40 vintage tractors take part in ploughing challenge near Bury St Edmunds

On the straight and narrow at Fornham St Martin on Sunday during the furrow drawing ploughing compet

On the straight and narrow at Fornham St Martin on Sunday during the furrow drawing ploughing competition at Hall Farm - Credit: Archant

Ploughmen - and women - from all over East Anglia and beyond demonstrated their skills in a competition held near Bury St Edmunds today.

Dudley Calver from Great Baddow in action at Hall Farm

Dudley Calver from Great Baddow in action at Hall Farm - Credit: Archant

The 14th annual ploughing match organised by the regional branch of the Ferguson Club took place at Hall Farm in Fornham St Martin.

One competitor even travelled from Dorset to take part in the challenge, which was held by kind permission of the Turner family of Ampton Hall and Andrew Long of Hall Farm.

In all, 40 vintage and classic tractors were put through their paces during the event, with participants including members of the Ford Fordson Association.

Each tractor driver received a plaque sponsored by Silver Fox tractor spares and the winners of the various classes were given a cup or plaque from the Ferguson Club.

The ploughing competition at Hall Farm

The ploughing competition at Hall Farm - Credit: Archant


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Gemma Arbon was crowned champion of the female drivers, while Richard Welham won the title of Ferguson Champion.

The award for novice driver went to Joe Payne and the classic mounted Ferguson award o Don Sapsford. Frank Pettitt scooped top prize for best restored Ferguson tractor and Brian Upchurch for vintage mounted tractor.

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Prizes were also awarded to the ‘open class’ winners and to the Ford Fordson Association.

The event was organised by local Ferguson Club members Henry Castle and Don Sapsford.

On the straight and narrow at Fornham St Martin

On the straight and narrow at Fornham St Martin - Credit: Archant

Mr Castle said: “Ploughing conditions were perfect and the Society of Ploughmen judges said that some of the plots were of a very high standard.”

Following the event, a donation was sent to the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Farmers showcasing their ploughing skills

Farmers showcasing their ploughing skills - Credit: Archant

Ploughing side by side

Ploughing side by side - Credit: Archant

The ploughing match at Fornham St Martin

The ploughing match at Fornham St Martin - Credit: Archant

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