Waterfowl Sanctuary celebrates 25 years of rescuing and caring

Waterfowl Sanctuary and Children’s Farm near Banbury is celebrating 25 years with an activity-filled Easter weekend.

The family-run animal sanctuary and children’s centre at Wigginton Heath first opened its doors to the public in March 1989.

Some of the residents at the Waterfowl Sanctuary and Children's Farm

Some of the residents at the Waterfowl Sanctuary and Children's Farm

Since then many animals have lived happily at the sanctuary including geese, ducks, rabbits, guinea pigs, goats, pigs, birds, emus, terrapins,chipmunks and donkeys.

Mabel Warner bought the fields 27 years ago. Her son Rodney Robbins now owns and runs the sanctuary with his 83-year-old mother still helping out when she can.

She said: “It has given many children a lot of pleasure over the years and we now regularly get the second generation.”

The celebrations are starting with an Easter egg hunt tomorrow (Friday).

The event will continue throughout the weekend until Monday and will include fancy dress at 1.30pm on Saturday, with Banbury MP Sir Tony Baldry joining the celebrations.

Hook Norton Brewery’s Shire horses will make an appearance on Sunday and Morris dancers will be performing on Monday. Easter egg hunts will take place each day.

Entry is £4 for adults and £3 for children. For more information, call the sanctuary on 01608 730252 or visit www.waterfowlsanctuary.co.uk