BJ Tractor Issue

Ugly Vintage Tractor restoration experience – warning to all enthusiasts.

A Ferguson Club member has recently had a very bad experience with a vintage tractor restorer. We are posting this letter on the Ferguson Club website to alert all readers of a business which is not performing as advertised.
BJ Tractors of Thistleton, Lancashire is the company in question. Here is a copy of a letter received from the local Police:-
Subject: RE: BJ Tractors (Feb 2018)
Dear Sirs,
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
Kirkham Police
Lancashire

 

60th Anniversary MF

2018 – 60th Anniversary of Massey Ferguson

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In recognition of 60 years of MF  – The current business itself was formed in 1953 by the merger of farm machinery manufacturers Massey Harris of Canada and Ferguson Company, under the new name Massey Harris Ferguson. In 1958 the name was shortened to Massey Ferguson. Today Massey Ferguson is one of several brands produced by AGCO and remains a major seller around the world.

Ferguson AMW/AGM

The Ferguson  Club – 32nd AGM/ members weekend (13/15th April 2018)

Held in CUMNOCK Ayrshire at Dumfries Arms Hotel.
The weekend starts on Friday 13th April with a get together buffet.
Saturday 14th April AGM meeting lunch.
Coach ride from hotel to visit  a large coach builders where emergency vehicles are made.
Then a visit to see collection of tractors, trucks, fire engines ,cars and steam engines.
There is a local factory outlet shop that you can be dropped off if not wanting to see the collection.
Then the  grand evening Dinner bash
Sunday 15th April After breakfast Coach ride from hotel to Visit  Dumfries house Estate run by the Princes Trust .
Then a visit to local haulage company to view
Fleet of working road trucks collection of vintage tractors implements , trucks and steam engines.
Please put dates in your diary to support this fantastic weekend.
For more information please e-mail Kevin Britton on     reekie20.kev@gmail.com

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

The Ferguson Club Committee would like to take this opportunity to wish all members of the Club and Ferguson enthusiasts Worldwide a very Happy New Year.

On January 4 1958, driving Ferguson TE20 ‘Fergie’ tractors, Sir Edmund Hillary and his team became the first overland explorers to reach the South Pole since Captain Scott’s expedition in 1912, and the first EVER to do so using mechanised vehicles.

Newark

Ferguson Club at Newark 2017

The Ferguson Club had a very successful weekend – Many Thanks to everyone involved for making it such a pleasant and successful event, good teamwork all around. Peter Aston  – Club Chairman

Tractor World – Newbury

Ferguson Club supports Tractor World – Newbury

Please find some photos below of the Tractor World Show at Newbury (7/8th October)
   Paul Johnson is with his original unrestored Petrol MF 135 and young 18yr old Connnor Jones is with his restored MF130.

 

Ploughing Match

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:-

Allerton Park working

“News from North Yorkshire”

We have now got a date for the popular Allerton Park Working Weekend in aid of the Yorkshire Air  Ambulance.

October 14th & 15th October.

Bring your own refreshments. Please bring your plough or cultivator for one or both days and have a safe and enjoyable time with your tractor.

Also, please note that this is an extra event and is not to replace anything previously announced.

For further details contact Brian Pickering on 01423 323177

 

 

Chiltern Tractor Run update

****Latest****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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHDd0LcYxa0

One of the best Vintage Tractor youTube videos  – please click on the link above:-

Mid Suffolk Tractor road run

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.

 

Two Rare Ferguson’s

Fergusons United!

For the first time in their lives two rare Ferguson models met up.

One was born in 1936 and the other in 1942………

They were both working as Vintage/Classic aircraft tugs at the “FlyNavy” day in June at the fabulous Shuttleworth Collection in Bedfordshire.

MH Pony – support

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:    anna.booth47@gmail.com

Chiltern Vintage Tractor run 2017

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.

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. Please see below for letter of thanks from “Combat Stress”………..

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.