Tractor club pulls in the cash for hospice

The weather stayed kind for the inaugural charity tractor run of the newly formed Chailey and District Classic and Vintage Tractor Club on Bank Holiday Sunday.

Previous outings of all makes and models has resulted in the formation of a local club open to all enthusiasts, whether they have a machine or not.

“The purpose of instigating a club structure,” said Chairman Howard Venters, “is to formalise our affiliations, contribute to charity and enable us to become organised and attract more interest for future events. Our chosen charity is St Peter and St James Hospice at Chailey.”

Club treasurer Peter Olbrich said: “Last weekend’s trek through the lanes covered some 30 miles and took in the villages of Chailey, Barcombe, Cooksbridge, East Chiltington, Plumpton, Wivelsfield and Newick.

“Each tractor carried a collecting bucket seeking donations to the hospice.”

Club PR officer Fenella Seward-Fisher said: “Our penultimate stop was the highlight of the day – we called at the hospice itself where all the machines lined up for a group photograph, including nurses and patients.”

The day was rounded off at The Royal Oak in Newick with an evening of live music, courtesy of Newick Folk, where further collection was made for the hospice.

Several makes of both vintage and classic tractors took part in Sunday’s run and membership of the club is open to all. Enquiries to fenellafisher@gmail.com