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Road Run

Road Run Saturday 21st August 2021. Meet at Winchester Farm Draycott Road, Cheddar BS27 3RP. Signing in from 9:30 with run starting at 10:30. Refreshments available from 9:00am. Return to Winchester Farm at approximately 1:00pm. Pre-order lunch at sign in. Paid up members only with two wheel drive 80HP or under tractors due the width of the lanes. Please register interest with Morgan Rogers at the club meeting at Redhill Social Club on August 3rd. Form download here  Entry Form

Club Ploughing Match 2021

To be held on Sunday 19th September 2021
Venue: Chew Stoke Cricket Club   BS40 8UE

Entry forms here Ploughing Match Entry


Geoff Ashman: The club has recently heard that Geoff passed away recently. From Kevin our chairman: "Geoff was a lovely man and I have many fond memories and moments with Geoff with most of them taking the mickey. The back row of seats at the club meetings will not be the same without Geoff." Our condolences to Geoff's family. Update: Geoff Ashman’s Funeral will be on the 9th of February 12pm at Bristol South Crematorium.  There will be a drive through Nailsea High Street  from his flat on the way to Bristol. Please observe the current regulations for funerals.

Sheila Chapman

On the 20th of April 2020 it will be one year in the passing of Sheila , As each month has passed us by there has not been a Club meeting or gathering where Sheila’s name has not been mentioned .

This is a testament to Sheila’s involvement with our Club .

Road Runs, North Somerset Show, Ploughing Match, Tractor Jumble and Christmas Party.  These are just some of the events in which Sheila was involved .

Mick Sheila’s late husband (Mick) was also much involved with all club events .

Please share this moment with me to remember them both for what they did for our club .

Stay Safe everyone , look forward to seeing you all at Redhill Club in the near future when we are allowed to do so .


Kevin Patch (Chairman  NVTEC North Somerset).



Notice from The North Somerset Agricultural Society

Other Events for 2020

Two events for your diaries: National Road Run on the 14th June 2020 located at Llanild Farm, Pencoed, Bridgend, Glamorgan CF35 5LA (



Also an invitation to Market Lavington’s Vintage meet at The Elisha Field, Drove Lane, Market Lavington, Devizes SN10 4NT on the 11th and 12th July 2020 (

3rd March NVTEC Club Meeting at Redhill Social Club


Tanlake Flowmetering with John Burnham - due to an enforced quarantine after a trip to Italy, John will not be with us so a DVD will have to do!


Any late renewals need to be paid this meeting.  Non-members will not be able to exhibit on the NVTEC stand at the North Somerset show.

North Somerset Show 2020

Entry form for paid up members of the NVTEC here.

Please Note…
All exhibits must be in position before 8.30 am on Show day and must not be loaded on to transport or removed from the showground before 5-30pm and then only if the show organisers have allowed movement. Movement of vehicles IS NOT permitted within the showground between these times without authorisation from the show management. Note the Show organisers may extend the NO MOVEMENT TIME if an unforeseen circumstance occurs.
Please ensure that your vehicle is disabled whilst on display to ensure that no-one can move your vehicle other than yourself.
Moving an exhibit into the show ring requires the exhibit to be insured, registered with the DVLA and have public liability insurance.


4th February NVTEC Club Meeting at Redhill Social Club

Bedminster Part II with Mike Britton.  This presentation follows on from last year's Bedminster Part 1


If you have not renewed club membership then please do it tonight.

Toollands Trundle. Sunday April 5th

Sunday April 5th 10 o’clock from Halsey Cross Farm, Over Stowey, Taunton TA5 1JA (Road signed from A39 at Cottage Inn, Keenthorne).
Sign on before the start with usual NVTEC rules & regs. £10 per driver with donations from others. Food available at start and lunch. Hot drink and biscuits at comfort stop.... For details - Terry and Jane Ayre email or 01823 432439.

