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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
We will be staying at the BEST WESTERN PLUS WINDMILL VILLAGE HOTEL CV5 9AL
This is situated just off junction 6 M42. A45 Members can book a room anytime from now by calling 02476 404040 . We have negotiated special rates so please do take advantage of this.

Friday 15th April 2016: £40.00 per person Bed & Breakfast based on 2 sharing a twin/double room. £20.00 single supplement per single room applies

Saturday 16th April 2016: £40.00 per person Bed & Breakfast based on 2 sharing a twin/double room. £20.00 single supplement per single room applies

BEST WESTERN PLUS WINDMILL VILLAGE HOTEL Telephone 02476 404040.

Birmingham Road. Alesley. Coventry. CV5 9AL

Tractor Fest 2016

 

“Tractor Fest 2016 – Nr. Ripon

The 2016 Tractor Fest event will be held this year on 11.12th June at Newby Hall near Ripon, North Yorks.

The feature this year will be “Made in Yorkshire” and this of course will encompass tractors, engines, cars, commercials and farm machinery.

In particular, the committee are hoping to be able to show a large number of Ferguson-Brown Type”A”tractors. If you can help with this or any other tractor exhibit please contact Kevin Watson on 07961 389650.

It will be an event not to miss”

Ferguson 30 years booklet

Special Appeal – Ferguson Club 30 Years Booklet

As you will have read, I was commissioned, 12 months ago, to produce a ‘book’ ‘The Ferguson Club. The First Thirty Years’. Well I am pleased to say it is well on target for release at The AGM. However, I would welcome ‘historic’ photos that you may have taken in those past 30 years and if you could identify place and people involved that would be great. With any pictures I would be grateful for your permission to use them in this publication.
If you have to send me hard copy pictures or slides I will be able to cope with that, otherwise if you send pictures attached to a E Mail they would be well received.
I don’t want to put anyone under too much pressure but could I ask that any pictures are received by Sunday 14th February 2016.
Pictures from overseas would be most welcome. I may not be able to use all or any of your pictures but I will acknowledge receipt.
Thank you in anticipation. John Selley. john_selley@btinternet.com ( there is an underscore between the john and selley) or 1, The Gardens, Bury Road, Beyton, Bury St Edmunds. IP30 9AB

BBC “The One Show” Tractor Run – South Wales

BBC “The One Show” Tractor Run – South Wales

The BBC will be producing a documentary for “The One Show” and the Club has been asked to supply as many Ferguson T.20s as possible in the Glamorgan/South Wales area for a Tractor Run to be filmed on 5 March 2016 in the Ogmore Castle Field, Vale of Glamorgan.

The Glamorgan Iron Horse Vintage Society have been informed and we will also be supported by the Tractor Boys of Aberthin. It is hoped that there will be 70+ tractors on the field to mark the 70th anniversary of Harry Ferguson’s T.20 and also the 30th anniversary of the Ferguson Club.

If you are able to attend please contact Basil George on 01656 654440 (evenings after 5.pm) or at basil@basilgeorge.com, so that we will have an idea of how many participants to expect.

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 Ferguson Club Nationwide Tractor Runs for Charity  – 5th June 2016

The Ferguson Club will be 30 years old in 2016, which will coincide with the celebration of 60 years of the FE.35 Ferguson tractor, 70 years of the T.20 Ferguson tractor, and 80 years of the Ferguson Brown tractor.

To mark the occasion The Ferguson Club will be staging a country-wide tractor run on 5 June 2016. The plan is that Ferguson area representative and their local members will organise the tractor run within their area to take place on 5 June 2016. All the tractor runs will start at 10.00am and will cover a distance of 20 miles. 

The entry fee will be £10.00 per tractor and it is hoped that all concerned will also get sponsorship to donate to the Macmillan Cancer Support charity. 

There will be full media coverage of the National Tractor Run and we are hoping we will have the support of many tractors across the country to remember the name of Harry Ferguson and to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The latest entry can be downloaded on the link below….Further details can also be obtained from Basil George, Ivy Cottage, Ogmore Village, Vale of Glamorgan CF32 0QP or telephone 01656 654440. or e-mail  basil@basilgeorge.com.

All entries will be recorded and a certificate will be available to all those taking part.

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The Ferguson Club Annual East Anglia Ploughing Match.

The Ferguson Club Annual East Anglia Ploughing Match.

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

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

The results were:-

Lady Champion. Sarah Tween, second Gemma Arbon.

Ferguson Champion. Richard Welham, second Jim Mawer.

Novice Ferguson. Dick Burch.

Classic Mounted Ferguson. Don Sapsford, second Stephen Proctor

Vintage Mounted Ferguson. Brian Upchurch, second Malcolm Self.

Best Tractor and Plough. Peter Rudling.

Guest Champion. Max Cherry. FFA.

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

Tractor World Malvern 2016

Tractor World Malvern 2016

The Ferguson Club will be supporting this special year for the Ferguson TE20. At Malvern Tractor World there will be a shared hall between FOFH and the Ferguson Club celebrating 70 years of the Fergie.

Any special Ferguson tractors and implements will be welcome.

Please use this link to download an application form for your tractor/implement……. 

2016 Tractor World Ferguson Club Booking Form (1)

Gary/Wendy Downes will be the Ferguson Reps in charge for this event….please contact Gary for any queries…. HSW Representative – 01568 613088

Shaun in the City

Shaun in the City – Bristol

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

Further details below…

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

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

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

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

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

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:

fgrook@btinternet.com
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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Tractor World Malvern 2015

Tractor World 2015 (Malvern) ; Another Excellent Stand for the Club and 1st prize for a Young Restorer!

Ferguson Area Reps; Gary and Wendy Downes built another tremendous Ferguson Club stand for Tractor World Malvern 2015. Has anyone ever seen such a large scale Lego Vintage Tractor!

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Ferguson Club member Connor Jones wins Young Restorers section of Tractor World!

A very proud Connor is shown next to his beautifully restored TED20 below:

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Club AGM 2015

Ferguson Club AGM/AMW 2015

Jim Hall
Lancashire Representative

Another Fabulous weekend was had by all who went along to the 2015 AGM/AMW.

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Saturday 18 April:

Lancaster and Lancaster Castle

The AMW took all participating members to 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.

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Followed by a Grand Evening at the Preston Marriott

Sunday 19 April:
A visit to Jimbob Agriculture Ltd.

A good selection of various Fergusons & Massey Ferguson etc. were assembled for viewing. There were also tractor games, effectively making up a mini Tractor Olympics! – pictures above…..

Journal Advertising rates 2016

Ferguson club -journal commercial advertising-2016

Introduction from Alan Dunderdale, our Commercial Advertising Manager.

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

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

Alan Dunderdale – Commercial Advertising Manager.

Please e-mail ; adunderdale@btinternet.com

or call Mobile number ; 07801 195603

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

1/4 PAGE

Black & White

£20
£50

1/2 PAGE

Black & White

£40
£100

FULL PAGE

Black & White

£60
£150

COLOUR

FULL PAGE ONLY

Inside cover-front or back

Outside cover-Back

£350
£900

New Book, published in time for Christmas

A Book by Ferguson Enthusiast and Club Rep. Mike Thorne

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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.

 

 

The Ferguson Club 2016 30th Anniversary Working Weekend

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

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!

Peterhead Rotary Club Charity Ploughing Match

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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Cheers, Henry Pirie.