Topic: Bangor Pony Club Jubilee

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Last Sunday twenty riders set off from Bangor, where the first Pony Club rally was held. In beautiful weather, the riders made their way to the Kirwee Showgrounds, now home of the Bangor Pony Club, and venue for its fortnightly rallies.

The twenty riders were joined by a further twenty three younger Club members after Darfield Township had been negotiated. This group then completed what had been in total a four hour trip and participated in the showground parade that followed.

Founder and Patroness, Mrs Connie Mutton, spoke entertainingly of her memories of rallies past as did Alison Sampson (Patroness) and Helen Williams (Life Member). Club President, Carole Armstrong, and Instructor, Jill Turnbull, addressed the group and spoke of how Bangor was now the largest branch of the Christchurch Pony Club. Bangor has seventy members, a considerable growth from the twelve it had five years ago.

Following a fashion parade of riding clothes through the ages the magnificent jubilee cake was cut by the two inaugural instructors, Connie Mutton and Eva Deans. The Club colours of red and white featured in the roses then presented to Life Members, including Angela Watson and Judith Schnell.

Photographs, videos, trophies and other memorabilia were on display during the wonderful afternoon tea, and it was an opportunity to swap pony club stories and catch up with old friends.. Club President, Carole Armstrong paid tribute to the hard work and efforts of her Vice President, Chris Bond, This wonderful day, said Carole, came about because Chris has worked tirelessly over many weeks to ensure its success.

Source: Malvern News, 29th October 2004

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