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.
August Bank Holiday Monday saw the Club in its usual position near the lake at Blickling Park for the Aylsham Show.
This year the weather was good after having two very wet years. Lots of people passed through our stand where club members were on hand to give any information needed about the exhibits. A good variety of Stationary Engines and equipment were present, the horticultural section still continues to grow, and a good standard of tractors and implements completed the line up. We hope that the general public has as much pleasure from our stand as we do. Tea and cakes made the day most enjoyable and it is always good to have this social side of the Club.
As always thanks go to the dedicated team who make the events possible.
The Club Summer Show took place at Allison St Marsham on the 13th and 14th August.
This year we had a much larger area and a new layout, a large range of exhibits took part, we welcomed The Pink Ladies stand for the first time, Annie and her team put on a good display with the decorated tractors and gave lots of information about the fund raising for Breast Cancer, several of our members take part in the annual road run in July.
Once again we had Tractor Pulling this always seems to be well supported and this time we also had Mini Tractor Pulling alongside the bigger models, it was certainly different entertainment. Other areas of the show provided a full ring programme, including Gun Dog displays, Marching Jazz Band, Sheep Shearing, and Bar Stool Games, Haley had her hair shaved off her head for cancer research, well done to her. The line up for tractors produced many different and some almost unique models, these were supported by an impressive engine ring, horticultural section and static displays including cars, motorcycles, and lorries and trade stands.The working area produced some beautiful memories of times past gathering the harvest in.
Saturday evening saw a road run take place followed by a Hog Roast and entertainment by Paula McKaskill.
Thanks go to every one who made this event happen.
The 29th and 30th of June took us to The Royal Norfolk Show, the weather was very mixed, rain on Wednesday dry on Thursday. Once again members worked hard to put on a good show, we were rewarded by being presented with the Barclays cup for the best trade stand in our class. Exhibits were varied several crawler tractors stood out this time including a diesel D4 Caterpillar, Fordson Major E27N tracked vehicle with a perkins P6 engine, and a Fordson model n roadless half track. Other models included a Bungart 3 T 8 with VW engine, a varied selection of John deere, some very early models on display, Oliver 70 industrial sat next to a Cockshutt imported from Canada in 2015. The horticultural section was well represented with various models. The engine ring had a good selection of varous makes, an Amaco ran a Boulton and Paul engine made in Norwich, a Moniter with a Hudson water pump. Matthew ran a Douglas SV 45, other Junior members had a good day and looked very busy.
Our thanks to all who made this event so successful. Next event Worstead Festival followed by Marsham .
The Club started the 2016 season with the first three events taking place at the Norfolk Showground, the first of these being The Spring Fling which is a very hands on day where everyone is allowed to get on the equipment if they wish. As a Club we feel that it is important that some events allow the public and especially the young to be able to understand the relationship between the tractors, engines and implements to the production of the food we eat. Once again we did our best to share our knowledge with all.
Following this a few days later on April 9th and 10th we were invited to The Eastern Counties Vintage Show where this time we seemed to have more of smaller agricultural machines standing alongside the tractors and ploughs, a fine display of hedge cutters made for interesting viewing.
For anyone who came to this event they must have been impressed by the display of commercial vehicles, vintage machinery cars etc some of which had never been displayed before.
The third event in April took place on the 23rd and 24th where we were invited to the Game and Country Fair, once again some members gave their time to help set up the stand, it was not warm, hail showers were frequent, but members still ran engines and displayed machinery, Steven had a wonderful display of Tarpen horticultural equipment, whilst Adrian gave good demonstrations inside the engine pen of various grass cutting machines.
On Sunday 15th May Sir John White organised a Tractor Road Run and barbeque from the Salle estate for charity, approx 34 tractors took part through the country roads of North Norfolk.Club members worked hard whilst the tractors were away to make sure that the food was ready to eat on return. A good day was had by all.
The club annual dinner was held on Saturday 9th January at the Wensum Valley Hotel Taverham, Norwich. We were well looked after by the staff who served our meal with excellent service. It is always good to see club members and guests all dressed up, it makes a change from the casual dress of the rally field and therefore makes the winter seem a little less long as we wait for the new season to start.
