The White Horse, Birstall

Our Duck race was amazing again this year - and the sun shone! £3978 was raised for Riverside PTA's School Pool fund and for other community groups.  See details below...

We are thrilled with our Canal and Riverside Trust award for the best Pub/restaurant in the East Midlands. More details below...

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Dont forget we are an ideal spot to take on some refreshment and warm up after a bracing walk around Watermead, dogs are welcome in our bar area.

We continue to make additions to our well-stocked bar; the latest additions being Blue Moon and Thatchers cider and Peroni all on draught.

Stuck for something to do on a Sunday night? Our ever-popular quiz has a fearsome reputation. If you think you've got what it takes to win a bar tab, then we'll see you there for an 8.30pm start (but you may struggle for a table past 8!)

For those just looking for an excuse to visit and sample the liquid refreshment, we have live music every last Friday of the Month with various musical styles on offer.  Two new acts coming up are: Carlton Cole, blues and folk soloist and Strawberry letter, vocal and Piano duo.      

Meals are also served for those wanting a little musical accompaniment to their dining.

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May 7th Duck Race Day

The 9th White Horse Birstall annual charity duck race was bathed in Sunshine and the people of Birstall flocked to the White Horse for this bank holiday extravaganza.  The winning duck was number 744 and two winners each received £100.  1900 ducks raced and there were more than 30 other prizes most with a value over £30. A grand total of £3978.37p was raised, £3,521 was for Riverside School PTA’s school Pool fund and over £457 was for other local causes too.

“I am really happy with this year’s event, the sun shone and the stalls, games and activities were bustling and the Duck Race crowds along the Towpath was a sight to be seen!  It really was a community effort, with lots of people helping to make it a special day and also the funds raised will benefit more than one community group” said Charlotte Foy Duck Race organiser.

Gemma Lawrenson from Girl guiding in Birstall said they made £107 and the money will be split between the Guides selected to go on various International camps they are attending.  It’s going to be an awesome experience for the girls!” she said.  Birstall United Juniors Football club also raised over £100. 

Acorn under 5’s playgroup created Duck Wands for the younger children and raised £10. “We loved the day seeing many ‘grown up Acorns’ and doing something for the community” said Jackie Bateman

Hema chair of Hallam Fields School PTA commented “The Duck Race was a fantastic community event enjoyed by local families. It was a great fundraiser for Hallam Fields School PTA, we raised £240. As a new school it was lovely to be part of the wider Birstall community and be supported by those who attended”

Leah Russell chair of Riverside PTA said “we are so grateful for the support shown throughout the whole duck race process. From those who donated prizes, the local supporters that sold Ducks and people who bought them. Thank you to the helpers who contributed, fellow clubs and societies that donated takings and once again our gratitude to those who manned the stalls on the day. Finally thank you to all the White Horse team for putting together such a wonderful community event. A whopping £3521.27 was raised for the School Pool fund. 

The White Horse and Riverside PTA would particularly like to thank the other PTA’s of each of the Primary schools, this year including Hallam fields, who helped facilitate the hook a bag prizes and the selling of ducks.  We would also like to thank all those who kindly donated prizes, namely:-

Henry Smith and Hamilton - £189 designer Sunglasses voucher, Zig Zag Photography – £250 family photo shoot, Leicester Tigers  - 2 game and goodies packages, Riders – Family game pass, 2 lots of Grosveners casino meal and Wine vouchers, TGI Fridays - £25 Voucher, Leicester Outdoor Pursuits centre- Family session voucher, Stonehurst Farm – Family pass,

Snow Dome – toboggan pass, Birstall Parish Council  - free room Hire, Dining room- 2 course meal for 2, Ma’s Kitchen - £30 Voucher, Twin Lakes – Pass for 2, Birstall Garden Centre - £25 Voucher, TJ Cycles – Bike service, Medivet – free consultation, Megazone passes, Gorse Hill farm - animal sponsorship, Aroma Spice - £20 Voucher, Glenn Lewin butchers - £20 meat voucher, Café on the corner – cream tea, Ruby Tuesday Café – 2 meal for 2 Vouchers, Glenwood Interiors – Frame and candle, Birstall Fisheries - Meal voucher, Anne El Marie Hairdressers – Voucher, DM Hair – treatment and Blow dry, Head Rush Hairdressers - £10 off Voucher, Dance Academy – Month dance pass, Silly prices – Toys, Fusion Leisure – 2 x week passes, Filigree Heart – Cuddly Toy, Birstall Dog Groomers – Pet set, Dans Barbers  – Hair cuts



Thanks Also to Steve at Graphic solutions, Nik Loach , DJ, for his commentating, Kaine’s Castles for the bouncy castle and a special thank you to Paddle Plus without whom the Duck Race wouldn’t be possible and of course to everyone who bought a duck!

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