AGM – Chairman’s Letter

Notification of The Ferguson AGM on the 24th of April 2021 at 10.00 in the forenoon

[This notification has been published here due to the on going Pandemic situation, to ensure that the AGM is notified prior to the cut off date. Yours Sincerely Ian Richings, Chairman.]

Dear Member,

It has come round to that time of year again, when we would normally be thinking of the Annual Members Weekend and the Annual General Meeting. Alas, there is not going to be an Annual Members Weekend again this year. We are doing the next best thing that we can, which is to have a virtual AGM meeting on Zoom, Saturday 24th April. Anyone wishing to attend the ZOOM meeting will need to email AGM2021@fergusonclub.com to reserve a place at the meeting, on a first come first served basis, as numbers are limited to ONE HUNDRED. The meeting details will be emailed back to you on the Friday before the meeting, 23rd April 2021.

Voting will take place by post only again this year, with the forms being returned to our Returning Officer, Maurice Kirk. We are not including a pre-printed envelope for the return of the voting form. This decision has been made as we only usually receive back around 150 envelopes. Printing and purchasing 3000 envelopes is an un-necessary expense when so few are used; also, it is not very environmentally friendly. There will an email address where scanned voting forms can be sent VOTING2021@fergusonclub.com

As we are going to be producing four Journals per year from number 100, the first one of 2022, the dates that Journals are produced will change. This will enable us to send out the Annual General Meeting and Annual Members Weekend pack with the first Journal of the year. We plan to send out a form with the last Journal of 2021 for members to express an interest in attending the Annual Members Weekend 2022. This will further reduce our costs and be more environmentally friendly.

We hope that you will embrace the changes we are making to the way things are done within the Club. I hope you consider what we are doing is forward thinking and progressive.

I would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to vote in the election of the Executive committee.

Please complete the enclosed questionnaire; the purpose of which is to learn a little of what Ferguson Club Members want. (Return completed to address on the questionnaire.)

Yours sincerely ; Ian Richings, Chairman ; March 2021

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Agenda ; Annual General Meeting 24th April 2021 – 10.00am

This meeting, is reserved for paid up Members of The Ferguson Club who have indicated their intention of attendance by registering via email to take part in a Zoom AGM.

On registering, an Agenda, summary of the accounts and 2 sets of minutes will be emailed. The email will be accompanied by a request to email any Matters Arising from the minutes/accounts by 22.4.21 in order answers may be prepared ready for the smooth running of the Zoom meeting

Only the following agenda items will be considered during the meeting via Zoom

  • Apologies for Absence
  • Minutes of the 2019 and 2020 AGM
  • Matters Arising
  • Chairman’s Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Membership Secretary’s Report
  • General Secretary’s Report
  • Election of Officers for 2021-2022
  • Any business notified to the Secretary in accordance with Rule 30 and declared competent by the Chairman at the Meeting.
  • Venue and date of the 2022 AGM
  • Chairman to close the meeting

Tasmania Steamfest

News from the Southern Hemisphere March 2021

STEAMFEST 2021 – Australia

The 2020 was a great success and it was a happy festival with loads of smiles. 2021 will be even better! On the March long weekend every year, SteamFest brings history to life over three days with one of the biggest collections of working steam machinery in Australia, Steam train rides, exhibitions of pioneering skills showing how things were done in yesteryear, ploughing displays and a full wood chopping competition on Monday. Plenty of kid’s entertainment plus lots and lots of art, craft and food stalls. And, of course, their Krauss steam loco running every half hour, all day long!
Held in the Town of Murals and Home of SteamFest – SHEFFIELD TASMANIA

Here is a link from a local Australian Newspaper…….click to enjoy…

Ferguson tractor lovers celebrate 75 years of the machine that ‘changed the world’ – ABC News

Visit You Tube to watch SteamFest recordings.

Photos taken by friends of Judy and John Jeffries who have emigrated to Australia and came across preparations for SteamFest 2021 whilst travelling around Tasmania.

The organiser of the tractor section is Gerard Gelston, who was expecting 32 tractors for the section he is co-ordinating. They are trying to make a special effort for the 75th Anniversary of the ‘Fergie’. Gerard attended the Great Dorset Steam Fair in 2019 and thought it was great.

