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*MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR to ALL Ferguson Club Members and Ferguson Enthusiasts Worldwide*

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Sir Edmund Hillary, right, and Jim Bates, after arrival at the American Scientific Station at the South Pole on 4th January 1958.

A Brand New Book by Ferguson Enthusiast and Club Rep. Mike Thorne – just published in time for Christmas

0000000140….Ferguson Club members can order from Mike Thorne at £30 per book including postage. Please contact Mike directly on 01769-540233 and he will send you the book directly….

This book is a real gem detailing all aspects of the MF35 and MF65. From MH and Ferguson origins all the way through to the implements and accessories plus special variants. The famous MF detailed literature is also included specific to these tractors. Written in Mike Thorne’s relaxed but professional and informative style. Those of us who have read Mike’s TE20 in detail will enjoy this follow on publication, the similarities of these more advanced tractors to the TE20 are featured throughout.

Ferguson club member and long time employee of Ferguson/MF – Bob Dickman – has a section in the book towards the end which also makes lovely reading.

A book to put on your Christmas wish list!

Newark Show November 2014

 

 The Ferguson Club once again had a successful and enjoyable time at the recent Newark Vintage Show.

There were tractors and implements on the stand from Ireland, Essex, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire, along with Club Merchandise.

Two of the tractors and a plough were awarded trophies as follow:

John McGann, from Ireland, won The Best Massey Ferguson 135 in Show- a new trophy for 2014 presented by The Ferguson Club;

Mark Andrew won the Swindells Trophy for Best Ferguson TE20 Continental;

Mick Webster was awarded The Best Ferguson Implement in Show.

There was a steady flow of members and visitors to the stand over the two days. John Jeffries and his team ensured our ‘Friendly Club’ ethos was followed by offering a warm welcome, tea and biscuits, advice and a good old fashioned natter.

We are already looking forward to next year’s show and hope you will be there too.

The East Anglia Ploughing Championship.

 

         The weekend of 4th and 5th October was The East Anglia Ploughing Match Championship. On Saturday morning the weather was lovely, but then the heavens opened, 10mls was deposited! Fortunately Sunday was fine and very sunny, the ground dried up and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day, producing some very fine work. The event was held at Hall Farm Fornham St Martin, Bury St Edmund by kind permission of Mr Andrew Long and organised by club members Henry Castle and Don Sapsford.

         In all 65 vintage and classic tractors took part, including members of the Ford Fordson Association and 6 lady drivers. Each tractor driver received a plaque kindly sponsored by Silver Fox Tractor Spares. Thanks were given to the 4 Society of Ploughmen judges who awarded points for each ploughed area. The results were:-

Lady champion. Carole Cage, 2nd. Gemma Arbon and 3rd. Diane Buddle.

Ferguson champion. Jim Mawer, 2nd. Richard Daff and 3rd. Steve Arbon.

Open Class. 1st. Richard Parrott, 2nd. Bob Callaby and 3rd. David Curtis.

Best tractor and plough.    Sarah Tween.

£450 was sent to The East Anglian Air Ambulance

Next year this event will be held on the 3rd and 4th October 2015 when it will assume the mantle of The Ferguson TE20 European Championship, an event previously so ably run by Basil George.

Pictures show a 1937 McCormick Deering whose driver ploughed happily all day!

Henry Castle presenting Sarah Tween with the shield for the best turned out Tractor and Plough. Her M-F 35X was restored in memory of her granddad.

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Advanced Notice

The Ferguson Club 30th Anniversary Working Weekend

Holbeach Area/South Lincolnshire

   17th-18th September 2016

Working displays & cultivations-offers please

European T20 & GP Ploughs Ferguson Ploughing Match

Static Displays- items needed-all Ferguson

Would you like to be part of this extravaganza?

If so please contact one of the following:

David Chapman  07966 402141 or 01945 440273

John Jeffries  07932 372801 or 01406 540246

John Sharpe  07971 286030

Ferguson Club AGM 2015


Jim Hall
Lancashire Representative



Accommodation Update:
For members who wish to bring caravans or motorhomes to the 2015 AGM in Lancashire, may we suggest you contact Turnover Hall Farm Caravan Park, Rawcliffe Road | St Michaels | Preston | PR3 0UE | t: 0845 291 7413 | w: turnoverhall-farm.com . 10mins drive to Jimbob Agriculture and 15mins drive to Preston Marriott.

Saturday 18 April:
Lancaster and Lancaster Castle
On the afternoon of Saturday 18 April we are hoping to visit Lancaster Castle. The Castle dates back to Roman Times and is owned by the Duchy of Lancaster. Up until 2011 it was a fully functioning HM Prison and has been left as a living monument, offering a glimpse into Englands’ dark past through guided tours.

Over 200 executions took place at the Castle, including the famous trials of the Lancashire Witches.

Anyone not interested can still come along and spend some time in Lancaster, visiting the shops, pubs etc.

Sunday 19 April:
A visit to Jimbob Agriculture Ltd.
A good selection of various Fergusons & Massey Ferguson etc. will be assembled for viewing. Meanwhile, in the planning stage are tractor games, effectively making up our own mini Tractor Olympics (depending upon HSE)!

Sunday coincides with Jimbob’s Open Day so there will be plenty going on, including a hog roast, a club merchandise stall, second hand spares and a bar.

Hope to see you there.
Jim Hall


Peterhead Rotary Club Charity Ploughing Match

On Saturday the 18th. October a few of our Club members attended the annual charity ploughing match organized by the
Peterhead Rotary Club. After a wet and windy morning it turned out a lovely sunny day. Three of our members featured in the prize list
by doing a great job, they were, Douglas Scott, Bob Milne and Bob Shepherd.

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The Ferguson Club European T.20 Ploughing Championship 2014

On Sunday 14 September, the second European T.20 Tractor and GP Plough Championship was held at Tyn y Caeau Farm, Marcross, Vale of Glamorgan by kind permission of John Evans and family.

Weather conditions were perfect, albeit that the top 3” of the field were as dry as a bone. However, all the ploughs handled the conditions first class.

Seventeen entries were submitted from across Wales and the southern parts of England for the draw. However, two entries pulled out before the event and so 15 competitors took part on the day.

The two judges were David Bowyer (Devon) and Bill Isaac (Wilts) and the results of the championship were:

Champion – for the second year: Keith Williams (Hereford), 2nd Will John (Pembs), 3rd John S Evans (Pembs), 4th Graham L Jones (Flint), 5th Roy Jury (Devon)

International Team Wales: Will John (Pembs), John S Evans (Pembs)

Best Junior & Winner of the Ian Ferguson Shield: Sam Ritchie (Powys)

Highest Scoring Welshman: Will John (Pembs)

Best turned out T.20 Ferguson & Plough: Basil George (Glam)

Ferguson Club at Scone Palace – 13/14th September 2014

Here is some photos from a recent rally at Scone Palace. The Ferguson Club stand was nearly filled to capacity with tractors ranging from a Ferguson Brown to a
MF135 plus a range of implements. The Club was delighted to welcome Philippa with her pink & gold TE-F & her friend Shane with his Ford 2N. Another very pleasant surprise was
a visit, completely out of the blue, of our esteemed Chairman Brian Pickering & his “guardian angel” Jo Pickering our Membership Secretary.

