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Ferguson Club AGM / AMW 2025

Ferguson Club AGM / AMW 2025

Notice of Intent to Attend AGM / AMW 2025 ; The Ferguson Club AGM and AMW (Annual Memebers Weekend) 2025 will be held on Saturday 12th April 2025 kindly organised by Harry and Adele Campbell, Area Reps for Northern Ireland.

The venue for the AGM and AMW will be The Ivanhoe Hotel, 556 Saintfield Road, Belfast, BT8 8EU.

TELEPHONE: 028 9081 2240.

Details will be in the Journal and on the club website as they are confirmed. All room bookings to be made through the hotel using Ref FERGUSON25. Current Agenda:-

The 2025 AGM / AMW 2025 will commence Friday 11th April 2025 to Sunday 13th April 2025.

If you require a booking pack, please complete the form below and send it to Harry Campbell, 2 Manse Hill, Newry, Co. Down, BT34 1ND. or email ga_campbell99@hotmail.co.uk

I……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. request an AGM 2025 / AMW 2025 pack

Number of persons attending…………………. Membership Number………………………..

Address…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
E-mail address if applicable……………………………………………………………………………………

Thank you.


Club member Andrew Drinkwater – Tractor Drive

Andrew Drinkwater Fundraised for Macmillan Cancer Support

Andy French and Andrew Drinkwater completed an epic 400 mile 4 day tractor run, on two classic Massey Ferguson Tractors (1966 165 & 1967 135 both multipower)over the May Bank Holiday weekend from Ebrington to Welshpool on the first day, taking part in the organised Montgomeryshire tractor run on the second day, and Cloddiau to Lake Verney across Snowdonia onto Bala on day 3 then finally returning back home on day 4. The trip has been a long time in the thoughts and planning of both Andy’s, and was at the forefront of Andrew Drinkwater’s recovery from major surgery in September ‘23. With this in mind, they both took the opportunity to raise money for Macmillan a charity very close to a lot of our hearts in the local area. Starting with a target of £500, they couldn’t believe it when each day the donations were going up and up, now reaching £5483. Andrew Drinkwater said “Everyone has been so kind, it really is incredible in these times that people will support and donate, it has made a big difference. We have been told by Macmillan it will pay for a nurse for over 130 hours, we are so grateful”. The fundraising was further boosted by Andrew Drinkwater giving a live interview on BBC radio CWR & WM’s Inspirational person slot, something we have all known he is for a long time.

The highlight of the trip was the circular route around Lake Verney and the dam, also the stunning views all across Snowdonia, both agreed that the views are as good as what you see in Austria or anywhere in Europe. Equally the Long Mind was amazing, but the tractor run also proved helpful for one couple who managed to get stuck in a ditch in Snowdonia after pulling over to let some cyclists pass. Luckily Andrew and Andy were on hand to rescue them, towing them out.

When asked why they had chosen this trip, Andrew Drinkwater said “I have taken part in the Montgomeryshire tractor run several times usually taking the tractor there on the back of a lorry. Each time I thought that one day I will drive a tractor from home and this was the year to do it. It coincided with raising money for Macmillan a charity we’ve recently been raising money for at various village events. It’s the least we can do to as a thank you for all the help I’ve received and in recognition of a number of dear friends who are no longer with us. Asking what next? “I am definitely taking some time out to go on holiday with Liz, prior to considering a trip to Scotland for the route 500 tractor run. also we would like to go and see fellow tractor enthusiasts, now good friends in Cork who recently made an epic tractor run themselves over to the UK”.

Andy and Andrew had the most amazing time, and couldn’t have done it without each other. They would like to thank everyone locally, friends and family far a wide for their generous donations. A special thank you to Sarah and Nigel (Andrew Drinkwater’s sister and brother in law) for putting us up and being wonderful hosts, feeding and looking after us. Thank you to all those that donated;

Andrew.


Harry Ferguson: the Man, the Machines, the Memories.

Harry Ferguson: the Man, the Machines, the Memories.
A memoir of life at Abbotswood,
By Peter Warr

UPDATE: Sadly, Peter Warr passed away on Friday 19th April aged 92. 

Peter’s funeral will be on Tuesday 28th February; 1245hrs at the IOW Crematorium.

Peter and his family’s wishes is that this book will be published as a legacy to two great men

 

Peter Warr’s name is known to many of you as the man who was the curator of the Ferguson Family Museum on the Isle of Wight. Peter spent his early adult years working for Mr Ferguson at his country estate, Abbotswood, near Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire. He continued to work for the family right up until his retirement.
Now in his nineties, Peter has written a personal memoir of his time spent at Abbotswood, from 1950, to the time of Mr Ferguson’s death in 1960.
This was the period during which Ferguson won his monumental court case with the Ford Motor Company, sold out to Massey-Harris and acquired what was Dixon-Rolt Developments Ltd, which he reformed it as Harry Ferguson Research Ltd, the company that developed the unique Ferguson four-wheel drive cars.
Part of Peter’s work at Abbotswood was to demonstrate these cars and their remarkable capabilities to the motor industry and press, whilst the other part involved testing tractors and implements and general work on the estate, some of which created the landscape features that are still in place to this day.
In his recollections, Peter gives a unique, personal insight into Harry Ferguson’s character in the last decade of his life. They show that at this time, with his physical and mental health in decline and the blunt refusal of the motor industry to take up his four-wheel drive car, Ferguson still retained the charisma, personal kindness and consideration to others that endeared him to all who knew him and worked with him. Includes a Foreword by Mr Ferguson’s grandson, Jamie Sheldon and an introduction by his grand daughter, Sally Fleming.

