Fifty years of Axe Vale fun

PUBLISHED: 09:00 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:35 15 June 2010

Members, ex-members and friends of the Axe Vale Pony Club will be heading to a party at Uplyme Village Hall on March 15 to celebrate the club's 50th anniversary.

Members, ex-members and friends of the Axe Vale Pony Club will be heading to a party at Uplyme Village Hall on March 15 to celebrate the club's 50th anniversary.They will also have the chance to buy a book about those last 50 years penned by current District Commissioner Anne Roberts.The book, which will be launched at the event, started out as notes and ideas for a pamphlet which just kept growing and has been knocked into shape by Roger Trivett of printers Acanthus Press.It contains recollections of camps, rallies and trips abroad by members, photographs of events and snippets of history including excerpts from the club's committee minutes. Most people have lasting memories of their time in the pony club as friends made there are often friends for life. Lots of those memories involve Daphne Sleight, DC from 1971 to 2001 whose formidable, incredibly hardworking and friendly presence shaped many a child's future in the saddle including Mary King. It was on a pony club outing to Badminton Horse Trials that Mary got the eventing 'bug' which has seen her develop into one of the world's leading riders and a multiple medal winner at World, European and Olympic levels.Daphne describes the Axe Vale as having given her 30 years of challenges and fun. Here's to the next 50! For more information contact Mrs Anne Roberts on (01297) 443530.

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