Hopefully the UK will be back to some shows resembling these photos later this year 😉

John Groves

John Groves

It is with great sadness we have to announce the death of a longstanding member of the Club, John Groves. He was our Archivist, South Yorkshire area rep and member of the technical team.

Membership for 2021

***Buy an Annual Membership for 2021***

Looking to get someone a very nice present  The Ferguson Club membership starts January 1st  to December 31st 2021. You get journals quarterly full of stories from the members and committee.

We have a team of volunteers in various parts of the country you can contact for help and advice with day to day Ferguson and Massey Ferguson queries. From parts, repair queries, dvla registration and events.

Visit our Web site page and Facebook. Membership shortcut links below…..

Shortcut to Renew Membership…  CLICK HERE TO RENEW

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May we take this opportunity to wish all Ferguson Club Members and enthusiasts around the World a Happy New Year; I know we all Wish for a more positive year after the one we have all just experienced. From the Chair and Committee of the Ferguson Club. 🙂 

Spring Tractor World – canx

Spring Tractor World  – Malvern Showground – 2021

Tractor World Spring.  February 2021.  Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire. Unfortunately, I have been informed by the organisers that due to the ongoing Covid 19 crisis, that next spring’s show is cancelled but will be back in spring 2022.

Any queries, please contact Jonathan Parkes. 07774 111484.

Brent Thomas Ferguson Sales Auction

Record pricing for Auction of Brent Thomas’s Ferguson Collection

On Saturday 5th September HJ Pugh & Co. carried out the auction of Brent Thomas’s Ferguson Collection. Brent has been collecting Ferguson tractors and implements for over 30 years. He decided the time was right in his life to sell his entire collection. There were many rare Ferguson items in original condition.

What was really amazing to all those who were there and watching online were the prices being obtained.

Almost all of the original Ferguson items broke all previous pricing records on the hammer. Many of the items were sold with online bids and some will be going overseas. For a full list of hammer prices click on the attached link:-

https://www.easyliveauction.com/catalogue/03547b5d3edb9cf8d09cdb884e7b7fe1/0af8d24542e81eb9357e7ef448a6646f/ferguson-collection-comprising-rare-and-original-tractors-i/

Charity UK Tour

GRAHAM AND TED’S UK CHARITY TOUR – latest news below.

It is with a heavy heart that Graham & Ted have decided to delay their charity road run until early next summer. They both feel that under the current Gov’t restrictions regarding COVID-19 that to carry out such an event would be ill advised. Both for themselves and everyone else involved in support. They would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their generosity so far, both in donations and hospitality. Further updates will be posted on this website.

Graham Dell from Worcestershire and Ted Lake from Buckinghamshire will be embarking on an epic UK tour on a MF 2135 and David Brown 780 no later than first week of September. ( start date to be confirmed ). They are starting from Malvern in Worcestershire, across to the east coast, up to Scotland, John o’ Groats, the west coast of Scotland, across to Belfast, down through Southern Ireland, across to Fishguard, Devon, Land’s End, the south coast of England and back to Malvern. Travelling some 2500 plus miles they are raising money for Cancer Research UK, British Heart Foundation, Lupus UK and Fibromyalgia UK. Further details will be in the spring issue of the Journal and updates on this website. Please give your generous support to these two Gent’s in their tour of the British Isles. Graham can be contacted on : 07860 361145 or e-mail : grahamdellboy@aol.com (Graham will send you a Sponsorship form if needed)

 

Searching for MF135

Searching for a MF135 (HTD 976F)

I am trying to trace a Massey Ferguson 135 (HTD 976F) that my Grandfather purchased new in 1968. It was part exchanged in 1978 with a local machinery dealer and I believe it was possibly sold on to another local farmer in or around Preston Lancashire in 1978. Unfortunately, that is the limit of my knowledge at present. I believe it was last taxed for road use in 1989. I am hopeful that it is still in the area but I appreciate that a lot of time has elapsed. I would greatly appreciate if anyone can shed any light on its current whereabouts. Please feel free to contact me on 07840 563315…Thank you…..Matthew

 

Finding a Fergie

Have you seen this Ferguson TEF 20 ? 

