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.
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).
Two events for your diaries: National Road Run on the 14th June 2020 located at Llanild Farm, Pencoed, Bridgend, Glamorgan CF35 5LA (https://www.facebook.com/NVTRR2020/)
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 (https://www.facebook.com/MLVINTAGEMEET/).
Entry form for paid up members of the NVTEC here.
THE SHOW GROUND IS DEEMED TO BE A PUBLIC PLACE AND ALL VEHICLES MUST BE COVERED BY INSURANCE AND TAXED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ROAD TRAFFIC ACT
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.
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 email@example.com or 01823 432439.
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:-
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.
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).
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.
Club videos and ploughing match briefing. NVTEC ploughing match and practice forms available.
Photographs of North Somerset Ploughing Match at http://www.nvtec-northsomerset.org/photographs/
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. https://www.mendipploughingsociety.co.uk/
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: http://www.nsas.org.uk/nsas-events/ploughing-match/
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.
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: http://www.nvtec-northsomerset.org/membership/ There will also be a club video to watch after you have paid your dues!
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.
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.
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):
NO MEETING AT REDHILL THIS MONTH.
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.
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.