The Ferguson Club are supporting the production and publication of this informative book. The intended cover price is £14.99. It will be a paperback, illustrated with Peter’s own photographs. The book is scheduled for publication in the summer of 2024 and a limited number of signed copies will be offered to Ferguson Club members as a priority, before becoming more widely available in bookshops and on line.

Ferguson Club members who wish to “Register their Interest” in buying a copy of this book, please register here using this online form :-

“I would like to register an interest in purchasing a copy of this book:
Price £14.99 plus postage”






    Norman Kerr – passed away 30-12-23

    Northern Ireland Area Rep for almost 20 years; Norman Kerr

    It is with a deep heart that we have to announce the passing of Norman Kerr today (30th Dec 2023). He was a Ferguson enthusiast and the Area representative in Northern Irleland for the Ferguson Club for almost 20 years. Norman was a devoted and dearly loved husband of Esther for 60 years, a loving father of Allison, John and James, father in law of Will and Tracy also a treasured grandad of Laura her husband Stephen, Stuart, Haydn, Willow and Keelan.

    A service of thanksgiving will be held on Wednesday (3rd Jan) at 2pm in Bannside Presbyterian Church.
    Family flowers only please. Donations for the benefit of Air Ambulance NI www.milnefuneralservices.co.uk/donate or cheques made payable to Air Ambulance NI c/o Milne Funeral Services, 5 Newry Road, Banbridge, BT32 3HF.


    Our thoughts from all at the Ferguson Club at this sad time are towards his family


    Ferguson Event 19th May 2024 – David Brown Museum – Meltham

    Ferguson Event 19th May 2024 – David Brown Museum – Meltham

    There is a Ferguson Day being organised at the David Brown Museum on the 19th May 2024 between  10.00am  and 3.00pm.  The theme will be “what happened after the Ferguson Brown”.

    We are looking for about a dozen interesting Ferguson/Ford, Ferguson tractors  to be there on the day and help tell the story.

    This day is being organised by Peter Smith and Julie Browning. Please contact Peter and Julie on this email  ford9n404@gmail.com if you can support with a Fergie to exhibit. This will enable numbers and tractors to be managed. All visitors  are welcome.  They have cafe on site.

    Meltham Mills Industrial Estate, Gate 4, Unit J2, Knowle Ln, Meltham HD9 4DS

    Thank you.


    Mike Thorne – Ferguson Enthusiast and Club Rep.

     Mike Thorne – Ferguson Enthusiast and Club Rep.

    Mike sadly passed away on Tuesday 19th September. A Memorial service was held in Coldridge Parish Church on Wednesday 22nd November 2023.

    Mike was a great friend to all of us who shared his passion for Vintage tractors, particularly Ferguson and Massey Ferguson. His famous Coldridge Collection of rare MF and Ferguson types is second to none in the vintage tractor World.

    He was a prolific writer of books and specialist articles on our tractors. Mike will be fondly remembered and his legacy will continue for the next generation.


    Merchandise Co-ordinator Required

    The position of Merchandise Co-ordinator has become available for the Club.

    The person involved would become a member of the Club’s committee, would be responsible for ordering new stock, selling the Club’s merchandise on-line and by telephone to members and would also be responsible for distributing merchandise to a limited number of area reps for selling on at shows.

    If you think that you would like to take up this position then
    please contact our chairman, Kevin Britton e-mail: chairman@fergusonclub.com
    or our vice-chairman John Jeffries e-mail: vice-chairman@fergusonclub.com.


    TE20 Ferguson Register

    Ferguson TE20 Tractor Register database

    I read Fred Turner’s article ‘The history of the Continental‘ in Journal 106 with much interest as I have two such tractors. I have also been fascinated by the fact that nobody seems to know how many were made.

    We have a golden opportunity to go some way to finding out. Our membership is about 3000 so, if we who have these tractors, were to send details of their tractors to a central point in The Club, it would give us more of an idea than we have now, because quite frankly we have no idea!

    So, with this in mind, and with the Chairman and Secretary’s blessing, I am volunteering to start a data base of what exists in the Club. I am proposing a data base just identifying what we have to VIN numbers only. This would NOT identify any tractor to any member. It would also try to find out how many have been converted to, say, a Perkins P3 and what condition they are in from concourse to working clothes to original unmolested condition. There would be a second data base which would be just VIN number, Member’s name and Club number.

    So to kick the idea off I am asking ALL owners of TE20s to, ideally, Email to te20@fergusonclub.com their Name, Club number, TE20 VIN number and further details of condition as indicated above and anything else you wish to tell us. Of course if you have no access to a computer you can post all details to TE20 Ferguson Club, 1 The Gardens, Bury Road, Beyton, BURY ST. EDMUNDS, IP30 9AB

    A report would appear each Journal as to how the project is going.

    I look forward to being overwhelmed with data, please, please on this one occasion just help us help you!  It will be in everyone’s interest. John Selley.


    Update No.1 – February 2024, Journal No. 108
    17 Respondants
    21 tractors
    Earliest No. 883 1947
    Latest 18478 1947
    2 have no VIN plates
    We even have one bought at Bangers and Cash and described as ‘presentable condition’!

    John Selley.