Hare over to special trails this summer

June 27 2017

FAMILIES are being encouraged to join the search for hares large and small in Chipping Sodbury throughout the summer.

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FAMILIES are being encouraged to join the search for hares large and small in Chipping Sodbury throughout the summer.

Four 5ft-tall sculptures of the creatures have been sited in the town as part of the annual Cotswold Hare Trail after the popular festival was expanded to take in more locations.

A total of 80 decorated hares make up the trail, which people can record while visiting the towns and villages involved in the event.

To coincide with Chipping Sodbury’s involvement, the town’s chamber of commerce has organised its own trail of 20 smaller sculptures, all decorated by business owners and local artists and placed in various windows.

They include one that the Sodbury in Bloom team decorated with the help of pupils at St John’s Mead Primary School.

The chamber had already sponsored three of the large hares - Harey Potter, Mr Horatio Hare and Panthare Tigris - with the help of South Gloucestershire councillors Rob Creer and Linda Boon through the council’s Member Awarded Funding scheme.

Charlotte, the fourth giant hare, is sponsored by Waitrose and located at its Chipping Sodbury store.

The main hare trail continues until September 10 and also includes Rosie at the Rose and Crown pub in Rangeworthy and Wulfstan at the Beaufort Arms pub in Hawkesbury Upton.

After the trail closes, the hares will be auctioned in aid of the National Star Centre - the specialist further education college for people with physical disabilities, acquired brain injuries and associated learning difficulties. Some of the money raised will also go to a number of smaller projects.

Anyone who wants to take part in the Sodbury trail can pick up a map from Chipping  Sodbury and Yate libraries, Chipping Sodbury's tourist information centre or from a number of businesses in the town. A prize draw will be held for those who identify the hares. 

Photo courtesy of Rich McD Photography