FFA Southern Ploughing


 We Arrived by kind invitation of Henry and the Ferguson Club weekend ploughing match & fun day at Fornham St Martin

Ken Bailey & Myself unloaded our tractors & ploughs and set up caravans. Henry arrived about 08.30 and we had a catch up natter about the weekends events. More ploughmen were arriving throughout the morning and getting ready for their practise ploughing start time of 10am. Henry had marked all the plots out ready for us 65 in total ploughmen.
At 10am 30 ploughmen/women had tried out there Tractors/ploughs set ups ready for the match on Sunday only to be stopped by heavy rain by 2.30 just when most of the were finishing.
The rain stopped about 5pm so some of us went over the fun area and continued ploughing until we ran out of daylight.
Sunday morning I was woken at 4:30am by rain bouncing off the caravan roof.  Henry arrived at 08.00 and said we had 10mm of rain over night which you could see by the puddles on the field 4x4 could park on the field, but  lorries had to be parked on the roadway at the top.
By 09.30 all the competitors had booked in and paid their money (in aid of the air ambulance ) we were each given a plot number and at 10am the ploughing commenced.
Good presents of spectators with there cameras flashing also talking to the competitors while we were waiting for the judges to carry out there duties. With ploughing completed and much banter from many of us while we were waiting for the judges to hand over the results.

Classic Mounted: 
1st Terry Stinson
2nd Mike Debenham
1st Paul Clements
2nd Max Cherry
3rd Paul Butcher
Vintage Mounted:  1st Ken Bailey
2nd Conrad Hopkins
3rd Roger Starling
Ploughmen of the day for the Ford and Fordson club was awarded
by the Ferguson Club to Paul Clements .. Well Done Paul.
Special thanks to Henry Castle ,Ferguson Club for a enjoyable weekend also the 2 judges Ken McVittle and Eddie Wharton members of the Rochford Hundred Tractor & Engine Club
More than £200 was raised for the East Anglian Air Ambulance
Report / photos by Conrad Hopkins