Wednesday 13th December 2006 by C. Freeman
Curious animal lovers got a chance to handle exotic pets at a recent educational event at Brooke Weston. The 'Reptile Event' was attended by over 40 people and featured a talk by local expert, Sally Cincik who is a member of the Amphibians, Reptiles and Insects Association at Northampton. The evening, which also featured a question and answer session, was rounded off by a spot of reptile-handling which proved very popular with the audience.
College students, mainly from Years 7 to 9 attended, along with their parents and staff members. Many handled the various exhibits which included spiders, cockroaches, stick insects and snakes.
'It was a truly brilliant time and my children didn't want to hand the animals back!'
Matt Robbins, Network Manager at Brooke Weston attended with his sons aged eight and six. He said: 'It was a truly brilliant time and my children didn't want to hand the animals back! They held bearded dragons and a couple of snakes, a millipede and a jungle nymph which was massive with big spiky feet, they're one of the world's biggest insect apparently.'
The event was organised by governor, Paul Newton and his family, who are all keen reptile lovers having first come into contact with them at a country fair a few years ago. They first acquired two leopard geckos and their collection grew from their to now include jungle nymph stick insects, three snakes and three lizards which they also exhibited at the evening.
As well as spreading the word about the attractions of such exotic species, the event was also held to raise money so Oliver Newton can attend the World Scout Jamboree in Chelmsford next year. It is significant as it marks 100 years of Scouting and is also the 21st World Jamboree.
Paul Newton said; 'We were really pleased with how the event went and everybody enjoyed themselves. Thanks to all who attended, and especially to Sally who donated her fee to Oliver's scout fund.'