NEWSLETTERS AND NEWS|
was with great sadness we learnt of the passing of Paul Gent last week.
His presence at our matches never failed to
lighten the atmosphere of what can be sometimes
stressfull few hours of trying to remember what to do next!
Our sincere condolences go out to his family.
(If we recieve any information regarding his funeral arangements they will be posted here.)
| CHAIRMANS REPORT June 2019|
I started this report with an apology to
you all for the premature end to our ploughing season. I did try to find more
land because of a dry spring the farmers all wanted to sow their crops early.
Stratford upon Avon was the last match
and what a day that was. We had a film crew with Henry Cole and Sam Lovegrove
filming for ‘Find it Fix it Drive it’ program. This was shown on May 1st
at 9.00 pm. The TV time was good for the club even though Bob, Graham and
myself only got 30 seconds each!
I would like to offer Sam and Josie
Hitchman the Club’s congratulations on being together for 50 years! I think
that deserves some sort of medal!
At the AGM in February it was revealed
that only 53 of you had paid their subscriptions last year. These are due
annually by February and the Club relies on these funds to be able to operate
efficiently. We are going to try a new idea by re-introducing the card system by
way of a receipt, whereby you will be issued with a card upon payment which
needs to be shown when booking into matches to avoid having to pay the non-members
We will try and issue these cards at the
next ploughing match with the help of our records which hopefully are up to
We would like you to welcome our new
safety officer Richard Cook. It’s not an enviable task so please remember the
purpose is to keep us all safe!
The new season ploughing schedule is
slowly being put together so please keep an eye open for events the web site.
See below Nigel Pantry's report on the events of the TV coverage of the Stratford match. Also congratulations to Lily and Glen on the safe arrival of their baby son Logan in
Australia in January!
That’s all and let’s hope we will have
another successful BDVPS season.
Stratford Match TV Report:-|
BDVPS Member Nigel Pantry was approached last September to take
part in the More4 television series “Find It, Fix It, Drive It” as part of the
episode in which Henry Cole and Sam Lovegrove restore a Massey Ferguson 135,
purchased from Patrick Edwards, and then use it in a ploughing match. Nigel was
recommended to Henry as a local ploughman who could give them some tuition.
After several cancelled days due to Henry’s other filming commitments, Nigel
met them for a day on a field of green sand on one of the farms that Nigel
works on. He used the 1967 Ford 3000 that he bought from Bryan Palmer last
summer, and the Ransomes TS59N that his daughter Lily has used in many Banbury
matches behind her Grandfather’s little Grey Fergie. Henry and Sam enjoyed
several hours of using this well matched outfit, and the footage of the
ploughing shows how ideal the conditions were. Unfortunately, they were not
able to bring the outfit that was the subject of the programme, and their first
furrows with it were at the January BDVPS Stratford match, at which several
members including Bob Butlin, Graham Clifton and Pete Shirley, quickly pointed
out the problems with their set up. However, they had a go, thoroughly enjoyed
meeting the ploughmen, were genuinely thankful to the society for having them
there, and got some great footage for their programme.
| Nigel Pantry|
|CHAIRMANS REPORT June 2018|
I think we gave you a pretty fair 2017-2018 ploughing season, although there were a few nightmares for me ...
Firstly for the October Aynho match there were 90 ploughmen booked in and 88 of you turned up.
So two matches in three fields on one farm on the same day with normal and qualifying classes!
Secondly the December Bruern match had to be postponed due to bad weather forecast for that day.
looked out of the window that morning to see 10 inches of snow! The
match was cancelled twice more before we ran it in March. Consequently
next years match will be held in March !
May we had another great fun day at Adrian Lamb's farm at Sibford where
over £500 was raised for various charities. The cakes were soft
but the ground was very hard!
Also in May we were
treated to a viewing of an impressive collection of Ferguson
tractors courtesy of John Rogers at Hook Norton.
