December 2012 – December 2013

Clark's Little Ark began evolving unintentionally in December 2012. A small piece of land at the former brickworks in Sanquhar became home to our miniature Shetland ponies and donkeys. Being near to the town, people from the local community began to visit the animals.  Watching the enjoyment shared between humans and animals was so rewarding that the animal family began to grow. 

In May 2013, tragedy and heartbreak struck the Shankly family when their beloved son Clark passed away.

Although Clark had many 'labels' of disability, he was a happy loving boy who loved being around happy, smiling people.

Clark's Little Ark was named in his memory and we know he'd approve of all the smiles that take place at The Ark. The Ark greatly helped the Shankly family deal with their grief, even on the most difficult days.

The story of our evolution continues.

In October 2013 we held our first Day of the Region.Derek Hextall, who was the Day of the Region Project Officer for the D&G LEADER Programme was a tremendous help, giving lots of support and advice as well us linking us up with other organisations and groups, which opened doors to different opportunities. These contacts continue to help us to this day. 

Some of the adults who had helped get ready for Day of the Region suggested getting together to raise money to help the Ark stay free for everyone to visit and in May 2014 the Friends of Clark’s Little Ark was set up. The Friends and Wee Friends (who are growing up fast!) work extremely hard doing (see leaflet)

In 2015 'Wee Ted' Shankly, a well-known Miniature Shetland Pony who lived at Clark’s Little Ark, and was quite famous locally as well as having friends in Japan, Australia, Canada and Finland; took part in many local events. Sadly, in June 2015 Wee Ted had to be put to sleep. We owed him so much and giving him a peaceful, dignified passing, was the last thing we could do for him.  He is buried under his favourite tree, which by a nice coincidence overlooks Clark’s resting place too.

2016-2018 The Friends of Clark’s Little Ark, support from local communities, visitors from near and far continued to help the Ark flourish in many ways.  As well as being available daily. Clark’s Little Ark began to provide open days, a visit from Santa at Christmas, Treasure Hunts (all free of charge) and these continue each year.

The Friends of Clark’s Little Ark became a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, SCO48429.

Through various grants and donations, fencing, feed sheds, a memorial wall and an accessible toilet helped the Ark continue to grow. There have also been many volunteers along the way, assisting with building sheds, repairs, tidying up as well as helping with the general care of the animals.

Drainage and paving have been put in place in the yard and a ramp and handrail to access the toilet facilities. Making it so much better for both visitors and animals.

Owing to generous donations and hard work by our volunteers, including some young people who are working towards their Duke of Edinburgh and Saltire Awards, Community Payback Teams and folk who just want to help. The Ark continues to grow and give pleasure to many.

A huge thank to every single person who has helped, visited, donated and supported Clark’s Little Ark in any way.

It is because of all of you that it is what it is today.

 

 

 

 

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