The Charity Quiz on the Friday evening was a sell-out and was enjoyed by all. Herriot Hospice Homecare was the winner taking away £250.
Sadly, the Saturday afternoon picnic at High Kilburn had to be cancelled because of the weather. However, undaunted, 19 teams set off on foot competing in a Treasure Hunt around Kilburn – well done the Miles family for winning again this year.
Saturday evening saw record numbers in the Square and in the Forresters Arms watching and participating in a traditional quoits competition and the famous Mouse Derby and enjoying a tasty Hog Roast.
Sunday afternoon attracted 297 runners, the highest number ever, in the renowned 7-mile Kilburn Road Race. Hundreds of people, including many families, enjoyed the circus clowns, games, a huge bouncy castle, live music, raffles and stalls overflowing the village square. Late afternoon, following a well-attended open air church service, dozens of villagers and visitors watched the Duck Race on the village beck and the famous Lord Mayor and "Lady" Mayoress parade; a tradition dating back many years. The Lord Mayor, appointed for just one day, toured the village in a top hat and sash of office, accompanied by the “Lady” Mayoress (a young man in female clothing and makeup). Proclaiming his authority, he inflicted a record number of small fines on householders and visitors alike for any misdemeanour, real or invented.
The Feast raised a record sum of money of over £5,000. The Feast has or will be making donations to the following local charities and good causes;
Yorkshire Air Ambulance [£1,062], The Friarage Hospital’s MRI scanner appeal [£750], Herriot Hospice Homecare [£250], Thirsk Rotary [£500], Cold Kirby Institute [£50], Sowerby St. Oswald’s Urban Saints Rebuild 2017 Project [£60], the Kilburn Institute towards various improvements [£1,700] and to assist in the urgent restoration of Kilburn’s Village Square [£1,000]
Our website, www.KilburnFeast.uk was visited 2,400 times in four weeks leading up to the Feast.
The Friends of the Feast thank villagers, visitors and the Feast’s sponsors for their continuing and very generous support.
The Forresters Arms Hotel
Robert Thompson’s Craftsmen Ltd
The Great Yorkshire Show
The Yorkshire Gliding Club
A Little Luxury, South Kilvington
York and Ossett Breweries
Secret Garden Salon, Derbyshire
Ripon, Thirsk and Wetherby Racecourses
York Boat Hire
Jacky & Mike Owens
Vencomatic Poultry UK Ltd
Watkins and Wright
Helmsley Walled Garden
Thirsk & Northallerton Golf Club
Duncombe Park ICBP
Abbey Tea Room
Lewis and Cooper
Betty’s of York
Taylors of Pickering
We also thank the many involved in the planning and running of the Kilburn Feast; Kilburn villagers and visitors and the Thirsk Rotary Club. In addition, thank you Hawkhills for printing the £1 Quiz sheets and the following establishments for displaying these for sale; the Mouseman Visitor Centre, the Thirsk Garden Centre, the Forresters Arms in Kilburn, Middleton Service Station in Pickering, the Yorkshire Gliding Club, Towlers Newsagents of Easingwold and Thirsk, Elijah Todd Newsagents of Helmsley, Upstairs Downstairs in Thirsk, Ampleforth Abbey Tea Rooms and the Carlton Inn at Carlton Hustwaite. Thank you for your continued support.