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Cabinet Minister visits Henstridge Riding for the Disabled facility

Sunday 26 January 2014, 23:56
By Harriet Warburton

Henstridge RDA at Pevlings Farm

On Friday 10 January, David Warburton, the Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Somerton and Frome, welcomed the Rt. Hon. Maria Miller MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, to the Riding for the Disabled facility in North Cheriton, near Templecombe.

Formerly the Minister for Disabled People (2010 – 2012), Ms Miller was appointed to the cabinet in 2012 and is also Minister for Women and Equalities.

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) is a nationwide charity offering therapy and enjoyment to people with disabilities through horse and pony riding, carriage-driving, vaulting and show-jumping.

The Henstridge RDA group, led by Tessa Woodhouse, is run by more than 50 volunteers from its base at Pevlings Farm in North Cheriton near Templecombe, which is owned by Alison Tytheridge.

David Warburton commented,

"I first visited Henstridge RDA last summer and was hugely impressed by the dedication and enthusiasm of Tessa and her team of volunteers. Tessa is an inspiration to us all and I wanted to introduce Maria Miller MP to her to experience first-hand this amazing facility that we are so lucky to have right here on our doorstep in Somerset."

Maria Miller MP talked to several people who have benefitted from the work of Henstridge's RDA and was enormously impressed with the dedication and support offered by the service.


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