The Ferguson Club won a trophy for “Best Stand”

 

 

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The Vale of Glamorgan Show, Cowbridge (2014)

As I get older it seems the years go by that bit quicker. On 13 August I did the annual trip to Fonmon Castle for the Cowbridge Show. I arrived at 7.30am to find the Tractor Boys from Aberthin set up and bushy-tailed. Their site was large enough to hold upwards of 30 tractors and implements on show and the flower arrangements were even better than last year. There was a large number of T.20 and M/F tractors on the stand, some in their working clothes and others looking as if they had just come out of the factory.

The Aberthin Boys Stand

The Ferguson Club decided not to erect a stand this year because the fee requested for the area needed was far too high. Of all the shows we attend, as well as other events, we are never asked to pay a fee and I feel we are part of the heritage of farming throughout the country.

They say that behind every good man there is a good woman and the Aberthin Boys have a very good group who work very hard in the background, so we had to drag them out for a team photograph – well done all.

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I am a longstanding member of the Glamorgan Iron Horse Vintage Society, but I must admit I am not a very active member. Quite a number of their members are also members of the Ferguson Club. Their stand this year had been reduced in size but they put on a first class display.

One of our club members, Tom Thomas, was missing this year due to ill health. However, his very good friend, Mr I Barwick, aged 89 and who recently came out of hospital had his display of vintage brass items which seems to be growing year on year. The polishing of his collection must keep him very fit!

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Basil George (Ferguson Club Rep. Wales (South)

Tractor Bumble 2014

I am organising a sponsored tractor expedition, to commence on 9th August. Naming it, “Tractor Bumble 2014″, I plan to drive from John O’Groats to Lands End) via Essex, then to head for Dover, where I’ll head up through Scandinavia to Nordkapp..and witness the Aurora Borealis. Then to return via Finland and back to John O’Groats, via Lands End…!

I have personally funded the purchase of the tractor, a vintage 1972 Massey Ferguson 135, aka ‘Annie’ (without a cab!) and a 28ft caravan, ‘Michelle’!! I imagine the trip will take three/four months…my apologies to all those stuck behind me!!

Back in the heady days of the 1980’s, I was in Young Farmers in Colchester, Essex…and it was during those years, two of my YFC friends in Colchester began dating, leading to them getting married..and having two children, Emma and Tom. Sadly, after a year’s battle, Tom died from cancer last year, aged just 19yrs. Therefore, my charities are fighting teenage cancer, through the Tom Bowdidge Foundation…and also UNICEF.

I have a son, Alistair, who is blessed with good health, I can’t imagine what my friends have and are still going through.

My faithful Labrador, Amber, will be keeping me company, and will naturally draw additional interest. On more temperate and dry days, she’ll occupy a cage fixed behind me, the tractor driver, furthering the attraction and attention! The driver of the tractor won’t get the luxury of avoiding the varieties of weather, come rain, snow or shine!

I hope there will be great interest in this hair brained idea!! I have arranged livery for all the vehicles, and I’ll be delighted for all support!! The caravan will also act as my ‘mobile billboard’, promoting all those who are supporting me during this venture. I intend visiting as many promotional opportunities as I can, including shows en route, Young Farmers’ Clubs, caravan parks, popular tourist areas and tv and local/national radio..to name but a few. I have already featured on Daily Mail online (22nd July) and the interest will surely grow. I hope to raise £100,000…

And anyone wanting to join I me to do a spot of driving, will be made very welcome! There’s the tractor AND Land Rover that needs piloting!!

Thank you for taking the time to read this…

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With kind regards,
Peter (Matheson)
0750 811 5901
peter.matheson63@gmail.com
Web: www.tractorbumble.com
Facebook page: Tractor Bumble 2014

Vintage Tractor Road Runs/Events

Two recent road runs have raised good sums of money for charities.

1. The Old Newton Tractor Road Run raised £210 for the fabulous MacMillan Care Nurses. Don Sapsford from Suffolk was the organiser and he wishes to thank all those that took part, despite the Cloud Burst!

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2. The Chiltern Vintage Tractor Charity Run. 54 Vintage tractors of all makes took part. Many pulling trailers with family and friends. The whole day event was conducted mostly off road through some of the most picturesque scenery in England. A record breaking total of £4,395.97 was raised for the local Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance.

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3. Ellon fire Station Open Day ; Gary Norrie organised this event in Aberdeenshire. The objective was to raise money for charity and amass a collection of vintage tractors from the local area. The Ferguson Club was a big supporter.

We managed to get from a 1939 Ford Ferguson 9N right the way up to a Massey Ferguson 6495. Going through the stage of TEA, TED, FE35, MF35, MF135,MF575
We had a fantastic turn out to our small town open day.
As always it is a great opportunity to fly the Ferguson Club Flag whilst on the small run through the town then followed by the parade.
I would like to thank my fellow member Henry Pire for helping on the day and Ellon Fire Station would like to thank the Ferguson Club for their very kind donation.
A few pictures follow of the event……

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6th July 2014 – MF Memorial to tractors built at Banner Lane, Coventry unveiled at Bannerbrook Park.

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Andy Peters, of Persimmon Homes South Midlands, Coventry Lord Mayor Hazel Noonan and Richard Markwell, of Massey Ferguson

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The new work is the gift of Massey Ferguson and its parent company AGCO. Crafted in bronze and granite, it was unveiled at a special ceremony on Sunday 6 July at Bannerbrook Park in Tile Hill, the site of the former factory.

“This new artwork celebrates the production of over 3.3 million Ferguson and Massey Ferguson tractors at Banner Lane from 1946-2003,” explains Richard Markwell, Vice-President and Managing Director, Massey Ferguson, Europe, Africa, Middle East. “We are extremely proud of the legacy of the Banner Lane factory and the pioneering work of Harry Ferguson, which initially took us to the site. The creation of this prestigious new piece is a tribute to all those who worked there over a 60-year period. They helped drive the spirit and camaraderie of one of the world’s most famous farm machinery brands and laid the foundations for its ever-growing success today.”

Banner Lane was the largest tractor factory in the western world and, in further recognition of the Massey Ferguson legacy at the site, it is planned for a road to be named Ferguson Close while a new bridle path – Massey Ferguson Way – is scheduled to open in 2015.

AGCO fully vacated the Banner Lane site in 2006 and established its European Office facility at Abbey Park Stoneleigh, some eight miles away, where it employs 500 people.

July 6 had been chosen for the unveiling of the Massey Ferguson artwork as this marks the date that the first tractor, a Ferguson TE 20, left the assembly line 68 years ago.

Jemma Pearson was the Sculptor of the artwork.

Jemma is opening her studio to the public 26th to 28 July. The main attraction will be the clay original of the 7ft bronze plaque. As the clay sculpture dries out very quickly it will not last forever, but Jemma has been watering it nearly daily for 6 months! The net result is that it is still in one piece and shows all the detail in the same scale as the bronze piece. Anyone interested would be very welcome to come and see it during these three days.

The Studio is in Clun in South Shropshire and the address is: The Studio, Caradoc, Church Street, Clun, Shropshire, SY7 8JW.


