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Bordering on brilliant!

Tractor Ploughing Football Pitch

John Tracey of the Republic of Ireland was the winner of the Five Nations Conventional Class.

David Broil from Kirkcudbright dominated the horse ploughing on both days with his Percheron pair Harris and Lewis.

THIS year's Scottish Ploughing Championships had a distinctive continental flavour with the inclusion of the European Vintage and Five Nations Championships at the event, writes Peter Small.

The setting was Upper Nisbet at Jedburgh in the beautiful Scottish Borders where the hosts Robert Neill and Partners had done so much to accommodate the match. Held on 23-24 October the visitors arrived to see the border countryside clothed in wonderful autumn colours and the free draining south facing field offered superb views over the Cheviots hills to the south and the Berwickshire coast to the east.

Despite 20mm of rain on the evening prior to the match the ground ploughed well all weekend with a high stone content being the only major headache for some competitors. Most had brought their own machines but some had borrowed tractors from local enthusiasts only too keen to help. Massey Ferguson 35 tractors were popular in the mounted class but a lone International B275 was driven by Ian Simms of Northern Ireland who was to be runner up, while third placed was Liam Hamilton from the Republic who used a TVO 35.

Ransomes

Ploughs were in the main Ransomes although Joachim Muhlack of Germany brought a Rower Merkur example. However it was to be Richard Ingram of England and a MF 35 Ransomes combination that came out on top in this class, he also took the Overall award.

England was successful in the Trailing Class with Mike Watkins coming out on top with a FE 35 and Ransomes outfit.

There was a little more variety in the Reversible Class with Holland's Bertus Huijbrechts winning using a McCormick International D436 and Rumpstad plough, runner up was Scotland's John Tait using a Diesel Major and Ransome TS 81, while third place went to Mercer Ward of Northern Ireland with a

Ransomes Dexta pairing. Belgian ploughmen Willy Laleman and Pol Vandecasserie used more unusual Baeke and Antison ploughs behind their FE 35 and TEF respectively.

Elsewhere it was Andrew Mitchell Jun who won the Scottish General Purpose Class with his Dowdswell plough behind a Ford tractor. Taking part here were numerous entrants from all over the British Isles. His father was also successful in the Reversible Butts Class where he beat a strong local and visiting field including new British Champion Colin Bowen.

1920 Massey Harris Horse PlowJohn Milnes

John Milnes of Sheffield came north and took the High Cut Class.

Winner of the Five Nations Reversible Class was Martin Stewart from Northern Ireland.

Welshman Tony Bradley from Raglan finds a Stone of Destiny in Sunday's Vintage Mounted Classes.

England Championship Ploughing

Richard Ingram of England took overall in the European Vintage Champs as he leads a trio of 35s down the furrows.

Results

Scottish European and Five Nations 2010 European Vintage Visitors Class

Visitors Conventional Plough Off

Visitors Reversible Plough Off

Five Nations Reversible

Five Nations Conventional

Scottish Reversible Championship Plough Off

Scottish Conventional Championship Plough Off

Winner of the Five Nations Reversible Class was Martin Stewart from Northern Ireland.

Richard Ingram of England took overall in the European Vintage Champs as he leads a trio of 35s down the furrows.

Classic

Plenty of classics went in the Classic Mounted Classes although to be fair the most were actually post vintage machines such as MF 35s and 65s, Fordson Dextas and Majors and B series Internationals, older Fergusons and David Browns were also forward as was a Nuffield 460 but there were classic gems in the form of Ford 3000, 4000 and 5000 machines, a 30 series John Deere and a few World Wide Series Internationals.

The highlight on Sunday was the culmination of the two-day Five Nations Contest with the Emerald Isle coming out on top with wins for the Republic's John Tracey in the Conventional Class and Martin Stewart from the North in the Reversible Class. Both used Ford KV combinations and this was the predominant set up for the rest of the field except for England's Conventional representative Donald Tonkin who used a Massey Ferguson, their Reversible entrant Ian Brewer was in a Case IH and Scotland's John Fraser with a Claas tractor.