We had an
invitation to put on a tractor display at the Young Farmers Rally
in Witney. It was at the Rally that I took part in a tug of war between
my B275 tractor and a bunch of children! Believe it or not they pulled
me backwards with my wheels spinning for grip!
Once again we are
always on the lookout for more land to plough so if any of you could
make enquiries as we could do with a couple more matches to top off our
On a happy note I would like to offer the Clubs
congratulations to Nigel an Flo Pantry on the marriage of their
daughter Lily to Ben, at Easter in Australia! All the best for their
BRITISH NATIONAL PLOUGHING CHAMPIONSHIPS
The following club members achieved excellent
results in Somerset :-
best young farmer
4th & 3rd
CHAIRMANS REPORT July 2017
don’t think we gave you a bad ploughing season last time.
the summer I have been talking to farmers to put together matches
this coming season.
two new farms to visit this year, one at Chippy and one at
hopefully there are still two or three more matches yet to be confirmed.
During the summer we went to the young farmers
rally at Wittenham.
At the end of June we had our stand at the Bloxham Rally manned once
by Sam and Josie Hitchman and our thanks goes to them.
Members also enjoyed a Ferguson evening out
courtesy of Andrew Drinkwater
his impressive collection of the marque.
On a sad note Peter Brown passed away earlier
Wishing all our members an enjoyable
forthcoming ploughing season.
CHAIRMANS REPORT July 2016
ploughing season is here again with a full program this side of Xmas.
are however looking for land to hold 2 to 3 matches in the New Year.
back we had a very good match at Broughton in the Spring and many thanks to
Olie Turner for getting the land and to Dennis Smith for going back the next
day to finish ploughing the whole field!
again we were invited to Adrian Lamb’s fun day match at Sibford in May where £360.00
was raised for Katherine House Hospice.
our Bloxham Rally stand was again a great success thanks to Sam and Josie
Hitchman and to Tom Routledge for setting it all up.
were invited to visit a collection of crawler tractors courtesy of Roger Fox
and arranged by Peter Shirley (his old stomping grounds!) A very interesting
evening with tea and cakes laid on by our host.
CHAIRMANS REPORT July 2015
Well it’s nearly time to start
Land however is easier to lose than to find! I
am looking for two more farmers willing to
host a match. Please help if you are aware of a field that
might be suitable.
Our last outing at Sibford with the Lamb
family raised £312 for Katherine House Hospice
and was a very enjoyable day.
We also arranged a farm visit
to Jersey Manor Farm at Somerton to see a robotic milking parlour set up. Sadly
this was not very well attended with only about 10 or 12 people
One other thing we did again this summer was
to have a stand at the Bloxham Rally.
This was a huge success largely thanks to
Sam and Josie Hitchman who organised it
all and also to Tom Routledge for
giving up his time to get the trailer there.
We have two S.O.P. qualifying matches again
this year with the Horticultural one at the Warriner School at Bloxham and the
main one at Charles McClaren’s farm at Aynho.
CHAIRMANS REPORT December 2014
The Cup Match at Aynho was extremely close to being over
booked yet five people who booked a plot didn’t turn up. If you cannot plough
then please inform me at least the day before so other people who may be on the
waiting list can plough.
On a sad note at the beginning of November we were informed
of the passing of Donald Bowler. He will be sadly missed in the vintage world
as will his reports in the Tractor magazine.
It is becoming increasingly difficult to find suitable land
for our matches due partly to the trend of minimum tillage so our furrows are
not desired. We therefore urge all club members to ask around and if any land
is available please let me know.
To clarify our take on prize money awarded at a match, this
will only apply to those ploughmen who stayed on for the prize giving.
December is a very busy month for me with Bicester,
Risborough and North Bucks having invited us to their quiz nights as well as
our usual committee meeting and not to forget my annual rock concert to go to.
Wishing all our members a happy Christmas and let’s hope
for a good seasons ploughing next year.
