Feast Charities

The 2019 Kilburn Feast

The 2019 Kilburn Feast aimed to maintain the long-standing tradition of bringing the village closer together and to ensure all have fun whilst raising money for these local charities.

Freddie’s Feast

The 2019 Feast was very successful raising £6,400 and bringing much joy to young and old alike. This success was only possible because of a lot of hard work by the Friends of the Feast, other villagers and Thirsk Rotary, plus the generous support of sponsors.

The biggest beneficiary was Freddie Thompson. Freddie, aged just three, had aggressive neuroblastoma. Sadly, he has since died.

The Feast made donations to:


  • Freddie’s Fight Charity £2,600
  • Thirsk Rotary £1,125
  • Yorkshire Air Ambulance £312
  • Kilburn Institute £1,125
  • St. Mary’s P.C.C. £800
  • Other charities £400


The Friends of Kilburn Feast thank villagers and many members of the Thirsk Rotary who made the 2019 Feast such a success

The 2018 Kilburn Feast

The 2018 Kilburn Feast was very successful raising nearly £6,000 for local charities and bringing much joy to young and old alike. This success would not have been possible without a lot of hard work by the Friends of Kilburn Feast, other villagers and Thirsk Rotary and the generous support of many sponsors.

Friday Evening: The Charity Quiz was a sell-out and was enjoyed by all. The winning team won £250 for Herriot Hospice Homecare, with runners up winning £100 for Leonard Cheshire’s Alne Hall and £50 for the Kilburn Institute.

Saturday Evening: The Mouse Derby was well attended.

Sunday Afternoon: The Road Race attracted 244 runners, despite the fiercely hot weather. Hundreds and hundreds of people, including many families, enjoyed circus clowns, Punch & Judy, games, duck races, a bouncy castle, live music, a Grand Raffle and many stalls overflowing the village square. Late afternoon, there was a well-attended open-air church service.

Early evening, dozens of villagers and visitors watched the famous duck race and Lord Mayor’s parade - a tradition dating back many years. There was a twist this year in which we celebrated a hundred years since the vote was first given to women, we had a feisty female Lord Mayor. The Feast made donations to; Thirsk Rotary, Yorkshire Air Ambulance, St. Mary’s P.C.C. and the Kilburn Institute (to assist in its urgent restoration).

The 2017 Feast was very successful and raised a record £7,000 for local charities.

The Charity Quiz on the Friday evening was a sell-out and was enjoyed by all.

Saturday evening saw record numbers in the Square and in the Forresters Arms watching and participating in a traditional quoits competition and the Mouse Derby.

Sunday afternoon attracted 308 runners, the highest ever, in the renowned 7-mile Kilburn Road Race. Also, hundreds of people, including many families, enjoyed circus clowns, duck races, games, a bouncy castle, live music, a Grand Raffle and many stalls overflowing the village square. Late afternoon, following a well-attended open-air church service, dozens of villagers and visitors watched the famous Lord Mayor’s parade - a tradition dating back many years.

The Feast has made donations to; Yorkshire Air Ambulance (£1,000), Thirsk Rotary (£750), Friarage MRI Scanner Appeal (£750), St. Mary’s P.C.C. (£900), Jerry Green Dog Rescue (£200), Thirsk R. B. L. Band (£750), the Multiple Sclerosis Society – York Branch (£75), Cold Kirby Institute (£75) and the Kilburn Institute (£2,750) to assist in its urgent restoration.

Visitors, sponsors, villagers and our many volunteers - thank you for this success.

The 2016 Kilburn Feast Was Very Successful

The Charity Quiz on the Friday evening was a sell-out and was enjoyed by all. Herriot Hospice Homecare was the winner taking away £250.

Sadly, the Saturday afternoon picnic at High Kilburn had to be cancelled because of the weather. However, undaunted, 19 teams set off on foot competing in a Treasure Hunt around Kilburn – well done the Miles family for winning again this year.

Saturday evening saw record numbers in the Square and in the Forresters Arms watching and participating in a traditional quoits competition and the famous Mouse Derby and enjoying a tasty Hog Roast.

Sunday afternoon attracted 297 runners, the highest number ever, in the renowned 7-mile Kilburn Road Race. Hundreds of people, including many families, enjoyed the circus clowns, games, a huge bouncy castle, live music, raffles and stalls overflowing the village square. Late afternoon, following a well-attended open air church service, dozens of villagers and visitors watched the Duck Race on the village beck and the famous Lord Mayor and "Lady" Mayoress parade; a tradition dating back many years. The Lord Mayor, appointed for just one day, toured the village in a top hat and sash of office, accompanied by the “Lady” Mayoress (a young man in female clothing and makeup). Proclaiming his authority, he inflicted a record number of small fines on householders and visitors alike for any misdemeanour, real or invented.

The Feast raised a record sum of money of over £5,000. The Feast has or will be making donations to the following local charities and good causes;

Yorkshire Air Ambulance [£1,062], The Friarage Hospital’s MRI scanner appeal [£750], Herriot Hospice Homecare [£250], Thirsk Rotary [£500], Cold Kirby Institute [£50], Sowerby St. Oswald’s Urban Saints Rebuild 2017 Project [£60], the Kilburn Institute towards various improvements [£1,700] and to assist in the urgent restoration of Kilburn’s Village Square [£1,000]

The 2015 Kilburn Feast Was Very Successful in Every Way

The charity quiz on the Friday evening, “Kilburn Does Pointless”, was a sell-out and was enjoyed by all. Alne Hall Cheshire Home was the winner taking away £250.

Well over 100 people, mostly villagers and their guests, attended the Saturday afternoon picnic at High Kilburn and watched a fascinating and thrilling demonstration by the International Centre for Birds Of Prey, based at Duncombe Park. Afterwards, 24 teams set off on foot competing in a Treasure Hunt around High Kilburn and Kilburn – well done the Miles family for winning. Also on the Saturday afternoon was the dog scurry, which attracted a record number of entrants.

Saturday evening saw the Forresters Arms full of people watching and participating in a traditional quoits competition and the famous Mouse Derby.

Sunday afternoon attracted 283 runners in the renowned 7-mile Kilburn Road Race. Hundreds of people, including many families, enjoyed the games, music, raffles, the Silent Auction, and stalls overflowing the village square. Late afternoon, following an open air church service, dozens of villagers and visitors watched the Duck Race on the village beck and the famous Lord Mayor and "Lady" Mayoress parade; a tradition dating back many years. The Lord Mayor, appointed for just one day, toured the village in a top hat and sash of office, accompanied by the “Lady” Mayoress (a young man in female clothing and makeup). Proclaiming his authority, he inflicted small fines on householders and visitors alike for any misdemeanour, real or invented.

The Feast raised a record sum of money for local charities.

The Feast has made donations of £5,525 to:

  • £2,025 Kilburn Village Institute
  • £1,000 Friarage Northallerton Hospital MRI Scanner Appeal
  • £1,000 York Air Ambulance
  • £500 St Monica’s Hospital, Easingwold
  • £525 Yorkshire Cancer Research
  • £250 Alne Hall Cheshire Home
  • £125 Thirsk Rotary
  • £25 Peter Chase Award – Sowerby Music
  • £25 Kilburn White Horse Association
  • £25 Cold Kirby Institute
  • £25 Thirsk Community Care