From the Chair February 2019 for Issue 89
April - May 2019
 
Spring Tractor World at Malvern is one of the top shows in our calendar and the venue for the Club's Annual General Meeting, (AGM).  We are hoping for a good turn out of members' tractors and this year are featuring the Fordson N as it is the ninetieth anniversary of its launch.
Mark Woodward tells me that the entries are looking good.I hope no one was put off bringing another model if they didn't have an N or just wanted to show something else, as we had already made it clear that all were welcome. 
 
Turning to the AGM, it is the most important meeting of the year for the Club.  It is where committee members are elected for a three-year term, where changes may be made to the constitution, if proposed and approved, where the Club's annual accounts are presented for approval, reports given and, very importantly, it is the members chance to air publicly matters they wish to raise.  Do take the time to come if you are at the show.

 
Tractor World Scotland
Follows a month later on 23rd and 24th March, it is held at The Royal Highland Centre and is in the Highland Exhibition Hall that is a modern heated building. This will be the Club's first year at the show and Jane Broomhall and Sue, my wife, will be representing the Club; Mark assures me that they will be easily spotted in the central area of the hall, do go along and have a chat with them.  Our membership has been strong in the South but it is high time to be more active in the North of the country and in Scotland.
 
It doesn't seem possible that by the time you read this it will already be mid March, Christmas and the New Year just a distant memory. I don't know how much winter weather February and March will bring, but they usually do, looking out of the window it is snowing as I write, but the nights are drawing out nicely, spring is just round the corner and the season is already underway.
 
Nick Bryne and his team kicked off the yearly cycle and put on their usual excellent show at Shepton Mallet in February and I gather the weather wasn't too bad; I couldn't attend this year but see the reports from John Skipper and Pat Bryne that follow. Tractor World at Malvern is the next one and I hope to see many of you there. A list of shows that the Association plans to attend also appears later but is not yet complete so do keep an eye on the website and future announcements in the magazine. The names of those planning to represent the Club follows each entry in brackets and these will be updated in future issues and on the website.

 
Registration matters:
Vehicles were reregistered under the  'Q' plate scheme, during their working lives before 'retiring' and entering preservation, often because the 'log book' had been lost or for some other reason.  While that was often of no concern to their then owners it often is to their present day custodians.  A 'Q' registration can cause problems, for example affecting the vehicle's historic status and thereby either road fund licence liability or the need to be Ministry of Transport tested, both of which are based on the date of manufacture rather than the date when first registration occurs. Obviously tractors are not affected to the same extent as, for example, a vintage car or commercial vehicle but to many members a vintage or veteran tractor running around on a Q plate just doesn't look right. 
 
You will recall, as previously reported, that the DVLA had issued a notice in November 1917 tightening the rules concerning vehicles that had previously been registered in this country but now carried a 'Q' registration mark.  These rules allowed the owner, if later evidence came to light, to apply for the original registration number to be reinstated.  The regulations governing this, although previously in place, had not been strictly enforced but as with immediate effect from the issue of the notice they were.   In fact they were further tightened in that the DVLA would now consider such applications only if made both by the original 'Q' plate applicant and then only if made within twelve months of that registration.  Unfortunately some officers appear to be interpreting this ruling so that if an age related registration is applied for an existing 'Q' plate they are rejecting it.  So far as I'm aware all members I have assisted have obtained the change in registration they sort but some have had to struggle, the DVLA's response appears to be patchy as is reported in Issue 6 of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs magazine.  It is available free to members on line at www.fbhvc.co.uk   These people work hard for the preservation movement and are always very helpful if problems arise, it is an interesting read that contains useful information.
 
The Northern FFA ploughing match, Roger Ingham reports: 
It was held Sunday 11th of November on a site kindly provided by the landowner Mr. Peter Zeigler and hosted by Scarcroft and District Ploughing Society to which we are deeply indebted for their kindness and help on staging this year's championship.  Overnight rain made the site a bit clarty but undaunted the hardy ploughmen turned up in droves to make it a great day.  Soon everyone was at their plots and the match commenced.   This year I was judging along with a few other fine characters. As the day rolled on, we found an amazing difference in the quality of the plots; looking at it from both ends one end looked good whilst the other end showed lots of faults; this is the reason for two judges one at either end making the scorecards tally up to produce a fair result.  The rain kept showering making it a bit sticky to both plough and walk on but by 2pm the match was over, bringing the day to a damp close. Soon the ploughmen were sliding and slithering out of the field on their way home.  Results for the FFA champions were
 
Trailed Champion - Chris Donaldson
Vintage Mounted - John Lewis
Classic - Antony Boldan
 
 Well Done - Overall Champion - Antony Boldan
 

 
Isle of Wight Charity Road Run, David Lemonius reports:  
The Annual Charity Road Run was held by Isle of Wight Classic Tractors on Thursday 27th December 2018 in weather conditions that could be considered bracing but was at least dry with the sun putting in an appearance from time to time.
 
