Trosh fundraiser answers rural churches’ prayers
- Credit: ALLY McGILVRAY
The farming community dug deep to show its support for a trio of churches in north Norfolk.
A ploughing match was one of the highlights of the 12th Ingworth Trosh yesterday, which raises money towards the running costs of St Mary the Virgin Church in Erpingham, St Lawrence Church in Ingworth and St Ethelbert's Church in Alby.
Other attractions at the family fun day included a display of vintage machinery, birds of prey, sheep shearing and fun dog show.
Modern farming equipment will also be on display to demonstrate the changes in technology.
Canon Paul Thomas, the priest-in-charge of Scarrowbeck Benefice, said: 'It is the work of a lot of local farmers who have come together to show off the old tractors, the old means of threshing the corn.
'The old English for that is 'trosh' or 'troshing'.
'Lots of other people bring stalls to raise money for their own charities, but also to contribute to ours, which is for the three churches within the benefice.
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'We also look forward to it because it's a great time to meet people
who are not necessarily church-goers – in fact many of them aren't. But it's a good time to chat with them and have a cup of tea and enjoy the farming atmosphere.
'Farming is quite a solitary profession so they look forward to coming to events like this where they can chat to their friends and neighbours as well.' Organisers said that, since being held for the first time in 2005, the trosh had gone from strength to strength.
Helen Burrell, church warden 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.'