Ayrshire Easter Road Run

Ferguson Club Ayrshire Easter Tractor Run for “Combat Stress”

Thanks to club member Paddy Jones he came up with the plans for a road run on Easter sunday. Forty two tractors took place and it rained from start to finish on the 18 mile run.
We raised £470.00 for the Ayrshire Combat Stress Holybush house. 

Ferguson Club AGM and Members’ Weekend 2017

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.

01290 429230

 

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

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.

Reg docs found

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.

Ferguson Workshop

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;    shr2119@aol.com

Ferguson Club Milestone

Ferguson Club Membership Milestone Reached

It is with GREAT JOY I have to tell you all…….

We have 2025 fully paid up members and still growing….

I wish to thank each and everyone of you who’s put in time and effort for the Ferguson Club.

I well remember sitting at a committee meeting and the then membership secretary saying we have 530 members, we’ll not get many more now ! oh yee of little faith.

Please watch out for the next Journal (due out any day now) you will see the first of many changes starting to come through that the General Committee have launched.

I feel very humble being the General Secretary and also very very proud to being part of such a great Club.

Alan Dunderdale General Secretary. December 2016

If your not a member, sorry for taking up your time reading this, though you could join the Best Ferguson Club in the World!

Tractor Run in aid of McMillan Cancer Support

Tractor Run in aid of McMillan Cancer Support (Scott Brenson)

On 16th October 80 plus tractors supported this charity event. It was in aid of Scott Brenson (To support a valued long serving employee, Scott Brenson, who was sadly diagnosed with terminal lung cancer 18 months ago, ATBone&Sons a Hertfordshire based family farming business organised a ‘tractor run’ and bbq from their premises near St Albans on 16th October (Scotts 47th birthday).

A fabulous sum was raised  –  at least £12000 for McMillan cancer support through the event which far outstripped our expectations. The organisers are really grateful for everyone’s support. Scott had an amazing birthday sharing it with everyone. Photos and videos of the day can be found on the facebook event page ‘Scott’s tractor run’ hosted by Becky Bone.
Thank you again
Jacqui Dawson

 

Tractor World – Newbury

Tractor World – Newbury

The Ferguson Club was very well represented at the 1st (Autumn) Tractor World at Newbury. Club Chairman, Peter Aston and members had a successful few days with many visitors.

Club member 17 years old Connor Jones wins prize for youngest restorer with his MF 130. Further pictures follow….

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14th Annual East Anglian Ploughing Match

14th Annual East Anglian Ploughing Match 

They came from all over East Anglia and the South East. One ploughman came all the way from Dorset. This was the 14th 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 and Mr A long of Hall Farm ,Fornham St Martin,Bury St Edmunds.

In all 40 vintage and classic tractors took part ,including members of the Ford Fordson Association and 2 lady drivers. Each tractor driver received a plaque kindly sponsored by Silver Fox tractor spares and the winners of the various classes a cup or plaque by the Ferguson Club.
The event was organised by local members of the Ferguson club,Henry Castle and Don Sapsford. Ploughing conditions were perfect and the Society of Ploughmen judges said that some of the plots were of a very high standared.
A donation was sent to the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
Results
Lady Champion. Gemma Arbon
2nd Sara Tween

Ferguson Champion.Richard Welham
2nd Steve Arbon
2nd
Novice Ferguson driver.Joe Payne

Classic mounted Ferguson.Don Sapsford
2nd. Dick Birch
Best restored Ferguson tractor. Frank Pettitt
Vintage mounted. Brian Upchurch

Prizes were also awarded to the “Open classes” winners and to the Ford Fordson Association

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Gemma Arbon receiving her prize from Henry Castle

The Ferguson Club 30th Anniversary Working Weekend

The Ferguson Club 30th Anniversary Working Weekend…

was held at Crow Tree Farm, Spalding Marsh, on 17th-18th September 2016 by kind permission of Lincolnshire Field Products. We had static displays; set ‘potatoes’ and picked them; spread vegetable waste; set up the Cultivation Square for people to try; drilled and dragged; and ploughed, using all things Ferguson or Massey Ferguson. Not everything was vintage! Chandlers very kindly supplied some modern equipment and we were allowed to use the tractor and plough alongside its predecessors. This really put a smile on visitors faces.

On Sunday two ploughing matches were held. The European T20 & GP Ferguson Ploughs Match, and a Massey/Ferguson Class. We had 12 entries for the T20 class and 9 entries for the MF/Ferguson class. Plus, many people just honed their skills on the designated ploughing areas.

Charlie Roberts of Leicestershire won the European T20 Class and John Sharpe the MF/Ferguson Class.

