Get set for The Great Sedan Chair Steeplechase

WELLS Rotary is planning a new event for Wells – The Great Sedan Chair Steeplechase.

Subject to permission from Wells City Council, the Recreation Ground will be the venue for the event on September 29.

Teams of five people will be invited to build their own sedan chair and enter the races around the course set out in the Recreation Ground.

There will be four people carrying the sedan chair and one person in the chair. Teams will race one at a time against the clock.

The actual sedan chair can be as simple or sophisticated as the teams wish. Safety inspections will be carried out before the teams can compete.

The teams will be encouraged to wear fancy dress and there will be prizes for the best fancy dress, the best built sedan chair as well as for the races.

In keeping with the title ‘Steeplechase’ there will be a few obstacles or ‘jumps’ that the teams will have to negotiate during the course of their race.

Music on the Bandstand is planned, as well as trade stalls and other attractions making the event a family fun day.

Enquiries are sought from teams whereupon more details, rules and an entry form will be sent. Also, anyone interested in sponsoring the whole event, or maybe one of the obstacles, is invited to get in touch.

Wells Rotary member Chris Borrison said: “This Sedan Chair Steeplechase will bring a new spectacle to families in Wells, promising a fun day for competitors and spectators alike.”

Proceeds from this event will be donated primarily to Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. Contact