Chassis no.TEF 501074 – Manufactured 1956 Registration no. TMO249  (Later) Registered 1959

Horticultural History ; In 1956 this Ferguson was the first tractor purchase and used in the creation of the first two of six Polo Ground’s at smiths Lawn ,Windsor Great Park, Royal Berkshire. We lived and grew at the foot of the polo grounds at Smith Lawn in a crown house called Flying Barn. Windsor park covers about 5,000 acres of beautiful majestic pine and broad leaf forestry, arable and live stock farming, Ornamental Gardens, and Course fishing lakes that contain some of the largest pike I have ever fished for.

My father a 3rdgeneration Groundsman Ray Nash worked for the Household Brigade Guards Polo Club from 1955 to 1973. as  head Groundsman. This Ferguson was used to draw a set of nine Ransomes Mk10 gang mowers, Chain Harrow, belt driven Circular Saw, Patterson spiker and rollers, Ferguson tipping Trailer, Muck Spreader, Rear Loader,  Sisis slit Spiker, Vicon wheeled Fertilizer Spreader etc.

Before leaving The Polo Club in 1973 to move to South Wales, my father purchased this Ferguson where it was dry stored  after being replace in the late 1960’s with two refurbished David Brown 850’s which where donated to the polo club by member David Brown himself. I later joined my parents in Wales a year after completing my Apprenticeship at Huxley s Garden Machinery, that used to be based in Staines, Middlesex.

In 2004 my father and mother Dilys decided to donate the Ferguson back to Polo Club after property down sizing from the beautiful rural area of Moelgiliau, llangienor to the town of Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan. At that time , ( Son ) I was not in a position to take on the tractor as I had just moved with my wife from Bridgend to Pembrokeshire. All I know is that my late sister contacted the polo club office which was located at the royal Mews near Windsor Castle and arranged for it to be collected by Paul the Groundsman. Later I found out that there was alleged talk of using it for a childrens playground or left in some crown estate park to deteriorate. Last year I spent a several days visiting retired Crown Estate worker friends in Windsor park,and i also needed to find out what happened to my fathers Ferguson over 16 years ago. I later made enquires to the polo manager at smiths Lawn, but unfortunately he has not seen this tractor and does not know where it has gone . As a retired time served Horticultural/Plant/HGV Mechanic and West Wales NVTEC member and recent new Ferguson Club Member, it would be nice to locate and restore this tractor, as it brings back many good childhood memory’s , and when I worked assisting my father as a teenage Groundsman.

Mr,John Nash ; Contact Via E-Mail at   john.jonnienash@gmail.com

Kevin Notice

***Notice from our outgoing Chairman – Kevin Britton***

As past Chairman I would like to wish our new Committee all the best in their new roles taking the Club forwards, growing its membership along the way.
My 2yrs have past quick, even with its ups and downs and would do it all again as its a fantastic club. Made loads of good friends along the way, up and down the Country, many thanks to all that have supported me
throughout my time on the Committee .
Will look forward to catching up at 2021 AGM weekend.
Thanks to all the Executive Committee.
Stay Safe Everybody, stay in, read Ferguson books and watch tractor dvds 🙂

Kevin….

Liquid Delights

MF Liquid Delights when the weather is scorching

While the Northern hemisphere is going through a very wet and cold winter the other half of our great planet is baking in some of the warmest temperatures for a long time. Here are a couple of recent photographs taken on Aldinga Beach, near Adelaide, Australia.
An entrepreneurial MF fan is towing his coffee bar along the white sandy beaches, refreshing tourists and locals while they struggle to cope with mid 40 degree weather. Enjoy!

