Boys chalk up good deed for Uffington's very old White Horse

Nine-year-old Thomas Streatfield, left, who helped maintain the White Horse with his brother, Sam, seven. Picture: OX69410  Damian Halliwell

Nine-year-old Thomas Streatfield, left, who helped maintain the White Horse with his brother, Sam, seven. Picture: OX69410 Damian Halliwell Buy this photo

First published in News

UFFINGTON’S famous White Horse is gleaming again after volunteers refreshed its chalk.

Brothers Thomas Streatfield, nine, and seven-year-old Sam helped out yesterday.

Thomas said: “We got given lumps of chalk and a hammer and we hammered the chalk into the White Horse.

“When we hammered it, it sort of smoothed out, it was quite nice.”

Thomas, from Faringdon, added: “It looked much whiter than it did when we started.”

His mum Amanda, 44, said: “It was really rewarding. We all worked in a line so everything joined up.”

The White Horse is 3,000 years old and 110 metres long.

Its traditional rechalking became a well-known, large-scale public event until it was banned in 1857, when 30,000 visitors and travellers came and refused to leave.

Now, more than 3,000 hours a year are needed to make sure it stays white, for which The National Trust invites the public to help out.

Volunteers will be back chalking today between 10.30am-3.30pm.

  • Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone's contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Send your Letter to the Editor

11:20am Monday 28th July 2014

What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.


Our top stories

Mum says Oxford Health let down son who escaped mental hospital

Oxford Mail: Ian McLean

9:00am Friday 30th January 2015

THE family of man who escaped a mental hospital, fled abroad then hanged himself in a prison cell have said he was let down by Oxford Health.

UPDATE: Snow and sleet forecast for Saturday in Oxfordshire

Oxford Mail: Ice warning for Sussex after more snow falls

12:06pm Thursday 29th January 2015

SNOW has been forecast for Oxfordshire over the weekend and a yellow weather warning is still in place for today.

Head ‘fobbed off’ over delayed Windmill Primary School extension

Oxford Mail: Windmill head teacher, Lynn Knapp

7:33pm Friday 30th January 2015

A HEADTEACHER at an Oxford primary school has claimed she is getting “fobbed off” by Oxfordshire County Council over questions about delayed construction work at the school.

Julia Knight appears in court charged with attempted murder of patient in Horton General Hospital

Oxford Mail:

4:14pm Friday 30th January 2015

A WOMAN charged with the attempted murder of a hospital patient today appeared in Oxford Crown Court.

Update: Man in court accused of £4.8m fraud at Mini plant

Oxford Mail: The production line for the mini at the BMW plant in Cowley as it looks now

3:50pm Friday 30th January 2015

A MAN has been accused of fraudulently pocketing £4.8m from the assembly and services division at the Mini plant in Cowley.

Oxfordshire County Council chief executive Joanna Simons to stand down in June - and will not be replaced

Oxford Mail: Joanna Simons

1:10pm Friday 30th January 2015

OXFORDSHIRE'S biggest local authority will scrap its top unelected position as part of a radical shake-up to save costs, it was revealed today.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree