Saturday, 16 December 2017

Enjoy the sunshine and raise cash for charity

It's set to be a scorching weekend and while regatta may be over there's plenty of other outdoor events offering fun for all the family - and often raising money for local charities. Here's our round-up of four things you could do this weekend.

It's set to be a scorching weekend and while regatta may be over there's plenty of other outdoor events offering fun for all the family - and often raising money for local charities. Here's our round-up of four things you could do this weekend.

A FUN dog show will be held at Bix village fete tomorrow (Saturday).

There will be a range of classes including most handsome dog, prettiest bitch, best junior handler and cutest puppy.

There will be a doggy tombola with hand-knitted animals and doggie treats and toys to win.

The fete takes place on Bix common field, off the A4130, from 2.30pm (registration from 2pm). All proceeds will go towards the upkeep of St James? Church, Bix.

For more information, call Maggie Templeman on (01491) 637942.

SHEEPDOG trials will be held in Hambleden on Sunday.

More than 30 dogs have been entered into the event at Greenlands Farm, which is organised by the Henley and District Agricultural Association.

The prizes will be presented by Rick White, president of the association.

There will also be a hurdle-making demonstration, tractor and trailer rides, home-made cakes, fish and chips, local lamb burgers and trade stands.

The gate opens at 10am and tickets are £3 for adults (£2 for concessions). Children under five enter free.

THE Henley Mile swim returns to the royal regatta course on Sunday.

There will be a number of different challenges aimed at families.

In addition to the suits-versus-skins challenge and performance wave, there will be a new competition, the Temple Island Sprints.

This will feature a series of heats, semi-finals and finals over a 100m upstream course.

The traditional mile race is open to experienced and non-experienced swimmers of all ages, from 14 to 70-plus.There are also two shorter races specifically for junior swimmers.

The Henley Half Mile is for more experienced juniors, aged between 10 and 14, and will be followed by the 200m Henley Splash, which is for eight- to 13-year-olds.

Both races will be timed and prizes given to the winners of the different age groups. All competitors will receive a medal and certificate with their finishing time.

Event spokeswoman Georgina Tomkins said: ?These races are a great opportunity for young swimmers to get a taste of swimming in open water, whether they want to be seriously competitive or just have a go.

?In addition to the swimming action, there will be refreshments, a few stands and children?s entertainment, including face painting and a bouncy castle.?

The swim takes place from 9.30am and entries will be taken on the day. For more information, visit www.henleyswim.com

A FUND-RAISING event in aid of the Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre will be held at Mapledurham House on Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

Attractions will include dog shows and competitions, training and have-a-go flyball as well as raffles, cake stalls and refreshments. The Barkshire Bandits Flyball Team will give a display.

There will be more than 25 dog competition classes. Registration begins at 9am and judging at 10am. Each class entry is £2.

This is the main fund-raising event of the year for the charity, which is based near Wokingham and rescues all types of animals.

A spokeswoman said: ?It is so important to us that it is a success. Our funding is down significantly. We face increasing costs and more animals needing help. We hope people will attend to enjoy a good, fun day out and support our cause.?

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