On the chalk uplands of Dorset, lived on by Romans, Britons, and earlier men who worked in bronze, are many picturesque villages, including Higher and Lower Ansty, Pleck, the alternative name for Little Ansty, and Ansty Cross. Relics of these bygone inhabitation's ill found, but it was a publicity-minded vicar who in the 1970s

The Rev. David Pennal revived the ancient ceremony of Randy Day, after 65 years. It is the day when youths of the village armed with three foot long randy poles, made of bamboo and decorated with streamers, chase the village girls. Those they touched were supposed to give in to their amorous advances. Whether in the more permissive 20th century the ceremony got out of hand I do not know but it has not been repeated since.

Over Xmas that same year, 1976, the vicar organized a world record House brick Push. Thirty three year old, 18 stone Terry Mears pushed 298 house bricks, weighing 12 cwt. 71 lb., a distance of 27 feet, in a standard wheelbarrow, and locals combining with 121 villagers from Hilton, Melcombe Bingham and Cheselbourne sat on each others knees in an unsupported circle.

Incidentally Ansty comes from the Saxon and was first recorded as Anstigan from the word Anstiga, which meant a narrow path on a hill. Pleck is an obsolete word for a plot of land.

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