PICTURES: Tractor run raises funds for village church

DOZENS of tractors and their drivers received a warm welcome as the Caundle Marsh Tractor Run made its way around local villages and settlements.

Some 55 vehicles took part in the event in aid of the village’s parish church of St Peter and St Paul.

The Hiscock family hosted the event at Westhayes Farm, supported by members of the parochial church council (PCC) and the Three Valleys Team, who sold raffle tickets, served teas and cakes, and helped provide a barbecue breakfast.

The Rev. Tony Gilbert blessed the tractors before sending them on their way.

The village church was rebuilt in the mid-1800s, and had a small makeover in the 1920s, but in recent years has suffered a problem with damp in the walls.

The PCC is proposing to redo the interior paintwork before winter sets in and has been fundraising to carry out work at the church.

PCC secretary Jenny Short said: “We loved the reception the tractors got from residents along the way, and while we are still counting the proceeds, we know we are well on the way to funding our project, and warmly thank all who are helping us achieve our aim.”

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