The other visitors went in both their Conventional and Reversible classes with Ian Wilson of Chester winning the former using an IH Dowdswell yoke and new British Champion Colin Bowen was first in the Reversible's with his Ford KV pairing. Other men from the south to do well were: John Milnes of Sheffield, who took the High Cut Class from Robert Irving of Truro using a Ford Ransomed set up, and Matthew Whitehead, of Penrith. He took the Junior award from Newcastle's Deborah Barron using an MF35 and Ransomes outfit.

Vintage

Further vintage machinery was put through its paces by members of the Borders Vintage Agricultural Association who put on ploughing, cultivation and sowing demonstrations using a variety of equipment behind Case, Nuffield, Leyland Fordson, Ford, Roadless, International and Belarus tractors.

In the Scottish Plough Offs, Andrew Mitchell took the Conventional title with a

John Milnes of Sheffield came north and took the High Cut Class.

Welshman Tony Bradley from Raglan finds a Stone of Destiny in Sunday's Vintage Mounted Classes.

1 J LewisWales Ransomes/MF

2 W Murphy Rep Ireland Ransomes/DB

2 C Looijestejn Netherlands

Ransomes/MF Visitors Conventional

1 I Wilson Chester Dowdswell/IH

2 W Tonkin Crediton KV/Ford

3 R Snowdon Richmond KV/Ford

1 C Bowen Craven Arms KV/Ford

2 P Alderslade East Boldon KV/Valtra

3 J Edwards Wolverhampton KV/New Holland

1 M Stewart N Ireland KV/Ford

2 J Coakley Rep Ireland KV/Ford

3 I Brewer England KV/CaselH

1 J Tracey Rep Ireland KV/Ford

2 G Rae Scotland KV/New Holland

3 A Mclnally N Ireland KV/Ford

1 A Mitchell Sen Forfar Dowdswell/New Holland

2 A Greenhill Perth Overum/Ford

3 S Alexander Laurencekirk KV/JD

1 A Mitchell Jun Forfar Dowdswell/Ford

2 I McDonald Keith KV/Ford

3 G Rae Lockerbie KV/New Holland

Stuart Forsyth of Berwick was the winner overall in Sunday's Scottish Vintage Mounted section.

healthy 25 and V2 point margin from Keith's Ian McDonald who in turn beat Lockerbie's Gordon Rae into third and East Lothian's John Winters into fourth.

It was father Mitchell, also Andrew, with a New Holland Dowdswell set up who won the Reversible title by only a point and a half from last year's winner, Andy Greenhill. In third was Scott Alexander of Laurencekirk and James Tait of Thurso was fourth with Dave Carnegie getting a special prize for finding the biggest stone on Upper Nisbet.

The championships were regarded as a big success with large crowds attending. Now the attention turns to Croftcrunie near Muir of Ord on the Black Isle for next year's Championships on 22-23 October 2011.

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Steiger Rower

Host DJ Fisher's Case IH Steiger Quadtrac STX530

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Jon Grimes with duck foot drag harrow and his 1945 Case LA.

Working day wonders

Host DJ Fisher's Case IH Steiger Quadtrac STX530

THE Joyce's Farm Working Day Rally is well known for its turn out of Steiger based tractors, writes Donald Bowler. This year however, the difficult harvest meant that the two booked-in Panther ST325s and the Ford FW60 were elsewhere working in anger. But there were two Ford FW30 tractors and Case IH Steiger Quadtrac STX530 cultivating up and down one on the many fields available on the site at Mayland, Essex, where the event was held by Maldon District Vintage Tractor & Engine Club on fields of heavy clay stubble, by very kind permission of DJ Fisher (Farms) Ltd on 5 September.

A new event this year was the demonstration of baling of hay in the meadow by the Armstrong Siddeley air cooled diesel engined Massey Harris 701 baler and Williams of Colchester supplied MF 65. Also working was David Stevens with his MF 35 that was cutting grass the old fashioned way, with Dudley Calver's MF Finger bar mower.

An unusual demonstration was the vintage manure spreading on the stubbles. Dennis Ramsey's 1956 Ferguson TEF-20 with push-off Banana Loader was filling John Grimes' Land Wheel-Driven New Holland spreader being pulled by Neil Cooper's 1967 MF 175. An interesting thing to note about land wheel driven equipment is that the tyres are fitted in what appears to be the wrong way round - this is because the land is driving the tyre rather than, in the case of a tractor, the tractor tyre pushing against the soil to propel the tractor.