Sedgemoor Sortout - 29th March 2020

First meeting of 2020 on 7th January at Redhill Social Club

Time to pay for your 2020 membership.  2020 club programme will be available with your new membership card.  Forms available here.   Subscriptions for 2020 are as follows:-
Individual                  £17.00
Joint                           £19.50
Family                        £20.00   (Parents or guardians and up to 3 children under 13 years of age. Note:- no insurance cover for the children).
Senior Citizen          £14.50
Individual Junior   £13.00   (Ages 13-16 or 18 if in full time education).

PLease try and have the right money available when you renew.

NVTEC Club Meeting at Redhill Social Club 3rd December. 

Food and skittles evening. Payments for membership 2020 are due and for Christmas dinner (7:30pm on the 14th December) at the Wellsway, Harptree Hill, West Harptree, Bristol BS40 6EJ

Annual Vintage Tractor & Engine Autojumble

Tractor Jumble December 27th 2019. Traders getting ready for the opening in the main shed. A very successful day for the traders and the club with a record number of stalls and over 200 potential customers.


November Club Meeting at Redhill Social Club

By popular request, Jim Wilkie returns with his vintage film show.

Book your Christmas dinner with deposit this meeting.  The dinner is at the Wellsway as usual on the 14th December.

Autumn Road Run 2019

26th October 2019 starting from and finishing at Winchester Farm, Draycott Rd, Cheddar BS27 3RP at 10:00am. Order lunch at signing on. Road run will be in the region of 20 miles. Please refer to H&S advice  (NVTEC road run Code of Practice and passengers in trailers).

October Club Meeting at Redhill Social Club

Bedminster 1 with Mike Britton.  This talk covers the area of Bedminster from Bedminster Bridge down through East Street to Cannon Street, through Dean Lane and finishes at St Pauls Church on Coronation Road. It shows many of the changes which have taken place in this small area of Bedminster following the end of the Second World War and how parts were depopulated and shopping changed after WD&HO Wills left East Street.

Annual Club Ploughing Match 2019


To be held on Sunday 15th September 2019

Venue: Chew Stoke Cricket Club   BS40 8UE


Click the picture to see photographs of the day.

3rd September Club Meeting at Redhill Social Club.

Club videos and ploughing match briefing. NVTEC ploughing match and practice forms available.

Photographs of North Somerset Ploughing Match at


MENDIP FORTHCOMING PLOUGHING MATCH - WEDNESDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER 2019 The forthcoming ploughing match will be held on Wednesday 25th September 2019 by kind permission of Yeo Valley Farms on land at 100 Acres Yoxter Post code: BA5 3BS on B3371. ​ The ploughing match is holding qualifiers for the National Ploughing Championships in Vintage, T20 and the Classic ploughing classes. Static tractor and implement displays invited from NVTEC members.

North Somerset Ploughing & Hedging Match

The club has been asked to provide a display of tractors and implements at 1he 177th North Somerset Ploughing & Hedging Match and 32nd Craft & Produce Show Sunday 1st September 2019 on land at Willow Farm, Bourton, Wick St Lawrence, BS22 7YA

Entry forms:


August Meeting

The Great Houses of the Gordano Valley. Sandy Tebbutt will be telling fascinating stories behind some of the old properties that were built in this beautiful valley.

July meeting

July NVTEC Meeting on July 2nd will be in the form of a day trip to Coventry Transport Museum and Midlands Air Museum with dinner on the way home. Coach leaves at 7:00am from Redhill Social Club and should be back around 10:00pm. Still some seats available at £50 per person for the day.

June club meeting

Club videos using extracts from a collection of films made for the National Institute of Agricultural Engineering in the years following WWII.


Final payments for the July trip to Coventry Transport Museum and the Midlands Air Museum

May club meeting

May club meeting (7th May) will be at Curls Farm, Bromley Rd, Stanton Drew, Bristol BS39 4DP - not at the Redhill club.

Mick's Memorial Road Run 2019

Mick's Memorial Run 27th April 2019. The start is at Hinton Charterhouse at postcode BA2 7SD. The dinner time stop is at the Stag pub in the

same village where a roast diiner will be arranged..

