Walking 1001 on Pancake Day

On the day when we should have been holding the 24th Annual Pancake Race around Wimborne Minster since its revival in 1998 Anthony Oliver who normally organises the race with a small committee joined Chris Slocock on his 1001th  lap of the Minster. The walk started from the traditional Pancake Race starting position outside the main entrance to the Minster as the Minster clock struck 11o’clock.

Chris who completed his 1000th lap around the Minster on Christmas morning aims to complete a total of 1316 laps by Easter to mark the 1316th anniversary of the original foundation of the Minster by St. Cuthburga in AD705. He is raising money for the Minster Makes Music appeal and you can still support Chris and the Appeal by accessing:


Meanwhile the Wimborne BID have risen to the challenge by organising a Virtual Pancake Race on behalf of the Minster and you can still  take part in this until the end of the week. All you have to do is see how many times you can toss a pancake in 30 seconds. There are three categories for the prize draw: Under 16s, over 16s and businesses. Prizes will be donated by local businesses, Wimborne Minster Town Council and Wimborne BID and the results announced next week. To enter simply record yourself or someone in your household or bubble tossing a pancake for 30 seconds. Post the video to Facebook, making sure that the post is marked public so that it can be viewed and to enter the prize draw you must tag in @wimborneBID and use the hashtag  #MinsterPancakes

Choristers from the Minster at Wimborne in Dorset flip pancakes next to a miniature version of their place of worship where the traditional Shrove tuesday pancake races that see participants normally tear around the 200 yard pathway that encircles the church, cancelled, along with congregational services.
Instead, the Dorset community are being encouraged to participate in an online, virtual race in which each person films their expertise at flipping pancakes and uploads the thirty second film in the hope that their efforts have earned them a prize.©Russell Sach – 0771 882 6138

Photograph – Chris Slocock undertaking his 1001th lap accompanied by Anthony Oliver and second photograph of Rowan and Esther Davey, Minster Choristers practising for the big day in front of the ModelTowns Minster.