Isle of Wight FFA “Fun Weekend”, Mottistone Manor Farm
12th & 13th March 2011
This year’s event was again held at Mottistone Manor Farm by kind permission of Todd and Jackie Carder.
Saturday dawned with sunny spells all day and conditions for ploughing were excellent having had a dry previous couple of weeks.
Some 25 tractors and their drivers turned up for the two day event – the majority being Fords or Fordsons ranging from an Orange Standard right through the Fordson Majors, Dextas and the 1000 range Classics to a New Holland TS115 and a T7060. A County Crawler and a Roadless 75 also featured. A smattering of “other makes” also turned up including a Belarus of indeterminate vintage.
A range of cultivators were brought to supplement the ploughs – the conditions meant that cultivating could take place immediately after ploughing.
A massive set of discs which the NH T7060 pulled with ease, proved too much for a 6 cylinder Major although the County Crawler managed them albeit at a more leisurely pace!
Overnight rain caused a little anxiety on Sunday morning – the gateway proving a bit of a problem first thing.However within an hour of the ploughing starting the sun came out and the north westerly wind freshened up and the ground dried out a treat.
Proudly showing off his 1971 5000 was Denis Pocock. This had just finished a “refit” and was resplendent in its new coat of paint and the refitting of the cab.
All thanks to the generosity of the local agricultural dealers, merchants and the wider community the raffle and donations produced just over £600 which is to be given to the Children’s Ward at the local hospital – St Mary’s, Newport, Isle of Wight.
The picture for the poster for the event was drawn by Mia - aged 6, Mia is a patient in the
Childrens Ward at St Mary's. Mia subsequently drew the raffle on the Sunday.
"Well Done" Mia - Superb drawing
The team of Denis Pocock, John Butcher and David Lemonius wish to thank all who contributed to make this a successful event.