Pretty buckets from Barton Bendish in the churchyard at Boughton, near Downham Market

There were buckets galore in a village churchyard at the weekend as part of a fundraising challenge.

The competition to find the most attractive bucket from Boughton and nearby Barton Bendish, near Downham Market, attracted 32 entries.

West Norfolk mayor Colin Sampson was on hand to decide who had made the most attractive bucket out of the many dotted around the churchyard at All Saints Church on Saturday.

Sandy Reid was awarded the trophy for the best looking bucket out of the adult entries in Boughton with her Fruits of the Garden bucket.

Four-year-old Amie Dewart stormed to victory in the junior competition with her pretty bucket she called The Book Worm.

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The most attractive bucket from Barton Bendish was Linda Webster's entry entitled Topiary of a Hen and Eggs. Barton Bendish also won the intervillage competition and were presented with a shield.

It is the fourth year villagers in Boughton have been united to raise money for village fund. It is, however, the first year the competition has been extended to Barton Bendish villagers.

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Previous challenges have seen villagers try to grow the tallest sunflower and heaviest pumpkin.

Frank Reid, one of the event organisers, said: 'There were 32 entries from Boughton and some extremely ingenious constructions, models and plantings were on display.

'There were, however, a number of rogue entries that tried to bend the rules and these people were sent to the sin bin and later a number of village children were then armed with water pistols to cool them down somewhat.

'The whole afternoon was great fun even if a number of us were a little damp and now we are thinking about what next year's challenge will be.'

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