We had around 100 visitors on Saturday and many, many more on Sunday. There were around 70 tractors on site and many implements, with participants coming from Yorkshire, Lancashire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Gloucestershire, Cambridgeshire and all corners of Lincolnshire. Thank you to you all, without you we would not have had such a successful working weekend.

 The donation tubs resulted in £250 being collected and sent to Spalding and Holbeach Macmillan Cancer Support.

The winner of the European T20 class was on plot 11 and by some fluke I (Judy Jeffries) actually took a photo!
Also, there is a photo below with John Sharpe in too. JJ is dragging in the square and Mickey Smith driving the tractor spinning the potatoes out with Paul Beecham picking. (Lots of us had a go at this!! and setting too.)…..

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The Great Flying Challenge

Harry Ferguson  – First Man to fly in Ireland – “The Great Flying Challenge” on BBC2

The BBC have made a series of programmes detailing Harry Ferguson’s amazing exploits over 116 years ago. Harry designed, built and flew the first aircraft in Ireland.

The programmes show a team re-creating the aircraft to a similar design. They then go on to get the aircraft in the air to re-create the short flight Harry Ferguson bravely accomplished all those years ago.

10th Chiltern Vintage Tractor Charity Run

Ferguson club ; 10th Chiltern Vintage Tractor Charity Run

On Sunday 15th May The Ferguson Club organised the 10th Chiltern Tractor run. The majority of the run was “off road” and 70 tractors took part of all vintage makes.

It was a full day run with bacon butties to start – a comprehensive BBQ lunch at Wycombe Air Park and cakes to end after 26 miles. The Thames Valley Air Ambulance charity was the recipient of the monies raised. The helicopter even managed to fly in and land to meet the tractor drivers and their families over lunch.

The final total of all money raised from the event, to include raffle, food takings, sponsorship, donations came to £6,598.88 ! This is a truly amazing amount of money from this one event. It has broken all records for the event, now in it’s 10th year.

 

 

Thank You Certificate 2016 Chiltern Tractor Rally

 

Mid Suffolk Tractor Road Run

Mid Suffolk Tractor Road Run

RAISE MONEY FOR CHARITY

On Sunday 10 July 2016, 48 vintage and classic tractors took part in a road run to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. The fifth annual Mid Suffolk Tractor road run was organised by Ferguson Club member Don Sapsford.There were examples of Ferguson TEAs,
TEDs,TEFs and aTEP yellow industrial tractor. Massey Fergusons were35s 35xs,65s.135s,and a 165. Tractor drivers came from Suffolk,Norfolk,Essex,and Cambridge and were given a small plaque as a reminder of the day. There were larger wooden plaques for the furthest driven tractor driver and the best “ex farm tractor in original condition” The convoy set off from a local country park and travelled through local villages before stopping at a pub for an excellent snack lunch. On route many people waved from their gardens and local cars were happy to move over to allow the convey to get through the narrow country lanes.
The event cost £10 per tractor to enter with further funds coming from a raffle,prizes given by local businesses and the general public . In all £1,245 was raised for the Macmillan Cancer
Support.
A very enjoyable day with everyone arriving back at the park with a smile on their face!
Henry Castle.

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Ferguson Club Country-Wide Tractor Run -2016

 Ferguson Club Nationwide Tractor Runs for Charity  – Completion Certificate (download below)…….

This National Tractor Run was undertaken as an event to commemorate the name of Harry Ferguson and his production of the Ferguson T.20 in 1946, and also the 30th anniversary of The Ferguson Club, which had been formed in the memory of Harry Ferguson and his “little grey Fergy”.

Having been given the task of running this event, I have done so to the best of my ability. I would like to sincerely thank all those who have taken part in the event – both individually and by organising tractor runs in your areas – in most cases with great success.

When I came up with the idea of a national tractor run my intention was to raise the profile of the Ferguson Club, with Club members contributing by either entering their tractors in a run or giving a donation towards the charity. With the support of Macmillan Cancer Support there was wide-spread media coverage, including local press and also a couple of TV slots regarding the Ferguson Club.

The total amount raised for Macmillan Cancer Support is £3,844.80, with the total number of tractors taking part across the UK being 279. An entry fee for each tractor was £10.00, with the balance being made up of donations from individuals. A cheque for the amount raised will be presented to the Macmillan Cancer Support charity at a time and place agreed between the Officers of the Club and the Macmillan charity.

From 1 July those wishing to have a certificate may download one, signed by the Chairman, from the Club website.

Finally, and most importantly, I would like to thank my daughter Beverley for doing all the paperwork and computer work, and for being on-call 24/7. Also my daughter Valerie who, along with her friend, works hard raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support and acted as the go-between with Macmillan HQ.

