Friday 28th April
The second Royal visit: HRH The Princess Royal flew into Longlands, a centre for Riding for the Disabled and a care farm. Longlands was set up 15 years ago by the inspirational Julia Evans, and now has both permanent staff and a large team of volunteers providing alternative education to break cycles of poor achievement and low aspiration. The Princess is National President of the RDA, and showed her enthusiasm for the work of Longlands, and her knowledge of the challenges, during a happy visit in the sunshine (that gave way to rain a few minutes after HRH had departed by helicopter!).