Plastic ducks are in a row and at the ready for Chilworth2gether’s annual Duck Race, which is sponsored by Seymours Estate Agents and starts at the Gunpowder Mills Picnic Area on Easter Monday, 1 April, at 1.30pm.
The community group, which stages the event every year to raise funds for communal facilities throughout the village, is now on the hunt for willing duck adopters.
Surrey residents are being asked to adopt a duck for £2.50 from outside the Chilworth Post Office on Saturday mornings, which will then be floated down the River Tillingbourne with hundreds of competing multi-coloured ducks. Those who have adopted the winning ducks will collect a prize and funds raised from the event will be used to purchase new picnic tables for the football pitch and play area.
On this year’s Duck Race, Maggie Scott of Chilworth2gether, comments: “We’re very excited about this year’s event, not only because it’s going to be bigger and better than last year, but because we’re using the main river so the race will be fast and furious. Of course, this is about raising funds to purchase tangible items for the local community, so we hope to achieve our target and be in a position to furnish Chilworth with new community facilities in time for summer.”
Funds raised at last year’s event went towards flower planting schemes, millstones for the entry portals to the village and new picnic benches for the Gunpowder Mills.
James Sharpin, at Seymours in Guildford, adds: “It’s fantastic that Chilworth2together has taken the bull by the horns in order to raise money to then be reinvested back into the community. Last year’s event was a hit with the children and the hundreds of ducks sent racing down the River Tillingbourne really created a sense of occasion. We’re proud to sponsor the day and wish the community group all the best in their admirable efforts to continue making the village of Chilworth a special place to be.”
A barbeque and refreshments will be available on the day and games and prizes will be on hand for the children. For more information or to arrange adoption of a duck contact Maggie on 07738 429716.