As mentioned the Big Iron working field had two Ford FW30 tractors cultivating. The Bovill Uplands Farm FW 30 tractor was on duals and was working with a Dynadrive, it is used every autumn, and the other FW 30 has been owned for 21 years by John and David Ashworth. DJ Fisher Farms also own the working Case IH Steiger Quadtrac STX530.

Leap forward

Event Organiser Matthew Swann's 1967 Roadless Ploughmaster 95 with Ransomes TS90 five furrow plough would have been a huge leap forward for farmers used only to two wheel drive tractors for heavy cultivation work. Also working with a five furrow plough was Richard Carr's 1967 Doe D150. The two Doe Triple Ds of Sid Marvin (Super Major, no 240) and 1962 DJ Fisher Farms (1962 Major) were on the Ernest Doe stand. The Fisher Farms' Doe was delivered new to Wallasea Island and used for a major drainage scheme by Pearls Land Drainage Co and was bought in 1998 from GB Newton & Sons of Halstead, Essex.

Two crawlers were in the working area. The Mann Egerton of Norwich supplied 1950 Fordson E27N County Full Track with Perkins P6 engine owned by Jed Willis looked a treat in its ex-farm paintwork. Peter Rushton of Southminster has only had his 1941 Caterpillar D2 3J5205SP for three months. The engine had been seized for more than 20 years before the owner freed it about 10 years ago, but they couldn't get it going. Peter, who runs his own plant servicing business, bought it from Latchendon as a non-runner and got it going, Joyce's Farm was the first time it had worked for more than 20 years, it was pulling an 11 point Ransomes drag cultivator. Peter would like to know if anyone can tell him about its history, please contact the Editor if you can help. Also in the vintage working area was Jon Grimes with duck foot drag harrow and his 6600cc engined 1945 Case LA that was supplied new on lease lend to contractor Bill Chappie of nearby Southminster.

Something a little different were the 1959 Renault D35 Type 7050 with 35hp cylinder air cooled MWM (Motoren Werke Mannheim AG) engine, owned by Dave Murphy and the Renault R3046 with three cylinder Perkins engine. The R3046 had a badge on the front reading 'DieselPerkin", but the ancillary equipment was French made, such as the injector pump and fuel filter casting by Lavallette and Oil Filter casting by Lautrette Vokes.

Next years Working Day will again be by kind permission of DJ Fisher (Farms) Ltd, so put Sunday 4 September 2011 in your diary now.

Fisher Farms Ltd
Martin Parker with McConnel Ditch King and MF165.
1963 Ford Farm Tractors
I Uplands Farm FW 30 working with Dynadrive

Paul Badger of Desborough was using his 1948 Caterpillar D6 9U2139.

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Lee Coxon's well-used 1957 six-cylinder Major.

The SAME Saturno 80 has a 78hp four-cylinder air-cooled 254-cubic inch engine.

Peter Plehov's 1972 Ford 8730 Powershift Ransomes TSR300.

Roadless Ploughmaster

David Leach with 1963 Roadless Ploughmaster 6/4 and Ransomes TS59R.

A majestic site

David Leach with 1963 Roadless Ploughmaster 6/4 and Ransomes TS59R.

cylinder Ford 590E engine, the 6/4 was rated at 76hp. The 6/4 was one of five that went to Austria when new, David's one was repatriated three years ago. The Ploughmaster had been earning its keep carting corn in the summer and looked grand in its working clothes.

Another six-cylinder Major ploughing with a 3F FR plough was the 1957 model owned by truck driver Lee Coxon. Bought new by a Mr Jones in Wales, he sold it to his son when the Major was just a few months old; he fitted a Thames Trader engine and used the tractor for logging work, its hard life perhaps explaining its variably coloured nose cone and bonnet.

In another field that was half a mile long there were two Caterpillars working. Paul Badger of Desborough was using his 1948 Caterpillar D6 9U2139 and Ransomes plough and Terry Barnsley from Binley Wood, Coventry, was working with his green ex-military 1943 D7M 3T3779 and a 4F Ransomes plough.

Proceeds went to the Derby, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance and other local charities.