At the Goodwood Festival of Speed 0n 27th June Bonhams auctioned the 1966 Felday-BRM 4 Group 7 sports-racing prototype car, raced by Mac Daghorn, and also by twice Formula 1 World Champion, Jim Clark.

The car was built by Peter Westbury and Mac at Felday Engineering in Surrey. Peter Westbury was himself an accomplished circuit racer who had previously won the British Hill Cimb Championship using the ex Stirling Moss front engined four wheel drive Ferguson-Climax P99.

The remains of the Felday 4 car are now in a pretty neglected and incomplete state, but it is undoubtedly an iconic milestone in motor racing history and a major restoration challenge awaits someone, with a guide price of £5-7,000.

There are in fact two cars built by Felday and originally using the FF system in the auction, lots 306 & 307. Refer to these links for final prices:-

http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/21906/lot/306

http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/21906/lot/307

Is This Something You can Do ?

Glynn Patrick, an ex MF Employee, has kindly offered to organise a visit to AGCO-France for Ferguson Club members. May/June 2015 has been suggested as a suitable date, and Glynn has suggested a day in Beauvais followed by a day in Paris, with dinner on the Seine.

 Glynn will organise events in France but we need someone to organise group travel, co-ordinate overall and liaise with Glynn.

 If you feel this is something you can do please get in touch with any of the Executive Committee.

Thank you……Judy Jeffries…..Club General Secretary…….j.jeffries2@sky.com

Events News…..

Ferguson Club AGM & Members Weekend 2015
Lancashire: Friday 17 April to Sunday 19 April 2015
Jim Hall – Lancashire Representative – 01772 690196
We will be staying at the Preston Marriott Hotel. This is situated just off junction 32, M6. Members can book a room anytime from now by calling 01772 864087 and choosing option 1 for reservations. We have negotiated special rates so please quote the code FE2 to take advantage of this. Alternatively, if you wish to book online you will need to follow the link (below) which will take you directly to our Club’s booking page where you should enter the code FE2FE2a if prompted. Double room B&B prices are £75pn, single room B&B is £70pn.

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The AGM will be held at Myerscough College, formerly known as The Lancashire College of Agriculture. The college estate extends to 605 hectares. Including several local farms and extensive gardens, grounds and accommodation. The college has over 7000 students. 2500 full time, studying Arboriculture, Agriculture, Motorsports, Mechanisation, Sports and Leisure, Golf, Landscape Design, Animal Care, Equine Studies, Horticulture, Sportsturf, Photography and Farriery/ Metalwork.

More to follow about our 2015 AGM & Members Weekend!

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“The 2015 YVA show at Newby Hall, between Boroughbridge and Ripon, North Yorks. will be held on 6.7th June and will feature Ferguson, Massey Ferguson and makes such as Massey Harris and Wallis who make up the history of MF. Particular emphasis will be on Ferguson implements. Lets make this a great gathering of Ferguson Club members and friends.

Contact Brian Pickering (01423 323177) or any of the YVA committee for further details”.

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from Enid & Richard Hunt. Ferguson Club Suffolk Branch Summer BBQ – Thursday 22nd May 2014.

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We held our summer BBQ at Rookey Farm Drinkstone by kind permission of Mr&Mrs R&P Baker We had two trailer loads and a mini bus of members and guests one of the trailers was pulled by J Proctor lovely mark1 65 still on the same farm. We were treated to some lovely wildlife, birds singing and wild flowers. In meadows that had no fertilizer or spray on them and four breeds of cattle Belted Galloway,Long Horns, South Devons, and Red-Poll, all with calves. What a fantastic sight and the bulls, Mrs Baker even scratched one of their backs. To finish the evening, the BBQ. It was all supplied by Elmswell butchers. and the puddings supplied by the Proctor family. Stephen Proctor presented Mrs Baker with bouquet & Mr Baker with a bottle of wine on behalf of the club for the wonderfull evening on their land.

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………..and the following three events from Henry Pirie  – Scotland

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The NE Scotland branch of the Ferguson Club are very pleased to have a Ferguson Brown belonging to Brian & Neil Forbes as a regular visitor on the stand. It creates a lot of interest and lots of comments as they are a rather rare tractor

BA Stores Weekend Rally. 17/18th May.The weather was fine and the Club stand had a very busy day.

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“Fergie Day” organised by Colin & Sylvia Pike on 11th May. A great day was had by all even though the weather was damp.

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Pictures from 4th May successful Forres Rally

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North Yorks. Working Weekend -30/31st August

This year’s North Yorks. Working Weekend will be held at Allerton Park, Knaresborough, just to the York side of the junction of the A1 and the A59, on August 30.31st by kind permission of Lord Edward Stourton and Mr. Simon Armstrong.

All Ferguson owners with tractors built built before 1975 are welcome. Please bring your own refreshments

Please note that all entries must be covered by a public liability policy of not less than £2,000,000 and that all self propelled vehicles on site now need to be covered by Road Traffic Act 3rd party insurance.

Please contact Brian Pickering for further details on 01423 323177

Entries are coming in for the The Ferguson Club 2014 European T20 Ploughing Match on 14th September. 

The Event will take place at Tyn Cae Farm, Wick, Vale of Glamorgan. CF71 7QL. Anyone who wishes to take part is asked to contact Basil George on 01656 654440. The event is open to all competitors who abide by the rules of the Ferguson Club. A trophy and cash prizes will be awarded to all winning entries.

Where are they now?

“Does anyone know the whereabouts of a 1948 TE20 originally registered as HWX 380 and last seen in the Harrogate, North Yorks area. If so, please contact Brian Pickering on 01423 323177. This is for a former owner wanting to know if his tractor has survived.”

Ferguson Club wins best National Club Stand at the Annual 2014 Tractor World Event – Malvern, March 2014

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The Ferguson Club won best club stand for the second year in a row. In 2013 the Club won with the famous “Airfix Ferguson” and in 2014 the subject was narrow/orchard/vineyard tractors.

Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire Area Reps Gary and Wendy Downes were the organisers. A big thank you to them and their team for keeping the Ferguson Club at the top of the league!

 

The 2014 Annual Members Weekend and AGM

Successfully concluded, a summary of the weekend is below:-

2014 Event held at South View Park Hotel – Skegness

The weekend was well attended by many familiar faces from all corners of the UK and we were so pleased to see several new people too. Skegness and the surrounding area did us proud. 
On Friday evening Gary Naylor spoke about farming on the marsh from the 1960s up to now. The Mayor and Mayoress opened the AGM and stayed with us most of the day.
Many visited two tractor collections on Saturday afternoon and were buzzing when they returned to Southview Park Hotel.
When last in Lincolnshire we were entertained by Trudie in Holbeach St Johns village hall. Well, we asked her to entertain us again, and she certainly did!! Please ask Peter Aston what his new name is when you see him out and about this summer. Our retiring Chairman was caught out too, but for a very good cause. The magnificent sum of £440.50 was raised for the South Holland Branch of the Macmillan Nurses.

Even though people did not go to bed very early Saturday we had an early start Sunday morning and travelled to Bell Brothers Nurseries near Boston. It was amazing how many questions were asked as the groups toured the site which has 22acres of glass houses. 

