The 26th and 27th of June found us again at The Royal Norfolk Show, once again we were pleased with how well set out our stand looked, we were even more pleased that the Judges thought along similar lines as we were awarded Reserve Champion for the Barclays Trade Stand Award. A big thank you to all the exhibitors who made this possible.
We always look forward to complementing the working area adjacent to our stand and their displays of bygone farming were a real pleasure to watch, some of our Club members take part in this display.
For the first time this year we took part in the pageant celebrating 100 years of the NFU and 75 years of Young Famers which took place in the Main Ring it showed farming and events through the ages, a sight worth seeing and very well presented, our thanks to all club members who took part.
Finally a big thank you to all who supplied cakes and help in the tea tent.
We now look forward to The Summer Show, Worstead Festival and Aylsham Show.
How the year has flown by, we attended The Royal Norfolk Show in June, then on to Worstead Festival, The Summer Show at Marsham and finally the Aylsham Show. All events were well attended and as always we appreciate all the help which we receive to set up and close down, we always hope the public enjoy what we do.
The Summer Show as in previous years had some interesting exhibits of which some had not been seen in Norfolk before. Aylsham Show saw our chairman Richard organising his last event for the club as he stepped down from this role. At our September club meeting at Bawburgh we presented both Richard and Ruth with a thank you gift from us all.
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.