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THE North Bucks Vintage Tractor Club have presented the Milton Keynes Intensive Care Unit with a cheque for £1000 at the club's recent AGM, writes Daniele Casanova.

Together with other ploughing competitions and road runs, the club carries out its fundraising activities throughout the year aimed at supporting local charities. This year the club nominated the Milton Keynes Intensive Care Unit as a chosen charity, and on 20 October, at the Annual General Meeting, the cheque for £1000 was presented to Mo Peskett, senior sister at the facility.

"It is very much a credit to the generosity of our members that not only do we manage to organise a good range of activities throughout the whole year while keeping the cost of our membership very low," said Malcolm Foster, club chairman, "but we also always manage to raise a substantial contribution for our charity cause."

Mo Peskett, senior sister at the Milton Keynes Intensive Care Unit, receives the cheque for £1000 from Malcolm Foster, North Bucks Vintage Tractor Club chairman.

Now for the next 50!

AFTER a thoroughly successful 50 years of Doe Shows when their Golden Anniversary was celebrated in 2010, Ernest Doe will be starting the next 50 years with their three-day event from 1-3 February, writes Donald Bowler.

Always starting on the first Tuesday of February, The Doe Show is primarily an event at which existing and new customers can talk to manufacturers and suppliers for which Doe are dealers, plus have a look at some of the large inventory of new and used machinery and tractor stock that Doe and Harper & Eede have. There are always bargains to be had in the parts department, where spares for both modern and classic equipment are available. Does are well aware of the importance of a long-established company and the trust that it builds up with customers. There will be vintage and classic tractors working, including Fordsons, Case and Doe 130.

This event is a must for all involved in farming and vintage and classic tractors; what's more it is free. Located on the B1019 to the south-east of Hatfield Peveril (CM9 6QH).

Turra Coo tribute

THE famous Turra Coo was remembered in a life-size bronze statue which was unveiled in the market town in November and was witnessed by Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond and Aberdeenshire Provost Bill Howatson, writes Peter Small.

The £84,000 needed to erect the statue was raised by the Turriff Tourism Action Group headed by Kate Ferguson who were backed by several local agencies, businesses and individuals. The local council landscaped the site just yards from where the original Turra Coo's sale was the cause of riots back in 1913 (see Dec 2010 issue of Tractor). It is a fitting memorial to a very historic chapter in the town's history and will surely draw many visitors to inspect it.

Angus Montgomerie with Doe 130 approaching the end of a run.

The famous Turra Coo remembered near the site where its sale was the scene of rioting back in 1913. Picture Joe Watson

Angus Montgomerie with Doe 130 approaching the end of a run.

The famous Turra Coo remembered near the site where its sale was the scene of rioting back in 1913. Picture Joe Watson

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Open ploughing match

THE third Annual Open Ploughing Match will be held at Segenhoe Manor, Ridgmont, Bedfordshire MK43 OTY, within a mile of Junction 13 of the Ml motorway, on Sunday 13 March 2011.

The event is organised by the Ouse Valley Group of the NVTEC, and held by kind permission of landowners Nick and Maria Spearing and farmer John Fraser in aid of Ridgmont Church. There are 11 classes - High Cut Tractor, Trailing, Vintage Mounted, Classic, World Style, Reversible, Crawler, Horticultural, Ferguson, Horses and Novices/Vintage Demonstration. With over 100 entrants at the first two matches, the match offers some good ploughing on light sandy land. For an entry form, go to www.ovtc.org.uk/Ridgemont2011.pdf, any queries phone Max Cherry on 01525 404504. The match also serves as a qualifier for the Intercounties Finals, to be held in late spring 2011 in the Staffordshire area, for entrants who live within Beds, Herts & Hunts.

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Frank Creamer of Eversholt's Lambourn cabbed Super Major 6-4 with Bamford Kverneland, which was awarded the Shiner Plant Hire Cup.

Browsing just got easier

A NEW website has just been launched (agriculturalmachinerysales.com), which does exactly what it says on the tin' -selling agricultural machinery.

The Agricultural Machinery Sales website, headquartered in Boston, Lincolnshire, has been launched after more than six months of development and testing. And a great deal of that planning went into finding a name for the site.

Richard Larrington, owner of Agricultural Machinery Sales Ltd, is also the owner of Larrington Trailers, a successful Boston-based Agricultural Trailer manufacturer. He originally had the idea to create the 'Agricultural Machinery Sales' website when friends and colleagues complained that there wasn't one place where they could find and advertise agricultural machinery. It seemed any such websites either specialised in one type of machine or were dominated by advertisements from countries that they just couldn't buy from.

After deciding on the perfect name, Richard managed to acquire agriculturalmachinerysales.com as well as agriculturalmachinery.com and various other related domain names and asked a UK-based website company to create the website.