Lee Coxon's well-used 1957 six-cylinder Major.

The SAME Saturno 80 has a 78hp four-cylinder air-cooled 254-cubic inch engine.

THE usual site at Diseworth wasn't available for the 5th Diseworth Working Weekend due to cropping reasons, but this was an excellent alternative, set in the gently rolling wooded Nottinghamshire countryside on 11 September, writes Donald Bowler.

It was organised by Kegworth Vintage Agricultural Club and held on a clay loam under stubble at Kingston Park Farms, Kingston, Notts, by kind permission of Lord Belper and in conjunction with Pat Taylor & Sons

Seen in the static display was a very majestic looking 1968 Diesel Minneapolis Moline M670 owned by Roy Rodgers of Kegworth. The M670 was available in petrol, diesel and LPG versions, when tested at Nebraska in November 1965 the Diesel gave 62.5 PTO hp at 540rpm and a maximum of 64 drawbar hp, though that was ballasted up to 5.6 tons from the standard 3.4 tons. It seems incredible that such a relatively large tractor was still available with a petrol engine in the mid 1960s.

Adjacent to the MM was a 1973 SAME Saturno 80 4WD. SAME, or Societa Anonima Motori Endotermici (literally, Heat Engine Company without a Name), was formed in Italy in 1942 by Francesco Cassani. He had been responsible for the twin-cylinder diesel-engined Cassani tractor of the late 1920s. The 4WD Saturno 80 has a 78hp four-cylinder air-cooled 254 cubic inch engine.

Diseworth is all about working equipment; most unusual outfit on the ploughing field was Loughborough car repairer Peter Plehov's 1972 Ford 8730 Powershift working with three front furrow and five rear furrow Ransomes TSR300 Push-me Pull-you working at 14in furrow width. The Push-me Pull-you set-up caused a lot of interest when introduced in the early 80s, the front plough being the TSR300FD (or FT when equipment with spring-operated trip legs) but it was all just too difficult to set up properly and the front overhang caused practical problems on roads, with a front escort often being required.

Farmer/contractor and Roadless enthusiast David Leach from Blankney was using his 1963 grey-winged Roadless Ploughmaster 6/4 with the GMC front axle that was working with a 4F Ransomes TS59R (Raven). Fitted with a six-

Paul Badger of Desborough was using his 1948 Caterpillar D6 9U2139.

Peter Plehov's 1972 Ford 8730 Powershift Ransomes TSR300.

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Sun shines on NBVTC working weekend

THE North Bucks Vintage Tractor Club enjoyed some great autumn weather on their recent working weekend, which took place on 9-10 October at Moulsoe Farm, near Newport Pagnell, writes Daniele Casanova.

"This year it has been a little more difficult than usual," said Malcolm Foster, chairman of the club. "Earlier we had to cancel our winter ploughing match due to wet weather, and then also the Stoke Goldington Steam Rally. But the weather was perfect for our working weekend, and everybody really enjoyed the event. We had a very good turnout with 28 tractors taking part in the ploughing match, and a range of interesting machines were at work in the demonstration field as well."

The NBVTC Working Weekend began on Saturday morning with a ploughing tutorial. This is now a regular feature of the event and is aimed at experienced ploughmen as well as at novices.

John Groves, who was also one of the judges, held the tutorial with the help of Ian Dominic at the wheel of his Ford 3000. "One of the missions of the club is to preserve the farming traditions, such as that of ploughing competitions," said John, "and this weekend there are quite a few youngsters here that soon will be driving one of these tractors!"

The actual match took place on Sunday. Four classes were represented: novice, vintage mounted, vintage trailed and classic. Along with the ploughing match, action also continued in the other working fields, where larger tractors were being demonstrated, such as a Massey Ferguson 2640 and a Muir-Hill 121.

Club members Les King and his nephew Paul in particular took a pair of very interesting machines to the show. Their FWD Wagner WA-4 is one of the very few that can be found this side of the Atlantic. This particular model features a GM four-cylinder, supercharged, two-stroke diesel engine. Despite a relatively small capacity of 212.3 cubic inches, the engine was rated 124bhp at 2500rpm. But what really distinguished this machine was its sound! With traction load provided by a mole drainer, the FWD Wagner turned quite a few heads with its roaring motor sounding like an equivalent eight-cylinder engine.