65 people had lunch on the outskirts of Boston at a traditional  Garden Centre and we said our goodbyes late afternoon.

We hope we have shown everyone who attended what a productive area of the country Lincolnshire is even though we are so flat, and they enjoyed their stick of Skegness rock too! (a couple of pictures below are from the weekend)

-Judy Jeffries (General Secretary)

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Planned venues for next AMW/AGM’s

2015 AGM/AWM

Preston/Lancashire – Mid April

2016 AGM/AWM

Gary Downes has offered to organise at the Coventry Motor Museum – Mid April

 

The Old Twenty Parts Co.

The Old Twenty Parts Co. are holding an anniversary open day at Field Farm, Shardlow, Derby on 26th April, 2014.


“Do try to support them and don’t forget, Ferguson Club members can get a 15% discount from Old 20 on all orders just by quoting their membership number.”

New Ferguson Club Rep supports Gloucestershire

The Ferguson Club have an additional representative for Gloucestershire to support Ian Richings – It is Andrew Drinkwater; Andrew can be contacted on 01386 593016. Andrew and Ian will be sharing the Gloucestershire area. They hope to have an event locally in the early spring subject to weather conditions and they are looking forward to hearing from members with ideas for events they should attend or look to organising.

Regards Ian Richings;  ianrichings8591@hotmail.co.uk

 

Tough Ferguson Club Members

The following three pictures show Fergie Club stalwarts hard at it on Saturday 14th December 2013 at a ploughing match at Udny, north of Aberdeen, It was a very cold day, blowing a gale, & then the rain came on later. The drivers are, Charlie McDonald, Douglas Scott & Bob Shepherd.

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Cumbrian pensioner successfully led vintage tractors across notorious Morecambe Bay
for Diabetes UK

The first ever convoy of vintage Massey Ferguson tractors will crossed the hazardous sands of Morecambe Bay, between Cumbria and Lancashire, to raise money for Diabetes UK this Summer.

Bob Dickman, 81, from Bampton, Cumbria organised and led the seventeen mile return drive. Mr Dickman himself drove will a 1954 fully reconditioned, Grey Ferguson TEF 20 tractor.

He said: “A similar crossing was successfully undertaken by Land Rovers some years ago, but this was the first time such a crossing was undertaken by tractors. Massey Ferguson is a massive part of Cumbria’s heritage, the tractors were enormously popular from the 1950s onwards, and are still in use today, plus Massey Ferguson is part of my own, personal history, I worked for the company for over 40 years.”

A huge amount of money was raised – £5,554.10 for Diabetes UK.

Money raised from the convoy will go to a Diabetes UK, Type 1 diabetes research project conducted by Kings College, London. The cheque will be presented on the 18th December to Professor Peter Jones from Kings College.

Tractor Run raising Money for Alzheimers

My name is Michael Fishwick, self-employed engineer from Marple.

My Ferguson T20 tractor was acquired by my late father in the late 70’s. The engine was seized up and incomplete, the front smashed in, the mudguards and one back wheel rim were rotten. Also, the front tyres were badly ripped so, all in all, the tractor was in a bit of a state.

My father had intended ‘doing it up’ but the Fergie was left outside under a sheet for a few years and then pushed into the back of a shed where it stayed. In the meantime, my father was getting older and then Dementia set in and he died in 2008.

Over the years I have restored one or two vintage vehicles and a 1914 motorcycle. Last year I didn’t have a project on, so decided it would be nice to do up the old Fergie. With the help of my friend Martin it was extracted from the depths of the shed. I had in my possession a 3 cylinder Perkins engine out of a generator, so I measured it up and decided it would fit in the Fergie, making it more economical to run.

I decided to do a sponsored run in the tractor from John O’Groats to Land’s End in memory of my father and on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Research UK, so major renovations were required. I fabricated a new engine backplate and flywheel housing, and a front engine mounting. The Perkins is a taller engine than the original, so the bonnet needed raising. I made two extra strips and fitted them one each side along the bonnet. An extra panel was made and inserted between the bonnet top and the dash, and the grill was extended to meet the higher top panel.

Next a new stainless exhaust was made, a pair of foot plates and some new rear lights incorporating flashers and stop lights. Father Christmas brought me a new seat cushion and a tool box.

Contact details for the charity run are: Kate Jelen via email: katejelen@hotmail.com or by phone: 01457 857089. To donate to Alzheimer’s Research UK, you can go to the Just Giving site via the ‘Donate’ box on the left or contact Kate.

Click here for full details….

Rally held at Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire

Rally held at Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire on the 4th. August. One picture is a general view of the very busy stand, the other two are of Ferguson Clubs young member, Gary Norrie, who had a very successful day and who deservedly came away with two awards,one of them being the much coveted “Bob Lindsay” Cup pictured here being presented by Gladys Lindsay.

Thanks to all those that supported the Ferguson Club – Henry Pirie.

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Fraserburgh Rally – Sunday 2nd June 2013

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Fraserburgh Vintage Rally Report by Henry Pirie

First picture is a general view of our very busy stand & the other is of Gladys collecting the trophy for the “Best Stand” at the show, ably assisted by Emma, her granddaughter, who is a junior member.

Over the last few years we have been nominated for a similar award from quite a few rally’s, which is entirely due to our members making the stand such a welcoming place,

Forres Rally – 5th May

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Forres Rally report by Henry Pirie; Pictures taken at our first rally of the season at Forres. It was quite a nice day with lots of sunshine but very windy, and at one stage the tent almost blew away before we got it anchored to some vehicles! The stand was very busy all day, both at the merchandise table and the tea table, and also answering the many questions we get fired at us!

2013 Annual Members Weekend and AGM

May I on behalf of my team here in Gwent & South Wales,extend a very heartfelt Thank You to all the members of The Ferguson Club who travelled from all parts of The British Isles to attend our weekend.

We hope we put on a varied programme for you and that you all enjoyed yourselves,it was nice to meet up with members from far away who are very loyal to our club and travel and support our members weekend and I thank you for your friendship and the thanks you gave at the end of the weekend.

It would be amiss of me if I didn’t mention The Tractor Boys from Aberthin who not only took the time to take tractors to St Fagans on Saturday but also provided some light refreshments for us,most of these guys are our Club members as well.Thank You.

Our Area Rep from The Vale of Glamorgan,Basil George who got involved at the start when I said we would host the members weekend for all the organising at St Fagans and his generous sponsorship of the Coaches for members travel on Saturday.Thank You.

And my team here,without their support and help it would have made my job a lot harder.Thank You.

 

Area Representative for Gwent & East Wales.

Peter Aston

Brook Farm.Bishton.Newport.Gwent.NP18 2DZ

Telephones:-01633-412780.Mobile;-07770762602.email:-paston@btinternet.com

Tractor World 2/3 March – Malvern 2013 / Ferguson Club Stand

The Ferguson Club win best Club Stand – a marvellous display was put on replicating the AIRFIX Ferguson Tractor Kit – the first Airfix kit made in the World! …..see pictures below….. full thanks go to all those that took part ; especially Gary and Wendy Downes Ferguson Club Reps. There was great teamwork on display and the judges selected the Ferguson Club stand as the best at the show.

