Winchester Cathedral provided a spectacular backdrop for the city’s Rotary club to organise a Shrove Tuesday pancake race around the 16th century Gothic building.
The Dean of Winchester, the Very Reverend Catherine Ogle, opened the day to explain the meaning of Shrove Tuesday. And then the races began with the Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Eleanor Bell taking part.
This was the second year of the pancake race, organised in conjunction with Winchester Cathedral, featuring 38 teams, including the Cathedral choristers, Winchester Colleague, Winchester mayors past and present, along with the police, fire service, schools and local businesses.
The teams of four had to run 38 metres and flip their pancakes along the way. Entertainment on the day was provided by the Winchester Students Union Busking Society.
The objective of the day was to raise funds in support of Winchester Young Carers and £1,500 was raised.
The charity is a group of young people who care for a family member with a long-term illness or disability. The Rotary Club was able to give them a day out at Harry Potter World near Watford.
Rotarian Diana Brooks said: “The whole day was an example of excellent organisation, and co-ordination between the many organisers and helpers from Winchester Rotary, the cathedral. and many other local organisations.
“These events bring us all together. We meet new friends, showing our local community that we care and we put that concern into practice.”
Meanwhile, two polio survivors from Winchester Rotary travelled to Norfolk for a District 1080 End Polio Now fund-raising dinner organised by King’s Lynn Priory.
Rotary Gill Russell and Dr Kordo Saeed attended the fund-raiser which Kordo spoke at, and where £1,500 was raised.
Last year, four Winchester Rotary members travelled to India with Rotarians from Great Britain and Ireland to take part in polio vaccinations.
Among the party was David Prichard from Wroxham Bure Valley Rotary near Norwich, the District 1080 End Polio Now contact and a veteran of several Indian immunisation days, who invited the Winchester Rotarians to the event in King’s Lynn.