The North Somerset branch of the National Vintage Tractor & Engine Club

This branch meets at the Redhill Social Club, Church Road, Redhill, BS40 5SG on the first Tuesday of each month at 8:00pm

2nd July Club visit to Aerospace Bristol

Aerospace Bristol is located at Hayes Way, Patchway, Bristol BS34 5BZ. More details to be announced at the June club meeting. 

Please be aware that non-compliant vehicles are not welcome through Bristol so best advice is to approach from the M5 motorway to be safe from the cameras....


There will not be a meeting at Redhill Club.

4th June Club Meeting at Redhill Club 

We will be having a guest speaker from the West Somerset Railway.
A true country branch line of the old Great Western Railway is full of fascination whether you are looking for a nostalgic ride back in time through lovely countryside or to study the railway and industrial heritage which our line preserves

May Club Meeting Cancelled

This is due to this month's date being the day after the North Somerset Show.

April 2nd 2024 Club Meeting

April 2nd Club Meeting. This will be our AGM for 2024. Your opportunity to stand for election to the committee and to re-elect club officers for the next year. North Somerset Show passes for members that completed the entry form will be distributed. There will be the usual raffle and if time allows a short video of past club events. Redhill Club membership due for 2024 or you may not be served in future!

March 5th 2024 Club Meeting at Redhill club

There will be a club video to watch again from the extensive archive of our vice-chairman. It is planned to be a North Somerset club archive video or if that fails (again!) Part 2 of mechanising farming.   Final chance to pay your 2024 subscription to receive Vaporiser magazine.  Tickets for the North Somerset Show (club stand and showing in the ring) will only be available to paid up club members.

February 6th Club meeting

Club Meeting February 6th 2024 at Redhill club. There will be a club video to watch - content to be decided and chosen from our vice-chairman's extensive library...... If you have not done so, please renew your membership for 2024 at this meeting.

January 2024 Club Meeting

First meeting of 2024 on the 2nd of January at Redhill Social Club. Your opportunity to catch up after Christmas and the New Year and to renew membership of NVTEC for the year. Payment by cash, cheque, BACS or card.
Individual Full Membership £20.00 with Couples & Family Membership at £30.00 (Parents or Guardians and up to 3 children under 13 years of age).
Renewal form available to download and print at

No December meeting on the 5th at Redhill. 

Click for Christmas dinner 

Vintage Tractor Jumble 27th December

A chance to get out of the house after Christmas. Wednesday 27th December Vintage Tractor Jumble 9am - 2pm at Bristol Sales Centre, Easter Compton BS35 5RE. Entrance fee for the club's 2023 charity.

Club Meeting at Redhill Club 7th November 2023

Club Meeting at Redhill Club 7th November. We will be serving bread and local cheese with pickled eggs and onions for your pleasure but you can buy you own wine! Bookings being taken for the Christmas dinner at the Nailsea Masonic Hall, Nailsea Park, Nailsea, Bristol BS48 1BA. Payments non refundable upon booking. To be seated at 7.30pm – 11.00pm last orders. Menu here. 

5th September Club Meeting at Redhill

Club Ploughing Match briefing plus bookings for the Friday ploughing practice. Please book your practice with Tim Hurley. Entry forms for the ploughing match on the Sunday will be available. No payments on the day please. Display vehicles always welcome - tractors, cars and commercials. Enter with the same form - no cost but you may get a prize! 
We will be showing a DVD from Morgan's extensive collection.......

1st August Club Meeting at Redhill

We will be welcoming Mike Horler again as an addition to our annual programme. The subject of his visit will be a surprise! Also a brief thank you will be given by a representative of the British Heat Foundation for our recent donation.

4th July no Club Meeting at Redhill

NVTEC Annual Trip which this year is to the Coldridge Collection of Massey fergusn machinery so there is no meeting at Redhill Club.

2nd May Club Meeting at Redhill Social Club

Find out the history of the Somerset & Dorset Railway Heritage Trust with John Baxter. Don't forget to book your place on the July trip to the Coldridge Collection.

History of the collection here.

7th March Club Meeting at Redhill Social Club

A talk from Uncle Paul’s Chilli Charity at Butcombe Farm in North Somerset. Uncle Paul’s Chilli Farm, named after the owners dedicated family member who has tirelessly supported the development of the farm, provides a unique environment where young people and adults can transform their lives.

7th February Club Meeting at Redhill Social Club

Next club meeting 7th February at Redhill Social Club. Victoria Carswell, of the British Heart Foundation giving a quick chat about their organisation - and receiving our 2022 Charity payment. Also another opportunity to pay your 2023 subscription. April Road Run on 24th of that month entry forms available.

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th January 2023

The Somerset Vintage & Classic Tractor Show is an annual event at the Royal Bath & West Showground.
A great event for enthusiasts of vintage and classic tractors. This year there will be about 200 tractors on display ranging from early models, built from about 1920 up to the latest models we see farmers use today. There will be trade stands, with 1000’s of tractor spares, books and model tractors and toys for sale. Special feature for 2023: John Deere tractors.

January 3rd 2023 Club Meeting at Redhill Club

Club renewals night. Please make cheques payable to National Vintage Tractor & Engine Club (N.Somerset Group)
Bank transfer: National Westminster Bank Plc. Sort Code: 60-23-32. Account No: 53352734
You can even pay by cash! Individual Full Membership £20.00.  Couples & Family Membership £30.00      Renewal form: - Membership

December 6th Club Meeting at Redhill Social Club.

