In the Community
Welcome to Newnham Court Veterinary Hospital’s Community page! We value our local community and are proud to be your Veterinary Hospital. The aim of this page (your page) is to showcase our involvement within our community; here you will read about the projects we are involved with and why they are important to us.
Newnham Vets sponsor Roseacre Raiders (under 9) Junior Football Team
Roseacre Raiders FC is a junior football club based in Bearsted, Kent, who have been an FA Charter Standard Club since 2013.
The Club started life as Roseacre Saturday Club, on the Green and then at Roseacre Junior School, its declared objective was “to promote enjoyment of and participation in football and other sports activities by children”. At this time club membership included both boys and girls and activities extended beyond the football season to summer sports.
After a while the club, focused on football activities and became Roseacre Raiders Football Club, establishing teams in age groups, some entering the local Maidstone leagues, retaining the ethos to give everyone a game.
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Vets to the rescue!
When Newnham Court vet, Nigel Davies, heard from one of his staff, Sue Alcorn, that the local nature reserve at Vinters Valley, Maidstone, was short of money for urgently needed bird food this winter he contacted the Warden, Steve Songhurst and offered to help with a donation of £500.
Steve said “I was delighted to hear from Nigel to say that the Newham Court Veterinary group would be happy to help feed our birds this winter. As a small local charity we are always short of money and more so over the last 18 months. It’s amazing what we have manage to achieve at Vinters Valley Nature Reserve over the years with very limited resources and having the support of local residents and businesses is so vital if we are to continue to provide a refuge for wildlife and a place for people to enjoy nature”.
The money will be used to pay for bird food in two of our main bird feeding stations in the nature reserve. Supplying the birds with extra food from autumn to the following spring helps ensure more of them to survive , especially during periods of really harsh winter conditions. Additionally, at these two stations visitors can watch the birds feeding from behind a screen and so get really close to the birds.
Information on Vinters Valley Nature Reserve
• A 90 acre urban nature reserve, situated between two housing areas on the north east edge of Maidstone.
• The nature reserve is home to a variety of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects including rare & protected species such as viviparous lizards, slow worms, king fishers, tawny owls and kestrels. It is a hotspot for both common toads (designated as a key amphibian site in Kent by the Kent Reptile & Amphibian Group) and has the sixth highest species count in Kent regarding fly species as well as has high numbers of butterfly and moth species. There are also two winter hibernation sites for bats.
• The reserve is managed via a registered charity set up in 1991.
• Funding comes mainly from the local community, via a friends of the reserve scheme, sponsored events and grants from Boxley Parish Council and The Cobtree Trust.
• A warden is employed for 25 hours a week, but all other work is carried out by volunteers from the local area.