Two new trophies for Norfolk ploughing match

Norfolk Ploughing Society match, North Elmham, Arthur Clouting and Chris Thomas.

Norfolk Ploughing Society match, North Elmham, Arthur Clouting and Chris Thomas. - Credit: Submitted

Two new trophies will be awarded at a Norfolk ploughing match tomorrow.

Norfolk Farm Machinery Club, which is staging the event on an extensive site at Carbrooke, near Watton, from 10am.

Chris Thomas, county organiser, said that the host landowner had agreed to donate a new trophy for the best ploughing by a young entrant.

Ed Buscall, who took over as chairman of Norfolk Country Land and Business Association, earlier this year, wants to encourage the next generation to take up ploughing. 'He has kindly donated a trophy for the best work because he's anxious to support young people ploughing,' said Mr Thomas.

There will also be for the first time, a special award for the best work by commercial firms. 'We've also several entries from commercial firms in a new class for dealers and manufacturers,' he added.

'We've got some pretty good ploughmen coming and they will be using some big bits of kit including five-furrow ploughs and upwards. They will have their own plots, which will be judged. It will very similar to the reversible ploughing competition,' said Mr Thomas.

The entrants include Richard Carr, who is an area manager for Pottenger, from Debenham, Suffolk, and demonstrators from agricultural engineers including

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Thurlow Nunn Standen and Ben Burgess & Co. 'We're expecting a little commercial needle,' he added.

The team of judges includes Norfolk farmer Mike Garrod, of Garveston, Paul Watson, and two from Rochford, Essex, Ken McVitty and Martin Shelley, with former NORMAC organiser Duncan Russell and Andrew Carpenter.

There will also be the usual vintage mounted, trailed, junior, ladies, unmodified vintage mounted, and a world style, classic. Arthur Clouting, of Buxton, is also bringing a pair of his shire horses, Monty and Bruno.

It starts at 10am and will end by 3pm. There will also be furrow drawing, refreshments and a raffle.

It will be signed off the main Watton road. Spectators welcome. Details, Chris Thomas 07968 665 761.