NATIONAL PLOUGHING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014
The following club members achieved excellent
results in Hampshire:-
Trailed Mike Taylor 2nd
Graham Soule 5th
Sam Hitchman 3rd
CHAIRMANS REPORT July 2014
In my last report I was pleased to say that all matches up
to Christmas went ahead on schedule and we did not even get wet!
After Christmas it did rain and I did get phone calls
regarding the match intended at Islip. The answer given was that if you have a
boat with linkage arms and the judges had wet-suits then the match was
possible! Needless to say the field was under water….
We held two matches in the spring. The first being at North
Aston on grass and beautiful sandy soil, however this made visible every
possible mistake and not one thing could be hidden from the judges. We were also welcomed back by David Morrell
at Middle Barton which proved very popular with the ploughmen.
A fun day was held at Adrian Lamb’s farm at Sibford with
£350 being raised for Katherine House Hospice and a further £132 for Great
Ormond Street Hospital.
Also at the end of May a visit was on offer to see Paul
Ambler’s collection of 35 vintage tractors and modern machinery. Again this
proved to be very popular and a big thanks to Paul for this rare opportunity.
At the end of June the club had a stand at the Bloxham
Rally. This was very successful and thanks
to Sam Hitchman for organising it and all those who contributed to make
it a successful weekend.
At the forthcoming Rousham match we will be holding an extra
class for oat seed high-cut. This class will start earlier at 9am and finish at
At the moment we have several children wishing to plough and
I have been to discuss this with the N.F.U. to get a ruling on this matter. At
the age of 13 they are allowed to plough on privately owned land. They cannot
plough on public land, e.g. owned by the church, until they are 16. They must
of course be insured and have parental supervision.
REPORT January 2014
I started the last chairman’s report with the
words ”Well what season that was!”
All going well so far for all the matches
ploughed and all on the allocated dates!
Only one match was the weather in doubt and
then I phoned a friend who gave me a weather report from his computer which he
said had never been wrong yet.
The club dinner was an excellent night with a
good meal and a somewhat dodgy speaker….
December was a very busy month. On Tuesday 3rd,
five of us went to the Bicester club’s quiz night.
On Saturday the 7th I went to Guildford for a night of live
music followed by the next day a ploughing match at Churchill, where I lent my
tractor to Jamie Cook to plough. On the 11th a committee meeting,
then the following evening a trip to Bledlow for the Risborough club’s quiz
night. On the 16th Ten Pin bowling with the North Aston farm
personnel in Bicester. Then on the 18th
there was the North Bucks quiz night where four of us attended, teaming
up with Gerald Bootman and his wife and
all, for me anyway, a very busy month!
That’s all for now.
PLOUGHING CHAMIONSHIPS 2013
The following club members achieved excellent
results in Heredfordshire:-
CLASSIC Hugo Hoyle 4TH
Peter Shirley 5TH
CHAIRMAN’S REPORT July 2013
what a season that was! Only two matches
before Christmas then three matches and a fun day at two week intervals during
April and May.
The Derek Blunn charity match at Basil Page’s
farm plus the fun day at Sibford courtesy of Adrian Lamb raised a total of
£1157 for Katherine House Hospice, a grand effort by all concerned.
been informed that their next newsletter will include an article on our Derek
Blunn inspired charity ploughing matches where between 2003 and 2013 a total of
£22,000 has been raised!
also going to hold a match to raise money for the Warriner School Farm in
Bloxham. The farm has lost its government funding of £40,000.p.a. Please help us to raise some much needed
money on the first Sunday in October.
must have a moan about litter being left behind at ploughing matches, which
apart from giving the club a bad name could cause the loss of a venue.
On the 14th May I had the sad task
of attending the funeral of Richard Watts of Byfield. Our condolences go to
On a lighter note I am pleased to announce the
birth of Eleaner Meridith weighing in at 8lb 9oz on June 18th.
Congratulations to Claire Guard and Paul Ambler.
