The QHOF Sutton Valence Pram Race has been held on New Year’s Day for more than quarter of a century and has raised significant amounts of money for both local and national causes.
Spectators come from throughout the surrounding countryside and the race is regularly featured in the local media.
Two races are run. A Veterans’ Race, for competitors over the age of 45 and a Main Race.
The three-contestant teams dress is a variety of bizarre costumes of their own creation. Two members of the team push the third member (always named thee ‘baby’) around the course in a themed ‘pram’ or go-cart, stopping to drink a beaker of beer at each of the three public houses that line the route.
Revised rules and regulations for participants are shown below.
The members of QHOF have been very busy recently reading the village for the festive season.
Last weekend our white Christmas lights were erected around Lambe’s Gardens and this year extend up to the top of the High Street, giving the village a much needed dose of Christmas Cheer.
In keeping with tradition, QHOF members sourced and located a beautiful tree which stands proudly on the village green festooned with hundreds of twinkling lights and topped with a star (or is that a snowflake?)
On Saturday 6th August QHOF hosted their immensely popular ball for 250 guests.
This year the ball was in aid of local charity Hayley’s Heroes who offer young adults with cancer and their close family and friends a helping hand when they need it and to let them know that they are not alone in their fight.
We are still counting the pennies at the moment, but are confident that we have raised a significant sum for this very deserving local cause.
Here are a few photographs from the evening – enjoy!
QHOF recently visited the Charles Dickens Day Unit at Maidstone Hospital to meet members of a local charity and to hand over the proceeds of their New Years Day Pram Race. A cheque for £3500 was presented to Hayley’s Heroes in order to help them continue their invaluable work.