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Tractor World2013-Rhys and Lewis Kedward receive award for best Ferguson junior members.

Harold Beer –Close friend of the Ferguson Club

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It is with great sadness that we report the passing away of Harold Beer

Harold Beer

21st March 7th 1947 – 26th January 2013

Harold Beer, family man, farmer and Ferguson enthusiast who worked his Fergies with their implements on the family farm, Great Shortridge in North Devon.

Harold’s fondness for all things Ferguson was formed when, as a young boy, his mother insisted that his father replace their tired old horse with a TEA 20. Loyalty to that marque was retained throughout his life. As the family worked hard to extend their business, additional Ferguson and MF equipment was bought in. To expand their acreage they bought Great Shortridge Farm in 1967.

His wife Eileen and their daughters Jean and Gemma, who also shared Harold’s passion for all things Ferguson, actively supported what Harold and his two brothers were working towards.

Harold had been a long time member of The Ferguson Club, their North Devon representative as well as being Club Chairman. (Vice Chairman 2000, Chairman 2002/4)

It was in the year 2000 that Old Pond Publishing were looking for a location where they could produce a series of DVDs featuring Ferguson tractors, and most of the range of implements, under real working conditions. It was suggested that they contact Harold who had a huge collection of Ferguson equipment. This was the genesis of the series they produced, ‘Ferguson on the Farm’ parts 1, 2 and 3. The amount of work and dedication that Harold put into this project, single handed, is abundantly clear in the quality of what was achieved in this series. This is validated by the very successful sales worldwide. As a result of the popularity of these DVDs, a much wider audience knew Harold.

Harold was diagnosed with prostate cancer about seven years ago. When he told me of his condition he said ‘I have a health problem that is not going to go away’. He bravely and positively continued his life with that knowledge, supported by Eileen, Jean and Gemma.

Harold’s funeral was held on Sunday 10th February at Umberleigh Christian Fellowship. He was taken to the Church using his original TE20 tractor and 30cwt trailer.

300+ people attended showing how highly hewas held intheir esteem. There was a good turnout of Ferguson Club members. One member said it was very moving and interesting. The pallbearers wore Massey-Ferguson boilersuits, which were donated by Massey Ferguson. Harold was finally laid to rest overlooking his beloved farm.

Donations in Harold’s memory were divided between The North Devon Hospice, North Devon District Hospital Chemotherapy Unit Appeal and Prostate Cancer UK.

Eileen, Jean and Gemma would like to thank all the Ferguson Club members who attended Harold’s funeral and they are sorry they did not manage to speak to everyone. ‘We really appreciate their support and the messages we received, as well’.

Mike Thorne, who wrote this obituary, adds the following.

On a personal level I have known Harold for 33 years, firstly as a customer for farm buildings and latterly sharing a common interest in collecting Ferguson machinery. A kind friend and

neighbour – a true gentle man in every sense of the term.

Tony Sheldon

Tony Sheldon passed away peacefully in hospital on 20 December 2012.Tony was the husband of our former President Betty Sheldon nee Ferguson and father of our current President Jamie and Vice Presidents Sally and Caroline

Gwent and East Wales Usk Show- Sept 2012

General Secretary Peter Aston presents a cheque of £500.00 from the Ferguson Club to Phil Reece, organiser of the National Vintage Tractor Road Run 2013.

The 1st prize in the main draw is the Massey Ferguson 35.

The run takes place on Easter Sunday 31st March 2013 starting from Beachley Barracks, near Chepstow. (Further details can be found at www.nvtrr2013.co.uk)

Proceeds from this event are going to:- SARA – Severn Area Rescue Association

The 53rd All Wales Ploughing Championships and Five Nations Challenge, September 2012

At last! For two days the sun shone down on the coast at Morfa Mawr, Llanon, Ceredigion where the 53rd All Wales Ploughing Championships were held, against the backdrop of Cardigan Bay. Not only good weather, but also good company, such as Basil George and one of our younger, newer members Sam Ritchie aged 14 and other members. Sam participated in the Ferguson class, ploughing alongside other Ferguson club members, some of which have been ploughing for many years. Photographs by Andy Ford.

Rotary Club Charity Ploughing Match 20th October 2012,
Nr Peterhead, Aberdeenshire.

The first photo is of Bob Shepherd who went on to pick up the third prize on his first shot of competition ploughing. The second one is of a 1948 TEA Ferguson being driven by Club member Mr. Henry Michie (5740) who is over on holiday from Australia and had no idea that he had been roped in to take part in this match, but he thoroughly enjoyed the day out, although the ground conditions were far from ideal, at least the rain stayed away and Henry Mitchie also came away with a prize, a bottle of whisky for his efforts. The group photo is of some of the Club members we managed to press-gang into the line up. From L to R they are, Henry Michie, Bob Mitchell, Bob Shepherd, Douglas Scott & Bill Beaton, Thanks to Henry Pirie for the photos.

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National Ploughing Co-ordinator

The Ferguson Club are pleased to welcome Mrs Sylvia Bills in a new role as National Ploughing Co-ordinator.

If you have any queries as to ploughing rules or upcoming ploughing matches please let Sylvia know.

Sylvia is on 01455 284639 or e-mail…. glynpdriver@tiscali.co.uk

Banner Lane – a brief history – by Duncan Russell

Banner Lane, means much toomany people, not only those who worked there but to the many owners and enthusiasts of Ferguson and Massey Ferguson tractors throughout the world.But Banner Lane is no more; the site is now a housing developmentcalled Bannerbrook Park which has been planned and developed by house builder Persimmon, eventually some 1000 new homes will have been built on the site, together with a school, shops and an entire infrastructure.

Gone completely is the factory that had stood on the site since the late 1930’s when the site was developed as a Shadow Factory as part of the Government’s plan to rearm the forces, particularly the RAF in the run up to the Second World War. The Banner Lane site had once been farmland on the outskirts of the industrial city of Coventry, home to many manufacturers, including the Standard Motor Company who would administer Banner Lane on behalf of the Government during the war period.

The last Massey Ferguson tractor rolled off the production line on Christmas Eve in 2002 ending over six decades of manufacturing, including 56 years of tractor production.

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The facade of Banner Lane Factory, familiar to so many.

As the demand for military aircraft and aero engines increased at the beginning of the Second World War, a number of Government financed shadow factories were built all over the UK. One of the largest was the Banner Lane site just west of Coventry. The site covered 80 acres in total,with a floor area of over 1 million square feet and had cost £1.7 million to build and prepare for production. This was quite a figure when the cost of a small car was around £130. The Standard Motor Company agreed to manage the site for a fee of £40,000 per annum. The Banner Lane plant manufactured the huge Bristol Hercules aero engine, as fitted to the Wellington bomber and several other aircraft. The Bristol engine was a massive 39 litre, twin row, 14 cylinder radial engine, producing between 1290 and 1735 horsepower depending on application. During the war years some 20,000 engines were produced.

