Nov 302012

You can help brighten the cold, dark winter months by attending the latest events and fundraising at Willows Animal Sanctuary. Attractions include a Victorian Fayre and an auction featuring a guitar donated by the legendary Brian May. With thanks to Suzanne Kelly

VICTORIAN FAYRE on 01 December

Willows Animal Sanctuary is Aberdeenshire’s largest shelter for wild, domestic and farm animals of all kinds.

Normally closed during winter months, it will hold a Victorian Themed Christmas Fayre on Saturday 01 December from 11.00am-3.30pm.
The event will be held rain or shine under cover in the barn.

Santa will be there 1.00-1.45pm at a cost of £2.50 per child!

 The following treats will also be on offer:

  • Holly & Ivy for sale!
  • Home bakes!
  • Live music!
  • Body Shop Stall!
  • Festive table!
  • Treats for pets!
  • Book clearance!
  • Re loved toy table!
  • Jewellery!
  • Mulled wine and mince pies!
  • Roasted Chestnuts & Tatties!
  • Raffle & Tombola!
  • Community carol singing 2pm!
  • Victorian Style Decorations!
  • Lots of great gifts for sale!
  • Stocking fillers!
  • Calendars & Cards!
  • Handmade Christmas cards & gifts!



Legendary Queen guitarist (and astrophysicist) Brian May has donated an autographed guitar for which the sanctuary is holding an open auction. People are asked to bid either by post or email and the auction ends on 23 December.

Stay informed on current bids on the Willows Facebook page:

Jenny Gray of Willows said:

“We are absolutely delighted to have Brian May’s support. It is so very kind of Brian and we hope it will attract lots of bids!”

May contacted Willows following the involvement as a Patron of the sanctuary of his friend Paul Rodgers.

May commented on his support for Willows:

“I hope this trusty guitar will contribute to improving the life of these wonderful animals.”

May is not only known for his music but for his unflagging work across a number of charities and animal issues. He has recently lent his support against the proposed badger cull meant to help combat bovine TB. The controversial culls have met widespread criticism, not least from scientists and bovine TB experts.

For those interested in the guitar, its features include:

• Brian May printed signature on headstock.
• Brian May real signature on lower left bout of the guitar
• Mahogany body (with acoustic chamber) with Pinstripe binding
• New two-piece scratch plate
• Mahogany neck
• 24″ scale (Depth: 22mm at 1st fret … 24mm at 12th fret)
• 24 fret – ebony fingerboard (width 45mm at 0 fret … 57mm at 24th fret)
• Grover GH305 locking tuners
• Dual truss rod
• Graphite nut
• New Wilkinson bridge & steel saddles
• New bridge & brass saddles
• BM Custom Vibrato arm
• 3 x Burns Tri-Sonic pickups (series wired)
• Master Volume & Tone controls
• Original BM switching system
• Individual pickup IN/OUT phase plus Individual pickup ON/OFF
• Plush-lined guitar carry bag

For further details, call Willows at 01771 653112 or email

You can also check their website at

Willows Animal Sanctuary is situated on the B9093 between New Pitsligo and Strichen