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Riding lessons have resumed at the Magpie Centre, home of West Norfolk Riding for the Disabled Association, and money from Central England Co-op has subsidised 200 lessons.

The £3,700 community fund grant will help to fund vital lessons for young people, living with a wide range of physical and learning disabilities, a spokesman said.

Funds for the centre’s sensory garden, opened in July by Princess Anne, have also received a welcome boost from trustees Jan Calvert and Andy Beeston.

They took part in last month’s King’s Lynn GEAR run and raised more than £700.

A second pilot session of Tea With a Pony was held earlier this month  and proved a huge success.  

The sessions aim to attract people living with dementia and their carers, who can socialise over tea and cake in the sensory garden and stroke some of the South Runcton centre’s ponies.

The cost is £10 per participant, including a carer. A further session will be held in October.  

To book, call the centre on 01553 810202 or see the website: www.rda-westnorfolk.org.uk

A fundraising 2022 calendar is also being produced, available from next month. It will feature lots of pony pictures, ways to help the association and space on every date to note appointments. 

Calendars will be available from Chalk and Cheese in Shouldham and West Winch Post Office, or can be ordered via the website.