Some 47 tractors and their drivers set off from the Eight Bells Public House in Carisbrooke following an excellent breakfast supplied by the Pub.  Amongst the usual selection of Ford and Fordson, Ferguson, John Deere, International, was a very smart David Brown 885 recently restored, together with a Cropmaster similarly restored.  The Minneapolis Moline GBD stood proudly out amongst all the other tractors.  New to the run this year were a couple of Mercedes Unimogs - something different!
 
The run took us out clockwise around Carisbrooke Castle with many wellwishers along the route, to Gatcombe and back to the Waverley at the top of Carisbrooke High Street, where we headed out west to Betty Haunt Lane and an off-road section through Great Park exiting at Three Gates.
 
A run up through Newtown and back to Shalfleet, Calbourne and another off-road run through Westover Farm and on to the "Middle Road" where we turned off through Chessel and Brook to the iconic Military Road. We pulled in to Compton Farm for a cup of tea and cake provided by the Smith Family.
 
 
Our grateful thanks to them.  Following a break we set off back along the Military Road to Whale Chine where the fleet dispersed to go their separate ways.
Our special thanks must go to our Sponsors - Needles Pleasure Cruises Ltd. who, as locals will know, operate pleasure boat trips around the Needles at the western end of the Isle of Wight. info@needlespleasurecruises.co.uk
 
As a result of the sponsorship we raised £800 which will be divided between The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and the Alzheimer's Café, Newport. A video is on You Tube - Isle of Wight Classic Tractors, Tractor Run 2018.
Our thanks also to Land Owners and Tenants who allowed us across their land and to the local Police for their kind cooperation.  Mention must also be made to Island Roads whose road surfaces are now second to none following many years of resurfacing. A point to consider when riding an old tractor with an unsprung seat!      
Next I.O.W Road Run - 27th December 2019.

 
Somerset Vintage and Classic Tractor Show Held 26 -27 January, John Skipper writes: The first show of the year and what a pleasure it was - the Shepton Mallet wet weather coming too late to dampen an excellent auction on the Saturday. Great credit to Nick Bryne for orchestrating some excellent undercover displays, with a great showing of  Ford and Fordson, Massey Ferguson and International machinery.
I have to say that the International display, a veritable sea of red machinery, was particularly impressive.  Whilst an ardent member of the Ford and Fordson Association, I must also confess to membership of the International Harvester Club of Great Britain.
 
Many of us own both blue and red machinery and I have found tremendous support from both organisations as I endeavour to keep my Super Dexta and two 434 in good working condition.
 
The auction boasted a wide variety of tractor-related spares and equipment; from an ancient David Brown pulley operated saw bench, attracting bids in excess of £500, to a Super Major hydraulic top selling for over £400. Not a vast number of tractors for sale but some interesting ones nonetheless. I remain in deep mourning for letting a superb 1948 Allis Charmers Model B slip away for a mere £1350, not to mention a unique Massey 135 Spanish vineyard tractor that escaped my grasp for £2000. My wife breathed a further sigh of relief as bids on a good Fordson Power Major and fair Ford 3000 escaped my grasp. As did the nice example of a Ransomes Robin 2 furrow plough on one of the many good spares stalls. I failed here, but good practice for Malvern.

 
Pat Bryne reports: 
Crowds of tractor enthusiasts braved the winter weather and visited the Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th January for the annual Somerset Vintage & Classic Tractor Show.  Over 220 vintage and classic tractors and implements were on display at this indoor tractor show.
 
The special display this year was International tractors, with nearly 50 varied Internationals, included two pre-1920's models built during the last 100 years, with the newest being a huge new Case 300 Optum CVX tractor built 2018, displayed by TH Whites.  As always, the Fords and Fordsons proved to be very popular at the show, with over 40 various models on display this year.  Many other makes were also on show, including the popular, Fergusons, Massey Fergusons, David Browns, John Deere and Field Marshalls, many with implements fitted. There were also various horticultural machines, models and stationery engines.
 
Thousands of bargain hunters visited on Saturday for the popular auction, held by H J Pugh, Ledbury, items sold included vintage and classic tractors, spares, engines, together with implements. There were also plenty of trade stands selling tractor and implements, agricultural spares, books, model tractors, etc.
 
The 2020 show's special featured manufacturer will be Nuffield, Leyland and Marshall.  This year's show raised £10,000 for local charities, cheques were handed to the Yeovil Hospital Chemotherapy Chair appeal, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, Time is Precious, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Children's Hospice South West and Ups and Downs South West.

