The FFA Southern area ploughing match held on 3rd and 4th October:
Conrad our Southern Ploughing Director reports: our thanks to Henry Castle of the Ferguson club for inviting the FFA to their annual ploughing match for the third consecutive year at Fornham St Martin.
Saturday morning began in thick fog and after the usual banter whilst awaiting a cup of tea some 16 ploughmen made their way to the practice plots, in bright sunshine after the fog had lifted. By 3pm some ploughmen had finished for the day, others continued ploughing until darkness fell.
Sunday dawned to early morning sunshine; ploughmen arrived from 7.30 and, following the usual cuppa and the crack, booked in and were given their designated plot numbers. At 10am the rocket was fired and the ploughing began. A good days ploughing in bright sunshine ensued on a field used for harvesting onions through the summer.
There was good public attendance and prize giving was at 3.30pm with firstly the Ferguson prizes presented by Henry followed by myself presenting the FFA prizes. £100 was raised from the day for East Anglian Air Ambulance.
1st Roger Starling
2nd Mick Debenham
3rd Ken Bailey
1st Max Cherry and Show Champion Ploughman
2nd Paul Clements
3rd Barry Dear
1st Conrad Hopkins
Photos & Words: Conrad Hopkins