk RDA and when they were elected as mayor and mayoress, the couple said they recognised how people could find a new freedom of mobility, caring, and responsibility as a result of interaction with horses.

  Activities at the Wallington Hall centre are returning in line with the gradual lifting of lockdown restrictions.

  A spokesman for the centre said riders had returned with “great enthusiasm” and the centre was looking forward to the arrival of three new mounts – two ponies and one horse. The horse, for adult riders, will be privately-owned but on working livery at the centre.

More volunteers are needed to help at riding sessions, held lunchtimes, Monday to Friday.

“If you enjoy fresh air, the countryside and making new friends, while helping the community, this one’s for you,” the spokesman said.

The Magpie Centre has an indoor school and provides more than 100 riding and carriage driving lessons a week to people of all ages, who are living with a wide range of physical and learning disabilities.

“We need volunteers who can lead a quiet pony in lessons, and/or who would be prepared to sidewalk. 

“The role of the sidewalker is very important.  He or she walks beside the rider to help them maintain balance and helps to communicate the instructor’s directions to the rider,” the spokesman added.

No experience is necessary, training will be given. Anyone with time to spare can call 01553 810202,
see www.rda-westnorfolk.org.uk or email magpiecentrewnrda@hotmail.co.uk