A celebration ball for 45years of rugby in Witney, the first ever PIGSTOCK, a comedy night and a road race are all part of the first ever Big Witney Weekend starting on the 10th of September. The promotion for the weekend will officially be launched at the Corn Exchange at 1PM on the 5th of August by Witney Mayor James Mills, organisers and junior players from Witney Rugby Club and partner charities in the weekend, Sobell House and SpecialEffect.
The weekend will be based around Witney Rugby Club’s Hailey Road Ground where a giant marquee will be in place for PIGSTOCK on Friday night, an evening of live music, a hog-roast and flowing beer with monies raised supporting West Oxfordshire disabled children’s charity SpecialEffect and the Sobell House Hospice charity who care for thousands of Oxfordshire residents affected by terminal illness.
The centre piece of the weekend is the 45th anniversary to black tie ball on Saturday 11th where auction items including F1 Experiences, Weekend breaks and an autographed England rugby shirt will all be on offer.
The weekend will end on the Sunday with the Cotswold Classic 10-mile road race and ending with a comedy night at the rugby club.
Kevin Game, Sobell House commented "Sobell House Hospice Charity is really excited by the prospect of the Witney Big Weekend, we rely heavily on the support and generosity of our local community and Witney makes up a big part of our supporters.
It’s great that we’re able to share the weekend with our supporters and SpecialEffect and would like to thank Witney RFC for their support at the Big Witney Weekend and in particular the festivities of PIGSTOCK."
Nick Streeter , SpecialEffect Fundraiser said “We are very grateful for the amazing support of Witney Rugby Club in selecting SpecialEffect to be part of the Big Witney Weekend. As only a small charity it is a great opportunity to raise awareness and funds for our charity that helps young people with disabilities to have freedom via cutting edge technology including eye control computers”
Rob Murdoch, Witney Rugby Club said "Witney Rugby Club prides itself as being a community rugby club and we are delighted to have chosen to run the ball and weekend in conjunction with two charities SpecialEffect and Sobell House who serve both ends of the local community and would urge anyone who lives locally to come along and help us celebrate our anniversary and the first ever Big Witney Weekend”
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