 
Andrew Green from Devon writes:
As I write this on an early February day with the sun coming through the window, snowdrops emerging and the days pulling out, one's thoughts start to look forward to Spring! However, we must put aside the frustration of another cancelled winter evening meeting at Whiddon Down with snow. The decision was totally correct but disappointing when we had produced all the refreshments! Having cancelled the Hall for the evening, it was later opened to allow stranded drivers on the A30 road to shelter from the weather as seen on national news! A possible opportunity to sell on our freshly made sandwiches and cakes was lost!! Ah well, let's move on, Spring means the return of the Show season, working days and events and I hope that I shall look forward to meeting some of you out and about very soon. Please keep in touch:- andrew@chilverton.co.uk.

 
Coming Events that the Association plans to attend during the year.  Do keep an eye on the website and magazine for changes and additions.
 
The Heritage and Transport April 6th Rodney tells me he is on track to have ninety model Ns on display, to commemorate this models launch ninety years ago. If you have one why not take part?  Contact Rodney Gibson 01795 841775 or rodney.gibson775@btinternet.com
 
 
March 23rd - 24th Tractor World Scotland
- Jane Broomhall & Sue Pawsey
 
30th - 31st Eastern Counties Vintage Show Norwich - Keith & Jane Broomhall
 
April 6th - Kent Heritage Show
Rodney Gibson & The Kent Gang
 
May 5th - 6th NVTEC (East Anglia)
Stradsett Rally at Downham Market
  Lin & Ian Prince & Ken
 
           17th - 18th Devon County Show
Andrew Green
 
           18th - 19th Stonham Barns Stowmarket  - Lin & Ian Prince & Ken
 
June 8th - 9th Newby Hall
Margaret & Derek Badham
 
         15th - 16th Journey Through the Ages
 
July 5th - 7th Kent County Show
 
28th - 29th Dacorum Steam & Country Fayre
 
26th - 28th Welland Steam & Country Fair
 
  13th - 14th Cambridge Steam Rally
 
August 3rd - 4th Weald of Kent Steam Rally
 
             13th - 15th Pembroke County Show
John Skipper
 
          17th - 18th Biddenden Tractor Fest
 
              22nd - 26th Great Dorset Steam Fair
 
Nov 9th - 10th         Newark Vintage Tractor & Heritage Show
 
Oct 12th - 13th        Society of Ploughmen British Nationals
Keith & Jane Broomhall
 
*Representing the Club* 

 
Dutch Ploughing
The Dutch Ploughing Match will be held 31st August: at Bosweg 3 7858 Eeservenn by kind permission of FFA member Mr Johan Hogeboom, Gerard Schoenmakers says this is a wonderful site.  For details contact Jans Stevens 0031 498 42218 or gea.jans.stevens@planet.nl
 
Some of the 2016 Dutch ploughing winners 
 
Overseas Representatives - Jane Broomhall writes:
In Issue 89 of the magazine we advised you of our new representative for Belgium, Wouter Croquey. I am now able to confirm that Martin Carley has agreed to be our representative for France and he recently forwarded a few facts about his background and move from England to France in 2004.
 
Dear Jane,
I have been a fan of Fordson tractors since the farm in Grayswood, Surrey sold two TE 20's and purchased a Fordson Dexta, I think it was in 1958.The other tractors were a TEF20 and an MF35; this was a mixed farm with dairy, sheep and poultry.Later I worked for an agricultural contractor with Nuffield Tractors.
 
In due course the farm in Grayswood was sold and I was asked to help the owner Mr Lassetter start up his new farm near Dorchester. In the Spring of 1963 he purchased two Fordson Super Majors; I was always pleased that they both had orange wheels as the grey never said Fordson to me.
 
In 1964 I joined BBC TV in London and although I've done various things since then, I retired as a Propmaster in 2004, when my wife Ann and I moved to our house in the Yonne, Burgundy where we run a B&B and an Apartment.
 
Thank you for asking me to be a representative, I just hope I can be of use, it is a wonderful magazine and it seems to go from strength to strength.
 
As they say, 'I'll give it a go'.
Martin

 
A list of current overseas representatives is shown below, and we plan to publish a UK listing in future issues.
 
