Alpacas becoming local landmark in Barroway Drove

Sue Robinson and her daughter Deborah are starting up a craft centre with Alpacas and a riding school at Barroway Drove.'LtoR, Nick Robinson (with Adrak), Sue Robinson (with Feodor), Deborah Robinson (with Paul). ANL-150219-073623009

Sue Robinson and her daughter Deborah are starting up a craft centre with Alpacas and a riding school at Barroway Drove.'LtoR, Nick Robinson (with Adrak), Sue Robinson (with Feodor), Deborah Robinson (with Paul). ANL-150219-073623009

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A mother and daughter are planning to start an exciting new alpaca craft centre.

Sue Robinson and her daughter Deborah have applied for permission to create a craft centre and riding school at their home in The Drove, Barroway Drove.

They moved to West Norfolk from Stevenage last year with their four horses and six alpacas – Dooley, Feodor, Paul, Adrak, Lightsabre and Prince George.

Alpacas originate from South America and their wool is proving popular.

The mother and daughter duo are hoping to give visitors the chance to walk the alpacas before learning about their wool and trying related crafts.

They are also hoping to run sessions on other crafts, including metal clay, but this project is at a very early stage.

Planning applications for the riding school and alpaca craft centre have been submitted to West Norfolk Council.

Mrs Robinson, who is married to Nick, said: “We think the alpacas have become a bit of a local landmark.

“It’s quite noticeable that people stop and look at the alpacas before driving off.

“We love all the animals dearly and love talking to people about them.

“The alpacas are really friendly and super animals. They are very inquisitive.

“The idea for the craft centre was sparked as a result of getting the alpacas and we are both interested in a lot of crafts.

“Everyone we have spoke to seems very enthusiastic and we are looking forward to this immensely.”

The family got into alpacas after Deborah expressed a wish to get chickens and alpacas, which are well know for guarding. They have been on numerous courses and have learned how to spin the wool.

Mrs Robinson said: “We hope to offer an experience where people can meet the alpacas.

“We will talk to them about the alpacas and let them take them for a walk, then they can come in to use the fibre to make something.”

Sue and Deborah are both keen on crafts and hope to offer courses using a variety of mediums. These sessions would be open to adults and accompanied children.

Deborah is also a qualified riding instructor and is keen to open her own school.

The family have four horses and are eventually looking to increase this to 10 or 12.