Alongside the Wagner, Les also brought along a Massey Ferguson 95, whose large six-cylinder Minneapolis Moline engine also produced a fairly unique and enthusing exhaust note.

A programme for 2011 activities is already being planned for the club, while the winter programme, featuring monthly talks on a variety of subjects, is underway. If you are interested in knowing more about the NBVTC you may visit their website, www.nbvtc.org.uk

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The FWD Wagner and the MF95 were among the most interesting machines at the event.

The Muir Hill and the MF 2640 in the background.

The FWD Wagner and the MF95 were among the most interesting machines at the event.

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The Muir Hill and the MF 2640 in the background.

Diary Dates

January

13 SVETC Monthly meeting. Rushen Football Club House, Port Erin, 8pm (01624 824135).

16 Marvellous Meccano. Abbey Pumping Station, Corporation Road, Leicester LE4 5PX. Visit www.leicester.gov.uk/museums (0116 2995111).

17 Rex's Winter Slide Show. Kent Group - NVTEC, Fred Pilbeam, 1 Doleham Cottages, Guestling, Hastings, Sussex TN35 4NA (01424 814666) email: [email protected]. Meet at Sandyacres Sports & Social Club, Sandyhurst Lane, Ashford, Kent.TN25 4NY. Tel: 01233 627373.

7.30 for 8pm start.

19 North Bucks Vintage Tractor Club meeting. Starts 7.30pm. Hanslope Working Mans Club, High St, Hanslope Bucks (01908 379748).

21-23 London Model Engineering Exhibition. Alexandra Palace. Organised by Meridienne Exhibitions Ltd. Visit www.londonmodelengineeringexhibition.c o.uk (01926 614101).

29 Open Day. The Museum and Archive Centre of the David Brown Tractor Club at Spinksmire Mill, Meltham, Huddersfield HD9 4AN.

Febiuary

6 Local Collectors Day. Locomotion -The National Railway Museum at Shildon, Shildon, Co Durham DL4 1PQ (01388 777999).

10 SVETC Monthly meeting. Rushen Football Club House, Port Erin, 8pm (01624 824135).

13 Collingham & District Ploughing Match Nottinghamshire

(01509 881134).

14 The Moss Valley Agricultural Preservation Society meet 8pm at The

Angel Hotel, Spinkhill, Nr Sheffield S21 3YB (01142 890517).

16 North Bucks Vintage Tractor Club meeting. Starts 7.30pm. Hanslope Working Mans Club, High St, Hanslope Bucks (01908 379748).

19 Classic Transport Day. Severn Valley Railway, Bridgnorth, Hampton Loade, Highley. Visit www.svr.co.uk (01299 403816).

21AGM Kent Group - NVTEC, Fred Pilbeam, 1 Doleham Cottages, Guestling, Hastings, Sussex TN35 4NA (01424 814666) email:

[email protected]. Meet at Sandyacres Sports & Social Club, Sandyhurst Lane, Ashford, KentTN25 4NY. Tel: 01233 627373. 7.30 for 8pm start.

26 Maidstone Vintage Toy Collectors Fair. Market Hall, Lockmeadow Market & Leisure Complex, Maidstone (01622 735396).

Charities reap benefit from vintage harvest

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1951 25 HP Normag Zorge NG23 with Welger WSA 350 low density baler, or buncher.

THREE combines, two binders and two threshing drums were hard at work at this year's Working Vintage Harvest event held in rural Northamptonshire at Westgate Farm, Plumpton Lane, Moreton, Pinkney, writes Donald Bowler.

Organised by Terry and Jill Keeves on their own farm with help from family and friends, much of the equipment being used and on static display belongs to Terry. The event was held in aid of Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, Cancer Research UK and Cystic Fibrosis on 4 September.

Martin Wadland's 7ft cut Claas Super Automatic trailed tanker with Bat Reel, Canvas table and trusser was being pulled by a Super Major. Introduced in 1959, the 'Automatic' part of the name was due to hydraulic control being fitted, representing a major step forward, with the tractor driver controlling cutterbar and reel heights from a hydraulic control unit fitted on the tractor wing.