Supper will be served to 2022 members after signing in. Renewal membership forms available to avoid the rush in January.....

Date for your diaries: Tractor & Engine Autojumble. Tuesday 27th December 2022

Sellers from: 7.30 a.m Buyers: 9 a.m at Bristol Sales Centre, Washingpool Farm, Main Road, Easter Compton, Bristol. BS35 5RE
By kind permission of Mr Keith Sherrell & family
£25 per pitch £3 per person entry

NVTEC 50th & Christmas Dinner  14th December  

Location: Nailsea Masonic Hall, Nailsea Park, Nailsea  BS48 1BA 

Menu choices and payment on 6th December club night.


click to download menu

November 1st Club Meeting

Club meeting 1st November at Redhill Social Club. Clive Burlton taking about the history of Whitchurch Airport. 50th & Christmas dinner menu and booking form available from the stage or download here.


October 4th Club Meeting

A DVD selection for your enjoyment from Morgan's library.

September 6th Meeting at Redhill

Next club meeting at Redhill Social Club 6th September. Update on the Vale of Berkeley Railway Project. Entry forms for the club ploughing match on the 18th September. Display vehicles always welcome - tractors, cars and commercials. Enter with the same form - no cost but you may get a prize! We are promised a visit by some Ford Model Ts weather permitting. Ploughing practice led by Tim Hurley at the same site on the Friday 16th September - a chance to hone your skills.....

August 2nd Club Meeting

Mike Horler presents a quiz and talk on old tools.

Club ploughing match entry forms will be available.

July 5th Club Visit to Black Country Museum

Black Country Museum 5th July. Coach leaves Redhill Social Club just after 8:00. Breakfast at Gloucester Services (9:15 - cost not included).
Dinner at Toby Carvery, Gloucester on the way back (included in trip price). Return to Redhill 8:30pm

Club Meeting at Eastwood Manor Farm 7th June


BS40 6AH   7th June 6:30pm. Refreshments available.  Guided tour of the farm buildings. Please note: no club meeting at Redhill!

Final opportunity to book a seat for the 5th July trip (£55.00 coach, entry & dinner excludes breakfast at Gloucester Services)


Club Meeting 3rd May 

July Trip to Black Country Museum: balance to be paid for those booked on the coach.

Gerald Shepherd: "My time at Ransomes (1963 to 1989) an illustrated talk.

Club Meeting 5th April at Redhill Social Club

2022 AGM and passes for the North Somerset Show on 2nd May. Passes are for display tractors and implements and are only available to paid up members for 2022. Also showing of a 1992 club road run - spot current members in their younger days!

Spring Road Run on 24th April 2022

Spring Road Run on 24th April in the Puxton - Banwell - Loxton area. Photos here.


Club Meeting 1st March at Redhill Social Club

Entry forms for the North Somerset Show will be available (paid up members only). Morgan will be showing his second DVD about the Ferguson System in use on a family farm.

Annual Vintage Tractor & Engine Autojumble 

Monday 27th December 2021    Sellers from: 7.30 a.m          Buyers:  9 a.m at Bristol Sales Centre, Washingpool Farm, Main Road, Easter Compton, Bristol. BS35 5RE.  By kind permission of Mr Keith Sherrell & family 1 mile from J17 off M5.  £20 per  pitch      £2 per person entry Café open for Breakfast and hot & cold refreshments. Enquiries tel: Kevin 01278 671784  or  Morgan 07731 917256 

First Meeting of 2022!

NVTEC North Somerset Group will be holding the first club meeting of 2022 at Redhill Social Club on the 4th of January. Club members will have the opportunity to renew membership for 2022. Membership forms will be available at the meeting. New flat rate for all members of £20 (£30 for joint/family membership). Details of any immediate club events will be announced at the meeting and copies of the 2022 programme will be distributed.

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.

June 15th Update

Dear Members
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.

Spring Update from the Chairman

Dear Members
Hopefully the winter and wet months are behind us now and we can look forward to our summer.
As restrictions are being eased we can hopefully look toward to our new normal when we can all get together once again. We are planning, if the government guidelines of the 21st of June allow, to restart our club meetings starting on July the 6th at our normal venue Redhill Club.
Our plan is to have an informal evening with the option of a DVD from Morgan’s extensive library !!! If we are blessed with a lovely sunny July evening then we can use the outside area of the club to enjoy the time together as I am sure there will be lots of catching up to do.
We have plans in place to hold a Tractor Road Run in July date TBC. Also we are planning our annual ploughing match to be held on Sunday the 19th of September at Chew Stoke and more information will be revealed after the 21st of June.
The committee and myself would love to see you all on the 6th of July at our normal club evening as long as there are no changes to the Government unlocking, 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.

Renewals Reminder: Reduced fees for 2021 - download a form from the membership page

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.

Dear Members


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.

Dear members,

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 .


The National Vintage Tractor and Engine Club (NVTEC) is a national organisation, with many thousands of members. Its purpose is to promote the preservation, use and enjoyment of vintage tractors and engines of all makes.

Where sufficient members live in reasonable proximity, they are able to form a "Group" of the main club. The North Somerset Group of NVTEC was set up in 1972 (see A bit of history for more detail) and after meeting at a number of different venues over the years has settled on Redhill Village Club as its regular haunt.

The purpose of the North Somerset Group is to provide a local forum for discussion and self-help, to organise shows, ploughing matches and road runs etc., to educate, inform and entertain and in the process, to raise money for local charities.

Membership runs at around the 175 mark, mostly fairly local, but with some attending from other parts of the South West and Wales

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