"Our name puts us is in stark contrast to other agricultural advertising websites which use obscure names that make it difficult for customers to find them unless they have been pointed in the right direction" said Richard. When users can't find a website, they usually search for it using search engines, in this case using phrases like agricultural machinery for sale'.

The website seeks to cater for the US, UK and Euro Zone markets while also making it easy to search and advertise in the user's local country. It does this by offering users the option to browse and sell in UK pounds, US dollars and euros. Potential buyers can then find and compare agricultural machinery in any of the three zones and currencies, or stick to their own zone.

Halls going live

HALLS the auctioneers plan to expand their services to buyers in the UK and worldwide by introducing live internet bidding at their plant and agricultural machinery collective auctions in Shrewsbury in the new year.

The auction already attracts buyers from across the UK, Ireland, Eastern Europe and as far away as New Zealand. But Tom Jones, who manages the bi-monthly auction at Shrewsbury Auction Centre, added: "The live internet bidding will open up our auctions to a worldwide audience, something our fine art departments in 2011

have been doing successfully for some time.

"The advantage to buyers is that they will not need to stand around at the auction or wait at the end of a telephone to bid. They can be sitting in the comfort of their home or office listening to the live auction and watching pictures of the lots being sold.

"It is a service already provided at fine art and car auctions but is fairly new to the plant and machinery scene."

The first collective auction of 2011 is on Friday, 4 February. For further information about the auction, contact Mr Jones on Tel: 07971188313.

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Tom Jones, manager of Halls' plant and agricultural machinery auctions in Shrewsbury.

Tractor World

THE David Brown Tractor Club is arranging a special display at the Tractor World show to mark the golden anniversary of David Brown 880 and 990 tractors.

The Tractor World show takes place on 5-6 March at the Three Counties Showground at Malvern in Worcestershire. The HJ Pugh auction will be of special interest on the Saturday. The show also features horticultural exhibits, stationary engines, the now-traditional Fergie Challenge, a host of practical demonstrations, displays by tractor clubs and scores of traders who can help you find the parts or manuals you've been searching for.

Other highlights include a road run through the glorious Malvern Hills to start off the Sunday; and not forgetting entertainment from that famous group The Wurzels. For further information tel: 01959 543575.

Early road run

IF YOU'RE fed up with being stuck indoors this winter why not take an early road run in 2011? There will be a Marshall road run on 23 January at Langport, Somerset. For further information contact Morris on 07887943348 or 01458 259593.

Final call for ploughing

THE Intercounties Ploughing Championship Finals will be held on Saturday 2 April on land off the A518, adjacent to the Stafford Showground, writes Donald Bowler. Ploughmen and women have already qualified for the Intercounties Finals at local matches held in the areas in which they live. On the day after, Sunday 3 April, the Stafford Ploughing Match will be held. For more information, phone John Hodges on 01666 823714 or Malcolm Davis on 01373 836313, before 9pm - set sat navs to postcode ST18 OBD.

Exception to the rule

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has confirmed that during extreme weather farmers can use red diesel in their tractors to help grit and clear snow from public roads.

Under normal rules any vehicle that is specifically constructed or adapted for dealing with frost, ice and snow - such as a snow plough - can work on public roads while using red diesel.

In a statement the body said "HMRC recognises the vital role played by farmers in helping to keep rural roads clear. So during this period of extreme weather HMRC will adopt a pragmatic approach to the rules. This means tractors on public roads clearing snow or gritting to provide access to schools, hospitals, a remote dwelling, or communities cut off by ice and snow are entitled to use red diesel."

For further information call the Excise and Customs Helpline on 0845 010 9000.

Draw with a difference

THE Bridgnorth Vintage Machinery club end of year charity donation presentation took place on 7 December, with an unusual draw which was of great benefit to several charities.

But the main presentation was a cheque from the club for £3750 presented to the Air Ambulance by Mrs Val Gill Mayor of Bridgnorth. Then ten £100 cheques were up for grabs to various worthy causes, which were nominated by members and then put into a draw.

The following monies were drawn on the night: Kemp Hospice Kidderminster was drawn three times giving them £300; Bridgnorth Stroke Club £100; Hartlebury Castle group £100; Bridgnorth Gateway Club £100; Kidderminster Prostrate Cancer support £100; 'Macmillan Nurses £100;

Help for Heroes £100; Bridgnorth Area Youth Orchestra £100. In total £4750 was given to good causes.

Also on the night two annual trophies were presented. The Blossom Trophy goes to the member who in the view of the committee contributed the most to the club for the past year. This was presented to Mr Les Sherlock from Alveley for his setting up and running the club's website www.bvmc.org.uk

John Parry was then the recipient of the club's Curtis Cock-Up Trophy which is given to the member who has some kind of error or mistake they have kept secret - and as normal the committee gets to find out. His reward came for the list of funny stories gathered during the past year!