The other Claas, owned by Terry Keeves, was an Eastern Counties Farmers supplied 1966 6ft cut Columbus self-propelled bagger, also introduced in 1959 and built until 1970. The UK-built trailed B-125 power unit driven Allis Chalmers Allcrop Gleaner 60 bagger was being pulled by an Allis U driven by Colin Russell.

It isn't easy keeping old combines working, they have so many complex parts to go wrong, so it is great that people are prepared to take time to keep them going, as a combine is so much harder to transport and store than a tractor, and any financial gain from their preservation is likely to be minimal.

Straw from the combines was being collected with a Bamfords of Uttoxeter crop loader. This would have originally been used to pick up hay, but as there was no hay present straw had to do for the demonstration. Driven by a ground wheel, the crop loader had reciprocating bars with tines on them which picked straw up from the swath and into a trailer,

Low Density Straw Buncher
Pole elevator emptying the load of straw with help from Narrow TE20 diesel.

on this occasion being pulled by a Fordson N. To unload the trailer-load of straw a pole elevator was being used.

Highlight of the day was to see the very unusual in the UK two-cylinder diesel 1951 25hp Normag Zorge NG23 tractor with sprung front axle working with a Bedale Garage Ltd supplied Welger WSA 350 low density baler, or buncher.

A new venture for this year was a ploughing match organised by Colin Fenner, it went very well on the slightly moist gravelly loam under barley stubble. All concerned hope that it will be repeated in 2011, perhaps with a bigger area to allow more entries.

Retired farmer and trucker Brian Stillwell from Woodford Halse won the mounted class with his mid 1959 IH B-275 and David Brown DB 3NA-50 plough and Church Bell hanger and restorer Graham Clifton came first in the trailed with his 1943 Narrow wing Fordson N and Motrac No3. Lorry driver Gerald Bootman of Byfield was second in the mounted class with his Power Major and TS59 on YL boards while his son Twose salesman Glen also of Byfield was ploughing with a 1961 Dexta and Ransomes Robin.

Super Dexta Ploughing 1963
Bamfords of Uttoxeter crop loader.
Fordson With Gleaner
B-125 power unit driven Allis Chalmers Allcrop Gleaner 60 bagger and Allis U.

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26 Baby Valentines Fair Model Show.

Leeds United Banqueting Suite, Elland Road, Leeds. Organised by Owen Ralph/Fairground Association of Great Britain. Visit www.fagb.co.uk (0161 4382934).

26-27 Giants of Steam Weekend. Kew

Bridge Steam Museum, Green Dragon Lane, Brentford. Visit www.kbsm.org (020 8568 4757).

27 Great Gillingham Gathering. Baker's Garage, Gillingham. Commercial Transport in Preservation. Visit www.thectp.org.uk (01985 214910).

27 Open Day. The Museum and Archive Centre of the David Brown Tractor Club at Spinksmire Mill, Meltham, Huddersfield HD9 4AN.

March

5 Wessex Stationary Engine Club Grand Sort Out & Engine Jumble. East Somerset Railway, West Cranmore, nr Shepton Mallet. Organised by Wessex Stationary Engine Club (01225 754374).

13 Segenhoe Manor Ploughing Match,

Ridgmont, Beds MK43 OTV, org by Ouse Valley Group of NVTEC, contact Max Cherry on 01525 404504 or for entry form go to www.ovtc.org.uk/

13 Ploughing Match. Makerfield Ploughing Society. Brook House Farm, Catchdale Moss Lane, Eccleston, St Helens WA11 5QA (07974 170675). 13 Ploughing Match Thorne & District Agricultural Society. HMP Lindholme, Bawtry Road, Hatfield Woodhouse, Doncaster, South Yorkshire (01302 840635).

20 Ploughing Match. Huby & Sutton Agricultural Society. High Raons Farm, between Strensall & Sheriff Hutton, York Y032 5TP (07801 529784).

26 Little Downham Bygones & Organs Extravaganza. Village centre, 2 miles north of Ely (01353 778830 after 7pm).

26-27 Giants of Steam Weekend. Kew

Bridge Steam Museum, Green Dragon Lane, Brentford. Visit www.kbsm.org (020 8568 4757).

