Halton Borough Council were celebrating their 15th anniversary of this event, and the club decided to have a stall, primarily to increase its profile, but also to raise some funds.
Two activities were planned: a tombola and a guess the name of the teddy. Our members very generously donated prizes for the tombola, but unfortunately we couldn’t find a teddy, so a very cute rocking horse was purchased instead. The boot of my car was bursting at the seams with all sorts of prizes, some fantastic and some not so good (who sent a pair of used ladies cream-coloured slingback shoes, size 4?) A lot of man hours (and woman hours) went into the preparation of the prizes, and tearing up raffle tickets to go into the tombola drum, kindly lent to us by Val Anderson.
Saturday 26th September started early for me. I was setting up the gazebo on our patch at 7.10am, but was soon joined by others, and we had everything in order for the opening at 10am . Although quiet at first, the visitor numbers swelled as the temperatures rose, and ice creams and chilled drinks were the order of the day.
Sunday was a repeat of the previous day weatherwise, as we dragged our weary bodies over to Victoria Park again to set up our stall. Visitor numbers were up on the previous day, and we managed to offload the vast majority of the donated prizes . A massive thank you must be given to Teresa and Blaise, who worked tirelessly, not only over the weekend, but also in the week before with the preparations. Dianne and David helped out on the stall on both full days too, and several members put in some time generously over the weekend, to make the rally the success it was for the club. Let’s hope we can attract some new members over the coming months.