Community group Chilworth2gether has announced that it will once again be getting its multi-coloured plastic ducks in a row for the annual duck race on Easter Monday in a bid to raise enough funds to create Chilworth’s very own village green.
Chilworth2gether has already raised over £77,000 and are shortly starting negotiations with the Diocese to buy a portion of the land behind The Percy Arms. If successful the move will make Chilworth the first village in Surrey to create its own green.
Last year’s sell-out duck race raised over £2,000 when over 400 ducks were ‘adopted’ by Chilworth residents, all of whom were hoping that their duck would win the race in return for Easter eggs. The funds were used to purchase new picnic tables for the football pitch and play area.
Maggie Scott of Chilworth2gether comments: “The success of last year was greater than we could have ever have hoped for. We met our target and were able to buy facilities for the Chilworth community and the resounding feedback from those who entered was that it was a great fun filled family day out. This year we’ve set the bar even higher as establishing a village green is no mean feat, however we are determined to get there and confident that the duck race will give us that extra push.”
For 2014 Chilworth2gether, with help from event sponsor Seymours Independent Estate Agents, has increased its duck count by 25 per cent. 500 plastic ducks are now up for adoption for £2.50 each and are available from the ‘pop-up’ duck stall every Saturday in March. The village website, www.chilworth2gether.org.uk, provides times, details and information about how to join in.
This year will also see the launch of the novelty duck race where participants can bring their own ducks to enter in a separate race on the day. As usual there will be a selection of refreshments available from beers and burgers to coffee and cakes in addition to games for the children.
James Sharpin, Director at Seymours in Guildford and event sponsor, adds: “The team at Chilworth2gether are incredibly determined and have shown a remarkable degree of commitment to Chilworth by being self-reliant in their attempts to improve the public space in and around the village. Judging by the success of last year’s event and with even more ducks available to adopt this year I am confident that they will reach their ambitious goal and secure the village green that Chilworth deserves.”
The event begins at 1.30pm and the main race takes place at 3pm. Prize giving is at 3.30pm. The event is free.
For more information on the event visit www.chilworth2gether.co.uk