Yearly Archives: 2019

Liquid Delights

MF Liquid Delights when the weather is scorching

While the Northern hemisphere is going through a very wet and cold winter the other half of our great planet is baking in some of the warmest temperatures for a long time. Here are a couple of recent photographs taken on Aldinga Beach, near Adelaide, Australia.
An entrepreneurial MF fan is towing his coffee bar along the white sandy beaches, refreshing tourists and locals while they struggle to cope with mid 40 degree weather. Enjoy!


Usk Show 2019

Usk Show 2019

Peter Aston – Ferguson Club rep for Wales (Gwent/E.Wales) would like to thank all who supported a fabulous Club stand at the Usk Show this year. Here are some photos of the day……



Lincolnshire Working Weekend

Lincolnshire Working Weekend – 14/15th September

Delgate Bank-Weston – Spalding – Lincolnshire. By Kind Permission of Lincolnshire Field Products
Around a year ago club member, Paul Beecham, who often helps with Lincolnshire events, offered to organise a working weekend. This set the ball rolling and ‘the team’ offered to hold the Ferguson Club European T20 annual Ploughing Match which follows the Ferguson Club Ploughing Rules of no weights on the plough and a straight top link. Rather challenging for land pounded down by huge combines and tractors with heavily laden trailers. The ploughman’s skills are certainly tested.
Lincolnshire Field Products were once again very obliging and two huge fields were made available for the general working day on Saturday and the ploughing on Sunday.
Planning began immediately: entry forms, welfare facilities, catering, ‘office’ for booking in, how many other ploughing classes, prizes, advertising, judges for the ploughing matches.
Lincolnshire has a good working team, with two area reps and members who readily come forward to assist in many different ways.
John Sharpe works meticulously to ensure the ploughing matches are run properly. The team are guided by his expertise and his enthusiasm is infectious.
The weather was really good for the whole time from getting ready on Friday to clearing up Sunday when the event had finished. Many enthusiasts took part on both days, there was much laughter and enjoyment. Simon Durrant stayed on site with his family, Julian and Alison Bellamy, whose property bordered on to the fields were very accommodating and helpful. Local tractor dealers bought modern tractors which looked enormous alongside a little Grey Ferguson and MF35. Many local companies donated raffle prizes which resulted in £205 being raised from tractor drivers and the public on Sunday. Over 50 tractors took part over the two day event which, after prize money was deducted, donations and raffle included, resulted in a total of £341 being raised for Spalding and Holbeach Macmillan Cancer Support.
The organisers would like to thank all who took part. We had tractors from Gloucestershire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Cambridgeshire and all parts of Lincolnshire. Club General Secretary, James Holland, came on his grey Fergie by road, travelling in excess of 20miles each way.
Stephen Watson attended on Sunday and I am sure you will soon see some of his photographs, some are already on Facebook.
Three other classes were run alongside the European T20 and the winners for all are as follows:

European T20 Ploughing Championship                    Vintage
1st Place      Charlie Roberts                                          Alan Thorpe
2nd Place     John Kitching                                             Brian Tidswell
3rd Place     Martin Jeffrey                                              David Savage

Classic                                                                            Novice
1st Place     John Sharpe                                                Paul Green
2nd Place    Gerry Hutchinson                                        Darren Shearwood
3rd Place     Mickey Smith

Don Sapsford giving John Instruction

Ploughmen at work

Charlie Roberts Winner of European T20 Ploughing Trophy

Paul Green Winner of Novice Class

John Sharpe Winner of Classic Class

 

 

 

Alan Thorpe Winner of Vintage Class

Thanks to all who took part, helped and supported in any way….John Jeffries


Marsham Show

Marsham Show Report (10-11th August 2019)

On Friday 9th August Ian Miller, the Area representative for Norfolk and the Lincolnshire team arrived at Marsham in Norfolk to prepare the Ferguson Club stand ready for the visitors to the Marsham Show on Saturday and Sunday.
David Chapman, John Sharpe, Nigel Harness, Adrian Wells and Ralph Wells arrived with their tractors and some implements, and John and Judy came with caravan in tow to park alongside the stand.
The tractors exhibited were:
MF 135, MF 35X, MF 35 Vineyard, Ferguson P3, Ferguson TEF. Both Ferguson’s had implements attached.

The flags and banners were put in place and the marquee was set up with tables and chairs to welcome visitors over the weekend. We had a few hair- raising moments with the high winds and extra straps and pegs were hastily added to the marquee. Current members were welcomed, new members enrolled, and Ian was on hand to chat with the locals. It was a lovely social weekend and John Sharpe won the Best Massey Ferguson In Show with his Massey Ferguson 135
We were surrounded by other clubs, some we know well, and some new friendships were formed.
Bob Parke and his team certainly pulled out all the stops to provide a memorable weekend where many charities benefited. We are really looking forward to The Ferguson Club attending next year. If members from Norfolk would like the opportunity to exhibit on the Club Stand in 2020 please contact Ian Miller 01379 676278.

Pictures from left to right….front view of Ferguson Club stand, Henry Castle admiring Nigel Harness’s Vineyard, the winning MF135 owned by John Sharpe


MF;751 TF – looking

Looking for a MF reg; 751TF

I was wondering if anyone knew the whereabouts of a red Massey-Ferguson registration number 751 TF, first registered in March 1963. The tractor belonged to my grandad, Jack Appleton of Mill House Farm, Rainford and he retired in 1965 and so this tractor was sold along with all the other farm implements. If anyone knows who now owns it, please could you contact me, Jacalyn, on 07985 905645 or email me at jackieho63@hotmail.com Many thanks.