An extremely windy day didn’t deter the ladies from battling the elements on the Holywell for this year’s Chicken Chase.
44 Ladies arrived in double-layered thermals, Christmas jumpers, hats, tinsel and various festive attire ready to battle the 4 ball, 2 scores to count format. The Lady Captain, Kath Biddle, and her appropriately dressed chickens – Maria Buckley and Caroline Hume-Kendall – were on refreshment duty with mulled wine, mince pies, sausage rolls and stollen on offer. With strong winds, trolleys toppling over and ladies struggling to stand up the 15 hole competition was reduced to 9 holes, a much welcomed decision by all. Why did the chicken cross the road? To tell them of course!
With Christmas music playing in the background the ladies took their seats to complete the Christmas Quiz whilst the Lady Captain and her chickens set up their entertainment. The 12 Days of Christmas was haphazardly enacted from behind a sheet by Maria & Caroline – it has to be seen to be believed!! (Click on the 12 days of Christmas to see the video)
A truly scrumptious Christmas feast, prepared by the kitchen staff, was enjoyed by all whilst poppers popped and balloons flew across the room before our Lady Captain took to the floor.
The VETS Centenary Trophy was awarded to the winner, Barbara Willmott (runner up Carole Carter).
Then on to the Chicken Chase prizes. The Lady Captain awarded the winners with delicious and beautifully presented edible prizes.
Results are as follows:
1st Terri Gliddon, Barbara Willmott, Viv Steer, Anne Irons – an amazing 47 points
2nd Di Dingle, Carole Carter, Chris Henderson, Di Mindel – 41 points
3rd Sue Willmott, Angela Tickner, Annie Matthews, Carolyn Ramsbottom – 41 points
4th Fiona Lunt, Sue Richards, Lorna Harper, Pam Champan – 39 points
5th Chris Dymond, Jean Nicholls, Sue Walker, Cath Buscombe – 37 points
Winner of Clarissa the Chicken: Sue Richards (ask her why…)
Best Dressed: Chris Dymond
Thanks must go to our Lady Captain for organising such a wonderful day. To the staff for looking after us so well and to Terri Gliddon for raising £46 for the Lady Captains Charity – who knew bidding for tees could raise so much money.