Inaugural charity run for Chailey's new tractor club 23rd SEPTEMBER 2017
The recently established Chailey Classic and Vintage Tractor Club held its first annual charity tractor run last Saturday, 23rd September, in support of St Peter and St James Hospice, the Club’s nominated charity.
Starting from the Five Bells in Chailey, the convoy of as many as 25 tractors, consisting of a huge variety of makes and models complete with traffic marshals, passed through Plumpton and Newick stopping at a number of pubs on the way to collect for the Hospice. Morris dancers from spirimawgus joined the tractors and danced at the Half Moon, Fountain and the Plough before moving on to the Sloop and Royal Oak at Newick, finally returning back to the Five Bells for an evening of food, music and entertainment. Beer was donated by local breweries and the pub cooked a lamb spit-roast donated by a local farmer, accompanied by a wide selection of home-made relishes contributed by another prominent member. Live music was provided without cost by well known local band Rapscallion.
Howard Venters, Chairman and founder member said “the whole day was a tremendous success from start to finish. I am extremely grateful to all who took part in the various activities of the day and to those who contributed in so many ways, be it in terms of time, money or other forms of donation. I am equally grateful to all members of our committee who worked so hard to make this day happen and meticulous planning paid dividends. I would also like to thank all of the pubs who hosted us and helped promote the event and of course to all those who came along with their tractors”.
Charlotte Guay, Membership Secretary and landlady at the Royal Oak said “we have received so much interest both during and following the day and we have been bombarded by enquiries about the Club with people wishing to join. The spirit of giving to the Hospice and people's reaction to what we are trying to achieve has been truly amazing”.
The evening also included a raffle and auction conducted by committee member Trevor Comber with items donated by Ernest Doe, Haynes and Yeowart Agricultural, the Five Bells and Mr T's Fletching Village Stores.
Hundreds of pictures taken on the day have now been posted and those interested in further information should go to the Club's Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.