A strong turnout enjoyed the ploughing match on 17th October this year as they watched some 50 ploughmen battle it out. All forms of ploughing – from steam, to horse-drawn and from vintage to modern day – were on display at Dumworth Farm in Aldworth, by kind permission of the Yattendon Estate.
There was a record number 7 horse teams, but it was a vintage mounted plough that won the day, with Geoff Smith from Stockbridge crowned the Champion Ploughman. Other winners included novice ploughman Tom Smith from Andover, and Jim Elliott from County Durham – last year’s Champion – who came top in the horse section. Roger Hannington from Burhgfield, who went head-to-head with his brother on their orange Fordson Standard tractors with 1940s trailers.
Beyond ploughing, there was also a local schools scarecrow contest, with a record 25 entries from schools, special schools and guides groups. The winner was Prior’s Court, with their modern, recycled scarecrow. Youngsters also submitted their entries for a kite and autumn collage competition.
In an auction of homemade cakes, sausage rolls, liqueurs and jam, £400 was raised for the Society’s charity of the year, the Berkshire Community Foundation.