Allerton Working Weekend 2017
Photos from this event can be found in the Gallery under folder number 17. Please find a video of the weekend on the link below:-
FERGUSON PLOUGHMEN RAISE MONEY FOR CHARITY
After weeks of wet weather the sun finally shone on the 15th annual ploughing match run by the East Anglian branch of the Ferguson club.The match was held by kind permission of the Turner family of Ampton Hall Estates.
In all 45 vintage and classic tractors took part,including 3 lady tractor drivers. Each driver received a plaque kindly sponsored by Silver Fox tractor spares ltd and the winners of the various classes a cup or trophy by the Ferguson Club. Ploughing conditions were quite difficult because of the wet weather but most ploughmen made an excellent job.
A large donation was sent to the Papworth Hospital Charity. Thanks to all – Henry Castle.
You will find a great selection of photos from the event below:-
Chiltern Vintage Tractor Charity Run breaks records for amount raised!
The total amount raised is now in for the 2017 Chiltern Tractor Run.
£6,902-05 – a truly phenomenal amount and this sum makes it a new record for the Ferguson Club Chiltern vintage tractor run. Last years record has been broken and the organisers are amazed at the tremendous support from all those that took part and provided the sponsorship and generous donations. Thank you!
The running total for monies raised by this event is now over £40,000.
All monies raised go to the Thames Valley Air Ambulance. This air ambulance service is now operating at the highest standards with full night time operations now approved. It provides a vital service to the Thames Valley Community. The Ferguson Club through this fund raising event are delighted to play a small part in that vital community service.
One of the best Vintage Tractor youTube videos – please click on the link above:-
Mid Suffolk Tractor road run
It was the annual Mid Suffolk Tractor road run which took place on 9th July.40 tractors took part and the drivers came from all parts of Suffolk ,Norfolk and a married couple came from Bourn,Cambridge. The weather was fine,too hot for some,and everyone had a very enjoyable day. The event was organised by Ferguson Club member,Don Sapsford and several other Club members took part. The route took us through various villages in Suffolk including Wetherden,Bacton,Haughley and Finningham.People came out to wave as we went past.Even the local traffic was quite happy to pull over to let the convoy come through.After a mid morning stop for lunch everyone got back safely to the starting point in the afternoon. On return an excellent raffle was held and together with the entry fee a total of £ 989 was collected on behalf of the Macmillan nurses.
Each driver received a plaque donated by a local firm to remind them of the day.
MH Pony 820D – Help please!
‘I am looking for some advice please regarding my MH Pony 820D tractor, with the Hanomag 2 cyl. diesel engine which has ‘blown’ the pepperpot twice and I wonder if anyone who may have a similar tractor which has had the same problem. I would be grateful for any advice especially as the tractor is for sale, along with all it’s spares and implements (see advert in Farm Shop)’
Please contact Anna Booth on e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chiltern Vintage Tractor Run 2017.
This was the 11th year of this successful Ferguson Club organised event. 67 tractors of all type with trailers took part. The theme this year was “Hawaiian”. Most drivers and passengers dressed up accordingly and the weather was ideal. All monies raised go to the Thames Valley Air Ambulance, so far the event has raised over £34,500. We are still waiting for the final sponsorship monies to come in this year so keep watching this space for the 2017 total…..
Gary Anderson – Ferguson Club; Area Rep; Bucks, Berks, Oxon.
Ferguson Club Ayrshire Easter Tractor Run for “Combat Stress”
Ferguson Club AGM and Members’ Weekend 2017
“What an enjoyable weekend”!
This was the most overheard comment at the end of the successful 2017 AGM/AMW
The Best Western Tiverton Hotel at Tiverton in Devon and Mike Thorne’s excellent Coldridge Collection were the centre pieces for this years hugely success weekend. Around 100 Ferguson Club members and their families attended over the weekend of April 7th-9th.
The hotel’s catering was second to none. The Friday evening buffet exceeded all expectations.
Saturday morning started with the formality of the AGM and ended with an excellent talk by Pippa Griffith – Curator of the Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life. Coaches took the majority to the Ferguson Coldridge Collection. Others walked to Tiverton’s Mid Devon Life museum.
