Fundraisers 2015 – in aid of Thames Valley Air Ambulance
Bike Polo – June 2015
This annual event saw a fantastic crowd of people: children and adults alike; we welcomed 5 teams to the event and even had some extras for filling in spaces. The afternoon kicked off with a tough match between La Rosada and KPPC, with a close win from the former.
The runners up all played very well and pushed their bikes hard all the way to the end of each chukka: HCA Marauders, Oxfordshire and CSC Polo. Evidently the first two teams were extremely fit and able-bodied enough for a 10 minute chukka; however this time didn’t bode so well for the preceding teams, hence the shortening of chukkas to just 7 minutes!
A few bicycle casualties included: loose handlebars, disconnected brakes and one severely bent wheel (sorry Chris Crawford!)
So our final saw another solid match between the Argentine grooms and they all were very determined to win but eventually the strong band of La Rosada’s boys: Edgar, Jesus, Jose and Maxi, were awarded the trophy!
The event was tremendously successful, raising £373 – featuring delicious pizza as always, supplied by my friend at LucaBuca and a large supply of bar refreshments by The Oxford Bar Company.
Lunch, polo and raffle – July 2015
The hog roast lunch, raffle and 2 polo matches were topped off by a beautiful day of sun and summer breezes.
Just after midday the clouds parted over Kirtlington Park and made way for an incredible turnout of over 100 people; I was in awe of the great crowd and the generosity shown by everyone involved, including those who couldn’t attend the event.
We started off with a cracking game between Rigby&Rigby and Quicksilver – who battled it out for the Brooke House Trophy in what seemed an everlasting match between these two very strong sides. Finally, Jake Rigby’s Rigby&Rigby came out on top as winners of this fast-paced and thrilling final, beating Peter Ferrari’s Quicksilver.
The lunch continued through the afternoon and towards the end we held a very exciting raffle with some brilliant prizes including: a polo lesson with Melissa Wadley of Kirtlington Park Polo School and a photo shoot with Kim Ethell Photography. We finally decided to auction the top prize, very kindly donated by Mr and Mrs Watts: 3 nights away for 4 people at Whitelake Farm in North Devon, which was bid for by two keen ladies and ended up landing with Miss O’Flaherty-Hilder’s £270 bid.
There were over 20 prizes donated, so thank you to everyone for their kind contributions. We were glad to welcome many newcomers to polo and hope they will visit again soon.
Many thanks also, to Charlie Budgett for letting me use his marquee, chairs and tables and also to Simon and Dave Tricker without whom none of our guests would have been fed or watered!
Bring on next year’s events!