Crewkerne Lions Club ended their fund-raising weekend in aid of Lions charities, Diabetes UK and Yeovil Freewheelers with the popular duck race. 1,000 plastic yellow ducks, each with a number on, went into the river near Clapton Farm and were guided along the water by Duck Master, Lion Fred Broom, dressed as a kangaroo. The weekend had begun with the ‘Land Down Under’ on the Friday. The Australian themed evening was compered by Crewkerne’s answer to Crocodile Dundee, local actor Richard Walters. A Bush Tucker Trial, crocodile races with wooden models, barbecue with choice of desserts and dancing to music by DJ Nelson added to the evening’s entertainment.
A special presentation was made to Lion Ben Osborne. Ben received the Don Simmons Kindness Award, set up in honour of Lion Lesley Chudley’s late father in 2011. Ben was presented with the crystal shield for looking after a member of Crewkerne Lions Club on a trip of a lifetime to an international convention in Japan. The female member who has a brain tumour thanked Ben for his kindness and assistance in helping her to enjoy her experience in Japan.
On the Saturday, the fund-raising continued with a tractor run, hog roast and evening of jazz/folk music. The traditional Fun Day held on the Sunday included a dog show, organised by Hazel Dalwood, with entries across a wide variety of classes up on last years, a demonstration of birds of prey by Martin Ballam of Xtreme Falconry, off road adventure for young people with LittleLandies mini jeeps, a variety of stalls with the Lions tombola stall and a hook a teddy pool to try your luck on. Music was provided by the Stoke sub Hamdon Brass Band.
A volunteer from Yeovil Freewheelers was also in attendance with a motor-cycle. Simon Weait of the emergency voluntary service was welcomed by the new President of Crewkerne Lions Club Cecil Turner. Cecil Turner founded Yeovil Freewheelers in 1978. It is now the oldest operational blood bike group in the country and will celebrate its 40th Anniversary next year. Crewkerne Lions Club have not yet confirmed the exact amount raised for charity over the fun weekend but are expecting it to be around £1,200. They would like to thank everyone who supported their events, all the businesses who donated cash and prizes and everyone who helped to make it a successful weekend.