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
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
Meet at H. Curtis & Sons, Stanton Wick Farm, Stanton Wick, Pensford, Bristol
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)
Saturday & Sunday 28th & 29th July 2018
North Somerset Show Ground, Bristol Rd, Wraxall, Bristol BS48 1NE
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
The Club calendar page has the full listing for all the 2017 events.
Fully booked. Report above
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. http://www.shoplandcollection.com/
Find about more about the project at: http://valeofberkeleyrailway.co.uk/
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
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)
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.
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.
Here are the prize winners from the ploughing match.
|2||High Cut||Mike Holloway.||Backwell|
|3||43"trailer plough. Pre 59||Bernie Weaver||Winford|
|4||36" trailer plough pre 59||Richard Vaughan||Raglan|
|Gary Haberfield||Farrington Gurney|
|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|
|7||Fergie plough & Tractor||M Taviner||Bishop Sutton|
|Tim Hurley||Stanton Wick|
|8||Novice||Julian Paton||Coombe Dingle|
|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|
|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|
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.