Young swimmers get £750 Feast Day boost
Club among several groups to share £14,750 pot
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.