This year we were entertained by Paul who sang and looked the part of Elvis, later on we we treated to the voice and music of Paula MacAskill once again she had our feet tapping, and many of us on the dance floor. Our thanks to them both for a lovely evening and as always our thanks to everyone who made the event possible.
Our first outing of 2016 is the Spring Fling at the Norfolk Showground. The Eastern Counties Vintage Show takes place on April 9th and 10th also at the Norfolk Showground.
On a final note in November we were at the Newark Showground where the club put on a good show of various exhibits and our congratulations to Steven and Roger for their awards.
The Aylsham Show took place on Monday 31st August,what an awful day it turned out to be, grey skies and liquid sunshine greeted us when we awoke, even the setting up had not been without rain either, however in true style the show went ahead with a sea of wellingtons, wet weather gear and brollies!! My full admiration goes to those ladies and gentlemen who manned our stand all day in the rain,even the tea tent had a distinctive soggy feel to it.
It is a great shame that this was the second year in a row that the weather has not been kind and our sympathy is for all those who spend much time in the organisation of the show, it is such a joy when the weather is at least dry. Despite the rain there were still general public passing through and showing interest in the exhibits which were on show.
The road run on Sunday had a good turn out and at least the rain held off for the greater part of the day.
Looking forward the next event is at Newark Showground on November 7th and 8th followed by a charity Plough Day at Marsham on November 22nd.
Finally don't forget the Club Dinner is at The Wensum Valley Hotel, Taverham, Norwich on Saturday January 9th.
Marsham summer show took place on the 8th and 9th August, this year the sun came out, the ground was very dry and dusty what a difference from last year.
We had many lovely and rare exhibits on display, ranging from wonderful models working and static which were of credit to their owners, various collections including tools, military, toy vehicles, milk bottles and much more.
Tractors ranged from the very old to the very modern, a selection of almost everything could be seen. I will mention just a few that caught my eye, a 1931 Austin made for vineyard work, a Renault 1921 H I track only 600 believed to have been made and 6 or so exist today, a 1917 Sawyer Massey with its orange counterpart alongside, a wonderful industrial yellow Massey complete with bucket model IG2249 ex USA Airforce, Gerald Wallis totally restored but at times reluctant to run! The Whiting Bull model Big Bull the first tractor in Heacham and so many more all around the showground, Blue Force and Tractor Pulling on the stubble field completed the line up.
In the engine ring a varied display worked away, best exhibit for me was the "Wash and brush up for 1/6" powered by a Bamford EVI, Jack thought this very useful to wash his hands in the sink! many others including Bamford Tulip Top running a Lister pump, a Wolseley WD 1/11 running a Fellow and Bate Ltd grinding wheel, a Mianus Motor Works Stamford Conn USA believed to be a boat engine of about 1912. A different touch from a couple of exhibitors came in the form of illumination on Saturday evening after the road run and Hog roast whilst the band played in the building, it made a nice sight and perhaps could be expanded next time.
Wandering around the site classic cars, vintage gypsy wagons, heavy horses,vintage commercials, radio controlled trucks and cars all took our eye, my favourite came in the form of 2 BSA Bantam GPO telegraph motor cycles, the older of the pair 1953 complete with exemption disc and instruction on the fuel tank for 2 shots to 1 Gallon, the latter a 1971 B175 was last issued at Newbury and was the last of the telegraph bikes. Our thanks to all the Bantam Club who shared their time and knowledge so freely and for putting on such a lovely display.
The ring had a full programme of events both days including dog displays, Norwich pipe band, sheep shearing and the new event of "The Bar Stool Relay" undertaken by members of the horticultural stand who also put on a grand display of machinery and implements next to the engine ring. The event involved passing a baton and driving around obstacles along a course in the main ring, and of course lots of liquid that looked like beer!! Was anyone left dry I wonder?
Congratulations to Sid and Debbie who were transported to this event in the ring on the Bar stool Piano Trailer.
Finally my apologies if I have missed anything out, our thanks to all the trade stands and stalls and to everyone who made this event such a lovely weekend.