A NORTH Devon vicar is set to parade through her village on horseback to fulfil an historic legacy. On Saturday, December 6, priest Dr Ruth Hansford will saddle-up to meet the terms of a 250-year-old bequest made by long-deceased member of the parish Samu

A NORTH Devon vicar is set to parade through her village on horseback to fulfil an historic legacy.On Saturday, December 6, priest Dr Ruth Hansford will saddle-up to meet the terms of a 250-year-old bequest made by long-deceased member of the parish Samuel Jerman.By riding up to St Michael and All Angels Church, Meeth, and preaching a sermon on the anniversary of the death, the Rev Dr Hansford will earn the church 10 shillings - around 50 pence!In the same will, written in 1758, Samuel Jerman also left the sum of £100 for the poor of the parish - a large amount of money at the time. The charity administering the fund has only recently been wound up.While the parish was without a vicar, the annual tradition had lapsed but as the new priest in charge, Dr Hansford has vowed to continue it - and in full 18 century garb, too!"Not a lot is known about Samuel Jerman, beyond that he was a leaseholder of land and yeoman of the parish," said Dr Hansford, who has recently returned from maternity leave."But I am happy to fulfil the terms of the will, even though we won't be claiming the ten shillings."Torridge Male Voice Choir will sing a selection of songs for the season at the concert following the sermon, at 7.20pm at Meeth church.