Keeping ploughing engines, implements and skills alive
DORSET STEAM FAIR 2017
The Club tent was back in place overlooking the working field at Dorset this year allaying any fears that having been within the NTET marquee last year we might lose our traditional spot. Grateful thanks to Brian Snelgar who ensured a prime location and also reserved camping spaces for the helpers.
The banners produced for last year for the 50th Anniversary hanging within the tent attracted considerable interest from the many visitors and prompted much discussion. Among those fielding questions and looking after sales were Julie Chick, Madeleine and Bernard Weatherley, John Rhead, Mike Beeby, Clive Flack, Derrick Saunders and Steve & Yvonne. Sales of Club items were excellent.
Brian Snelgar brought together Charlie and Robin Daniel with their McLaren, Andrew Melrose with his Fowler single, Bob Jameson with his Fowler AA7, Fowler BB1s from Brian Snelgar, Mike Smith and Steve Gunn, and Basil Gibbons with his Beeby diesel conversion. The ploughing, cultivating and harrowing taking place on the hill was done by Mike Smith’s 4 furrow deep digger rack & pinion AB plough, Brian’s 4 furrow shallow sub-soil balance plough, Brian’s 11/13 tyne cultivator - working for the first time with the wings and two additional tynes fitted - and Basil’s 37 tyne winged harrows.
The Saturday evening get together arranged by Julie hosted over 40 members and new recruits. This was a very enjoyable annual event blessed with good weather which not surprisingly has received positive reviews. Many thanks to all who helped out and visited.
Dick Eastwood 29 August 2017
Basil Gibbons 15199
Brian Snelgar’s Princess Mary 15436
A comprehensive display produced by Melanie Fisher