The Starting Handle Club was created in 1974 by a small group of enthusiasts interested in preserving, working and displaying vintage and classic agricultural and horticultural bygone farm machinery. From the inception of the club, members have regularly exhibited at the Aylsham Show, Worsted Festival, the Royal Norfolk Show plus many other events mainly in Norfolk and North Suffolk. At the end of each financial year, the club has managed to make a donation to a charity or worthy cause. This has amounted to many thousands of pounds over the years.
The backbone of the club comprises tractors, stationary engines, horticultural machinery and their various attachments. Old cars, lorries, motorcycles, steam engines, bicycles etc. are regularly included at rallies. To date the club boasts a membership in excess of two hundred, ranging in age from nine to ninety. The flourishing ‘Junior’ section is particularly encouraged as hopefully they will provide the mainstay of the club in the future.