On Sunday 14th January we were invited to Norwich Cathedral to take part in the celebrations for Plough Sunday and evensong.
Plough Sunday marks the beginning of the agricultural year, the seed and equipment being blessed in the hope of a successful harvest.
Once we were all in place the tractors with ploughs paraded round the Close at the Cathedral, the Dean looked completely at ease seated upon George's tractor just before the parade. We all had a good if slightly chilly time and those of us who went to evensong were more than rewarded by a beautiful service.
Our thanks to the Cathedral staff for all their help, after all it's not everyday you get to see a tractor and ploughs in Church.
The final outing this summer for the club took us to the Aylsham Show held in the Parkland of Blickling Hall on August Bank Holiday Monday. This year the sun shone, it was very hot and sun cream and hats were the order of the day.
As always members worked hard to make the area look good with a great display of tractors, implements, stationary engines, horticultural and one or two more "quirky" exhibits. "Buttercup" is a vehicle powered by a stationary engine and looks very much like a "Flintstone car", it towed a small trailer shaped like a barrel where Richard's dog travelled quite happily, Richard also provided us with music played on a gramophone powered by steam, a big talking point with lots of people taking an interest.
Sunday saw a Road Run for the tractors take place and many took the opportunity to see the countryside, lunch was held at a pub on route.
Thanks to all who helped to make such a lovely weekend.
The Marsham Summer Show took place at Orchard Cottage, the event is open to everyone not just Club members. A large number of exhibits were present, the standard and display of them excellent, our thanks goes to everyone who worked so hard to give such a lovely show, feedback suggests everybody seemed to have a good time.
The tractor line up celebrated 100 years of Ford, most models seemed to have been represented, examples of very early models right through to the very modern. Stationary engine exhibits were also more in numbers displaying many different types and working much different machinery and accessories, the potato grader, roller mill, and laundry system to name but a few. Other displays included motorcycles, speedway bikes, classic cars, awning displays,model engines, tractor pulling, mini tractor pulling and much more.
This year Marsham Church put on a dog show, it proved to be much fun and we hope that it raised a few pounds towards the major project which is now being undertaken, it was nice to see some of the greyhounds from Yarmouth Greyhound Rescue taking part.
Finally the presentation of The Stuart Taylor Trophy was presented for the first time to David Frost for his Fordson Super Major. Take a look in the gallery to see some of the exhibits
Worstead Festival took place on July 29th and 30th. The Club were once again asked to attend, about 50 exhibits made up a display of working stationary engines, tractors, horticultural machinery and one or two other exhibits.
The team put much effort into making the stand look good, a slight change to our area made it different. The festival itself provided lots of entertainment for everyone, the ring putting on a full programme both days. Lots to see and listen to for members of the public who certainly seemed to be enjoying everything.
Dennis who commentates for us when we are doing the ring parade has decided to hang up his "mike", our thanks go to him for his help over the years.
The Royal Norfolk Show took place on the 28th and 29th June 2017, this year rain on Wednesday, very cool and cloudy on Thursday. Setting up our stand took place from Saturday onwards and the weather was good until Tuesday when the rain set in, the team however donned wet weather gear and continued to make a good display of exhibits.
We were once again next to Graham and his working area which is always a good complement when we both come together. We hope that members of the public feel the same.
Leading to our entrances stood a steam roller made by Aveling and Porter and living van also a Burrell traction engine, once in the stand a varied display of tractors met your eye along with stationary engines working in the ring area, displays of horticultural, working models, and military accessories including chocolate bars and food rations to tie in with the farm and food theme. It is always nice to have some exhibits which haven't been with us before.
Thanks to Michael who loved Robert's model T truck so much that he allowed us to take his photo sitting in it, a joy to see some one so happy.
On Sunday 21st May Sir John White hosted a road run and barbecue at Salle Parkland.
We were able to enjoy the beautiful setting of mature trees and woodland, the tractors were guided through this wonderful area by Sir John taking the lead on approximately a 15 mile tour around the villages of the area.
Many thanks to those who helped to make another enjoyable day in the sunshine.
Our first outing for 2017 took place at the Norfolk Showground on April 4th for the Spring Fling, this event always takes place in the Easter Holidays and is a hands on educational day where children and adults alike learn lots about food and farming.
Our place at this event is to allow those who wish to touch and explore our tractors and implements to safely do so. Most shows are very much look and do not touch, this is a totally different experience for everyone, we are always on hand to explain what function the exhibits would have had in the past to do with food production and farming.
The weather at this event was kind and a good day was had by all.
April 22nd and 23rd took some of us to Euston Park and the Game Fair, a new venue for this event. Not so many of us went this year as it took place on the same weekend of the Eastern Counties Vintage Show where some club members help. The commercial lorries at Eastern Counties were a splendid attraction and both events were enjoyed by all.
Saturday 7th January saw club members, guests and friends gather together at the Wensum Valley Hotel for the annual club dinner.
Once again we were presented with a three course meal, the standard and presentation of food and tables was excellent it is always lovely to see tables beautifully set and arranged when you first walk in. We are always pleased to see each other as the winter months always seem long, many conversations take place about forth coming events and it seems a good place to catch up with each other.
After the meal we were entertained by Barry with his Elvis set and then by Paula many of us danced the evening away.
Our thanks go to the hotel staff who looked after us so well, to Bob and the team who organised the event, and to all those who came and supported us.
On Wednesday 7th December at the Christmas social evening cheques were presented to 10 different organisations who all had representatives on hand to accept their donations from the club. A grand total of £5,500 was distributed amongst them, we know from their thank you speeches this money is gratefully received and will help their causes, which were all varied. We hope they have as much pleasure in using the money as we had raising it.
Entertainment for the evening was a very versatile singer who provided a lovely mixture of music and song, a plentiful buffet and raffle completed the evening.
May we take this opportunity to thank all those who help in any way through the year to make our club successful and finally to send all our good wishes for Christmas and the coming year.
Event dates should be available in January.