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The presentation to the Midland Air Ambulance with (l-r) club chairman Mr Brian Lucas, Mayor Val Gill presenting £3750 to Gina and Ian from the Air Ambulance.

Celebrating 100;

A BRAND new event is coming to Redhill this August - Historic Wheels, a celebration of 100 years of transport and service vehicles.

Enthusiasts are invited to enter free of charge any form of vehicle from the past century from private and public and road transport, farm and road tractors, motorcycles and three wheelers, military and fire vehicles, buses and horse-drawn caravans and carriages. Static projects or completed restorations are welcome.

Redhill Steam, Coulsdon and Crawley Old Vehicle Engineering Society (COVES) and the Bromley Bus Preservation Group have joined together to present this event, which takes place 13-14 August, as the first of a new show at Robins Cook Farm, Redhill.

Ken Robinson, former organiser of the successful Redhill Steam Rally which ran irs of transport on the same site, said: "We hope this event will provide a glimpse into the evolution of transport in all industries over the past century. We are fortunate to be supported by, and in turn are supporting The Royal British Legion Horley branch, who do a fantastic job in providing help for ex-serviceman in the local area.

"We will also have trade and autojumble stalls and a smallholders/farm section with farming machinery, vintage tractors and farm animals along with smallholder stalls selling fresh local produce. There will be something for everyone."

For further information visit www.historicwheels.co.uk, email [email protected] or tel: 07799 191013.

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Graham & Liz Hollingshead's 946 Versatile.

This IH W4 is dreaming of future summers!

Vintage host for FFA AGM

BEN CRAIG'S Vintage Centre at Cana Farm, Harby, Leicestershire played host to the Ford & Fordson AGM on 27 November, writes Donald Bowler.

Ben's Vintage Centre is home to his growing collection of tractors of all makes; there are also tractors belonging to his friends which are kept in the buildings, and the premises also provide the meeting room for the Vale of Belvoir (pronounced beaver) Machinery Group and for a small tractor parts operation.

The Ford & Fordson AGM was held in the club room, with a roaring log fire to keep the 120 members present warm. Peter Godwin, who was about to hand over the reins as chairman to David Caley, explained how important it is for members to help at events - sentiments with which chairmen and committee members of all clubs would agree. David, from East Yorkshire and with a family background in agricultural engineering told the meeting of his new ideas for taking the FFA forward. He is a commissioning engineer for a grain-handling company based in the south-west and so gets around the country; he intends to call in at the area groups. The outgoing chairman thanked Director of Ploughing Roger Ingham for all he had done to revitalise the FFA ploughing qualifiers and ensure an excellent final at Worlaby Top, and Roger responded by saying that he believed old tractors were for using, not just for sitting in a shed, sentiments which drew a round of applause.

There was plenty of time before and after the AGM to look around the tractors and the implements that were on site.

Graham & Liz Hollingshead had brought their 946 Versatile along, parked close to Michael Hoey's Doe 130 and Mick Faulks of Harby's Triple D; it just showed how much articulated tractors had changed in 25 years. Other visiting equipment included the Ernest Doe-supplied Barth 150 drainer mounted on a County 1124 tracklayer. Also outside in the snow were a CR Willcocks of Kingsteignton-supplied blue County FC1184 TW and a yellow FC 1174 which is for sale - contact Ben Craig on 07887 686004, and high clearance Fords, a 5000 and American 8000.

There were crawlers aplenty including Track Marshalls 120 & 135, County, International TD6, Caterpillar D2 with the luxury of electric start to the petrol donkey and a Caterpillar 22,

Latest restoration is the IH 634 No. 1132 for which Ben has had a batch of massive single

Graham & Liz Hollingshead's 946 Versatile.

front weights cast to replace the currently fitted wafers. David Allen of Melton Mowbray has spent a lot of time making new parts including ram guides and sheet metalwork on a David Brown side discharge baler; it will be great seeing this working.

Renovating tractors with cabs often causes difficulties due to the rot they suffer, and it is getting difficult to find some tin work; on display were an original Ford door panel and a reproduction one made by Logan McMaster. If it wasn't for the fact one was blue and the other in primer you wouldn't have known the difference, so if you need cab parts, panels and trim kits for Ford tractors and some other makes try www.lmcmaster.com or phone 07885 077168.

Thanks go to Ben and all involved in making it a great day out. To see Ben's tractor collection plus heavy horse demonstrations, working displays, steam threshing & sawing, get along to the Harby Country Show & Working Weekend on 10-11 September 2011, for more information see www.vobmg.co.uk

This IH W4 is dreaming of future summers!

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JD 60 with W Rainforth & Sons of Lincoln Sack Lift.

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