A FARMING family from Bramley will be holding a Christmas tractor run this December, to raise funds for charity.

Gary and Vicki Crockford have taken over the Silchester village tractor run for the first time in 2023, preparing a fleet of tractors ready to light up the streets and bring some Christmas cheer to all. The tractor run will take place on Sunday, December 17. 

The tractor run will see several decorated tractors take to the streets, driving around the area and passing through Sherfield, Bramley, Pamber Heath, Tadley and Pamber Green, before ending at Silchester Farm, the event's main sponsor.

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Basingstoke Gazette: The timings and route of the tractor runThe timings and route of the tractor run (Image: Gary Crockford)

At the farm, guests will be able to grab photos of the tractors, as well as have a bite to eat and drink at the venue. The tractors will be arriving at the farm after the route at around 7pm.

The event will raise money for two charities, Ileostomy & Internal Pouch Association (IA) and Simon Says Child Bereavement. IA has been specialising in supporting people living with an ileostomy since 1956.

Simon Says Child Bereavement is a Hampshire charity which supports young people up to the age of 18 years who have a significant person in their life who has died or is dying.

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Silchester Farm owner, Alastair Winsey, said: "Supporting our community is hugely important to us, and we are grateful that this year gives us an opportunity to host the end of the tractor run, providing a space for people to gather and enjoy the event.

"With money going to two great causes, we hope that our visitors will come along, donate and enjoy the tractors and food and drink at the farm. The raffle will be drawn in the evening too, so there is lots to look forward to.

"On the last week in the run-up to Christmas, we are looking forward to seeing everyone and getting involved with such a great cause and local event that we hope we can continue to support for years to come."

More information on the event can be found on Facebook or Eventbrite. Donations to the charities can be made in advance here.