6 ISSUES FOR JUST £6 Subscribe to Hertfordshire Life today CLICK HERE

Steam rally success in Potten End

13:28 02 August 2011

A magnificent steam engine

A magnificent steam engine

The fifth annual Steam Rally for the Hospice of St Francis was held in Potten End this weekend with the sunshine and warm weather drawing record-breaking crowds.

The fifth annual Steam Rally for the Hospice of St Francis was held in Potten End this weekend with the sunshine and warm weather drawing record-breaking crowds.


The family day out, starting with a tractor-trailer ride from the car park into the showground, provided something for everyone with special events taking place all through the day ranging from vintage tractors trying to balance on a metal see-saw, demonstrations of archery through the ages, heavy horses, the majestic steam engines, vintage cars, commercial lorries and military vehicles, vintage motor bikes and a hot air balloon demonstration.


Roslyn Walker the famous escapologist amazed the crowds with a death defying escape and helped kids try out their circus skills. Harvey the Clown also entertained the children and even Thomas the Tank Engine made a special visit.


One of the organisers Dawn Bunker, said, It was wonderful and the weather was fantastic. We had more than 6,000 people this year which was considerably more than last year. It was bigger than last year, everyone was happy, the side-stalls, the people - everyone went away happy which for us is brilliant. We'd like to say thank you for the superb support from Sainsbury's at Chesham, everyone at the Hospice, and everyone who gave their time and effort.


Claire de Silva, from the Hospice of St Francis said: We are thrilled that the event had such a fantastic turn out this year and everyone gave generously. There was a brilliant atmosphere and we are so grateful to everyone who came along. The money raised from the weekend ensures the hospice can continue to reach hundreds of local people, caring for them and their families through difficult times.


Over the past four years the Dacorum Steam and Machinery Preservation Group, their families and friends have raised over 37,000 for the Hospice of St Francis.

0 comments

Shop with us at Great British Life

More from People

Andrew Bernardi
 at home in Coolham, West Sussex

The recent history of the 1696 Stradivarius is worthy of a Hollywood thriller. After it was stolen and recovered, violinist Andrew Bernardi had to race against the clock to raise the money to buy it. Now, as he prepares for his 16th Shipley Arts Festival, Andrew explains that the violin has galvanised his mission to build community through music.

Read more
09:31
Countryfile's Adam Henson discussing Surrey Wildlife Trust's grazing projects

Two Surrey Life columnists collide on this week’s BBC Countryfile, with presenter Adam Henson and his camera crew paying a visit to Surrey Wildlife Trust’s grazing team.

Read more
00:00
Catfish & The Bottlemen are just one of the acts to have performed at Barn On The Farm prior to making it big

Seven sensational talents from North Wales who we’re sure we’ll be hearing more of in the future

Read more
Yesterday, 16:49
Gregory Dean was set to become a flautist, but ballet became his chosen career. (Photo by Natascha Thiara Rydvald)

Gregory Dean is a Great British ‘export’ from Great Missenden to the Royal Danish Ballet, so Sandra Smith traced his graceful steps to leading roles

Read more
Yesterday, 16:16
Gareth with one of his impressive cake sculptures - made for a children's birthday party

Gareth Jones at Odiham Cake Company has got something of a cult following…Natalie French goes to discuss the latest wedding cake trends - from drip cakes to edible flowers and even something for the boys

Read more
Yesterday, 15:38
Getty Images/iStockphoto

On Thursday 23 June, the British public will vote on whether they wish the UK to remain in the EU or not. Here’s how your local MP plans to vote...

Read more
Yesterday, 15:35
Getty Images/iStockphoto

On Thursday 23 June, the British public will vote on whether they wish the UK to remain in the EU or not. Here’s how your local MP plans to vote...

Read more
Yesterday, 15:30
Getty Images/iStockphoto

On Thursday 23 June, the British public will vote on whether they wish the UK to remain in the EU or not. Here’s how your local MP plans to vote...

Read more
Yesterday, 15:25
Getty Images/iStockphoto

On Thursday 23 June, the British public will vote on whether they wish the UK to remain in the EU or not. Here’s how your local MP plans to vote...

Read more
Yesterday, 15:21
Getty Images/iStockphoto

On Thursday 23 June, the British public will vote on whether they wish the UK to remain in the EU or not. Here’s how your local MP plans to vote...

Read more

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory


Job search in your local area




Local Business Directory

Hertfordshire's trusted business finder

Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search