The Cotswold Hares have returned home
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These hares all have tales to tell about the magic and heritage of the Cotswolds and can now be viewed in one location - including 17 at The Real Wood Furniture Company!
The Cotswolds Hare Trail which featured over 80 large hares stationed around various locations and businesses throughout the Cotswolds earlier this year, came to an end recently.
All the hares were auctioned in aid of National Star, a Gloucester based charity working with young people with severe and complex disabilities, at Cheltenham Race Course on Friday October 6 with ‘Flog It’s’ Paul Martin presiding on the rostrum.
Chris Baylis, of The Real Wood Furniture Company (re-cently relocated to Chipping Norton), is pleased to announce that not only did he manage to purchase ‘Ronnie’, the hare that his company had sponsored for the festival, but also managed to secure ‘Geoffrey Furbidge’ which had been sponsored by Chipping Norton companies, Gill & Co, Oats, Jaffe & Neale, The Cotswold Newsagents, The Crown & Cushion Hotel and The Tea Set. He felt these two magnificent creatures might be lonely in the large gardens outside The Real Wood Furniture Company’s new premises and so brought fifteen of their friends home with them for visitors to enjoy!
These hares all have tales to tell about the magic and heritage of the Cotswolds and can now be viewed in one location. Not all the hares will be able to stay, as some will inevitably find new owners, but in the short term, they are available to view Saturday Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 11-5pm in ‘The Hare Garden’ at the company’s showrooms.
Ronnie and Geoffrey have become fast friends and if you look out on a dark night, they can be seen hopping, hand in hand, through moonbeams over Chipping Norton!