East of England Ploughing & Working weekend
August 31st and September 1st held at Rix Farm Langham by kind permission of Mr J Rix. The weekend was blessed with good weather and was organised by Ken Bailey and Roger Starling, our thanks also to Maureen and Paula who manned the BBQ and very good it was too. Terry Stinson recruited the qualified ploughing judges.
Results: Vintage mounted 1st Roger Starling: 2nd Donald Sapsford: 3rd Ken Bailey: Classic mounted 1st Terry Stinson: 2nd Alec Lyle: 3rd David Bolton. Ladies Champion Sarah Tween.
There was also a real treat on the Saturday when Michael Moore, a well-known Essex businessman and talented engineer, brought along his Pre-Force 4000 Triple D and plough combination; something very special.
Twenty-four entries were received and ploughmen entering were eligible to qualify for the Nationals. It was very satisfying to note the improvement in the standard of work that has been achieved over the last few years. The £750 proceeds raised were donated equally to Macmillan Cancer Support and Royal Papworth Hospital. Unfortunately, Ken's second working weekend was cancelled due to adverse ground conditions.