27 Max (MAC'S) Cafe Gathering - 6th Bacon Butty Bash. Max Cafe, A4 Bath Road, Padworth, nr Reading. Organised by HCVS South Midlands. Visit www.hcvs.co.uk (01491 682002).

27 Stirling Air Engine Rally. Kew Bridge Steam Museum, Green Dragon Lane, Brentford. Visit www.kbsm.org (020 8568 4757).

For more information on events going on in your area visit our website www.tractormagazine.co.uk and follow the link to our comprehensive online guide.

If you want your event listed in our free monthly diary dates section email your entry to [email protected] or write to Tractor magazine, Mortons Media, Morton Way, Horncastle, Lines LN9 6JR. As always please check with organisers on the details of the event before setting out on your journey.

Barleylands in the pink!

THE 24th Essex Show at Barleylands took place 11-12 September and once again there was an impressive show of over 100 tractors, writes Trevor Burch.

In the first parade of tractors the ploughing match competitors were on show. One of them was a 1960s Massey Ferguson 135 with a Ransomes TS59 plough. The owner Jim Clarke has owned the tractor for six years; it had been a yard scraper and was in very rough condition when he bought it. Jim had to give it virtually a complete overhaul although the engine was in slightly a better state than the rest of it.

Another was a 1974 Ford 3000 purchased by Mr Galding for inter-row cultivation on his farm in 2003. The present owner Terry Stinson bought the tractor for preservation and it was in pretty good condition but did require a little tidying up.

Also on show was a 1956 Hanomag R12 with a single-cylinder two-stroke diesel supercharged engine. Owners Damien Markham & Dave Murphy had purchased it from a friend in 2009. Although it was in a very poor condition it was nearly complete. The restoration was quite a challenge and some 500 hours

1956 Hanomag R12 Owned by Damien Markhan & Dave Murphy.

have been spent on the tractor. Apparently the work was only just finished on the night before the first day of Barleylands - quite an impressive job.

One that turned a few heads was a 1984 International 1455XL which is a 145hp Turbo with 4WD. Owner Billy Keeling had recently given it a complete respray. Alan Dines was driving his 1954 David Brown 25D and he said this was to be the last show for him and Bert Gatfield, which is a sad day as the pair have exhibited some wonderful tractors over the years and will surely be missed.

Carol Markham was driving her very pink Ferguson TED-20 which had been bought in a derelict condition from a local farm near her. All the names painted over the tractor were done for the various people upon donation of £100 to the Hellen Rollason Cancer Charity. The mechanical work of the Ferguson was done by Dave Murphy and Gary Brewster had done the pink paintwork.

Thanks to all the hardworking organisers who made the show a huge success yet again which I'm sure will make many people return next year to enjoy this excellent show.

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Carol Markham on her 1950 Pink Ferguson TED-20 which is used to raise money for the Hellen Rollason Cancer Charity.
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1956 Hanomag R12 Owned by Damien Markhan & Dave Murphy.

THE Ferguson Club held their Suffolk Ploughing Match Competition on 26 September at Ingham, nr Bury St Edmunds, by kind permission of David Stennet of Lodge Farm, writes Trevor Burch.

Organiser Mr Henry Castle had been busy getting ready for the eager ploughmen to have a spot of fun. The ground was good and all the competitors were doing their best such as Kevin Harvey on his TEA-20 and Paul Sadler on his TED-20 who were both happily ploughing away despite some of the stiffer competition.

The trophy winners for the day were David Filby on his 1952 TEF-20 who won the East Anglia Junior; Don

Sapsford on his 1948 TEA-20 who won the Suffolk Senior trophy; Mathew Baker on his TEA-20 who was the winner of the Suffolk Junior category; Peter Rudling won the Norfolk trophy on his TEF-20; Peter Rash won the Essex Trophy with his Massey Ferguson 35; in the Open category Judy Webb won the Ladies open on her 1954 TEF-20.

A total of £204 was raised on the day by everyone which was then donated to the East Anglian Air Ambulance Service which was gratefully received. If you are interested in joining the Ferguson Club for next year's event then please contact Mr Henry Castle on 01284 728422.

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Mathew Baker on his Ferguson TEA20 with a general purpose 2-furrow plough.

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