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By MICHAEL POLLITT, Agricultural editor
Saturday, January 5, 2013
It was a perfect opportunity to enjoy a “fun” day of ploughing with vintage tractors or even heavy horses.
As usual, the Norfolk Ploughing Society’s annual fun match attracted a strong field of 59 enthusiasts including many veterans and, encouragingly, a number of youngsters.
The field, which had been provided by Robert Carter’s Drayton Farms, was almost underneath the flight path to Norwich International Airport.
On a dry day and although the wind was a bit of a nuisance, the ploughing enthusiasts were able to make the best of the good going.
There was a good mix of vintage and veterans tractors as well as some “walk behind” machines.
Arthur Clouting, of Buxton, near Aylsham, brought his two shires, Monty and Bruno, who were in good form.
The ploughing started promptly at 10am and included vintage, classic and horticultural tractors.
One youngster, Jack Framingham, of Bawdeswell, near Dereham, was taking part in the vintage mounted section while Lewis Shutler was ploughing with a horticultural engine.
Members were keen to raise funds for Myeloma UK and Swaffham Community Hospital League of Friends.
The society’s secretary, Jane Raynes, said: “Thanks to the generosity of the ploughmen and women and spectators we raised over £1,400.
“The car parking kept filling up and then emptying as more and more visitors arrived to watch the ploughing.
“And the coverage before the fun day in the EDP’s Farm & Country pages was fantastic – that really helped,” she said.
“When we opened the collection boxes at the end of the day, we found people had put in £10 and £20 notes,” she added.
Last year, the event had to be delayed because of the intense cold.
The Norfolk Ploughing Society’s next match will be held at Grimston, near King’s Lynn, on Sunday, February 17, starting at 10am. It is being organised by the former secretary Bob Callaby. Anyone wishing to tale part in this fun match should contact Mr Callaby on 01485 571346.
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