This summer, the Otter Wey Trail ran for two months in Farnham. An initiative of Jo Aylwin and Farnham in Bloom, charities, schools and businesses were asked to decorate the 1m tall otters which were then displayed round the town. In all, 44 otters were decorated and displayed
The Change of Scene was beautifully designed and decorated by Kim Field, with a little help from the attendees, and housed in the Farnham Frame Centre, courtesy of Caroline and Steve Dyche. A special thank you from all at Cos goes out to them.
On 9th July 2018, an auction of all the otters was held and we are delighted to say that the purchaser of the Change of Scene otter was its sponsor, Cello Health. It will be displayed in the reception of their Farnham offices. Tarquin the Otter brought much positive publicity for Change of Scene not only during its time on the Otter Wey, but going forward on display in its new location at Cello Health.
The Otter Wey was designed to raise funds for the nominated charities of the 2017-18 Mayor of Farnham, Mike Hodge.
Last Sunday, 15th July 2018, saw the 10th Anniversary of Change of Scene!
To mark this auspicious occasion, a celebratory barbecue was held at the farm with plenty of burgers, sausages and salad. We enjoyed tomatoes from the vegetable patch and our volunteer baker, Jane, made some delicious biscuits.
Farnham Hedgehogs provided games which included putting and a magnificent ‘find the key’ game which proved very popular with guests. There was also a ‘guess the number of sweets in the jar’ with the winning guess, that of N Morgan, only 7 away!
Music came courtesy of guitarist Robbie Lee, who stepped in at the last moment when our original musicians were unexpectedly unable to attend. Many thanks to him for a superb play list!
The weather couldn’t have been better and it was a lovely chance for attendees and their families, staff, volunteers and supporters to get together and celebrate 10 years of the Charity.
The pinnacle of the event was a rousing rendition of happy birthday and the cutting of a birthday cake which was enjoyed by all.
Since being set up in 2008 by Voluntary Chief Officer, Sue Weaver, Change of Scene has helped over 100 children to re-engage with sustainable education.
Disadvantaged children across Surrey and East Hampshire will be given the chance to fulfil their potential thanks to a grant from Surrey Freemasons.
The generous grant of £3779 to Change of Scene will help to fund children struggling in schools to reengage with education.
Due to a wide range of complex social, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties more and more children are floundering in mainstream education and so become either temporarily or permanently excluded. With one-to-one care and nurture, working with animals and horticulture, our attendees become accustomed to success rather than failure. 79% manage to return to sustainable education.
The grant from Surrey Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends from across England and Wales.
Sue Weaver, Voluntary Chief Officer at Change of Scene said:
“We are most grateful to Surrey Freemasons for their generous grant, which will help us to continue to offer our provision to children in need.”
Mark Winchester from Surrey Freemasons said:
“We are very pleased to be able to help Change of Scene who do such an outstanding job helping disadvantaged children. Currently full and with a waiting list, there is clearly an ongoing need for this provision. We are proud to support the project.”