Terry Ayres' Road Run

Toollands Trundle
This years theme - Battery charger.
Sunday April 14th 2019. Start from Halsey Cross Farm, Over Stowey, Taunton TA5 1JA (Road signed from A39 at Cottage Inn, Keenthorne).
Sign on before the start with usual NVTEC rules & regs. Please refer to these documents. £10 per driver with donations from others. Set off at 10am. Plenty of off-road sections.
Food available at start and lunch. Hot drink and biscuits at comfort stop....  Call 01823 432439 for details - Terry and Jane Ayres.

NVTEC meeting at Redhill Social Club - Tuesday 5th March

An illustrated talk by Mike Rowland about the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Please note that if you have not renewed your NVTEC membership then you will not be able to show your tractor at the North Somerset Show on May Bank Holiday.

North Somerset Show 2019

The 160th North Somerset Show

Bank Holiday Monday takes place at the Flax Bourton showground on the 6th May 2019.  The North Somerset NVTEC will be exhibiting tractors and machinery on the showground and in the ring.  For entry form click on the picture on left.  Please note that the NVTEC/NFU insurance does not cover tractors that are driveable.  "All members receive Public Liability Insurance as part of their Membership. (eg. Stationary Engines and Static Agricultural displays). This does not cover the Road Traffic Act (includes moving on the showground), ie. Mechanically Propelled Vehicles (eg. Tractors)."

February NVTEC meeting at Redhill Social Club - Tuesday 5th February

Films of yesteryear with Jim Wilkie. These are still on original filmstock so you may need to be patient with the projector! Also if you have not paid your club renewal then please do so tonight.

Tractor Jumble 27th December at Easter Compton near Bristol, BS35 5RE

£2.00 charity donation entry for buyers. Gates open at 7:00am. Canteen will be available for hot drinks and breakfast. Assistance needed from local members please.

Tractor Jumble 2018
2018 for TM advert autojumble 2.pdf
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First Meeting of 2019

First meeting of 2019 at Redhill on 8th January - please note that this is not the first Tuesday. Please pay your renewals. Help our busy membership secretary by having your renewal form already filled out and the right money. Get a form here: There will also be a club video to watch after you have paid your dues!

Last club night of 2018

4th December Club Night with food and raffle to round off the year.  Get ahead of the game and renew your membership before the January queues!  Any final payments for NVTEC Christmas dinner - 15th December.

Autumn Road Run - Saturday 27th October

North Somerset Tractor Club Autumn Road Run starts from Chestnut Farm, Hewish BS24 6RU on the A370. Courtesy of James and Tom Bardwell

Start time is 10:00am and the finish is at the same location. 

Lunch will be in the Full Quart at the finish.

Please refer to 3. Road Run Guidance.  Those of you taking passengers in a trailer - also read the advice from the HSE - item 4

6th November Meeting at Redhill Social Club

WC&PR with Paul Gregory.  The WC&P was an unusual independent light railway linking three North Somerset coastal towns. First planned in 1844, it opened in 1897 and closed in 1940. It was quaint and colourful and was operated on a shoestring.

Christmas dinner balance to be paid.

October Meeting at Redhill

Last meeting at Redhill Social Club was 2nd October. The talk was "Up in Smoke, The Rise and Fall of Tobacco in Bristol" - WD & HO Wills by Mike Britton. Deposits on the Christmas Meal to be paid - Saturday 15th December.

September 4th Meeting at Redhill

Ploughing match briefing by Tim Hurley.


If you have not entered yet - go to ploughing forms page


Illustrated talk "Around Bristol by Tram" with Peter Davey.

August 7th Meeting at Redhill

NVTEC meeting at Redhill Social Club: Meeting starts at 8:00pm for club business.

The subject for the illustrated talk this evening will be:

The Stations and Halts of North Somerset with Michael Oakley.  Hopefully the photos will bring back some memories!

Annual Ploughing Match 2018

To be held on:

Practice Day - Friday 14th 2018 at Winters Lane, Redhill, Nr Bristol BS40 5SH


Ploughing Match - Sunday 16th September 2018. There will be a special class for young people to plough.