With the end of the war in 1945 the plant was quickly shut down and the Standard Motor Company negotiated a lease for the factory for £36,000 per annum. The Standard Motor Company was keen to take on the factory as Sir John Black, Standards Chairman, had been in discussions with Harry Ferguson to produce the new Ferguson tractor in the UK. Thus in September 1945 the deal was struck for Standard to build tractors for Ferguson, Standard being paid a fee for each tractor produced. Standard then signed a ten year lease for Banner Lane and agreed a plan to produce up to 200 tractors per day.

At the height of production Banner Lane employed more than 6,000 people and in ten years produced over 500,000 Ferguson TE tractors for export all over the world.

The Standard/Ferguson agreement continued through various squabbles and disagreements until the summer of 1959 when Standard severed all connections with Massey Ferguson and tractor production.During this time Harry Ferguson Ltd had sold out to Massey Harris to become Massey Harris Ferguson and then Massey Ferguson. Massey Ferguson hadtaken the lease of Banner Lane factory from Standard Motor Company in 1956.

Massey Ferguson developed the Banner Lane site and at one stage it was reported to be the biggest AGCO manufacturing facility in the World and was headquarters of AGCO’s European, Middle and Far East operations. The famous tower block was officially opened in September 1966 and had office space for around 500 people.

As with all things change was inevitable and new Massey Ferguson tractors were gradually being built elsewhere, particularly at Beauvais in France. When production was being further rationalised and it was proposed that either Banner Lane or Beauvais would be closed, the French plant proved the more difficult to close due to Government and worker pressure and Banner Lane was to be no more.

The last tractor number 3,307,996 was driven off the production line on Christmas Eve 2002 and the factory site was earmarked for housing. The huge task of decommissioning started before the demolition and clearance of the site, the last part of the demolition and the most spectacular, took place on 8th July 2012 when the 16 storey Tower Block was downed using high explosive.

There are many proposal’s on how the mark the site of the once great factory, a factory that produced so much for the British economy with much of its production being exported. The suggestions range from naming various roads around Bannerbrook Park and naming the school. But, there needs to be a permanent memorial to the tractors produced there, something that continues to remind future generations that at thissite was produced the tractor that revolutionised mechanised farming throughout the world.

Banner Lane “Tower” demolished – 8th July

The tower building on Banner Lane in Coventry which was latterly the HQ for AGCO Europe (Massey Ferguson) for many years was demolished on 8th July at 1000hrs.

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The Coventry Council are looking into ways to commemorate Banner Lane and any ideas are welcome by them. There is also an e-petition at :-www.coventry.gov.uk/epetitionsCouncillor Thomas is interested in hearing ideas of how the site should be marked for posterity. Please can you let your Ferguson rep or the Committee know your thoughts for a Ferguson Club mark; alternatively Councillor Thomas can be emailed with ideas here Steven.Thomas@coventry.gov.uk

2012 Lincolnshire Road Run- Sunday 10th June

The Lincolnshire Road Run organised by John and Judy Jeffries was held on Sunday 10th June. 62 tractors congregated at Red Lodge Farm, Holbeach St Johns and were a site to behold. It was a lovely sunny morning and there were many spectators too. As well as local entrants there were two visiting tractors from Durham and four from North Lincolnshire.

The route took them along 21 miles of local villages and countryside and took about 2.5 hours to complete.

The local airfield had a Vintage Show on the same day and several of the tractors exhibited there after the road run.

The run concluded by having a Ploughmans lunch in the local public house where the village was holding its annual fete. Many wives, partners, sons, daughters, grandchildren and friends joined in to make a really sociable end to the event.

Special thanks to those who helped in any way and to Mr Mawby for the use of his farm yard and facilities. A grand sum of £418.25 was raised which will be presented to the local branch of Macmillan Nurses.

 

FergusonClub Jubilee Rally – Burnside.

An event Colin Pike & his wife, Sylvia organised to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. The aim was to amass sixty Ferguson & M.F. tractors, a figure that was exceeded. All entrants had a great time, thanks to the attention to detail that Colin & Sylvia put in to organising the event, Many thanks- Henry Pirie (3238)

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FergusonClub Stand at 2nd Scottish rally of the season
– BA Stores 2oth May 2012

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The first picture shows the beautiful scene as seen from the stand, the 2nd. shows the ladies holding the trophy that the Club were awarded for the best stand, an accolade we are very proud of, Cheers Henry Pirie, (3238)

Royal Welsh Spring Festival and Small Holders Show, Builth Wells

Over the weekend, 19th/20th May 2012 the South Wales branch of the Ferguson Club attended the show and enjoyed the company of both existing and new members.

On the Sunday, four young lads, representing the Ferguson Club, took on the challenge of rebuilding “Daffodil” the Fergie T20, they were Sam Ritchie, aged 13, Rhodri Huish, 14, Jamie Williams, 15 and Morgan Sussex aged 17, they did very well, completing their first rebuild in 11 minutes and 4 seconds! After a very short positive discussion they decided to have another go later in the day. On this occassion they completed the rebuild in…….9 minutes and 58 seconds!! Congratulations to them all.

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Chiltern vintage tractor charity run

The Ferguson Club completed the above in mid May with tremendous success. 58 tractors took part and over £2,000 was raised for the local Air Ambulance.

A lunchtime stop was held at Wycombe Air Park and we were very lucky to have the Helicopter position in to support us from a call out.

Here is a picture of the Paramedics having a tractor driving lesson on a Ferguson TET 20, please click on this link for more photos of the event……..CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS……..

……..Click here for Superb Video of the above run…

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2012 Annual Members Weekend & AGM Draws to successful end

A great weekend was held by all Ferguson Club members and families attending the 2012 AMW/AGM in Sheffield and Derbyshire Dales. The AGM was held at the Crich Tramway Museum near Matlock. Full details will appear in the next Club Journal.

..Venue of 2012 AGM …..outgoing Chairman John Selley(left) congratulates new Chairman – John Jeffries

Report on The Ferguson Club AGM & Annual Members Weekend. 2012.

The 26th AGM & AMW was this year based on the excellent Sheffield Park Hotel on the outskirts of Sheffield. Members gather on Friday evening and enjoyed an informal buffet whilst renewing old friendships and making new ones.

On Saturday morning we boarded the coach, which took us to the National Tramway Museum at Crich where the AGM was to take place. There were 42 members together with their spouses and partners. The business was conducted in the usual efficient manner and it was soon time for the elections. John Jeffries was elected as Chairman, Brian Pickering as Vice Chairman, Peter Aston as General Secretary, Denise Bailey as Treasurer, and Jo Pickering as Membership Secretary. The departing Chairman, John Selley thanked the committee and the membership for a very enjoyable two years and wished the new Chairman every success for the future. Our thanks to Maurice Kirk, our Returning Officer, and his team who conducted the election.

There then followed an illustrated presentation by Mr Dave Whittle about his restoration projects, which varied from JCBs, through lorries to buses and coaches. This was followed by an excellent buffet, after which many of the ladies took the coach to Masson Mills for retail therapy whilst the fellows took the trams around the site. The South Wingfield Tractor group had brought several tractors and stationary engines, which they exhibited. Our thanks to them for the work needed to do this.