Usk Show 2019

Usk Show 2019

Peter Aston – Ferguson Club rep for Wales (Gwent/E.Wales) would like to thank all who supported a fabulous Club stand at the Usk Show this year. Here are some photos of the day……

Lincolnshire Working Weekend

Lincolnshire Working Weekend – 14/15th September

Delgate Bank-Weston – Spalding – Lincolnshire. By Kind Permission of Lincolnshire Field Products
Around a year ago club member, Paul Beecham, who often helps with Lincolnshire events, offered to organise a working weekend. This set the ball rolling and ‘the team’ offered to hold the Ferguson Club European T20 annual Ploughing Match which follows the Ferguson Club Ploughing Rules of no weights on the plough and a straight top link. Rather challenging for land pounded down by huge combines and tractors with heavily laden trailers. The ploughman’s skills are certainly tested.
Lincolnshire Field Products were once again very obliging and two huge fields were made available for the general working day on Saturday and the ploughing on Sunday.
Planning began immediately: entry forms, welfare facilities, catering, ‘office’ for booking in, how many other ploughing classes, prizes, advertising, judges for the ploughing matches.
Lincolnshire has a good working team, with two area reps and members who readily come forward to assist in many different ways.
John Sharpe works meticulously to ensure the ploughing matches are run properly. The team are guided by his expertise and his enthusiasm is infectious.
The weather was really good for the whole time from getting ready on Friday to clearing up Sunday when the event had finished. Many enthusiasts took part on both days, there was much laughter and enjoyment. Simon Durrant stayed on site with his family, Julian and Alison Bellamy, whose property bordered on to the fields were very accommodating and helpful. Local tractor dealers bought modern tractors which looked enormous alongside a little Grey Ferguson and MF35. Many local companies donated raffle prizes which resulted in £205 being raised from tractor drivers and the public on Sunday. Over 50 tractors took part over the two day event which, after prize money was deducted, donations and raffle included, resulted in a total of £341 being raised for Spalding and Holbeach Macmillan Cancer Support.
The organisers would like to thank all who took part. We had tractors from Gloucestershire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Cambridgeshire and all parts of Lincolnshire. Club General Secretary, James Holland, came on his grey Fergie by road, travelling in excess of 20miles each way.
Stephen Watson attended on Sunday and I am sure you will soon see some of his photographs, some are already on Facebook.
Three other classes were run alongside the European T20 and the winners for all are as follows:

European T20 Ploughing Championship                    Vintage
1st Place      Charlie Roberts                                          Alan Thorpe
2nd Place     John Kitching                                             Brian Tidswell
3rd Place     Martin Jeffrey                                              David Savage

Classic                                                                            Novice
1st Place     John Sharpe                                                Paul Green
2nd Place    Gerry Hutchinson                                        Darren Shearwood
3rd Place     Mickey Smith

Don Sapsford giving John Instruction

Ploughmen at work

Charlie Roberts Winner of European T20 Ploughing Trophy

Paul Green Winner of Novice Class

John Sharpe Winner of Classic Class

 

 

 

Alan Thorpe Winner of Vintage Class

Thanks to all who took part, helped and supported in any way….John Jeffries

Marsham Show

Marsham Show Report (10-11th August 2019)

On Friday 9th August Ian Miller, the Area representative for Norfolk and the Lincolnshire team arrived at Marsham in Norfolk to prepare the Ferguson Club stand ready for the visitors to the Marsham Show on Saturday and Sunday.
David Chapman, John Sharpe, Nigel Harness, Adrian Wells and Ralph Wells arrived with their tractors and some implements, and John and Judy came with caravan in tow to park alongside the stand.
The tractors exhibited were:
MF 135, MF 35X, MF 35 Vineyard, Ferguson P3, Ferguson TEF. Both Ferguson’s had implements attached.

The flags and banners were put in place and the marquee was set up with tables and chairs to welcome visitors over the weekend. We had a few hair- raising moments with the high winds and extra straps and pegs were hastily added to the marquee. Current members were welcomed, new members enrolled, and Ian was on hand to chat with the locals. It was a lovely social weekend and John Sharpe won the Best Massey Ferguson In Show with his Massey Ferguson 135
We were surrounded by other clubs, some we know well, and some new friendships were formed.
Bob Parke and his team certainly pulled out all the stops to provide a memorable weekend where many charities benefited. We are really looking forward to The Ferguson Club attending next year. If members from Norfolk would like the opportunity to exhibit on the Club Stand in 2020 please contact Ian Miller 01379 676278.

