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Club AGM 2015

Ferguson Club AGM/AMW 2015

Jim Hall
Lancashire Representative

Accommodation Update:

Anyone wishing to come to the AGM at the Marriott Hotel in April could you please book your room before the 17th March to guarantee the special discount rate.

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.

AGM/AMW 2015 – Extra!

Club members Peter Smith and Julie Browning in Wilmslow, have a very interesting and different collection of Ferguson equipment.

They have kindly offered to open their doors for Ferguson Club members on Friday 17th April 2015, 11am to 4pm, to view their extensive collection. This is to coincide with the Club’s Annual Member’s Weekend.

Members who would be interested in calling at Peter and Julie’s should contact them direct on 01625 538993, for directions and to arrange approximate arrival times.

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

Trying to Find Lost Tractor

Lost Tractor

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

Thanks – Ross Bartlett

Promoting The Ferguson Club in Bedfordshire

Promoting The Ferguson Club in Bedfordshire

We are very aware that there is a gap in the Club’s representation in Bedfordshire. In an effort to kick start and hopefully resolve this issue we have been invited to have a stand at:

The South Bedfordshire Classic Vehicle Show oSunday 9th August 2015

Venue: The Showground at the Cross Keys Public House, 13 High Street, Pulloxhill,

Ferguson Club Country-Wide Tractor Run -2016

Ferguson Club Nationwide Tractor Runs for Charity  – 2016

The Ferguson Club will be staging a country-wide tractor run on 5 June 2016. The plan is that each 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. All money raised at each of the tractor runs will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.

The country-wide tractor run for Macmillan is being organised to mark the 70th anniversary of Harry Ferguson’s T.20 tractor and the 30th anniversary of the Ferguson Club.

Full details and further information will be published in due course by Basil George, who can be contacted on 01656 654440 or at basil@basilgeorge.com.

Journal Advertising rates 2015

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

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

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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.

A book to put on your Christmas wish list!

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.

The Ferguson Club European T.20 Ploughing Championship 2014

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

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)

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.

The Aberthin Girls

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!

Mr Barwick and his brass collection

Basil George (Ferguson Club Rep. Wales (South)

Tractor Bumble 2014

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

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.

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

MF Banner Brook Memorial

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

http://www.masseyferguson.co.uk/banner-lane-artwork.aspx

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.

Goodwood Festival of speed

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 could do?

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