NEWBURY Round Table has been organising the town’s annual Crafty Craft race each May Day Bank Holiday weekend for more than 42 years.
During that time the event has raised more than £300,000 for local good causes.
The funds generated by the enthusiastic ‘Table’ volunteers each year have purchased minibuses and supported Scouts, Guides, families and individuals in need.
2016 is no exception and on Monday, May 2, Crafty Craft will be launched opposite the Dundas Arms in Kintbury and teams will be paddling the six miles downstream on the Kennet & Avon Canal to an exciting finish in Victoria Park, Newbury.
During its successful history, local businesses, clubs, societies, pub, college and university teams have had fun and participated in the race. Even television star Jo Brand and her famous friends including Meera Syal have taken part.
It’s an opportunity for colleagues to challenge themselves and have a common goal of remaining afloat, finishing in a good time and dry.
Not that staying dry is a reasonable expectation, says Newbury Round Table president Garry Poulson.
He said: “After the build up to the day and hard work that goes into it, we really love to see the participants having huge fun and frolics in the water.
“We all enjoy a pint at the end of the day and reflect on the event.”
Event controller Marcus Franks and the sponsorship team are hoping to attract more businesses to enter a team into this year’s Crafty Craft, which has a Rio Sporting Carnival theme.
Mr Franks said: “For just £50, which goes to good causes, a team could have great fun and their support will be recognised throughout the day.
“As part of the corporate entrant’s fee for the first time this year we are offering companies the opportunity to display a company banner along the course.”
Any company, club, society or group of individuals may enter and details can be found on the Crafty Craft website www.craftcraft.com and on the Crafty craft Facebook page #craftycraft
More information about Newbury Round Table can be found on http://newbury. roundtable.co.uk/