Lionel Ford, one of our regional welfare officers, has been involved in advising the villagers at Chalford, following their appeal in February this year for a donkey to help carry their shopping up a steep hill to get their groceries home.
The villagers are still actively looking for a suitable donkey which would carry the groceries for two half days a week. Initially they had been given a 12 month old donkey, but on the advice of our Sanctuary, this youngster will be kept to keep company to the donkey that we are helping to find.
There are two possible donkeys in the country that may be suitable to the task in hand and it is hoped that over the next few months, a donkey will be helping the villagers of Chalford to carry their shopping. Once a donkey is acquired, we will be assisting them with training.
Donkeys were used until the 1950s in Chalford, a small Gloucestershire village, to carry coal and supplies from the canal and railway up the narrow streets, which were then known as winding donkey tracks.