Wheel-y good fun at charity pram push

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It was a case of Lights! Camera! Action! in the picturesque village of Bolton-By-Bowland over the weekend.

Not only were these young fundraisers from the Ribble Valley having a “wheel-y” good time at a pram push honouring the memory of a dear friend, but camera crews descended after the village was shortlisted for Channel 4’s “Village of the Year” competition.

Fun at the charity pram push

Fun at the charity pram push

Young Farmers Beth Thornber (26), Jess Townson and Anna Dakin (both 28), organised Penny’s Pram Push in memory of Louise Hartley, who died last year aged just 24.

The course was around the cricket field with various obstacles and drinks along the way.

There was a great turnout of spectators and lots of fun for all the family, as well as television crews filming! As people got into the swing of the fundraiser, the party carried on in the marquee.

Speaking about the success of the event, which raised in the region of £2,500 towards the Louise Hartley Memorial Fund, Beth said: “Louise always wanted to organise one. We had 14 teams entering from around the village and from fellow Young Farmers and friends.

Camera crews descend in the village

Camera crews descend in the village

“We would like to thank the Cricket Club, Chris Bosonnet and Danny Wood for their fields, Vern, Gill and Colin Darlington for food, Adam Thornber and Tobi Devine for the bar, and all of our stewards and helpers on the day!

“We would like to thank everybody who attended and helped us make it such a success.

“We couldn’t have asked for it to go any better and are very grateful for everybody who helped us achieve this. We have been asked to host it again next year so watch this space!”

Meanwhile, the village community is soon to come under the national spotlight.

Actress Penelope Keith has visited scores of rural communities in her Hidden Villages series for Channel 4. Now, she is taking on her biggest challenge yet – to scour the length and breadth of Britain to crown one village Village of the Year 2017.

And the close-knit community of Bolton-By-Bowland is vying for that prestigious title after being shortlisted from 400 to 76 villages from the UK.

Penelope will preside over heats, semi-finals and final, with a panel of expert judges deciding which villages will progress through the rounds before revealing their winner, based on the following criteria: appearance; history and heritage; village events; activities; and visitor experience.

They will award their chosen village with the accolade and £10,000 to be used for a worthwhile community project.
Gawin and Charlotte Davies, who live in the village, were contacted by Channel 4.

Charlotte said: “Fingers crossed and we are quite hopeful we can win this title. We have had television crews filming at the beginning of this month and the judges have been round too. It would be fantastic for the village to receive recognition, but to also win the prize money of £10,000 which will be spent towards a new play area for the local youngsters.”

The series, produced by Reef Television, will air across both daytime and peak.