Young swim­mers get £750 Feast Day boost

Club among sev­eral groups to share £14,750 pot

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

YOUNG swim­mers were among those to ben­e­fit from a vil­lage fes­ti­val that raised nearly £15,000 for com­mu­nity groups.

Chal­font St Peter Feast Day, held in Gold Hill Common in June, was hailed a suc­cess de­spite it be­ing be­set by wet weather.

The Feast of St Peter com­mit­tee dished out £14,750 to vil­lage projects in­clud­ing £750 to Chal­font Leisure Cen­tre-based Chal­font Ot­ters Swimming Club, which has about 230 mem­bers mostly aged eight to 18.

The money will go to­wards safety mea­sures for an open wa­ter swim, pay­ing en­try fees for swim­mers to take part in galas and equip­ment for the club.

Club chair­man Terry Nor­ris said: “We have had a stall at the event for a num­ber of years and for us, as a Chal­font club, to be as­so­ci­ated with what is an ex­tra­or­di­nary and suc­cess­ful day in ev­ery shape and form is great.

“The day brings such a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of the vil­lage out. The com­mit­tee Terry Nor­ris, chair­man of Chal­font Ot­ters Swimming Club do a sen­sa­tional job and it is im­por­tant the vil­lage gets an op­por­tu­nity to thank them for what they do.”

Chal­font St Peter Parish Church re­ceived £4,000 to­wards re­plac­ing the win­dows in the church hall in Church Lane.

The Cham­ber of Com­merce re­ceived £3,500 to­wards Christ­mas light­ing in the vil­lage cen­tre.

He­len and Dou­glas House Hospice, which cares for young peo­ple, re­ceived £3,000 to help re­fur­bish its the kitchen.

The com­mu­nity li­brary got £1,700 to in­stal Wi-Fi and Buck­ing­hamshire Search and Res­cue re­ceived £1,200 for new safety equip­ment. The parish coun­cil re­ceived £600 to­wards the cost of bol­lards in Gold Hill Common to pre­vent il­le­gal ac­cess to the green space.

Feast Day has raised about £60,000 for good causes since it was re­launched six years ago.

It was also an­nounced Stayin’ Alive, one of the UK’s lead­ing Bee Gees trib­ute acts, will per­form at next year’s show.

The com­mit­tee’s next big event is Christ­mas Fun Night in Mar­ket Place on De­cem­ber 5.

Photo by Chris Berry www.buya pho­totms. co.uk NL201410923

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