From friendly ferrets to a snuggly snake, our young people thoroughly enjoyed introducing the High Sheriff of South Glamorgan to our animals last week!

We were delighted to welcome Rosaleen Moriarty-Simmonds OBE, the High Sheriff of South Glamorgan, to the Farm on Thursday 16th March.

The young people on our GROW programme met Rosie and her consort, Stephen, in the Animal Centre. Our young people were keen to show Rosie some of our animals. After the cuddly ferrets, Rosie was a little more unsure of Basil the snake, and Pogo the bearded dragon. Despite, her initial trepidation, Rosie made sure to give Basil and Pogo some attention too!

Paul, our Education Programmes Lead, talking to Rosaleen Moriarty-Simmonds, the High Sheriff of South Glamorgan.

The young people told Rosie why they enjoy being at the Farm, and what they do each day. They talked about how much the animals and being part of the Care Farm means to them, as well as how much their confidence has grown during their time on the GROW programme.

Time for Tea (and cake!)

Alongside homemade cakes baked by Trust volunteers, Rosie and Stephen met volunteers, trustees, staff, and partners of the Farm. A young volunteer played a video he had made of the animals at the Farm and volunteers chatted about their involvement with Amelia Trust. Rosie heard about the many groups that benefit from being part of the Amelia Trust ‘Farmily’, and the plans to transform the old café building into a community café with improved facilities for disabled people.

Exciting new Plans for the Future

It was brilliant to welcome Rosie and Stephen to the Farm . They brought happiness and a ray of sunshine even though the weather was wet and miserable.

Rosie is such an inspiration to everyone and has so many entertaining stories that listening to her speak is always a pleasure.

We were delighted to receive recognition from the High Sheriff of South Glamorgan for our work. It really does mean a lot to us. We were so grateful to both Rosie and Stephen for taking the time to visit us when they have such a busy schedule. We look forward to welcoming them again – hopefully in better weather.

Karen Turnbull, Director, Amelia Trust Farm

Volunteers, staff, and young people alike thoroughly enjoyed hearing about Rosie’s role as the High Sheriff of South Glamorgan, and what that entails. Rosie is inspirational, and her sunny personality was a welcome tonic to a drizzly day!

At the end of their visit, Rosie presented a High Sheriff Award Certificate to Amelia Trust. The certificate recognised our community work in the Vale of the Glamorgan and surrounding areas.

From left to right: Karen Turnbull, Director of Amelia Trust Farm, Rev. Dr. Stephen Wigley, Chair of Trustees, and Rosaleen Moriarty-Simmonds, the High Sheriff of South Glamorgan.
Rosie and Stephen watching a video made by one of our young volunteers.
Amelia Trust Farm volunteers, partners, trustees, and Rosie.
Karen Turnbull, Director of Amelia Trust (centre) with Hedd James (left) and Margaret Beak (right) longstanding volunteer of Amelia Trust Farm. Karen is holding the certificate presented by the High Sheriff of South Glamorgan to Amelia Trust Farm.