Ploughmen unearth village's generous side
PUBLISHED: 15:29 13 January 2009 | UPDATED: 21:40 31 May 2010
YESTERDAY S 38th annual Plough Monday in Balsham proved to be a roaring success with over £2000 raised for worthwhile causes. Continuing their ancient tradition, the Balsham Ploughmen, accompanied by the Cambridge Morris Men, hauled the 200-year-old ploug
YESTERDAY'S 38th annual Plough Monday in Balsham proved to be a roaring success with over £2000 raised for worthwhile causes.
Continuing their ancient tradition, the Balsham Ploughmen, accompanied by the Cambridge Morris Men, hauled the 200-year-old plough around the streets and performed their traditional dances along the way as they collected cash.
The money raised - £2085 in total - will be split between the East Anglian Air Ambulance, Meadow School's playground fund and other youth organisations.
Secretary of the Balsham Plough Monday Club, Jan Ellam, was delighted with the outcome.
She said: "It went very well. We are well received wherever we go and had some very welcoming hosts. The two pubs [Black Bull and The Bell] excelled themselves in plying us with food and drink, and the Morris Men really put their all into it. We really couldn't do it without them."
She added: "People were very generous, more so than in other years. In the current financial climate I was amazed we got so much - and the Ploughmen didn't even have to furrow across anyone's lawn this year!"
The fundraising started at West Wickham Road just after 5pm and finished in The Bell pub at around 10pm. There was also a raffle of over 30 prizes, including a top prize of a helicopter ride for four people.
The event has supported many charitable causes and raised in excess of £36,000 since its relaunch in 1972.