Pictures from left to right….front view of Ferguson Club stand, Henry Castle admiring Nigel Harness’s Vineyard, the winning MF135 owned by John Sharpe

MF;751 TF – looking

Looking for a MF reg; 751TF

I was wondering if anyone knew the whereabouts of a red Massey-Ferguson registration number 751 TF, first registered in March 1963. The tractor belonged to my grandad, Jack Appleton of Mill House Farm, Rainford and he retired in 1965 and so this tractor was sold along with all the other farm implements. If anyone knows who now owns it, please could you contact me, Jacalyn, on 07985 905645 or email me at jackieho63@hotmail.com Many thanks.

 

2019 Chiltern Tractor Run

Tractor Run Success for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance

The Ferguson Club (Buckinghamshire,Berkshire & Oxfordshire) has been organising the Chiltern Vintage Tractor Charity run for the last 13 years. The success of its fund raising for the local Thames Valley Air Ambulance is simply phenomenal. Each year records have been broken for the amount of money raised towards this great cause. 2019 was no exception. Thanks go out to all involved, both on the organising side and for those taking part and raising the sponsorship. Total for this one day in May vintage tractor run was £9,000 The historical total sum raised over the last 13 years now stands at £57,434.07 

Lost Tractor

Looking for TEA20 – SBH 347

I’m trying to locate an old family tractor reg SBH 347 photo attached, it’s not life or death but that’s me on the tractor a few years ago on the family farm my father is getting older now and thought it would be a nice thing to find it with potential to purchase and bring it back to the family! I learnt how to drive on that if you may know of its whereabouts please contact me on 07776392423 or email  ..John@tkingassociates.com

Thank you….

 

Tracker

Tractor Security

After many phone calls from you, the members of the Ferguson Club, about tractors and implements being stolen asking “what can we do”, I am pleased to say that after many months of working behind the scenes on your behalf, I have managed to source what I think is a great deal currently exclusive for Ferguson Club members – It’s not released for general sale yet!
The company “Tracker” have come to our aid with a Brand New battery powered tracking unit (See photo 1). You do not need to leave your battery connected to your tractor all the time – or, if fitted to an implement (which don’t have batteries). It will still work.
Tracker have provided every Police force in the country with detection systems for their cars, so if a unit is activated (alarmed), when it gets in range of a Police car their tracker finder will ping, alerting the officers of a stolen tractor in their range wherever it is, even if its in a covered vehicle or building.
The unit is attached to our tractor “Hidden away”, but with a small lead to it (so we can charge its battery once a year via this lead), it has its own internal battery which has a five year life guaranteed.
The unit works via a fob (see picture 2). If this is within 10 metres of the tractor it can be moved without a problem. If the fob is not in range the system will contact a call centre – which will set off an Alarm. Tracker personnel will phone you , the registered owner, asking if you are moving the tractor and if you are then they will de activate it. If you are not – then it will be put on the system for any Police vehicle to trace. (All this takes ten minutes- subject to you answering your phone or if you miss two calls it will go “active”).
The fob only needs to be in your pocket for the system to know you are allowed to move the vehicle, if you put your tractor on a trailer and have the fob in your pocket no problem.
The cost retail is £361, but Ferguson Club members will be able to get the unit for £199.00 plus there is a yearly monitoring fee:
1 year subscription £99 including VAT (should be £179)
3 year subscription £249 including VAT, (should be £449)
5 year subscription £399 including VAT – Not available to the general public.

Just Call James (07764 254740 ) at Tracker and use the code Ferguson Club AD1290 for the discount. I’m having one these units on trial on my vintage kit – I have to know it will work! (bet it was free –Editor)
I have looked at other security devices: some are just painted markings (OK it is very special paint) and it won’t just scrape off. Another is having security codes stamped into the tractor’s parts. All seem to be within a few pounds of each other – so it’s a case of paying your money and taking a chance.
Mr Peter Aston will have a Tracker unit for you to look at so look out for the Ferguson Clubs Sales stand.

Alan Dunderdale DVLA Liaison Officer.

Seeking Tractor HRM957

Seeking Tractor HRM 957

I’d like to know if anyone knows the whereabouts of a 1949 petrol Ferguson registration HRM 957, believed to have been originally sold by County Motors of Carlisle. It comes up on the DVLA database and I’d like to contact the owner for an article I’m researching. Many thanks…Sandy Cox…Assistant Editor, Classic Tractor
sandy@classictractormagazine.co.uk