The evening dinner and entertainment lived up to it’s reputation as being a truly wonderful social occasion. Entertainment was in all forms, from a local female comedy after dinner speaker to the annual raffle and auction. The food again was just excellent.
Sunday morning was a Steam train ride on the West Somerset Railway to Minehead and then coaches to Dunster for Sunday lunch.
A big thank you from all the Committee to John Upfold and Mike Thorne and their respective “teams” for putting on such a great weekend.
Next year Kevin Britton will be hosting the 2018 Annual Members Weekend and AGM. It will be over the weekend of 13-15th April 2018. (Details below……)
Dumfries Arms Hotel, 54 Glaisnock Street, Cumnock, Ayrshire. KA181BY.
Cortege of tractors tows coffin of Ferguson loving engineer Norman Waspe through streets of Suffolk village
A man who dedicated his life to mending classic tractors has been remembered with a fitting tribute, with his coffin taken by tractor and trailer at the head of his agricultural funeral cortege.
Talented engineer Norman Waspe, 69, from Flempton, died from pneumonia on February 1, with his funeral held on Tuesday. A key part of the Ferguson Club in Suffolk since 2005, Norman restored, repaired and rebuilt hundreds of tractors in his life after starting as an apprentice agricultural engineer at Barclay motors in Bury St Edmunds. Close friend of 30 years Henry Castle, 80, a fellow member of the Ferguson Club, led the procession from St Catherine’s Church in Flempton to the Risby West Suffolk Crematorium. “It was a fitting tribute, it must have been 200 people who turned up,” he said. “I towed the trailer with his coffin from his house to the church and then to Risby crematorium.“I was driving my Massey Ferguson 135 which Norman helped me restore. He has restored five of my Fergies. “He was well known in this part of the world, he struck out on his own as a mechanic and worked for a lot of people in the farming community. “Norman was an incredibly skilled engineer, there is no one like him. He could strip a tractor down while having a chat and put the whole thing back together again without a bearing, bolt or screw out of place. “He had a great sense of humour and was a happy and accomplished man.”
After working at Barclay, Norman moved to Overland Machinery in Sicklesmere before then striking out on his own. The keen sportsman was captain of the Bury Hockey Club veteran team and was heavily involved with the Young Farmers Club. He also enjoyed fishing and shooting. He leaves behind three brothers – Michael, David and Graham Waspe. They grew up at Block Farm, Bradfield Combust, where Norman’s love of tractors began. Michael, 69, said: “He was always messing about with tractors on the farm and our father was a good mechanic, so he ended up taking an apprenticeship at Barclay Motors.
Tractor World – Malvern 2017
The Ferguson Club attended the Tractor World Malvern 2017 Show. Here are a few photos of the Ferguson Club stand……
Thanks go to all Club members who brought their tractors along to the show and helped over the weekend. The Ferguson Club show organiser was Club Chairman Peter Aston.
Ferguson TE20 (TVO Conversion) – registration ; WZ 2265
If the above tractor is yours, the original ownership paperwork (invoice) has been found with a couple of Instruction books and a bit of history.
The tractor was sold at a farm sale in December 1984. The current owner can contact Dereck Smith on 07841102467 for details of the above.
Vintage Tractor restoration experience – warning to all enthusiasts.
I can confirm that during today’s visit to BJ Tractors of Thistleton/Wharles,Lancashire we recovered 3 unrestored tractors that were in worse condition than when they were sent and were subject to formal complaints to Police.
Mr Jenkinson was formally interviewed following the visit in the presence of his solicitor and remains subject of a police investigation.
Enquiries continue into the whereabouts of a 4th customers missing tractor, already subject to a court order.
Mr Jenkinson has been advised to return all customers tractors and restoration fees, and to close the business but that is a matter for him.PC1250 Hardiman
Fergie Tractor Workshop – Edzell – Angus.
Angus and Kincardine Ferguson Tractor group are kicking off their 2017 workshop weekends from Saturday the 11th of Feb at 1pm at our workshop near Edzell.
If you have an issue with your tractor or just want to find out more about Fergies you can bring your tractor along and the group will help you and teach you how to repair and maintain your tractor.
If you would like to come along please get in touch; e-mail Sharon; email@example.com