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Racing into Spring!

Chaz Davies recieves the Golden Kite Award

We’ve seen lots of lovely people over this Easter break, but our holiday started on Thursday night with a very special event. The Judge’s Lodging played host to the presentation of the Golden Kite Award to motorcycle rider, Presteigne’s own Chaz Davies.  The Golden Kite Award is presented by Powys County Council to those who have achieved exceptional things either from the county or on behalf of its people.  At only 25, Chaz is the reigning World Supersport Champion and BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year 2011 - the people of Presteigne are very proud of him.  He is only the third people to receive this award, with previous recipients being bowler Robert Weale, the Commonwealth Gold medallist and Joanna Lumley, for her support of the Gurkhas.

Bikes on the Judge's table       Chaz Davies in the Judge's Lodging

The evening was finished off by a fabulous dinner in our candlelit Judge’s Dining Room, where we celebrated the event by covering the table in teeny little model bikes, weaving in amongst some glorious spring flowers. (See photos of the fabulous flowers provided by BareBlooms here

Candlelit dinner

If you want to know more about Chaz’s career, why not visit us this summer, when we will be featuring him in our Sporting Life in Presteigne exhibition. See his awards, riding equipment, photos, memoribilia and the World Supersport Trophy itself.  The exhibition will run from late June until September. More information on this site very soon.

Chaz Davies, World Supersport Champion

Well done Chaz.  May you go on to even greater achievements.


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  • list arrowHow did Victorians try out a new invention?

    Test it on the servants of course! That's what happened in 1860 at The Judge's Lodging, when gas lighting was put into the basement and not the Judge's rooms. They wanted to see if they got sick from the fumes. The servants were fine - that's why we got the lights working again.

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