We then returned to the hotel in time for the ladies to put on their finery for the semi formal dinner. After dinner John Jeffries presented John Selley with a beautiful cut glass decanter and two glasses for which JS thanked those present. The raffle then took place with Henry Anderson drawing the tickets. What would we do without the lad? We are most grateful to Fergiland, Blue Force Tractor Club, Trevor Rose Vintage Restoration, Mrs Margaret Bywater and Kirby and West Dairy who provided the prizes. £345 was raised for the MacMillan Nurses and The local Air Ambulance. The band Rockwood played and the brave danced. All had a very enjoyable evening.

Sunday saw us once again board the coach to travel to Kelham Island Industrial Museum. Here the Past Chairman thought he had passed to heaven when The River Don engine was fired up. This is a 12,000hp three-cylinder steam engine, which was used for nearly 70 years driving a steel rolling mill specialising in rolling amour plate up to 16” thick. This amazing engine is capable of slowing, reversing and regaining speed in 2 seconds without shutting the throttle! Quite some feat when you consider the flywheel alone weighs 51 tons!

Two quite amusing things happened which should be recorded.

Firstly at The Tramways Museum is a ‘functional’ external urinal for use by the gentlemen. One of the ladies thought this was just an exhibit and entered. The incumbent was able to give a full description of its use, which seemed to take quite a long time. On exiting, the enquiring lady was embarrassed to find a long queue of desperate blokes!

The second occurred at the dinner. Our Chairman heard that a certain Michael Vaughan was attending the ball, which was being held in an adjacent room. He enlisted the help of a most attractive, but scantily dressed, young lady to verify this fact. His efforts were rewarded by MV autographing his dinner programme, MV’s efforts were rewarded with the past Chairman’s commemorative badge!

The AGM did attract the attention of the BBC. A couple, who were not members but had travelled with a member, visited The Crucible. A reporter asked them what they were doing in Sheffield and they told him about the Ferguson Club AGM and the piece went out on Radio Sheffield.

Members started to return home and reflect on another great weekend.

Our grateful thanks must go to Sylvia Bills and Glynn Price who took on this task because their good friend, Brian Bywater’s, who was doing the organising, became very poorly and subsequently died. They provided us with a lovely weekend, Thank you both.

Now is the time to start saving for the 2013 AGM & AMW which will be held in Newport, Gwent. We look forward to seeing you there.

The Ferguson Club – 25th Anniversary – 1986-2011

fc25thbadge“Special Anniversary Badge – free to all who were paid up members during 2011, our Silver Anniversary year.”

Formed in the Autumn of 1986 ,the Club had only 180 members by the end of that year. Officially recognised by Massey Ferguson(UK) Ltd., the Club was administered by David Bates ( Editor ), Ken Goodwin ( Membership Secretary ) and Geoffrey Smith (General Secretary). The principal objective was to promote interest in the late Harry Ferguson, his designs for the mechanisation of agriculture and in particular “the Ferguson System”.

The Club covered – Ferguson A (Ferguson Brown), Ford –Ferguson 2N,8N & 9N, TE20, TO20,, TO30, USA & UK implements, and by agreement with Massey Ferguson the MF35 & MF65.

Right at the beginning they decided to issue 4 Quarterly Journals per year, to the Membership, who paid the princely sum of £10 per year.

The Journal ( Volume 1 No 1 ) promised to give Members the opportunity to advertise Sales & Wants, help other members with technical queries, and publish Member’s articles on their Tractors with Photographs.

Membership at this early stage included Members from USA, Australia & Ireland.

The first Technical Article gave valuable data on the TYPE TE-F20 (1951/2), this being a Diesel engined version of the TA-20 petrol Tractor, and listed the Special tools from V.L. Churchill & Co Ltd.

This Journal included the recipe for TVO ( Tractor Vapourising Oil ) as :

5 Gallons of 28 second Central Heating Oil /1 Gallon Petrol /½ Pint Universal Engine Oil. (TVO–25 litres @£8.50)

It also gave the costs of a TE-A @ £ 395, and many more items.

The Club has a very privileged and proud connection with the Ferguson Family, and in 1989, Mrs Elizabeth Sheldon (daughter of the late Harry Ferguson) became the Patron, and followed later by her son Jamie Sheldon,our first President under the new Constitution.

Recently the Club announced that Mrs Sally Fleming & Mrs Caroline Blest ( Mrs Sheldon’s daughters ) had accepted the invitation to become Vice-Presidents.

Publication of the Journal continued without any missed years and currently Journal No 68 is much improved , and has a current circulation of approx. 1500. Colour pictures having been introduced in 1996, by the then Editor Alan Dunderdale.

In 1994, the Club became, as it is now, a totally independent Members Club, and income relying mainly on annual subscription . Some income is also derived from advertising in the Journal and Sales of Merchandise .

3 very dedicated people have succeeded in ensuring that the Club is structurally sound — John Cousins( General Secretary) Ian Halstead (Chairman) & Lawrence Jamieson (Membership Secretary) were elected in1995, and these Officers were instrumental in keeping the Club in good shape, implementing a 5 year Plan, whilst unfinished business was completed. The first Constitution & Rules were agreed in 1995, and have only been modified to take account of new Officer positions. The Club is financially secure and Membership continues to increase year by year, and is currently 1500.

In 2001 the Club produced the new “Handbook”, which contained Maintenance information, Tractor data, the Constitution & Membership application Form.

The Club organises annually, a large number of Rallies, Shows, Ploughing matches , Harvest work-ins, Charitable events, Workshops, Agricultural shows and a host of recreational events across the UK.

A highlight of the Club’s activities was” the Grey Ferguson Challenge” , held in 1994 at Wickenby, when over 100 tractors ploughed together in one bout covering over 1000yards.

Management of the Club is carried out by the Executive Committee- ( Chairman, Vice Chairman, General Secretary, Treasurer & Membership Secretary) and Area Representatives forming the General Committee, with the Executive Committee. The Club Rules include the tenure of office for the Chairman & General Secretary, serving for only 2 consecutive years.

It is worthwhile noting that in 1986, the number of Area Reps. was 8 , rising to 18 in 1989, 30 in 1991 and 37 in 1993.

The Club has also appointed members to be responsible for :- Commercial Advertising, Website Co-ordinator, Area Rep. Co-ordinator, Merchandise Co-ordinator, DVLA Officer, Safety Officers & Technical Team.

The Annual Members Weekend & AGM is held around the UK, in order to give members the opportunity to meet new faces and to take part in the AGM, as well as seeing other members tractors, and has proved to be a great success.

The 25th Annual Weekend & AGM was held in Beamish, Co. Durham and our 2012 event was held in Sheffield.

The Club is enjoying probably the best years now, since formation in 1986, with a high level of interest by the Members and the Management.

Harry Turkington

General Secretary/Executive Committee

Interesting Ferguson/Vintage Tractor Videos online:-

Anyone with any particular interesting links please let us know:-

1. NEW TRACTOR DEMONSTRATED – British Pathé

2. Photographs are being loaded into the Gallery of this website all the time. Please keep looking………………..

Ferguson Club at Onslow Park – Shrewsbury – August Bank Holiday

The Ferguson Club was in attendance at Onslow Park and hosting the first Ferguson Baler with demonstrations.