FORDSON TRACTOR CLUB of AUSTRALIA INC
DAWN and BARRY MILSOM - bmi34634@bigpond.net.au
 
BELGIUM
WOUTER CROQUEY - croquey.deprez@telenet.be 
 
FRANCE
MARTIN CARLEY - martin.carley@orange.fr
 
GERMANY
HEINZ ULLAND - fankani@gmx.de
ITALY
GIANFRANCO BISSON - fbisson@bissonauto.it
FRANCESCO BISSON - (Francesco Speaks good English)
 
NETHERLANDS
GERARD SCHOENMAKERS -  gerardschoenmakers@online.nl
JANS STEVENS - gea.jans.stevens@planet.nl
NEW ZEALAND
ANGUS CUNNINGHAM - angusandalison@xtra.co.nz
PAUL SMITH - pfsmith@ps.gen.nz
 
REPUBLIC of IRELAND
CHARLES HUTCHESON -Technical Advice
charles@armstrongmachinery.ie or fingalvintagesociety@gmail.com
 
MICHAEL HOEY- michael@countrycrest.ie

 
Finally: 
Ever since the Newark Vintage Tractor & Heritage show last year where Blue Force hold their AGM the 'rumour mill' has been in full spate.  There were apparently a number of matters raised by a group of their members that were not resolved at that meeting which was, as a result, abandoned; an Extra-Ordinary General Meeting was subsequently called for January 20th.  In the view of some members this meeting did not adequately resolve the matters they had previously raised at the AGM and as a result they have decided to leave the club; some have joined us.
 
You will know that many people are members of both the FFA and BF and why shouldn't they be?  We all have friends in other clubs, in my book our hobby is all about the people you meet, the friends you make and the social interaction that comes with that; the tractors are actually a bonus.  Many of you will know that I have thought for a long time that there should only be one club for Fords and Fordsons but personalities, old perceived wrongs and politics have stood in the way.  All clubs need to change and evolve as circumstances change and the FFA is no exception: I welcome it. 
 

 
I look forward to hearing from you
 
 
Tel:01787 277316 (Before 9pm)
               Mob:0797 74952739 (Before 9pm)
E-mail: Pat Pawsey
 or Ernie
 
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Forthcoming Events/Looking forward to 2019:
 
- Chatham Historic Dockyard Chatham, Kent ME4 4TE.
 

 
  Sunday 21st April - Priory Rose Vintage Group Are proud to host the
National Vintage Tractor Road Run 2019 Wakefield, West Yorkshire
 

 
Riverside Country Park Festival
Saturday 20th April
Riverside Country Park, 333 Lower Rainham Road. Gillingham. Kent ME72XH
The English Festival is a fun-packed free day out for the whole family celebrating the most iconic and ironic of English traditions.
 

 
 Trevithick Day
Saturday 27th April - Streets of Camborne, Cornwall,
The streets of Camborne will come alive with a spectacular day of free
Steam, entertainment and much more.
 

 
Llandudno Transport Festival 2019
Gwyl Cludiant Llandudno 2019 Saturday 4th - Monday 6th May - Bodafon Fields, Llandudno, Conwy, LL30 1BW
The Transport Festival is the largest in Wales and one of the U.K.'s best
-loved events. It is held in conjunction with the Victorian Extravaganza.
 

 
The Abingdon Air and Country Show
Sunday 5th May
Abingdon Airfield, Abingdon, OX13 6JG
All round value for money family day out.
 

 
Colchester Young Farmers Charity Tractor Road Run
Sunday 5th May
Wilkin & Sons Ltd, Factory Hill, Tiptree, Essex, CO5 0RF
We will be hosting our second annual Charity Tractor Run in aid of Colchester Kidney Patients Association.
 

 
Stradsett Vintage Rally
Sunday 5th - Monday 6th May
Stradsett Park, Stradsett, Kings Lynn Norfolk, PE33 9HA
where the A134 crosses the A1122 3 miles east of Downham Market. 
For FFA enquiries contact Ian and Lin Prince
01268 710143
 

 
Stonham Barns Steam & Vintage Show
Saturday 18th - Sunday 19th May 2019
10am-4pm
The Stonham Barns Steam and Vintage Show is back again after the success of last year's event which is a show bringing together a gathering of historic traction engines, steam rollers and other historic exhibits such as stationary engines, agricultural and construction vehicles, vintage motorcycles and bicycles, working horses, wood and metal craft and the like.
For FFA enquiries contact Ian and Lin Prince
01268 710143
 

 
Devon County Show
Thursday 16th - Saturday 18th May
Devon County Showground, Westpoint, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, Devon, EX5 1DJ
The Devon County Show is one of the South West's premier agricultural shows and attracts top lives. Join us for a celebration of all things Devon.
For FFA enquiries contact Andrew Green
01363 83791
 

 
Borders Vintage Agricultural Association Vintage Rally
Saturday 18th - Sunday 19th May
Springwood Park, Kelso.
For FFA enquiries contact Phil Gibson
07713 251155
 

 
Royal Bath & West Show 
Wednesday 29th May - Saturday 1st Jun
The Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 6QN
The Royal Bath & West Show is England's Biggest Celebration of Rural Life and England's only 4-day Royal Show. Stock exhibitors from the region and beyond.
For FFA enquiries contact Mike Mitchell
07976 535762
 
All above shows dates with more details can be found on
Our SHOW CALENDAR 2019 section of the website.
 

 
 

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