Carriage Driving For Disabled Adults In Dorset

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Easy fund raising

Do you shop online? Do it through and raise a free donation for East Holton Driving Centre every time you shop!

I've recently been intrduced to this incredibly simple way to raise funds for our charity. the suggestion came from a member of a church that has been using this to raise money for some years now, so we are now registered and there is a link for you to sign up and begin raising funds for us just from your shopping habits.
There are over 3,000 retailers you can choose from.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Harness Stolen

 All locks vandalised
The Cupboard Was Bare!

A chilling sight for us on Sunday evening!! 5 sets of complete harness all stolen! A fifth spare was in a suitcase.
Richard, one of our volunteers, out for a walk with his wife on Sunday afternoon, just happened come through the stable yard on their way back to their car when they spotted thedestruction and phoned the police.
They knew just what they wanted, just the driving harnesses complete with bridles and reins.
 3 good saddles and a variety of riding tack was left untouched.

A report that BBC prepared for the local News Bulletin has drawn an overwhelming response from so many kind and generous people.

Anyone wishing to donate can either send a cheque payable to: East Holton Driving Centre
c/o J. Colvile, 48 Warburton Road. Poole. BH17 8SF
Or click on the Make a Donation link on the right where you can download a Gift Aid form to print off and send to above address.

Contacts: Jonnie 07970 310104
              Maureen 01202 240937  mob: 07917 546644

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas Everyone

Christmas breakfast laced with a can of Guinness each for the horses!

We wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a healthy, successful New Year.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Christmas Lunch 2015

The Mediaeval Banquet Hall at Dylans Restaurant plays host to 30 volunteers and disabled drivers for our annual Christmas lunch party.

Once again Richard and Kate excelled themselves providing us all with a first class lunch which was quite amazing because the restaurant was also full.
This is always a wonderful chance for our volunteers to meet the other volunteers that give their time on the different days of the week.
The East Holton Driving Centre has such a lovely, warm, committed lot of like-minded, cheerful volunteers that make every day of every week an absolute joy to be at the stables. And, each of our four delightful horses add their share of pleasures that we can all enjoy!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Big Lottery Grant - New Bennington

All the way from Newark in Lincolnshire our brand new Bennington wagonette arrived pristine, and well wrapped at 8.00 am today.

On it's way back to Lincolnshire our old Bennington for refurbishment
Not bad for a well used vehicle that was bought in 1998 and only one set of replacement rubber tyres in that time!

We can now look forward to far more flexibility in 2016 and onwards.
We do need more volunteers with some horse experience to assist our present team if we are to continue to make full use of our four horses.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Coffee Mornings at the Stables

We intend to be available on Wednesday mornings between 10.00 and 12.30 throughout the winter, weather permitting! Nobody wants to venture out if it's blowing a blizzard or squally rain! But, on better days we will probably have one or two horses down for a bit of long reining or similar activity just to keep them on their toes. It is also a good chance to meet volunteers, introduce a bit of training, socialise with some of our participants and generally keep in touch with all involved.

Fletcher with Maureen in tow.

We have introduced a running martingale for these long reining sessions in order to try to dissuade Fletcher from from tossing his head when being driven in the carriage, and he seems to be getting the message. He enjoyed his half hour especially as he receives a small reward in his feed bucket.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Christmas Celebration Lunch 2015

   Friday 11th December 2015 at 12.00pm   
Following on the success of last year we have arranged with Richard and Kate at Dylans Restaurant in Lytchett Minster to hold our Chrismas Lunch. with them again this year.



Served with warm roll and butter

Served with Melba toast and mixed leaf salad

Served with salad and horse radish cream

Main Course

Served with all the trimmings, roast potatoes,honey roast parsnips,
orange butter carrots, brussel sprouts, and chestnuts, sausage meat stuffing and roast gravy

Served with prawns, cream and white wine sauce 

Filled with wild rice mushrooms and blue cheese topped with Parmesan crust

Served with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and selection of fresh vegetables


Served with Brandy sauce or double cream 

Laced with orange liqueur with a spiced custard


  3 Courses  £20.00 
  2 Courses  £15.00

 If you wish to join us and have not heard from us please contact Maureen or myself on:
07917 546644 or dolally at
07970 310104 or jon.colvile at

P.S. There is a reason not to put in the @ in the address. It is  to protect our email addresses from being harvested