Bought in the USA by Peter Smith and Julie Brownings this rare Detroit built FO35 and FERGUSON SIDE MOUNTED BALER was on the the Ferguson club stand at Onslow This was the first outing for this unique piece of equipment in this country.

Photos show Peter and Julie baling on the field at Onslow.

The Ferguson Club would like to thank Peter and Julie with Steve Kirk and Dave Lory(assisted in transporting and assembly of baler )for bringing this to Onslow Park and allowing the Ferguson Club to display it over the weekend.

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Brecon Agricultural Show – 6th August – Gwent & East Wales Branch

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The Gwent and East Wales branch of the Ferguson Club attended the Brecon Agricultural Show on 6th August 2011 and were very fortunate to be awarded 1st prize and overall champion of all the stands that were on display at the show.

The judge was particularly impressed by the display of local Fergies, the information boards relating to each of these tractors and the friendly welcome he received from members as he entered the stand!

Photographs show Peter Aston receiving rosettes from the judge. Photographs taken by Andy Ford.

Scotland NE Branch Broomhill Station Near Aviemore
Courtesy of Henry Pirie 16/17th July 2011

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The Scotland N.E, branch of the Club were asked once again to put on a display at Broomhill Station, near Aviemore to support “Steamfest”, an event to publicise the Strathspey Steam Railway. The passengers dismount at this station and sample the delights the Ferguson Club has to offer and have a chat over a cuppa.and take pictures of the tractors. The members manning the stand really enjoy meeting a different section of people from both home and abroad.

75 th Anniversary of Type A Ferguson Brown Tractor

Massey Ferguson celebrates the

75th Anniversary of the Type A – Ferguson Brown Tractor and

the introduction to commercial manufacture of the Three – Point Linkage System in June 1936.

MF Press Release-June 2011

Massey Ferguson is celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the introduction of the legendary Type A – Ferguson Brown – tractor, which went into production in June 1936. The first ever series production tractor to feature the Ferguson three-point linkage system, it’s the tractor that began the power farming revolution.

“Massey Ferguson is immensely proud of our heritage, which encompasses virtually every major innovation in tractor technology from the three-point linkage, which went into production on the Ferguson Brown, right through to the launch of the first ever Selective Catalytic Reduction system to be used in agriculture on the MF 8600 Series,” says Campbell Scott, Massey Ferguson Manager, Brand Development and

Sales Engineering.

“We feel it is important to acknowledge the enormous and significant contribution our founding fathers – Daniel Massey, Alanson Harris and Harry Ferguson – have made to mechanize and change the face of farming across the globe. We continue to honour these pioneers every day by striving to develop further innovative ideas for the up to date, high quality farm machinery that still proudly bears their names,” he adds.

To commemorate this important anniversary a display area has been created in the Massey Ferguson Technology Centre at AGCO’s Beauvais Manufacturing Facility in France. Star of the show is the first production model, the Type A, No 1 which was sold to Thomas McGregor Greer for use on his farm at the Tullylagan Estate, near Cookstown, County Tyrone in Northern Ireland.

Although its official name is the Ferguson Type A, it is now more affectionally known as the Ferguson Brown. Harry Ferguson is purported to have always referred to it as the ‘Irish Tractor’, maybe because the first Type A tractor made its public debut in April 1936 at Ballyclare, County Antrim, in Harry Ferguson’s home country of Northern Ireland.

The tractor, however, was first produced at David Brown’s Park Gear Works in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England. About 500 of the tractors were built there, all powered by 20hp, Coventry Climax Type E engines. Later on production shifted to David Brown’s Meltham Mills tractor factory, also in the English county of Yorkshire. About 1,350 Type A or Ferguson Browns were built here and in about 1937 these began to be fitted with a David Brown-built engine, which was based very closely on the original.

As well as being the tractor that introduced the first ever three-point linkage system, the Type A also presented many of Harry Ferguson’s other ingenious manufacturing and marketing ideas. On the engineering front he insisted on using high tensile bolts with specially hardened heads of only two sizes, so the single ‘Ferguson Spanner’ would fit all nuts and bolts. The tractor was also offered with four different implements. It also began Ferguson’s promotion of a light and agile tractor that was easy use and, as he said, “not merely a tractor but mechanisation which entirely supersedes horses!”

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Photographs have been uploaded from the Ferguson Club Annual Members Weekend (AMW) and AGM 2011.
They are in the Gallery Section of this website, under the relevant folder.

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***The Ferguson Club 2011 Chiltern Vintage tractor Run has completed and raised a huge sum of £2,028.31 for the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance.

Thank you to all concerned. Photographs are in the Gallery Section under Tractor Runs, plus click on this link to see more photos of the Chiltern Tractor Run….Chiltern Tractor Run

New Massey Ferguson Book

“INSIDE MASSEY FERGUSON – A story of Service” By former MF employee – David Walker.

Inside Massey Ferguson Release v3 – Click here

Farm Power Publishing.

1st Rally of 2011 (MAY)- Forres, Moray, Scotland
– Photos Courtesy of Henry Pirie

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The Ferguson Club was at the Tractor World Malvern Show
weekend of 5 & 6th March 2011.

**************Fergie Club scoops seven awards at Malvern Including best club stand………photos below………………..

Many thanks to the team led by Ferguson Area Rep; Gary Downes……………………..

….The winning stand under the title “Hedgerow Harry”

Show winners left to right Gary Pepper TED-20 (Best Masey Harris/Ferguson FOFH award) Gary Downes (Best Club stand) Peter Rash FE-35(3rd place 1900-57 Veteran to Vintage )Austin Carroll TEF-20 +2 Furrow Plough (Tractor with Implement attached 1st) Geoff Dunn MF-135(Post vintage to Classic 1st and Best Massey Ferguson FOFH award) Kneeling down are Wendy Downes and John Reece (Best Club Stand)

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Brent Thomas TE-20 Continental (Unrestored Veteran to Vintage 1st)This tractor is No 69 !

A very successful show for the Ferguson Club and I would like to thank all who took part and brought tractors of which we had a total of 18 Ferguson related tractors – Gary Downes HSW Ferguson Rep.

Old Prototype steering system for Ferguson tractors.

A bit of interest!

A member whose grandfather was a Nuffield, Ferguson dealer was given an item which bolts onto the grey Ferguson tractors, and steers it, whilst the farmers deals with the cattle in field etc. It was a prototype and he was given it whilst selling these tractors.

Here are some pictures:-

1909 – 2009/10 Centenary of First Flight in Ireland

It was during 1909 that Harry Ferguson designed and built his aeroplane in Ireland. After many unsuccessful attempts due to poor weather, it was on the last day of 1909 – 31st December – that he completed his first successful flight. Harry was aged 25 years old at the time.

So Harry Ferguson made the first flight in Ireland.

The pictures below show Harry Ferguson with his Mk1 and 2 aircraft designs (one a taildragger, the other a tricycle undercarriage) – the passenger in the aircraft is one Rita Marr who travelled from Liverpool to fly with HF in Northern Ireland, date is not recorded.

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Ferguson club -journal commercial advertising-2015

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

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FULL PAGE ONLY

Inside cover-front or back

Outside cover-Back

£350
£900
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