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Balsham’s Plough Monday is tonight

Balsham Plough Monday 2014 will be celebrated tonight (Monday, January 13).

Balsham Plough Monday 2014 will be celebrated tonight (Monday, January 13).

 

The Ploughmen of Balsham and Morris dancers will take to the village’s streets for the annual plough Monday festival tonight (Monday, January 13).

Plough Monday, held annually on the first Monday after Twelfth Night (Epiphany), sees the Ploughmen joined by Morris dancers to celebrate the ancient tradition that now raises cash for good causes.

The event starts at 5.30pm at Fox Road where the plough will be blessed by Revd Dr Julie Norris, before heading to the High Street (6.30pm), Woodhall Lane (7.15pm), The Cedars in West Wratting Road (8pm), Princes Close (9pm), The Bell (9.45pm) and finally The Bull (10.15pm).

Beneficiaries are the church parish nurse scheme, now crockery for the church institute, the 1617-2017 400th anniversary map project and replacing the Ploughmens’ bench at Mays Avenue Green.

Raffle tickets available at the Yole Farm Butchers Shoppe, The Bell and the Black Bull.

The main task of the evening is to raise money for the good causes.

There will be pre-arranged stops with welcoming refreshments and a chance to meet friends, old and new, a street collection and a raffle with £100 cash prize.

Balsham’s association with this custom has been interrupted a few times, notably by war, but revivals have always followed, the latest 1972 revival being the most successful.

For live coverage of tonight’s event follow @JackTappin on Twitter.

For a full report on the night and all the latest news see Thursday’s (January 16) Echo.

 

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