Ferguson Club AGM and Members’ Weekend 2017

Ferguson Club AGM and Members’ Weekend 2017

Apr 7th, 2017 (Fri) – Apr 9th 2017 (Sun)

Arrangements have been made for this annual event to take place at The Best Western Tiverton Hotel, Blundells Road, Tiverton, Devon EX16 4DB.

The Hotel, near the town centre, is 10 minutes from Junction 27 of the M5 Motorway along the A361 dual carriageway (exit onto A396 for Tiverton and Bickleigh).

The rate for two persons sharing a double/twin room with breakfast is £80 per night on Friday and Saturday and £72 on Sunday. The rates for a single room are £55 and £41 per night. Special half board terms are available for an extended stay.

Bookings and enquiries can now be made by telephone 01884 256120 quoting Event 23259 and Ferguson Club. (E-mail sales@tivertonhotel.co.uk)

Further details of the programme for the weekend will appear in the Winter 2016 edition of “The Journal”.

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.
Lady Champion. Gemma Arbon
2nd Sara Tween

Ferguson Champion.Richard Welham
2nd Steve Arbon
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


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
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 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.



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…


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.


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

Trying to Find Lost Tractor

Lost Tractors

1. We are hoping to trace an old family friend. It was a Ferguson TVO – 1949.

Registration number FAV 455 It was last seen in Aberdeenshire. If anyone has any idea where this tractor now lives please contact Donald Pirie. 01771 623504 or mobile 07964276112

2. I am trying to trace my Great Grandfathers 1963 Massey Ferguson 35 Petrol Tractor

Registration 13 MBP. He bought this brand new in 1963 when it was delivered to his Farm in Fareham. According to the DVLA database it still exists and I would love to hear from the person who still has it. I can be contacted on 07794746554 or e-mail; ross@anglo-agriparts.com

Sponsored Tractor Run

Update on Tractor Run – September 2015

He managed the trip in 4 days, so arrived at Brymore Academy on the Thursday. He broke down in Gloucestershire having filled up with what appeared to be dirty diesel. So he had to remove the fuel tank and have it flushed out, replace filters etc. but was soon on his way again.
He drove his trusty Massey Ferguson 35 back up the drive to Brymore’s Open Day on Saturday 27th. June followed by several of his friends driving their own tractors.
The last we heard he had raised over £6,000 for Papyrus, which was excellent and I believe monies were still rolling in.

Letter from: Rex Eastment
Secretary Brymore Old Boys Association

I am secretary of the Old Boys Association of Brymore Academy, which is and Agriculture/Horticulture biased school in Cannington Somerset. The school takes boys from the age of 11 or 13 and teaches them academic subjects plus Agriculture, Horticulture, Woodwork, Metalwork and ITC skills.

Sadly last year one of its popular students, who had only just left the Academy, took his own life. As you can imagine, this had a dramatic effect on those who knew him and one of his best friends, who lives in Biggleswade in Bedfordshire has decided to support the Charity – PAPYRUS, by doing a Tractor Run from the family farm to Brymore, some 200 miles. He hopes to start his run on the 20th. June and hopes to complete his run to coincide with the Academy’s Open Day on June 27th. He will be accompanied along the later part of his journey by several ‘Old Boys’ and their tractors. We wish him well with his journey on his MF 35 tractor, which I gather from his Father was bought new and has remained well used and cared for on the farm.
I am writing to you to ask if you could publicise this event on your Owners website and also ask if any of your Massey Ferguson Owners could support him on his journey? We are hopeful, that as a well maintained tractor it will make the journey without any problems, but it would be good to know that if he did run into difficulties, that perhaps some of your members may be able to help him?
I have attached a copy of the Tractor Run leaflet, which explains its aims (see link below).

If you are able to assist in any way please contact his Father Ian Rook either by email or phone:

01462 812204 or mobile 07771 575171

Thank you in anticipation that you may be able to assist/promote Richard and his worthy cause.

Best wishes

Rex Eastment
Secretary Brymore Old Boys Association

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Journal Advertising rates 2016

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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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New Book, published in time for Christmas

A Book by Ferguson Enthusiast and Club Rep. Mike Thorne


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.



Newark Show November 2014

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 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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Proceedings were being observed by aliens!