Once again there will be a
club dinner in November. It will be worth coming just to see me trying to be
CHAIRMAN’S REPORT WINTER 2012
that’s another year gone by and what a year it has been. We have
struggled with ploughing matches this season due to the adverse weather
conditions we have experienced. Even the Nationals were affected with
several competitors unable to complete their plots as the conditions
were so bad. However the Rousham match was very good and then we had a
brilliant match at Aynho where the sun came out and the ground was dry
with an excellent turnout.
Our winter meetings have seen some excellent speakers and thanks to all who ventured out to make the evenings worthwhile.
seemed to enjoy our harvest supper at Wroxton, which was very
successful with great and plentiful food and a very entertaining
We have taken part in two quiz nights recently and
done quite well. We shall be having our own quiz night soon so do come
along and support the club.
Future match dates have been sorted out so lets hope the weather improves.
Don’t forget to visit the club website to keep up to date on match dates etc.
is also a new club logo which is now available in the form of sew-on or
iron-on badges, these will be on sale for £2:50 each.
Chairman’s Report - July 2011
this on a gloomy evening it's hard to believe we are still in July
- the height of summer! The weather can't make it's mind up this month.
Only a couple of weeks ago I was sweltering in the hay fields
making small bales. On turning one bale over my father in law noticed I
had added some protein to the hay in the form of a grass snake! It
must have been basking in the sun, unaware of a John Deere and baler
approaching. If still intact he would have been a good size going on
the girth of the chunk we extracted from the bale.
At least the rain we have seen over the weekend will go some way to
soften the ground before we start ploughing again in August.
The schedule for the rest of the coming season is nearly complete. We
should be able to look forward to some good matches, all being well.
On a sad note - Bill Eagles passed away recently. Several club members
attended his funeral at Charlton and he will be sadly missed.
Our annual harvest supper will be held at the Whately Hall hotel in
Banbury again this year on Friday 30th September 7:30 for 8:00 pm.
Tickets will be £19.45 per person for a 3 course meal.
Chairman’s Report - April 2011
I would like to say how much we will all miss Peter Day. He was always
there to lend a hand with marking out and willing to help wherever he
could, and gave many years of support to the society as a committee
All the Club Night speakers were well received and progress is being
made on securing some interesting speakers for next Autumn. The quiz
was well attended with seven teams competing, the feedback on the night
being that the questions were quite hard, so I will have to make them a
little easier next year!
The weather during January and February was wet again, although some
ploughing matches survived. The ploughing match at Churchill went well
after being postponed due to bad weather. It was cold but a dry day.
The Spring Cup match at North Aston Farms was, if anything too dry, but
an enjoyable day was had by the healthy turnout on the day.
Derek Blunn's charity matches were very well attended as usual.
Thankfully the weather stayed fine and dry as it always seems to for
his matches, and at the time of writing well over £4000 had been raised
for Katharine House Hospice and with further donations from the
Macmillan Nurses and the Churchill Radiography Department, the total
amount looks likely to exceed £5000! Well done Derek who would like to
thank all those who took part and/or donated to this worthwhile charity.
Now the season has ended we have enjoyed glorious weather. Hopefully
we will have similar conditions when we start again in August.
Please note that membership subscriptions should now have all been
paid for 2011. Subsequent newsletters will not be sent out to those who
have yet to pay.
Thanks to all who helped mark out and organise the matches during the past season.
AGM main points:-
It was well attended and I was voted in as the new Chairman as Dave
Kerry had decided to stand down, I'm sure you will all join with me in
thanking David for his several great years as Chairman.
The awarding of prize money is to continue.
The Horticultural class now have a voice again as Sam Hitchman was voted onto the committee.
Subscriptions to go up to £10 for 2012, in line with inflation.
It was agreed to award Bob Butlin £100 to help with expenses related
to attending the European Vintage Championships, for which we all wish
him a very successful trip.