Willow is a Christmas star across Burnham-On-Sea area!
cow who doubles as a Christmas reindeer is delighting children during
visits to schools in the Burnham-On-Sea area this week with Santa
Claus' wife - and the festive aninal is set to go on show at a local
a friendly Jersery cow from Poplar Farm in the village of Mark,
delighted youngsters at Brent Knoll School this week, and will be
the centre of attention with Santa at a grotto this coming weekend.
Victoria Dimond explained: "Willow is a lovely, friendly cow
who was unable to have calves, so rather than lose her from the
farm, we decided to dress her up as a 'cow-deer' for Christmas."
been running the visits for several years now - the children all
get to meet Willow and are able to stroke her while learning more
also dress up our tractor with fairy lights. It started because
a local school couldn't get a Santa Claus and I suggested that I
could help, and it went from there."
made a special 'sleigh' for Willow to pull and we now have this
amazing bond. She loves children - we make such an amazing team!"
can actually ride her just like you would ride a horse - she jumps
and is able to pull a cart and is one amazing cow. I love her to
added: "Willow loves kids as she's grown up with my three little
ones - that's how Willow has been came a 'cow-deer'."
will be part of a Father Christmas grotto for charity this month
where visitors can meet her for themselves.
grotto, at Poplar Farm in Harp Road, Mark (TA9 4PF), will be held
on December 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th and 18th from 3pm-7pm.
are £5 per family on the door with all proceeds going to WellChild,
a charity that helps sick children.
grotto features a number of themed scenes - including a real-life
nativity scene with calves, jersey cows, a donkey cow, ewes and
lambs plus llamas and a baby Jesus.
second grotto scene is a North Pole featuring light-up penguins,
polar bears and reindeers and a huge igloo.
third grotto scene is Mr and Mrs Claus' house with huge Christmas
trees and lots of decorations and lights with a real fireplace and
huge red santa chair where children can meet Father Christmas and
get a present.
drinks and food will be available to buy along with a raffle, tombola