Rowley Mile Racecourse Book Launch

My new children’s book ‘Chesnut and Daphne‘ is now available after a great day at the Family Jubilee Raceday at the Rowley Mile Racecourse in Newmarket this May.

Suffolk Horse Society’s Former President, Nigel Oakley, stands with the Suffolk Women’s Land Army group at the Rowley Mile Racecourse in Newmarket, 14th May 2022. Chesnut and Daphne Book launch.
Suffolk Women’s Land Army girls with Nigel Oakley

This beautiful summers day saw over 5,000 people entering the Rowley Mile racecourse to join in the Jubilee festivities. Onsite we had a fabulous team including Suffolk Punch advocate Nigel Oakley and the Suffolk Punch horses from Banham. Nicky Reynolds and the Suffolk Women’s Land Army group also had a stand which was showcasing artefacts and sharing local women’s stories. The Suffolk Horse Society and the Rare Breeds Survival Trust were also there for the day!

I thought that the best day to launch the book is on the first day of the Festival of Suffolk. My story celebrates the work that the Land Girls did in the county and also the amazing work the Suffolk Punch did too. My aim with this book is to raise awareness of the breed and to inspire the next generation to care and understand the importance of conservation.

Suffolk Horse Society’s Former President, Nigel Oakley, stands with Holly Brega and John Thurman at the Rowley Mile Racecourse in Newmarket, 14th May 2022. Chesnut and Daphne Book launch.
From left; Illustrator John Thurman, Nigel Oakley, Holly Brega

The future of the Suffolk Punch horse will be in the hands of next generations, but why would youngsters today care about the breed if they do not learn about it in the first place? This is the question that I as a first time author I am trying to tackle.

‘Chesnut and Daphne’ is a historical, poetry, picture book which tells the story of a day in the life of Land Girl Daphne and her best friend, Chesnut, as they deliver milk to a local primary school during the 1940s. 

The Land Girls took over farming during the war years and many worked with heavy horses which is why this book aims to raise awareness of the jobs those hard-working ladies did, but also to encourage the next generation to take an interest of the breed to get it off the category red on the  rare breeds list. 

To order your copy and find out more, please visit here.

Illustrator John Thurman stands with Holly Brega and the Suffolk Women’s Land Army group at the Rowley Mile Racecourse in Newmarket, 14th May 2022. Chesnut and Daphne Book launch.
Illustrator John Thurman stands with Holly Brega and the Suffolk Women’s Land Army group at the Rowley Mile Racecourse in Newmarket, 14th May 2022.

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