Easter Saturday April 11th - Duck Race in the Dell

The going was ‘good to wet' for this year's Chidham School PTFA/Web Site Duck race in The Dell. The course was in good shape following a mid-week clean up by volunteers made up of local residence, pupils and former pupils, C & H Sustainability Network, Web Site Committee members and The PTFA. Thanks to all for a great effort.
The rain held of, just, for the three races!

First it was the Corporate event, and a huge thanks to all the sponsors.
We could not have done it with out you all, but there has to be a winner… 1 st …The Old House at Home
2 nd ...D.Ball Plumbing and Heating
3 rd …Dry's Duck

The trophy will be engraved and presented at a ceremony in due course. The ‘best dressed' corporate duck was awarded to;
Hilton Engineering. Admiral Catering took second place and GCS Computer Services came third.

A great effort by all our local businesses!

The Adult race was won by Barry Stephens, second was Horace Mitchell and in third place it was Declan (HGH), but it was in the ‘decorated duck' competition that the adults excelled with outstanding contributions from;

1 st ..Carole Clark's Easter Bonnet
2 nd ..Peter Clark's Harry Potter
3 rd ..Carla Allen's Feather creation (following the judging the feathers were hastily removed so as to improve aero-dynamics in the water)

The Corporate Sponsors;

•  The Bosham Inn
•  Hilton Engineering

•  Bosham Dental Lab.

•  Ray Dyer

•  Marshalls

•  D. Ball Plumbing and Heating

•  GCS Computer Services

•  S. Foye Photography

•  Admiral Catering

•  Silverwood Yacht Services

•  Canute Cottages

•  The Old House At Home

•  Cobnor Estates

•  Bill Latter Ltd.

•  The Barleycorn

So to the main event,.. and the children's efforts. Mollie's Nessy came first in the decorated duck competition, with sister Kate's Mer-duck in second place and Olivia's Pecking Duck third.

The race was a run away success for first place but a photo finish for second and third..
1 st ..Jamie M.
2 nd ..Erica R.
3 rd ..Angus M.

Thanks to Steve Hambry of Marshalls for judging the best decorated duck competition, and for his support of village events over the years.
We wish all at Marshalls good luck for the future.

Well done to all the competitors, with over 200 entries, for helping to make it such a colourful event.

Thanks to the Harbour Conservancy for there help in staging the race and for coming along on the day with the clay duck stall -The Dell is ours to use, but also with that comes the responsibility to help take care of it.
And a massive thanks to all helpers on the day who helped set up, run stalls and clear away at the end-you know who you are and we are most grateful!
Another example of our village organisations working together for a wonderful community event!