NVTEC North Somerset Ploughing Match 2022. A great turnout and wonderful weather. The event had 43 competitors plus support from club members' classic tractors and other vehicles. We were also visited by some Model T Fords on a day trip. The general public showed up in sizeable numbers with plenty of questions about what ploughing matches are all about! Selection of photos here. Results here.
Entry forms to exhibit your tractor and machinery will be available at the March 1st club meeting. Also available here
Please make sure that you must have insurance cover as the national NFU insurance is not sufficient for public and road traffic liability.
It is with great sadness that I have to report that Colin Patch passed away on Monday the 27th of December 2021. Colin was a long-standing club member and, in later years, a committee member. Colin had undergone heart surgery in London over the last month and was looking forward to re-joining his family back in Stanton Drew .
Colin will always be remembered for his happy smiley outlook on life, his trilby hat, green overhauls and Massey Ferguson Digger Racing around the Chew Valley!! The North Somerset Tractor Club has lost a truly great member and will be sorely missed by all members that had the pleasure of his company.
Our condolences go out to Ruth and her family in these very difficult times.
Kevin Patch (chairman of the North Somerset Tractor Club).
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It is with great sadness that I have to inform you all that Ted Beames passed away peacefully on Sunday 7th of November after short illness
Ted would often be seen on tractor runs and at shows with his wife Carol and their dog. Unfortunately after Carol passed away earlier this year Ted's health deteriorated quite rapidly. He would always be about to help at shows and autojumble on gate helping us raise money. I first met Ted many years ago at a tractor run and became great friends. He gave me a lot of help along way sorting my tractor out. He unfortunately sold the Fergy earlier this year when health was against him. He will be sadly missed by his family and all that knew him. From Richard Elliott-Turner
Ted's funeral will be on Friday 26th November at 11:30am at Weston Crematorium.
SOMERSET VINTAGE & CLASSIC TRACTOR SHOW
Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th January 2022
Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, BA4 6QN
2022 SPECIAL FEATURE: FERGUSON/MASSEY FERGUSON TRACTORS
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 etc. for sale.
It is with deepest sorrow to report that Hector Hamer has passed away. Hector was one of the founder member of the North Somerset Tractor Club and first ever Chairman in 1972. Hector chaired the club for one year then handed over to Frances Heal.
Hector and wife, Judy, supported the North Somerset Tractor Club wherever possible and, more often than not, they would be seen working on the entrance gate or car park at any club event. Hector could be recognised on his E27N Petrol TVO Fordson Major pretty well anywhere as he displayed his Fordson with all of the wheels set to their widest points. The Fordson’s paint work was satin finished and not with the gloss finish that we are used to seeing. My first encounter with Hector was in 1979 at Bristol Steam’s first ever steam rally set in the Ashton Court Estate. There were only a handful of tractors there and, only being 15 years at the time, Hector took me under his wing and looked after me over the weekend. It was a relationship that lasted 42 years .
Hector’s time and presence will always be remembered amongst members of the North Somerset Tractor Club. For club Members who would like to pay their last respects to Hector on his final journey then the funeral will be held on November the 18th at Canford Crematorium, Bristol BS9 7AS at 12:45 pm.
I would like to send our deepest condolences to Hector’s family at this difficult time.
Kevin Patch (chairman of the North Somerset Tractor Club) .
Date for your diaries:
Annual Vintage Tractor & Engine Autojumble on 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
NVTEC (North Somerset Group). www.nvtec-northsomerset.org
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
ANNUAL CLUB VINTAGE PLOUGHING MATCH
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.
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).
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.
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
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.
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 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.