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Balsham Ploughmen ready for festival

The Ploughmen of Balsham celebrate their 40 year collecting for charity supported by Morris Men  and residents of Balsham.

The Ploughmen of Balsham celebrate their 40 year collecting for charity supported by Morris Men and residents of Balsham.

Cries of ‘Pity the poor ploughboy!’ will resound around Balsham next week as the villages celebrates its annual Plough Monday festival.

Cries of ‘Pity the poor ploughboy!’ will resound around Balsham next week as the villages celebrates its annual Plough Monday festival.

The charitable event, held on Monday (January 7) evening, will see the plough towed through the village followed by Morris dancers to recreate the traditional event, raising cash for local causes in the process.

Last year’s celebration raised almost £2,000, while this year’s will benefit Meadow Primary School’s IT project, Balsham Youth Club in its quest to stay open until March 31, and Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline Cambridge Link, which helps bring youngsters from the devastated Ukranian city for respite breaks in the UK, organising for six children to stay with Balsham families in 2012.

The event is held each year on the first Monday after Twelfth Night, and last year’s celebrations marked the 40th anniversary of Plough Monday’s revival in Balsham.

The Ploughmen will begin their route this year at 5pm, accompanied by the Cambridge Morris Men and meeting at the corner of Old House Road and Plumain Way.

Woodhall Lane is the next port of call at 6.15pm followed by a walk down to the Cambridge end of the village at Linton Road.

On the way back The Rookers is the next stop and the entourage will then travel on to Manor House, arriving there at around 8pm.

The procession will arrive at The Black Bull pub at 9.15pm and will reach its final stop at The Bell pub at 10pm.

Donations will be taken along the route and at the stops to benefit the charities and causes.

Raffle tickets are now on sale at The Bell, The Black Bull and Yole Farm Butchers Shoppe.

Prizes include £100 cash, a £40 meat voucher and a food hamper, and more.

Tickets will also be on sale outside the butchers shop tomorrow (Saturday, January 5) morning, along with free mulled wine and hot sausages.

Jan Ellam, who organises the event, said: “All are welcome to come and join us for what is now a unique Balsham tradition, and enjoy the music, the dancing and the fun of Plough Monday.”

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (January 10) Echo.

 

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