Venue: Chew Stoke Cricket Club, Pagan's Hill BS40 8UE

Go to entry forms (no 2 on the list):

July 3rd Visit to Bovington Tank Museum


Be ready to board the coach to the museum at 7:00 am on Tuesday 3rd July at Redhill Social Club.  Breakfast stop at at Palmers Garden Centre, Yeovil at 9:00am.  Arrival at the museum around Tank Mueum should be in the region of 11am.  Depart time from the museum: 5:00pm with dinner stop at 6:30 at the Cross Keys.  The Cross Keys is a real ale country pub in the heart of Somerset, situated at the crossroads of the A37 and A3153 in the village of Lydford-on- Fosse, between the small market towns of Castle Cary and Somerton.  Arrival at Redhill will be about 10:30pm.

June Meeting is at Stuckey Collection, East Harptree Road,West Harptree

Usual time and there should be refreshments - no alcohol license though!  Last chance to settle up for the Bovington Tank Museum trip and chose your dinner from the menu - otherwise you will get what you are given!  Tick box slips from John Porter at the meeting.


An excellent evening. What a collection! Thanks to Dave and Chris Stuckey for their hospitality

North Somerset Show 2018

North Somerset Show 2018. Great turnout of club tractors and  implements. Congratulations to Rob Jenkins for a great working demonstation of the thresher in full use and the Jones pickup baler alongside. Thanks to Ivan Williams for getting the selection of implements together for the ring display.  More pictures

May 1st meeting at Redhill Social Club

Next meeting: May 1st at Redhill Social Club. “A Little Kingdom” with Andre Coutanche. Andre's talk is about that slightly mysterious Lundy Island situated off the north Devon coast. Reminder: those going on the Tank Museum trip should settle up this evening or at the June meeting at the 5th June visit to the Stuckey Collection, West Harptree.

NVTEC meeting at Redhill Social club - 3rd April

  1. AGM and video selection.

Sign up for the annual trip to Bovington Tank Museum. There are only 19 places left. £10 deposit - £65 for the whole day inc breakfast and evening meal. 

Sign up for and collect your North Somerset Show ticket - current mambers only.

Tractor Road Run from West Bagborough, Taunton

Tractor Road Run from West Bagborough, Taunton

Sunday April 8th, 10 o'clock.

Meet at Lower Toollands, West Bagborough, TA4 3EP.

Terry or Jane Ayre, 01823 432439

Food available at start and lunchtime.

The small print!

10 o'clock, give yourself time to book in.

One seat one bum unless second properly fitted.

Transport boxes and trailers with prior approval and insured.

4 X 4s allowed at the rear.

Donation from passengers please.

Next meeting - 6th March at Redhill Social Club. 

The Agricultural Revolution ‐ an illustrated talk by Jim Pimpernell.


The annual trip in July sign up form will be available.  This trip is to the Tank Museum, Bovington.  Cost per person is £65.  Coach, breakfast, entry and dinner all included.  Deposit £10.


Mick's Memorial Road Run.  Change of date to Sunday 22nd April 

Meet at H. Curtis & Sons, Stanton Wick Farm, Stanton Wick, Pensford, Bristol

BS39 4DB

Setting off at 9:45 but you will need to book in from 8:45 first!


Full details on Ploughing & road run page with a copy of the entry form.

Those of you taking passengers in a trailer - also read the advice from the HSE (document 4 in the list)

North Somerset Tractor Club Steam Up - 2018

Saturday & Sunday 28th & 29th July 2018

North Somerset Show Ground, Bristol Rd, Wraxall, Bristol BS48 1NE

This a new date for the club event on the North Somerset Showground.  Please put this date in your diaries.  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  Contact Kevin or Rob Jenkins.

The annual ploughing match will take place on the usual date in September ( 14th for the practice and 16th for the match).

6th February Redhill Social Club

The Victorian model farm in south Gloucestershire and north Somerset
From 1850 to 1880, British agriculturists responded to the repeal of the Corn Laws by enlisting the modern advances in chemistry and industrial organisation and steam power.  Prince Albert may have led the way, but several in the Avon region were also setting an example. The new approach had little time to settle before British agriculture was hit by imports steamed in across the oceans, but it left its mark, as much perhaps as had the enclosures of an earlier age. Here William Evans tells how the story played out in these parts.

