Pavilion Progress

Maz Robinson writes:

At last  - we have started work on our new B&Q Visitor Pavilion. It’s purpose - to offer additional shelter to our visitors when we have to give talks & demonstrations about owls, their welfare & conservation in adverse weather conditions.

As you will see from the pictures we have our work cut out, but as usual sponsors, family & friends have stepped into the breach to help us get the job done.

First and foremost, on behalf of S.O.S. I’d like to thank my good old father in law Clive, who did the plans for the whole structure, a generous donation of concrete from “Eastern Concrete” which allowed us to embed the main uprights securely; and then Les, Barry, Ronnie and Daren (my long suffering husband) who are all local tradesmen who have given up their free time to come and help us get started.

A little help from our friends at Eastern Concrete

Daren & Andy - The Boys from the Black Stuff

Andy gets down & dirty

Progress is made - the structure takes shape

In addition everyone else here has been “mucking in”, from shop staff to volunteers - even Andy our General Manager pretended to join in (that’s him posing with a wheelbarrow with a smile on his face). 

And, of course, all this has been made possible by the generous grant we were awarded by B&Q, who have supplied all the materials with which erect the structure - see our blog post
One Planet Living Award

We will show you the finished article in a couple of weeks, but meanwhile, as we’ve nearly reached the end of our summer season, I’d like to pay tribute to all the staff here at S.O.S. for the work they have put in over the last few months.

The summer holidays are always a busy time, with many families and young visitors coming to see us at our Stonham Barns HQ. Andy and the falconry team of Matt, Dean and myself have been giving up to three flying demonstrations daily since Easter-time, in addition to the essential maintenance work (mowing, nest box erecting, aviary building) and of course the work with rescued & injured birds, plus the school visits, activity days and out shows that pop up on the calendar with frequent regularity.

Meanwhile Andrew and Stella have been beavering away at reception to make sure it’s clean and tidy, that the gift area is well stocked with souvenirs and ice-cream, and that all our visitors get a cheerful greeting when they come to see us. Thanks, guys - you’re doing a great job.

Though hard work it’s very gratifying and this year there’s been an extra bonus - it was been agreed that  Andy needed to lose a bit of weight, and with all this activity, he has too!

Our final thanks goes to our visitors and to those who have helped with our fund-raising activities by adopting an owl.
Your continued support and positive feedback is a great encouragement to us, and as you can see from our latest newsletter (and we hope, this blog) all your donations are being put to good use. So, a heartfelt “Thank You Very Much” from all at S.O.S.