Basil George, 30th June 2016

Please click on the link below for the Certificate……

National Tractor Run Completion Certificate

Ferguson Club AGM & Members Weekend 2016

Ferguson Club AGM & Members Weekend 2016

Coventry: Friday 15 April to Sunday 17 April 2016
Gary Downes – HSW Representative – 01568 613088
A very successful 2016 weekend took place. The new Committee was voted in (see contacts page)

Tours of the Coventry Transport Museum, Coventry Cathedrals, and British Motor Museum (Gaydon) were all part of a very friendly and fun few days.

 

 

Journal Advertising rates 2016

Ferguson club -journal commercial advertising-2016

Introduction from Alan Dunderdale, our Commercial Advertising Manager.

Our club has a membership of 1500 and each receive 3 copies annually of our Journal. The vast majority of our members are actively engaged in tractor restoration, including the very many implements which Harry Ferguson designed and manufactured. Our new advertising rates are shown below and is self explanatory. We have included costs for colour, should you consider that without it your advert may not “catch the eye”, as it were,but in the main most of our current adverts are “Black & White”. Please consider our new rates and if you are interested in advertising please contact me (details below). It is worth noting that a considerable number of our members and friends support our advertising very well, and our executive committee actively encourage them to do so.

I look forward to your valued instructions, and hopefully we can proceed with your advertising requirements in our next journal. Very many thanks for taking the time to consider this matter, and I can assure you of my very best attention to your reply.

Alan Dunderdale – Commercial Advertising Manager.

Please e-mail ; adunderdale@btinternet.com

or call Mobile number ; 07801 195603

SIZE OF ADVERT
PER COPY
3 COPIES (over 12 Months)

1/4 PAGE

Black & White

£20
£50

1/2 PAGE

Black & White

£40
£100

FULL PAGE

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£60
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COLOUR

FULL PAGE ONLY

Inside cover-front or back

Outside cover-Back

£350
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The Ferguson Club Annual East Anglia Ploughing Match.

The Ferguson Club Annual East Anglia Ploughing Match.

A beautiful sunny morning, a fantastic venue and good organisation can only mean one thing, the Annual Ploughing Match of The Ferguson Club in East Anglia.

By kind permission of Mr Andrew Long of Hall Farm, Bury St Edmunds this event took place on Sunday 4th October and as usual was well organised by Henry Castle and Don Sapsford. Some 40 vintage and classic tractors took part, including members of the Ford and Fordson Association. The competition was judged by three judges from The Society of Ploughmen whom we thank sincerely. All ploughmen received a plaque sponsored by Silver Fox Tractor Spares and a donation of £100 was sent to The East Anglian Air Ambulance.

The results were:-

Lady Champion. Sarah Tween, second Gemma Arbon.

Ferguson Champion. Richard Welham, second Jim Mawer.

Novice Ferguson. Dick Burch.

Classic Mounted Ferguson. Don Sapsford, second Stephen Proctor

Vintage Mounted Ferguson. Brian Upchurch, second Malcolm Self.

Best Tractor and Plough. Peter Rudling.

Guest Champion. Max Cherry. FFA.

Peter Rudling, the best dressed driver of the best turned out tractor and plough Concentration by Gemma Arbon. 2nd LadyStephen Proctor.2nd Classic Mounted FergusonSarah Tween. Lady Champion

Shaun in the City

Shaun in the City – Bristol

Peter Aston (Club Vice Chairman) recently loaned his tractor for The Shaun in the City trail run for Bristol Childrens Hospital. It had press coverage and Television coverage providing excellent PR for our Club and raising money for a very worthwhile cause.

Further details below…

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Clifton Suspension Bridge carried a different kind of heavy load this morning as a series of giant sculptures of the legendary Aardman AnimationsÕ creation Shaun the Sheep arrived in the cityÉ on a tractor, driven by Wallace and Gromit creator, Nick Park.

Clifton Suspension Bridge carried a different kind of heavy load this morning as a series of giant sculptures of the legendary Aardman AnimationsÕ creation Shaun the Sheep arrived in the cityÉ on a tractor, driven by Wallace and Gromit creator, Nick Park.

Clifton Suspension Bridge carried a different kind of heavy load this morning as a series of giant sculptures of the legendary Aardman AnimationsÕ creation Shaun the Sheep arrived in the cityÉ on a tractor, driven by Wallace and Gromit creator, Nick Park.

Clifton Suspension Bridge carried a different kind of heavy load this morning as a series of giant sculptures of the legendary Aardman AnimationsÕ creation Shaun the Sheep arrived in the cityÉ on a tractor, driven by Wallace and Gromit creator, Nick Park.

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Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Foundation. Charity no. 1043603
Shaun the Sheep & Shaun in the City ©& ™ Aardman Animations Ltd 2015