30th March - David Lemonius reports: We were blessed with some fine weather and good ground conditions for our eighth working day – having missed out last year due to the horrendous conditions during March.
Some 13 tractors – fewer than usual – turned out with largely Ford and Fordson but with a smattering of other colours – in particular a nicely restored David Brown 990 by Richard Deighton.
Interestingly there were some variations on a theme with Glynn Draper’s Standard Fordson with a Perkins 6/354 fitted. He had just finished the work and was pleased to try it out and it performed well. Adam Shirlaw brought along what appeared to be an unassuming Pre-Force 5000, but this was fitted with a 7610 engine which purred up and down the field effortlessly. Glen Snudden brought along his Fordson Super Major fitted with 4-wheel drive which was imported from the Netherlands some 14 years ago. This was given a good trial on a 3 furrow Ransomes plough which it pulled well. William Earley was there with his 1959 Fordson Major and 2 furrow plough. Good to see some younger folk joining in. A number of other tractors were fitted with cultivators and discs giving a nice finish to the ground.
Adam Shirlaw’s Preforce 5000 fitted with a 7610 engine ploughing on the
Isle of Wight.
This year our designated charity was the National Coastwatch Institution at the Needles on the western tip of the Isle of Wight. The NCI provide eyes and ears all around the coastline of the UK and they are manned totally by volunteers having in many cases taken over the lookouts vacated by HM Coastguard (MCA) when they receeded inland. We are pleased to be able to donate £250.00 to the NCI towards telescope equipment.
None of this would be possible without the support of our sponsors Needles Pleasure Cruises, the farmers Todd and Jacky Carder who provide the field and all the people who help us to put the event together.