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Royal Opening for New Equine Welfare Centre

On Monday 23 June HRH The Princess Royal, President of the ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses), has kindly agreed to officially open their new Hall Farm development at Snetterton, South Norfolk.

Her Royal Highness will arrive on site at 12.20 and, following a short break, will tour the new centre, meeting ILPH staff and equine residents.

Invited guests will watch The Princess Royal unveiling a commemorative plaque at 13.35 after which Her Royal Highness will leave for her next engagement.

ILPH Hall Farm, Snetterton

Hall Farm, together with Hall Farm House, and approximately 540 acres at Snetterton, South Norfolk were purchased by the ILPH in 1986 to complement their equine welfare work already taking place just across the A11 at Overa House Farm, Larling.
In 2001 the ILPH Council, wanting to improve visitor and equine facilities and reduce long term operating costs, took the decision to rationalise their Norfolk operations. This process of consolidation involved the sale of the 28 acre site at Overa House Farm, where expansion was not feasible, and the redevelopment of the Hall Farm site.
Set in pretty undulating Norfolk countryside, barely a mile from the A11, the area's main trunk road, Hall Farm with its large acreage was the perfect site for the new Norfolk Centre.
On the 20th May 2002 May Gurney, awarded the contract by private tender, started works on the £2m 5 acre development on land north of the original Hall Farm site. As well as the construction of the new Centre, works included developing a new access road and resurfacing an existing track to allow easy access from the A11 and to reduce traffic through Snetterton village.
This new development comprises a Visitors' Centre, with coffee and gift shops and a lecture room overlooking a large covered riding arena, an extra 29 loose boxes as well as purpose built veterinary, farriery and recovery boxes. Also included are staff offices, rest room and living accommodation.
Hall Farm Equine Recovery and Rehabilitation Centre opened to the public at Easter 2003 and was officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal, ILPH President, on 23 June the same year.



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