Villagers unite to raise £11,000 for good causes

Residents get their heads down for a bingo night at the Dolphin Inn, the first event of the fundraising year in November 2013. NNL-150330-111614001
Residents get their heads down for a bingo night at the Dolphin Inn, the first event of the fundraising year in November 2013. NNL-150330-111614001
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Middleton Cheney residents who raised more than £11,500 in a year of fundraising in 2014 handed over the proceeds on Thursday.

The idea was devised by Lenny Carvell and a team of 11 other villagers to help the Royal British Legion, Army Benevolent Fund and Help for Heroes.

The grand summer ball held at the village primary school was a sell-out event. NNL-150330-111558001

The grand summer ball held at the village primary school was a sell-out event. NNL-150330-111558001

Their first event was in November 2013 with a bingo night at the Dolphin Inn, and concluded with a grand summer ball at the primary school in September 2014.

Altogether there were 18 events spread across the year and in different village locations, including a fishing competition at Windmill Lake in March, beer festival and a curry night with entertainment at from singer Kelz at Butler’s Pantry in High Street. The summer ball was supported by local businesses to help make the evening a success.

Each charity received £3,891.35 and the presentations were made to the respective charities at the Dolphin Inn last Thursday.

Mr Carvell said: “The idea was created by people in the village who wanted to commemorate the anniversary of the First World War. We then thought we would like to do a year of fundraising for the three charities.

Villagers let their hair down and enjoy the summer ball, which helped raise more than ?11,500 to be split between three charities. NNL-150330-111636001

Villagers let their hair down and enjoy the summer ball, which helped raise more than ?11,500 to be split between three charities. NNL-150330-111636001

“Twelve of us then formed a committee and organised different events. Although it was a bit slow to start with everyone soon started getting involved.”

“It was really good and very successful overall. We had a huge amount of support from people living in the village. The summer ball was a sell-out event and the parish council even gave us a grant of £500 to help get the project going.”

All 18 fundraising events were held in the village, with the social club on Astrop Road, Middleton Cheney Primary Academy and the library all playing their part.

Sponsors for the summer ball included Henry’s Menswear, Prodrive, and Hamptons International. Other support came from David Mumford Butchers in Culworth and village-based builders Charles and Sons.

The fishing competiton at Windmill Lake was also a success. NNL-150330-111546001

The fishing competiton at Windmill Lake was also a success. NNL-150330-111546001

Representatives from the three charities also attend the summer ball in September. NNL-150330-111534001

Representatives from the three charities also attend the summer ball in September. NNL-150330-111534001