Keeping ploughing engines, implements and skills alive
To end a spectacular year for the club, on 3 December 2016 some 50 members and friends sat down for a celebratory lunch at the Great Northern Hotel in Peterborough. Not only was this the exact date of the anniversary but it was held in the same room where club founder Harold Bonnett and two dozen friends decided to create an association to be called the Steam Plough Club.
SPC was delighted to welcome Richard Pelly and Michelle Pelly as honoured guests. Richard is the son of the late Robert who was the great grandson of John Fowler; a fondly remembered past president of the club. Richard Jackson, our current president, attended as did Mike Goodman and both were present at that first meeting long ago.
Following an introduction by John Billard those present enjoyed a traditional roast meal. Afterwards Richard Jackson remembered the early days of the club and Mike Goodman paid tribute to Harold.
Then Richard Pelly addressed the gathering. Remembering his family strong connection with Fowler’s he expressed his father’s fondness of the Steam Plough Club and all it had achieved. He presented a bequest of no less than £3000 to the club to further its progress into the future.
SPC member Mark Walker said, “Our table was able to account for nine ploughers. And there were five or six tables.” He added, “Would Harold have been surprised? Maybe not, because he realised the enthusiasm and camaraderie was there and he did everything he could to encourage it. And here we are celebrating fifty years.”
Richard Jackson receives the Robert Pelly bequest from his son Richard Pelly
Words and photos John Billard