This book will be launched in the spring but before that you have the opportunity to order it at the special price of £2.95  including p&p. Just send the order form at the bottom of the page)  to W Evans, 5 Parrys Grove, Bristol BS9 1TT before February 15 2018. William will also have copies to buy on the night.

2nd January 2018 - Redhill

Renewals for 2018 and club videos.

Click on the poster (left) for more details.  If you cannot make that evening then download a copy and post to the membership secretary.



Tractor Jumble at Easter Compton - 27th December

Volunteers needed from 7:00am onwards especially on the gate during arrivals and giving directions to traders and public for parking and unloading.

Last meeting of 2017 - Redhill 5th December 

Christmas get together. 

The final meeting of the year - food provided.

Tuesday 7th of November meeting at Redhill.

Last meeting at Redhill Social Club on Tuesday 7th of November - 8.00pm. A selection of videos from club member Mike Lawrence.

Deposits taken for Christmas dinner on Saturday 16th December at The Wellsway, Harptree Hill, West Harptree,
BS40 6EJ

Autumn/Winter Road Run 2017

28th October: Starting at 10am from Stepping Stones Farm, Langford, Nr Bristol BS40 5HS.  Sign on at the start at 9:30am with a £10 charitable donation.

Redhill Social Club - 3rd October

Unfortunately the speaker cancelled his talk so an alternative was found - one of the charities that we are supporting this year and next - the Blood Bikes.

Planning for the Weekend & Ploughing Match - 5th September

Next meeting at Redhill Social Club is 5th September.

Information for members for the Club Weekend & Ploughing Match 15th to 17th September. Volunteers needed!

Video to follow.

RNLI - 1st August at Redhill Social Club

Next meeting at Redhill Social Club 1st July. Illustrated talk by the RNLI.

"The RNLI is a the charity that saves lives at sea. Every day of every year, people of all backgrounds get into danger in the water. It’s a problem that we’re here to tackle. 

On 28 February 1823, Sir William Hillary made an impassioned appeal to the nation, calling for a service dedicated to saving lives at sea. 

That service was to become the RNLI. And since our foundation in 1824, our brave lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 140,000 lives.

Today we celebrate our long and proud lifesaving history through our archive and library, collections, exhibitions and museums, all of which keep our inspiring stories of courage alive."

Trip to Beaulieu 4th July 2017

Excellent weather made this a grand day out for the coach party. Despite making good time on the outward trip, the farm shop at  White Row Farm near Beckington did a great job with the full English breakfast - a bit too full for some! The museum and house proved to be well worth the visit despite a hunt for ice creams for a few members of the party. This was later rectified with double helpings. The dinner stop was equally well serviced and enjoyed by all with a few dozing off the meal on the way back (The Three Horseshoes at Chapmanslade).

Some of the younger members of the party had to try out the photo opportunity (left). Mr Williams wearing a suitable soft crash helmet in a pre war Grand Prix car.  He was also seen climbing on the Fordson N in the under 7's play area - with supervision.


Dig for Victory 2017 - NVTEC Display and Demonstration - click image for more photographs.

Gerald Sage Memorial Tractor Run  17th June 2017 - click image for details

Club Calendar

The Club calendar page has the full listing for all the 2017 events.

July 4th 2017 - A Grand Day Out to Beaulieu

Fully booked.  Report above

6th June Bring and Buy Sale at Redhill including Car Boot

Have a clear out and change out your hoard!  Agricultural, automotive, domestic and car boot sales welcome.



Previous Events - 2nd May  AGM & Classic Massey Combines

 Sharing the passion for this machinery of yesteryear specifically Massey Ferguson,and also other brands, but also to pay homage to the past and present agricultural workforce who toiled often against considerable odds to deliver food to our tables.


4th April  The Shopland Collection with James Shopland

With origins going back to mechanical transport before 1890, it is not surprising that as a family the Shoplands have collected a number of vehicles over the years. The family's interest in Military Vehicles stems from employing them in the Timber Business.

