Egg-citing Easter fun is undeterred by rain

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Hundreds of families braved the changeable weather to take part in some egg-stra special Easter fun.

More than 100 Easter eggs were given out to children who followed trails around Park Wood, in Waterlooville, yesterday.

From left, Rose Wallis, six, Daisy Hunt, six,Evie Foster, 10, Georgina Wenzerul, two, Isabella Hunt, eight, Henry Wenzerul, five, and Joseph Hunt, three at the 

Friends of Park Wood Easter egg hunt Picture: Allan Hutchings (160430-154)

From left, Rose Wallis, six, Daisy Hunt, six,Evie Foster, 10, Georgina Wenzerul, two, Isabella Hunt, eight, Henry Wenzerul, five, and Joseph Hunt, three at the Friends of Park Wood Easter egg hunt Picture: Allan Hutchings (160430-154)

Undeterred by the weather – a mix of rain, strong winds, and the occasional spell of sunshine – families hunted clues, which landed them with a chocolate prize.

The event had been organised by the Friends of Park Wood – a group of volunteers which maintains the wood on behalf of the Woodland Trust – with eggs donated by the Co-op and Waitrose.

Maureen Nye, one of the committee members, said: ‘It was surprisingly busy, we sold over 100 tickets and more people turned up on the day.

‘Everybody was cheerful despite the showers.

From left, Scarlett Powles, Lauryn Maidment, Lisa Fowler, Shania Fitzjohn and Sue the goalkeeper on a charity fancy dress walk from Bartons Green, Havant to KIDS in Fareham to deliver Easter eggs Picture: Allan Hutchings (160426-668)

From left, Scarlett Powles, Lauryn Maidment, Lisa Fowler, Shania Fitzjohn and Sue the goalkeeper on a charity fancy dress walk from Bartons Green, Havant to KIDS in Fareham to deliver Easter eggs Picture: Allan Hutchings (160426-668)

‘We hope that they all enjoyed it.’

Among the hunters were Maureen’s grandchildren Abbie Nye Whitworth, eight, and her brother Nathanial, five, from Southsea.

Abbie said: ‘It was good at the start then it started pouring down when we had our hoods down in a clearing and we got wet, but it was good really.

‘We had to find little cards with Easter pictures on them and write them down. When we had all of them we could choose our prize.

Six-year-old Abigail Clark at Locks Heath Shopping Centre's Easter bonnet competition Picture: Paul Jacobs (160230-2)

Six-year-old Abigail Clark at Locks Heath Shopping Centre's Easter bonnet competition Picture: Paul Jacobs (160230-2)

‘It was definitely muddy though.’

Joining Abbie and Nathanial were fiends Mia Thomas, seven, and her brother, Luca, five, also from Southsea.

Elsewhere, in Gosport, an Easter-themed fundraising event was held at Hardway Sailing Club yesterday to raise money for Epilepsy Awareness Day.

There was a raffle, egg hunt, plus more.

Leigh Park's Easter event Picture: David Arkwell

Leigh Park's Easter event Picture: David Arkwell

In Locks Heath, shoppers at Locks Heath Shopping Village were treated to its annual Easter bonnet competition on Saturday, along with a range of activities.

In Havant, a group in fancy dress walked 12 miles to raise money for the charity Kids.

The walkers, made up of the Widbrook United ladies and girls football teams, also delivered chocolate to the young people helped by Kids.

Organiser Jon Fowler said they wanted to raise £1,000 from the walk, which took them from Bartons Green, in Havant, to the Kids shop in Fareham.

‘We are hopeful we can smash the target,’ he said.

‘We walked through the main shopping districts between Havant and Fareham and along the main roads to help boost donations.’

From left, Henry Faulkner, Susan Waller and Emma Faulkner at Hardway Sailing Club, Gosport, to raise money for Epilepsy Research UK Picture: Allan Hutchings (160432-936)

From left, Henry Faulkner, Susan Waller and Emma Faulkner at Hardway Sailing Club, Gosport, to raise money for Epilepsy Research UK Picture: Allan Hutchings (160432-936)

The group certainly stood out with people dressed as fruit, clowns, animals and superheroes.

They finished the walk at about 4.30pm.

John added: ‘Everyone made a great effort and this was a great fundraising event for the team to take part in.’

Also in Havant, the Leigh Park Traders Association held an Easter bonnet parade.

Youngsters and adults got creative with their hats and organiser Ian Payne said he was impressed.

‘It was a great day and the whole community really came together,’ he said.

‘The children and adults who took part in the bonnet parade looked great.’

As well as the parade, visitors had the chance to look around different stalls and take part in games.