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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
A rural Norfolk tradition will be the star of an annual fundraising event which attracts hundreds of people.
The Ingworth Trosh is taking place in a field off the A140 close to Ingworth, near Cromer, on Sunday, September 15, between 1pm and 5pm.
Now in its ninth year, the event raises money for three medieval churches in Alby, Erpingham and Ingworth all of which are in urgent need of repair.
Helen Burrell, churchwarden of Erpingham Church, said: “This machinery and way of life will be in museums soon and it is an opportunity to see these vehicles being worked by people who know how to use them.”
The centrepiece of the event will be the vintage Ransomes threshing machine and 1947 Field Marshall tractor in action at 1pm.
Both pieces of machinery are owned by the Witham family who live in the Erpingham and Alby area.
Other attractions will be a ploughing demonstration, sheep shearing, a farmers’ market, alpacas, Shetland ponies and a fun dog show at 3pm.
Children will also be entertained by the Seal and Bird Rescue Trust from Ridlington, near North Walsham, with raptor flying displays and members of the Norfolk and Norwich Medieval Association. Between 30 and 40 stationary vintage tractors are also expected to be on show.
Modern farming equipment will also be on display to demonstrate the changes in technology.
Mrs Burrell, from The Street, Erpingham, said the event raised between £5,000 and £6,000 each year for the three churches.
Erpngham Church needs new windows and the walls need replastering. Alby Church needs a new roof and Ingworth Church needs a new boiler.
Anyone who would like to have stall needs to pay £20. Ring 01263 761156 or 01263 768209. Adult tickets are £4, under 16s and parking free.
Enthusiasts can bring along a tractor or piece of machinery to the event for free.