Ferne Animal Sanctuary is to celebrate 75 years of caring for the pets of servicemen and women with a prestigious ball in September.

Jenny Wheadon, head of external funding, in the goat pen. Photo © Jackie Nicholls

The Somerset charity was established in 1939 and is still going strong.

The event, due to take place on September 19 at Woodlands Castle in Ruishton, Taunton, looks set to be an evening to remember.

A grand draw will take place, with a first prize of £1,000 donated by Acheson Construction. There will also be a table magician, disco and dancing to AJ’s Caravan Band, while Somerset Photographic will be on hand with their portable photography studio.

Ferne’s chairman of trustees Nanette Wale said: “The Duchess of Hamilton, a great animal lover, started the sanctuary in the dark days at the beginning of the Second World War in 1939. We’ve chosen to commemorate the work she began – and that is still carrying on 75 years later with an anniversary ball.

“This is going to be a very special evening. Ferne has an enormous amount of supporters and it will be fabulous to spend the evening celebrating with as many of them as possible.”

  • Tickets for the ball and grand draw are now on sale at the sanctuary
  • Alternatively, telephone Ferne Animal Sanctuary on 01460 65214 or visit www.ferneanimalsanctuary.org
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