Penelope (8), Helen and Adeline (6) Stark, cooling off under the fruit trees. Photo Jan Hawkins

Beautiful weather, stunning views, healthy family activity, great food and drink and prizes for all children and most adults made for capacity numbers and a feel-good Sunday at Webb’s Family Orchard last weekend.

The unique event was organised by the Cromwell Junior Rugby team, as their way of supporting the fundraising effort of the Cromwell Sports Club’s clubroom renovations.

Terry Davis, set the course and provided the expertise for the smooth running of the event. 

Rogaining is like a treasure hunt. Codes were placed all around the orchard and neighbours’ properties with some strategically placed under the trees. Participating teams were given a map with locations marked on it and clues written on the back.

The idea is to record as many codes as you can within the three-hour time limit.  Strategic thinking helps though, as some codes are worth more than others.

Teams were staggered to ensure that Covid rules were strictly followed.

Brad Morton, Cromwell Junior Rugby Club President, says, “I’m just very happy that the event has been so well supported, and everyone has had great fun.”

Terry adds, “We are super grateful for the huge support given by local businesses, and for the Webb’s and their neighbours, Sanders, Leysers, and Scott Base who have been so generous with their land and support.”

Total funds raised have yet to be announced, but, together with the raffles available on the day, and a silent auction to follow, it will be a great contribution to the clubroom rebuild.

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