Banbury & District Vintage Ploughing Society


                                       NEWSLETTERS  AND NEWS
 
     
        It 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
         a 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 rate.

We will try and issue these cards at the next ploughing match with the help of our records which hopefully are up to date!

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.

 

Bryan Palmer
                                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.
I 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 !

In 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 season.

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 future.

 Bryan Palmer

                  BRITISH NATIONAL PLOUGHING CHAMPIONSHIPS   2017

             The following club members achieved excellent results in Somerset :-


                 Trailed                                Max Cherry                     4th

                                                             James Cook       best young farmer

                  Oat seed                            John Broomfield             4th & 3rd

                 Horticultural                       Dave Williams                  1st  

                                                              Alistair Hett                       5th

                 Mounted                             Richard Ingram                1st

                  Classic                              John Cole                        1st  

                  Crawler                              Richard Cook                  3rd


 CHAIRMANS REPORT      July 2017

  Well I don’t think we gave you a bad ploughing season last time.

  During the summer I have been talking to farmers to put together matches

  for this coming season.

   We have two new farms to visit this year, one at Chippy and one at

  Barford St. John.

  Also 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 again

 by Sam and  Josie Hitchman and our thanks goes to them.

  Members also enjoyed a Ferguson evening out courtesy of Andrew Drinkwater

  viewing his  impressive collection of the marque.

  On a sad note Peter Brown passed away earlier this year.

  Wishing all our members an enjoyable forthcoming ploughing season.

 
 Bryan Palmer

CHAIRMANS REPORT      July 2016

 

The ploughing season is here again with a full program this side of Xmas.

We are however looking for land to hold 2 to 3 matches in the New Year.

Looking 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!

Once again we were invited to Adrian Lamb’s fun day match at Sibford in May where 360.00 was raised for Katherine House Hospice.

Also our Bloxham Rally stand was again a great success thanks to Sam and Josie Hitchman and to Tom Routledge for setting it all up.

We 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.

Bryan Palmer

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CHAIRMANS REPORT      July 2015

 

 Well it’s nearly time to start ploughing again.

 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 

 turning up.

 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.

 

 

Bryan Palmer



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.

 Bryan Palmer.

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BRITISH NATIONAL PLOUGHING CHAMPIONSHIPS   2014

 The following club members achieved excellent results in Hampshire:- 
Trailed    
                           Mike Taylor                      2nd 

Oat seed                            Graham Soule                  5th

Horticultural                        Sam Hitchman                 3rd

                                           Dave Williams                   5th




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 2pm.

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.

 

Bryan Palmer



CHAIRMAN’S 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 Brian Stilwell.

 In all, for me anyway, a very busy month!

That’s all for now.

 

Bryan Palmer

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BRITISH NATIONAL PLOUGHING CHAMIONSHIPS   2013

 The following club members achieved excellent results in Heredfordshire:- 

CLASS 8      HORTICULTURAL                   Dave Williams         1ST

                                                                          Sam Hitchman         5TH

CLASS 11    CLASSIC                                  Hugo Hoyle             4TH

CLASS 12    OAT SEED                               Peter Shirley           5TH


CHAIRMAN’S REPORT           July 2013

 

 Well 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.

  I have 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!

  We are 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.

   I 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 his family.

  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 the speaker!

 Bryan Palmer

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          CHAIRMAN’S REPORT           WINTER 2012


 Well 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.
 Everyone seemed to enjoy our harvest supper at Wroxton, which was very successful with great and plentiful food and a very entertaining speaker.
 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.
 There 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.

Paul Hewson

 

       

                Chairman’s Report - July 2011

Writing 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.

Paul Hewson
              

          

               Chairman’s Report - April 2011

 Firstly 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 member.
 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.

Paul Hewson