7th March Vale of Berkeley Railway

Find about more about the project at:

In the summer of 2013 a small group, all with significant experience of heritage railway preservation, became aware of the potential to create a heritage railway along the existing Sharpness Branch line from Sharpness to Berkeley Road.

3 January 2017 

Presentation of Cheque to the Great Western Air Ambulance

Any outstanding renewals to Membership - Bruce Ralfs

Individual                  £16.50
Joint                           £19.00
Family                        £20.00   (Parents or guardians and up to 3 children
                                                    under 13 years of age. Note:- no insurance cover
                                                    for the children)
Senior Citizen          £14.50
Individual Junior   £13.00   (Ages 13-16 or 18 if in full time education)


Annual NVTEC Autojumble

The Annual NVTEC Autojumble was on the 27th of December 2016 at Easter Compton as usual.  Despite a very frosty start the weather was at least clear but cold.  A very good turnout of traders and punters from far and wide.

Club Rally and Ploughing Match 2016

The club ploughing weekend was rather different this year!


We returned to the format that we had several years ago, with a greater emphasis on the social side of the event.


Tim's  Training Academy for Ploughmen took place on the Friday with some entertainment for club members that evening on the main site.


On the Saturday there was the usual mini road run and BBQ during the day. In the evening the Redhillbillies performed.


The ploughing match itself took place be on the Sunday in glorious weather.


Ploughing match prize winners list is at the bottom of this page.


More photos of the event on the photographs page - menu on the right of this page.


The future Club policy on donations


At the AGM, views were expressed regarding the extent to which the club should make donations to charity.


The committee feel that this is an important subject and that all members should have a chance to discuss and consider it. Rather than calling a special meeting devoted to this matter alone (which, strictly speaking, would probably be the proper route to follow) the committee propose that a proportion of the August meeting be set aside to allow for these discussions (before the scheduled speaker).


This notification (together with announcements at the June and July meetings) serves as the calling notice for these discussions. At the August meeting, members present will be asked to vote on any suggested changes to the current approach which have been proposed and seconded and the decision will be by simple majority on a show of hands.

2016 Ploughing results

Here are the prize winners from the ploughing match.

1 Horses Mike Yorke  
2 High Cut Mike Holloway.  Backwell
    P Brock Tickenham
3 43"trailer plough. Pre 59 Bernie Weaver Winford
    Tony Walker Clevedon
4 36" trailer plough pre 59 Richard Vaughan Raglan
    Gary Haberfield Farrington Gurney
    Roger Triggol Tickenham
5 Vintage hydraulic  pre 59 Phil  Partridge Brockworth
    Stephen Jones Stanton Drew
    Steve  Clavey East Harptree
6 Class hydraulic post 59 Morley Fewings Bleadon
    Pete Withers Upper Midford
    Kevin Sparkes Cheddar
7 Fergie plough & Tractor M Taviner Bishop Sutton
    Tim Hurley Stanton Wick
    D Sparkes Coley
8 Novice Julian Paton Coombe Dingle
    Colin Durston Mark
  joint 3rd  P Duckett Blackford
  joint 3rd  B Reynolds East Harptree
9 Newcomer Dave Blair Redhill,N Som
  Tuition Class under 18 George Gell Upper Langford
    Sorrell Lewington  
    Daniel Harper Hallatrow
  Best Junior Ploughman  Ben Reynolds East Harptree
  Oldest Ploughman Roger Triggol Tickenham
  Stationary Engine J Fitzpatrick  
  Best Ferguson (Ferguson trophy) David Sparkes Coley
  Working Outfit John Paton  
  Static Tractor Steve Mitchell Dundry
  Stationary Engine, visitor A February  
  Tuition Cup. Under 18 George Gell  
  Hedging Martin Pitman  
    Chris Chivers  
    Clive Bethell  

JCB Trip - July 2016


Members enjoyed a great trip to the JCB factory at Rocester on 5th July 2016. Grateful thanks are due to Sheila Chapman who organised the trip. Photographs are not permitted within the plant itself, but are allowed elsewhere.

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