Nearly 200 people attended the first Ferret racing evening in Stratton Audley on Friday 1st September organised by the CLP group and supported by the Parish Council.
The event was a sell-out and with the weather holding fair, a maximum crowd attended this pre-sold ticketed event. The Feisty Ferret Bar was the first port of call and the raffle added to the fun and excitement. The races got underway at 7pm and all joined in with brisk betting on the Tote. Soon after, hot delicious Fish & Chips (included in the entry price) arrived supplied by Barberry’s in Bure Park, Bicester. As the evening progressed the lights came on and the atmosphere built. Between races children and adults got up close to hold these cute little animals who seemed to be enjoying themselves as much as everyone else.
We were delighted to have Kerry O’Leary, our new Neighbourhood Sergeant for Bicester Town and Bicester Rural attend with her colleague to mingle with people from the community and we were also pleased to welcome many from other local villages as well from Bicester, Brackley, and Buckingham. Thanks go to all the sponsors, the Howsons for the use of their field and everyone who helped make this event the great success it was including Ferrets 2000, the professional Ferret display team.
Some £2000 was raised to go towards buying a mobile Speed Awareness Sign for the village, the Parish Church Tower Fund and the Big Red pre-school playbus that visits the village.
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First village ferret racing… Great fun! Who knew ferrets were so cute 🙂
Posted by Lise Honsinger on Sunday, 3 September 2017
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