A Night at the Races

Cùram Thiriodh are steadily building a fantastic reputation for putting on some of the best fundraising events, doing something a little different and bringing new and exciting events to Tiree.

This year was no different as they organised and ran the very successful Ascot themed Race Night, which was held at An Talla.

Cùram director Jackie Jones and outreach worker Margaret Worsley have been the driving force behind this event, working tirelessly to create a fun filled evening, which was enjoyed by over 70 people. An Talla was decorated with fantastic bunting, created by the lunch club and an array of jockey hats and race memorabilia. The event was billed as ‘Ascot Themed Race Night’ with hats very much encouraged and many in attendance made a brilliant effort, with lots of fancy headgear, some of which was homemade and customised beautifully.

Guests were treated to all of the Ascot fineries, with some bubbly on arrival and beautiful canapés which were hand prepared by Jackie and assisted by Alison and David Clark. The main event was of course the horse racing which was excellently explained and arranged by Stuart Smith. There were seven races in total, with eight horses in each race, which were already bought by members of the public and very aptly named by Stuart.

All in attendance were then encouraged to place their bets with the attentive tellers before the race was then projected onto the big screen. Much like previous Tiree Race Nights, the audience got very into the ‘races’ cheering on their chosen horse, which I’m sure made all the difference and definitely added to the atmosphere. Pictured within this article are all the owners of the winning horses, which includes: Jo Vale who was the owner of ‘Chocolat’, Fiona Green who won two races, with ‘Sweet Fanny Adams’ and ‘Ernie’s Lot, Barbara MacLean with ‘Postmans Knock’, Jennie Niven with ‘Jack the Lad’ and Elaine Hayes (stand in for Bino) who’s horse ‘Power Ranger’ won the 4th race. The last race was slightly different, as none of the horses had been previously bought and were instead up for auction. Eight ‘horses’ were sold, raising a total of £280, with the winning ‘horse’ owned by the table ‘Syndicate Shergar’ headed by Claire Urquhart.

Each race was very generously sponsored by local businesses, some who were on hand that evening to present the winners with their prizes. Cùram would like to say a big thank you to all of the businesses who sponsored each race, which includes, Cornerstone Construction Scotland Ltd, Bottomley Optometrist, Esteem Ltd, John MacKinnon Builders, Rockvale Guest House and CKR Construction Ltd.

Much like all Tiree events, there was of course a huge raffle which was again donated to by a host of local businesses and individuals, which was greatly appreciated. Rosemary Omand did a fantastic job of organising the raffle on behalf of the committee. A lengthy game of stand-up bingo also took place, with a beautiful painting by Annine MacLean up for grabs, which was won by Elspeth Gilles. A second painting was also donated by Andrea MacArthur, which was won by Maureen McMullen through the envelope game.

From start to finish the entire evening was very professionally put together and I’m sure enjoyed by all. At half time we were treated to a beautiful buffet, prepared by An Talla committee, who had worked very hard throughout the evening to help with various aspects of the event – a big thank you must be said to them. As there were so many fantastic hats on show, it was only right that a few prizes were given out to two of the best on display. Julie MacLennan was awarded a runner up prize for her very apt design and Catriona Cowling scooped first place with her black addition, which featured its very on ‘cat’ teddy – well done ladies!

Overall the entire evening made a fantastic profit of £1600 for Cùram Thiriodh which will go towards running costs for the next year. Cùram are responsible for the running of the Lunch Club and the Cùm a’ Dol bus which is a fantastic resource for the island. The event also generated over £700 in fundraising for An Talla, bringing the grand total to £2400 raised throughout the night. A fantastic effort for one evening of entertainment and for two very important local charities – what a generous community we live amongst.

Jackie, Margaret and the rest of the Cùram team would like to thank everyone who attended the Ascot Race Night and helped to make it such a great success. The event would not have been possible without support from all of the sponsors and those who generously donated to the raffle and other fundraising activities. Various other people were involved in assisting on the evening, including Jack from Screen Tiree who assisted with the projection and IT, Stuart for his expertise and commentating, Monica, Jessie, Louise, Donna and Teen who were all assisting throughout the evening and of course An Talla committee and helpers.

Let’s hope Cùram have their thinking cap on for their next fundraising event – we already can’t wait. Well done once again.

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