This took place on Saturday 8th July 2023. My intention was to use this as a charity fund-raising day and four charities benefitted, those being Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, St Barnabas Hospice, St Denis’ Church, Silk Willoughby and Silk Willoughby Village Hall. Each charity received £500 with an additional £78 going to the Air Ambulance which was the proceeds from the Guess the Number of Bottle Tops in the Giant Bottle game. There were 915 bottle tops in the bottle and whilst nobody guessed the exact amount, the nearest guess was just 27 away at 888. This guess was made by Mrs. Sue Mathieson of Silk Willoughby.
A special thank you to all the staff who made the day run smoothly. Over 100 people were served at the BBQ and very special thanks go to all the people who attended the event.
The weather was kind to us; there was some rain to start with but whilst it was then overcast it was mainly dry for the rest of the day.
Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance is the main charity that we have supported since we reopened in 2013 and I am pleased to have been told by them that to this date, including this event, we have raised a total of £12,366.60. This of course is down to the people who attend the charity fund-raising events which include special occasions and our monthly quizzes.
So to all those people, on behalf of the Air Ambulance, I say thank you. Speaking to the staff at the Air Ambulance you get an understanding of how important these fund-raising events are and what a difference this makes to those people whose lives are at a crisis point and can be helped by the service. It is a charity that’s there for everyone but we all hope we will never need.
I look back over the past 10 years and reminisce about all the good times and also, one has got to say, times when things weren’t so good. We’re still here and are now looking forward to the next 10 years. I say a very special thank you to everyone who has supported The Horseshoes over the years and also to the staff over that period who have done a marvellous job.
I believe The Horseshoes dates back to 1831 and, like with any building of that age, change and maintenance will be ongoing. Let’s see what happens,
Kindest regards to everyone,
Paul Steer, Landlord/ Owner