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The Story of Crantock's BIG Bale Push


Bale Push History

nce upon a time, at the turn of the 21st century, a few enterprising Cornishmen from Crantock decided to try to organise an event to raise a few pounds to contribute towards the cost of a new village hall. Little did they know that this decision was to grow, like Topsy, into one of the best and most enjoyable charitable events to take place in the whole of Cornwall ... if not the world!

Being a mix of local farmers and businessmen, and all keen sports fans as well as dedicated supporters of the village’s two hostelries, they decided that the event should encompass all of these interests. Much head scratching and musings ensued.

The final solution came from an idea had by Farmer Chris Eustice. His notion was sown and nurtured and as it grew into the BIG Bale Push his plans were harvested, baled and discussed with John Richards (Casey) who immediately saw its merits.

A fairly hilarious test push was organised and four local worthies, namely Kittsy, Casey, Millsy and Tim Eustice formed a team. Assisted by flag-waving Jim Hardy, and with Chris Eustice the mobile marshal directing proceedings - whilst also alerting any unsuspecting passers-by - a bale push was achieved around the proposed circuit.

Three weeks later with the valuable assistance of local sponsors and supporters the BIG Bale Push 2000 was born.

That first event raised over £800 and in the ensuing years the total has grown to over £100,000 which has been donated to key charities close to the heart of the local community.