As you were informed by the committee via our club web site and Facebook or by word of mouth last month. we had hoped to be reopening club meetings on the 6th of July.
Following the government lock down information released yesterday, we have to inform you that our planned July the 6th meeting at Redhill Club will be moved to August the 3rd .
We do hope you understand that we have made this decision to safeguard you and for your health and well being. As the Prime Minister said yesterday we will be looking to the 19th of July to start our new normal if conditions allow.
Looking forward, we have our summer to enjoy and I hope that you are all well and keeping safe. The North Somerset Tractor Club committee look forward to seeing you in August, Kevin.
Mervyn Vowles who farmed at Lulsgate for many years was essentially a private man. A gentleman and, in the words of a fellow club member, a “nice chap”. He was on the committee of the Mendip Ploughing Society for many years and served as Vice President and Chairman during that time. He was an enthusiastic supporter of the “High Cut” ploughing class – a competition class that has over time struggled for numbers. Mervyn encouraged new entrants to competition ploughing and helped them to improve their skills. He would genuinely assist a ploughing competitor if they were experiencing difficulties. Not necessarily a member to make his voice heard at club meetings but would rather observe from the audience. A sad loss to us all. The members of the North Somerset Group committee extend their condolences to his family.
Please support your local branch of NVTEC as we have to still support the national club to produce the Vaporising magazine and provide the NFU insurance.
As promised that I would be back in contact after the 16th of December with an update on the North Somerset tractor club position with Covid 19 following the Government guidance. The news of the vaccine being cleared for use in the UK is fantastic news for all of us although this may take longer to roll out than expected. Bristol is now in Tier 2 which is a positive move for the Christmas holidays but it’s hard to estimate how long it will be before we can all meet up again.
The committee has posted out to you all the 2021 Renewal form along with our very own Christmas card to make up, in some small way, for the loss of meetings and events in 2020. For the start of 2021 we have set the membership fee of £10 per renewal across the board. The committee feel that it is important to renew your membership to keep up the NFU Insurance arrangement that we have received over the years. It will also help keep the Vaporising Magazine in production along with jobs that produce each issue.
When we are able to meet again our membership and insurance will be up to date and ready to go. So please fill out the renewal form along with payment and send with a self addressed A4 envelope to Bruce Ralphs, our membership secretary, and we will then send back to you the NFU insurance card with your 2021 membership card in return.
News has just reached us that the 2021 North Somerset Show will not take place in May next year. Although this will be disappointing to us all, I feel that it was the right decision in the present circumstances.
We hope you are all well and keeping safe. I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you in 2021 at a date to be arranged.
Yours, Kevin (Chairman North Somerset NVTEC).
Previous notices from your Chairman.
Eight months has passed from when our first lock down was issued, and now we are here again.
The committee’s decision to cancel all club events would seem to have been the right one to make. At the time we were all thinking Covid 19 would have passed us by and were looking forward to spending Christmas with the family. Not the case! Our position with club meetings and events has remained the same - ALL EVENTS AND MEETINGS CANCELLED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THIS YEAR. I would like to delay the decision on what we can and cannot do in 2021 until December the 2nd when hopefully the Government can give us some guidance on the year ahead .
It is with great sadness and heavy heart that I have to report that after a long illness Clive Jenkins has passed away. Clive had been a long standing member, committee member and club treasurer. He was no stranger to giving his opinion or saying how it was for which I for one admire him. As all of our committee members he served his time with the North Somerset club well with his most famous saying “well let’s be honest about it.” Our condolences go out to the Jenkins family from all of us at the North Somerset Tractor Club .
So until December, that it for now ,
Sincerely yours, Kevin Patch .
2020 has been a long and testing time for us all and old and young have never experienced anything like it before. From our last meeting back in February, it seems a life time ago since we last met up and as you can understand the lock down has not allowed us to hold any club events of any kind. With the Redhill Club closed and we are unsure when it will be reopening to the public, we cannot plan for when we can hold club meetings again.
The NVTEC (North Somerset) programme for 2020 is on hold until we can have gatherings of more than 60/70 people in one place. As your Chairman, it is my duty to keep club members' well-being and safety in the fore front of my mind in these uncertain times.
The bad news is all ploughing matches that we would be likely to attend have been cancelled. Last Friday, I received a letter from Mendip Ploughing Society to inform me that this year’s match will not take place. This brings me to our club events and until the government allows us to gather more than 30 people (indoors) all club events are on hold for the remainder of this year.
As time draws closer to December the 27th and the Tractor Jumble Day, any decision to cancel HAS NOT YET BEEN MADE. If we can gather more than 30 people outside and keep safe distance with the landlord's permission then there could be an outside chance this event could take place as planned. The decision will have to be made at a later date. So in the meantime, stay safe and well. The committee and myself look forward to seeing you all back with us.
Sincerely yours, Kevin Patch (Chairman of the North Somerset NVTEC)
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