Jenny Seagrove visits Uckfield rescue farm

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ACTRESS Jenny Seagrove visited Sussex Horse Rescue at Hempstead Farm, Uckfield, last week. Jenny was leading an all star cast in Noel Coward’s newly-discovered gem of a play, Volcano, at the Devonshire Park Theatre in Eastbourne.

Her career has included starring roles in TV classics from Barbara Taylor-Bradford’s A Woman of Substance to Judge John Deed; films such as Local Hero and Don’t go Breaking My Heart and more than a dozen West End successes including The Country Girl opposite Martin Shaw.

Jenny has more than a passing interest in horses as she has just founded the Mane Chance Sanctuary. She said: “People ask me why I bother. I bother because they have been so badly abused, starved and beaten. Why shouldn’t they live out what is left of their lives with a little kindness, a bit of comfort? I think we have forgotten how great horses are. Animals have souls and a right to a good life. It kills me to think people just don’t get that.”

Horse Rescue founder Pauline Grant explained Jenny was visiting the centre to see a special foal. She said: “In 1995 TV writer Carla Lane bought Broadhurst Manor, Horsted Keynes, to set up Animaline. Carla bought a group of Shires when a brewery closed down in 1995. One mare Octavia was underweight and in foal and was given to the trust. We freeze branded the mare in our name.

“She foaled in Febuary. Carla asked us to call the foal Shoreham. Sadly Octavia trod on her foal and and refused to feed him so we had to hand-feed him every four hours until he needed to be weaned in June. So we asked Carla to take Octavia back for a while.”

Since then Octavia went from place to place until the Trust found Jenny whose Mane Chance sanctuary had taken over her care.

Pauline went on: “Jenny came to us last week to meet Shoreham but gave us the devastating news that Octavia has been passed on yet again. She promised she will contact the retreat and tell them Sussex Horse Rescue would like Octavia returned to them.”

The trust is now looking forward to re-uniting mother and son. Jenny has pledged her help.