The Ploughing Match

The Annual Society Ploughing Match will take place on Saturday 17th October at Dumworth Farm  Aldworth starting at 9am, by kind permission of Yattendon Estates.

This is a popular event in our Society calendar and is regularly contested by around 70 local ploughing champions. There are classes for conventional, reversible and horse-drawn ploughs, as well as expanding classes for vintage tractors and ploughs.  The Champion of the day qualifies to go forward to the National Ploughing Championships.

Aside from the competitions, the event has something for everyone with an interest in the countryside.  Farming both old and is brought to life in unique working demonstrations.  The magnificent shire horses decorated with ornate brass and leather harness will pull a horse drawn plough, and steam ploughing will be demonstrated by Walker Machinery.

In contrast, top machinery firms will be demonstrating their latest, most up-to-date, powerful, multi-furrow ploughing units used by todays farmers.

When you need a break from ploughing, a refreshment stall and a bar will be available to whet your whistle and don’t forget the hotly contested Domestic competitions! Anyone can enter and all exhibits will be auctioned off at the end of day for charity.

 The entrance charge for the Ploughing Match is £5.00 and children under 16 are free of charge.

If you would like to enter our Domestic Competitions at the Ploughing Match please see below

All exhibits should be delivered to the Ploughing match site by 0930 hours. Cakes and sausage rolls should be wrapped in cling film. ALL Produce will be auctioned on the day and funds donated to Berkshire Community Foundation.


Class 10 - A Fruit Cake (to your own recipe and of any size)


Class 11 - A Jar of any flavoured jam (to your own recipe and of any size)


Class 12 - "Hedgerow" Liqueur i.e. Blackberry Brandy, Damson Gin etc.


Class 13 - Sloe Gin


Class 14 - 6 Sausage Rolls (to your own recipe and of any size)


Class 15 - A Jar of Homemade Marmalade (to your own recipe and of any size) 



The Society History

The Society put on the first Newbury Show at Enborne Gate Farm on 28th September 1909 and has been staging this annual Show ever since. The Show was developed into a two-day Show in 1976.

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