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Club Journal Copy Deadlines

Club Journal Copy Deadlines

Journal dates: these are copy deadline dates for articles to be submitted to our editor Tim Hanson at:   editor@fergusonclub.com   ;    Autumn 2021.1st October.  ;    Winter 2022. (100th Journal) 1st January.  ;  Spring 2022.1st April.  ;  Summer 2022.1st July.  ;   Autumn 2022.1st October.   Winter 2023. 1st January ;  etc….

Chiltern Vintage Tractor Run 2021

Community Spirit – by Gary Anderson

I’m sure there are many different ways to describe “Community Spirit” and everyone of them is correct to that individual.

The Wikipedia definition is “Community spirit finds expression in individual or group activities in which members of a community choose to engage for the benefit of that community. These activities may be locally organised, or informal and spontaneous”.

My own definition of Community Spirit was pleasantly re-awakened recently. For the past 15 years, through the Ferguson Club I have organised the Chiltern Vintage Tractor Charity Run. In the early years the main driver was to raise funds for our local Thames Valley Air Ambulance. So many people in the area also believed that this was a very good cause and it also seemed to fit in too many other regional vintage tractor runs. The support of the event at all different levels from marshalling and catering through to driving a tractor was immense. Donations were so gratefully received and each year to our collective amazement we kept beating the record of monies raised from the previous year. As the years progressed, I realised that the momentum of the event was picking up. So much so that people taking part were looking forward to the following years event almost before completing the current year.

Then came 2020. Community Spirit took on a whole new meaning. Protecting the vulnerable, the NHS and each other.

As we moved into 2021 there were a lot of people asking about the run and whether it would go ahead. We closely tracked Government guidelines to what was possible and Sunday 4th July 2021 was approved by the Ferguson Club NFU insurance underwriters. The theme Independence Day was thus formed and the 2021 Vintage Tractor Run started to take shape. There was tremendous support from all areas. Particularly the local farm and land owners whose grounds we were planning the route over. The Thames Valley Air Ambulance themselves were providing volunteers to supplement the brilliant core volunteer team that is so pivotal to the success of the event.  Prizes for the raffle were being handcrafted or gifted along with homemade cakes and other delights. Over 60 vintage tractor drivers and their families signed up immediately. One of the tractor drivers being our own Club Chairman – Ian Richings.

An important part of the start of the event over the years has been the unique blessing provided by the Vicar and choir of the Hambleden Valley Churches (same valley as “The Vicar of Dibley”). This year was no different. The Reverend Sue Morton and her amazing team gave a lovely blessing to all those attending. It was gratefully received and after the hymn (We Plough the Fields and Scatter) and dare I say humorous blessing, we all left the field with spirits high for a fabulous day ahead.

The volunteer marshals were sublime in their handling of the serious part of road safety, the volunteer catering team kept the participants stomachs fed from morning bacon rolls, to a Lacey’s (local farm shop) BBQ lunch, through to the end of day tea and cakes. Everybody just loved the whole ambiance of the day and was glad to be doing something “normal”. Donations taken on the day were strong and are still coming in.

It was a very humbling experience. Community Spirit is alive and well and the vintage tractor movement is a key part of this. In fact, more so than ever before. 2020 has taught us all that we should never take things for granted.

PS: Donations can be made through the “Just Giving” website – search for 2021 Chiltern Vintage Tractor Run.

Photo above – The Reverend Sue Morton leading her choir for the 2021 Tractor Blessing

Ferguson Club Members Survey

Ferguson Club Members Survey – 2021

The results of the recent successful Ferguson Club Members Survey have been collated and placed in the link below….please click on the link to open in a new window as a PDF file.  (Close the window to return)

Ferguson Club Members Survey Results 2021

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The Club will do all it can to listen to its members and shape the running of the Club accordingly.

Finding lost tractor – TED20 YSV706

History details on TED20 YSV706

Looking for any help – pointing in the right direction or advice for finding history on a 1950 Ferguson TED 20 that would seem to have been in Berkshire and Wiltshire for its entire life. From my understanding this Ferguson was delivered in 1950 to Home Farm (on the Great Windsor Estate) for grass cutting duties.

Mine was either delivered green or soon after painted to match all the other vehicles, fixtures and fittings to blend in with the background (Prince Phillip instructions?). I noted John Nash’s similar post on this website about his Father’s Ferguson with a Royal connection a short while ago and have been in contact with him – so we both have similar aims. (in the mid 80’s?)  Head salesman  David Carter of T H White (Devizes) sold the Crown Office a Fordson Dexta and took this Fergie in part exchange.

Think it was probably road registered about then YSV 706 and then stored in Whatley’s  Yard at Pewsey (which I think was run by Alan Carter – his Son)) for a very long period time. Later sold and moved on to grass topping duties at Knowle, Pewsey. A handwritten note (with the tractor) mentions Cotswold Engineering for some head work and refitting by Steve Rawlings. Sold again and more recently it lived in the Marlborough area. Now still in Wiltshire just below Swindon. The tractor itself is in (my opinion) remarkable condition and with only a few later modifications and changes and still in remarkable condition – having completed a TEA 20 a few years ago (which I bitterly regretted selling hence this purchase) I have been through it top to bottom in the past few months and very happy with the result. Clearly with the passing of time getting details like this isn’t easy but there can’t be many green Fergie around so any help in finding out as much as possible would be really nice before I start to use it around the village and go to shows. Please mail me or call with literally any information or even a photograph would be superb.

Derek Moore on 07860 199755 or  leyspark48@gmail.com