A CAR wash and cake sale in Hambleden raised about £3,000 for the upkeep of the village church.
More than 400 people attended the event on bank holiday Monday and their donations helped to beat the villagers’ target of £2,500.
Kenny McCrorie, a former Hambleden resident who now lives in Turville, was married at the church and his children were christened there.
He said: “I’m a case of ‘can’t cook, won’t cook’, so, rather than baking cakes, I started a car wash to support the church. The majority of the team preferred to be using power-washers and shammy leathers than cooking.” The team was sponsored by villager Paul Foxley, owner of men’s outfitters Last Man Standing in Hart Street, Henley.
The volunteers washed 60 cars and raised £900, with donations per wash ranging from £10 to £60.
Most of the cars belonged to residents but several visitors took advantage of the service while they relaxed in the pub. Mr McCrorie said: “We had a brilliant time. It was a great way to get people together and there was a real sense of community spirit.
“Some cars were a bit of a challenge — the roads around Hambleden can get very muddy and some of the cars hadn’t been cleaned since our last car wash two years ago.”